Baseball Set to Meet Manhattan in Final MAAC Series of the 2017 Season

Baseball Set to Meet Manhattan in Final MAAC Series of the 2017 Season

GAMES 36, 37 and 38

Saint Peter's (0-35, 0-21) vs. Manhattan (15-33, 9-12)
Date: Thurs. May 18, 12:00 and 3:00pm, Sat. May 20, 12:00pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls, NY

Live Stats – Game 1
Live Stats – Game 2
Live Stats – Game 3

Projected Starters
Game 1: RHP Kevin Soriano
Game 2: RHP Willie Krajnik
Game 3: LHP Michael Ammerman

First Pitch

The Peacocks will take on Manhattan College for the team's final MAAC road series of the season. The teams will meet in Wappingers Falls, NY at minor league ballpark, Dutchess Stadium on Thursday, May 18 at 12 and 3p.m. and on Saturday, May 20 at 12p.m.

The Scout on Manhattan

The Manhattan Jaspers enter the final season series with a 9-12 conference mark and 15-33 overall record. The Jaspers are coming off of a road series loss to Canisius, dropping two out of three to the Griffs. Manhattan took the middle contest, 2-0, and fell in game one and three by the scores of, 16-5 and 3-2. The Jaspers have two players hitting over .300, led by Fabian Pena who leads the team in total hits with 56, RBIs with 26, and ranks second in runs scored with 24, and homeruns with three.

Last Time We Met the Jaspers

The Peacocks met the Jaspers last season in mid-May at Jaroschak Field for their season series, with Manhattan earning the sweep over Saint Peter's as the Peacocks fell in all three contests.

Last Time Out 

The Saint Peter's University baseball team dropped their series with Iona last weekend. What was scheduled to be the Peacocks final home series of the season, turned out to be two games at a neutral site and one on the road due to inclement weather. The Peacocks and Gaels met on Friday, May 12 at Rockland Community College for a double header that Iona took the wins in and the teams met on Sunday, May14 in New Rochelle at Iona's home field where the Gaels earned the series sweep.    

On Deck

This will conclude the 2017 season for the Peacocks.

10-Run Opener

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.