CSI Softball team will be on their home field for the first time this season in a doubleheader against non-conference opponent Stockton University starting at 5:00 pm. Both of tonight’s teams come in on a three game win streak and will look to extend that streak before heading back into conference play.
Matchup: CSI (7-3 Overall, 2-0 CUNYAC) vs. Stockton University (10-6 overall, 0-0 NJAC)
Where: CSI Softball Complex – 2800 Victory Blvd – Staten Island, NY
First pitch: 5:00 pm
All-Time Series: Stockton leads 6-1
Live Stats:  www.sidearmstats.com/csi/softball
Live Video: www.csidolphins.com/csisportsnet
Players To Watch (CSI): Rookie of the Week, Patricia Riches, continues to play a huge role within the team, as she is first on the team with three homeruns, 16 RBI, and .656 batting average (21-32). The freshman is ranked 9th in the nation in batting percentage and 12th with an on base percentage of .703. Jacqueline Cautela, who was recently crowned Player of the Week, sits third on the team with .412 batting average and a team-high 13 runs scored. Cautela is 9th in the nation with a 0.26 ERA and 18 strikeouts.
Players To Watch (SU): Carli Shaw paces the way for the Ospreys with a .423 batting average (22-52) and a team-high 15 runs scored. Alexandra Consenzo is a heavy hitter for Stockton with a team-high of 4 homeruns and 16 RBIs. Consenzo is second on the team with a .413 batting average. Pitcher Hannah Bibeault is 5-3 with a 2.05 ERA and 18 strikeouts.
News & Notes: This will be the first meeting between these two teams since they last met in 2008.  In that last meeting the Osprey’s defeated the Dolphins 5-1, and 5-0.  The Dolphins’ lone win came in the 2005 season via a 5-4 score. Staten Island will look towards the young heavy hitter, Riches, and either Cautela or, recently named Pitcher of the Week, Nicolette Trapani to seal the win. Stockton has big players of their own as Shaw is tied for first in the nation as the toughest to strike out and 30th in the nation in stolen bases per game. Shaw’s teammate Chelsea Thomas is also ranked in stolen bases per game as she sits 37th.