Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island took on #6 Moravian College this afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader which saw the Greyhounds power past the Dolphins. A solo shot in game one was the difference as Moravian won, 2-1, while using six errors in game two to earn an 8-0 win to improve to 25-3 on the year while the Dolphins dropped to 12-10.
Game 1: #6 Moravian 2, Staten Island 1
Both teams played a clean game in the opening contest of the day as no team was charged with an error. The Greyhounds used seven hits to score their two runs while the Dolphins knocked four to tally their lone run of the game.
Nicolette Trapani (5-6) took game one in the circle for the Dolphins and pitched a complete game, 110 pitches, and struck out three in the loss.
Through three innings neither team was able to bring a runner across the dish despite finding gaps in the field. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the first run of the game would be scored. In the top of the fourth, both Kat Spilman and Shannon Brogan singled through the left side to get runners on the bases. However, the Dolphins were able to turn a 5-3 double play to pick up two outs and leave just one runner on second base. That runner was all the Greyhounds would need as Jean Markovic hit a shallow single to right field to score Brogan from second.
In the top of the fifth Lauren Goetz fouled off the first pitch of the inning and sent the second over the left field wall giving the Greyhounds what would be the game-winning run.
CSI made things interesting in the bottom of the sixth when Vanessa Jioia hit a single to left center. Jamie Holmes then came to the dish and hit a deep shot to left field. Jioia turned on the jets and flew home, while Holmes tried to extend her double and was thrown out at third. Gabriele DeLeon and Alison Meagher would both record outs to end the inning.
CSI had their chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, however, two of their hits went right to Moravian’s players for two easy outs. Erica Olsen battled at the plate with two outs on the board but ultimately struck out at the end, giving Moravian the win.
Antoinette Galbo had a solid game at the plate, going 2-for-3 and collecting three assists.
Game 2: #6 Moravian 8, Staten Island 0
Game two was a complete 180 for the Dolphins from game one. CSI tallied six errors, a season high, in game two which allowed the Greyhounds to keep their innings alive.
Alison Meagher started in the circle and started the game off well, tallying three scoreless innings which included no hits and the first of the Dolphins’ errors.
The Greyhounds opened up scoring in the top of the fourth, much like they did in game one. The fourth is where things began to unravel for the Dolphins as two errors paired with two hits allowed Moravian to score a pair of runs off of Janae Matos’ 2 RBI single to center field.
CSI looked poised to answer with runs of their own when Galbo kept her bat going with a single to right field. Jioia would then reach when Moravian recorded an error of their own. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they would strand a pair of runners as the Greyhounds were able to clean up and prevent the Dolphins from crossing the dish.
Things only got worse for the Dolphins in the fifth inning as the floodgates opened and Moravian tallied four runs on four hits aided by an error by the Dolphins. A. Meagher (7-4) would be replaced by Trapani after four innings of action.
Staten Island was unable to bring their bats back to life as they would be held scoreless as Moravian added two more runs in the seventh to secure an 8-0 win and keep their win streak alive.
Up next for the Dolphins is Baruch College on Sunday, April 22 at the CSI Softball Complex for a CUNYAC showdown.