JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University baseball team suffered a 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Wagner Seahawks on Tuesday evening at Jaroschak Field in Jersey City. The Peacocks overall record now stands at 0-15 on the season.
"We played a much better game today against Wagner but we couldn't avoid the big inning once again," noted head coach Danny Ramirez. "If we avoid the six run 2nd inning, it's a different ball game. We also continue to leave too many guys in scoring position, leaving eight today."
After a scoreless first inning, Wagner erupted for six runs in the top of the second inning, which began with an RBI single by Kyle Cala. After scoring three more runs on an RBI single from Will Johnson, and picking up two runs as Anthony Pecora and Johnson advanced home on a fielder's choice, the Seahawks got a two-run homerun from Sean Mazzio to cap off the rally.
Wagner added one run in consecutive innings in the third and fourth to extend the lead over Saint Peter's to 8-0.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, shortstop James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler) singled, driving Schifilliti in for score.
In the very next inning after relief pitcher Steve Epstein (Marlboro, NJ/Marlboro) retired the side with two put outs by Spadaccini and a strikeout, the Peacocks scored again in the bottom half of the six, this time with Schifilliti getting the RBI single that sent Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) across the plate for the score, cutting the Peacock deficit to 8-2.
Mazzio added one more RBI for Wagner in the top of the eighth inning, extending the score to 9-2 before it became final.
Schifilliti and Spadaccini had the best offensive evenings for the Peacocks as they combined to hit 4-for-7 with two RBIs, one run, and three walks. Schifilliti went 2-for-4 in the leadoff position, scoring one run and recording one RBI, while Spadaccini went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two walks.
As a team, the Peacocks matched the Seahawks with eight hits, but left 11 batters on base, including eight in scoring position. The Peacocks also made two costly errors in the contest.
Saint Peter's starting pitcher, Kevin Soriano (New Milford, NJ/New Milford ) (0-4) received the loss on the evening after giving up eight runs (seven earned) in 4.0 innings of work. Soriano struck out two batters and walked three.
"The guys are still playing hard which is a good sign," added Ramirez. "We'll look to see if we can get something going against Fairfield this weekend."
Saint Peter's heads on the road to face the defending MAAC champions, Fairfield University this weekend. The three-game series will begin on Friday, April 14 at noon and the doubleheader will be played on Saturday, April 15 at noon and 2:30pm.