Baseball Hosts Back-To-Back Non-Conference Contests to Conclude Non-League Slate

Baseball Hosts Back-To-Back Non-Conference Contests to Conclude Non-League Slate

GAME 40 : Seton Hall at Saint Peter's
WHEN: Tuesday | 3:30pm |  April 30, 2013
WHERE: Jaroschak Field | Jersey City, N.J. 

GAME 41 :  Monmouth at Saint Peter's
WHEN: Wednesday | 3:30pm |  May 1, 2013
WHERE: Jaroschak Field | Jersey City, N.J.

Opening Pitch – The Saint Peter's University baseball team will take a break from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play to host their final two non-conference contests of the 2013 season…Saint Peter's welcomes the Pirates of Seton Hall University to Jaroschak Field on Tuesday, and the Monmouth University Hawks on Wednesday…first pitch of both games are slated for 3:30pm...

Peacocks vs. Pirates - The Peacocks are 4-34 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 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…

Peacocks vs. Hawks - Saint Peter's is 12-30 all-time against Monmouth since the teams' first meeting in 1969...

Earlier This Season - the Peacocks met the Pirates in South Orange, N.J. and dropped a 10-1 decision (3/20)… Pat Farrell went 3-for-4 in the loss, while junior James Smith finished 2-for-2…Saint Peter's also faced Monmouth just over a month ago on the road and were defeated 12-2 (3/27)… both Nicholas Henriquez  and Vincent Maietta  recorded two hits to lead the Peacocks in the loss…

Last Time Out - Saint Peter's enters this week after dropping two of three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches to Manhattan at Jaroschak Field…the Peacocks lost Saturday's doubleheader by identical scores of 4-2 and managed to escape the series sweep by securing a 3-2 walk-off win on Sunday… Jon Kristoffersen finished 2-for-4 in the win and drove in half of the Peacocks' runs- including the game-winning tally… Right-handed pitcher Zach Hopf tossed a complete game; allowing two runs (one earned) over nine innings, while scattering four hits and one walk and striking out eight…

About Seton Hall – The Pirates come in on a five-game winning streak at 26-16 overall and 10-5 in Big East action...additionally, SHU has won nine of their last ten contests…most recently, the Pirates swept a three-game series over conference rival Villanova…Seton Hall is led by Giuseppe Papaccio, who is batting .355 on the year with 34 runs scored and 34 runs batted in…

About Monmouth – The Hawks come in at 27-18 overall and 17-7 in Northeast Conference play…most recently Monmouth won three of four against NEC rival Sacred Heart University…the Hawks are led by Owen Stewart who is batting .410 on the year with 29 RBIs and 27 runs scored…

Kristoffersen On A Roll – Rookie infielder Jon Kristoffersen enters this week's contests after posting the best week of his young campaign…the freshmen batted .462 with an on base percentage of .462 and a slugging percentage of .615 in the Peacocks' four games last week…the freshman capped his standout week with a game-winning, run-scoring base hit on Sunday afternoon to lead the Peacocks to a 3-2 walk-off win over MAAC foe Manhattan College…for the game, he was the lone Peacock to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while also driving in two of the team's three runs…for the week he drove in six runs, including two more against the Jaspers in a 4-2 loss on Saturday… 

Walk It Out – This past Sunday, the Peacocks secured their first walk-off win of the season over Manhattan College…the last time Saint Peter's won in walk-off fashion was last year, when they hosted NJIT at Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J…the Peacocks won 5-4 in ten innings, with the winning hit being a walk-off solo homerun by Chris Grimes to left field…

Peacocks On The National Stage - Sophomore Nicholas Henriquez is presently 28th in all of Division I in hit by pitches per game (0.37) and 40th in total hit by pitches (14)...Matt Speckmann is 32th and 40th, respectively in the same categories...as a team, the Peacocks are 25th in the nation in hit by pitches...

It Feels So Good To Be Back - After playing their first 22 games of the year on the road, the Peacocks held their first home game of the season on April 3rd against Long Island-Brooklyn...Saint Peter's will play 15 of their last 21 contests at Jaroschak Field...

Better Than The 8-Ball - The Peacocks scored nine runs in the top of ninth against Fairfield University on April 7th, resulting in a come-from-behind 11-7 victory, to win the three-game MAAC series, 2-1...the last time Saint Peter's scored nine runs in a single inning was during the 2008 season, when they scored nine in the bottom of the third against Hofstra to come away with a 14-3 win on March 12th...

Peacocks Pluck Blackbirds - On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Peacocks defeated LIU-Brooklyn in their home opener, 18-8...Saint Peter's 18 runs are the most the squad has scored since the 2008 season; when they scored 20 in a five-run win over Fairleigh Dickinson on April 16th...the Peacocks scored at least one run in every inning with the exception of two... 

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…against UMES (3/02) he picked up his first career win and against NJIT (3/16) he notched his first career save…

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 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 59-112 (.342) 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 (13-15) who they defeated 18-8 on April 3rd…

Not NEC For Long - This season marks the last year Monmouth University will participate in the Northeast Conference...the South Jersey school has accepted an invitation to join the MAAC and will begin its membership next season..

Coming To Bat – The Peacocks will resume MAAC play this weekend, as they host Marist for a three-game series starting Saturday, May 4th