The College of Staten Island baseball team will hit the road today to take on William Paterson University at 3:30pm in Wayne, NJ. The Dolphins are coming off of a solid pair of wins over Montclair State University over the weekend to improve their record to 10-6 overall.
CSI vs. WILLIAM PATERSON AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (10-6 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. William Paterson (10-7 Overall, 0-0 NJAC)
Where: Jeff Albies Field – 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, NJ
First Pitch: 3:30 pm
All-Time Series: WPU leads 20-5
Last Year’s Result: CSI lost, 2-3
Players to Watch (CSI): For the Dolphins it will be Nick Delprete leading the way, as he has acquired 22 hits through 58 at bats this season which leads the Dolphins. Delprete is also very efficient at the plate and has only struck out four times in 16 games this year and gets on base 45% of the time. George Kantzian leads the Dolphins with a .405 batting average as well as 12 doubles. Kantazian also heavily leads the team in slugging percentage with .690.
Players to Watch (WPU): The Pioneers are led by Mike Abate who boasts a .427 batting average with 32 hits, which are a team high, in 75 at bats this season. In the last meeting against the Dolphins last week, Abate went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Eriq Colon will be a batter the Dolphins will want to be wary of this time around as he hit a homerun on them last time and has tallied four on the year, a team high.
News and Notes: These two teams met last week at the CSI Baseball Complex and saw the Pioneers escape with a narrow 13-11 victory in a game that took 11 innings to find a winner. The Dolphins have won just once in the last five meetings against William Paterson and will seek revenge for letting last week’s meeting slip through their fingers. Staten Island is riding a two game win streak into this afternoon’s game while William Paterson recently fell to Manhattanville College 8-9. The Pioneers will come into this afternoon’s game hitting .302 as a squad and have eight homeruns as a team while the Dolphins are hitting .289 as a team and have no homeruns this year.