WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Saint Peter's University baseball team fell in its final non-conference road game to New Jersey rival, Seton Hall on Wednesday evening. The Peacocks fell to the Pirates 11-0 in the contest.
"Matt Clementoni pitched great and definitely deserved a better fate but we played poor defensively and the offense struggled to score," said head coach Danny Ramirez. "At this level, it is difficult to be successful if the routine plays are not made."
Saint Peter's (0-24) freshman right handed pitcher, Matt Clementoni (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls) started the game and pitched 5.0 innings without giving up an earned run. Clementoni opened the game by retiring the side which included one strikeout. Following the first inning, the Peacocks suffered a six run, four hit, and three error inning in the second. Of the six runs, none were earned by Clementoni. After the big inning by Seton Hall (22-16), Clementoni and the defense settled in and retired the side again in the third and fourth innings, and only gave up one hit in the fifth.
Offensively, the Peacocks failed to cut into the deficit behind the defensive efforts after the second inning Pirate rally as they were held to just two hits through the first five innings as Paul Schifilliti (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) and James Spadaccini (Butler, NJ/Butler) each logged one hit each during the five inning stretch.
Heading into the sixth inning, the Peacocks made a pitching change and Seton Hall scored two runs to extend their lead to 8-0 over the Peacocks. Seton Hall then added three more runs in the seventh inning to push the lead to 11-0.
Overall, the Peacocks added one more hit in the top of the ninth when Kevin Soriano (New Milford, NJ/New Milford) singled to right field giving the team a total of three on the day. Seton Hall
Saint Peter's returns home after a 15-day hiatus to host Marist in a conference series on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.