SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (13-9) continued to swing hot bats as they swept the Mount Olive Trojans (11-5) by the scores of 9-1 (5 Inn.) and 5-4, Tuesday afternoon in non-region action from University Softball Stadium.
After pounding-out nine hits in a 9-1 game one contest, the Lions used timely pitching to complete a 5-4 win over the Trojans in the nightcap.
Dianne Gonzalez highlighted the contests for the Lions as senior went a combined 3-for-5 with two home runs and a game-best six RBI. Brittany Yates also contributed a solid game as the catcher went 2-for-6 with three RBI. Five other Lions also registered two-hit contests as they connected for 16 over the two-game span.
Saint Leo controlled game one from the onset as a five-run first inning set the tone. Yates put the Lions on the board first as her two RBI double scored Ashlee Sismilich and Alex Garris. Shortly after, with two out and two on, Gonzalez blasted the first of her two home runs over the left field fence.
The Lions continued the onslaught in the fourth inning as Yates and Rachelle Gremo used a pair of RBI singles to assist them to an 8-0 lead. After the Trojans put one up on the board in the fifth, Saint Leo answered in the bottom of the frame as Garris' sacrifice fly ended the contest after five innings of play.
Megan Still was excellent again as she scattered three hits and allowed one earned run over five innings. She struck out four batters and surrendered only one walk.
It was Gonzalez who helped set the tone again early in game two as she stroked a two-run home run in the second inning. Mount Olive managed to tie the game in the third, but a three-run fourth inning by Saint Leo proved to be enough. Lamb delivered the big blow of the fourth as her solo shot sparked the Lions' rally.
The Trojans chipped away for runs in the fifth and seventh, but Lions' defense and pitching held to preserve the win.
All three pitchers took to the circle in game two as Ashley Ehlers secured her second win of the season after tossing 4.1 innings of five-hit ball. She allowed one earned run, while striking out three and forcing eight fly ball outs. Kristen Kelly was steady in relief, allowing one run. Still echoed her game one performance as she secured her first save of the season.
In total, Lions' pitching surrendered only three earned runs.
The Lions will return to the field on Friday, March 2, when they host the Florida Southern College Moccasins in Sunshine State Conference action. First pitch for the game will come at 7 p.m. from University Softball Stadium.
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