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Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by SILIVE.COM

Stepinac steps on Eagles
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Maybe they're pressing.

Maybe they're a little tight.


Or maybe they're just snakebit.

Whatever the case, St. Peter's coach John Eberlein wasn't overly concerned after his squad dropped a 10-1 CHSAA decision to Archbishop Stepinac yesterday at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George.

As long as it stops now.

"This might have been a bit of a hangover from (Monday's 4-3) loss to Iona," said Eberlein, whose Eagles also went winless in a four-game trip to South Carolina. "We're just not making the adjustments right now."

"We'll put it together though. It's better to be 0-2 (in the league) right now than to lose two tough ones somewhere in the middle of the season. We've got plenty of time to right ourselves."

Starting today when Cardinal Spellman visits the Ballpark.

"If you come out and go 1-2-3, everyone forgets about the day before," philosophized Eberlein. "But when things start going wrong right away, suddenly everyone gets that here-we-go-again feeling."

And that's what happened in the first against the Crusaders (4-0 overall, 2-0 CHSAA).
Stepinac steps on Eagles
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Two quick singles, an Alex Maruri two-run double and a hit batsman made it 2-0 with two on.

Eagle starter Ryan Rupp induced a pair of fly outs, but Nick Raiano cleared the bases with a two-bagger and scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 advantage.


Tom Rubino relieved the southpaw after a single and infield error started the second, yielding just three runs while staving off further damage.

The relief tandem of Rubino and Jordan Beyer allowed only a pair of earned runs over six innings.

But the Eagles could not muster any offense.

St. Peter's left two runners on in the first two frames and came up empty with a bases-loaded situation in the third, killing all three potential rallies with a K.

Matt Walsh and T.J. Marmion were the only two with multiple hits for the Eagles, who didn't manage a single extra-base hit against Stepinac starter Greg Caruso (6 IP, 0 R, 7 K).

Mark Glennerster's one-out single in the seventh plated the Eagles' run.

STEPINAC -- 10ST. PETER'S -- 1 abrhbiabrhbi Ariniello,2b4110Walsh,cf4120 Torres,1b4231Fox,ss3010 Maruri,3b4222Glennrstr,2b4011 Rush,rf0000Marmion,c3020 Arrichiello,c3212DeHart,1b3000 Sorrntno,ph1000Redden,1b1000 Tufaro,lf3000Riili,rf2010 Antonclli,dh4000Gustavino,c1000 Scarnati,pr0000Beyer,p1000 Raiano,3b4123Tinao,3b3000 Capowski,ss4130Grassia,lf3010 DaCorta,cf2100Rupp,p0000 Caruso,p0000Rubino,p0000 Casino,p0000 -------------------- Totals3310128Totals29181 Stepinac5300200--10 St. Peter's0000001--1

E--Fox, Marmion. 2B--Maruri, Arrichiello, Raiano, Capowski. DP--SP (Fox to Redden). SH--DaCorta. LOB--Stepinac 9, St. Peter's 10. IPHRERBBSO Stepinac Caruso (W)650037 Casino131100 St. Peter's Rupp (L)167611 Rubino463202 Beyer200031

WP--Caruso, Rupp 2. HBP--by Caruso (Marmion), by Rupp (Arrichiello), by Beyer (Torres).

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