CLEARWATER, Fla. – The 17th-ranked Saint Leo softball team spilt the final day of the Eckerd Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex after losing game one of the day 2-1 to Chadron State and defeating Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd, 10-0, in six innings. The Lions improve to 5-1 on the year.
After losing game one Sunday, the Lions bounced back with a 10-0 shutout against Eckerd. In game one, Alison Mitts suffered her first loss of the season, moving to 1-1 on the young year.
Sara Neuman picked up her first win of the year moving to 1-0 on the season and one save after her game two victory. Neuman kept the Tritons off the bases after allowing just two hits and two walks. She wrapped up the day with three straight strikeouts to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
On the day, Brittany Creamer went 4-for-4 in the two games with one run scored and one double. Both Sommer Pollard and Ciera Schumaker went 3-for-6 where Pollard drove in four runs, scored two herself and hit one double. Schumaker finished with one RBI and one run scored.
GAME ONE - Chadron State 2, #17 Saint Leo 1 Saint Leo opened up the final day of the Eckerd tournament with their first loss of the year. The Lions fell to the Eagles 2-1 Sunday morning to fall to 4-1 on the year. Rachael Heath led the team going 3-for-4 from the plate with one run scored where Brittany Creamer went a perfect 2-for-2 with one double. Kacie Kelly was charged with the RBI for the Lions.
The Eagles jumped on the Lions first as they scored one run in the first inning after Zoe Humphries reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second and then came around to score on an Aspen Eubanks single to left field, CSC 1-0.
Saint Leo came right back and scored in the bottom of the first where Rachael Heath hit a bunt single and then stole second. Kacie Kelly stepped up and singled and was thrown out at second while Heath rounded the bases and scored from second to tie the game, tied at 1-1 after one inning.
Morgan Wilhelm would come around to score for the Eagles lead in the second inning after a single and getting pushed to second after a sacrifice bunt from Alyssa Geist. Wilhelm advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on a sac fly from Taylor Bauer; Chadron State 2-1 after one and a half.
Over the remaining six innings, the Lions would get base runners on but failed to bring them around leaving them stranded as far as second base.
Alison Mitts got the nod but suffered her first loss moving to 1-1 on the year after the seven innings pitched. Mitts gave up five hits, allowed two runs and walked two batters while striking out five.
GAME TWO - #17 Saint Leo 10, Eckerd 0 (6 innings) Saint Leo bounced back with their afternoon game with a 10-0 win over Eckerd in six innings. Sara Neuman earned the start and picked up her first win after the complete game.
Sommer Pollard went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI where Ciera Schumaker was close behind with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, with one run and one RBI. Sarah Pauscher finished the day at 2-for-4 against Eckerd with 3 RBI. Danielle Bottley went 1-for-3 but scored three runs for the Lions in the six inning game.
The Lions came back firing after their first loss scoring first in the first inning against Eckerd. Sommer Pollard started things off with a one-out walk. Pollard stole second before Samantha Ohmie stepped to the plate with two outs and was hit by a pitch. Ciera Schumaker singled to left field, loading the bases for Sarah Pauscher. Pauscher delivered a single to center field to score Pollard for a 1-0 lead.
Brittany Creamer started things off in the second inning after she walked. Danielle Bottley would step into the batter's box and put a ball into play but reached on a fielder's choice as the Tritons got Creamer out at second. Bottley, in turn, stole second and came around to score on a two-out double from Pollard pushed the Lions ahead 2-0.
After a quick third inning, the Lions pushed three runs across in the top of the fourth inning. Michelle George, who made a pinch-hit appearance, walked and then swiped second. Creamer would lay down a bunt for a single as George advanced to third on a throwing error. Bottley would reach on a fielding error allowing George to score and Creamer to reach third before swiping second herself. Pollard delivered a one-out single up the middle scoring both Creamer and Bottley, as the Lions went up 5-0 in four innings.
Saint Leo pushed five across in the top of the sixth to move out to a 10-0 lead. Bottley started things off with a double and came around on a Pollard single. An Ohmie single to left field pushed Pollard across the plate and Kelly to second, who turned around and stole third before Schumaker singled making it 8-0 Lions with two on. Pauscher would double to centerfield allowing Ohmie and Schumaker to score before getting thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, Saint Leo 10-0.
Neuman closed the game out with three strikeouts to move the Lions to 5-1 on the year. Neuman earned her first win of the season after the six complete innings of work Sunday afternoon. Neuman finished allowing just two hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts while holding the Tritons scoreless.
UP NEXT Saint Leo will next play in Clearwater for the NFCA Leadoff Classic Feb. 10-12 at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex when the Lions take on Central Missouri at 5 p.m. and Georgia College at 7:30 p.m. on day one.
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