Saint Leo, Fla. (February 9, 2008) - The Saint Leo University softball team (2-0) got off on the right foot for the 2008 season as it swept a doubleheader against Arkansas-Monticello in non-conference action. Game one was picked up by the Lions 3-0, followed by a hard fought 7-6 victory in game two.
Game one was witness to an outstanding pitching performance by Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.). She threw a complete-game two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, which tied her career-high from last season versus Florida Gulf Coast. Dominating pitching along with stingy defense and timely hitting gave the Lions their first win of the 2008 regular season.
The offense was provided by Ally Maddox (Jr., Brandon, Fla.), as she drove in all three Saint Leo runs. The bulk of the damage was done in the first inning as Elysha Agen (Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) both reached on singles up the middle to start the game. After two outs, Maddox dropped a ball over the second baseman’s head and in front of the right fielder. She drove in her third run of the game as she drove a ball up the middle bring home Urbanik from second. Maddox would finish the day going a combined 5-for-6.
Urbanik stifled Cotton Blossom hitting in game number one, as she picked her first shutout of the season. Arkansas-Monticello had been shut out in four of its first five games.
Game number two had a different look to it as both offenses woke up and each had big innings. On the mound for the Lions in game number two was Kiki VonHolt (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.). She pitched three innings in which she gave up four runs on six hits. The Lion offense was there to back her up, as they were able to come through with seven runs including a five-run third.
Leading the way for the Lions in game number two was Patrick who delivered her first home run of her Lions career. She would also drive in what would prove to be the game-winning RBI with two outs in the sixth inning, as she drove in April Slate (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.). Patrick would finish the day going a combined 5-for-7 with three RBI, a home run and two stolen bases.
The Cotton Blossoms would cut the lead down to one in the top of the seventh, but that would be as close as they would come as Urbanik, who was brought back into the game in relief of VonHolt in the fourth, would close the night as she began it, with a strikeout. Urbanik finished the day with 20 strikeouts and picked up her first two victories of the 2008 season.
The Lions return to action this Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 p.m. at University Field in doubleheader action against No. 15 Valdosta State University.