SAINT LEO, Fla. – Tiffinee Harvey connected on her first multi-home run game of her career. Still, it was not enough as the Saint Leo softball team (19-26, 6-10 SSC) fell to the Nova Southeastern Sharks (38-15, 14-6 SSC) 7-2, Friday evening from University Field.
In the Sunshine State Conference tilt, Harvey posted two of the teams three hits. Alex Garris was responsible for the other as she reached on a single. Ashton Whidden picked up the loss for the Lions, falling to 13-12 in 2010, while Jaime Walker pitched well in relief allowing six hits and two earned runs over 5.1 innings of work.
NSU swung hot bats all night as they collected 12 hits. The Sharks opened up the scoring in the first inning plating two runs on three hits. The big blow in the inning came from Saladrigas, as she doubled home the final run of the inning.
Harvey answered the Sharks’ challenge in the bottom half of the inning when Harvey blasted a solo shot over the right field fence to cut the lead in half.
Now with a 2-1 lead, Nova loaded the bases in the second inning. With one swing of the bat, Lauren Lopez sent a bases-clearing double to the centerfield fence to extend the NSU advantage to four, 5-1.
Nova tacked on two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 7-1. Still, Harvey continued to do her part in keeping the Lions in the contest, smashing her second solo blast of the night over the right field fence. The Lions could not plate another run as they fell to the Sharks for the fifth-straight time.
The Lions will conclude the SSC series with a doubleheader against the Sharks on Saturday, April 17. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the game two to follow after.