Softball Heads Into Saint Peter’s Doubleheader Coming off Sweep of Manhattan

Jon Surratt

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats softball team (7-18, 2-0 MAAC) will be facing off against the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (3-20, 0-0 MAAC) on Sunday for a doubleheader at the Quinnipiac Softball field.

The Bobcats are coming off a sweep of the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday with a 2-0 and 8-5 win. It was a tale of two games, as the first game was a pitching duel and the second was all offense for the Bobcats and the Jaspers. For the Peacocks, they are starting MAAC play with the Bobcats and are looking to right the ship this season, where they lose by an average of seven runs a game. They are also coming off an 18-0 loss to Drexel University.

Players to Watch

Quinnipiac- Alexis Otero

Freshman infielder Alexis Otero was on fire against the Jaspers and has had a solid start to her college campaign. Before the Manhattan series, Otero had a .180 average, with five RBI’s and one home run. However, in the latter Manhattan game, with the score tied at five and two runners on for the Bobcats, she hit a three-run homer to make it 8-5 and win the game for the Bobcats. It was a game for her to break out of her freshman shell and look for her to continue her success against a subpar Saint Peter’s team.

Saint Peters- Theamaris Ramirez

Redshirt sophomore infielder Theamaris Ramirez has carried a big load for the Peacocks throughout the season so far. In the 2018-19 season, Ramirez has a .281 average, .828 OPS, three home-runs and nine RBIs. For the Peacocks to snag even one win in the series, Ramirez needs to carry the team and then some in order to have any success against the Bobcats.

Keys to the Game

Quinnipiac- Concentration

The Quinnipiac Bobcats are very much a favorite against the Saint Peter’s Peacocks. It would take a big collapse to even lose one game. However, if the Bobcats do not stay focused, they could slip up and lose a game. The Bobcat’s cannot underestimate any team, and head coach Hillary Barrow knows it. If the Bobcats have any small mistakes, such as errors or allowing stolen bases, the Blue Jays could thrive off those mistakes of the Bobcats and compete in the series.

Saint Peter’s- Attack the Bobcats pitching

If the Saint Peter’s Peacocks are going to have success, they need their bats to show up. The Bobcats are a team to score in bunches; however, their pitching is their weakest point. The Bobcats give up 5.16 runs a game, and if the Peacocks are to compete and win a game, they need to get over that mark of five runs. If their offense fails them, the Bobcats will come away with easy victories.

The Game

Make sure to tune in to QBSN’s live broadcast of Quinnipiac vs. Manhattan from the Quinnipiac Softball field in Hamden, Connecticut. Jon Surratt and Ryan Flaherty will be on the call of the game. For live updates throughout the game, make sure to follow @QBSN on Twitter.