March 14, 2014

Lions Pick-up A Sunshine State Conference Victory, 7-1, Against Nova Southeastern

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team collected a Sunshine State Conference victory as they defeated Nova Southeastern, 7-1, Friday evening at University Softball Stadium.

The Lions (18-11) totals nine hits while stealing nine bases in the win.

McKenzie Burns helped lead the Lions going 1-for-3, scoring two runs and stealing three bases.  Rachael Heath also went 1-for-3 and scored a run while stealing two bases on the evening.

The Sharks (11-13) starting pitcher, Rebecca Thornton, only lasted six hitters and allowed four runs before being relieved in the first inning.  Nova could not get anything going until the top of the sixth inning when they crossed the plate scoring their only run.

Saint Leo batted though the line-up for the second game in a row in the first inning, and recorded four runs in doing so.  Burns would steal second and third bases, before scoring off a single by Brittany Ewing in the second inning.  Adriana Sanders stole second base and scored off a single to left field by Sara Steiner in the fourth inning. 

The last score for the Lions would come by way of Heath who singled to left field and stole second. She scored off a throwing error from the Sharks pitcher, Jennie Von Doellen, to first base when Burns bunted and advanced to third on the error. 

Steiner, 10-5 on the year, went the distance for the Lions, in seven innings of work giving up just four hits, walking two, and striking out eight.  The only run scored was not an earned run. 

Saint Leo returns to action against Nova Southeastern tomorrow, March 15th at 1 and 3 p.m. in a doubleheader at University Softball Stadium.

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