SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (17-27, 2-12 SSC) dropped its Sunshine State Conference finale to the Florida Tech Panthers (23-21, 9-8 SSC), 12-2, Friday afternoon from University Softball Stadium.
Saint Leo was guided by the freshman duo of McKenzie Burns and Angela Kafalas as they each collected two hits. Alex Garris, in addition to Kafalas, scored a run, while Brittany Yates and Ali Lamb registered RBI's.
The Florida Tech bats got hot early as they scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, including a two-run home run off the bat of catcher Lindsy Dugan in the opening frame.
After the Panthers grew the lead to 5-0 in the third, the Lions platted their first run of the contest when Lamb's bases loaded groundout scored Kafalas.
Two innings later, Yates trimmed the lead to 5-2 as she roped an RBI single into leftfield scoring Garris.
Unfortunately, the Panthers' posted seven more runs in the seventh inning to clinch the win and the series sweep.
All three of the Lions' pitchers saw time in the circle, while starter Megan Still (7-17) was tagged with the loss.
Despite the end result, the Lions were not without chances as they placed runners in scoring position in four of seven innings, including one bases loaded opportunity.
The Lions will return to the field on Friday, April 13, when they travel to Winter Park, Fla. to challenge the Rollins College Tars in an SSC three-game series. First pitch for the single game is set for 7 p.m. from the Rollins Softball Stadium at Lake Island Park.
For more on the softball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.