NEWARK, NJ – In-state foe, NJIT defeated baseball, 17-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Newark. The Saint Peter's baseball team's record drops to 0-19 on the year.
NJIT scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning on five hits, to take a 5-0 lead.
The Peacocks single run in the game came in the top of the second inning. Jake Regina (Rutherford, NJ/Rutherford (Gloucester CC) hit a double with two outs to keep the inning alive. Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ/Marist HS) followed, reaching base on an error by the shortstop, which advanced Regina to third base. Regina then scored on a passed ball to put Saint Peter's behind, 5-1.
NJIT continued its rally, adding three runs in the second inning, and four runs in the third inning, extending their lead to 12-1.
NJIT added to its lead in the fifth with a single run, and two runs each on the sixth and eighth innings to push the lead to the final score of 17-1.
Right handed pitcher Steve Epstein (Marlboro, NJ/Marlboro) (0-1) started the game and received the loss after pitching 2.1 innings and surrendering 12 runs.
The Peacocks posted six hits in the contest with Regina, Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East), James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler), Mike Ionta (Westfield, NJ/Westfield), Brian Turton (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Township), and Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) each picking up a hit.
The Peacocks will be back in action on Wednesday to take on another New Jersey team in Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30p.m.