The College of Staten Island baseball squad is coming off of their best showing ever at Spring Training, accumulating a 5-1 overall record with four straight wins, and now the unit will usher in the home portion of their season today, when they take on St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn for a 12 Noon doubleheader at the CSI Baseball Complex. The Bears come in looking for their first victory, starting the season 0-5 on their recent swing to Florida.
CSI vs. ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (BK) AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-1 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn (0-5 Overall, 0-0 Skyline)
Where: CSI Baseball Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 13-4
Last Year’s Results: CSI won both games, 7-3 & 4-0
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI captain Nick Delprete came off of a southern swing hitting .368 with three doubles, and that came on the heels of being named the CUNYAC’s Preseason Player of the Year. Reigning CUNYAC Rookie of the Year Glenn Glennerster also enjoyed a solid start, scattering five hits and stealing a CSI-best three bases. On the hill Christian Capellen, Peter Bellina, Gerard Esposito and Dan Newman combined to pitch 16.2 scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach, and will look to stay in form today.
Players to Watch (SJC-BK): For the Bears Nicholas LoPrinzi and Brian Luebcke are the team lead through five games with healthy .389 batting averages, scattering 7 hits in 18 at-bats. Luebcke also had a quality start in Florida on the hill yielding just one earned run in 9 innings pitched, fanning 10. Mitch Brigando holds a 1.29 ERA in seven quality innings as well.
News & Notes: Every game in the series between these two teams has taken place at CSI and the Dolphins have won three in a row in the series and 10 of the last 12 meetings. SJC’s only two wins in that span came in 2013 and 2014, both by way of shutouts. In the last three meetings CSI has out-scored the Bears, 17-8. Run support has been an issue for the Bears as they have scored just 14 runs over their first five contests, and the team is batting just .213. That’s good news for the Dolphins, who have done a fantastic job on the mound thus far, boasting a team ERA of just 3.64 and an opponent batting average of just .236. CSI’s 5-1 start is their best start since 2002, when they started the season 6-1. CSI’s finest start ever came 10 years prior in 1992, when they raced out to a 7-0 start. That year marked the last year CSI qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.