It Takes Two; Dolphins Win CUNYAC Title on Another Anderson Gem

The College of Staten Island men’s baseball team is back atop the City University of New York Athletic Conference, and the Dolphins did it the hard way on Friday night.  CSI was tripped up by No. 2 seeded Baruch College in 11 innings, 6-5, before taking a 1-0 win in a winner-take-all scenario at MCU Ballpark in Brooklyn, New York as part of the CUNYAC’s double-elimination postseason tournament.  Having advanced from the winner’s bracket, CSI needed only one win to secure the title, while Baruch needed to sweep the doubleheader, nearly pulling off the feat.  CSI went to 30-12 overall with the split, regaining the CUNYAC title for the third time in the last four years, winning their CUNYAC-best 16th championship.  BC finalized their season with a record of 20-18.

In the second game clincher, CSI gave the ball to a familiar face.  Senior Richard Anderson went 112 pitches deep in a 3-2, 12 inning, win over John Jay College on Monday, and the hard-throwing All-America candidate would be looking for another win on three days rest.  What resulted was another brilliant outing.  Anderson would go the distance setting CSI single season records for wins (9) and complete games (8) in the process, cruising to the conference’s Tournament Most Valuable Player honor.

Meanwhile, all the scoring CSI would need would come in the second inning against BC starter Paul Perez, who proved just as good.  After stranding a pair of runners in the first inning, CSI cashed in one inning later.  John Baggs led off with a single, and after David Carles sac-bunted Baggs over to second, Baggs moved over to third on a Phil Ciprello groundout.  With two out and Carles at third, Dan Lynch was then credited with an infield single hit back at Perez, giving CSI the 1-0 lead.

That was enough for Anderson.

The Bearcats were retired in order in innings three through six.  Anderson allowed base hits in the final three frames, but Baruch was unable to move the runner passed first base.  Sandwiched between Anderson’s six strikeouts the Dolphins made plays in the field, erasing the sour feelings of game one with a perfect game in the field in the nightcap.

All told, Anderson went all nine frames, scoring the complete game shutout on six hits, not walking a batter while fanning six.  Perez also allowed just six hits in his eight frames, fanning five and walking two.

“Richie was amazing tonight,” said Head Coach Michael Mauro.  “Every time we have needed him, he has been terrific.  I couldn’t be happier for our team.”

Before the nail biting, 1-0, win by the Dolphins that clinched the Final, Baruch scored a 6-5 win in the opening game.  First, the Dolphins had to come-from-behind, as the Bearcats opened up a 4-0 lead over CSI with four runs in the fourth inning against CSI starter John Baggs.  Angel Tejada got things started with an RBI-single that plated Matthew Ballone, who opened the frame with a single.  A John Yuksekol double plated another run, while Philip Loprete followed with another single to score Tejada.  A bunt-single RBI by Daniel Arango made it 4-0 before Baggs struck out Eric Ulino and Loprete got picked off at second base to end the threat.

CSI had a quick response, getting to BC starter Connor Henson in their turn of the fourth.  With two outs and Robert Bernardo at second base, David Carles would notch an RBI-double, ad was plated himself on a Phil Ciprello RBI-single, making it 4-2.  Two innings later, CSI got even.  Baggs helped his own cause with an RBI-single to plate Chris Ramanauskas, and later, Bernardo would score again, this time via a wild pitch.

Errors then played a factor for CSI.  Baruch would plate an unearned run in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead off of reliever Anthony Storz, but, refusing to quit, CSI again pulled even in the bottom of the ninth.  With one out and Carles and third, senior Dan Lynch dropped a bunt sac bunt with Ciprello also at first.  Carles bolted for home and made it in safely to knot the game at 5-5.  BC reliever Anthony Lizardi had the last laugh, however, getting CSI’s Bryan Moreno to fly out for the final out with Ciprello stranded at second base.

