The College of Staten Island baseball team played their first CUNYAC doubleheader on Thursday, and will follow it up with another in the sunshine this afternoon, taking on John Jay College in a CUNYAC twinbill at CSI beginning at 12 Noon.  The Dolphins are on a modest four-game win streak, a mark that includes a doubleheader sweep of Lehman on Thursday that introduced CUNYAC play for the Dolphins.

Matchup:  CSI (15-9 Overall, 2-0 CUNYAC) vs. John Jay College (9-18 Overall, 2-2 CUNYAC)
Where:  CSI Baseball Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
First Pitch: 12:00 pm
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All-Time Series: CSI leads 72-40
Last Year’s Result:   CSI won all both meetings, 11-3 & 19-9
Players To Watch (CSI):  Joe Palmeri has been tearing things up as of late at the plate, and is now tied for tops on the team with a .368 batting average, leading the squad in hits and RBI.  Nick Delprete is also hitting .368, and is back in the lineup after missing a pair of games a week ago.  Outfielder Phil Ciprello has been swinging a hot bat of late, boating a .318 average.  Ciprello is also second on the squad in walks, which leads his on-base percentage to a healthy .463, good for tops on the team.
Players to Watch (JJC):  Dylan Laudano is pacing the bloodhounds this season with a .364 clip at the plate, tied for the team lead in hits, doubles, homeruns, and walks.  Laudano is boating a robust .495 on-base percentage.  Look for John Jay to be busy on the bases.  Zach Hyde is leading the team with 15 stolen bases and right on his heels in Esteban Soler, who is 14-15 on the base paths this season.  
News and Notes: The Dolphins have been dominating the series in recent years, having won 12 straight against the Bloodhounds since 2012.  Going back even further CSI has won 17 of the last 19 meetings.  Many of the series’ games have been played at CSI, with CSI holding fast to a 38-21 all-time advantage, having won 9 in a row at the CSI Baseball Complex.  During this recent CSI four game win streak, the Dolphins have certainly found their bats, having outscored their opponents in the four game stretch, 41-18.  In fact, the Dolphins have scored 10 or more runs in seven games this season, that’s one more than they had in all of 2014.  In 2015, CSI had 16, ten-plus run games.  CSI pitching has also been getting the job done.  CSI’s four shutouts this season is ranked seventh in the NCAA, and the Dolphins are 6th in the nation in walks allowed per 9 innings.  Meanwhile, John Jay is ranked in the national top 50 in stolen bases per game.