VERO BEACH, FL - The Saint Peter's University softball team dropped the first four games of the season against Bucknell University, who are now 14-4, on Monday and Tuesday. The Peacocks record dropped to 0-4 on the season.
"We had a great first game, we learned a lot of positive things about our team," said head coach Christopher Stelma. "With a young team and one playing for a new staff, it was great to see the girls competing right away. They are upbeat, excited and learning what it takes to build a winning program."
In the first game, the Peacocks started Senior pitcher Crystal Carlucci (Iselin, NJ/John F. Kennedy Memorial) who threw seven innings, giving up six hits that lead to eight runs for the Bison.
The Peacocks were able to score four runs in the first game with RBI's coming from Alina Guevara, a freshmen from Agoura Hills, California, and sophomore Sydney Ramsey (Mainville, Ohio/ Kings). The Peacocks ended up falling in game one, 8-4.
In game two, the Peacocks started Sophomore Sydney Ramsey who held the Bison to one run over five innings. Senior Sam Storms (Lake Geneva, WI/ Williams Bay) led off the fifth inning with a double, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Bree Hutchinson (Lebanon, OH/ Lebanon) and Alina Guevara to take a 2-1 lead.
The Peacocks held the Bison scoreless in the fifth with the help of the running catch in left-center field by Schieler Collins (Frisco, TX/ Wakeland) with two runners in scoring position to end the inning. The Bison fired back in the sixth to take the lead and ended up winning 7-2 over the Peacocks.
The Peacocks returned to action against Bucknell on March 14 for another double header.
The Peacocks fell in the third game, 8-1.
"The first game, we played five good innings and ran into a little bad luck," said Stelma. "It was nice to be in a one run game late in the ballgame to a good team. Tiffani Lambert threw well, kept us in the game, and threw four scoreless innings. She was a bright spot in our already impressive pitching staff."
The Peacocks started sophomore Tiffani Lambert (Lincroft, NJ/ Middletown South) who held the Bison to four scoreless innings until the Bison struck and scored eight runs, four were unearned.
Freshman, Brianna Hutchinson, was able to produce by driving in the only Peacock run in the first game.
In the final game, the Peacocks started Senior, Alyssa Ruiz (Howell, NJ/ Howell), who scattered four hits over four innings, only allowing four runs (one earned).
The Peacocks battled with the bats with Junior, Harley Connors (Mason, OH/ Williams Mason), leading the charge with two hits, one being a double and scored the Peacocks sole run in the top of the seventh inning.
"It's nice to see the team showing flashes of what it takes to get us to the next level," said Stelma. "We put together big innings offensively, timely hits, and aggressive base running. Our defense was able to hold the other team's offense scoreless for long periods of time. Once we put them both together, the team will be running on all four tires."
The Peacocks return to action March 15 against South Carolina College for a 9am double header in Vero Beach, FL.