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Baseball’s Hot Start Not Enough to Overcome Staten Island

Josh Battaglia at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.
Josh Battaglia at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.

Plating a pair of first-inning runs, the D'Youville baseball team could not hold onto its early lead, as the Saints dropped their East Coast Conference series opener against Staten Island, 10-4, Friday afternoon at the CSI Baseball Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.

With the loss, the Saints moved to 2-20 overall and 0-15 in the ECC, while the Dolphins improved to 4-14 on the season and 4-12 in league action.

It was a hit parade for both sides, as ten players tallied multi-hit performances and the two teams combined for 26 hits on the afternoon.

Junior first baseman Shane Critelli got the Saints on the board in the first inning, as three-straight singles to lead off the ballgame allowed Critelli to rip a double to the left-field wall, scoring sophomores Mateo Santos and Jeremy Glinski and putting D'Youville up, 2-0.

The Saints added another run in the fourth when senior third baseman Matt Guenther walked, as sophomore shortstop Nate Mucci followed with a single and a Dolphins error on the play brought Guenther across home plate.

Staten Island struck back in the home half of the fourth, as Angel Santiago doubled home Peter Lombardo, and Santiago later scored himself off a sacrifice fly by Sal Trancucci.

The fifth inning saw the Dolphins take the lead, as four-straight extra-base hits to start the frame, including a Nick Cippoletti triple and back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles, put the Dolphins in front, 5-3. Trancucci drove in two more runs later in the inning, doubling in Lombardo and Santiago, and Louie Mandile doubled home Trancucci to extend the CSI advantage to 8-3.

Bryan Birkhead finished off Staten Island's scoring in the seventh, hitting a two-run double that gave the Dolphins a 10-3 cushion.

Freshman Alex Dzimian got one run back for D'Youville in the ninth, connecting on a single up the middle that advanced Mucci home, but that would be it for the Saints in the series opener.

Getting the start for CSI, Nick Metzger went six innings and struck out three, picking up the victory despite surrendering two earned runs on 10 hits. Steven Collica entered in relief and recorded three strikeouts in three innings of work, allowing one D'Youville run.

Dzimian started strong on the mound for the Saints by shutting out CSI for the first three frames, but ended up only lasting 4.2 innings and was handed the loss with six earned runs. Coming out of the bullpen, sophomore Jared Glowniak threw 3.2 innings, punching out two batters while allowing one earned run.

Notables – The all-time series moved to 5-0 in favor of the Dolphins … Sophomore Josh Battaglia's three hits are a career high for the left fielder … Friday was Glinski's fourth multi-hit game of the season, and Dzimian's third multi-hit contest … Glinski raised his ECC-leading stolen base total to 17 with a steal in the third inning, but was caught stealing for only the second time this season later in the frame … Glowniak's outing was a career-long for the right-hander.

Up Next – The Saints and Dolphins conclude the series on Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch for game one is slated for noon.