SUFFERN, NY – The Saint Peter's University baseball team and the Iona Gaels moved their scheduled Saturday contest in Jersey City to Friday in Suffern, New York at Rockland Community College due to the impending weather. The Peacocks ended up falling to the Gaels at the neutral site in both games of the doubleheader.
The Gaels opened the game with a solo homerun left center field by Matt Byrne, giving Iona a 1-0 lead over the Peacocks. The Peacocks responded with a rally in the bottom of the first inning that began with an RBI single by Mike Ionta (Westfield, NJ/Westfield), which knotted up the game at 1-1 after Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ/Marist HS) scored from second base. Ionta scored the second run on an error after the Gaels shortstop overthrew the first baseman on the putout attempt. The next batter, Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill), hit an RBI single to center field, propelling Jose Martinez (Browns Mills, NJ/Remberton Township (Hartford CC)) home, giving the Peacocks a 3-1 lead, then Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) singled to left field, which brought home Jesse Matos (Bayonne, NJ / Marist) for the Peacock's fourth run of the inning.
The Peacocks carried the 4-1 advantage into the third inning, before the Gaels tacked on two runs, cutting the Peacock lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ionta doubled through right center, for an RBI, scoring Alex Slawinski (Carteret, NJ/Carteret), to give the Peacocks a 5-3 lead.
The Peacocks maintained the 5-3 lead until the top of the eighth inning when the Gaels rallied for 12 runs, taking the lead over the Peacocks at 15-5 and ending the game with the identical score.
Iona scored seven runs through the first four innings, while the Peacocks found the scoreboard once through the stretch with a run scored by Adam Hernandez (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford).
Scored remained locked at 7-1 all the way through the game until the seventh and final inning when Iona tacked on nine runs to extend their lead to 16-1.
Saint Peter's baseball will be back in action on Sunday for the final game of the series with Iona. Due to the inclement weather, the site and start time for the game is still TBD.