After a rather busy week of baseball, the College of Staten Island received some good tidings this week, with a pair of weekly awards bestowed by the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Joe Palmeri took home the conference’s Player of the Week honor, while Nick Delprete earned the week’s Rookie of the Week citation. CSI went 3-3 on the week, with the highlight being a doubleheader CUNYAC sweep of John Jay College on Saturday.
Palmeri hit safely in five of the six games this week, which included a 4-5 with two RBI performance against St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn this past Wednesday. In Saturday’s double with John Jay, Palmeri scattered three hits, a pair of RBI and three runs tallied, along with a double, walk, and sac fly. Palmeri led the team this week with 10 hits and seven runs scored, sporting a healthy .556 at the dish. The week lent itself to what has been an extraordinary season thus far for the sophomore, who leads the squad with a .458 batting average. The infielder has 33 hits, 13 more than any other Dolphin, leading the squad in doubles (12) and runs scored (23) as well.
Delprete hasn’t waited long to make his mark as a rookie. Making all six starts last week, Delprete finished with a five-game hit streak, scoring a lone multi-hit game against SJC. He batted .316 on the week (6-19), spreading out a trio of RBI and runs scored with a double and a walk. For the season, Delprete sports a .270 batting average, and is tied for second on the team with 10 bases on balls and third on the squad with five stolen bags. Platooning at second base, Delprete is second on the squad with 46 fielding assists.
CSI had its first contest of the week against Mount Saint Mary washed away due to rain on Tuesday, and will get back to action on Thursday against Farmingdale State on the road at 4pm.