BROOKLYN, NY – After taking a 5-0 lead after three innings, the Saint Peter's baseball team gave up seven unanswered runs, leading to a 7-5 loss at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. The Peacocks surrendered the game tying run in the seventh and go-ahead run in the eighth of the defeat.
Chris Micak (Edison, NJ / Metuchen) hit the Peacocks' first homerun of the season in the second inning, sending a two-run bomb over the left field wall. Micak's two RBIs led the Peacocks on the day and he was the lone Peacock with multi-hits, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Jared Quintero (Paterson, NJ / Passaic County Tech HS) recorded one run and two RBIs in the game and Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill) batted in a run while Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ / Marist HS) and Austin Feigin (Toms River, NJ / Toms River North) each scored a run.
Right-handed pitcher, Willie Krajnik (Lyndhurst, NJ / Saint Mary) got the start, going 6.0 innings, striking out four, and giving up no earned runs. In relief, senior righty, Anthony Assante (Brick, NJ / Brick Memorial) tossed the final 2.0 innings. Assante (0-1) faced the final 14 batters of the game and surrendered the five final runs (four earned) leading to the defeat.
The Peacocks got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, when Micak hit the team's first homer of the year, scoring Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) from first base.
Still holding onto the 2-0 lead, the Peacocks extended the lead to five nil, in the third inning with three more runs. With runners in scoring position, Quintero hit a double that brought both Perez and Feigin home. Later in the inning with two outs, Ciocco hit an RBI single to center field allowing Quintero to score from second base.
After the Peacocks closed out the third inning with a 5-0 lead, the team did not score another run and only logged one hit through the final six innings. The Blackbirds put together a rally that began in the fifth inning with two runs. Then in the seventh inning, LIU Brooklyn scored another three runs to tie up the contest at 5-5. In the eighth, the Blackbirds scored the go-ahead run, and ultimately took a 7-5 advantage into the final inning to close out the game.
The Peacocks are back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn to finish the three-game series. First pitch is set for noon in Brooklyn. The Peacocks will send left-handed pitcher Anthony Ramos (0-1) to the mound in game one and right-handed pitcher Steve Epstein (0-1) will get the nod in game two.