Softball Set to Host Back-to-Back Doubleheaders This Week

Softball Set to Host Back-to-Back Doubleheaders This Week


GAMES 30 & 31
Saint Peter's (3-29) vs. Drexel (13-19-2)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Joseph J. Jaroschak Field - Jersey City, NJ

GAMES 32 & 33
Saint Peter's (3-29) vs. UMES (4-27)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Joseph J. Jaroschak Field - Jersey City, NJ

Opening Pitch
The Saint Peter's softball team will host non-conference opponents Drexel on Tuesday, April 17 and UMES on Wednesday April 18. On both the days the doubleheaders will start at 2 p.m.

Word on the Dragons
The Dragons will enter Tuesday's matchup with an overall record of 13-19-2 and a 3-9 conference record. The Dragons lost to UNCW on April 14, dropping the first game 9-8 and the second 6-5. Taylor Kent leads the team with a .396 batting average, while Linda Rush follows with .387 batting average and leads the team with 41 RBI's, 33 runs, 11 doubles and 10 home runs.

Word on the Eastern Shore Hawks
UMES will enter Wednesday's matchup with an overall record of 4-27 and a 1-11 conference record. UMES split a doubleheader with Hampton University on April 14, winning the first game 2-1 and dropping the second game 10-2. Samantha Cazarez leads the team with a .341 batting average, 13 runs, and 21 RBI's.

Last Time Out
The Peacocks fell to the Rider Broncs in a doubleheader on April 14, dropping the first game 5-4 and the second game, 7-3. In the first game, Barbara Verrastro led the team with one run and two RBI's. In the second game, Theamaris Ramirez led with a homer and one RBI.

MAAC Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Theamaris Ramirez was named as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Female Student-Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on April 10.

Welcome Back
The Saint Peter's softball team returns 10 players, including two seniors, (Nicole Feoli, Shamar Sanchez) four juniors, (Schieler Collins, Harley Connors, Tiffani Lambert, Sydney Ramsey), and four sophomores, (Theamaris Ramirez, Brianna Hutchinson, Georgia Verrastro).

New Additions
The Peacocks welcome six players to the team including three freshman, (Alyssa Adams / West Islip, NY), (Natasha Solano / Elizabeth, NJ) and (Taylor Lewis / Mason, OH), (Michelle Kugelman / Middletown, NJ) and three Juniors, ( Taylor White / Arlington, VA), Mary Mastriani / Sparta, NJ) and (Barbara Verrastro / Scott Township, PA).

Meet the Heach Coach
Chris Stelma will begin his second season at the helm of the Saint Peter's Softball team. In Stelma's first season, the team recorded 115 runs with six wins, including four conference wins in 2017. The Peacocks earned a series sweep for the first time in three years and improved their batting average from .199 in 2016 to .247 in 2017. Stelma had nine student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic team and one player named to the All-MAAC Rookie team.

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 coordinated 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 communications 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.

Softball Falls to Rider
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