LONG ISLAND, NY – The Saint Peter's University baseball team gave up eight runs in the seventh inning to No. 9 nationally ranked St. John's, resulting in a 12-9 setback on Wednesday evening. The Peacocks record drops to 0-5 on the season.
Head coach Danny Ramirez on the game, "we played hard and competed today against a top tier team in St. John's that is currently ranked ninth in the nation. The offense did their part scoring nine runs on the day. We played well and had the lead thru six innings but several walks and timely hitting by the Red Storm led to an eight run seventh which saw them take the lead. We fought back in our last two at bats but it just wasn't enough today. Our team is playing good games versus quality teams which is what we want as we approach the start of our conference games."
The Peacocks trailed the Red Storm 3-1 heading into the top of the fifth before putting together a five-run inning. Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) led off the inning with a single to right field. Next, James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler) got on after being hit by a pitch, and Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township) loaded the bases on a bunt single. Mike Iota (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) drove in two runs with a double to right field to tie the game at 3-3. Then with two outs and two on, Jake Regina (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford (Gloucester CC)) hit a three-run homerun to right center field to extend the Peacock lead to 6-3 to end the inning.
The score remained the same up until the bottom of the seventh when the Red Storm erupted for eight runs on seven hits and one error to take over the lead at 11-6.
The Peacocks added one run in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but it wasn't enough to catch the nationally ranked Red Storm as the game finished by a score of 12-9.
Regina led the way for Saint Peter's going 3-for-5 and recording four RBI and scoring two runs on the evening. Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) and Ionta each made two RBI and Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) added one RBI in the game.
Saint Peter's reliever, Anthony Assante (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial) (0-2) received the loss in the game after pitching 2.0 innings and giving up four earned runs in the seventh.
Saint Peter's returns home to Jaroschak Field on Tuesday, March 28 for a 3p.m. first pitch against Fordham.