Baseball Hosts LIU-Brooklyn For First Home Contest Of 2013 Season

Baseball Hosts LIU-Brooklyn For First Home Contest Of 2013 Season

GAME 23: LIU-Brooklyn (4-17) at Saint Peter's (7-15)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
WHERE: Jaroschak Field | Jersey City, N.J.

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Opening Pitch - The Saint Peter's University baseball team will continue non-conference play tomorrow afternoon with a single game against local rival, LIU-Brooklyn…Wednesday's contest marks the fifth straight game in which the Peacocks will take on a Northeast Conference (NEC) school…Saint Peter's faced Monmouth University last Wednesday in a single game (L, 12-2) and were swept in a three-game series against Wagner College over the holiday weekend…

Peacocks vs. Blackbirds - Today marks the 27th meeting between the Peacocks and Blackbirds, with LIU-Brooklyn holding a 15-11 advantage in these matchups…the teams first met in the 1972 season…last year the Peacocks came away with a 3-1 victory over the host Blackbirds in Brooklyn, N.Y…

Saint Peter's vs. the NEC – The Peacocks were scheduled to face off against an NEC member institution a total of seven times this season- marking the most games the squad has played against non-MAAC schools…Saint Peter's was slated to battle Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) on March 6th, but the game was postponed and will be rescheduled for a date TBA…Saint Peter's was originally scheduled to play seven total contests against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools, but due to inclement weather two (vs. Coppin State) were cancelled…overall, the Peacocks are 58-112 (.341) against current NEC member institutions…Saint Peter's has a losing record against every NEC school…they have the most wins vs. FDU, who they are 17-30 against, but have the best winning percentage against LIU-Brooklyn (12-15)…

About LIU-Brooklyn – The Blackbirds come in at 4-17 overall and 1-3 in conference play…most recently LIU-Brooklyn lost a four-game conference series (1-3) against Defending NEC Champions, Sacred Heart…the Blackbirds have won just two of their last six matchups…LIU-Brooklyn is led by Kevin Needham, who is batting .329 on the year and has driven in a team-high 14 runs while having scored 11…

Leading The Way In Non-Conference Action – Senior Matt Speckmann leads the squad offensively in non-conference action this season…the infielder is batting .322 (20-for-64) in the 19 non-MAAC games the Peacocks have played in and has drove in 12 runs while scoring 11…senior Pat Farrell leads the team in batting average in these games (.323), having gone 10-for-31…sophomore Nicholas Henriquez is not too far behind Farrell and Speckmann, batting .322 (19-for-59) with seven runs and five RBIs…

Peacocks Start Off MAAC Play On Strong Note - The Peacocks opened up MAAC play with a 2-1 record after playing a three-game series against the Canisius College Golden Griffins this past weekend…the series win marked the first time Saint Peter's has bested Canisius in a three-game series since 2006…the series win also marked the sixth time in the last seven years that Saint Peter's has opened MAAC play with a series victory… 

We Want Moore – Freshman Robert Moore was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week on Monday, March 25th after helping lead the Peacocks to a 2-1 series win over conference foe Canisius College…Moore finished 4-for-9 from the plate in the series, while scoring four of the Peacocks' nine total runs…all four of his hits were doubles, to allow him to record an .889 slugging percentage against the Griffs…in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Moore went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs to mark the second multi-hit game of his young career…

Yeehaw To Yuhas On The Mound - Senior right-handed pitcher Mathew Yuhas led the Peacocks to a sweep of MAAC foe Canisius by pitching a seven inning, complete game shutout in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader…Yuhas scattered three hits, one walk and struck out six on 119 pitches to improve to 3-1 on the year, and allow the Peacocks to capture their first series win over the Golden Griffins since the 2006 season...Yuhas would out-duel Canisius' starter Devon Stewart in the 2-0 victory, en route to the third shutout of his career- making him first all-time in the Peacock record books…the complete game was the second of the season for Yuhas, and the sixth of his career in 18 starts for the Peacocks… 

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 three appearances in relief on the year, and has started in four… 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 second all-time in lowest stolen base against percentage (.549), while Matt Mancini is fifth in career ERA (3.94)...

Coming To Bat – The Peacocks will resume MAAC play this weekend, as they travel to Fairfield, Conn., to meet up with the Fairfield University Stags for a three-game series…Saturday's doubleheader is set to begin at 12pm, and Sunday's single game will also be played at 12pm…

 

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Photo by June Sallee-Jackson