Mitts throws no-hitter in #16 softball’s win over East Stroudsburg

Mitts throws no-hitter in #16 softball’s win over East Stroudsburg

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Saint Leo softball, ranked No. 16 in the country, kicked off play at the Florida Tech and Marriott Brawl at the Beach at Nancy Bottge Field in Melbourne with an 8-0 win in six innings as Alison Mitts pitched her first no-hitter in a Lions jersey.

The Lions (9-3) used a no-hit performance in the circle from Alison Mitts who picked up her second win of the year after the six inning no-hitter shutout against East Stroudsburg (0-2). Mitts pitched the entire six inning game and allowed no runs and no hits to wrap up her first no-hitter in her young Lion career. Mitts finished one walk short of a perfect game as she gave up just one walk in the 19 batters faced with six strikeouts. Mitts stands at 2-2 on the year in the circle.

Sommer Pollard ended the game going 2-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored, three RBI, and one triple. Ciera Schumaker was 1-for-1 with two runs scored, one RBI and walked once. Both Brittany Creamer and Amanda James went 2-for-3 from the plate where James scored one run on the afternoon.

Both teams remained scoreless through two innings before Saint Leo struck first pushing one across the plate in the bottom of the third. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Ciera Schumaker would get hit by a pitch and the Lions would use that against the East Stroudsburg pitcher, Rachael Liguori. Brittany Creamer would hit a single through the right side, where Schumaker advanced to third on the throw and came in to score on an error by the first baseman.

Saint Leo would again score in the bottom of the fifth, this time with three runs where Sommer Pollard started things off with a single up the middle. Kacie Kelly came to the plate and reached on an error by the pitcher where both runners advanced an extra base, leaving Pollard on third and Kelly on second, with no outs for Schumaker. Schumaker laid down a bunt single scoring Pollard and pushing Kelly to third. Creamer again came up and hit a single to right field moving Schumaker to third and Kelly in across the plate for the Lions third run of the game. With runners on the corners, Creamer took off for second as the Warriors' catcher came up firing, Schumaker took off for home and scored at the plate on the throw to put the Lions up 4-0 heading to the top of the sixth.

Again a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth would put Saint Leo at the 8-0 mark ending the game in six innings with no outs in the bottom half of the inning. The Lions started the inning with a single from Amanda James before Alyssa Wash followed her up with a hit, but reached on a fielder's choice with both runners safe. Rachael Heath laid down a bunt reaching first leaving the bases loaded for Pollard with no outs. Pollard delivered a bases-clearing triple to left center scoring all three runners on base – James, Wash, and Heath – to put Saint Leo up 7-0. Kelly hit a single through the infield scoring Pollard from third as the final run.

Saint Leo will continue to play at the Florida Tech and Marriott Brawl on the Beach in Melbourne, Feb. 18 when they take on No. 4 Armstrong State at 12:30 p.m.

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