NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Saint Peter's swept a doubleheader from the Iona College baseball team in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at City Park. The Gaels dropped game one 3-2 before a 6-1 defeat in the night cap.
Iona got on the scoreboard in their first at bat manufacturing a run without the benefit of a hit. Rookie DH Matt Byrne drew a one out walk, stole second base and then advanced to third base on a throwing error by the Peacock catcher. He scored on senior 3B Matthew Kriss' RBI groundout.
The Peacocks knotted the score at 1-1 in the fourth. A two-out, run scoring single to left by RF William Rawson accounted for the equalizer. They took a 2-1 lead in the next inning on an RBI single by CF Matt Mancini.
The Gaels rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth. A two-out double by sophomore LF Jimmy Guiliano plated junior CF Joe Torres from second base.
Saint Peter's went ahead for good in the top of the seventh inning. Left fielder Robert Moore drove in the visitor's third run of the contest with a two-out single.
Byrne, Guiliano and rookie C Carmine Palummo accounted for Iona's three hits. Mancini, Moore and Rawson had two hits apiece for Saint Peter's.
Rookie RHP Max Bruckner tossed seven strong innings allowing two earned runs and scattering 10 hits. Freshmen LHP Andrew Pucillo and RHP Jake Kurz pitched scoreless innings in relief.
Peacock RHP Eric Mozeika struck out five batters in the complete game effort.
Saint Peter's led off the second game with five straight singles to score two runs. Junior LHP Eddie Macaluso settled down and stranded the bases loaded to get out of the jam.
Macaluso allowed two hits and two walks over the next four innings to keep the Peacocks off the scoreboard. He was matched by his counterpart, RHP Matthew Yuhas who did not allow a run until his final inning.
In the fifth inning, Saint Peter's broke the game open with four runs. With one already in and with the bases loaded and one out, 2B Matt Speckmann took advantage of an extended at bat due to a dropped foul ball and hit a two-run single to left centerfield. Shortstop John Kristoffersen came in on the next pitch on a passed ball.
Iona posted three hits and scored on a one-out single by rookie DH Zach Brown.
Byrne had two hits in the second game for the Gaels. Speckmann and DH Brian Schroeder recorded two hits for Saint Peter's.
Macaluso pitched six innings and struck out eight batters in the loss. Yuhas picked up his team leading sixth win with the complete game effort.
The two teams complete the three-game series tomorrow at City Park at noon. Prior to the game Iona will honor the program's nine seniors.
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