Win Ends Five Game Losing Streak
By Nick Ceraso
After three postponements to the CSI baseball schedule, the Dolphins finally played their home opener with an 8-3 win over Baruch College in the first of a doubleheader.
However, the undefeated record at home did not last long as Baruch won 10-3 in the second game.
The Dolphins ended the doubleheader with a 3-6 record and a 1-1 record in the CUNYAC. Baruch finished the doubleheader with a 4-11 record and a 1-1 CUNYAC record.
The win marked the Dolphins’ fourth straight home opener win.
“It feels good to get the first home win of the season,” said Russell. “Coach told us to go out there hacking, put the ball in play.”
Starting Pitcher Brian Russell, who started the opening day game, pitched a complete game in the home opener, and game one of the doubleheader.
Russell allowed three runs and only one earned run. Russell did not allow an extra base hit as he only gave up four hits–all singles–as he needed just 91 pitches to move his record to 2-1.
In the fifth inning of the first game Nick Delprete hit a game-tying RBI triple, his third of the season, to even the score at three. The next at bat in the game brought in the lead run, caused by an error by Baruch’s shortstop.
Delprete finished the first game with three hits, including a triple and three runs batted in. Delprete was the only player to have multiple hits in both games.
“This game we hit the ball, I think we had eleven hits,” said Delprete. “We just want to put the bat on the ball to give our pitchers a better chance.”
The bottom of the order played strongly. The six through nine batters, Glenn Glennerster, John Mercado, Phil Ciprello, and Frank Sconzo with a combined total of seven hits, six runs scored, and two runs batted in.
“I was much happier with the hitting today,” said Coach Mauro. “When you have the bottom of the lineup contribute the way they did, we are going to win games.”
In the second game of the doubleheader Baruch scored early. As Baruch’s first basemen Zachary Uher hit in the top of the first with the bases loaded, he smashed a three run double.
CSI’s starting pitcher Mike Fitzpatrick was taken out and replaced with Ryan Kennedy.
CSI would even the score in the fourth with a double from Phil Ciprello, bringing Francis Munoz home from first.
Ciprello was able to advance to third when Munoz was thrown out at the plate and then scored on a wild pitch–the second time in the game a run came about from a wild pitch for CSI.
Baruch would regained the lead in the fifth with no outs and a runner on first. Centerfielder Glen Glennester made a diving stab but the ball got by him, resulting in an RBI double.
Baruch from that point did not look back as they scored two more runs in the fifth.
Going into the doubleheader, CSI was on a five game losing streak for four of the five games that the Dolphins scored two or less runs.
“Its always good to win the first game of a doubleheader,” said Coach Mauro. “Conference game or nonconference game just trying to get wins together that’s all we need.”