After a scoreless 10th frame the game moved into the 11th and again a costly error spelled doom for CSI.  With two outs and Valerio at second base, and error on Joseph Palmeri at shortstop on a lazy pop up by Ballone allowed Valerio to cross unearned, giving BC the 6-5 edge.  CSI’s Michael Fitzpatrick rallied to close the inning, but Lizardi shut the door in the bottom of the frame, as CSI again would leave runners at first and second base, forcing a winner-take-all second game.

Fitzpatrick was the hard-luck game one loser, going 2.1 innings in relief, while Lizardi earned the win pitching 2.2 innings.

The win marked CSI’s 16th postseason championship, and their third in the last four years.  The Dolphins have hit the 30-win plateau for only the second time in program history (they won 31 in 2010), and will now await word on a potential berth into the NCAA Division III National Tourney as an at-large representative. Those announcements will be made on Monday morning.

CSI Baseball Rings in 10th Annual Grace Hillery Breast Cancer Awareness Night; Falls to Drew, 3-1

Anthony Hillery (second from right) collects with ceremonial first-pitch tossers Suzanne O

The College of Staten Island men’s baseball squad had their longest winning streak in 20 years halted at 12 games, falling to visiting Drew University tonight, 3-1, as part of the 10th Annual Grace Hillery Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Tomas D. Morales Baseball Field in Willowbrook. More important than the game, however, was the tally in the donation category, as the Dolphins tallied up a total of over $4,500 in funds to support CSI’s own Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.

Fund-raising for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative started early and never stopped at the ballpark, with money generated through T-shirt sales, raffles, 50/50, concessions, and straight donations.

The evening kicked off with introductions of the night’s guest of honor, Anthony Hillery, CSI baseball alum who lost his mother, Grace Hillery, during the 2004 season. Hillery greeted CSI President Dr. William Fritz, CSI Assistant Athletic Director Katie Arcuri, CSI coaches Mike Mauro and Neil Barbella and members of the SIBCRI, led by Executive Director Donna Gerstle. That was followed by the kick-off donation, made by title sponsor One-on-One Rehabilitation Services in the amount of $1,000, presented by Joe Saraceno and Stephen Barth. Following the initiative, the game’s ceremonial first pitch was offered by both Mrs. Patricia Parisi and Mrs. Suzanne O’Donnell, breast cancer survivors.

On the field of play, the pitcher’s duel featured a stand-off between CSI’s John Baggs and Drew’s Bobby Miskura.  Drew tallied a run in the second off of a Dominic Reyes RBI-single, but CSI erased the run with one of their own in the third.  Dan Lynch drew a two-out walk and after advancing to second base on a wild pitch, was plated by a Bryan Moreno single.  The hurlers settled from there, allowing only a pair of base runners going into the eighth frame.  There, Drew plated two unearned runs.  A dropped ball in the outfield on a would be running-catch by DiFede allowed one runner to score, and a Mark Alessio Single plated another.

CSI threatened in both the eighth and ninth.  In the final frame, CSI loaded the bases, but Miskura was left in to pitch to CSI’s Ciprello, and the frosh popped out harmlessly to left field to seal the game.  Miskura tossed the complete-game nine innings, allowing the lone run on seven hits, fanning 11.  Baggs was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs (one earned) on 9 hits through 7.2 innings, fanning three.

The loss and the unseasonably cold weather did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance, however.

During the middle of seventh inning, Hillery himself addressed the crowd thanking the many in attendance. His words were followed by an inspired version of Amazing Grace.

“I want to thank both teams, because they make this event special every year, allowing us to come back and remembering my mother,” said Hillery, during his seventh inning address. “The best part about this event is the people who make this night the success it always is.”

CSI skipper Michael Mauro agreed.  “It was a great night for Anthony and his family and it’s great for us to be a part of it,” he said. “Nights like this make us look forward to doing it over and over again.  It was a great night no matter what the score.”

