Saint Peter's (1-40, 1-20 MAAC) vs. Siena (16-32, 12-9 MAAC)
Date: Thu., May 17 - Fri., May 18
Time: Thu., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., Fri., 12 p.m.
Location: Siena Field – Loudonville, NY
Game 1: RHP Steve Epstein
Game 2: RHP Willie Krajnik
Game 3: RHP Joe Albunia
The Peacocks close out the 2018 season in Loudonville, NY with a MAAC series against Siena College. The teams will meet in a doubleheader on Thursday, May 17 at noon, followed by a single game on Friday, May 18 at noon.
The Siena Saints bring a 12-9 MAAC record into the final season series. The Saints currently sit in a tie for fifth place in the MAAC standings, holding on to a playoff spot. Siena most recently dropped its MAAC series to Monmouth and the Saints have fell in four of their last five games. Siena has three players batting over .300, led by Joe Drpich (.344), Phil Madonna (.311) and Marcos Campos (.308). Drpich is the team leader in RBI, home runs, and total bases.
History with Siena
The Peacocks and Saints met last season in Jersey City with Siena earning the series sweep. The Peacocks last defeated Siena during the 2016 season when the Peacocks grabbed a 3-2 win in game two of the series.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks and Iona split a twin bill on Sunday with the Peacocks winning the first game of the day, but Iona took the MAAC series 2-1 over the Peacocks for the weekend.
Peacocks Dominate Iona for First Win
The Peacocks toppled Iona 7-1, giving the team its first win since May 20, 2016 and ending the longest losing streak in program history. The 7-1 victory was also the largest win for the Peacocks since April 8, 2015 when that Peacock team blew out Lehigh 16-9.
Krajnik Earns Pair of MAAC Honors on the Week
Senior Willie Krajnik was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week and MAAC Pepsi Male Student-Athlete of the Week after his performance against Iona. Krajnik pitched a complete game on the mound for the Peacocks baseball team leading to a 7-1 win over Iona on Sunday. Krajnik pitched all seven innings for the complete game victory, throwing strikes on 68 out of his 107 total pitches. Krajnik struck out seven of the 24 batters that he faced and only gave up three hits, one walk, and one run on the afternoon. He posted a 1.29 ERA on the week, which was among the best in the league. Krajnik, along with help from the Peacock defense, recorded four, "three up, three down" innings, with three of those innings being 1-2-3 to earn the team's first win of the season.
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.