#5 Softball sweeps Barry with both games Saturday

#5 Softball sweeps Barry with both games Saturday

SAINT LEO, Fla. – No. 5 Saint Leo swept Barry after winning both games Saturday at University Softball Stadium to surpass the 30 win mark for the third straight season. The Lions won game one 1-0 before the series finale 3-0 game two to improve to 31-7 overall and 12-3 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Alison Mitts and Stephanie Adkins both pitched complete game shutouts as Mitts (8-3) won game one and Adkins (17-3) won game two.  

Kacie Kelly, who had four singles in game two, turned in the top batting performance from the plate with a .571 average and a .625 on-base percentage. Two players topped Kelly's on-base percentage in Bailey McKenna who walked in her lone at-bat to end the day with a 1.000 OBP. Samantha Ohmie had the best OBP, of players with more than one at-bat, with a .857 as she was pitched around all day. The Buccaneers pitchers would walk Ohmie five times and hit her once in seven at-bats.

On the day, the Lions used four runs from Kelly, Ohmie, Ciera Schumaker and Danielle Bottley to defeat the Bucs. Sarah Pauscher led the team with two RBI where Brittany Creamer and Michelle George tallied one apiece. 

GAME ONE - #5 Saint Leo 1, Barry 0
A tightly contested game one of Saturday's doubleheader saw the Lions score the lone run in the fourth inning to top the Buccaneers 1-0 in seven innings. Mitts pitched the full seven innings allowing just four hits with four strikeouts.

The Lions would threaten to score in multiple innings, but it was a RBI single to center field from Sarah Pauscher that put Saint Leo on the board in the fourth inning.

Mitts was able to limit how many base runners the Bucs had as she only allowed a runner to get to third twice in seven innings. Against Mitts, Barry could only get four batters to the plate in the first, fourth and seventh innings where Mitts worked quick 1-2-3 innings in the other four innings.

Sommer Pollard helped her battle partner out with, catching one runner trying to swipe second and then picking off another runner at third in the fifth inning.

In the top of the seventh, Rachael Heath would double up the Bucs to end the inning from center field. With a runner at second, Maddy VonHagel hit a fly ball to Heath who caught it and threw to Ciera Schumaker who tagged Alayna Gallagher trying to slide into third for the final out of the game.

GAME TWO - #5 Saint Leo 3, Barry 0
Saint Leo wasted no time in the second game scoring first in the bottom of the first after a threatening top of the half inning saw Stephanie Adkins work out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game scoreless. Adkins, who moved to 17-3 after the win, walked two batters and gave up a single in the first inning but retired the side with a flyout to Rachael Heath in center field.

The Lions saw Kacie Kelly swing at the first pitch and hit it up the middle for a base knock. Brittany Creamer would dig in with two on and two outs and hit a single through the left side to score Kelly for the first run.

A scoreless second and top of the third turned it over to the Lions in the bottom of the third, where they would score two runs. Ciera Schumaker started Saint Leo off in the third with a bunt single before Samantha Ohmie was hit by a pitch to put two ducks on the pond. A sacrifice fly from Michelle George and a single up the middle by Sarah Pauscher would score Schumaker and Ohmie, respectively, to put Saint Leo on top of the Bucs 3-0.

Playing with a 3-0 lead, Adkins allowed a leadoff single in the fourth before shutting down the Barry Buccaneers to end the inning. The Lions would get a runner to third in the bottom half of the fourth but couldn't bring Kelly across.

Adkins went back to work in the fifth and sixth to sit the Bucs down in order in both innings.

Saint Leo had the bases loaded in the sixth inning but couldn't blow the game wide open after a strikeout and a groundout ended their batting for the day.

IN the top of the seventh, Adkins used 10 pitches to close the game with a three-pitch strikeout to open the final inning up. A one pitch foul fly out and a one pitch bunt single saw Adkins use five pitches to get the final out via the 'K'.

Saint Leo hits the road for a mid-week contest in Melbourne as they tango with Florida Tech on April 4 and 5. The Lions and Panthers start things off at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

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