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Baseball Unable to Capitalize on Early Leads, Falling Twice at Staten Island

Jared Glowniak vs. Molloy on April 20, 2021.
Jared Glowniak vs. Molloy on April 20, 2021.

Striking first in both ends of the doubleheader against the College of Staten Island, the D'Youville baseball team was still unable to claim its first league victory in East Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at the CSI Baseball Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.

A back-and-forth contest in game one ended up going to the Dolphins, 8-5, due to an untimely Saints error, while CSI had to pull off a comeback for the third-straight game in the nightcap, defeating D'Youville by a 7-3 score.

With Saturday's action, the Saints shifted to 2-22 overall and 0-18 in the ECC, while the hosts moved to 6-14 on the season and 6-12 in league play.

Game One Recap

The Saints got going in the third, as sophomore Jeremy Glinski tripled to score fellow sophomore Jared Glowniak after Glowniak was plunked to start the frame. Freshman Alex Dzimian then plated Glinski with a single, ushering the Saints out to a 2-0 advantage.

Senior Renato Quinones added to the lead in the fourth, getting in a rundown between first and second that allowed junior Alex Liem to sneak home from third base.

D'Youville widened its cushion to 4-0 in the fifth when Dzimian ripped a double that brought in Glowniak.

The Dolphins cut the Saints' lead in half during the home half of the sixth, as Peter Lombardo doubled after the first two CSI batters collected singles.

Despite a strong start on the mound by Glowniak, Staten Island finally chased the right-hander in the seventh by loading the bases. After a call to the D'Youville bullpen, back-to-back walks evened the contest at 4-4, and a sacrifice fly from Sal Trancucci advanced Shendi Ulaj home to grab the 5-4 lead for the Dolphins.

The Saints had their own answer in the eighth, as sophomore Josh Battaglia, Liem and Quinones all reached safely to load the bases. Following a strikeout that made it two down, pinch-hitting junior Shane Critelli took one for the team, being hit by a pitch that allowed Battaglia to scoot home and tie the game once again.

The bottom of the eighth did not go as well for the Saints, as CSI loaded the bases with no outs. On in relief, Dzimian got two Dolphins to strike out swinging and induced a flyball to center, but the ball was dropped, clearing the bases of Staten Island runners. After taking an 8-5 lead, Steven Collica had to grind through a rally attempt by D'Youville in the ninth, but got a groundout and flyout to seal the win.

Staten Island's Kevin Ryan did not factor into the decision but lasted 7.1 innings to start the game, giving up five runs while recording seven strikeouts. Adam Gonzalez got one out in the eighth, and Collica closed out the victory, picking up his first win of the season with two hits allowed in 1.1 innings.

Glowniak pitched a career-long 6.1 innings, surrendering five runs but striking out three Dolphins. Senior Adam Lampman followed by getting the final two outs of the seventh, and Dzimian was handed the loss after being saddled with three unearned runs in one inning on the hill.

Game Two Recap

A pitchers' duel early on, Lampman and Trancucci both held their opposing order scoreless through the first three innings, but each side got on the board in the fourth.

Back-to-back singles from Glinski and Dzimian to begin the fourth frame were followed by Battaglia being hit by a pitch, bringing Critelli to the plate. Critelli, repeating Friday's performance, launched a double that brought in Glinski and Dzimian, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead. Quinones made it 3-0 right after, using a sacrifice fly to plate Battaglia.

CSI answered in the bottom of the inning, as Collica ripped a pinch-hit, two-run double that cut the D'Youville advantage to 3-2.

The fifth inning saw the Dolphins go in front, as Thomas Marten roped a lead-off double and come home on a Saints error to tie the game. Louie Mandile recorded a double of his own later in the frame, plating two and putting CSI in the lead, 5-3.

Lombardo and Bryan Birkhead added to the Dolphins edge in the sixth, as both tallied RBI singles that brought the CSI lead to 7-3. D'Youville was unable to mount a comeback in the seventh, as Trancucci set the Saints down in order, closing out his complete-game victory.

Trancucci finished his day with nine strikeouts over seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Handed the loss, Lampman ended up on the hook for seven runs in his six innings of work, punching out three CSI batters.

Notables – With the twin-bill sweep, Staten Island holds a 5-0 edge in the all-time series … Glinski's steal in the second game gave him an ECC-leading 18 stolen bases this season … Saturday's opener was Liem's first multi-hit game since March 13, 2020 against Cazenovia … Glinski improved to five multi-hit games on the campaign, while Dzimian now has four multi-hit contests in 2021 … Lampman has now worked six-plus innings on six occasions this season … Critelli recorded at least one RBI in every game of the weekend series … Quinones enters the final week of the season on a four-game hitting streak.

Up Next – The Saints finish off the season with a three-game home series against No. 19 St. Thomas Aquinas next weekend (May 7-8).