Baseball Opens 2018 Campaign in Kissimmee, FL with Series against Butler, UMass, and Pitt

Baseball Opens 2018 Campaign in Kissimmee, FL with Series against Butler, UMass, and Pitt

Games 1-4

 

Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Butler (8-0)

Date: March 2

Time: 11 a.m.


Location: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL

Probable Starters: RHP Willie Krajnik vs. LHP Connor Mitchell

 

Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Massachusetts (0-0)

Date: March 3

Time: 2 p.m.


Location: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL

Live Stats

Probable Starters: LHP Anthony Ramos vs. RHP Anthony Videtto

 

Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Butler (8-0)

Date: March 4

Time: 11 a.m.


Location: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL

Probable Starters: RHP Steve Epstein vs. RHP Ryan Pepiot

 

Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Pitt (5-2)

Date: March 6

Time: 11 a.m.


Location: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, FL

Live Stat

Probable Starters: LHP Jared Quintero vs. RHP Chris Gomez

 

 

First Pitch

The Saint Peter's baseball team opens up the 2018 campaign in Kissimmee, FL at Osceola County Stadium. The Peacocks will play in four neutral site games against Butler, Massachusetts, and Pitt from Friday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 6.

 

Series History with the Trio

The Peacocks will be playing all three programs for the first time. The Peacocks and Pitt were scheduled to meet last season in a two-game series on March 14-15 but the contests were cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Scout on the Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are a perfect 8-0 so far in the season and 7-0 when playing on a neutral site. Butler had previously scored over five runs in every game before earning a 3-0 shutout over George Mason in the last contest. The Bulldogs are dominating their opposition this season, outscoring opponents 64-23 thus far.

 

Scout on the Minutemen

This will be the UMass season opener. The Minutemen will open their season under new head coach Matt Reynolds.

 

Scout on the Panthers

The Pitt Panthers enter the weekend meetings as winners of five out of seven. Both Pitt losses came by just one run, falling to Saint Louis 6-5, and Seton Hall 1-0. The Panthers have outscored their opponents by a 40-17 run margin.

 

On Deck

Saint Peter's will return to the Northeast later in the week for a three-game road series against LIU Brooklyn. The Peacocks and Blackbirds will meet on March 9, 10, and 11, playing all three games in the afternoon.

 

MAAC Preseason Polls

The defending MAAC Baseball Champions, Marist, was voted by the leagues 11 head coaches to repeat as MAAC Baseball Champions in 2018, receiving seven out of 11 first-place votes, totaling 113 votes. Coming in second place was Canisius with two first-place votes, followed by Fairfield in third with one first-place vote, and Niagara in fourth also earning one first-place vote. Monmouth rounded out the top five, followed by Iona, Siena, Quinnipiac, Rider, Manhattan, and then the Peacocks.

 

About the Coach

Danny Ramirez begins his second season at the helm of the Peacocks. Ramirez joined 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 Baseball's 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.