SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Saint Peter's University softball team secured their first win of the season at the First Annual Pirate Invitational on Monday afternoon over Hartford University. The Peacock's overall record moves to 1-8.
On Saturday, March 18 the Peacocks faced tournament hosts Seton Hall dropping the contest 11-2 in five innings. The Peacocks trailed the Pirates 3-2 heading into the fourth innings before surrendering eight runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Peacocks fell to Brown 18-7 on Sunday, March 19 in the second meeting between the teams in the invitational. Samantha Storms hit two homeruns in the game and recorded five RBI. Harley Connors and Brianna Hutchins each added an RBI on the day.
Saint Peter's concluded the invitational with a double-header against Hartford on Monday. The Peacocks split the series dropping the first game 15-9 and winning the second game 10-1.
In the first game, the Peacocks started Tiffani Lambert who pitched a complete game. The Peacocks scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning powered by a Candice Koch three-run homerun. The Peacocks were unable to hold the lead as Hartford scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the 15-9 win.
"We had a big day out of Sydney Ramsey on the mound," said head coach Chris Stelma. "We had a full team effort with senior Candice Koch coming off the bench with a two RBI's hit to follow up a pinch hit three- run-homer in game one."
In the second game of the double-header, the Peacocks got the better of Hartford, led by starting pitcher, Sydney Ramsey, who pitched a complete game only giving up three hits and striking out seven batters in the winning effort. Hutchins' three-run homer in the top of the of a four-run Peacock third inning, helped break a 1-1 tie and extended the Peacock lead to 5-1. The Peacocks added three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to put the contest out of reach. Six different Peacocks recorded a RBI led by Hutchins' three.
"The team hit on all three cylinders today. I'm proud of their ability to stay tough and move forward every day," said Stemla.
Next up the Peacocks will head to Easton, PA to face Lafayette in a two-game series on March 28. The First game will start promptly at 3pm.