HOLMES AND DELEON TEAM UP TO SURGE CSI PAST FARMINGDALE

Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island softball team took on the Rams from Farmingdale State College this afternoon at the CSI Softball Complex for non-conference action. The Dolphins kept their win streak alive with a sweep of the Rams, 3-2, 9-2. The pair of wins lifted Staten Island to 7-7 overall while Farmingdale stumbled to 4-12.

Game 1: Staten Island 3, Farmingdale 2

The Dolphins scattered 9 hits and scored three runs while committing two errors while the Rams tallied seven hits and scored two runs. 

For Staten Island, Gabriele DeLeon continues to shine at the plate after going 2-for-3 in game one with a pair of RBI. Following DeLeon were Antoinette Galbo and Patricia Riches both collecting two hits. The hero of the game was none other than CUNYAC Player of the Week, Jamie Holmes, who with two outs crushed a shot to right center for a walk-off double RBI to secure the win. 

CSI was first on the board, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in their first inning at the dish. The Dolphins collected four hits and scored two runs in the first inning which was ignited by DeLeon’s single down the left field line which scored both Vanessa Jioia and Galbo. 

Leaving runners on the bases has been an ugly trend for the Dolphins so far this season and it once again reared its ugly head as CSI stranded eight batters which nearly cost them the game. 

The Rams were able to hold the Dolphins to two runs and finally knotted the game up in the top of the sixth. After Luna helped her own cause and hit an infield single, she was immediately brought home by Lombardo to cut the Dolphins’ lead in half. The Dolphins would record another out and it looked like the Dolphins were going to make it out of the inning, allowing Farmingdale to score just one run. That would not turn out to be the case as Rayfield would single up the middle, just missing Nicolette Trapani’s glove in the circle. 

In the top of the seventh, the Rams would go down in order, setting the Dolphins up for a potential walk-off game winner. Galbo, after bunting most of the game, was given the go-ahead to swing away and make the most of her opportunity. Galbo ripped a single to left field and would advance over to second when Jioia was thrown out at first. Two outs were on the board with the game-winning run on second, Holmes knew what she had to do. Holmes came into the game one of the Dolphins’ hottest hitters and didn’t cool off when her team needed her most. Holmes took one pitch for a ball before lining a double to right center which scored Galbo from second, handing the Dolphins their sixth win of the year. 

Nicolette Trapani pitched a complete game, allowing two runs with four strikeouts on 93 pitches.

Game 2: Staten Island 9, Farmingdale 2

Once again in game two, the Dolphins were first on the board, however, they doubled their total from game one, scoring four runs in the first inning, a deficit the Rams couldn’t climb out of. Staten Island was efficient in game two, scoring 9 runs on 9 hits while committing three errors. Alison Meagher held the Rams to two runs on four hits. 

Riches got the Dolphins started in the first inning with an infield single and was advanced by Galbo who laid down a sacrifice bunt. On that same play, Riches motored around the bases and was able to score via a muffed throw by the third baseman. Carrying the momentum from the last game, Holmes drilled another double, scoring Jioia and placing herself in scoring position. DeLeon would move Holmes over to third with a single to center field before A. Meagher would hit a 2 RBI double to center field. 

CSI would go scoreless for two innings, however, the Rams would cut the lead in half in the top of the third. Luna once again played small ball and recorded an infield single followed by a triple to right field by Rayfield. Rayfield would score after Lombardo reached via a throwing error by Galbo. 

Staten Island would answer back with another four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth. Galbo would hit an RBI triple to center field to score Julianna Cretella from first. Galbo wouldn’t have to wait on the bases long as Jioia would immediately bring her home with an RBI double to center field. DeLeon wasn’t done collecting RBI on the day as she drove home Holmes from second, after yet another RBI double. 

CSI would go on to score one more run in the bottom of the sixth while holding the Rams scoreless the rest of the game to even out at .500 on the season (7-7). 

A. Meagher improved to 4-3 overall on the year, striking out two and allowing two runs, one of which was earned. DeLeon and Holmes were the only two Dolphins to record a pair of hits as Holmes went 2-for-3 while DeLeon went 2-for-4. Galbo, Holmes and A. Meagher each collected a pair of RBI. 

Up next for the Dolphins is Brooklyn College tomorrow afternoon in Brooklyn, NY at 12:00 pm for a CUNYAC doubleheader. 

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