CSI wins CUNYAC baseball championship…again
by Bryan Fonseca
May 10, 2017 | 37228 views | 0 0 comments | 384 384 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo: Luis E. Velez
Photo: Luis E. Velez
For the third consecutive year, the College of Staten Island took home the City University of New York Athletic Conference championship from their rivals at Baruch College, whom they’ve faced in six of the last seven finals.

Entering the CUNYAC double-elimination postseason, the CSI Dolphins stood at 23-10-1, and began with a 6-4 loss to John Jay College on May 4.

The Dolphins followed with 6-1 win over John Jay, a 21-3 beating over the City College of New York, and back-to-back victories in a winner-take-all scenario over Baruch by scores of 6-3 and 5-0, respectively.

Freshman designated hitter Nick Meola, who earned CUNYAC Most Valuable Playoff honors for the tournament, hit .400 and recorded three RBIs during the postseason, two of which came in the first win over Baruch.

“He very rarely talks,” said CSI head coach Michael Mauro of his star freshman. “He just takes baseball like a business. He had a great series for us and he was just so reliable. When he would come up to bat, I always thought he was going to get a hit.”

Meola notably went 3-for-5 and had two runs scored in the final game, which gave CSI the most wins they’ve had since they recorded 31 in 2013.

A big few days for Meola caps off his season with a batting average of .331 with 44 base hits and 22 RBI’s in 38 games.

Meola was selfless after the game, crediting his teammates with their collective efforts over the rugged few days.

“It’s an honor to play with these guys,” Meola said post-game. “We lost that first game and we kept battling. It’s more (about) how much we believe in each other, and how much we fight for each other. We never give up.”

CSI sophomore pitcher Chris Karnbach came up big in game two, pitching nine complete innings of shutout baseball, where he also had three strikeouts.

“He was awesome,” Meola said of his teammate. “That was probably the best game he threw all year. We’ve never doubted him, he’s come up big before and he came up huge today.”

The aforementioned coach Mauro took over at CSI in 2009, and has since put together a dynasty. After the victory, an elated Mauro simply said that the winning feeling never gets old.

“Everyone is excited every time it happens,” he said. “Because you’re dealing with different kids on the team, every time you win it is great, because it’s a different experience each time.

“The one good thing about this teams is that we persevere,” Mauro added. “So many times we’ve been down, and we’ve come back.”

Both games can be watched in full on the Backpack Broadcasting YouTube channel, where the championship baseball was streamed live.
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