March 1, 2014

Hugg's Ninth Inning Grand Slam Surges Saint Peter's Baseball Past Stony Brook, 7-3

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Chris Hugg (Ironia, N.J./Randolph) smacked a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to power Saint Peter's past Stony Brook 7-3 at the Wake Forest Tournament in non-conference baseball action on Saturday.

Trailing 3-2 going into the ninth, Ariel Ramirez, Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township) and Rob Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood) hit consecutive singles to tie the game at 3 thanks to Moore's RBI single to right field. After Jim Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) was hit with a pitch to load the bases, Hugg smacked the Peacocks (2-4) first homer of the year to hand Saint Peter's a 7-3 lead after his grand slam. The Seawolves (0-4) had two runners reach via the walk in the bottom of the inning, but a fielder's choice groundout and a double play ended the game to give the Peacocks their second-straight victory.

Hugg paced Saint Peter's with two hits, five RBIs and a run scored. Moore added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI while Kristoffersen registered two hits and two runs scored.

Kevin Courtney powered Stony Brook with two hits and two RBIs. Cole Peragine added a hit and an RBI and Kyle Devin posted a hit and a run scored in the loss.

The Peacocks grabbed the early lead before the Seawolves came back to take the lead in the seventh only to see Hugg give the Jersey City squad the win thanks to his ninth inning grand slam.

Saint Peter's grabbed an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Kristoffersen reached on a ground-rule double to right center to open the game before Moore walked. After a strikeout, Hugg doubled to left center to plate Kristoffersen before Nick Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) scored Moore on an RBI groundout for a 2-0 advantage.

Stony Brook scored the next three runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Courtney started the Seawolves comeback with an RBI single in the first inning to trim the margin to 3-1. Peragine added an RBI groundout in the second to knot the game at 2.

Courtney then handed the Seawolves a 3-2 lead in the seventh with a run-scoring single down the right field line. The lead lasted until the ninth when Moore tied the game on an RBI single before Hugg drilled his first homer in a Peacocks uniform to clear the bases and give the Peacocks the 7-3 win.

Ed Mejias (Ocean Township, N.J./Ocean Township) picked up the win in relief after pitching the final three shutout innings with one hit and two walks. Jon Leiter (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Henriquez had two hits and an RBI while Ramirez posted two hits and a run scored and Kyle Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK Memorial) registered two hits in the win.

The Peacocks wrap up the Wake Forest Tournament against host Wake Forest on Sunday. First pitch is 2 p.m. Frank Morris (Levittown, Pa./Harry S. Truman [Seton Hall]) takes the hill for Saint Peter's.