For the second time in three days the College of Staten Island baseball team scored a doubleheader sweep, this time against Chatham University in their swing through Myrtle Beach, SC. CSI won the opener, 8-0, then rallied to win the second, 9-7. The Dolphins improved to 5-2 to wrap up their trip, while Chatham fell to 0-2 to start their year officially.
The Dolphins got their second shutout of the season, this time thanks to a complete game performance from senior Ryan Kennedy, who allowed just four hits and a walk, fanning seven in the win.
Meanwhile, CSI broke open a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a Josh Mercado single that plated Glenn Glennerster. In the fifth inning, Jake Sweeney came on in relief of CU starter Adam Cerar, and CSI broke the game open as a result. A Glennerster single got things started to score a run and then Mercado made it 4-0 with a two-RBI single to score Nick Meola and Frank Muzzio. CSI would add another and then three more in the sixth to tidy up the lop-sided win.
In a wild second game the Dolphins never trailed but momentum swung back and forth. CSI plated four runs in the first off of Paul Connor. Meola plated the final two runs with a powerful double that scored both Muzzio and Glennerster.
Drew Brannon drove in Chatham’s first run of the season in the second frame off of CSI starter Chris Karnbach, but CSi scored two more in the third to make it 6-1, chasing Connor. Anthony DiMarco did the honors with a two-run double.
Chatham came roaring back, however, with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, narrowing the gap to 7-5. Single runs by the Dolphins in the sixth and seventh innings made it 9-6. Brannon added another RBI for Chatham in the seventh, but Jason Failla closed the door from there to earn the one inning save.
CSI will now return home to Staten Island and will look to get underway locally this weekend when they host St. Joseph’s – Brooklyn and the College of Mount Saint Vincent for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders with both holding 12 Noon starts.