Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. LIU Brooklyn (3-6)
Date: Wed., March 8, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ
The Saint Peter's baseball team opens the 2017 season at home in Jersey City against LIU Brooklyn. This will be the first time in over a decade that the Peacocks will open up the season at home.
Series History with Long Island
The Peacock's season opener will be the 29th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1972 season. The Peacocks trail 12-16 in the all-time series record and hold a 2-3 record in the last five meetings. The teams last met in 2014, with LIU earning an 11-5 decision. The Peacocks last won during the 2013 season, when they blew out LIU 18-8.
The Scout on the Blackbirds
LIU enters the game with a 3-6 overall record. After starting the season 0-4, the Blackbirds have won three out of their last four games.
Saint Peter's heads down to the state of Louisiana for a three-game series with Louisiana Lafayette from March 10-12. The teams will meet on March 10 at 6p.m., March 11 at 2p.m., and March 12 at 1p.m.
MAAC Preseason Polls
The defending MAAC Baseball Champions, Fairfield University, was voted by the leagues 11 head coaches to repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions in 2017, receiving seven out of 11 first-place votes, totaling 116 points. Coming in second place was Canisius College, followed by Monmouth University who received two first-place votes and Manhattan College took the other first-place vote and to come in fourth place in the preseason poll. Rounding out the top five was Marist College. Siena College finished came in sixth place, while Quinnipiac came in seventh. Rider University, Niagara University, Iona College and Saint Peter's University finished eighth through eleventh in the preseason poll, respectively.
About the Coach
Danny Ramirez begins his first season at the helm of the Peacocks. Ramirez joins Saint Peter's with over 25 years of experience as a player, coach, and scout in the Northeast. As a player at Bronx Community College he was a member of the 1994 CUNY City Championship team and the 1995 team that played in the Junior College World Series. Ramirez has coached and managed at many levels beginning his career with the Boys Club of New York and Major League Baseballs RBI program where he led several teams to city championships while working with inner city youth of all ages. Ramirez then coached at Lasalle Academy High School for two years before accepting the Head Men's Baseball Coach position at Globe Institute of Technology. At Globe, he led the Knights to the school's first district tournament win before moving on to Monroe College in 2007. At Monroe College, Ramirez was part of the coaching staff as the program transitioned from a Division III program in 2006, into one of the top NJCAA Division I programs in the Northeast. He served as the Infield/Outfield Coach, Strength Training and Agility development, and most recently as Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach. Throughout the past nine years, Monroe has produced over 60 NCAA signees and several players that were either drafted by Major League Organizations or signed free agent contracts to play professional baseball.