JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University baseball team rallied from down four points late in the contest, overtaking the lead, but eventually lost the game in devastating fashion as the Peacocks gave up a three-run homer in the ninth that resulted in an 8-7 decision to the Siena Saints on Monday. The setback gave Siena the series sweep over the Peacocks.
The Peacocks gave up one run in each of the first five innings of the game, resulting in a 5-1 whole. The Peacocks lone run came in the second inning by way of an RBI double to left field by DJ Nozza (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) that scored Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) from second.
Trailing the Saints 5-1 entering the bottom half of the fifth, the Peacocks cut into the deficit with a four hit, three run inning that began with two outs and two on when James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler) drove in the first run after a single to right field that allowed Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ/Marist HS) to score from third and advanced Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township) from second to third. The following batter, Mike Ionta (Westfield, NJ/Westfield), doubled to center field, clearing the bases for two RBIs and cutting the deficit to 5-4.
The Peacocks remained one run back at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning. With runners on the corners, Ionta hit a single to left field for the game-tying RBI. Then during the next at bat, Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) hit a single to the Siena pitcher and in an attempt to throw out Spadaccini at third, he missed completely sending the ball into the left field foul territory, resulting in an error that gave Spadaccini the go-ahead run at 6-5.
In the eighth, Siena left two runners stranded as Tom Puza (Point Pleasant, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) came in to close out the game. The Peacocks added one more run in the bottom of the eighth as Perez scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Spadaccini, giving the Peacocks a 7-5 lead heading into the ninth and final inning.
In the top of the ninth, with two outs and two runners on, Siena's Swain hit a three-run homerun over the center field fence, giving the Saint an 8-7 lead over the Peacocks. With one last chance to retake the lead, the Peacocks came up just short as the team only got one man on base in the bottom of the ninth, closing out the series with an 8-7 defeat.
Spadaccini went 3-for-4 on the day with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Ionta went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the game.
Saint Peter's will be in action again next weekend with a home series against Iona. The series will be the Peacocks final home stanza of the season.