March 16, 2013

Peacocks Pick Up 5-3 Win Over NJIT At Frankie Frisch Invitational

BRONX, N.Y.- Limited to seven innings of play due to inclement weather, the Saint Peter's University baseball team (5-8) came away with a 5-3 win over NJIT (4-9) in the second day of the Frankie Frisch Invitational. 

Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) led the Peacocks offensively, going 2-for-3 from the plate and scoring two runs. Fellow senior Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) also finished with two hits in the win, while Pat Farrell (Jersey City, N.J./Marist) finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.  

Mathew Yuhas (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) improved to 1-1 on the year, after pitching five innings and giving up eight hits and three earned runs to earn the victory. Yuhas struck out 10 of the 24 batters he faced.

Freshman John Leiter (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) recorded the first save of his career in the win. The rookie tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Yuhas and allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out five.  

Four players finished with two hits each for NJIT.   

The Peacocks found themselves in an early 1-0 deficit, after the Highlanders got on the board in the first inning. Saint Peter's knotted the score in the third as Robert Moore drove home Speckmann with a single to right field. NJIT was able to regain the lead; scoring in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 2-1.

Again the Peacocks evened the score, on a sacrifice fly by Jim Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) to score William Rawson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run). Rawson tripled down the right field line to start off the fourth frame. 

NJIT took the lead for a final time in the bottom of the fourth, but Saint Peter's would tack on two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh before the game was called due to snow. 

Speckmann started off the fifth with a single to right center, and scored in the next at bat on a double by Farrell. Farrell moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed home plate two batters later as Moore grounded into a double player (4-3).

Sean Henry (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) would account for the last Peacock run in the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch. 

The Peacocks will face tournament host Fordham tomorrow evening at 5pm to conclude the invitational.