The College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad has now won five of their last seven games, winning two more today as part of a non-conference doubleheader against Mount Saint Vincent in a pair held at the Tomas D. Morales Baseball field at CSI. The Dolphins broke up a late MSV lead in the opener to win a 7-4 decision, before taking a 15-7 winner in game two. CSI advanced to 7-7 overall, while MSV fell to 4-13.
In the opener, CSI scored a run in each of the first three innings against MSV starter Nicholas Recrate. Frank Smith plated a run on a first-inning double, and in both the second and third, CSI stole home plate with runners at the corners, drawing throws over to second base that ran in Nick Delprete on both occasions.
MSV would battle back to go up, 4-3, thanks to two runs in the fourth inning off of Anthony Storz and reliever Jason Failla and another in the fifth. Down to their final six outs, CSI would rally. In the bottom of the sixth, three errors by the MSV infield, coupled with a big double from Eli Rodriguez put CSI out in front, 7-4. In the seventh inning, CSI shut the door with pitcher Brian Russell, who got the save.
CSI scored two hits each from Rodriguez, Delprete and Smith, with Failla earning the relief win. Matthew Nessensohn went 4-for-4 for MSV with a pair of runs scored.
The Dolphins exploded offensively in the second contest. After falling behind, 1-0, CSI erupted for four runs in the first guided by a pair of two-RBI hits from Joe Palmeri and Glenn Glennerster. After MSV plated two runs off of CSI starter Robert Jannace to draw to within 4-3, CSI powered to five more runs in the second to go up 9-3, highlighted by an RBI-double by Rodriguez and another set of RBI singles from Palmeri and Glennerster.
CSI added two more runs in the third to make it 11-3, and after MSV threw a wrench in the system with a four-run fourth, CSI answered back with four more in the sixth, powered via a Brian Pasquale two-RBI single. Brian’s brother, Brandon, plays for Mt. St. Vincent, but did not see time today.
Jannace recorded the win for CSI, while relievers Gerald Esposito and Ryan Kennedy powered for 3.2 scoreless relief. Robert Negron took the loss, lasting only an inning, allowing eight earned. Palmeri and Glennerster combined to go 6-8 in the nightcap, with seven RBI and five runs scored.
CSI is back in action for Saturday, when they resume their CUNYAC slate with a twinbill against Lehman College, scheduled for a 12 Noon start.