Saint Peter's (0-4) vs. LIU Brooklyn (4-7)
Date: Sat., March 10 – Sun., March 11
Time: Sat., 2:30 p.m., Sun. DH, 12 p.m. , first game 9 innings and second game 7 innings
Location: LIU Field – Brooklyn, NY
Saturday: RHP Willie Krajnik vs. LHP Patrick Clyne
Sunday Game 1: LHP Anthony Ramos vs. RHP Zach Pederson
Sunday Game 2: RHP Steve Epstein vs. LHP Cory Hart
After beginning the season in Kissimmee, FL, Saint Peter's will return to the Northeast this week for a three-game road series against LIU Brooklyn at LIU Field in Brooklyn, NY. The Peacocks and Blackbirds will meet on March 10 and 11, playing on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12 p.m.
Series History with LIU
The Peacock and Blackbirds will be meeting for the 30th contests in the all-time series dating back to the 1972 season. The Peacocks trail LIU 12-17 in the series and are 2-3 against the Blackbirds in the last five meetings, dropping two straight after winning two in a row. The Peacocks last won during the 2013 season, when they blew out LIU 18-8 in Jersey City.
Last Time We met
The Peacock and Blackbirds last met during the 2017 season-opener at Jaroschak Field in Jersey City. The Peacocks held a commanding 10-3 lead after three innings, but were outscored 9-0 over the final five innings of an LIU rally, resulting in a 12-10 defeat to the Blackbirds.
Scout on the Blackbirds
The LIU Blackbirds enter the weekend series with a 4-7 overall record. The series against the Peacocks will be LIU's home-opener after playing on the road to open the season. The Blackbirds dropped their first two series to Chicago State (1-2) and Charleston (1-3), before topping Savannah State (2-1) in a three-game series.
Saint Peter's will remain on the road but will travel closer to home when the Peacocks visit Seton Hall on Wednesday, March 14 for a single game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in South Orange.
MAAC Preseason Polls
The defending MAAC Baseball Champions, Marist, was voted by the leagues 11 head coaches to repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions in 2018, receiving seven out of 11 first-place votes, totaling 113 votes. Coming in second place was Canisius with two first-place votes, followed by Fairfield in third with one first-place vote, and Niagara in fourth also earning one first-place vote. Monmouth rounded out the top five, followed by Iona, Siena, Quinnipiac, Rider, Manhattan, and then the Peacocks.
About the Coach
Danny Ramirez begins his second season at the helm of the Peacocks. Ramirez joined 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 Baseball's 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.