The College of Staten Island baseball squad will be getting in some baseball this weekend as they are getting set to travel to Westchester Community College for a 12 Noon showdown with Baruch College in a CUNYAC doubleheader. Only the top two teams make the CUNYAC Championship later this season so these first two games in a three-game set will be important for both sides.
CSI vs. BARUCH COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (8-12, 1-2 CUNYAC) vs. Baruch College (6-11, 2-1 CUNYAC)
Where: Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
Live Stats: https://athletics.baruch.cuny.edu/sidearmstats/baseball/summary
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 87-21
Last Meeting: May 3, 2018 – CSI won 11-2
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins feature seven regular starters who are batting .300 or better this season. The leader remains Jett Nouvertne, who is putting up a .400 average with team highs in hits with 28, triples with six and RBI with 14. Steven Collica is finding his groove with a .349 bat, posting seven RBI and six runs scored. Michael Ciancio has raised his swing to .340, and is second on the unit with 10 walks. Andrew Nathan is at .333 and second on the squad with 11 RBI. Domenick Castiglione is at .321 and leads the Dolphins with 11 bases on balls. On the hill, look for John Esposito to get quality innings. He is having a great freshman campaign, boasting a 2-1 record with a 0.78 ERA in 23 innings.
Players to Watch (BC): Baruch is getting major production from Gerardo Roque, who through 17 games is averaging .317 with a team-best 11 RBI. Davic Capellan leads the unit with 13runs scored. Conor McCabe is at .283 this season and has four extra-base hits with 10 RBI good for second on the squad. On the mound, Theodore Avgerinos is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in 17+ innings of work. The innings leader is Paul Sirakowski with a 1-1 record and a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings of work.
News & Notes: This long-standing series dates back to 1978, and the teams are playing their 109th and 110th games today. CSI owns a huge, 87-21, advantage in the series, a mark that includes 54 wins in 62 all-time meetings at home between the two sides. On the road, CSI is 26-6 against Baruch. CSI has won seven-straight in the series and 10 of the last 11 meetings dating back to the 2016 season. All of those games have been played at CSI, so today is the first non-Staten Island meeting since May of 2015 in the CUNYAC Championship Tournament. Baruch comes into this game on a two-game skid, while the Dolphins dropped their last contest so one team will turn things around today. Baruch was able to take two of three games last weekend over Lehman College while CSI fell twice in three tries to CCNY to get their CUNYAC slate going.