Tucson, AZ | CSI used five hits to score 9 runs in the opening inning en-route to a 9-0 victory, their first of the season, against Rockford University. The win bumps the Dolphins up to 1-2 on the year while the Regents dropped to 1-4 with the loss. CSI got right back into action against #6 Trine University at 11:00 AM (MST) and dropped their third game of the season, 9-0. CSI fell to 1-3 with the loss while the Thunder improved to 9-2.
Game 1: Staten Island 9, Rockford 0
The Dolphins broke out of their two-game scoreless slump in the first game of the day with 9 unanswered runs. Patricia Riches was first on the bases with a double down the left field line. Riches had to wait to cross the dish as three consecutive Dolphins were walked to bring her home. Vanessa Jioia would also cross home plate via a walk.
Kristen Meagher stepped to the plate after making a great stop at third base and crushed the ball to left center for a two-RBI double, doubling the Dolphins’ lead to 4-0. Gabriele De
Leon added two more to their lead with a single through the left side, allowing K. Meagher and Nicolette Trapani to score. Antoinette Galbo would hit an RBI double followed by a Jioia two-RBI double to left field which gave Staten Island 9 runs in the bottom of the first.
Alison Meagher pitched well for the Dolphins, keeping the Regents from putting any runs on the board and holding them to just one hit. Vanessa Porto saw her first collegiate action this morning when she came in for relief of A. Meagher.
As a team, the Dolphins made sure not to leave anyone on base and only left six people on. A. Meagher picked up her first win of the year in three innings of action.
Game 2: #6 Trine 9, Staten Island 0
The Dolphins managed just one hit against the Thunder in their loss. Nicolette Trapani started in the circle for the Dolphins and was also the lone Dolphin to secure a hit against the nationally ranked power.
Staten Island nearly found their way on to the scoreboard in the first inning after both Galbo and Holmes reached via fielding errors. With two outs and runners on first and third, K. Meagher stepped to the plate and battled with Kate Saupe but Suape would come out on top with the strikeout to keep the Dolphins from crossing the dish.
Trine found success in their first plate appearance, tallying three runs on four hits. Erica Robles led off with a successful bunt and would waste no time moving over to second to put herself in scoring position. Hartline would reach via a base on balls before Claire Ryan flied out to left field to advance both runners. Kaylee Fox took two pitches before finding the one she wanted and sent it up the middle for a two-RBI single.
The Thunder added two more runs to their total in the bottom of the second by playing small ball. With the bases loaded, N. Ferraro singled to center field to drive in two runs.
After settling in Trapani kept the Thunder off of the board, putting them down in order in the bottom of the fifth. A. Meagher would come into the game in the bottom of the sixth to replace Trapani. A. Meagher would allow four runs in the bottom of the sixth which sealed the deal for the Dolphins as they would go on to drop their third game of the season.
Up next, the Dolphins will return to action on Saturday, March 10 where they will face #21 Central College and Ausburg University at 9:00 am and 11:00 am MST.