CSI Sweeps CCNY in Doubleheader for Division Title
By Nick Ceraso
The Dolphins swept a doubleheader against City College, clinching the CUNYAC Division for a third consecutive season.
They took game one 11-5 and game two 12-3, in extra innings.
The Dolphins have now won ten of their last eleven games. Strong defense in game one of the doubleheader was key for the win.
In the bottom of the first, second baseman Nick Delprete made a diving catch to snag the second out of the inning.
The biggest play of game one happened in the bottom of the second.
With CSI leading 2-1, CCNY threatened with a runner on third and one out, but a fly ball hit to centerfielder Bobby Drake, who then gunned the runner out at the plate for an inning-ending double play, maintaining the Dolphins’ one-run lead.
“Definitely the play at home was a huge moment for us,” said Ryan Kennedy, who started.
“The team helped out a lot today and Drake came up in a big way.”
Defensive gems continued for the Dolphins. In the bottom of the third, with a 4-1 lead, CCNY had runners on the corners and the tying run at the plate.
Kennedy was able to force CCNY batter Adrian Pena to hit a ground ball, which lead to an inning ending double play.
With the win Kennedy improved to 3-2.
He pitched five innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks and threw 80 pitches, 46 of them for strikes.
“I didn’t have my best stuff out there,” said Kennedy. “But hey, a win is a win.”
CCNY junior starting pitcher Jose Aquino, 3-5, took the loss as he went three and a third, allowing seven runs while striking out four.
The offense was certainly was there for CSI as the team had twelve hits in the game.
Four of the hits came from freshman Glen Glennerster who went a perfect four-for-four at the plate.
The middle of CSI’s lineup, Frank Muzzio, Frank Smith, and Glennerster, went six-for-ten with six runs scored and four runs batted in.
Eight of the Dolphins’ nine batters reached base with a hit.
“The freshmen have stepped up so much this season,” said senior Anthony Storz.
“With the four-for-four game Glen Glennerster is closing in on a .500 average.”
With game one in the books the atmosphere in the CSI dugout was all the same.
Each player knew if they won game two they would clinch the top spot in the CUNYAC Division.
CSI got on the board first in the game when in the first inning Glennerster hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, allowing Elijah Rodriguez to score.
With the score tied at two in the bottom of the sixth, CCNY put three consecutive men on base.
With one out, sophomore Jhosse Estrella hit a single, giving CCNY their first lead of the game at 3-2.
With one out in the top of the seventh inning CSI responded with a triple from Nick Delprete.
Frank Muzzio then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to tie the game
The game went to extra innings and in the top of the ninth CSI scored nine runs, giving them the victory.
CSI sophomore Jason Faillia came into to the game as a relief pitcher.
Faillia, 2-1, got the win, throwing 75 pitches over four innings, striking out five, and giving up no runs on seven hits and one walk.
CSI starter and freshman Jeff Manzi got a no-decision as he pitched five innings, striking out three, and allowing three runs on ten hits and two walks.
Manzi threw 87 pitches, 57 of them for strikes.
CCNY starting pitcher Sacha Urbach got a no decision as he threw 135 pitches over seven innings, striking out ten, and allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and eight walks.
Senior Brian Collado, 0-1, got the loss as he allowed nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits and one walk, striking out two in one and one third innings.
Nick Delprete was the only player on CSI in game two to have a multi-hit game.
Delprete went four-for-six with three runs scored and three runs batted in.
He scored the game’s tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the ninth.
CSI in the doubleheader scored 23 runs on 25 hits.
“Since I have been here this is probably the best offensive team I have seen,” said senior Robert Jannace.