|Lee Harrison (left) hit a homer and picked up a circle win Wednesday|
Saint Peter's 6
Youngstown St. 5
The St. Peter's Peacocks (when they became a university, they seemingly dropped the long standing Peahens moniker) are in the midst of a program rebuild, and struggles will go along with that. The 2013 team is making strides though, especially offensively, and one thing they've learned to do this season is fight hard, which will pay dividends in the near future I believe. Wednesday in Kissimmee, Florida was a good sign of their progress under coach Bart. Coming off a disappointing loss earlier in the morning (12-3 to Utah Valley), the Peacocks got right back on the field vs. Youngstown St., fell behind, but kept fighting on until they earned a 6-5 victory.
Freshman Lee Harrison, who is among the MAAC leaders with a .358 average, led off the game for the Peacocks with a home run blast, her third of the season. Erica Colon started in the circle for St. Peter's, and although she has been pitching well as of late, she got into trouble early on with walks, and Youngstown St. took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning. But the Peacocks responded in the bottom of the same inning with three runs of their own. Sophomore Fran D'Amato, third in the MAAC with 11 RBIs, and hitting .339, singled home a run to start things off. Nicole Olmedo, this blog's 2012 freshman of the year, and just recovered from injury, slammed a double to bring home another run. Junior transfer Sierra Parker then drove home her seventh run of the season to give St. Peter's a 4-3 lead. An Alexis Gallagher RBI in the fifth inning would increase that lead to 5-3; but the Penguins would tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. The Peacocks had a little hard work, and a little luck to get the winner in the bottom of the same inning. Freshman Amber Velasquez led off by reaching due to an error. Maria Maresca bunted her to second base; Taylor Corretjer moved her to third; then Amber scurried home after a wild pitch. Lee Harrison, who assumed pitching duties in the fourth inning, retired Youngstown St. quickly and in order in the seventh to seal the win.
St. Peter's will play two in Kissimmee on Thursday, then after a day off will wrap up their Florida trip on Saturday.