GAME 1/2: Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Bucknell (10-4)
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 2017, 11 am & 1 pm
WHERE: Vero Beach, FL
GAME 3/4: Saint Peter's (0-0) vs. Bucknell (10-4)
WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11 am & 1 pm
WHERE: Vero Beach, FL
The Saint Peter's softball team will open the 2017 campaign in Florida. The Peacocks will meet non-conference opponent, Bucknell University in two double headers. The team will start the first game of the season promptly at 11 am on Monday morning.
WORD ON THE BISON
Bucknell enters Monday morning's game with a 10-4 overall record. Most recently the Bison split a doubleheader with Niagara, winning the first game 2-1 and dropping the second game 5-3 on March 12. Marisa Alemany leads the Bison with a .429 batting average and Anna Gimmestad leads the team with 16 scored runs.
Saint Peter's softball team will return 10 players including four seniors, (Samantha Storms, Alyssa Ruiz, Crystal Carlucci,Candace Koch) two juniors, (Nicole Feoli, Chamar Sanchez), and four sophomores, (Schieler Collins, Harley Connors, Tiffani Lambert, Sydney Ramsey).
The Peacocks welcome five freshmen to the team Kathleen Donovan (Abington, NJ), Alina Guevara (Agoura Hills, CA), Theamaris Ramirez (Homestead, FL),Brianna Hutchinson (Lebanon,OH) and Georgia Verrastro (Scott Township, PA).
Chris Stelma begins his first season at the helm of Saint Peter's. He most recently served as an assistant coach at Division III, William Paterson University in New Jersey during the 2016 season. Prior to joining William Paterson, he was the owner of Fielder's Choice Baseball/Kaboom Softball in Andover, where he coordinates training, league play, tournaments and facilities, and served as the head coach of the U18 Showcase baseball and softball teams. Stelma was the baseball head coach at his alma mater, County College of Morris during the fall of 2007.
Stelma earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. While at URI, Stelma was a member of the baseball team where he played two seasons at shortstop for the Rams, making 31 starts and appearing in over 40 games. Prior to transferring to URI, Stelma began his collegiate career at County College of Morris where he played for current Saint Peter's assistant coach Ed Moskal in 2003. He was named All-Region and All-Garden State Conference at County College of Morris and ranked in the top 15 among JUCO hitters in 2003.