AUBURNDALE, Fla. – No. 8 Saint Leo softball went to the Auburndale Softball Complex Saturday with a one-game lead in the Sunshine State Conference series with the Florida Southern Moccasins and swept the series 3-0 after taking both games Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (28-7, 7-3 SSC) saw Alison Mitts (7-3) and Stephanie Adkins (15-3) pick up wins in the circle. Saint Leo won game one in six innings with a 10-2 victory before turning around and winning game two 8-1. Mitts won game one after going 6.0 innings with seven hits and two runs, only one earned. Mitts struck out four batters while she walked three. Adkins started game two and won after going 5.1 innings with seven hits allowed. She struck out four batters on the day and walked two batters. Adkins allowed just one run on the afternoon. Sara Neuman came into relief for Adkins as she pitched 1.2 innings and allowed a single and no runs.
Kacie Kelly continues to thrive in the leadoff spot and has the hottest bat on the team after going 7-for-9 on the day to finish with a .778 batting average. Kelly finished with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .778 on-base percentage. Kelly drove in six RBI to lead the team while she scored two runs as well.
Ciera Schumaker, Samantha Ohmie, and Alyssa Wash tried to compete with Kelly's .778 average as Schumaker finished the day with a .500 average, 3-for-6. Ohmie was third at .429 after going 3-for-7, slightly ahead of Wash who stood at .400, 2-for-5.
Olivia Prieto turned in the best average with a 1.000 average after going 1-for-1 from the plate Saturday afternoon.
GAME ONE - #8 Saint Leo 10, Florida Southern 2 (6 innings) Alison Mitts won game one after her 6.0 inning complete game performance. Ciera Schumaker finished a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with two runs scored and three RBI. Kacie Kelly went 3-for-4 with one run and three RBI as well. Brittany Creamer drove in three runs as well going 1-for-2 from the plate.
Saint Leo jumped on the board quickly with three runs in the top of the first as Samantha Ohmie singled in Rachael Heath. Creamer's double down the left field line brought in Ohmie and Schumaker to make it a 3-0 lead.
The Lions picked up where they left off with two more runs in the second behind a Schumaker double scoring Pollard and Kelly to make it a 5-0 lead for the Green and Gold.
Saint Leo would add a sixth run in the top of the fourth before the Mocs added their first run of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Pollard as Deuberry singled to score Trana in the bottom half for Florida Southern, making it a 6-1 game.
Florida Southern answered the Lions three runs in the fifth with a lone run after a leadoff triple and a single to make it a 9-2 game.
The Lions closed out the game with a lone run in the sixth after Creamer flew out to centerfield scoring Schumaker third.
Mitts came into the sixth and shut down the Mocs with help from Creamer and Kelly at second base getting the lead runner.
GAME TWO - #8 Saint Leo 8, Florida Southern 1 Stephanie Adkins picked up her 14th win of the year as the Lions completed the sweep over the Moccasins. Kacie Kelly's bat was on fire after she turned in a 4-for-5 performance in the leadoff spot. Kelly recorded game-high three RBI as she scored one run as well. Alyssa Wash went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored where Sommer Pollard matched with a 1-for-2 day at the plate with one run and one RBI. Olivia Prieto made one at-bat and made due with a single to go 1-for-1 on the afternoon with one run scored.
Saint Leo scored in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead as Florida Southern matched with one in the bottom half to get the game back to a 1-1 tie. Ciera Schumaker hit a single up the middle scoring Kelly from second for the Lions' run of the inning. Flodman hit a single to right field to score Bell from second to even the game up at one's.
The Lions added one run in the fifth to make it the eventual final 8-1 as Kelly singled in Prieto. Saint Leo would get runners on in the sixth and seventh but like Adkins and Sara Neuman, the Mocs' pitcher Beacham would hold the Lions scoreless over the last two innings.
Adkins left the game in the sixth inning as she teamed up with Neuman to hold the Mocs scoreless for the last six innings of the game.
Neuman retired the side in the bottom of the seventh in order with two ground outs and a strikeout.
UP NEXT Saint Leo returns home for the first time in 17 days when they host Barry for game one of the three-game Sunshine State Conference series at University Softball Stadium. The Lions and Buccaneers kick things off Friday at 7 p.m.
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