FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Saint Peter's baseball team rallied from a 3-0 deficit, scoring six runs from innings five through eight, but ultimately lost a heartbreaker to Albany after giving up six runs in the ninth inning. The Peacocks came up just short of the season's first win, falling 10-6 in the contest at Diamond Nation in Flemington, NJ.
After falling behind 3-0, the Peacock slowly climbed back into the game in innings five through eight. In the fifth, with two-outs and bases loaded, Jared Quintero (Paterson, NJ / Passaic County Tech HS) was walked, sending Alex Slawinski (Carteret, NJ / Carteret) home from third. Then a wild pitch by Albany's Connor Morrisroe led to Cole Robbins (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) scoring the second run from third.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the six, Peter Ferony (West Milford, NJ / West Milford) hit a triple to center field allowing Chris Micak (Edison, NJ / Metuchen) to score the game-tying run. With Ferony on second, Robbins hit the go-ahead RBI single to left that sent Ferony across the bag, giving the Peacocks a 4-3 advantage.
Albany knotted the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but the Peacocks regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when a fielder's choice and an error by Albany's second baseman on a throw to home led to Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ / Marist HS) sliding in safely for the go-ahead fifth run of the day. The Peacocks added a run in the eighth when pinch hitter Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) drove in Robbins from third from a RBI single, giving Saint Peter's a 6-4 edge heading into the game's final inning.
Albany stole the victory in the top of the ninth, when Connor Powers hit a grand slam that put the Great Danes ahead 9-6, before one more run in the inning was added following a wild pitch.
Righty Willie Krajnik (Lyndhurst, NJ / Saint Mary) made the start and pitched five solid innings on the mound for the Peacocks. After giving up two homers in the first inning, resulting in the three early runs, Krajnik struck out six batters and gave up just three hits over the course of the next four innings. In relief, Anthony Ramos (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) saw action in 2.0 innings, striking out two of the nine hitters he faced and giving up just one run. Robbins (0-1) lost the decision on the day after pitching a third of the ninth inning.
Leadoff hitter Robbins went 2-for-4 on the day, scoring two runs and driving in one run. Quintero produced a team-high two RBIs, while Mason and Ferony each recorded one RBI.
The Peacocks have one day's rest before suiting up again on Wednesday, March 21. The Peacocks will travel across the Hudson River to Queens, NY for a 3 p.m. first pitch against St. John's.