LOUDONVILLE, NY – The Saint Peter's baseball team closed out the 2018 season with an 8-7 victory over Siena College in the regular season and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) finale.
Fresh off of his MAAC Pitcher and Male Student-Athlete of the Week awards, starting righty ace Willie Krajnik (Lyndhurst, NJ / Saint Mary) pitched 8.2 innings, striking out three in the winning effort.
Siena struck first, scoring one run in the first inning. In the second, Austin Feigin (Toms River, NJ / Toms River North) tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single to right center which scored Tom Campo (Pine Beach, NJ / Toms River South).
Siena regained the lead in the third with one run, putting the Peacocks one run behind. In the fourth inning, the Peacocks took their first lead of the day. First, Anthony Assante (Brick, NJ / Brick Memorial) hit a RBI single, scoring Chris Marquart (Hackettstown, NJ / Morris Catholic) to knot the game at 2-2. Then, Feigin grabbed his second RBI of the day with a go-ahead single through the right side that sent Assante across home plate. The Peacocks added another run in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-2 after Angel Perez (Jersey City, NJ / Marist HS) doubled to left field scoring Hunter Mason (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee).
The Saints cut into the Peacock lead in the sixth with one run, but the Peacocks followed in the seventh with a run by Mason, batted in by Ramos to go back up by two runs. The Peacocks added three insurance runs in the eighth when Nick Ciocco (Cherry Hill, NJ / Cherry Hill) cleared the loaded bases with a 3-RBI double, extending the Peacocks lead to 8-3.
With Siena trailing the Peacocks 8-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Saints went on a rally but the Peacocks defense and closer Anthony Ramos (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) stopped the rally at four runs, giving Ramos his first save of the season and securing the 8-7 victory.
Prior to his trip on the mound, Ramos hit an impressive 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI. Mason, Perez, Assante, and Feigin each had two hits on the day. Ciocco led the team with his three RBI and Feigin followed with two. Assante scored a team-best three runs with Mason behind him scoring two.
The Peacocks concluded the year with two wins in the final two series of the season. Krajnik earned the decision in both Peacock victories.