BY JAMES SMITH
The Saint Peter’s College Peacocks defeated the Siena College Saints in three games this weekend at Siena College. On Friday, the Peacocks won 5-4 after being down 2-0. They won the second game 4-0, and the third game 4-3.
The Peacocks got some key hits from William Rawson, Nick Henriquez, Justyn Carter, and Matt Speckmann as the team manufactured runs in every game.
“The team played well as a group,” said Carter, the starting shortstop. “Everyone contributed in each game, and our execution won us three games.”
Paired along with great hitting was great pitching from the Peacocks. Starter Zach Hopf threw 6 strong innings, giving up only three earned runs on ten hits in Friday’s game. Hopf struck out three batters without allowing one walk.
Mat Yuhas threw a complete game shutout on Saturday allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Matt Mancini started the second game on Saturday. He threw six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and walking two batters while striking out five.
“Our pitching staff did a great job of shutting down Siena’s offense this weekend,” said Hopf. “Our starters didn’t let them get too many opportunities, and our bullpen came in and shut the door.”
The defense played well behind the strong pitching performances over the three games. A notable play was a sacrifice bunt attempt by Siena that ended up becoming a 1-5-3 double play. After a ball that looked on a path to hit the batter was bunted out of self-defense, pitcher Anthony Deleo fielded and threw to Brian Koster at third base. Koster then turned and threw to Henriquez at first to finish the play.
Another somewhat unusual play was a ball hit to Preston Aldridge in center field. Aldridge came up and threw the ball home to Russ Stupienski to gun the runner out at home. As Stupienski tried to show the umpire he had control of the ball, the batter began to wonder off of second and getting itchy to go to third. As Stupienski popped up, he saw the batter wandering off second, and threw him out to end the inning.
“The defense definitely came up with big plays when we needed it,” said Deleo. “There are not many times you can remember an eight-two-four double play happening in a game.”
The Peacocks take on the Monmouth University Hawks this Wednesday at 3:30pm.