March 29, 2008
Saint Peter's took advantage of five Siena errors, rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to post a 9-6 win in the front end of a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Jersey City. The Saints scored five times in the first inning in the second game and held on for an 8-7 win.
The series, originally scheduled to take place in Loudonville, was moved to Jersey City Friday due to heavy snow in the Capital Region Thursday night. Siena appeared as the home team on the score sheet, batting last in each game.
Jason DeFilippo singled home two runs in Siena's first at bat of the day, to pace the Saints to an early lead. Moises Rivera increased the lead with an RBI groundout in the second.
Kevin Kallert's two-RBI single in the top of the third highlighted a three-run rally that tied the score. After Jacob Willis doubled and scored to give Siena a 4-3 lead in the bottom half of the frame, the Peacocks bats came alive. Saints Peter's scored twice in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to seize control.
Siena starter Craig Chaput tossed six innings and allowed seven runs, but just three were earned. Eric Miksitz earned the win for Saint Peter's with six solid innings on the hill.
Rick Seltzer and Chris Klepps each had two of Siena's eight hits in a losing effort. Kallert, Joe Ramano and Michael LaCavo had two hits apiece for Saint Peter's.
Head coach Tony Rossi shook up his lineup in the second game, placing Seltzer - the senior power hitting first baseman - at the top of the batting order. The move paid immediate dividends as the Saints exploded for five runs in their first at bat and never trailed.
Seltzer tripled to start the game and scored on Klepps' single. Eric Mruzek
, DeFilippo and Nick Messinger
each collected RBI's in the inning.
Mike McGuire got the Peacocks on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning, but the Saints answered with three runs in their half of the frame to take a seemingly safe 8-1 advantage.
Seltzer knocked in one of the runs and freshman Kevin Quaranto collected the other two RBI on a sharp single to center.
Saint Peter's scored the game's final six runs to cut the final deficit to 8-7. Matt Moberg earned the win on the mound for the Saints working 4.2 innings while allowing just two earned runs.
Willis collected the save by retiring two Peacocks in the seventh.
Seltzer had a three-hit game in the leadoff role. Klepps and Messinger each added two hits.
The two teams will complete the three-game series with Sunday's rubber game at noon.