Walk-off hit-by-pitch lifts #5 softball past Buccaneers Friday

Walk-off hit-by-pitch lifts #5 softball past Buccaneers Friday

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Lions saw Samantha Ohmie step into the box with the bases loaded and get plunked in the thigh to push the winning run across the plate for the fifth-ranked Saint Leo softball team Friday night at University Softball Stadium for a 3-2 walk-off win over Barry.

The Lions (29-7, 10-3 SSC) started the seventh inning off with a double to the left field fence by Kacie Kelly followed up by a bunt single from Rachael Heath. Ciera Schumaker, who dug into the box with two on and no outs, worked a full count and fouled off seven pitches to earn a walk to load the bases for Ohmie. Ohmie was down in the count, 0-1 before the next pitch ran in and got Ohmie in the thigh to push Kelly across for the third and game-winning run. The hit-by-pitch was Ohmie's 11th of the season.

Saint Leo got two runs in the first inning off of an Ohmie two-run homer to left center field to go ahead 2-0 early in the contest. Ohmie took the 2-2 count over the left field fence to score Schumaker from first; Schumaker hit a two-out single up the middle to put a runner on base before Ohmie's dinger.

The Buccaneers (15-18, 8-8 SSC) tacked on one run in the third inning as Sam Busekrus came around to score on a single from Alayna Gallagher.

A crazy fifth inning would hold both teams scoreless as in the top of the inning, with two runners on and one out, a routine sacrifice fly ball to field turned into a double-play. The Lions appealed the runner at third and the umpires overruled the then-game-tying run to turn the double play at third to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Lions saw their leadoff hitter get on and get thrown out at third as Heath laid down a sacrifice bunt turned into a double play at third. Busekrus caught the ball from Avery Cotterill who then threw over to third where Maddy VonHagel tagged out Kelly for the second out of the play.

The Bucs would tie the game in the sixth inning on a solo shot to center field by Jasmine Harris, before the Lions walked-off in the bottom of the seventh.

Stephanie Adkins picked up the win on the night to move to 16-3 in the circle for the Lions as she allowed six hits and two runs with one strikeout.

Ohmie finished with a 2-for-2 night at the plate with one run scored and three RBI while drawing one walk and getting hit by one pitch. Ohmie started the night with a two-run homer before a double to right-center in the fourth inning.  Danielle Bottley finished the night 3-for-3 with three singles. Bottley started off with a bunt single before turning a single to left and up the middle in her last two appearances.

Kacie Kelly started off rough going 0-for-2 in her first two at-bats but then hit a single and double to end the night 2-for-4 with one run scored.

Saint Leo will face off with Barry tomorrow, April 1, for a double-header starting at 1 p.m. at University Softball Stadium.

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