Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island suffered their third consecutive defeat this afternoon at the CSI Baseball Complex, losing big to the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 15-2. The Dolphins, in their first appearance at the CSI Baseball Complex this season, fell to 4-6 in front of their home fans, while Mount Saint Vincent improved to 3-5.
Mount Saint Vincent jumped out in front early and never looked back as two first-inning runs gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Leading 2-0 heading after two, they piled on ten more runs in the third frame burying CSI beneath a 12-run deficit. CSI wouldn’t get on the board until the seventh, scratching out a single run in both the seventh and eighth innings. By this point, the Mount Saint Vincent lead was already insurmountable and CSI fell, 15-2.
CSI starter Daniel Garcia suffered through control issues in the first when three walks and a pair of base hits led to two Mount Saint Vincent runs. The same command issues plagued Garcia through his two-plus innings of work until he was chased from the game in the third. In a marathon of a third frame which saw MSV send fourteen batters to the plate, their lead was extended from two runs to twelve. They put together ten runs on eight hits against Garcia and reliever Alexis Santos, breaking the game wide-open.
Behind Garcia and Santos, the Dolphins bullpen provided some much-needed relief as Joseph Decelie and Michael Lenahan combined to allow only a single run and five base hits over the final six. However, the Dolphins’ bats remained dormant through the middle innings, and by the time CSI got on the scoreboard, MSV had extended their lead to 15-0. CSI was able to plate a single run in the seventh and eighth innings, but it was already far too late for them to work their way back into the game.
A scoreless ninth inning brought a disappointing three-game stretch for CSI, one where the Dolphins have been outscored 36-3, to a close with a final score of 15-2. Garcia picked up the loss for CSI, allowing the first seven runs before Santos allowed the next seven in relief. From there, the Dolphins’ pitching settled down over the final six, but the damage had already been done. Nine different CSI Dolphins recorded a hit in the game, but CSI was ultimately outhit by MSV 17-9. In addition to their seventeen hits, five Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins reached base four times in the game. Their pitching staff was also solid from start to finish, as six pitchers combined to allow the two runs and nine hits without issuing a single walk.
CSI will look to put another difficult loss in the rear-view mirror, as they will be back in action this weekend at the CSI Baseball Complex for a 1pm doubleheader with SUNY-Poly on Saturday and a single, nine-inning, matchup with NJCU on Sunday.