The over $4,500 in money raised in 2013 brings the overall tally to over $48,000 since the event was chartered ten years ago, and CSI intends to grow the game each year.  The amount raised included a $300 shot offered by Drew’s baseball squad, which turned over its meal money for the game to the effort, commemorated in a third-inning ceremony with Drew Athletic Director Jason Fein and Head Coach Brian Hirschberg.

For CSI, the loss was bittersweet, as it marked an end to their 12-game win skein, the second longest streak in program history, matching the same length of streak they had in 1993.  CSI won 20 straight in 1992, finishing 29-4.

CSI is next in action on Friday, facing off against NYU-Polytechnic in a single contest at the Tomas D. Morales Baseball Field at 5pm.

CSI Celebrates Renaming of their Field with 10-3 Win over CCNY

After the ceremonial first pitch: (l-r) Bryan Moreno, Dr. Tomas Morales, Athletic Director Vernon Mummert, and Head Coach Michael Mauro

On a day when the College of Staten Island would honor former President Tomas D. Morales with the renaming of the baseball field in his honor, the Dolphins ran to their sixth straight win, turning back visiting City College of New York by a 10-3 count. CSI, which has now won 13 of their last 15 games, improved to 18-9, while the Beavers fell to 3-19.

Prior to first pitch, current CSI President William Fritz, helped to unveil the new plaque at the field parallel to the first base side dugout, commemorating the renaming of the CSI Baseball Complex to the Tomas D. Morales Baseball Field. Dr. Morales was on hand to greet the crowd and lend words, and was then greeted by current baseball senior and catcher Bryan Moreno, who gave a short speech and then gave Dr. Morales an autographed team cap prior to catching Dr. Morales’ first pitch in the newly named ballpark.

When festivities were over, CSI raced out to a 3-0 cushion in the game’s first inning. The runs were unearned, as CCNY committed two errors behind starter Andrew Mulvey. Freshman Joseph Cespuglio laced a two-RBI double to do the bulk of the damage, when the inning was extended because of the fielding miscues.

From there, CCNY did chip away, forcing a tie game with a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings off of CSI starter John Baggs. Kennedy Tavares, who finished 3-4 at the plate, posted an RBI-single in the third to get it to 3-1. In the fourth, an RBI double by Yoribaldis Olivo accounted for the run, and in the fifth CSI committed two errors on the same play to allow another run to cross, tying the game.

Quiet for the last three innings, the CSI bats picked up again in their turn of the fifth. Dan Lynch started the frame with a bunt single, and after stealing second and being moved over, he came in to score on a Will DiFede sac fly. Later, with runners on second and third, senior Robert Bernardo blasted a two-RBI double to center field, giving CSI back their three run lead, 6-3.

Mulvey was able to escape the inning, but CSI had more damage to be done in the sixth. James Lewis screamed a double to start the barrage and then went to third on a Lynch single. Then, when Lynch stole second, Lewis bolted from third base and was able to score, making it 7-3. With Lynch now at second, Moreno smacked an RBI-single to plate him. After registering another out, Mulvey was lifted for reliever Anthony Colon, who would face DiFede with the bases loaded. DiFede won the battle, lacing a two-RBI double to open the game to 10-3.

Then, CSI closed the door with exceptional pitching. Baggs made a nice exit by tossing a scoreless seventh, and then Michael Van Pelt and John Pignatelli worked an inning each to seal the win.

Baggs took the win, going seven strong innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, fanning seven. Mulvey took the loss, going 5.2, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 9 hits, fanning five. At the dish, Moreno, Cespuglio, David Carles, and Lynch each tallied two hits.

Today’s CSI-CCNY tilt did not count towards the CUNYAC standings. The two teams face off again tomorrow in a doubleheader at Randall’s Island, beginning at 12 Noon, in the two games that will count towards the conference standings.

Gary U.S. Bonds & His Roadhouse Rockers to Perform at the CFA


Gary U.S. Bonds & His Roadhouse Rockers will electrify the CFA Williamson Theatre this month.

