The College of Staten Island baseball team is back on their home field after a road doubleheader, and will be looking to bust up a losing skid when they host the College of New Rochelle for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2pm. New Rochelle comes in on a long losing streak of their own, so something will have to give in this one at the CSI Baseball Complex.
CSI vs. COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (8-14) vs. College of New Rochelle (2-20)
Where: CSI Baseball Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Live Stats: https://csidolphins.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: Series tied, 1-1
Last Meeting: April 15, 2018 CSI won first, 7-0; CNR won second, 4-1
Players to Watch (CSI): Jett Nouvertne and Domenick Castiglione share the team-lead with 19 runs scored apiece with Nouvertne boasting a .395 batting average and Castiglione batting .333. Andrew Nathan is second on CSI with 13 RBI to this point and shares the team-lead with two home runs, lifting his average up to .329. Sean Becker is creeping towards the top of the team lead with a .380 average, and he is second on the Dolphins with eight extra-base hits, including six doubles. Look for Joseph Titta and Daniel Garcia to log some innings today. Titta has made two starts, as has Garcia.
Players to Watch (CNR): The Blue Angels feature a trio of strong hitters in the lineup. Keep your eye on Darwin Nivar who is batting .381 with a pair of triples and 8 RBI as he has been swinging a hot bat. The hits leader is Jacob Villareal who has 23 hits and leads the squad with 15 runs scored. Rocky Gonzalez Baez is batting a hefty .377, spreading out 20 hits with 10 RBI. The RBI leader is Samuel Zambrana, Jr., who sports 14 with his .275 average. Jorge Villa should see some innings in the doubleheader today and look to see pitchers like Thomas Ramirez Lopez and Osvaldo Encarnacion get some work in as well.
News & Notes: These two teams met for the first time in their respective histories last year for a doubleheader at the CSI Baseball Complex in mid-April. CSI was able to take the opening game of the doubleheader, 7-0, but CNR returned the favor with a 4-1 victory in the second game. The Blue Angels are mired in a tough season so far. They started by dropping their first six games of the season and then after splitting a pair of doubleheaders, they have proceeded to drop their last eight games, and four of those losses came by 10 or more runs. The Angels are also road warriors, as 18 of their 22 contests have been played away from their home field, and that will continue this afternoon. CNR finished 4-20 on the road last year but one of those wins did come at CSI. As for the Dolphins, they are off to their toughest start since 2005, when they lost 16 games before picking up their 9th victory of the season. The Dolphins are hoping to buck the trend today, where they are 4-7 at home this season. CSI went 14-5 at home last season.