PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- In their last game of the UMES Tournament, the Saint Peter's University baseball defeated the host Hawks by a score of 12-3. With the win, the Peacocks finish the weekend with a record of 3-1 and improve to 4-4 on the season.
The contest concluded after eight innings of play due to darkness.
Saint Peter's recorded a season-high 16 hits in the victory and limited the Hawks to eight.
Eric Mozeika (Secaucus, N.J./High Tech) pitched six innings and gave up seven hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks, while striking out two, to receive the win. Mozeika evens his record at 1-1.
"Our offense struck early and set the tone for the afternoon" commented Head Coach Sean Cashman after the win.
"We played solid defense and pitched well throughout the tournament. The goal is to win the series every weekend and that's something we were able to accomplish."
Sophomore Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) continued his torrid offensive start to the season; finishing at 4-for-5. Henriquez scored two runs and drove in one.
Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), William Rawson (Asburn, Va./Broad Run), Matt Speckmann, James Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn), Brian Schroeder (Iselin, N.J./JFK) and James Spadaccini (Butler, N.J./Butler High School) each recorded two hits in the win.
Speckmann drove in three and scored two, Smith drove in one and scored two and Schroeder drove in two. Mancini scored three runs from the leadoff spot, while Rawson and Spadaccini scored two a piece.
Nathaniel Leon (Brooklyn, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) and Mancini each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Mozeika.
Both Byron Campbell and Dustin Aigner recorded two hits for the Hawks (1-11). Zachary Saca went four innings, gave up 11 hits, three walks and eight runs (seven earned) to receive the loss.
The Peacocks jumped out in front to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added three more runs in the next frame. The visitors padded their lead to 9-0 after three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth, before UMES scored three in the bottom of the sixth to come with six (9-3). Saint Peter's was able to add three more runs in the last two innings before play was stopped due to darkness.
With one out and runners on first and second, Speckmann would single to bring home Rawson for the first run of the contest. An RBI base-hit by Schroeder two batters later scored Henriquez to create the two-run advantage.
Henriquez delivered his own RBI in the next inning, bringing home Spadaccini who singled on to begin the frame (3-0). A fielder's choice by Speckmann to score Mancini accounted for the fourth run of the game, and the second baseman later scored on a wild pitch (5-0).
In the fourth inning, Smith would deliver a two-RBI double to open up a 7-0 lead. Scroeder followed up with an extra base hit of his own to allow Smith to cross home. Mancini scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to make the score 9-0.
UMES looked to claw their way back into the contest, scoring three in the sixth before Saint Peter's responded with two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Speckmann and a sacrifice fly by Spadaccini.
The Peacocks added a final run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Jeffrey Miller (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) before the game was called to a close.
Saint Peter's returns to action on March 6th, for a single game against in-state rival Fairleigh Dickinson. First pitch is slated for 3pm.