Baseball Falls Short In Comeback Attempt; Drop Rubber Game To Niagara

Baseball Falls Short In Comeback Attempt; Drop Rubber Game To Niagara

JERSEY CITY, N.J.- In the deciding game of their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series of the season, the Saint Peter's University baseball team was unable to complete the comeback, and fell 15-11 to the visiting Niagara University Purple Eagles. 

Matt Mancini (Toms River, NJ../Toms River North) and William Rawson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) each finished with three hits and an RBI to lead the Peacocks (11-19, 5-4 MAAC).

Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) and Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township High School) each scored two runs in the loss. 

Jordan Schwartz finshed 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Purple Eagles (12-22, 7-5 MAAC). 

With the loss, the Peacocks drop their first MAAC series of the year, after starting off the season with two straight series victories over Canisius and Fairfield. 

Niagara started the scoring early in the contest- recording six runs in the first inning alone off Peacocks' starter Ethan Jackson (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck).

The Purple Eagles extended their lead to double digits thanks to a four-run third to make the score 10-0. The Peacocks' bat soon came alive in the bottom of the inning however; scoring six to cut the deficit to four. 

Saint Peter's would load the bases with no outs and score their first run on a single by Rawson. Vincent Maietta (Franklin Square, N.J./St. Mary's) followed up with a run-scoring base hit of his own, while a bases-loaded walk by Kristoffersen made the score 10-3. An error by Niagara gave Saint Peter's their fourth run of the game and a single by Mancini allowed Maietta to cross home plate. The Peacocks scored their final run of the inning when Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) grounded into a double-play for the first two outs of the inning. Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) flew out to left field to end the frame. 

Niagara regained separation in the fifth scoring four runs, but the Peacocks added four of their own to once again make it a four-run contest. 

The Peacocks once again managed to load the bases with no outs, and scored their first run of the inning as Henriquez grounded into a fielder's choice. A wild pitch by Niagara's Ben Zaccagnino gave Speckmann the chance to scurry home and a sacrifice fly by James Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) made the score 14-9. Maietta recorded the second bases loaded walk of the game for Saint Peter's to account for the final run of the inning and bring the hosts within four.

Saint Peter's added a final run in the eighth on a fielder's choice by Grimes to get within three- the closest they had been the entire game. Niagara would go on to recover the run with one of their own in the ninth however and the Peacocks were unable to add any more offense in the ninth before the Purple Eagles closed out the win.

Jackson was credited with his first loss of the year after giving up nine runs on eight hits. 

For the game, the Peacocks left a total 16 runners on base.

Saint Peter's welcomes Wagner College to Jaroschak Field this Tuesday, for a non-conference contest scheduled for 3pm.