April 26, 2014

Lions Split Saturday Doubleheader with Barry; Drop Final Regular Season Series

Steedley drives in four RBI and has two home runs in the two games

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team turned in a split against Barry in its final regular season Sunshine State Conference Saturday doubleheader, defeating the Buccaneers 6-2 in game one, and dropping game two, 12-4. 

The Lions finish the regular season, 29-21 overall and 11-13 in SSC play. Barry is 27-20 on the year, and 10-13 in SSC action. 

In game one, Saint Leo got on the board first, with one run in the top of the third, when Chelsey Steedley stepped to the plate and drove a leadoff solo home run to left field, the first of two on the day for her. 

The Buccaneers then put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth, to take a 2-1 edge, when Camille Czarnecki connected on her own round-tripper – a two run shot – over the left field fence. 

Both teams would go cold for the next two innings combining for just one hit before the Lions came to bat in the top of the seventh. 

Saint Leo came up in the top half of the seventh and final inning, and broke the game open with a five run frame taking a commanding 6-2 lead. All five of the Lions' runs in the inning would come with two outs. 

Angela Kafalas drove in two runs with a home run to left field and Torrie Weindorf drove in two runs with a double to left field to lead the charge. 

The Buccaneers wouldn't pose any threat going three-up-and-three-down to end the game. 

Ashley Ehlers got the win (14-5) throwing a complete game, while giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out five Barry batters. 

Steedley would have a big game going 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and a RBI. Kafalas was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored, and Weindorf was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. 

In game two, Barry took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kayla Ogle scored on a throwing error by Adriana Sanders on a failed pickoff attempt.  Megan Copeland would then score on a throw following Ogle. 

Saint Leo answered in the top of the second to take the lead. Sarah Steiner started the inning off with a single to second base, followed by a single up the middle by Kafalas putting runners on first and second. Steedley then came to the plate, and on a 2-2 count, put Saint Leo ahead with a three-run home run to left field making the score 3-2. Weindorf and Rachael Heath would follow up with back-to-back singles, however Saint Leo could not push them across the plate. 

As they did in game one on Friday night, the Buccaneers re-grouped and fought their way back, and did so in a big way. Barry came up in the bottom of the second and put up seven more runs on the scoreboard on four hits. They also took advantage of four of the Lions' five errors in the game during the inning. 

Saint Leo would get one run back in the top of the third inning, but would not be able to put a run together to get back into the game. Brittany Ewing led off the third with a double to right field, and then scored the only run of the Lions' portion of the inning on a double by Steiner on the next at bat 

The Buccaneers would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to push the margin to eight runs. The Lions wouldn't be able to get anything going in the fourth or fifth innings forcing the five inning eight run rule to take effect. 

Seven different players would record a hit in game two for Saint Leo, however only one player, Steiner, had multiple hits going 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. 

Steedley finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, all coming on her second inning home run. 

Alana Tabel would get the loss for the Lions (5-8) going just 1.2 innings giving up seven runs on six hits and walking two. 

Steedley had a huge afternoon for Saint Leo going a combined 3-for-6 with three runs scored, four RBI and two home runs. 

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