March 16, 2014

Saint Peter's Baseball Splits Twinbill With Temple

BEAR, Del. – Mark Wilson (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) pitched a complete-game to help Saint Peter's earn a split with Temple after a 5-3 win in the nightcap against Temple in non-conference baseball action at the Big Five Baseball Bash on Sunday. The Owls won the opener, 2-1.

Wilson allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts in a seven-inning complete-game victory for his first career win.

Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township) posted four hits and a run scored for the Peacocks (3-12) while Vinny Maietta (Franklin Square, N.J./St. Mary's) added three hits, a run scored and an RBI in the two games. DJ Nozza (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) recorded a hit and two RBIs in the second game.

Jimmy Kerrigan fueled the Owls (5-9) with four hits and an RBI in the two games while Reyn Sugal added two hits and three runs scored. Preston Hill picked up the win in the opener after allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

Saint Peter's scored four times in the fourth and never looked back to earn the win in the second game and end an eight-game losing streak.

After Temple took a 2-1 lead in the third on Kerrigan's RBI groundout, the Peacocks came back with four runs in the fourth to take the lead it would not relinquish.

Jim Smith (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) opened the inning with a walk. Nick Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) singled before Sean Henry reached on a fielder's choice to force out Smith. Maietta then singled to center to plate Henriquez. After Michael Wulff (Madison, N.J./Madison) was hit with a pitch, Nozza hit a two-run double to right to bring home Maietta and Henry. Nick Cardamone (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) capped the four-run outburst with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Wulff for a 5-2 lead.

The Owls trimmed the margin to 5-3 with a run in the fifth thanks to a run scoring on an error. Temple then put the first two runners on in the ninth before Wilson got out of the jam with a ground out, a fielder's choice and a fly out to earn the complete-game win.

Kristoffersen led off the game with a single and came around to score on Smith's RBI double down the left field line.

The Owls then tied the game in the bottom of the stanza on Robert Amaro's sacrifice fly only to see Saint Peter's score four times in the fourth to earn the victory.

For the second-straight day, the Peacocks lost a game in the final inning after Temple scored a run in the ninth to break a 1-all tie to earn a 2-1 win in the opener.

In the ninth, Sugai and Daniel Dragos started the frame with consecutive singles before Sugai scored on an error to earn the 2-1 win.

Temple started the scoring in the opener with a run in the first thanks to Amaro's RBI single to right field for a 1-0 edge.

Saint Peter's tied the contest at 1 with a run in the third. Ariel Ramirez (San Dominican, Dominican Republic/Babeque) singled to third and Kristoffersen single to right center before Kyle Grimes (Iselin, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) plated Ramirez with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Peacocks put a runner on four times in the final six innings. The best chance to score came in the sixth after Smith opened the frame with a double, but a fly out, strikeout and pop out left Smith stranded at second.

John Leiter (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts in seven innings. Ed Mejias (Ocean Township, N.J./Ocean Township) took the loss for Saint Peter's.

The Peacocks return to action at Seton Hall on Wednesday. Game time is 4 p.m.