SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (19-28, 6-12 SSC) dropped a pair of Sunshine State Conference decisions to the Nova Southeastern University Sharks, Saturday afternoon from University Field. The Lions were edged-out 6-5 in game one, before falling 7-1 in game two.
Danielle Moreda led the offensive charge for SLU, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. She was followed by Sara Boyd, who posted a 2-for-5 day scoring one run. Brittany also scored a pair of runs and went 2-for-6 from the plate. Five other Lions also collected base hits including, Tiffinee Harvey and Elysha Agen who each tagged a double. Dianne Gonzalez drove in one run, while Jaime Walker crossed the plate once.
Game one did not start to the Lions liking as they surrendered three runs on four hits in the first inning. All the damage was done on RBI singles and was aided by one Lions’ miscue.
Saint Leo struck back with a run of their own in the second as Yates, who singled to begin the inning, came around to score on Gonzalez’s fielders’ choice.
However, the Lions one run was answered with the Sharks second, three-run inning of the contest. Once again, it was four singles that did spoiled the inning for SLU, including an RBI single from Dana Bergner.
However, the Lions’ offense erupted for four runs in the sixth, collecting four hits and capitalizing on two Nova errors. After Harvey struck her 19th double of the season, Yates reached on an error and Boyd singled to load the bases. Walker’s fielder’s choice, coupled with an NSU fielding error, allowed both Boyd and Yates to come around to cut the lead to 6-3. With two outs, Moreda stepped to the plate and roped a two-RBI single into right field, shrinking the lead to one.
Unfortunately, the Lions couldn’t cut into the lead anymore as a seventh-inning double-play solidified the 6-5 win for Nova Southeastern.
Ashton Whidden recorded the loss for SLU as she dropped to 13-13 on the season. The righty struck out four batters and allowed just two base on balls.
Game two saw more of the same from the Sharks’ offense as they struck for two runs on three hits in the first inning.
The Green & Gold cut the lead in half when Alex Garris’ fielder’s choice plated Moreda from second base. However, the one run was all the Saint Leo offense could muster, as Sharks’ starter Lexi Serradet shut down the Lions’ offense the rest of the contest.
NSU tacked on another run in the fifth and strung together three hits in the seventh to plate four more insurance runs.
Jaime Walker fell to 5-9 on the season, allowing six earned over seven innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out two in the performance.
The Lions will return to the field on Saturday, April 24 when they open an SSC series with Florida Tech. First pitch for the single game is set for 7:00 p.m. Senior day festivities will follow on Sunday.