Softball Celebrates Seniors and Series Win Against Rider

Softball Celebrates Seniors and Series Win Against Rider

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Saint Peter's University softball team honored seniors, Crystal Carlucci, Candice Koch, Alyssa Ruiz and Samantha Storms on Sunday afternoon at the Jaroschak Field and also sent the senior quartet out in style by sweeping hOURglass rival Rider as well. The Peacocks won the first game 5-3 and the second game 2-0. The team's overall record improves 6-43 and their MAAC record 4-11.

Game 1

Saint Peter's started Carlucci who pitched a complete game and allowed only three runs. Brianna Hutchinson led the Peacocks with three RBI's while Shamar Sanchez added a stolen base and one run.

In the bottom of the third the Peacocks scored the first run to take a 1-0 lead. Storms hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Nicole Feoli who was on third base to score.

In the top of the fourth, the Broncs scored a run to tie the game at 1-1. In the top of the fifth Rider added two more runs taking the lead 3-1.

The Peacocks responded in the bottom of the sixth as Sanchez singled advancing Alina Guevara to second, Tiffany Lambert to third and Koch home to cut the score to 3-2. With the bases loaded, Hutchinson doubled, clearing the bases allowing Sanchez, Guevara, and Lambert to score a run each and propelling the Peacocks to the 5-3 victory.

Game 2

Saint Peter's started Alyssa Ruiz who pitch a seven inning complete game shutout for the Peacocks. Nicole Feoli led the squad with a triple and added one run while Carlucci and Storms added an RBI each.

In the bottom of the first, Storms hit an RBI single that advanced Feoli to score, giving the Peacocks the 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0, until the bottom of the sixth, when Saint Peter's scored an insurance run as Carlucci hit a sacrifice fly to score Hutchinson from third.

The two runs proved to be enough as Rider failed to score, giving the Peacocks the 2-0 win and the series sweep over their rival.

"Today was a perfect send off for our senior class," said head coach Chris Stelma. "When I came in, I asked these girls what they wanted to do as seniors. Their answer was that they wanted to leave the program in better shape than it had been while they were here. These girls in the final day of their careers were still trying to get better, supporting their teammates, and trying to accomplish their goals. I want to not only wish them the best of luck, but also thank them for what they have provided to this program. Sometimes in the midst of a season they don't get the credit they deserve, but these girls really went above and beyond in our team's effort to change the chemistry of this program."

This concludes the 2017 Softball season.

The Peacocks made great strides under new head coach Chris Stelma. The team recorded 115 runs with six wins this season including four conference wins. The Peacocks earned a doubleheader sweep for the first time in three years and  improved their batting average from .199 in 2016 to .247 in 2017. Chris Stelma hopes to bring in a promising recruiting class for the 2018 season.

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