Saint Leo uses a seven-run fourth inning to put away the Fighting Knights
SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday night with an 18-10 come-from-behind win over Lynn University in game one of its Sunshine State Conference (SSC) weekend series at University Softball Stadium.
The win improves the Lions to 24-18 overall and 6-10 in SSC play. The Fighting Knights are now 20-26 overall and 4-15 in the conference.
Saint Leo fell behind early trailing 4-0 before recording its first out of the game. Lynn would eventually score six runs in the top of the first, but that would be all that they would get until the last inning of the contest.
The Lions would settle down in the second inning and started to chip away that Lynn's lead getting two runs. After Cassie Boggs walked and Angela Kafalas reached on an error, Michelle George would put Saint Leo on the board for the first time when she singled to second base driving in Boggs and moving Kafalas over to third base. George would then be thrown out attempting to steal, however Kafalas crossed the plate cutting the Lynn lead to 6-2.
Saint Leo would open the flood gates in the fourth inning putting up seven runs and taking control of the contest. Just like Lynn in the first inning, the Lions would post four runs in the home half of the inning before the Fighting Knights could register an out.
Rachael Heath walked to lead off the inning, followed by a single by Adriana Sanders. McKenzie Burns then loaded the bases with a single, which brought up Brittany Ewing who singled down the left field line driving in Heath. That set the stage for Chelsey Steedley's bases-clearing double to center field driving in the trio tying the game at six.
Sarah Steiner then came up and singled, putting runners at first and third, allowing Boggs to follow and drive in two of her five RBI on the night with a double to right center field. George ended the scoring in the fourth inning with a single bringing in Tiffany Thompson. The damage had already been done with the Lions taking a 9-6 lead.
Lynn couldn't take advantage of having the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, and an opportunity to get back in the game.
Saint Leo came back in the bottom of the fifth inning and brought in three more runs.
The Fighting Knights would finally find their offensive rhythm in the top of the sixth inning when they tallied four runs on four hits, however, once again, they would end the inning stranding three runners on base.
The Lions ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring six runs on five hits. Heath drove in the final run of the game with a single to second base scoring George.
On the night, Saint Leo would post 21 hits in the win.
Sanders went 4-for-5 and scored two runs while Boggs was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Steedley was 3-for-3 with three runs, four RBI and a walk, and George finished the game going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Alana Tabel (4-6) picked up her fourth win of the year going 4.2 IP, giving up five hits and walking two, however not letting any Lynn players to cross the plate.
Saint Leo will close out the series against Lynn with Senior Day on Saturday, April 18 with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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