Baseball Takes On Iona For Last Series Of 2013 Season

Baseball Takes On Iona For Last Series Of 2013 Season

GAME 49, 50 & 52 :  Saint Peter's (21-26, 11-7 MAAC) at Iona (7-41, 2-19 MAAC)
WHEN: Thursday & Friday | 12pm |  May 16 & 17, 2013
WHERE: McCann Field | New Rochelle, N.Y..

Opening Pitch – The Saint Peter's University baseball team will conclude the 2013 season at the end of this week, with a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series against the Gaels of Iona College...the Peacocks will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for a doubleheader on Thursday and a single game on Friday...first pitch on both dates are slated for noon...

Peacocks vs. Iona - The Peacocks are 31-66 all-time against the Gaels…the first contest between both teams took place during the 1969 season…Last year the Peacocks lost two of three to Iona after taking the first game by a score of 15-4...

Last Time Out - Saint Peter's enters this weekend after being swept by Siena College last weekend at Jaroschak Field...the Peacocks fell by scores of 16-4, 7-4 and 8-2...

About the Iona – Iona comes into this weekend last in the MAAC standings with an overall record of 7-41 and a MAAC record of 2-19...most recently the Gaels were swept by Rider on the road...Iona's last victory (7-6) came on May 1st against Big East team St. John's in non-conference action...Iona is led by Matt Kriss, who is batting .298 on the year with 15 runs scored and 19 runs batted in…

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...if you are interested in donating to the Saint Peter's baseball fund, click here...

Quick Hits On Saint Peter's Win Over RU - Saint Peter's recently took down in-state rival Rutgers University 10-4 in non-conference play on Tuesday, May 7th...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...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...

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 46th in all of Division I in hit by pitches per game (0.33) and 42nd in total hit by pitches (15)...Matt Speckmann is 53rd and 42nd, respectively in the same categories...as a team, the Peacocks are 31st in the nation in hit by pitches...

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..