April 14, 2012

Softball Drops SSC Doubleheader to No.14 Rollins

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (17-31, 2-16 SSC)  dropped a pair of Sunshine State Conference games to the No.14-ranked Rollins College Tars (34-7, 15-3 SSC), Saturday afternoon from Rollins Softball Stadium at Lake Island Park. The Lions fell 11-0 in game one, followed by a 10-2 loss in the second game.

A seven-run third inning highlighted Rollins' game one victory, while a pair of three-run frames pushed the home standing Tars to the sweep.

Emily Holman starred for the Lions as she blasted her first-career home run over the leftfield fence. McKenzie Burns, Ali Lamb, and Brittany Yates also recorded base hits for Saint Leo.

The Tars' bats remained hot in the first game of the doubleheader as they scored one run in each of the first two innings, but it was a seven-run third frame that solidified the game for Rollins. Monica Meadows punctuated the inning with a three-run home run, her third of the series.

Rollins added two more in the fourth to solidify the five inning victory.

The Lions best chance at platting runs came in the first inning as Yates and Lamb roped back-to-back singles, but were left in scoring position.

Hurler Kristen Kelly dropped to 4-8 as she took the loss for the Lions, while Amye McIntyre improved to 11-4 as she went the distance for Rollins.

It was a different start in game two however, as Lions' third baseman Emily Holman blasted a two-run home run off of Rollins' starter Hope Bitzer. The second inning shot was the first collegiate hit for the freshman.

Still, the Tars battled back to regain the lead in the bottom of the second as they scored three runs on four hits.

The Lions threatened again in the third inning as they put runners at second and third with no outs. Unfortunately, Saint Leo couldn't plate those chances, leaving the door open for the Tars. Rollins took advantage of the opportunity in the bottom of the frame as they notched their second consecutive three-run inning to take a 6-2 lead.

The Tars increased their lead two more times over the course of the game as they scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to claim the five-inning win. s

Ashley Ehlers (4-5) was saddled with the loss for the Lions, while senior Kristen Kelly was admirable in relief tossing 1.1 innings. After being touched-up with two runs in the second inning, the Tars' Bitzer settled to toss a complete game two-hitter.

The Lions will continue SSC action on Friday, April 20, when they travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to take on the Eckerd College Tritons.  First pitch for Friday's single game is set for 7 p.m. from the Turley Athletic Complex on the campus of Eckerd College.

For more on the softball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.