Softball Heads to Baltimore to Compete in the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament

Softball Heads to Baltimore to Compete in the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament


Saint Peter's (2-6) vs. Drexel (4-5-1)
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9 a.m.
Baltimore, MD

Saint Peter's (2-6) vs. La Salle (3-11)
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:15 a.m.
Baltimore, MD

Saint Peter's (2-6) vs. Sacred Heart (9-8)
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9 a.m.
Baltimore, MD

Saint Peter's (2-6) vs. La Salle (3-11)
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Baltimore, MD

Opening Pitch
The Saint Peter's softball team will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to compete in the UMBC Dawg Pound Tournament from March 17-18. The Peacocks will face non-conference opponents Drexel, La Salle and Sacred Heart. The team will start the first game at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Word on Drexel
Drexel will enter Saturday morning's game with a 4-5-1 overall record. Most recently, the Dragons defeated Bethune-Cookman 9-8 on March 4 in the Stetson Tournament. Hannah Walker lead the team with a .458 batting percentage. Linda Rush leads the team with nine runs amd 16 RBI's.

Word on La Salle
La Salle has an overall record of 3-11. The team dropped to Hampton 2-0 on March 11 in the Blue White Classic. Emily Conaway leads the Explorer's with a .326 batting average, while Emily Schweigert leads with 8 runs and three home runs.

Word on Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart enter's Sunday morning's game with a 9-8 overall record. The Pioneers defeated North Carolina A&T 13-0 in the UNC-Wilmington Tournament. Kristen McCann leads the team with a .333 batting average, while Lauren Delgadillo leads the team with nine runs.

Last Time Out
The Peacocks competed in the ETSU Buccaneer Classic from March 9-11. The Peacocks split two games with Jackson State, winning the first game 10-2 and dropping the second game 10-3. The Peacocks were also defeated by ETSU 9-1 and dropped to Austin Peay 12-0.

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.



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