The College of Staten Island baseball squad continues their busy week today, trying to get back in the win column when they travel to Purchase, NY for a date with Manhattanville College. Game time for the single, nine-inning, contest is set for 3:30pm, and the Valiants will also be looking to stop a losing streak today.
CSI vs. MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (8-9) vs. Manhattanville College (7-11)
Where: Manhattanville Baseball Field – 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 32-20
Last Meeting: March 26, 2017 – Manhattanville won both games, 5-2 & 2-1
Players to Watch (CSI): No one is hotter these days for the Dolphins than Anthony Lozada, who has upped his batting average to a team-best .344 entering today in a modified 32 at-bats. The team hits leader is Nick Meola, who is batting who is hitting .333 with 20 hits and a team-best nine extra-bases including a pair of homers. Sean Becker hit his second homer to give CSI a 7-6 win over John Jay on Monday, and he is next in line with a .320 average. With his 13 walks this season he leads the team with a .483 on-base percentage. Anthony DiMarco is the last Dolphin to bat .300 or better, as he has posted nine hits in 30 at-bats, with four doubles and a homer of his own. The leader on the hill for the Dolphins is senior Tom Musso, who is currently 2-2 with a team-best 3.20 ERA, adding a save through 19.2 innings.
Players to Watch (MC): The Valiants are riding the big bats of both Luke Scoggins and Matt Lynch, who are batting .400 and over. Scoggins in the leader at .431, scattering 28 hits in 65 at-bats, adding seven extra bags and 15 RBI. Lynch has started only 11 games, but is 16-40 at the dish and has added five stolen bases. Peter Iannarilli is the team leader with 21 RBI, complementing his .298 average. Danny Gallagher is guiding the team with 19 runs scored, going .323 at the plate. Chris Conklin is batting .319 and leads the squad with 11 walks, making his on-base percentage a hefty .448.
News & Notes: One of the richest out-of-conference rivalries the Dolphins have, today marks the 53rd meeting between the teams. Last year the teams met for a doubleheader for the first time since 2009, with Manhattanville taking both games. Together with a single win over the Dolphins in 2016, Manhattanville has now won three in a row over the Dolphins in the series, after CSI took wins in 2013 & 2014. CSI is 13-12 all-time in games played at Manhattanville, as opposed to rather robust 19-7 overall record in games played either at home or at neutral sites. The first meeting between the two sides was back in 1982, a win for Manhattanville. In fact, M’Ville won seven of the first eight meetings against the Dolphins all-time. CSI’s most dominating stretch in the series came between 1996-2000, when they rattled off nine-wins in a row over the Valiants. Something has to give today as both teams are looking to return to the win column after losses. CSI lost yesterday to Ramapo College after sweeping a two-game set against John Jay on Monday, and as for the Valiants, they are winless in four April contests. Their last wins came against FDU-Florham in a doubleheader on March 31. Manhattanville is 2-3 at home this season while the Dolphins are 0-5 at home, and 3-8 overall in games played away from their home venue. Both teams share John Jay and Maritime College as common opponents. CSI won both games against John Jay, while the Valiants defeated JJC in a single game, 7-4. Against the Privateers, CSI dropped both games of a doubleheader, while the Valiants dropped their single contest, 3-2, yesterday.