The College of Staten Island softball squad will finally return to action after having their last four doubleheaders cancelled on them due to bad weather. The Dolphins come into today’s doubleheader 5-5 overall and will be glad to finally step back on the diamond and play against another team. The women will take on CUNYAC opponents Lehman College today at the CSI Softball Complex in their first conference action of the season.
CSI vs. LEHMAN AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-5 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. Lehman (1-7 overall, 0-2 CUNYAC)
Where: CSI Softball Complex – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
First Pitch: 12:00 pm
All-Time Series: CSI leads 51-12
Last Year’s Result: CSI won both – 15-0, 10-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Chyanne Gilliam continues her torrid stretch, as she is batting well over .500 over her last six games and leads CSI with a .375 batting average. Freshman Antoinette Galbo recently took CUNYAC Rookie of the Week honors, and she is batting .233 after a great start against Rutgers-Newark last week. Sophomore Nicolette Trapani was recently named CUNYAC Pitcher of the Week after tossing a three-hit shutout last week. She now boasts a CSI-best 1.33 ERA in her first 21 innings of work this season.
Players to Watch (LC): Arlette Martinez is leading the Lightning with a .429 batting average and four runs. Martinez gets on base 47% of the time which is the highest on her squad however on the defensive side she only has a 76% fielding percentage and the Dolphins will look to exploit that. In the circle Meghan Bravo is 1-5 this season with a team best 10.11 ERA with 22 strike outs through 27 innings pitched.
News and Notes: The Dolphins have won the last 24 meetings that date back to the 2004 season. The Dolphins have been inactive since March 8th as four of their doubleheaders have been cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather. The women will hope that nearly three weeks without a game won’t make them rusty as they would like to start the CUNYAC season off with a pair of wins. The Dolphins are batting .212 as a squad while their opponents are hitting .291. When the women hit .200 or better this season they are 5-1and when they hit .199 or worse they are 0-4 so the Dolphins will aim to bring the bats out and hit above .200 to ensure a win over the Lightning.