The College of Staten Island baseball program took to their home diamond for the first time this season and took on St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn in a non-conference doubleheader. The Bears, who came into today’s doubleheader 0-5, swept the Dolphins 11-5 and 6-1 to improve to 2-5 overall while knocking the Dolphins down to 5-3.
Delprete was a combined 4-for-8 with two runs and five putouts. Joe Palmeri went 3-for-6 with one RBI and one run in the pair of losses.
Game 1: St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn 11, Staten Island 5
The Bears opened up the game with a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead however the Dolphins were able to take a 3-2 lead over the Bears at the bottom of the first when Palmeri doubled to left field which brought home Delprete. Frank Muzzio would then reach on a throwing error by the second baseman which brought home Frank Smith and Palmeri.
St. Joseph’s College would extend their lead by two at the top of the third but once again the Dolphins would storm back and tie it up at the bottom of the inning. After three innings of play the teams were knotted at five. Staten Island would not score a run after the third inning as a combination of Mitch Brigando and Anthony Amatuzzi would shut down the Dolphins’ offensive power.
In the three innings leading up to the seventh the Bears would score a run in each inning which was capped by a two error inning in the fourth by Palmeri. The Bears would finish the game with a three-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach for the Dolphins and pick up their first win of the season.
Tom Musso (1-1) started in his second game and would pitch four innings and allow 10 hits and seven runs, six earned, with three strikeouts. Dan Newman (0-0) would come in for relief and give up four runs on eight hits.
Game 2: St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn 6, Staten Island 1
Getting the start on the mound in game two was sophomore pitcher Christian Capellan (1-1) who was coming off of a dominating complete game shutout against Muhlenberg College on their spring training trip in Myrtle Beach, SC. Capellan’s day would not go as well as his last start as he would allow six runs, four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts in the loss.
Staten Island seemed to have lost their bats in game two as they tallied just four hits through 25 at bats. The Dolphins didn’t tally their first hit until the third inning when Delprete hit a single to center field however, he was stranded on base as Smith flew out to center in the very next at bat.
After going scoreless for five straight innings and trailing by three the Dolphins were able to put a run on the board after Glenn Glennerster drove home Delprete which put the Dolphins behind two. CSI looked like they were able to make it a one run game with Smith on third but were unable to bring him home.
The Bears would finish the second game much like game one with three runs in the seventh to make sure the Dolphins didn’t surge back into the game like they were able to earlier in the first game. The Bears would go on to complete the sweep and pick up their second win of the season.
Francis Munoz would lead the way with 10 putouts while Delprete would finish the second game 2-for-3 with a run and three putouts.
Staten Island is back in action tomorrow afternoon against Yeshiva University at 12:00 at the CSI Baseball Complex for another doubleheader.