GAMES 10, 11, and 12
Saint Peter's (0-9) at No. 4 St. John's (21-2)
Date: Tues., April 4, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Jack Kaiser Stadium, Queens, NY
Saint Peter's Projected Starters
Game 1 - RHP Jake Regina
Game 2 - RHP Kevin Soriano
Game 3 - RHP Willie Krajnik
The Peacocks will be on the road for three mid-week games. First the Peacocks travel to Queens, NY to take on No. 4 nationally ranked St. John's on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, the Peacocks will head to the Bronx Borough to face the Fordham Rams in in a double-header at 2:00 and 5:00pm.
All-Time Series against St. John's
Tuesday's meeting will be the 13th all-time between the two teams dating back to 2000. The Peacocks trail St. John's 1-11 in the all-time series, last winning in last year's meeting ending a 10 game skid to the Red Storm.
All-Time Series against Fordham
Wednesday's games mark the 29tha and 30h meetings all-time between Saint Peter's and Fordham dating back to 1973. The Peacocks trail the Rams in the series 7-21. The Peacocks won last year's meeting, snapping a four game losing streak to the Rams dating back to 1997.
Last Time We Met the Red Storm
Saint Peter's and St. John's met earlier in the season on March 22 on a neutral park at Baseball Heaven in Long Island, NY. The then No. 9 ranked St. John's knocked off the Peacocks 12-9.The Peacocks held a 6-3 lead all the way trough to the sevength before surrendering eight runs in that inning to lose the lead and eventually the contest.
Last Time We Met the Rams
Saint Peter's knocked off Fordham 2-0 last season at Houlihan Park behind starting pitcher John Leiter's first career nine-inning complete game shutout. James Spadaccini added two hits and an RBI for the Peacocks while Jon Kristoffersen posted a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the winning effort.
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's University baseball team opened up MAAC play on the road at Niagara University where the team fell in all three games to the Purple Eagles. Niagara defeated the Peacocks 3-2, 7-0, and 8-1 over the two day, three game series.
Saint Peter's will return home for a three-game series with MAAC rival, Rider on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9.
For the second straight season, the Peacock baseball team scored double figure runs in the season opener after putting up a 10 run game on LIU Brooklyn Wednesday despite the loss. Last season the Peacocks scored 10 runs against Maryland Eastern Shore in a 10-8 victory to begin their year.
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.