LAFAYETTE, LA – The Saint Peter's University baseball team dropped the final game of the three-game series to the No. 15 nationally ranked Louisiana Lafayette team, 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Peacocks record drops to 0-4 on the season.
"Facing the Ragin Cajuns who are ranked 15th in the nation was a great experience for our young Peacock baseball team," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "It gave us an opportunity to see what we need to do to be a top team in the MAAC, which is our goal. We played hard and consistently played better as the series wore on. In game one, Lafayette pitcher Gunner Leger was untouchable, allowing only one hit, which came in the ninth inning. I tip my cap to him as he was dead on all night and totally shut down our offense. We played much better in games two & three."
The Peacocks starting right-handed pitcher, Kevin Soriano (New Milford, NJ/New Milford) had a shutout going through three innings, limiting the 15th ranked Cajuns to just two hits. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cajuns erupted for four hits including a three-run homerun leading to a four run inning. Soriano made one strike out and gave up five hits with three unearned runs in the defeat.
The Peacocks made two hits in the loss, led by Jose Martinez (Browns Mills, NJ/Remberton Township (Hartford CC)) who went 1-for-4 and Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) who went 1-for-2 with both earning their hits in the second inning.
"Our pitchers threw really well all week, consistently attacking hitters and not walking batters," added Ramirez. "Last year, the pitching staff walked an average of five batters per game. So far this year we are averaging only two walks per game, which is a significant improvement. On defense we need to communicate a little better. A couple of key errors extended the innings, which Lafayette immediately capitalized on to score additional runs. Offensively we need to cut down our swings and limit the strikeouts as we stranded several runners in scoring position over the last two games. Four games in, we are seeing progress in all areas but we need to be more consistent in our approaches at the plate and on defense."
Saint Peter's returns to the northeast for a two-game series at Pittsburg on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday the 15th. Opening pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday and 1 p.m. on Wednesday.