JERSEY CITY, N.J.- The Saint Peter's University baseball team dropped both ends of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon to Manhattan College by identical scores of 4-2.
Freshman Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township High School) finished a combined 3-for-6 with three RBIs in both games to lead the Peacocks (13-23, 6-8 MAAC).
Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) went 3-for-4 with a RBI in game one and William Rawson (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) and Vincent Maietta (Franklin Square, N.J./St. Marys) each went 2-for-3 to collect their own multi-hit games in game two.
Eric Mozeika (Secaucus, NJ / High Tech) went seven innings and allowed five hits, two runs, four walks and seven strikeouts to take the game one loss, while Mathew Yuhas (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) was credited with the loss in the night cap after going six innings and giving up nine hits, three runs and five strikeouts.
Manhattan's (19-22, 8-9 MAAC) Jacob Marchus threw a complete game in the nightcap to garner the win; going all seven innings and allowing two runs on eight hits.
The Peacocks trailed Manhattan by a single run heading into the bottom of the fourth, after the Jaspers scored one in the third on an RBI double play ground out Ramon Ortega. Saint Peter's evened the score in the next inning however, after Kristoffersen delivered his first RBI of the afternoon via a double down the left field line to score Rawson who reached on an error.
Manhattan bounced back with two runs in the top of the fifth. The Jaspers scored both runs with two outs- one on a double to center by Andrew Gorecki and the second in the next at bat on a base hit by Ortega.
Saint Peter's added a tally in the seventh to get within on a single up the middle by Henriquez, but the visitors added an insurance run in the eighth to secure the win.
Although the Peacocks finished with seven hits to the Jaspers' five, the hosts stranded a total of 11 base runners.
Game two started similarly to the first, with Manhattan jumping out in front to a 1-0 advantage scoring a run in the second. This time the Peacocks would take a lead however, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the frame.
With one out, Brian Schroeder (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) recieved the base on balls, followed by single to right field by Rawson to put runners on first and second. Kristoffersen came through again- delivering a bases clearing single to center field.
The lead would ultimately prove to be short-lived, as Manhattan added two runs in the following inning on a double by Christian Santisteban and a sacrifice fly by Kyle Murphy. Manhattan added a final run in the seventh on a fielder's choice groundout by Brendan Slattery to ice the win.
Saint Peter's had the tying run at the plate in their final turn at bat in the seventh, as Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) singled on with two outs, but Henriquez would pop up to second base to end the Peacocks' threat.
The Peacocks look to avoid the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, as they host Manhattan at Jaroschak Field at noon.