Baseball Opens Up MAAC Play This Weekend Against Canisius

Baseball Opens Up MAAC Play This Weekend Against Canisius

GAMES 16, 17 & 18: Saint Peter's (5-10) at Canisius (14-5)
WHEN: Sat/Sun March 23 & 24, 2013
WHERE: Demske Sports Complex | Buffalo, N.Y.

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Opening Pitch - The Saint Peter's University baseball team begins Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play this weekend against Canisius College…the teams will play in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11am and a single game on Sunday at 2pm...overall Saint Peter's is 16-29 against the Golden Griffins dating back to the teams' first meeting in 1992...

Last Time Out - Saint Peter's enters this weekend's series after falling to in-state rival Seton Hall by a score of 10-1 on Wednesday…the Peacocks finished with nine hits to Seton Hall's eight, but left seven total runners on base, including three in the seventh...Pat Farrell went 3-for-4 in the loss, while junior James Smith finished 2-for-2...Saint Peter's managed their lone marker of the game in the seventh, as freshman Vincent Maietta brought home senior Matt Mancini with a two-out base hit to left...Mancini singled up the middle with one out to get on base... 

About The Golden Griffins - Canisius comes into this weekend's series at 14-5 and on a five-game winning streak...the Griffs most recently swept a four-game series against Ohio, outscoring the hosts by a 44-17 margin...Canisius is led by Jimmy Luppens who is batting .481 on the year and has recorded a team-best 20 RBIs...Jesse Kelso also leads the Griffs' offense with a .409 batting average and has scored a team-high 25 runs, while driving in 16...

Last Year Against The Griffs - Last year the Peacocks went 1-2 against the Griffs in Jersey City, N.J...the Peacocks escaped being swept by coming away with a 5-3 game-three victory over Canisius, after dropping the first two games by scores of 6-3 and 10-1...

Peacocks In Conference Openers - Since the 1982 season, the Saint Peter's University baseball team has won just 9 of 19 opening games/series...initially, MAAC play began with single games, until the 1984 season when teams would play two-game series...in 1986, the conference began playing three-game series and also had four-game series for the 1991 and 1992 seasons...Saint Peter's has experienced recent success in conference opening series however; having won five of their last six...

Peacocks Against The Griffs In Conference Openers - Saint Peter's has opened MAAC play with series against Canisius on three separate occasions dating back to 1982 season...the Peacocks have come out on top in two of the three series...while the MAAC was founded in 1980, the conference did not form a baseball league until the '82 season...

Farrell Heating Up - In his last three games, senior utility player Pat Farrell has hit a torrid .636; managing a hit in 7-of-11 at bats...additionally, he boasts a .692 on base percentage and .909 slugging percentage...two of his three RBIs on the year and both runs scored and stolen bases have come in the last three contests...he is coming off back-to-back three hit games, after going 3-for-5 against Fordham and 3-for-4 against Seton Hall...

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, and recently made his first career start against Seton Hall (3/20)…in 17 innings, the righty has allowed just 11 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…before his start against the Hall, Leiter maintained a 1.93 ERA...

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 third all-time in lowest stolen base against percentage (.581), 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 (.340), runs (10), total bases (22), RBIs (11), stolen bases (6) and is second in hits (18)…Speckmann has registered at least two hits a game on eight separate occasions…

Coming To Bat – The Peacocks will take on Monmouth University in non-conference action next Tuesday, March 26th in West Long Branch, N.J. First pitch is slated for 3pm.