Baseball Welcomes Siena For Final MAAC Home Series Of 2013 Season

Baseball Welcomes Siena For Final MAAC Home Series Of 2013 Season

GAME 46, 47 & 48 :  Siena (21-26, 11-7 MAAC) at Saint Peter's (15-30, 7-11 MAAC)
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday | 12pm |  May 11 & 12, 2013
WHERE: Jaroschak Field | Jersey City, N.J.

Opening Pitch – The Saint Peter's University baseball team will return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action this weekend, after a mid-week non-league contest against in-state rival Rutgers University...the Peacocks welcome Siena College to Jaroschak Field for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday...Saturday's doubleheader will kick off at 12pm with first pitch of Sunday's single game also slated for noon...Sunday will also be Senior Day for the Peacocks; as seniors Pat Farrell, Chris Grimes, Ethan Jackson, Matt Mancini, Brian Schroeder, Matt Speckmann and Mat Yuhas will be honored prior to first pitch...

Peacocks vs. Siena - The Peacocks are 8-34 all-time against the Saints…the first contest between both teams took place during the 1996…Last year the Peacocks swept the three-game series against the Saints...

Last Time Out - Saint Peter's enters this weekend after taking down the Rutgers University 10-4 in non-conference play last Tuesday...senior Adam Purcilly led the Peacocks to victory- tossing seven innings and allowing just three runs (all in the first inning) on six hits (five in the first inning)...Four Peacocks recorded multi-hit games, led by Robert Moore's 4-for-5, four RBI performance. Matt Speckmann recorded 3 hits, scored two runs and drove one in and Pat Farrell  had two hits a run and an RBI...

About the Saints – Siena comes into this weekend at fourth place in the MAAC standings with an overall record of 21-26 and a MAAC record of 11-7...most recently Marist dropped two of three contests to Canisius in MAAC action...the Saints have lost their last two league series...Siena is led by Mike Fish, who is batting .360 on the year with 42 runs scored and 38 runs batted in…

Quick Hits On Saint Peter's Win Over RU - The meeting between the Peacocks and Scarlet Knights marked the first time since the 2006 season that the two teams have met...before the victory, Saint Peter's was 2-14 all-time against the Big East school...Saint Peter's last win over RU was during the 1992 season, when they topped the Scarlet Knights 4-2 on April 27th...their only other win came during the 1974 season...the win snapped an 11-game losing streak against the in-state rival...

Striking Out Cancer - The Saint Peter's baseball team is helping to raise awareness and join the fight against breast cancer...the team is looking to help Strikeout Cancer and has set a goal to raise $1,000 with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society...the team's efforts will culminate during its Mother's Day game on May 12...along with raising money, the team will wear pink shoelaces and socks during its final home game at Jaroschak Field on May 12 against Siena...in addition, Campus Ministry will be selling black and pink t-shirts for $12 with the slogan Strikeout Cancer on the back of the shirt...if you are interested in donating to the Saint Peter's baseball fund, click here...

Walk It Out – On Sunday, April 28th 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 32nd in all of Division I in hit by pitches per game (0.35) and 33rd in total hit by pitches (15)...Matt Speckmann is 33th and 33rd, respectively in the same categories...as a team, the Peacocks are 26th 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 close out the 2013 regular season at Iona on May 16th and 17th...