WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (22-31, 9-15 SSC) closed its 2010 regular season schedule with a pair of Sunshine State Conference losses to the 10th-ranked Rollins College Tars (44-3, 23-1 SSC), Wednesday afternoon from Winter Park, Fla. The Lions fell 8-0 in game one in five innings, before being upended 11-3 in six innings during game two.
Leading the charge for the Green & Gold was Sarah Boyd and senior Tiffinee Harvey, as they each collected two hits. Boyd drove in one run, while Harvey scored twice and connected on her 11th home run in 2010. Three other Lions also managed hits, including Dianne Gonzalez who picked-up an RBI. Danielle Moreda and Ana Castillo also delivered base knocks.
Early in game one, the Tars offense used the long ball to grab a 2-0 lead as Christine Roser sent a two-run home run over the left centerfield fence. Rollins added to the lead an inning later as a two-out Lions’ fielding miscue allowed Lauren Caldwell to score from third base.
Jaime Walker settled down for SLU in the third, but the Tars used a five-run fourth inning to push the score to the eventual final of 8-0. The big blow came off the bat of Jessica Moreland, as she delivered a two-run home run to seal the contest.
The Lions offense, despite collecting only two hits, put runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings. In total, the squad stranded five runners on base.
The Lions starter, Walker, dropped to 5-10 in 2010 in her final appearance of the season.
Game two started out with a bang for the Lions, as a two-out rally saw the SLU score the first two runs of the game. Harvey, a senior, started the rally with a single up the middle and was followed by a walk to Brittany Yates. Boyd then stepped to the plate and sent a 0-1 pitch into the right field gap scoring Harvey from second base. The 1-0 lead was added upon when Yates slid into home safely on a Roser passed ball.
However, the Lions 2-0 lead was quickly answered by the Tars in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs on two hits and one Lions’ error to take a 4-2 advantage.
Later, the Tars connected on their second, four-run inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth. The inning was capitalized by a two-run home run from Jessica Moreland. The runs extended the score to 8-2.
In the sixth, Harvey used her final at-bat as a Lion to get SLU one run closer, blasting her 11th home run of the contest and 15th of her storied career over the centerfield fence to make the score 8-3. While the blast did get Saint Leo to within five, the 8-3 Tars’ lead was extended to the final score of 11-3 when Rollins posted three runs in the sixth.
Ashton Whidden took the loss for SLU and dropped to 16-15 overall. The game did, however, mark her 21st complete game of the year.
The games bring the 2010 season to an end. SLU graduates two seniors from the current squad and return 11 student-athletes. Stay up to date with the Saint Leo softball season throughout the off-season at SaintLeoLions.com.