MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (29-25, 8-15 SSC) fell to Florida Tech (20-25, 8-15 SSC) in a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon from Bottege Field in Melbourne, Fla. SLU was not able to crack the scoreboard in game one, falling 4-0. In game two, the Lions dropped a 10-2 decision to the Panthers.
Three Lions collected two hits in the doubleheader. The trio was led by the junior Harvey as she went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI, including the 20th double of the season, tying Denyve Duncan and Kelly Bowe for most doubles in a single season. Amber Martyn collected a pair of singles on the day while Tatiana Casis went 2-for-6 with a triple. Brittany Yates and Ally Maddox added to the Lions eight total hits with a single apiece.
Florida Tech wasted no time in jumping on Lions’ defensive miscues, as they struck for all four of their runs in the first inning. In fact, only one ball left the infield the entire inning, as the Panthers scored their runs on two hits and one Lions’ error.
The normally mighty Saint Leo offense struggled at the plate, as well. After loading the bases in the first inning, the Lions only managed one base runner the rest of the way as Brianna Barth threw seven solid innings while striking out 10.
The Lions only other scoring chance occurred in the third inning when Casis connected on a triple down the leftfield line. But, she was eventually stranded at the same base.
Kristen Kelly, who came in relief of Urbanik in the second inning, did a tremendous job in relief throwing five innings of scoreless ball and only allowing three hits.
Ashley Urbanik was tagged with the loss as she surrendered four runs (zero earned) on two hits over one inning pitched. Urbanik drops to 18-20 on the season.
Game two didn’t get any better for the Green & Gold, as the squad surrendered 10 runs over the first two innings played.
In the first, the Panthers scored three runs on two hits and two more Saint Leo errors and busted the game open with a seven-run second inning.
The 10 runs was all Florida Tech needed as they kept Saint Leo off the scoreboard until the third inning when Harvey’s double brought home Martyn from second base. SLU collected another run in the fifth inning as Harvey drove home Ali Lamb from second with an infield single.
On offense, Saint Leo did a good job of getting the lead-off hitter on but could not come up with the clutch hit. A lack of hitting along with a shaky defense, allowed Florida Tech to come away with the pair of wins.
Kelly was handed the loss as she drops to 9-5 on the season.
The Lions have now dropped three consecutive conference games.
The Lions will conclude the 2009 season with a single game against Florida Tech on Sunday, April 26 on the campus of Florida Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm and will be broadcast live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.