CLERMONT, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (16-14) split its non-region doubleheader Wednesday afternoon from the National Training Center; losing to New Haven, 4-3, in game one before overturning West Chester (Pa.), 8-3, in the nightcap.
A three-run Chargers' sixth inning highlighted New Haven's (3-3) come-from-behind win in game one, while the Lions regrouped to pound-out 13 hits in an 8-3-run beating of West Chester (11-7) in game two.
Despite being outhit in game one, the Lions rallied to post 17 hits on the day while scoring a combined 11 runs. Four Lions collected multiple-hit games, including Brittany Yates who went a combined 4-for-6 with three RBI. Ali Lamb contributed three hits and led the team with five RBI. Rachelle Gremo also connected on a trio of hits and Victoria Cooper went with 2-for-5 with a double.
The Lions opened their contests in Clermont playing catch-up as they found themselves down 1-0 in the first inning. Still, the red-hot bat of Yates tied the game in the bottom of the frame as her RBI single scored McKenzie Burns from third.
The score remained tied until the fourth inning when Saint Leo scored a pair of runs on back-to-back doubles by Lamb and Cooper to put the Lions in front, 3-1. The advantage did not hold, however, as New Haven rallied to score three runs in the sixth inning to steal the win away from the Lions, 4-3.
Kristen Kelly was tagged with the loss as she fell to 4-5 on the season.
Game two saw a more aggressive Lions' bunch take to the field as they platted three runs on five consecutive hits in the first inning. Lamb marked the first frame outburst with a bases clearing double to put Saint Leo up 3-0.
West Chester cut the lead down with a pair of runs in the third inning, before Lamb's RBI base hit in the bottom of the third gave the Lions a 4-2 lead.
Another Rams' run sliced the lead to 4-3, but a four-run surge in the fourth inning solidified the game for the Lions. Moreda blasted a pinch hit RBI double, in addition to a Yates two-RBI double, and a Gremo RBI single smack.
In the circle, freshman Ashley Ehlers (4-1) posted her fourth win of the season as she tossed 5.0 innings of work. She struck out three batters while scattering eight hits. Megan Still contributed with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.
The Lions posted five extra-base hits, while turning a pair of double plays on the defensive ends.
Saint Leo will return to action on Friday, March 16, when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to battle rival the University of Tampa. First pitch for the single game is set for 6 p.m. from the Vince Naimoli Softball Complex.
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