The College of Staten Island baseball squad fell to the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University on Wednesday and will look to rebound this morning against SUNY-Polytechnic. Today’s games were slated to get started at 2pm as a doubleheader at the CSI Baseball Complex, but instead it will be a single game at 11:30am played at Staten Island Technical High School.
CSI vs. SUNY-POLY
Matchup: College of Staten Island (5-6) vs. SUNY – Polytechnic (5-5)
Where: Staten Island Tech – 55 Clawson Avenue, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): Sean Becker continues to produce for the Dolphins this season and paces the team with a .407 batting average. Over the past two games, he is hitting .500 (4-for-8) with three RBI and a double. Tied for the lead with eight RBI is Nick Meola who also leads the team with two home runs. Frank Muzzio has been sensational in the field, boasting a perfect fielding percentage with a team-high 71 putouts. On the mound, Christian Capellan continues to be the ace for the Dolphins with 26 innings pitched a 2.42 ERA.
Players to Watch (POLY): John Andrews is leading the way thus far, having started five of seven games he has appeared in, batting .467 so far this season. Next in line is Dalton Earl, who is also over .400 with .421, scoring three extra bases as well this season. Nick LaBella is batting .273 this season, but is leading the way with eight RBI. Joshua Rodriguez is also strong at the dish, batting .286, but he leads the way with seven walks, leading the way with a .444 on-base percentage.
News & Notes: This is the first meeting ever between the two sides today. SUNY-Poly has been idle since March 9, so it has been three full weeks since they have been on the diamond. For the Dolphins, today marks the third time they have had a home game played at S.I. Tech High School as the winter thaw has derailed use of their home field. CSI is slated to intro their CUNYAC schedule tomorrow at home against John Jay College, but that game is still hanging in the balance pending field condition developments today. CSI is also scheduled to play home games through next week as well on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. This is the first time the Dolphins have started 5-6 since the 2015 season. As for Poly, their 5-5 start is solid after an 8-26 season last year. In fact, dating back to last season, the Wildcats are 12-15 since starting last year just 1-16. All of their games to date have been played on the road in Florida, between March 4-9.