SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Saint Leo University Lions softball team (1-3) got back on the wining track Friday evening defeating Texas Woman’s University, 4-2 in the second of the squads two games. The Lions didn’t begin the day in the best fashion though, dropping their second consecutive extra-inning contest to Eastern New Mexico, 4-3 from the SAISD Sports Complex in San Antonio, TX.
Kristen Kelly got the ball in the first game for SLU but only lasted one inning as she was touched up for three runs and four hits. The Lions bats were also held quiet, not registering a hit until the seventh inning.
With one out in the seventh, senior Stephanie Discepolo sent a single into centerfield. Following an Ali Lamb walk, designated player Brittany Yates brought the Lions to within two, on an RBI single allowing Kasey Postupack to score. With the score 3-1, Dianne Gonzalez followed with single through the left side bringing home Lamb. The Lions then tied the game on a disputed infield fly call in which Yates came around to score.
The Zias could not convert on their opportunity in the bottom of the seventh forcing the Lions into their second consecutive extra-innings game. Unfortunately for Saint Leo, they could not convert the free runner on second base into a run giving Eastern New Mexico a chance to win the game at the bottom of the eighth. A Zias’ line drive through the left side brought home the game-winning tally and dropped the Lions to 0-3 on the season.
Urbanik (1-3), who suffered the tough luck defeat, pitched well in relief throwing 6.1 innings of solid work and allowing only one run while striking out five.
The Lions bounced back very impressively in their next game against Texas Woman’s University, using a first inning offensive outburst to score three of their four runs.
Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Saint Leo in the top of the first and Yates made the Pioneers pay smashing a line drive against the fence in straight away centerfield to clear the bags.
The Pioneers tried to return the favor to the Lions in the bottom first as they cut the SLU lead to one, 3-2. But Urbanik, the Lions’ starter, quickly settled down and held TWU scoreless the remainder of the game, allowing only one other hit on the way to the victory.
The Lions scored their fourth run in the second inning off a wild pitch, extending the score to the final margin of victory, 4-2.
Behind Urbanik was a very impressive defensive showing, as the unit did not commit an error in the field.
Urbanik closed the game with eight strikeouts. For the day, she threw 13.1 innings, while only surrendering two earned runs and striking out 13 batters.
Yates closed the day going a combined 3-for-5 with a double, a pair of singles and driving in four runs. Tiffinee Harvey also picked up a pair of hits while driving in one run. Four other Lions recorded hits, while Gonzalez drove in a run.
The Lions continue the College Classic, hosted by St. Mary’s, on Saturday, February 7 as they get set to take on No. 21 Angelo State at 12:45 EST. The game can be heard live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.