JERSEY CITY, NJ – After playing seven innings of a 1-1 game, the Saint Peter's baseball team gave up a late six-run rally over the final two innings of a 7-1 defeat to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Monmouth University.
In the opening inning, Jared Quintero (Paterson, NJ / Passaic County Tech HS) hit a RBI single up the middle, allowing Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee) to trot home from third to give the Peacocks a 1-0 lead.
Starting right handed pitcher, Joe Albunia retired the first six batters that he faced preserving the shutout lead before giving up one run in the top of the third.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 over the next four innings before a solo home run by Monmouth in the eighth gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead. After Albunia was pulled in the ninth, Monmouth rallied by scoring five runs to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Peacocks out-hit the Hawks 12-to-5, with eight players logging at least one hit, but left eight on base throughout the evening which hurt the squad in the long run.
Cole Robbins (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) went a team-best 3-for-4 at the plate, followed by Mason and Quintero who each had two hits.
The Peacocks travel to New Rochelle, NY for a weekend MAAC series with Iona next. The teams play a twin bill on Saturday, May 12 starting at noon and conclude the series on Sunday, May 13 at noon.