Softball Competes in the ETSU Buccaneer Classic this Weekend

Softball Competes in the ETSU Buccaneer Classic this Weekend


GAME 5,7
Saint Peter's (1-3) vs. Jackson State (0-5)
Friday, March 9, 2018, 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:15 p.m.
Johnson City, TN

GAME 6,8
Saint Peter's (1-3) vs. ETSU (6-9)
Friday, March 9, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Johnson City, TN

Saint Peter's (1-3) vs. Austin Peay (6-7)
Sunday, March 10, 2018, 10 a.m.
Johnson City, TN

Opening Pitch
The Saint Peter's softball team will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to compete in the ETSU Buccaneer Classic from March 9-11. The Peacocks will face non-conference opponents East Tennessee State, Jackson State. and Austin Peay. The team will start the first game at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9.

Word on Jackson State
Jackson State enter's Friday morning's game with a 0-5 overall record. Most recently the Tigers dropped to Northwestern State 12-1 on February 18 in the Northwestern State Tournament.

Word on ETSU
ETSU enter's Friday afternoon's game with a 6-9 overall record. The Buccaneer's dropped to Georgia Southern 6-1 on March 4 in the Northwestern State Tournament. Tyler Wright leads the Buccaneer's with a .385 batting average, while Tiffany Laughran leads with 10 runs and four home runs.

Word on Austin Peay
Austin Peay enter's Sunday morning's game with a 6-7 overall record. The Governors dropped to Evansville 5-2 on March 4 in the WKU Spring Fling. Danielle Liermann leads the Governors with a .400 batting average and 21 RBI's.

Last Time Out
The Peacocks dropped its first game of the season to Coppin St. 8-5 on March 3 in the first day of the Coppin St. Eagles Classic. On the second day the team went 1-1, defeating Rider in the first game 7-6 and dropping the second 12-10 to Coppin St. On the last day of the tournament, the Peacocks fell to Morgan State 8-1.

Welcome Back
Saint Peter's softball team will return 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 five 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 two Juniors, ( Taylor White / Arlington, VA), Mary Mastriani / Sparta, NJ)

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.