GAME 16, 17, and 18
Saint Peter's (0-15, 0-6) vs. Fairfield (14-14, 4-2)
Date: Fri. April 14, 12:00 p.m. and Sat. April 15, 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Diamond, Fairfield, CT
Game 1: RHP Willie Krajnik
Game 2: LHP Michael Ammerman
Game 3: RHP Jake Regina
The Peacocks will begin a 15-day hiatus away from Jersey City beginning this weekend with a road series against defending MAAC Champion, Fairfield. The three-game series will begin on Friday at noon and will continue on Saturday at noon and 2:30.
The Scout on Fairfield
The Fairfield Stags enter the weekend series with an even 14-14 overall record and a 4-2 MAAC mark. The Stags have won seven out of their last nine games, including victories in both three-game series during the stretch. The Stags have three players hitting over .300 this season, led by Kevin Radziewicz who is hitting .350 and who also leads the team in runs batted in with a team-high 19.
Last Time We Met the Stags
Last season the Peacocks and Stags met in Jersey City for a three-game series on April 23 and 24. Fairfield swept Saint Peter's, taking the three games by the scores of 12-2, 11-3, and 8-3.
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's University baseball team dropped a non-conference home meeting to Wagner on Tuesday. The Seahawks defeated the Peacocks 9-2.
Saint Peter's will continue the 15-day road trip with a meetings against New Jersey foes, NJIT on Tuesday, April 18 at 6pm and Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30pm.
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.