Softball moves to top 5 of NFCA Coaches Poll

Softball moves to top 5 of NFCA Coaches Poll

NFCA Release

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo softball moved up to fifth in the nation after the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaches Poll was announced Wednesday. The Lions posted a 3-0 record last week improving to 28-7, 9-3 Sunshine State Conference.

The Lions used a 3-0 SSC series sweep of Florida Southern with scores of 4-1, 10-2 (6 innings), and 8-1 to cruise past the Moccasins. Freshman Kacie Kelly was named SSC Player of the Week after going 11-of-13 from the plate for a .846 batting average. Kelly finished with a 1.154-slugging percentage and a .846 on-base percentage.

Kelly led the Lions with two doubles and six RBI while scoring team-high four runs in the three games.

Stephanie Adkins and Alison Mitts earned wins for Saint Leo from the mound where Adkins moved to 15-3 on the year as Mitts is 7-3. Adkins pitched 12.1 innings allowing 10 hits and only two runs to score. Adkins led the team with 10 strikeouts and held opponents to a .217 batting average. Mitts pitched game two of the series with seven hits and two runs allowed while one earned. Mitts struck out four batters and kept opposing batters to .280. Sara Neuman pitched 1.2 innings of relief in the series finale and allowed just one hit and tallied one strikeout.

Samantha Ohmie came in second on the team from the plate with a .400 average with one home run and two RBI. Ohmie finished with one walk with a .700-slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage.  Rachael Heath joined Kelly with the only two triples of the series as Ciera Schumaker, Brittany Creamer and Sommer Pollard all hit a double to join Kelly with doubles.

Tampa joins the Lions as the only two SSC teams in the top-25. The Spartans enter this week at No. 16 in the poll. 

Saint Leo returns to the diamond when they host Barry March 31 and April 1 at University Softball Stadium. The Lions and Buccaneers kick off the series at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

For more information on the Saint Leo softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

Saint Leo Season Ranks:
Preseason: #17
Week 1: # 16
Week 2: # 8
Week 3: # 8
Week 4: # 10
Week 5: # 11
Week 6: # 8
Week 7: # 5