Strong Pitching By Mozeika and Yuhas And Clutch Hitting By Moore Propels Baseball To Doubleheader Sweep At Iona
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Eric Mozeika (Secaucus, N.J./High Tech) and Mathew Yuhas (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) each recorded complete-game victories and Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood) knocked in the decisive run in both games to fuel Saint Peter's to a doubleheader sweep against Iona in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) baseball action on Thursday. The Peacocks (16-31, 9-14 MAAC) won the opener 3-2 and then took the nightcap, 6-1.
Mozeika allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with five strikeouts in a nine-inning complete game in the opener to earn his second win of the season while Yuhas gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game in the nightcap for his sixth win of the year in his final collegiate start.
Moore provided the offense in both victories. The freshman recorded three hits, three RBIs and a run scored in the twinbill sweep. Moore broke a 2-all standstill in the opener with an RBI single through the right side in the top of the seventh to plate the go-ahead run. The freshman then recorded a two-run single in the first inning of the nightcap to give Saint Peter's the lead it would not relinquish.
Matt Byrne paced the Gaels (7-43, 2-21 MAAC) with three hits and a run scored in the two games while Jimmy Gulilano added a hit an RBI in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Peacocks rallied to take the lead and then had to score one run in the seventh to open the three-game series with a victory.
After Iona scored a run to tie the game at 2 in the sixth, Saint Peter's scored a run in the seventh to take the lead for good and earn the 3-2 victory.
With one out, Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) singled up the middle and Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) singled through the left side before Moore plated Henriquez with a run-scoring single through the right field for the one-run lead.
Mozeika then retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced to secure the victory. The only runner the hurler allowed after the Peacocks took the lead was a walk to Gulliano with one out in the ninth, but he was stranded at first base.
Iona took the early 1-0 lead in the contest in the first when Byrne scored on an RBI groundout by Thomas Kriss.
Saint Peter's tied the game at 1 in the fourth after Moore reached on a fielder's choice and touched home on William Rawson's RBI single to left field. The Peacocks then took the lead in the fifth with a run to grab a 2-1 edge. Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township) singled to open the inning, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error on the play and then touched home on Matt Mancini's (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) run-scoring single to center.
Gulliano doubled home the Gaels second run of the game to even the score at 2, but Moore plated the decisive run in the seventh to propel Saint Peter's to the win.
The Peacocks continued its momentum after the game-one victory with two runs in the first and four runs in the sixth to complete the sweep with a 6-1 decision.
Matt Speckmann (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), Mancini and Grimes started the game with three-straight singles before Moore plated Speckmann and Mancini with a two-run single up the middle for a 2-0 edge in the first.
Saint Peter's then put the game away with four runs in the sixth. Brian Schroeder (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) singled to right to start the inning before Pat Farrell (Jersey City, N.J./Marist) single to left field with one out. After Vincent Maietta (Franklin Sqiare, N.J./St. Mary's) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kristoffersen coaxed a bases loaded walk to bring home Schroeder with the first run of the inning. Speckmann then singled to left center to bring home Farrell and Maietta before Kristoffersen touched home on a passed ball to give the Peacocks a 6-0 advantage.
Iona scored a run in the seventh, but Saint Peter's came away with the 6-1 win.
The Peacocks close out the 2013 season at Iona on Friday with a nine-inning affair. First pitch is 12 p.m.