#16 Softball defeats #4 Armstrong State Saturday

#16 Softball defeats #4 Armstrong State Saturday

MELBOURNE, Fla. – No. 16 Saint Leo softball knocked off No. 4 Armstrong State 5-1 at the Florida Tech and Marriott Brawl at the Beach on Saturday afternoon at Nancy Bottge Field after a complete game performance from Stephanie Adkins in the circle for the Lions.

Stephanie Adkins pitched the seven-inning complete game, her fifth of the year, for her fifth win to lift the Lions (10-3) to the victory over the Pirates (5-2). Adkins gave up three hits, just one run and struck out nine batters on the day. Adkins walked four of her 28 batters faced.

Samantha Ohmie went 1-for-1 from the plate with one walk and one run scored. Kacie Kelly was 2-for-4 from the plate and scored one run with one RBI. Rachael Heath, the Lions leadoff hitter, went 1-for-2 in the win with one run scored as well. Ciera Schumaker, Brittany Creamer, and Alyssa Wash all recorded a hit in the game as Olivia Prieto and Amanda James joined Heath, Kelly, and Ohmie in the run column.

Saint Leo opened up the game against No. 4 Armstrong State and jumped on the board in the first inning as Kacie Kelly drove in Rachael Heath for the first run of the game. Heath singled up the middle as the first batter of the game before stealing second with one out. Kelly would smack a double to left center scoring Heath from second before coming around to score on a throwing error by the catcher later in the inning.

The Pirates got on the board in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out solo home run. Stephanie Adkins ended the inning with one strikeout and two groundouts holding the Pirates to just one run.

The Lions added another one in the top of the second after Samantha Ohmie started it off with a free base, getting hit by the pitch. Amanda James moved Ohmie to second with a ground out before Ohmie advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on the throw down to second as Heath swiped second. 

After starting the bottom of the second inning off with a triple, Armstrong State saw three batters fall to Adkins with a strikeout looking and two swinging strikeouts. The Pirates found themselves still trailing, 3-1. 

After a scoreless inning in the third, the Lions got right back to in the top of the fourth, with two runs to extend their lead. Ohmie stepped to the plate and earned a walk where James followed, reaching on an error by the pitcher. Alyssa Wash would single to drive in Olivia Prieto, who pinch ran for Ohmie, and James to push the lead to 5-1 after three and a half innings. | Saint Leo 5-1 |

Both teams were held scoreless heading to the top of the seventh as Saint Leo got two runners on with back-to-back two-out singles from Kelly and Ciera Schumaker before the inning was retired on a fly out. Adkins came in and closed the door on the Pirates with two lineouts, a single and a flyout to right field to end the game.

Adkins finished the game giving up just one run on three hits for her fifth win and fifth complete game of the year.

Saint Leo will wrap up play at the Florida Tech and Marriott Brawl at the Beach in Melbourne on Sunday, Feb. 19 when they take on Stonehill at 9 a.m. and No. 4 Armstrong State at 1:30 p.m.

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