COLLEGE PARK, MD.- A five run first inning provided all the offense the Saint Peter's University baseball team would need, as the Peacocks picked up a 9-2 win over Coppin State at the University of Maryland this evening.
Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) achieved his second multi-hit game in as many tries; finishing the night at 3-4. He drove in three runs and scored two.
Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK) went a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate and scored 3 runs. Grimes walked twice and added an RBI.
"Defensively, we handled the ball well in the infield and our pitchers did a tremendous job attacking the zone. Senior Mat Yuhas picked up where he left off last year and had a stellar first outing for us."
After doubling to right to start off the game, senior Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) scored the first Peacock run following back-to-back balks by Coppin State's starting pitcher.
An RBI single by Grimes three batters later scored William Rawson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run), who walked to get on base and proceeded to steal second (2-0).
Speckmann followed up with a run scoring single of his own, while a third balk brought home Grimes to make the score 4-0.
Speckman later scored the fifth run when teammate Henriquez was thrown out attempting to steal second.
The Peacocks added three more runs in the top of the second, after Yuhas had a one-two-three inning to complete the first frame.
Speckmann drove in the final run of the game for the visitors in the fourth; doubling home Grimes who singled in the previous at bat with two outs.
Coppin State was able to get on the board in the bottom of the sixth; recording three straight basehits to score their first run.
Rookie right handed pitcher John Leiter (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) then entered the game in relief of Yuhas, and was able to strike out the side to get the Peacocks out of the jam. The Eagles did however tack on a final run in the inning, on a bases loaded walk by Jay Maletz.
Leiter struck out four batters in two innings of work without giving up a hit.
The Peacocks were originally scheduled to play a three-game series against the Eagles, but had to cancel Saturday's doubleheader due to rain. The teams were forced to delay the start of today's game and play at the University of Maryland because of weather induced facility issues.
"Throughout a season every team in the country faces adversity. We happened to be dealt quite a bit in the first eight days of the season, with multiple snow and rain outs. We were lucky and grateful to get this game in. Our guys came out with a lot of energy and remained focused all day", added Cashman.
Saint Peter's is scheuled to take on Cornell on March 1st at 3:30pm.