SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (19-25, 6-9 SSC) rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Florida Southern College Moccasins (23-20, 9-12 SSC), 4-3, in an 11-inning thriller, Wednesday evening from University. Earleir, the Lions dropped game one of the SSC doubleheader by the score of 6-2.
On the day, the Lions combined for 13 hits, including a pair of three-hit performances from Tiffinee Harvey and Jaime Walker. Harvey added to her doubles total, connecting on her 18th in the win. While Walker used the last of her three singles to drive in the game-winning run in game two. Brittany Yates snapped her homerless streak with a solo blast in game one and scored a game-high three runs, while Agen smacked her 15th double of 2010. Sarah Boyd went 2-for-7 on the day with a double and three RBI and Ana Castillo platted one run, as well as going 1-for-8 from the plate.
In game one, Saint Leo appeared to have erased the memories of last night’s extra-inning’s loss to FSC, posting a pair of runs in the second. Yates got things rolling in the right direction, smashing a lead-off home run to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage. The solo shot broke a 13-game homerless streak for the catcher and now stands at 11 on the year. Boyd followed with a walk and advanced home on a Fielding error by the Mocs’ Foley with Alex Garris at the plate.
Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Lions were able to generate as Brittany Alderman registered zero’s for the remainder of the contest. The Mocs answered the Lions two runs with a four of their own in the top of the third. Leading the Florida Southern charge was Peggy Alex and her RBI double. The Mocs registered two hits during the frame and also took advantage of a Lions’ fielding miscue which led to one of the four runs being scored.
FSC added to their lead with a two-run fifth inning, as a trio of Mocs connected three extra-base hits to make the score 6-2.
The Lions couldn’t respond to the Florida Southern offensive outburst as they dropped their fifth-straight contest to the Mocs.
Walker (5-8) was handed the loss, allowing four earned runs over seven innings. She allowed only one walk and seven hits while completing her eighth game of the season.
Game two was a reversal of fortunes, as Saint Leo used four unanswered runs to claim a 4-3 win. It was Florida Southern who struck first, tallying two runs on two hits. The big blow in the inning came from Christine Clark, as she posted an RBI triple.
Two innings later, Clark extended the Mocs’ lead with an RBI single through the left side. The 3-0 lead appeared to give FSC all the momentum. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Agen led a string of six-straight batters to reach base. Castillo and Harvey reached on back-to-back singles and Yates loaded the bases with a walk. Boyd then came to the plate with an opportunity to shrink the lead. That is exactly what she did, swatting a line drive over the centerfielder’s head to clear the bases and tie the ballgame up at three runs apiece.
The hit swung all momentum back towards the Lions. Eventually forcing extra-innings, Ashton Whidden fought through a pair of frames where the Mocs pushed runners in scoring position. As for the offense, after having 10-of-11 batters retired, the Lions made a push towards victory in the bottom of the 11th. Yates started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a Boyd groundout. That set the stage for Walker. With one out and the count full, the Surrey, British Columbia native roped a single up the middle. Yates rounded the third base bag and slid across home plate just ahead of the throw.
The win snapped the Lions six-game losing streak. In total, the two teams left 22 combined runners on base during the second contest.
Whidden (13-11) was fantastic in the circle for the Green & Gold as she went the distance for SLU in the longest outing of her career. She scattered 11 hits and allowed just two earned runs, while striking out three.
The Lions will take a one-day break before opening up a three-game series with Nova Southeastern. First pitch for the conference showdown with the Sharks is set for Friday, April, 16 at 7:00 p.m.