Experience Gary U.S. Bonds, an American R&B and rock and roll singer. Join this legend as he rocks the stage, performing his hits such as “New Orleans,” “Quarter To Three,” and “Twist, Twist Senora.” Come and listen to Gary U.S. Bonds & His Roadhouse Rockers as they perform past hits, new songs, and some rockin’ blues. The performance will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8:00pm at the Center for the Arts (CFA) Williamson Theatre. Tickets are $26 and $23 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1P-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday, noon to 3:00pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787).

Gary U.S. Bonds is famed in the U.S., achieving his breakthrough with the release of “New Orleans” at age 19. The follow-up was the now legendary party record “Quarter To Three,”–a number-one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.

In the 1960s, Gary U.S. Bonds helped define an era of party music. In the 1980s, his records with Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve reminded us of his influence, passion, and expressive voice. Like clockwork, 20 years later, Gary arrived with a new CD of contemporary blues entitled Back in 20. This earned him “comeback of the year” honors from the Blues Foundation. Today, with the release of his newest CD, Let Them Talk, Gary continues to bring his never-ending tour to rapturous audiences.

Music critics know Gary U.S. Bonds as “a wonderful performer.” According to Rolling Stone magazine, Gary U.S Bonds has a unique and expressive voice, “some of America’s best rock and roll.”

Gary tours with his group, the very highly regarded and powerful, Roadhouse Rockers, performing his hits, some new songs, some rockin’ R&B, and generally thrilling all audiences. Find out more about Gary U.S. Bonds & His Roadhouse Rockers online.

Hurricane Photo by CSI Student Wins CUNY Photo Challenge

David Rodberg has won First Place in the CUNY Student Photo Challenge.

David Rodberg, a CSI sophomore who is a Cinema Studies major, has won First-Place honors in the CUNY Student Photo Challenge for November.

Rodberg snapped the photo, entitled, “Reflections of the Storm,” after Superstorm Sandy roared through the area, capturing the reflection of a church in his neighborhood in the flood waters that the storm left behind.

David Rodberg's Reflections of the Storm

Commenting on his motivation to take the picture, Rodberg says, “The morning after Hurricane Sandy devastated my neighborhood, I felt the need to document one of the most traumatic moments of my life by watching the high tide come back in, down my street.” He adds, “I find it interesting that there is a rich level of surrealism to this photograph, when there was only a mere perspective change of reality.”

In his spare time, Rodberg notes that he enjoys “photography, watching film, playing the drums with my band, and spending time with my girlfriend.”

Looking to the future, he states that he has “always wanted to work as a cinematographer in the Union (ASC).”

More information on the CUNY Student Photo Challenge is available online.

Basketball’s Tierno Earns CUNYAC/Modell’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month

For the month of November, College of Staten Island’s Women’s Basketball standout Olivia Tierno has been named the CUNYAC/Modell’s Scholar Athlete of the Month. The senior, a forward on the basketball team, is a role model for all student-athletes.

A psychology major boasting a 3.92 GPA with the college’s Verrazano School Honors Program, Tierno is the CSI SAAC President, a Student-Athlete Representative on the CSI’s Hall of Fame Committee and a member of the CSI Intramurals Council. She has been on the CSI’s AD SAAC Honor Roll, given to student-athletes who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The senior also works at TLC Physical Therapy where she helps patients with exercise, steam and ice, dedicates her time to the CSI Green Thumbs Community Garden providing the college community with fresh fruits and vegetables, and volunteers for Families Helping Families, assisting the special needs community on the Island.

“This award couldn’t go to anyone more deserving,” said Head Coach Tim Shanahan. “She’s so selfless on and off the court, where it really counts all while putting her time into her school work. She’s a great influence and role model.”

