JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University baseball team lost its weekend series with Marist College, which concluded on Sunday with a 6-2 setback to the Red Foxes.
"Today's game was a good game to watch if you enjoy pitching," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "Both starters threw seven innings for their respective teams. Unfortunately we did not come out on top today. A couple of errors early in the game led to a few runs for Marist. Better defense and a few more hits in clutch situations and the outcome may have been different. The guys continue to play hard and hustle which is a good sign."
The Peacocks gave up two runs to Marist in the opening inning as the Red Foxes scored its first run from Greg Kocinski's RBI single that sent Andrew Rouse home. Tyler Kirkpatrick then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that led to Frankie Gregoire's run as he tagged up on third and scored.
The Peacocks cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning, when Jose Martinez (Browns Mills, NJ/Remberton Township (Hartford CC)) drove a single to center field that scored Alex Slawinski (Carteret, NJ/Carteret) who reached on an error by the shortstop in the leadoff position.
Marist added three more runs in the second inning due to two Peacock errors in the infield that led to Marist's Matt Iantosca getting on base from the first, and allowing him to take home for the score on the second. Kocinski added two more RBIs when he got a shot to right field that resulted in a two-run single.
Peacock left-handed starting pitcher, Michael Ammerman (Howell, NJ/Howell (Ocean Community College)) (0-5) settled in after the second inning, holding Marist to just four hits and one run, while striking out four hitters the next five innings combined until his day finished after pitching 7.0 innings. For the game, Ammerman posted five strikeouts and gave up nine hits and six runs (five unearned).
Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ/Marist HS) helped the Peacocks get one more run in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a RBI single into right field giving Anthony Ramos (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) the team's second run. The Peacocks rally was unsuccessful as the team got no hits in the final two innings, falling 6-2 to the Red Foxes.
Saint Peter's will remain in Jersey City with a Tuesday meeting with Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30pm.