JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University baseball team was defeated by Rider University in both games of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Peacocks MAAC record drops to 0-6 and the teams overall record drops to 0-14 on the season.
"In game one, our pitching and defense did not get the job done and when you're playing a quality team like Rider, you have to be able to execute a game plan on the mound and make the routine plays on defense. Today we didn't do that," said head coach Danny Ramirez.
The Peacocks dropped game one to Rider, 28-4 in seven innings. Saint Peter's gave up six runs in the first two innings apiece, falling behind 12-0. Rider added three more runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 15-0.
The Peacocks ended the shutout in the bottom of the fourth, with third baseman Jose Martinez (Browns Mills, NJ/Remberton Township (Hartford CC)) hitting a solo homerun to get the Peacocks in the scoring column.
Rider scored three more runs in the fifth inning, making the scored 18-1. Than in the sixth inning, the Broncs rallied for 10 runs, making the Peacock deficit 28-1. Saint Peter's did not go away quietly, as the Peacocks put three runs up in the sixth. Adam Slawinski (Carteret, NJ/Carteret) drove in the first run of the inning on a ground out that sent home James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler) from third base. Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township) followed it up with an RBI single, scoring Mike Ionta (Westfield, NJ/Westfield). The last run of the Peacocks came by way of an RBI double, that was hit by Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) with the run scored by Turton.
Turton hit a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, recording one RBI and scoring one run. As a team, the Peacocks had 10 hits but stranded six batters. Rider Made 26 hits in the win and hit four balls out of the park.
"In game two, our defense and pitching was much better," added Ramirez. "We got six strong innings from Jake Regina on the mound but our offense did not help him as we stranded several runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times. We will address these concerns and we'll come back and try to get a win against Wagner on Tuesday."
Saint Peter's starting pitcher, Jake Regina (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford (Gloucester CC)) pitched 5.1 innings in where her earned three strikeouts and gave up three hits to 21 batters faced. Regina only surrendered just one hit and one run through five innings.
With a 1-0 lead over the Peacocks, Rider added two runs in the sixth, extending their lead over Saint Peter's to 3-0.
Rider added four more runs in the eighth to push their advantage to 7-0 over Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks had a 7-to-6 hit advantage over Rider, but failed to get any runs across the plate.
Saint Peter's will remain home for a Tuesday afternoon game against Wagner in nonconference action. The contest begins at 3pm.