SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (3-4) rediscovered their winning ways as they swept the Webber International Warriors (1-3) by the scores of 4-0 and 10-0, Wednesday evening from University Field. Lions’ ace Ashley Urbanik used a strong pitching performance in game one to solidify the victory, while the Lions’ bats caught fire in game two, compiling two five-run innings en route to victory.
Saint Leo struck early in game one, as Tatiana Casis delivered one of her two home runs on the evening, blasting the pitch over the centerfield fence scoring Tiffinee Harvey.
After Casis was given the free pass to first to start the fourth inning, SLU added their third run of the ballgame as freshman third baseman connected on a two out base hit up the middle to score Casis from second.
Amber Martyn helped provide an insurance run for the Lions in the sixth, ripping a double down the left field line to score Ali Lamb from second, who had earlier reached on a line drive up the middle.
Urbanik (2-4) threw very well for the Lions, pitching her first complete game shutout of the 2009 campaign, scattering four hits and striking out eight Warriors along the way.
Hitting was contagious in game two, as the Lions put a five spot on the board in the second inning. After Ally Maddox walked, Brittany Yates delivered a double to leftfield to open the scoring for SLU. Her at-bat was followed by RBI singles by Moreda and Martyn to make to score 3-0. Harvey kept the inning alive by reaching on a Warriors miscue. Urbanik made WIU pay for their error in the field by driving an RBI single up the middle. Casis followed by rocketing an RBI single up the middle to give the Lions the 5-0 lead.
SLU refused to stop in the fourth inning, tacking on another five runs. Martyn’s led-off the inning with a double to left center. After another pair of Lions reached to load the bases, Casis changed the outlook of the game with one swing of the bat, belting her third home run of the season in grand slam fashion over the centerfield fence. Saint Leo wasn’t done though, as Maddox scored on a sacrifice fly by Yates.
The Warriors failed to score in the top half of the fifth, solidifying the five inning, 10-run victory.
Starter Kristin Kelly (1-0) pitched phenomenally for the Green and Gold, going four strong while scattering four hits for her first career victory and shutout. Ashton Whidden did a strong job in relief, pitching a scoreless fifth.
Casis closed the doubleheader going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a single and six RBI’s. Yates completed game going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Martyn posted a pair of doubles and RBI’s on her way to a 3-for-6 outing. Moreda was the fourth Lion to record two or more hits, going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s.
Saint Leo will stay at University Field for their next contest, as they prepare for Flagler College on Tuesday, February 17. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 5:00 pm.