Saint Peter's (0-4) at No. 9 St. John's (14-2)
Date: Wed., March 22, 3 p.m.
Location: Baseball Heaven, Long Island, NY
Saint Peter's will travel across the Hudson for a Wednesday afternoon meeting with the No. 9 nationally ranked St. John's after having over a week and a half of no action. St. John's will be the second straight nationally ranked opponent for the squad.
Wednesday's meeting will be the 12th all-time between the two teams dating back to 2000. The Peacocks trail St. John's 1-10 in the all-time series but won the last meeting between the two, ending the 10 game losing streak to the Red Storm.
Last Time We Met
The Peacocks defeated the Red Storm, 9-8 last season, earning their first ever win against St. John's and ending the 10-game losing streak to them. Mike Ionta and James Spadaccini each hit an RBI single in the eighth to give the Peacocks the lead, then the Peacocks retired the next six Red Storm batters to seal the win.
The Scout on St. John's
St. John's comes into the mid-week game ranked No. 9 in the country and own a 14-2 overall record. The Red Storm won nine straight contests to open the season before falling. St. John's has a 4-3 victory over MAAC member Iona, and visit Fairfield on Tuesday, March 21 before hosting the Peacocks.
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's University baseball team was swept in a three-game series by the No. 15 nationally ranked Louisiana Lafayette back on March 10-12. The Peacocks fell to the Ragin Cajuns; 10-0, 6-1, and 4-0. The Peacocks have not been in action since the contest at Louisiana, having a two-game series against Pittsburg on March 14-15, and a two-game home series with Albany scheduled for March 21 both postponed due to the weather.
Saint Peter's will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Lehigh on Wednesday March 29 at 3p.m.
For the second straight season, the Peacock baseball team scored double figure runs in the season opener after putting up a 10 run game on LIU Brooklyn Wednesday despite the loss. Last season the Peacocks scored 10 runs against Maryland Eastern Shore in a 10-8 victory to begin their year.
MAAC Preseason Polls
The defending MAAC Baseball Champions, Fairfield University, was voted by the leagues 11 head coaches to repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions in 2017, receiving seven out of 11 first-place votes, totaling 116 points. Coming in second place was Canisius College, followed by Monmouth University who received two first-place votes and Manhattan College took the other first-place vote and to come in fourth place in the preseason poll. Rounding out the top five was Marist College. Siena College finished came in sixth place, while Quinnipiac came in seventh. Rider University, Niagara University, Iona College and Saint Peter's University finished eighth through eleventh in the preseason poll, respectively.
About the Coach
Danny Ramirez begins his first season at the helm of the Peacocks. Ramirez joins 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 Baseballs 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.