The College of Staten Island softball team is over .500 for the first time this season after cruising past CUNYAC opponents, Brooklyn College yesterday afternoon. Today, the Dolphins will square off against a formidable opponent, New York University at 1:00 pm at the CSI Softball Complex.
CSI vs. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Matchup: College of Staten Island (9-7) vs. New York University (9-7)
Where: CSI Softball Complex – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: NYU leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: April 22, 2016 – Dolphins & Violets split, 2-0 / 0-7
Players to Watch (CSI): Jamie Holmes continues to churn out doubles for her team and now has a five-game stretch where she has recorded at least one double. In just 10 starts this season Gabriele DeLeon has played outstanding for the Dolphins and paces the team with 14 RBI, making sure she doesn’t leave anyone stranded on the bases. On top of the team leading 14 RBI, DeLeon sits behind only Patricia Riches with a .406 batting average. Nicolette Trapani pitched against the Violets back in 2016, falling 7-0, however only one of the runs was an earned run as the Dolphins committed four errors that game. Trapani will look to get revenge for that loss this afternoon at the CSI Softball Complex.
Players to Watch (NYU): Diana King has been the most productive player for the Violets this season, leading just about every offensive category. King boasts a healthy .491 batting average to go along with a team-high 17 RBI, 2 home runs, 2 triples and 7 doubles. King also has attempted 17 of her teams 34 steals and has been successful on 15 of them. In the circle, Karissa Kubulake has the best ERA on the team with a 0.93 in 15 innings pitched, however, it is Scarlett Murphy who has collected the most wins. Murphy is 4-1 on the year and is second on the team with a 2.67 ERA.
News & Notes: This will be the sixth and seventh meeting between these two squads. The first meeting came back in 1995 for a solo game which has been followed by a pair of doubleheaders. In 1996 each team earned a win and the same held true for the last meeting back in 2016. All of the games in this series have been played at the CSI Softball Complex, a place where the Dolphins are currently on a six-game win streak. The Violets come into today’s doubleheader coming off of a split against Stevens Institute, falling 5-3 in game two. On the road, NYU is 6-6 this season compared to their 3-1 home record.