FAIRFIELD, CT – The Saint Peter's University baseball team lost in the first game of a weekend series with the defending MAAC champions, Fairfield University on Friday afternoon in Connecticut. The Peacocks overall record now drops to 0-16 and their MAAC mark sits at 0-7 on the season.
"Willie Krajnik threw really well but we made several errors on defense behind him that led to Fairfield runs," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "We did a much better job of making contact at the plate but we have to play better defense against a quality team like Fairfield if we want to beat them."
The Peacocks broke the ice by scoring the game's first run in the top of the first inning. Designated hitter Jose Martinez (Browns Mills, NJ/Remberton Township (Hartford CC)) doubled down the left field line while batting in the cleanup slot, to earn the RBI. Leadoff hitter Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) scored the run from Martinez's double after getting on base with a single to open the game. That run would prove to be the only of the day for Saint Peter's.
The Stags responded in the bottom half of the inning when Jack Gethings reached on an error and eventually scored on an error by the Peacocks. The Stags then took the lead after starting right handed pitcher, Willie Krajnik (Lyndhurst, NJ/Saint Mary) walked in the go-ahead run with bases loaded.
Both teams remained run-less over the next four innings. During the score-less stretch, Krajnik recorded four strikeouts to just three hits and retired the side in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Peacocks still trailed just 2-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning.
Fairfield added one run in the bottom of the sixth, two runs in the seventh, and two more runs in the eighth to extend the lead to 7-1 over Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks could not get the offense to match the defense as the team only recorded two hits over the final eight innings which matched the two hits they had in the opening frame. In addition to only recording four hits, the squad made four errors which led to three of the seven runs by Fairfield.
Krajnik record drops to 0-4 on the season after he pitched a solid 6.2 innings where he earned five strikeouts and only gave up three earned runs. Schifilliti, who came into the game with a team-leading .371 batting average, led the team again as he recorded half of the hits, going 2-for-4 with the lone run. Martinez and starting second baseman, freshman Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township) got the two other hits on the day for the Peacocks.
Saint Peter's and Fairfield University will continue their series with a doubleheader be on Saturday, April 15 at noon and 2:30pm.