CSI Softball Defeats Bloodhounds in Double Header
by Jessica Pifalo
The College of Staten Island Softball Team returned home after spring training in Florida to host the Bloodhounds of John Jay College on March 21,2014 at the CSI Softball Complex. The defending CUNYAC Champions would show their dominance by trumping the Bloodhounds in both games with scores of 8-0 in game one and 11-3 in game two.
Hitting the field in game one, the Dolphins were able to shut out the Bloodhounds with freshman pitcher Jacqueline Cautela, who threw a one-hitter tallying eight strikeouts. Cautela would show her dominance early in the game as she went one two three in the first three innings.
The Dolphins would get on the board early when Senior Victoria Procopio singled advancing Solari to second base and Smith to third when the Bloodhounds would see themselves commit a throwing error, sending Solari to third and Smith to score as the Dolphins led the Bloodhounds 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
The Dolphins came up again and attacked when Christina Tufano singled, sending Solari and Procopio to score as the Dolphins extended their lead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
The Dolphins capitalized on John Jay’s poor fielding an inning later as the runs just kept pouring in. Sophomore Chyanne Gilliam would advance to first after another John Jay error. That’s when Cautela slammed a triple to right field, sending Gilliam home to score, making the score 4-0. After Smith singled to shortstop, Gilliam would advance to score with Smith right after her as she stole second and third and would score unearned after a throwing error by John Jay’s pitcher, as the Bloodhounds would see themselves down 6-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
The Bloodhound’s poor fielding continued through the bottom of the second as CSI drove in two more runs after Solari was able to get on base after an error by the Bloodhound’s second baseman. Procopio added a double, advancing Solari to third base after yet another John Jay error. Tufano would seal the final two runs with a single to center field, sending Solari and Procopio to score as the Dolphins would finish the last two and a half innings scoreless but come out with the 8-0 victory.
Jumping into game two, Victoria Procopio was on the mound for the home squad as she kept a clean record through the first inning, until John Jay got their first run of the evening after a fielding error for the Dolphins. CSI was able to answer quickly in the bottom of the second inning when Maxine Jasko scored on a wild pitch, advancing Alyssa Setteducato to third base. Gilliam blasted a line drive as it went right past John Jay’s third baseman, sending Setteducato to score. The Dolphins took control of game two from there, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth and another run in the top of the fifth.
With the win, the Dolphins are 5-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Dolphins will hit the road to travel to Union, NJ to take on the Cougars of Kean University on March 22 in doubleheader action. The Dolphins will jump back into conference play on March 29, where they will take on CUNYAC foe Hunter College at Randall’s Island in a double-header, game times are set for 12pm and 2pm.