May 7, 2013

Baseball Takes Down Scarlet Knights In Non-Conference Action

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Senior Adam Purcilly (Troy, Mich./Avondale) put in a solid effort on the mound for the Peacocks to help lead the squad to a 10-5 victory over in-state rival, Rutgers University, in the teams' first meeting since the 2006 season.

Purcilly allowed just three runs- all of which were scored in the opening inning- in seven innings of work. The southpaw gave up six hits and three walks while striking out two to pick up his second win of the year.

Four Peacocks recorded multi-hit games, led by Robert Moore's (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) 4-for-5, four RBI performance. Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) recorded 3 hits, scored two runs and drove one in and Pat Farrell (Jersey City, N.J./Marist) had two hits a run and an RBI.

Jeff Melilo went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Scarlet Knights.

Saint Peter's broke up the scoring in the top of the first frame, scoring two runs. Speckmann led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) followed up reaching first via an RU error. A sacrifice bunt by Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) moved both runners to second and third, leading way for a bases-clearing base hit up the middle by Moore. 

After recording the final two outs of the inning, the hosts went on to score three during their turn at bat to take a 3-2 lead over Saint Peter's. With one out, Nick Fazatella would triple on and later score on a wild pitch for the first Rutgers run of the game. An RBI double by Melilo brought home the second run, while a basehit by Charlie Law accounted for the final Scarlet Knight tally of the contest.

The Peacocks remained in the deficit, until the third when they rallied back for three runs. An error by the Rutgers second basemen allowed Speckmann to reach first. He would move to second on a sac bunt by Mancini and then third on a wild pitch. A single through the right side by Henriquez made it a tie game, until an error during William Rawson's (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) groundout brought Moore home and gave the visitors the advantage. Farrell drove in the final run of the frame for Saint Peter's on a base hit tup the middle (5-3).

Saint Peter's added their sixth run of the game in the next inning on a single by Moore and blew open the game via a four-run eighth.

Rutgers added a final tally in the bottom of the ninth a sacrifice fly by Vinny Zarrillo.

The Peacocks finished with 15 hits to Rutgers' 7.

John Leiter (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) threw the final two innings for Saint Peter's and allowed one run, one hit and two walks.

Saint Peter's returns to Jaroschak Field for their final home series of the season this weekend. The Peacocks host Siena College for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. First pitch for both dates is slated for noon.