SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (17-10, 4-2 SSC) swept the Lynn University Fighting Knights (10-16, 0-6 SSC) in doubleheader action from the McCusker Complex in Boca Raton, Fla.
SLU’s offense exploded in an 11-2 game one victory, highlighted by three homers from the Lions brass. A second inning grand slam wasn’t enough for the Lions to win game two in regulation, but an RBI single in the top of the eighth proved to difference maker as the Lions won a 5-4 in eight innings.
Amber Martyn led all Lions hitters going 4-for-7 from plate with two home runs and eight runs batted in. Stephanie Discepolo collected a pair of hits in five attempts, while Tiffinee Harvey went 3-for-8 with a home run and three RBI. Lions’ catcher Brittany Yates added a pair of hits on the day, including her eighth home run on the campaign. Ashley Urbanik and Elysha Agen chipped in with a pair of hits, while Tatiana Casis went 1-for-4 with a game-winning RBI and five intentional base on balls. In the process, Casis added to her NCAA record-breaking season, as her five intentional base on balls in game one ties an NCAA record set in 2003 by Angelo States Cat Moreno.
It appeared game one was going to be a pitcher’s duel as both teams exchanged zeroes for the first three innings. Yates changed that though with one swing of the bat as she led off the top of the fourth inning with a towering fly ball over the left centerfield fence to give Saint Leo a 1-0 lead.
The run was just iceberg though, as SLU erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Yates once again got the scoring started in the inning by delivering an RBI single through the left side to score Casis from second. Discepolo followed with a line drive single up the middle to score Ali Maddox from third. With the score 3-0 in favor of the Green and Gold, Martyn sent an RBI single up the middle to bring home two more Lions’ runs. Kasey Postupack made the score 6-0 when she scored on an RBI single from Agen. Harvey closed the scoring for the Lions in impressive fashion, roping a two RBI double to the wall in centerfield, allowing Martyn and Agen to score.
After Lynn scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth to make the score 8-2, the Lions answered with three runs in the top half of the seventh to solidify the win. Martyn hit a two-run blast to leftfield, her second round-tripper of the year, while two batters later, Harvey once again supplied the finishing touch to the Lions scoring by belting her first home run of the season over the right centerfield fence.
Urbanik was masterful in the circle allowing just two runs on three hits, while striking out four Fighting Knights. Urbanik is now 10-9 on the season.
Martyn got the Lions rolling in game two, capping off a three-hit fourth inning with a grand slam home run to right centerfield to give Saint Leo a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
The next four runs belonged to Lynn University, as they platted two runs in the bottom of the third and bottom of the sixth to knot the game at four apiece.
The Lions were unable to answer with any runs in the regulation seven innings, setting up an extra-innings showdown between the two schools. Harvey led the inning off with a double down the leftfield line. Casis followed with the eventual game-winning RBI on a single through the left side to give SLU a 5-4 lead.
Urbanik, who came in relief of Kristen Kelly in the fifth, shut the Fighting Knights down in the seventh to secure the one-run victory.
Kelly got the no decision as she surrendered just two runs on eight hits, while Urbanik was able to get the victory after going three innings of three hit ball.
The Lions have now won seven in a row and 10 of their last 11.
The Lions will take a one day break before heading back out on the field to take on the visitors from Molloy College from University Field on Monday, March 16. The non-conference doubleheader is set to begin at 12:00 pm.