The College of Staten Island men’s baseball and women’s softball units are back in action today, and will battle the drizzle to try and get some more work on the diamond in. In a game that’s been shuffled around over the last 24 hours, the Baseball squad will be taking on City College of New York at 4pm at Randall’s Island Field #53, while the women will travel to Brooklyn College to take on the Bulldogs in a doubleheader beginning at 4:30pm.
Despite pitting up two CUNYAC opponents, today’s baseball 9-inning contest will not count towards the conference standings. The two sides will meet later in the year for a pair of seven-inning games that will determine how the teams situate in the conference ledger. It will be an interesting tilt, however, as the Dolphins and Beavers are two of only three CUNYAC sides that boast a winning overall record. CSI is one-game over at 7-6, recently seeing their four-game win streak snapped at the hands of Kean University yesterday afternoon, 6-1. CCNY comes in with a 5-3-1 overall mark.
In recent memory the series has belonged to CSI. The Dolphins have won 19 games in a row in the series dating back to 2007, and the Dolphins own an all-time 55-7 mark against the Beavers. The two teams met twice last year, with CSI taking 10-1, and 11-4, wins. The last time CCNY scored wins over CSI was back when they took three-straight over the Dolphins during the 2007 season, including a 15-7 win in the playoffs that year, the last time the two teams met in the postseason.
In Brooklyn, the matchup between the Dolphins and the Bulldogs has the makings of being a big one. Although still early in the season, the double-dip could well define who finishes tops in the conference at year’s end as they are the only teams (with the exception of York which has yet to play) that do not have conference losses yet this season. Both teams are 2-0 in CUNYAC play, with CSI having rolled by John Jay College, and Brooklyn ripping Baruch College this weekend. CSI is 5-4 overall on the year, while Brooklyn is a crisp 7-5.
The overall series between the two sides swings heavily in favor of CSI. The dolphins are 40-11 all-time against Brooklyn, having won 31 of the last 32 meetings dating back to 1999. The lone Brooklyn win came in the 2012 postseason, when the Bulldogs bested the Dolphins, 5-4. In their three meetings last year, CSI won 13-1 and 5-0 during the regular season, and then took a 4-1 win in the postseason.