Baseball Falls To Siena On Senior Day

Baseball Falls To Siena On Senior Day

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - In their final home contests of the 2013 season, the Saint Peter's University baseball team was swept by Siena College Sunday afternoon at Jaroschak Field.

The Peacocks fell 7-4 in game one and 8-2 in the nightcap. 

Senior Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) led the hosts in the opener, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his final contest at Jaroschak, while fellow senior Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) ended his career going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in game two.

Leadoff hitter Vinny Citro led Siena on the day going 6-for-10 with five runs scored and an RBI. 

In the opener, the Saints were able to go in front 4-0 via a four-run third to establish a lead they would never relinquish. Back-to-back doubles by Citro and Andres Ortiz gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, until a sacrifice fly by Larry Balkwill made it a 2-0 game. A homerun by Brian Fay with a runner on put the Peacocks behind by four.

Siena managed to add another run in the following inning, but Saint Peter's responded with a tally of their own to keep it a four-run game. Speckmann would lead off the inning with a single to left and go to second on a throwing error by the Saints' pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt. After advancing to third on a fly out by Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) recorded a base hit to left to allow Speckmann to cross home. 

The Saints recovered the run in the next inning, as they scored two to go in front 7-1. Saint Peter's added a run of their own during their turn at bat on a single by Speckmann to score Pat Farrell (Jersey City, N.J./Marist), who walked to start the inning. 

Saint Peter's tacked on two more runs in the sixth, but fell short in their rally attempt. Grimes led off the inning with a walk and consecutive singles from Moore and Brian Schroeder (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) loaded the bases, before a groundout by Farrell brought home the second run of the game. A wild pitch gave Moore the opportunity to scamper home, but the Saints were able to manage two strikeouts to leave two runners on and end the Peacocks' scoring threat. 

Senior Mathew Yuhas (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) threw a complete game for the Peacocks, receiving the loss. Yuhas gave up seven runs on thirteen hits.

In game two, Siena starter Matt Gage allowed just three total hits- two of which were by Grimes- in nine innings to take the win.

The Saints scored two runs in the first, one in each of the third and fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead over the hosts. Saint Peter's scored their only two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run shot to right field by Grimes. Mancini, who walked with one out earlier in the inning, scored the other Peacock run. Siena added their final two runs in the eighth inning.

The Peacocks will close out the 2013 season next weekend at Iona.