Baseball Visits St. John's; Hosts Fordham in Mid-Week Contests

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Saint Peter's (0-17) at St. John's (13-9)

Date: Tue., April 3

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Jack Kaiser Stadium – Queens, NY

Probable Starter: RHP Joe Albunia

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Saint Peter's (0-17) vs. Fordham (15-8-1)

Date: Wed., April 4

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Jaroschak Field – Jersey City, NJ

Probable Starter: RHP Steve Epstein

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First Pitch

The Peacocks will resume non-conference play with two mid-week tilts. On Tuesday, April 3 at 3 p.m., the Peacocks will meet St. John's in Queens, NY for the first time this season after the first game between the two teams was cancelled due to a nor'easter. On Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m., the Peacocks return to Jaroschak Field for the second season meeting with Fordham.

 

History with St. John's

Tuesday's meeting will be the 13th all-time between the two teams dating back to 2000. The Peacocks trail St. John's 1-11 in the all-time series. The Peacocks lone win against the Red Storm came in 2016 when the Peacocks picked up a 9-8 win. In the lone meeting last year, the Peacocks fell to then No. 9 St. John's 12-9. The Peacocks held a 6-3 lead heading into the seventh, when the Red Storm rallied for eight runs to win the game.  

 

Scout on the Red Storm

The Red Storm will host the Peacocks with a 13-9 overall record. St. John's have dropped two straight after being winners in four in a row. The Red Storm are 2-3 at home and have a loss against Fairfield of the MAAC at Jack Kaiser Stadium, falling 2-1 on March 20. John Valente leads the team across the board in batting average, homeruns, RBI, slug percentage, and stolen bases.

 

History with Fordham

Wednesday's meeting will mark the 32nd all-time meetings between Saint Peter's and Fordham dating back to 1973. The Peacocks trail the Rams in the series 7-24. The Peacocks last won against Fordham during the 2016 season, knocking off the Rams 2-0 on the road. Fordham earned the early season win when the teams met back on March 27 at Fordham in Bronx, NY.

 

Scout on the Rams

The Fordham Rams hold a 15-8-1 record. Since the Rams and Peacocks met on March 27, Fordham played in a three-game series against MAAC foe Manhattan, winning the series 2-1. The Rams won games 1 and 3 and fell in game 2. Prior to the meeting on Wednesday against Saint Peter's, the Rams will host Siena on Tuesday April 3.

 

Last Time Out

Over Easter weekend, the Peacocks lost their MAAC series against Quinnipiac at Jaroschak Field.

 

On Deck

The Peacocks will resume conference action this weekend with a road series in Buffalo, NY against Canisius. The Peacocks will meet the Golden Griffins in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will play a single game on Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m.

 

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.