PENSACOLA, Fla. – Having arrived in Pensacola, Fla. last night with the impending possibility of snow, the Lions first day slate of games at the SSC/GSC Crossover Tournament were canceled. The Lions were scheduled to take on the University of West Florida on Friday, and the likes of the University of North Alabama and No.-1 ranked Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday and Sunday.
With the Argonauts no longer a factor in the weekend tournament, the Lions can now turn their attention to a pair of strong regional opponents.
Up first for the Green and Gold is the University of North Alabama Lions. UNA has not stepped onto the field in 2010, as the Crossover Tournament will signal their debut. The Lions of North Alabama were swept by SLU in last season’s tournament by the scores of 3-1 and 4-3.
In the doubleheader last season, four Lions picked up two hits apiece in the including Brittany Yates, as she went 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Amber Martyn and Tiffinee Harvey went 2-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively. And Ashley Urbanik connected on a pair of extra-base hits for SLU while being tabbed as the winner in the circle for both contests. Tatiana Casis and Ali Lamb each went 1-for-3 at the plate and Elysha Agen added to the Lions 12 total hits with a single in game two.
Urbanik froze the UNA bats in game one, before Danielle Moreda used a bases loaded walk in game two to secure a one-run, extra-inning victory.
North Alabama ended last season 22-30 overall and currently has a four-game losing streak to Saint Leo.
The Lions next opponent, Alabama-Huntsville, has made things a bit difficult for the Lions recently. The current No.1-ranked team in the country swept SLU at the Crossover Tournament held at Saint Leo last season. In game one of last year, the Lions held a 3-0 lead over the Chargers going into the top of the sixth inning. Unfortunately, a five-run sixth doomed the Lions efforts as they fell 5-3. The momentum carried over for the Chargers into game two as the blanked the Lions, 6-0.
Alabama-Huntsville finished the season runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Championship to Lock Haven. The Lions have built a 2-4 record against the perennial contender over their last six meetings.
Coming into the slate of games, the Lions are 1-1 on the season. Having dropped their season opener to Webber International last week, Saint Leo responded well by scoring seven runs and blanking the Warriors in the nightcap.
Currently, the Lions are led by Harvey. She is batting .400 while collecting a pair of extra-base hits. Agen is hitting at a .375 clip and leads the team in hits with three. She is also tied with a trio of players at two RBI apiece. Moreda and Sarah Boyd each went 1-for-4 in the opening series and are the only other Lions with RBI on the season.
In the circle, the Lions saw all three pitchers take the mound. In the first game this season, Kristen Kelly threw all seven innings in the loss to Webber. She scattered eight hits and allowed just one run. She struck out six batters and allowed two walks. Kelly currently owns a 1.29 ERA.
Ashton Whidden started the back end of the double header and picked up the win. She threw five strong innings, while holding the Warriors scoreless. Jaime Walker came in to finish the contest, allowing three hits over the final two frames.