March 11, 2014

McKenzie Burns Steals Her Way Into The Record Books

SAINT LEO, Fla., - The Saint Leo softball team (15-11) continued to swing hot bats as they swept the Mercy College Mavericks (2-4) by scores of 6-0, and 8-0 (6 Inn.) Tuesday afternoon in non-regional action from University Softball Stadium. 

Junior McKenzie Burns became the Saint Leo University Softball Programs All-Time Stolen Base "King" surpassing the previse holder, Denyve Duncan since 2005.   

The Lions pounded out 14 hits and scored 14 runs, as starters Ashley Ahlers and Sara Steiner both threw shut-out games for the Green and Gold from the circle in dominating fashion.

The Lions offense was quiet from the start until the bottom of the fourth.  After two consecutive Lions Brittany Ewing and Danielle Ferrara being hit-by-pitches to jump-start the inning the Lions were able to score four runs off of one hit and two errors.  RBI's from Angela Kafalas and Michelle George -both errors- and a single by Sara Steiner gave the Lions the 4-0 lead. 

The Lions were able to pick-up the other two runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth frames.  Three hits that generated the two runs were singles from Brittany Ewing and Danielle Ferrara, as well as jacked triple to right field from Adriana Sanders.  

Ashley Ehlers received the start on the mound, throwing a shut-out in seven innings of work.  Ehlers only allowed four hits, walked only one, and struck out eight on the day.  The shut-out was her sixth victory of the season. 

In game two, the Lions were able to allow their bats to roar, collecting nine hits in the contest, and continuing to capitalize on the Mavericks mistakes. 

McKenzie Burns walked in her first at bat in the second game and wasted no time stealing second base.  History was being made. The crowd, bench, friends and family all knew as soon as she barreled down the base path using her speed and hustle. The crowd erupted in cheer as well as the dug-out. History was made, new all-time leader!  The Lions would bring Burns across the plate to score the first run of game. 

In the bottom of the fourth the bats would come to life, as the offence would erupt again with five hits and six runs late in the inning.  Cassie Boggs doubled down the left field line and Danielle Ferrara (3-5) RBI singled to start the scoring.  In total, Rachael Heath, Adriana Sanders and Sara Steiner all tallied RBI's in the outstanding inning.

The Lions would collect their last run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brittany Ewing singled to center field and scored Jami Schlecker

Sara Steiner commanded the circle for the Green and Gold in game two.  In her shut-out, she allowed only five hits, two strike-outs and walked three in six innings of work. 

On the day the Lions tallied 14 hits, seven stolen bases and five extra base hits of which four were doubles and one triple. 

The Lions will be back in action on March 12th at 5 and 7 p.m. at University Softball Stadium where they will face off against Adelphi University.   

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