Five Baseball Student-Athletes Named To NJCBA Division I All-State Teams

Five Baseball Student-Athletes Named To NJCBA Division I All-State Teams

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association named the members of the 2013 Division I All-State Teams Wednesday evening. Five Saint Peter's University baseball student-athletes received honors; Zach Hopf (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge), James Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn), Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus), Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) and Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township High School).

Hopf, Smith and Henriquez were named to the Second Team, while Moore and Kristoffersen received All-Rookie Team accolades. 

Currently, Hopf leads the Peacocks with a 3.73 ERA in 82 innings pitches and has struck out a team-high 56 batters on the year. On April 28th, the junior righty helped lead the Peacocks to a thrilling walk-off 3-2 victory over Manhattan College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. Hopf threw a commanding nine innings en route to a complete game victory, scattering four hits and one walk on 106 pitches, while allowing just two runs (one earned). For the game he allowed a total of seven base runners, while striking out eight. Additionally, he retired the side in one-two-three fashion in nearly half of the contests' innings (four) and struck out eight batters- his most in a game this season.

The Peacocks' starting catcher James Smith is currently batting .274 on the year with 10 doubles, and has driven in 23 runs while scoring 21. For the season, he has thrown out 47 of 78 would-be base-stealers. In conference action, Smith is second on the year batting .300 with 12 runs and 11 RBIs and has thrown out 23 of 33 would-be base-stealers. 

Utility-man Nicholas Henriquez is second on the team in batting (.295) having seen time in the designated hitter slot and at first base. Henriquez has scored 21 runs, driven in 19 runs and has reached base 15 times via hit-by-pitch- putting him at 45th in all of Division I in hit by pitchers per game. 

Rookies Moore and Kristoffersen, the final two Peacock award recipients, have worked their way into the starting lineup in just their freshman campaigns. 

Presently, Moore is third on the team in RBIs with 21 and has also scored 18 runs. His 12 doubles are the most on the squad, enabling him to lead the team is slugging percentage at .386. He was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on March 25th and the NJCBA Week 5 Rookie of the Week. 

Kristoffersen ended the month of April by recording a game-winning, run-scoring base hit on the 28th to lead the Peacocks to a 3-2 walk-off win over MAAC foe Manhattan College. With the game tied at two in the ninth inning, Kristoffersen came to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. He would go on to drill a pitch to deep left field, allowing teammate Nick Cardamone to cross home and secure the victory for the Peacocks. For the game, he was the lone Peacock to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 while also driving in two of the team's three runs. For his efforts, he was named the NJCBA Division I Week 10 Rookie of the Week. This season he has scored 14 runs, driven in 12 and stolen five bases in six attempts.