February 17, 2012

Lions Collect Pair of Wins at Spring Invitational

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (7-4) collected a pair of wins on day one of the Saint Leo Spring Invitational, Friday evening from University Softball Stadium. The Lions upended Pittsburg State in the opener, 4-2, before downing Lindenwood (Mo.), 10-2, in a six-inning nightcap.

A pair of runs in the sixth inning assisted the Lions to the 4-2 victory over the Gorillas in the opener; while a six-run fourth inning guided the squad to a mercy rule victory over Lindenwood.

In total, the Lions saw 18 hits, including a team-best four base knocks from freshman McKenzie Burns. The centerfielder also scored a team-best four runs. Four other Lions also registered at least two-hits, including Brittany Yates who also led the squad with three RBI.  

The Lions took to an early lead in their contest with Pittsburg, as Yates roped an RBI single into right center scoring Burns. After increasing its lead to 2-0 in the second inning, Saint Leo saw its lead disappear by the fifth inning. However a Torrie Weindorf sacrifice fly, coupled with an Angela Kafalas RBI double in the sixth inning gave the Lions a lead they didn't surrender as they posted a 4-2 win.

Ashley Ehlers registered a no decision in the win, but tossed five innings of six-hit ball. She recorded a career-best eight strikeouts in the performance. Kristen Kelly (2-2) received the win as she stymied Gorilla hitting for the final two innings.

Finding themselves down 2-0 after two innings of game two, a shaken Lions' bunch regrouped to tally nine runs over the third and fourth innings.

Alex Garris' RBI double in the third highlighted a three run outburst as the Lions took the lead away from a feisty Lindenwood crew. The onslaught continued in the fourth as Ali Lamb blasted an RBI double to highpoint a six-run fourth inning. The frame saw the Lions manufacture the six runs off only three hits. Victoria Cooper enacted the the mercy rule with an RBI single in the sixth inning. 

Megan Still (2-1) was phenomenal in six innings, striking out three batters and scattering four hits.

The Lions stole five bases on the evening, while pitching combined to strike out 11 batters and allow just two earned runs.

The Lions will return to action on Saturday, February 8, when they continue action at the Saint Leo Spring Invitational. The Lions host No.6-ranked Valdosta State at 9 a.m., before challenging St. Mary's at 5 p.m.

For the latest news, information, and updates on the softball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.