Miami Shores, Fla. (April 4, 2008) – The Saint Leo softball team (27-8, 8-2 SSC) fell to the No.2 Barry University Buccaneers (32-2, 10-0 SSC) Friday evening at Miami Shores by the final score of 3-0.
Ally Maddox (Jr., Brandon, Fla.) went 1-for-2 in the doubleheader while April Slate (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.)picked up an infield single going 1-for-3. Elysha Agen (Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) added a third Lion hit going 1-for-3 with a single and Heather Stroud (Sr., San Antonio, Fla.) added the final hit of the game with a single to right field finishing 1-for-3. Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) concluded the night throwing 6.0 innings, giving up six hits, three runs (two earned), walking four and striking out five in the complete game loss. Urbanik falls to 19-5 on the season. The Lions registered four hits on the night leaving six runners on base with two in scoring position. Barry picked up six hits and left eight runners on base.
Barry put pressure on the Lions right from the start, but the Lions used effective defense to get out a first inning situation. The Buccaneers had runners on first and third but Urbanik forced the Buccaneers’ Young to line out to Monique Dominguez (Sr., LaPuente, Calif.) at third base and she alertly fired the ball back over to first base to complete the double play getting the Lions out of the jam.
Saint Leo pulled themselves out of another tight situation in the bottom of the third, as Barry put runners at second and third. Urbanik shut the door on the Bucs’ getting the final two batters of the inning to pop out.
The best opportunities for both teams to score came in the sixth inning. The Lions’ offense established some momentum but weren’t able to capitalize on it.
In the sixth, Slate led off with an infield single to the Bucs’ left side between the third baseman and shortstop. Slate was followed by Agen, who hit a single down the left field line advancing Slate to second. After an Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) groundout advancing the runners one base each, Urbanik was intentionally walked to load the bases. The final batter of the inning went down swinging for the Lions, giving Barry momentum heading into the bottom of the inning.
Barry did their damage in the bottom of the inning scoring three times. The Buccaneers led off with a double to centerfield, and then advanced to third on a sacrifice. The following batter sent an Urbanik offering over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run giving Barry a 2-0 lead. Barry added one more run on a Lions’ error to push the lead to 3-0, proving to be the final score.
The Lions resume their SSC series with the No. 2 Buccaneers Saturday, April 5 in an afternoon doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.