SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (21-10) ran their unbeaten streak to 11 games Wednesday afternoon, as they swept the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights (2-6) at University Field.
Neither team could crack the score board through the early innings in game one, but a three-run sixth inning gave the Lions a lead they did not surrender, winning 4-0. In game two, Tatiana Casis tied the single-season home run record with a solo shot in the fifth inning to help secure an 8-0 win in six innings.
Brittany Yates once again led the way for Saint Leo going 5-for-6 from the plate with two doubles and an RBI. Ali Lamb also had a big day as she went 4-for-6 with two doubles and led the team with three runs batted in. Stephanie made the most out her opportunities, collecting two hits in three plate appearances. Tiffinee Harvey smacked three doubles on the afternoon while scoring three times and collecting a pair of RBI. Tatiana Casis made her presence known going 3-for-6 from the plate, including her team leading and single season tying 14th home run in the fifth inning of game two. Ashley Urbanik had an all-round solid game, driving in a pair of runs and smashing her seventh home run of the season. Amber Martyn added her name to the list of Lions with multiple hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-6 from the dish, while Elysha Agen and Dianne Gonzalez each picked up singles.
The Lions had their chances in the beginning of the game one, but were not able to convert as they left five on base through the first four innings of play. But the following two innings had good things in store for the Green and Gold. After the Urbanik held the Purple Knights’ bats silent in the top of the fifth, the Lions used some two-out magic to break through on the scoreboard first. After Harvey crushed and double to left field and Casis reached on a base hit, the clean-up Yates rocketed her third consecutive hit of the game to leftfield for an RBI single, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.
The fifth inning momentum carried to the sixth where SLU plated three runs and put the game out of reach. Ali Lamb was responsible for the first two runs of the inning as she drove a bases clearing triple to right centerfield scoring Kasey Postupack and Maddox to make the score 3-0. A batter later, Agen sent a one out single through the middle to give the Lions their final tally of the game.
The 4-0 lead was enough for SLU starter Urbanik (12-9), who went seven strong innings scattering three hits. She also tallied a season-high 13 strikeouts in the performance, while striking out the side three of the first four innings.
The Lions didn’t wait long in game two to get on the board, as Casis stroked a towering fly ball sacrifice fly to leftfield to score Harvey from third, who earlier doubled.
Saint Leo added to their 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lamb pounded a one-out double scoring Maddox from second.
With the score 2-0, SLU broke the game open in the fifth when Casis sent her team-leading 14th blast over the left field fence. The home run ties the all-time single season home record set by both Casis and Urbanik last season. Yates followed with a double and came around to score on a two-run home run by Urbanik to make the score 5-0.
The Lions put the eight run rule into effect in the bottom of the sixth when the Lions posted three more runs. Following a Lamb double and Agen walk, Harvey delivered a double to right centerfield to empty the bases. Yates closed the day with a single down the right field and after the right fielder couldn’t connect on the throw in, Harvey, who had advanced to third on the hit, came home to score allowing the Lions to wrap-up the six inning victory.
Equally as effective in her start, Kristen Kelly motored through the Purple Knights lineup very methodically, as she forced nine ground ball outs. Kelly (7-1) only surrendered three hits on the afternoon collecting her second complete game shutout of the season.
The Lions have now won 13 of their last 14 contests.
The Lions get a one day break before taking on the No. 2-ranked Alabama Huntsville Chargers from University Field. The Friday, March 21st doubleheader is schedule to begin at 4:00 pm.