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College of Staten Island captures CUNY baseball title with 1-0 victory over Baruch Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 9:49 AM

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Kevin Flood

James Lewis' single to deep left field in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the College of Staten Island a 1-0 win over Baruch in the CUNY Conference tournament championship game Tuesday night at MCU Park in Brooklyn. CSI starter Rich Anderson and Baruch pitcher Jesus Izarra hooked up in a classic pitching duel through 9½ innings of scoreless baseball until the Bearcats finally blinked in the bottom of the 10th frame.

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CSI’s Matt Morales grounded out to second

The College of Staten Island Dolphins celebrate their 1-0 victory over Baruch in 10 innings Tuesday night. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)

to start the inning, but Pat Gale got aboard

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on a sharp line drive to second base that

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was misplayed by Anthony Melendez. Joe Falcone was intentionally walked after Gale swiped second, and Sal Todaro walked to load the bases with one out. Henry Roman lifted a fly to left that was knocked down by the strong winds and Gale had to stay at third as Lewis, a freshman from Xaverian HS, came to the plate. “It was my fifth at-bat against Izarra, so I had already seen all his pitches,” said Lewis, who had a pair of singles and was hit by a pitch in his first four trips to the plate. “He throws a fastball, change and a slider. With the bases loaded and a 2-1 count, I was looking fastball.” That’s exactly what Lewis got and the outfielder drilled the high fastball over the left-fielder’s head and seconds later was being mobbed by his teammates between first and second base.

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