Queens, NY | The College of Staten Island softball team picked a great day to break out in the win column, using their CUNYAC opener against York College to open up 20-0 & 19-3 wins at Padavan-Preller Field in Queens.  The Dolphins improved to 2-10 overall and 2-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Cardinals fell to 0-8, 0-6, respectively.

In a game that marked the debut of senior Alison Meagher in the pitcher’s circle after early season injuries, Meagher was able to be effective to the tune of a one-hitter, and the Dolphins had plenty of offense as well.

The Dolphins got all the offense they needed in the first inning.  Jaclyn Kateridge led it all off with a walk, and after stealing a base and being advanced on an Antoinette Galbo hit, she was plated by Patricia Riches, part of her five hits in the opener.  Then when Riches stole second, Galbo also came in to score to make it 2-0.

After Meagher retired York in order, CSI improved their lead to 5-0 at the end of the second thanks to back-to-back RBI-singles from Galbo and Riches, and then in the third, Samantha MacPherson walked and scored on a passed ball, and Meagher helped her own cause by recording a sacrifice fly to score Erica Olsen to make it 7-0.

CSI put the game completely out of hand in the fourth with an amazing 11 runs on eight hits, aided along by a pair of York errors.  Galbo provided one of the highlights with a base-clearing three-RBI triple to make it 14-0.  Both Riches and Claudia Porcaro also tripled in runs in the inning.

A couple of runs on three hits highlighted the CSI fifth, and Meagher would retire the Cardinals quietly in the fifth to end the game at 20-0.  

CSI out-hit York, 16-1 in the game, getting five hits from Riches, who added four RBI while Galbo went 4-4 with four RBI and five runs scored.  Porcaro went 3-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored.

The Dolphins kept the offense going in the second game as they plated four runs in the top half of the first inning to set the tone early.  Three of the runs came home via York errors, part of three in the inning and nine total in the game for York.

The Cardinals finally hit teh scoreboard themselves in the second game, touching Vanessa Porto for all three runs in the first inning.  Ovelheira had the highlight with a two-run double, and then she would be plated on a Nicolasa single. 

At the end of the first it was 4-3, but the Dolphins would respond with the next 15 runs.  Three of those came without the benefits of a hit as York made four errors in the inning as CSI extended to 7-3.  

CSI would blow the game open in the fourth inning, plating eight runs on seven hits.  Sierra Kaplanek had RBI hits and Riches capped the scoring with a triple that scored Julianna Cretella, who also returned to the lineup today, and then Riches came in to score on a Kaplanek double.

Porto picked up her first win of the season after three innings of work, allowing the three runs on three hits.  Jaclyn Kateridge posted two relief innings, fanning four.  CSI out-hit York, 12-3, with two hits apiece from Kateridge, Riches, Kaplanek, and Cretella.

CSI will be back in action tomorrow against Baruch College at Randall’s Island.