After almost two weeks of inactivity, the College of Staten Island baseball team is finally looking to get back on the diamond, traveling to Yarphank, NY, to take on SUNY-Maritime in an 11am doubleheader at the Baseball Heaven Sports Complex. The Dolphins are 5-1 overall after a tour in Myrtle Beach, but haven’t played since March 6. As for the Privateers, they are 4-5 on the season thus far and have been idle since March 11.
CSI vs SUNY-MARITIME AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (4-1 Overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. SUNY-Maritime (4-5 overall, 0-0 Skyline)
Where: Baseball Heaven Sports Complex – 350 Sills Road – Yarphank, NY 11980
First Pitch: 11:00am / 1:30pm
All-Time Series: CSI leads 9-6
Players To Watch (CSI): The Dolphins got off to a quality start and for their respective efforts Glenn Glennerster earned CUNYAC Player of the Week and Nick Meola won Rookie of the Week after a doubleheader win over Chatham last week that wrapped up their six game swing in Myrtle Beach. Anthony DiMarco is the team leader so far with a .467 batting average, adding five extra base hits, including a homer and four doubles. Meola and Frank Muzzio are right behind at .429 this season, each going 6-14 at the plate. Starting pitchers Chris Capellan and Ryan Kennedy both are 1-0 with 0.00 ERA’s, having pitched complete game shutouts in their last outings.
Players To Watch (MAR): Through 9 games, Connor Alwan paces the Privateers with a .409 average, while Stephen Semler is behind at .367, but has spread five extra base-hits including two homers and two triples, easily leading the squad with 12 RBI. Chris Deddo leads the team with five bases on balls and a .500 on-base percentage. Matthew Paghidas and Travis Bruinsma are both 2-0 this season on hill, each winning a start and another in relief appearances. Both lead the team with eight innings pitched with both boasting a 1.13 ERA.
News & Notes: These teams have split the last two doubleheaders when they have faced off. Last year the double was played at CSI, with the Privateers winning game one, 9-8, followed by a 5-4 CSI win in game two. Although the Dolphins hold a 9-6 series advantage, Maritime has taken five of the last seven meetings and the series is 2-2 when played away from Staten Island. Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since 2013. Maritime has dropped four of their last five and will look to recapture their earlier form in Florida, when they started 3-1. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have tied their best start ever under current coach Michael Mauro, matching last year’s 5-1 start. CSI started 6-1 back in 2002. Their best start ever was back in 1992 at 7-0. Although still early in the season, the Dolphins’ 3.21 team ERA this season ranks third all-time.