Baseball Drops 16-4 Decision To Siena

Baseball Drops 16-4 Decision To Siena

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) finished a perfect 4-for-4 on the day, but it wasn't enough as the Saint Peter's University baseball team was defeated 16-4 by Siena College Saturday afternoon. 

Grimes scored half the Peacocks' runs and drove one in to lead the hosts in the loss. All four of his hits on the day were doubles. 

Senior Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) also recorded a multi-hit game, going 3-for-5. 

Siena was led by Mike Fish, who went 5-for-7, scored five runs and drove in five. Two of Fish's hits were home runs. 

The Peacocks got on the board in the bottom of the first, as Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) singled on with two outs and scored on Grimes' first double of the contest. The lead proved to be short lived, as the Saints responded with a four-run second however.

With runners at second and third, John Rooney would single to right to bring home the first Siena run of the game, and a fielder's choice groundout by Mike Allen scored the second. Wolyniec followed up with a run scoring ground out of his own, while a sacrfice fly by Vinny Citro brought home the final run of the inning.  

Siena went on to score another run in the third and three more in the fourth to take an 8-1 advantage before the Peacocks were able to score two in the bottom of the fourth. 

The tandem of Henriquez and Grimes started off the offense in the frame. Henriquez recieved the base on balls to lead off and moved to third on Grimes' second extra base hit of the day. Back-to-back ground outs by Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) and James Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) brought home both runs, before William Rawson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) grounded out to second to end the inning. 

The Saints got back the two runs in the next inning, scoring four in the fifth- capped by consecutive homers from Fish and Larry Balkwill. Siena added three more tallies in the sixth and one in the eighth before the Peacocks recorded their last run of the contest on an RBI groundout to short by Pat Farrell (Jersey City, N.J./Marist)

Eric Mozeika (Secaucus, N.J./High Tech) took the loss for the Peacocks, giving up eight runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work.

Saint Peter's will conclude the three-game series against the Saints with a doubleheader scheduled for 12pm tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow will also be Senior Day for Saint Peter's, as the seven seniors will be honored prior to first pitch of game one.