March 25, 2014

Wulff-Henry Tandem Surges Saint Peter's Baseball Past NJIT, 6-3

NEWARK, NJ. – Michael Wulff (Madison, N.J./Madison) and Sean Henry (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) each knocked in two runs to lift Saint Peter's past NJIT 6-3 in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.

Wulff recorded two hits, two RBIs and a run scored while Henry added a hit and two RBIs. The duo knocked in all three runs in the seventh for what proved to be the deciding runs.

Nick Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Peacocks (5-15) while Rob Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood) hit his second homer of the year in the winning effort.

Stephan Halibej fueled the Highlanders (6-8) with a hit and two RBIs while Matt Weckerle added a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Saint Peter's scored four of the final five runs to come from behind to defeat NJIT for the second-straight year.

After the Highlanders tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth, Moore gave the Peacocks a 3-2 lead with his second home run of the season and his second long ball this week.

Saint Peter's added three runs in the seventh to extend its advantage to 6-2. Henriquez and Smith opened the frame with walks before Wulff plated Henriquez on an RBI single to right. Henry then cleared the bases with a two-run single down the right field line for the four-run lead.

NJIT answered with a run in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Weckerle RBI triple down the right field line to trim the margin to 6-3.

The Highlanders grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth after a Halibej RBI double to left field.

The Peacocks got on the scoreboard in the fifth with two outs. Chris Hugg (Ironia, N.Y./Randolph) singled to left field and came around to score on Henriquez's RBI single to left center to tie the game at 1. After Smith singled to left and Vinny Maietta (Franklin Square, N.Y./St. Mary's) walked to load the bases, Wulff brought home Henriquez on an RBI infield single for a 2-1 margin.

The advantage was short lived after Halibej hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to even the score at 2. Saint Peter's then scored four-straight runs and never looked back for its fifth win of the year.

For the second-straight week Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, N.J./Toms River Eastr) picks up the midweek victory after nabbing his first collegiate win in a 9-8 win against Seton Hall on Mar. 19. The freshman pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit. Nathaniel Leon (Brooklyn, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) recorded the final six outs to earn his first save of the year.

Saint Peter's returns to action on Saturday when the squad is slated to make its 2014 Jaroschak Field debut against Fairfield. The two teams will play a doubleheader that consists of a nine-inning game and a seven-inning affair. First pitch is 12 p.m.