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Ending hurt, but College of Staten Island softball team's season was still special Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:40 PM

By

Jerry Lee

WILLOWBROOK -- The College of Staten Island (CSI) softball team was on a huge roll. The Dolphins captured their 14th City University of New York (CUNY) championship since 1980 and earned an accompanying bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) regional tournament in Cortland, N.Y. Then, in the second inning of its opening Photos courtesy of Kellie Carnevale CSI seniors, from left above, Michelle Ferraiuolo, Jen Volpe and Joanna Tepedino are all smiles as they leave the field after winning the CUNY championship.

game against Moravian College (Pa.), the Dolphins exploded for five runs — a school record in NCAA play —to take a commanding 5-0 lead with ace righty Danielle Ponsiglione on the mound.

“When we scored those runs, I’m thinking, this roll we’re on is just continuing,” said head coach Stella Porto. Little did she know, it was the beginning of the end. Moravian tied the game in the middle innings and then won it in dramatic, last-inning fashion with a gameending three-run homer. “They didn’t quit and eventually started timing Danielle’s pitches, and we just never were able to add on,” said Ms. Porto.

It wasn’t surprising when CSI was eliminated later in the day when it suffered an 8-1 loss to King’s (Pa.) College.

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