AMHERST, NY – The Saint Peter's University baseball team was edged by Niagara University, 3-2, in their MAAC opener on Saturday. The Peacocks overall record drops to 0-7 on the season and 0-1 in the MAAC.
"The guys played well," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "Krajnik pitched very well but we made a couple of mistakes early in the game that led to two Niagara runs. In the end those two runs came back to haunt us. We battled all game and had the tying run in scoring position several times late in the game, we just couldn't come up with that big hit late in the game. We'll regroup and wait for tomorrow, with Assante going game one and Ammerman game two. I like our chances."
Niagara scored one run in the first and second innings, jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the Peacocks. In the top of the fifth, the Peacocks got on the board with Jesse Matos (Bayonne, NJ/Marist) scoring on the throw off of Anthony Ramos (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) stolen base. The Purple Eagles led the Peacocks 3-1 after adding a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Jake Regina (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford (Gloucester CC)) got an RBI, sending Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) across home to cut the score to 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning. The Peacocks got one more hit over the final two innings but failed to score anymore runs, falling 3-2.
Saint Peter's starting right handed pitcher, Willie Krajnik (Lyndhurst, NJ/Saint Mary) (0-2) received the loss in the game after pitching 5.0 innings and giving up four hits and two earned runs.
Saint Peter's and Niagara University will play a double-header tomorrow beginning at noon.