Miami Shores, Fla. (April 5, 2008) – The Saint Leo University softball team (27-10, 8-4 SSC) was swept in a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader at No. 2 Barry University (34-2, 12-0 SSC) on Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field in Miami Shores, Fla. The Bucs spoiled a Lion comeback in game one, winning 8-7 before completing the series sweep with a 12-0 win in a five-inning game two.
Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a home run, triple and three RBI on the day. Tatiana Casis (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) finished the day going 2-for-6 with an RBI. Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) went 1-for-5 with a home run in the doubleheader, stretching her career home run total to 20, which is the most in program history.
In the first game, Saint Leo started hot as Patrick sent a one-out pitch over the 220 foot marker in centerfield fence in the top of the first inning to put the Lions up 1-0. Barry answered in the bottom of the inning, as the Bucs linked three singles together tying the game at 1-1. After a scoreless second inning, Barry took the lead on an RBI double to right centerfield in the third giving the Buccaneers a 2-1 lead.
Barry extended its lead to 3-1 one on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt in the third. In the Saint Leo fourth, Casis singled before Urbanik blasted her 10th home run of the year deep over the left centerfield fence tying the game 3-3. Lions’ errors and three Buccaneer singles helped Barry retake the lead, as they crossed the plate four times in the fifth.
Despite trailing 7-3 heading into the final inning, the Lions did not go quietly as they strung together four hits and four runs to come back and tie the game. Ally Maddox (Jr., Brandon, Fla.) delivered the tying run with a single. Despite the comeback, Barry answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game, as the winning run was scored on a wild pitch.
Urbanik (19-6) was saddled with the game one loss going the distance and giving up eight runs (three earned), with a pair of strikeouts.
Barry never looked back in game two, as the Bucs scored runs in all four innings they batted en route to the 12-0 win in five innings. The Saint Leo offense was quieted by Amber Jack, as she tossed a five-inning no-hitter.
Saint Leo will travel to Tampa, Fla. next weekend for a three-game SSC series versus the University of Tampa. The teams will meet Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m.