The College of Staten Island was the visiting team on its own field today, but it did not stop them from running past John Jay College in a CUNYAC doubleheader that saw them finish perfect this season in conference play. CSI won the opener, 9-0, then blasted the Bloodhounds 23-1 in the second contest. The wins move CSI to 26-6 overall and 12-0 in CUNY, while the Bloodhounds fell to 5-18-1, 5-5, respectively.
Fresh off of their win over nationally-ranked Moravian College yesterday, CSI certainly had good momentum heading into this one and used it to race out to a 4-0 lead in the opener. Vanessa Jioia singled in Antoinette Galbo who scored a one-out single, and then Kristy Colaneglo followed with an RBI-single and Ashley Notaro stroked a two-RBI single to make it 4-0 against JJC starter Lisa Pellegrino.
Galbo started things again with a bunt single in the second and after getting moved to third, she would come home on a JJC infield error. JJC was able to keep CSI at bay in the third, but again in the fourth, Galbo singled in off of a bunt. She advanced on a wild pitch, and then she ended up coming home on a Jioia bunt single, taking advantage of the defense.
In the fifth, CSI did enough to put the game out of reach thanks to three runs, highlighted by a two-RBI double from Jacqueline Cautela, who also got back in the win column with a complete game victory, tossing a no-hitter while fanning eight. She faced just one batter over the minimum, as an infield error by CSI broke up the perfect game in the bottom of the fifth.
CSI out-hit JJC, 12-0, with Galbo leading the way with a 4-4 performance adding an RBI and three runs scored.
John Jay stayed involved in the first game despite the dominating pitching performance from Cautela, but they would have no such luck in the second contest as CSI recorded 23 runs on 17 hits, taking advantage of two JJC errors and 13 walks in the game.
The Dolphins started with 9 runs in the first inning, sending 14 hitters to the plate. After a Cautela walk, both Galbo and Patricia Riches were plunked to load the bags and Jioia followed with an RBI suicide squeeze play, legging out a single. After recording an out, Notaro smacked a two-RBI single, making it 3-0.
JJC then made a pitching change but CSI continued to stay hot. Two runs scored via error and then after two walks, Cautela advanced in a run on a single. A wild pitch brought Nicole Meilak home, and then after loading the bases, Riches walked in a run and Jioia brought home another when she was hit by a pitch. The Dolphins were done from there but were up 9-0 on just four hits.
After Nicolette Trapani got through JJC in the circle in the first, CSI went right back to work in the second frame. Meilak hit an RBI-single after two more walks were issued, and then after another walk, the bases were loaded. JJC made a final change in the circle with Natalia Nunez taking over for Devika Persaud, but Nunez allowed three straight singles. Then, after a fielder’s choice led to an run, CSI made it 15-0 on a Notaro bases loaded walk.
Meilak started the third inning with a single and after moving over to third two batters later, she was plated by a Riches sac fly. In the fourth, CSI had another big frame, scoring five runs. Nicole Bossert walked in a run and then after Riches singled one in, Elizabeth Travieso was plunked and she entered in a run before Alexis Kateridge finalized the scoring with an RBI-single, scoring Bossert.
In an emphatic punctuation mark to the day, in the fifth inning, Alison Meagher hit the season’s farthest home run, rocketing a ball past the scoreboard for a two-run homer in the fifth. That accounted for a 23-1 final score.
Trapani took the win tossing three innings, not allowing a hit while fanning three. Alexandra Conanan finished things up with two innings of work. CSI got three hits from Meilak while Cautela, Riches, Jioia, and Kateridge all posted two hits apiece. Riches led the way with four RBI.
The win insured a perfect CUNYAC season for the Dolphins, as they will be the No. 1 seed in the CUNYAC Tournament that takes place May 5-6 at the College of Staten Island.
CSI will continue to plug away as they visit New Jersey City University tomorrow afternoon for a twinbill beginning at 3:00pm.