The College of Staten Island split with the College of Mount Saint Vincent this afternoon in a doubleheader at the CSI Baseball Complex in Staten Island, NY. Staten Island comfortably won game won, 10-0 but struggled in the second game and fell 5-1. Staten Island moved to 11-8 overall while Mount Saint Vincent picked up their second win of the season to move to 2-9 overall.
Glenn Glennerster had a solid doubleheader, going 2-for-6 with four RBIs and hit the first homerun for the Dolphins this season. Frank Smith also went 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a single run while Greg Manassa went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs in the first game. Ryan Kennedy picked up his second win of the season this afternoon with a five strikeout complete game shutout.
Game 1: Staten Island 10, College of Mount Saint Vincent 0
The Dolphins wasted no time finding their way onto the scoreboard in the first game of two against the visiting Dolphins this afternoon when Sconzo, who has now scored a in four straight games including his four run outing against the Pioneers, was batted in by Frank Smith. Ryan Kennedy was able to keep Mt. St. Vincent off the board after one and a half innings and was rewarded by a six run explosion by his teammates in the bottom of the second.
Greg Manassa got Staten Island started with a single to left center. Josh Mercado moved Manassa to third with a double to centerfield. Anthony DiMarco came to the plate with Manassa in scoring position and DiMarco slapped a two RBI single to left field and increased the Dolphin lead to 3-0. After a pair of outs the George Kantzian came to the plate and sent one flying over the left field wall only for it to be called four. Kantzian would battle and eventually be hit by a pitch and take first base. Smith advanced Kantzian to second with a deep single to center field.
Glenn Glennerster stepped to the dish and waited for his pitch. Glennerster was presented with the pitch he was waiting for and sent it out of the park for a three RBI homerun to give the Dolphins an early 7-0 lead over Mt. St. Vincent.
Staten Island would get blanked in the third but once again bring out the bats in the fourth and tally three more runs onto their lead. Glennerster would add another RBI when he grounded out to short stop to bring home Rafael Perez who came in to pinch run for Smith. Phil Ciprello would bring out his big bat and sent one flying into center field for a deep single before giving way to Jordan Wilson. Wilson is known for his elusive speed and put it on display when Manassa singled and Wilson put on the after burners and made it to third and would score on a throwing error by the right fielder. CSI would score three more runs to put the game out of reach for the visiting Dolphins.
Game 2: College of Mount Saint Vincent 5, Staten Island 1
The loud bats from game one seemed to disappear in game two for the Dolphins as they only collected four hits after ripping off 13 in the first contest. Peter Bellina who started the year on fire has fallen out of his groove as of late. Bellina started game two on the mound and allowed five hits and three runs through 2.1 innings. Gerard Esposito came in for relief but the visiting Dolphins now had the momentum and scored two more runs on Esposito.
Staten Island fell behind early, giving up two runs in the opening stanza of the game as Mt. St. Vincent was efficient with two hits and two runs. Neither team was able to find a run in the second but it was Mt. St. Vincent who found their way back on the board in the third when Francis Munoz dropped a routine putout at first and allowed the visiting Dolphins to score.
Mt. St. Vincent would score two more security runs in the fourth before the Dolphins finally got on the board when Nick Delprete hit a double down the left field line and was eventually driven home by Brian Pasquale.
Staten Island finished the second game with just four hits and committed two errors while the visiting Dolphins rifled off 10 hits and scored five runs while playing clean baseball in the field.
The Dolphins will return to action on Saturday, April 2, when they travel to Lehman College for their first CUNYAC doubleheader of the season.