After a pair of rain-outs, the College of Staten Island baseball squad will get back out on the diamond this afternoon, taking on the College of Mount Saint Vincent for a single, 9-inning, affair that was added to the schedule just yesterday. This will be the third meeting between the two sides, as the two Dolphins’ teams split a doubleheader on March 30.
CSI vs. MT. ST. VINCENT AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (12-9 overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. College of Mount Saint Vincent (2-15 Overall, 0-6 Skyline)
Where: CSI Baseball Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 12-5
This Year’s Results: Doubleheader Split. CSI won 10-0, MSV won 5-1
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI’s Nick Delprete has missed the last couple of games for CSI but is looking forward to getting back on the diamond, where he leads the squad with a robust .394 batting average. Close behind is fellow senior Joe Palmeri, who raised his batting average to .351 most recently, leading the team with 18 RBI. Palmeri needs a single hit to reach up the 8th place on CSI’s all-time career hit list with 153. Frank Smith went 2-3 with two RBI when these two teams last faced off, and Ryan Kennedy tossed a four-hit shutout in CSI’s 10-0 win over MSV on 3/30.
Players to Watch (MSV): The Dolphins are getting great production from Steven Giustino, who boats a .350 batting average this season with a team high 21 hits and five doubles. He joins Keith Schroeher as MSV’s only batters posting a plus .300 average. Schroeher is batting .348 and leads the team with 12 walks, lifting his on-base percentage to an even .500. Michael Kochen pitched MSV to a win over CSI on 3/30, allowing a run on four hits. Kochen leads the way for the Dolphins with a 1-2 record and a 4.48 ERA.
News & Notes: CSI has been idle since a week ago today when they defeated the US Merchant Marine Academy, 9-6, breaking up a modest two game losing skid. MSV comes in on a six game skid, having last won when they faced CSI on March 30. All but three of the all-time meetings between the two sides have been played at the CSI Baseball Complex, with CSI holding a 10-3 record here. CSI had won 10-straight meetings dating back to 2012 against MSV until MSV’s 5-1 win over CSI exactly two weeks ago. Not only can CSI’s Joe Palmeri move up the hit ladder today, but the senior also needs just two RBI to move up to 17th all-time on the career RBI list and he needs four runs scored to move up to third all-time in that category.