NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - In their final contest of the 2013 season, the Saint Peter's University baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Iona College on Friday afternoon.
Junior catcher James Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) finished 2-for-2 and drove in two runs in the loss. As a team, the Peacocks only recorded five total hits.
Senior Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) and Brian Schroder (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) each recorded a hit of their own, while Grimes scored a run. Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) notched the fifth Peacock hit and Ariel Ramriez (Santo Domingo/Babeque) scored the second run.
Junior Zach Hopf (Woodbridge, N.J./Woodbridge) put in a solid effort on the mound despite recieving the loss. The righty pitched a complete game and gave up three runs on nine hits in eight innings. Hopf tied his season high in the loss as well; striking out eight batters.
Iona was led by Joe Torres and Christian Choman who each finished with two hits and a run scored. Choman also drove in a run to lead the Gaels to victory.
Saint Peter's managed to get on the board first to get in front 1-0 on a sacrifice fly by Smith. Grimes woud lead off the inning with a single to center, advance to second on a wild pitch and reach third on a sacrifice bunt by Schroeder before scoring on Smith's sac fly to right.
The Peacocks maintained their lead for just one inning however, as the hosts scored a run of their own in the third on a RBI base hit by Jimmy Guilano. Iona added a run in each of the fourth and sixth innings to jump in front 3-1. With one out and a runner at first, Bobby Vitulano would triple to left center to give the Gaels' the go-ahead run, while a leadoff solo homerun by Choman in the sixth provided the hosts with an insurance run.
Saint Peter's added a final run in the seventh on a basehit to left by Smith to score pinch runner Ramirez. The visitors had the game tying run on third base with two outs before a groundout ended the scoring threat. The Peacocks had one base runner in the ninth, but were unable to move him into scoring position before Iona closed out the victory.
The Peacocks left six total runners on base in the loss.