The College of Staten Island softball team had their Saturday Doubleheader washed away due to rain, so they are itching to get back to play and will do so today against CUNYAC-rivals John Jay College. A make-up from a previous wash out on April 13, the Dolphins will be looking to stay atop the CUNYAC standings, and will need a pair of wins to keep pace and to stay in a tie for first place overall.
CSI vs. JOHN JAY COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (10-12, 7-1 CUNYAC) vs. John Jay College (10-14, 4-2 CUNYAC)
Where: Randall’s Island Field #16 – 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
Live Stats: https://johnjayathletics.com/sidearmstats/softball/summary
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 68-7
Last Meeting: April 28, 2018 – CSI won both 8-0 & 8-1
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI is being led by the red-hot play of Patricia Riches, who is now batting a heavy .557 with a team best 44 hits, 10 doubles, and 27 runs scored. Riches is also second on the team with 23, five behind team-leader Sierra Kaplanek, who sits second on the team with a .391 batting average. Kaplanek is second on the team as well in doubles with eight, while she paced CSI with three home runs. Antoinette Galbo is still near the head of the field with a .370 average, standing second on the unit with 25 runs scored. Look for Samantha MacPherson to try and stay hot this afternoon. After an outstanding weekend, she is now hitting .333 with 23 hits, eight of them doubles. Jaclyn Kateridge has also moved her batting average up to .329. She doubles in the circle where she is 4-10 with a 3.63 ERA in 79 innings. Alison Meagher has been terrific in the circle as well, as she is 5-1 with a 0.78 ERA in 36 innings tallied.
Players to Watch (JJC): John Jay is batting .314 as a team, and they are led by the superior hitting of Jessica Barbaria, who is batting .463 with a team-best 37 hits and 19 RBI. She has also tallied nine doubles, second on the team to AnneMarie Rivera’s 10. Rivera is batting .377 and is also 5-3 in the pitcher’s circle with a 6.40 ERA. Mariela Guzman is hitting .352 with 15 RBI and Tommi Mandell is right behind her at .345, second on the team with 23 runs scored. Look for Julianne Graepel to have an impact today. She is .295 at the dish with a triple, and doubles in the circle with a 4-7 record and a team-best 5.86 ERA in 63.1 innings.
News & Notes: CSI has had a tremendous advantage in this series all-time, having taken 68 of the 75 meetings. That includes a 19-game CSI win streak in the series, of which CSI has posted eight shutouts. JJC’s last win in the series came way back in 2010, and their last home victory over CSI came over a decade ago in 2009. CSI is 23-3 all-time on the road against John Jay, with many of those wins coming at Randall’s Island. These games mean a lot for both teams. Only the top four teams make the postseason playoffs. Lehman sits atop of the conference with a 3-0 record and control their own destiny from here on out. Hunter and CSI are then tied for second with 7-1 records, followed by John Jay at 4-2. JJC has beaten both Baruch and Brooklyn College while falling twice to Hunter College. CSI split their series with Hunter. The other common opponents this season was the College of New Rochelle. CSI defeated CNR, 2-1 and 5-4, while JJC fell to the Blue Angels, 11-2 and 11-3.