GAMES 25, 26, and 27
Saint Peter's (0-24, 0-12) vs. Marist (19-18, 7-5)
Date: Sat. April 29, 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and Sun. April, 30, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ
Game 1: RHP Kevin Soriano
Game 2: RHP Willie Krajnik
Game 3: LHP Michael Ammerman
Saint Peter's returns home after a 15-day hiatus to host Marist in a conference series on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.
The Scout on Marist
Marist enters the weekend series with a 19-18 overall record and a 7-5 MAAC mark. The Red Foxes have dropped three of their last five games, falling to Army West Point 4-1 in the 12th Annual Hudson Valley Baseball Classic, and splitting a four game, home-home series with Albany, winning one game at home and one on the road. Marist is led by Frankie Gregoire and Greg Kocinski, who have each recorded a team-leading 29 RBIs on the season, with Gregoire hitting a team-best six homeruns. The duo is also the only two players that have appeared in all 37 games for the Red Foxes.
Last Meeting with the Red Foxes
Last season, Saint Peter's took the series with Marist, 2-1 on the road in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Peacocks won the first game of the series, 6-4, led by Rob Moore and Jason Midkiff's solo homeruns that helped the Peacocks get out to a 5-0 lead by the sixth inning. The Red Foxes took the middle game, 9-2. Then the Peacocks sealed the series victory with a 3-1 win, that was powered by Anthony Assante's complete game pitching effort.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks fell in their final non-conference road game to New Jersey rival, Seton Hall, 11-0 on Wednesday evening.
Saint Peter's will remain in Jersey City with a Tuesday meeting with Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30pm.
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.