Baseball Set To Renew In-State Rivalry Against Seton Hall Tomorrow Afternoon

Baseball Set To Renew In-State Rivalry Against Seton Hall Tomorrow Afternoon

GAME 15: Saint Peter's (5-9) at Seton Hall (6-10)
WHEN: Wed, Mar. 20, 2013, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Owen T. Carroll Field, South Orange, N.J.

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Opening Pitch - The Saint Peter's University baseball team will take the short trip to South Orange, N.J. tomorrow afternoon to face off against long-time rival Seton Hall University…the Peacocks are 4-33 all-time against the Pirates…the first contest between both teams took place during the 1969 season, resulting in a 6-2 defeat for Saint Peter's…

Last Time Out - Saint Peter's enters tomorrow's contest after participating in the Frankie Frisch Invitational at Fordham University…the Peacocks finished the weekend at 1-2; their lone win coming against NJIT (5-3) on March 16th…senior Pat Farrell and junior James Smith both finished the weekend with .500 batting averages, going 4-for-8 from the plate…Farrell scored two runs and drove in two, while Smith scored one and recorded an RBI…

Last Year Against The Hall - Last year the Peacocks pulled of their first ever season sweep of the Pirates dating back to the inception of the program in 1969…Seton Hall entered last year as the reigning Big East Champions…in their first meeting, right handed pitcher Eric Mozeika pitched a seven inning, five-hit shutout to pick up his first win of the year and lead the Peacocks to the 3-1 victory on the road (3/20/12)…in their second game at Jaroschak Field, then-senior Joe Jimenez also turned in a stellar performance on the mound; pitching a complete game, while allowing just five hits, one walk and striking out six…the Peacocks would out-hit the Hall 8-5 in game two, paced by Chris Grimes' 2-for-4, three RBI performance in the 7-0 rout…Fellow senior Matt Speckmann finished 1-for-2, with two runs scored and an RBI in the decisive victory…

Early Honors For The Peacocks - Senior infielder Matt Speckmann received Player of the Week accolades in the first week of the season by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association… Speckmann managed back-to-back multi-hit games in the Peacocks first two contests of the year, including a 3-for-4, three RBI performance in Saint Peter's first win of the year over Coppin State (9-2)… Freshman right-handed pitcher John Leiter was also named the NJBCA Division I Rookie of the Week after striking out four batters in two innings of work without giving up a hit…

It Runs In The Family - Freshman John Leiter, nephew of former MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Al Leiter and of former MLB right-handed pitcher Mark Leiter, has impressed in his first season in the Peacocks' uniform…Leiter has made four appearances in relief on the year; pitching 14 innings and boasting an ERA of 1.93…The righty has allowed just seven hits on the year while striking out 13…against UMES (3/02) he picked up his first career win and against NJIT (3/16) he notched his first career save… 

Making Their Way Into The Record Books - Power hitter Chris Grimes has etched his name into the Peacock record books, sitting in the top ten in multiple categories...the fifth year senior is sixth all-time in doubles (35), seventh in home runs (12) and eighth in RBIs (88)...he is also first in fielding percentage (.993) and putouts (790)...James Smith currently sits at first all-time in lowest stolen base against percentage (.559), while Matt Mancini is fifth in career ERA (3.94)...

Specks Leading The Charge - Matt Speckmann leads the Peacocks in several offensive categories this season…the infielder is first on the team in batting average (.360), slugging percentage (.440), runs (10), total bases (22), RBIs (11), stolen bases (6) and is tied for first in hits (18)…Speckmann has registered at least two hits in a game on eight separate occasions…

The Road To MAACS – The Peacocks open up MAAC play this weekend, as they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to face Canisius College for a three-game series…Saturday will feature a double-header starting at 11am, and first pitch for Sunday's single game is scheduled for 12pm…