The College of Staten Island baseball squad followed up a doubleheader sweep yesterday with a pair of out-of-conference losses to New York University, 4-0, 11-4, in a pair played at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn, NY.  The violets lifted to 14-20 overall with the wins, while the Dolphins fell to 21-12.

CSI was stymied by NYU hurler Chase Denison is the opener, as he would pitch a complete-game, five-hit, shutout, CSI would leave five total runners on base, as Denison walked only one while fanning four in the win.  

Early on in the opener, Denison was matched by CSI hurler Ryan Kennedy, as the duo pitched three scoreless innings to start.  After Denison cleared CSI in the fourth, NYU plated what would ultimately be the winning run thanks to CSI’s lone error on the day.  With two runners on base, Jeremy Wayne’s infield hopper was misplayed by Kennedy, allowing Jon Iaione to score.

NYU put up insurance in the fifth inning when Adrian Spitz smacked a two-RBI double to left-centerfield.  He was then plated by a Jake Smith single, chasing Kennedy from the game.  Jason Failla came in and pitched 1.1 innings of solid relief, but the CSI bats still couldn’t get going as CSI went in order in the sixth and in the seventh Denison skirted around an error to record the shutout.

NYU out-hit CSI in the opener, 8-5, led by Smith’s two hits.  Nick Delprete went 2-3 for the Dolphins in the losing effort.

In game two the hits and runs came more steadily.  After NYU starter Jack Kurtenbach retired CSI in the first, the Violets touched CSI starter Chris Karnbach for three in their turn at the plate, helped by a CSI error and an RBI-single by Michael Vokulich. In the second, CSI scored their first run of the game when Glenn Glennerster singled, then was sacrificed over to second, advanced to third on a balk and then home on a passed ball, but NYU responded with another three-spot in the third, ballooning the lead to 6-1, highlighted by a Christian Bloom single.

CSI shipped away with an unearned run in the fourth, and then George Kantzian hit the loudest ball of the afternoon, towering a solo shot over the MCU fences to cut the NYU lead to 6-3.  NYU, however, countered with a two-run fifth, highlighted by a Jack Walker suicide squeeze bunt RBI, scoring Bloom from third base.  For extra measure, NYU added three more in the sixth to round out the 11-5 victory.

Kurtenbach went 3.2 innings in victory, allowing an earned run on four hits while Matthew Wells and Jarret Weiss held things in order the rest of the way.  Karnbach went 2.2 innings in defeat, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits.  NYU out-hit CSI, 14-6, with Vokulich going 3-4 with three RBI and a trio of runs scored.  CSI’s Bobby Drake went 2-3 with two RBI.

CSI will be back in action on Wednesday, when they travel to New Jersey City University for a single, 9-inning, contest, at 3:30pm.