Baseball Ready for Midweek Road Contests with In-State Non-Conference Opponents

Baseball Ready for Midweek Road Contests with In-State Non-Conference Opponents

GAMES 19 and 20

Saint Peter's (0-18, 0-9) vs. NJIT (3-28, 0-9 ASUN)
Date: Tue. April 18, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, Newark, NJ 
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Saint Peter's (0-18, 0-9) vs. FDU (9-17, 7-4 NEC)
Date: Wed. April 19, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Naimoli Family Baseball Complex, Teaneck, NJ 

Projected Starters
Game 1: RHP Kevin Soriano
Game 2: RHP Willie Krajnik

First Pitch

The Peacocks will continue their 15-day hiatus away from Jersey City with midweek meetings against New Jersey foes in NJIT and Fairleigh Dickinson. The Peacocks will meet NJIT on Tuesday, April 18 at 6p.m. and FDU on Wednesday. April 19 at 3:30p.m.

The Scout on NJIT

The NJIT Highlanders come into the game with a 3-28 record and 0-9 ASun mark. The Highlanders are losers of their last 15 games having last won almost one month ago on March 18, knocking off James Madison. NJIT is 0-2 to MAAC teams, dropping contest to Canisius and Rider. Justin Etts has a team-best two homeruns and team leading 20 RBIs.

Last Time We Met the Highlanders

Last season, the Peacocks met the Highlanders three times, dropping all three contests. NJIT took the first game, 11-7 which was on March 29 at Jaroschak. Game two came on April 5 at Newark where the Highlanders shut out the Peacocks, 16-0. In the final game, the Highlanders won 6-5 in Newark.

The Scout on FDU

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights currently have a 9-17 overall record and a 7-4 NEC mark. The Knights will have another contest under their belt before facing the Peacocks as they host Delaware State on Tuesday. The Knights recently dropped a four-game series to Sacred Heart, going 1-3 after winning the finale, 13-8. The Knights lost to their only MAAC opponent so far, Siena, dropping the game 9-7. Five Knights are hitting better than .300. Ryan Brennan leads the team with nine doubles, five homeruns, and 32 RBIs.  

Last Time We Met the Knights

The Peacocks and Knights last met in 2015, when the teams played twice in separate months with both games in Teaneck. In the first game, FDU defeated the Peacocks 6-5 on March 17. In the second meeting, the Peacocks got revenge, winning 13-7 on April 21.  

Last Time Out 

The Saint Peter's University baseball team lost the season series to defending MAAC champion, Fairfield University. Despite dropping all three games, the Peacocks held the lead in all three contests. Eventually the champion Stags took the games, 7-1, 3-2, and 6-4.

On Deck

Saint Peter's will continue the 15-day road trip with another weekend series in the state of Connecticut. This time, the Peacocks will take on Quinnipiac in a three-game conference series on Saturday, April 22 at noon and 2p.m., and Sunday, April 23 at noon.

10-Run Opener

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.