Men’s Look to Repeat as CUNYAC Champions
By Frank Costagliola
The Dolphins concluded their season by splitting a doubleheader the with the Bearcats on April 30 while also securing the number one seed in the CUNYAC Postseason Championship.
CSI only needed one victory against Baruch College to ensure a first place seed in the postseason, and that’s exactly what they got.
While Baruch managed to capture a 5-4 victory over the Dolphins in game one, the Dolphins were unfazed in game two and easily beat the Bearcats 7-1.
Baruch would strike first in game one, and would score the game’s first run in the bottom of the 2nd.
CSI would soon retaliate by scoring two runs in the top of the 3rd, thanks in part to a two run double by senior Joe Palmeri.
The Dolphins lead wouldn’t last long as the Bearcats would go on to score a decisive four runs in the bottom of the 4th.
CSI’s starting pitcher, Tom Musson, pitched strongly through the game’s first three innings, but would then give up two earned runs in the bottom of the 4th, and an additional two more unearned runs thanks to errors by the Dolphins defense.
The Dolphins would score another run in the top of the fifth making it a 5-3 game heading into the 9th inning.
After a scoreless 6th inning for both the Dolphins and Bearcats, CSI would threaten in the top of the 7th.
Baruch would get two easy outs to start the inning, but shortly after the Dolphins would have a man on first and second.
The Dolphins would score a run off a fielder’s choice error and were setting themselves up for a late game rally.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins’ luck would end there, and the lose the game 5-4 on a Frank Smith pop up.
The Bearcats would also get on the board first in the second game of the doubleheader, but that would be the only run they would get for the remainder of the game.
The Dolphins bats however, would come alive in game two and would manage to produce an impressive 7 runs.
This was arguably the most needed victory for the Dolphins this season as the winner of the game would get the top seed in the postseason.
It initially appeared that the Dolphins were hungover from the close game one loss handed to them by the Bearcats in game one.
Baruch starting pitcher Ryan Smith would blank CSI in the first two innings of game two, but in the top of the 3rd the Dolphins would produce three runs.
The Dolphins were so successful in game two thanks to an excellent performance from their starting pitcher Christian Capellan.
Capellan has been one of the Dolphins most consist pitchers all season long and his teammates were counting on him for a big performance in the doubleheader.
Capellan would give the Dolphins exactly what they needed and pitched a complete game. In 7 innings, Capellan only gave up one run and 8 hits.
The Dolphins were able to feed off their teammate’s dominant pitching performance by scoring another four runs in the remainder of the game.
With a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the 9th the Dolphins tacked on three more insurance runs.
The Bearcats would threaten with two base runners in the bottom of the 7th, but Capellan would shortly wrap things up and get the victory.
CSI will face the winner of a number 4 vs number 5 seed, single elimination matchup right after the conclusion of the game.
As for the seven seniors who were honored before the doubleheader, they look to go out as champions on last time before the collegiate playing careers are over.