GAMES 6 and 7
Saint Peter's (0-5) at Lehigh (7-12)
Date: Wed., March 29, 3:00 p.m.
Location: J. David Walker Field at Legacy Park, Bethlehem, PA
Saint Peter's vs. Fordham Starters
RHP Jake Regina vs. RHP Brian Weissert
Saint Peter's vs. Lehigh Starters
RHP Kevin Soriano vs. TBD
The Peacocks will be on the road on consecutive days in two separate states playing at the Fordham Rams in Bronx, NY on Tuesday, March 28 at 3:30p.m. then the team heads to Bethlehem, PA to face the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Wednesday, March 29 at 3:00p.m.
All-Time Series against Fordham
Tuesday's game will be the 29th meeting all-time between Saint Peter's and Fordham dating back to 1973. The Peacocks trail the Rams in the series 7-21. The Peacocks won last year's meeting, snapping a four game losing streak to the Rams dating back to 1997.
All-Time Series against Lehigh
Wednesday's contest with Lehigh will mark the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams since the 1997 season. The Peacocks trail the Mountain Hawks 1-5 in the all-time series earning their only win in 2015, defeating Lehigh 11-5.
Last Time We Met the Rams
Saint Peter's knocked off Fordham 2-0 last season at Houlihan Park behind starting pitcher John Leiter's first career nine-inning complete game shutout. James Spadaccini added two hits and an RBI for the Peacocks while Jon Kristoffersen posted a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the winning effort.
Last Time We Met the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh edged Saint Peter's 2-1 last season at Jaroschak Field. Jason Midkiff paced the Peacocks with two hits and a run scored while Tommy Toole added a hit and an RBI.
The Scout on the Rams
Fordham enters to game with an 8-11 overall record, including a 5-1 mark at Houlihan Park. The Rams come into Tuesday's game the winner in their last four out of six games. Fordham has a 3-3 record against MAAC teams thus far this season, going 1-2 against Canisius, 1-0 versus Iona, and 1-1 with Manhattan. Weissert, the Rams starting pitcher for the game, has a 0-2 record with a 6.75 ERA.
The Scout on the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh has a 7-12 overall record but is 4-0 at home this season. The Mountain Hawks are on a four-game winning streak, with all four coming at home against NJIT. Lehigh has faced one MAAC team this season, falling 16-0 to Manhattan.
Last Time Out
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.