Lions Tough out 2-1 Win over Florida Tech

Brittany Ewing goes 3-for-3 with a double, and Chelsey Steedley hits her second HR of 2014 

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team picked up a big 2-1 win on Friday night in the first game of a three-game weekend series against Florida Tech at University Softball Stadium. 

The win improved the Lions to 21-12 on the year and 3-4 in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). In addition, the victory is Saint Leo's third straight and its 11th win in its last 12 games dating back to March 7. 

Brittany Ewing led the way for the Lions going 3-for-3 on the night with a double and one run scored. McKenzie Burns, Chelsey Steedley and Rachael Heath all added one hit – including a Steedley homerun – en route to the win. 

Saint Leo got on the board first, in the bottom of the first inning, when Ewing connected off Rachel Pence for a double deep to centerfield with two outs. Sarah Steiner would follow and reach on a fielding error by Florida Tech second baseman Elizabeth Eby. The error would allow Ewing to score from second base to give the Lions the lead.   

In the bottom of the second, Saint Leo would get its second run of the game when Steedley connected a deep drive to dead centerfield. The round tripper would be Steedley's second of the season. 

The Panthers (20-12, 6-4 SSC) would not go quietly, however. Coming up in the top of the third inning, Florida Tech loaded the bases with just one out, only to have Steiner squash the rally, getting Nicole Shinsky to strike out, and Taylor Peterson to pop up to first base to end the inning. 

The Panthers finally broke through in the top of the fourth inning to cut the Saint Leo lead to 2-1. Steiner would walk Eby and then Ashley Montion. Ashley Ehlers then came in to face Bueno, only to have a pass ball get by the Lions' catcher Adriana Sanders, allowing Eby and Montion to move up. Eby then scored on a throwing error by Sanders for the Panthers only run of the contest.  

Florida Tech would try to break through in the fifth inning and the sixth inning, however left one runner and two runners on base, respectively. 

Saint Leo ended things quickly in the top of the seventh inning retiring the Panthers in order for the win. 

The Lions will return home on Saturday, March 22 to close out the series with Florida Tech with a doubleheader schedule for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

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