The Dolphins are right back in the thick of the CUNYAC playoff picture, and after moving from fifth-place to fourth-place, they can climb into  third place potentially after today’s afternoon doubleheader against Lehman College, a continuation of their three-game set that began Friday at Lehman, one that resulted in a 10-4 CSI victory.  The two teams were slated to play yesterday but the overnight rains pushed play to today instead.

Matchup: College of Staten Island (11-15, 3-4 CUNYAC) vs. Lehman College (7-17, 1-3 CUNYAC)
Where: CSI Baseball Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
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All-Time Series:  CSI leads, 79-28
Last Meeting: April 12, 2019 – CSI won 10-4
Players to Watch (CSI): With each game the Dolphins are taking strides towards lifting their team batting average and it is now up to .315 as a team.  Jett Nouvertne paces the squad with a .396 average and leads the squad with 22 runs scored and 20 RBI.  Sean Becker is batting .381 with 10 extra-base hits while Domenick Castiglione is posting a .351 average with 15 RBI.  Nick Falcone recently upped his average to .315 and now has 17  runs scored.  Anthony Lozada hit a three-run homer on Friday, raising his average up to .333.   After a great start by Christian Capellan on Friday, look for CSI’s John Esposito and Salvatore Trancucci to get the nods today.
Players to Watch (LC): Anthony Riley is having a splendid 2019 with a .378 batting average, already up to 31 hits in 23 games and eight doubles.  He stands second on the team with 18 RBI.  The RBI-leader is Mark Vargas who has 21 to go with his .375 mark at the plate.  He had a big day Friday against CSI and leads the team with 11 doubles.  Namir Garcia leads the Lightning with four home runs, and look for Jeremmy Santos to provide some pop, as he is hitting a robust .348 and sports the team lead with 18 runs scored.  Look for Rich Frommelt (1-7, 6.46 ERA) and Jonathan Rogers (0-2, 8.85 ERA) to earn some innings today as two of Lehman’s three primary starters.
News & Notes: This is a series that overall, strongly belongs to the Dolphins, as they have taken 78 of the 106 all-time meetings.  Last year’s doubleheader, however, proves that anything can happen.  Lehman walloped CSI, 20-5, in the opening game of last year’s DH, but then CSI came right back and shut down the Lightning, 7-1.  Friday, CSI got off to the better start, winning on the road, 10-4.  Both teams share 1-2 records against Baruch.  Both teams have also played Maritime College, SUNY-Poly, Purchase College and Yeshiva.  Lehman is 4-2 against those respective teams, CSI is 4-3 against them.  CSI is 34-11 all-time at home against Lehman.  The last time they played in Staten Island was in 2017.  CSI won two of the three meetings, winning 8-4 and 9-4 and then falling, 4-3.