TEANECK, NJ – Playing in an in-state non-conference game for the second consecutive day, the Saint Peter's University baseball team's late rally against Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) wasn't enough to secure the team's first win of the season as they dropped the contest, 13-6 on Tuesday. The Saint Peter's baseball team's record drops to 0-20 on the year.
"Our offense showed some positive signs today putting up six runs on the day," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "A few guys are starting to take better swings, so hopefully they can be consistent with that over the next few games.
Saint Peter's starting right-handed pitcher, Kevin Soriano (New Milford, NJ/New Milford) (0-5) surrendered a homer to Bobby Romano in the first inning before retiring the next two batters to close the inning with limited damage.
Soriano then picked up one strikeout in the second and limited the Knights to just one hit and no runs in the second, keeping the score locked at 1-0.
The Peacocks picked up two hits in the top of the third inning but could not get anyone across home plate, then allowed FDU to get another run in the bottom half of the inning, extending the deficit to 2-0.
FDU went on a scoring outburst in the fourth inning, as the Knights scored six runs on five hits and a Peacock error. The six runs pushed the FDU lead over the Peacocks to 8-0. Then in the fifth inning, the Knights found home plate three more times, extending the shutout lead to 11-0.
The Peacock rally began in the seventh inning when leadoff hitter, Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township) got on base with a single. Anthony Ramos (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) came to the plate next and sent the ball over the right center fence for his first homerun of his career, cutting the deficit to 11-2.
After FDU scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, to put their lead back to double figures, at 13-2, the Peacocks continued their late game rally, this time adding four more runs to the scoreboard in the eighth. Turton got the first RBI of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Mike Ionta (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) to tag up and score from third base. Then with two outs, Jesse Matos (Bayonne, NJ/Marist) scored a run after a throwing error to make the score 13-4. Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) capped off the rally with his first career homer, as he sent a long ball over center field for the two-run homerun that also scored Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill), cutting the deficit to 13-6.
Saint Peter's managed to hold FDU to zero runs in the bottom of the eighth and looked to keep the rally going in the final inning but came up just short as the Peacocks got just one hit and Ionta but left him stranded on base as the game concluded at 13-6.
Soriano suffered the defeat as he gave up eight runs with seven earned in 3.1 innings of action.
Mason had the best offensive output for the Peacocks, going 3-for-4 on the day, with a homerun, two RBIs, and one run.
The Peacocks will be back at it this weekend when they return to conference play, taking on Quinnipiac in Hamden, CT. The series opens up on Saturday, April 22 with a doubleheader that begins at noon and 2p.m. On Sunday, April 23 the teams will meet in a single game that starts at noon.