“Olivia is a great representative of the College of Staten Island and the Verrazano School,” commented Dr. Charles Liu, the school’s director. “She combines high academic achievement with a dedication to the community, and we are very proud of her excellence in leadership.”

On the court, the forward averaged 17 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 30 minutes per game for the month of November. In a game against Green Mountain, Tierno made 10 baskets resulting in 28 points, recorded 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes. She leads her team in points, points per game and steals and is shooting 44% from the field. Within the CUNYAC, the Staten Island native is second in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage, fifth in free-throw percentage, sixth in steals, eleventh in three-point field goals and thirteenth in assists.

“It an honor to receive this award and it means that much more to receive it in my senior year,” exclaimed Tierno. “I’m proud to win something like this where I’m recognized for both my work on the court and in the classroom.”

NCAA Features CSI Athletes for Sandy Relief Effort

Members of CSI Swimming & Diving continue to collect for the relief effort

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the damaging impact on our community, a collection of student-athletes at the College of Staten Island have been a major part of the relief effort.  CSI’s Victoria Donegan (women’s soccer) and Jessica Pifalo (women’s swimming) are just two of many faces in the community serving as activists for the efforts, and ambassadors of CSI athletics at the sites since Day One, and their story is chronicled today by NCAA News reporter Brian Hendrickson on

Residents of Staten Island, the pair of CSI standouts have made extraordinary efforts in the recovery effort, from volunteering time at shelters helping the displaced, to organizing donations at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center.  Together with nearby student-athletes from Wagner College, the pair have set the groundwork for extraordinary giving and compassion during this critical time.  We want to thank Jessica and Tori for their efforts and all of those who are continuing the effort during this tumultuous time.  Collections are being collected in 1R-204 for all who wish to donate.

CSI Professor Tracks the Rise of the Super-Rich

With the recent protests around Wall Street drawing attention to the rise of economic inequality in the United States, College of Staten Island Assistant Professor of Sociology Thomas Volscho has recently published an article in the American Sociological Review that aims to explain the rapid 30-year rise of the super-rich.

The study titled, “The Rise of the Super-Rich: Power Resources, Taxes, Financial Markets, and Dynamics of the Top One Percent, 1949 to 2008,” co-authored by Volscho and Nathan J. Kelly of the University of Tennessee, provides useful information for general audiences and policymakers as it uncovers some of the factors leading to the rise of the one percent.

According to the study, the income share of the top one percent grew rapidly after 1980—from ten percent in 1981 to 23.5 percent in 2007, a 135-percent increase. “We found evidence that congressional shifts to the Republican Party, diminishing union membership, lower tax rates, and financial asset bubbles in stock and real estate markets played a strong role in the rise of the one percent,” said Volscho. 

Whether the President is Republican or Democrat does not matter, but Republican control of Congress is quite important for increasing the income share going to the richest one percent. While Volscho and Kelly found that Republican strength in Congress was associated with higher levels of inequality, the link between politics and inequality was not merely due to redistribution of income because they examined the pre-tax market distribution of income.

“Democrats are more favorable than Republicans toward social programs that redistribute income but the parties also differ over what the economic rules of the game should be,” Volscho said.  “Based on our analysis, Democrats appear to favor an economic system that produces more egalitarian outcomes even before any redistribution occurs.”

One of the biggest factors of this shift is directly tied to private sector union membership as periods of union membership are associated with a diminished income going to the very rich.

“As union membership has decreased, a greater share of income has shifted toward the top one percent,” Volscho said.  “With a decrease in union membership, worker’s wage bargaining power diminishes and this can increase firms’ market value and their profitability.  A higher market value often translates into higher stock prices and executive compensation, thereby shifting income toward the top.

Another major factor that the authors found was that the stock market bubble (1995-2000) and the housing bubble (1998-2006) helped transfer a substantial amount of income to the very rich because most of the stock and bond wealth is owned by a small minority.  The authors conclude that the findings strongly suggest that income inequality is not a natural consequence of the market; it is politically produced.