#9 Softball splits with PBA Saturday; drops series 2-1

#9 Softball splits with PBA Saturday; drops series 2-1

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The ninth-ranked Saint Leo softball team salvaged one game of their series at Palm Beach Atlantic with a doubleheader split on Saturday at Simpson Field. The Lions dropped game one 3-2 before turning it on for a 7-3 win in game two.

Sara Neuman (6-1) picked up a win on the mound for the Lions (35-12) in game two where Alison Mitts (9-4) lost game one. Stephanie Adkins made an appearance in game two and pitched three innings and allowed no hits.

Ciera Schumaker led the team from the plate with a .429 batting average after going 3-for-7 with two runs scored. Michelle George and Bailey McKenna both turned in a .400 average (2-for-5) as George scored twice and McKenna once. 

With the 2-1 series loss, the Lions have dropped their last two series and will look to close out the regular season with a win over Rollins. With the win, Saint Leo snaps a five-game skid. 

GAME ONE – Palm Beach Atlantic 3, #9 Saint Leo 2
Despite the 3-2 loss, the Lions broke up a no-hitter in the fifth inning before trying to mount a comeback in the final inning. Saint Leo could not get a hit or run on the board until their seven-hole hitter, Brittany Creamer, singled in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lions then recorded two hits in the sixth scoring one run while tacking on two more in the seventh with one run. Saint Leo saw Michelle George hit a one-out single in the sixth to put a runner on for the Lions. Ciera Schumaker followed her up with a single pushing George to third where Samantha Ohmie would hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring the first run for the Green and Gold.

With two outs and one on in the top of the seventh, Amanda James stepped into the batter's box and delivered a RBI double to left center cutting the Palm Beach Atlantic lead to just one run. Kacie Kelly got her lone hit in the top of the seventh to allow the Lions to have runners on the corners with two outs before a groundout ended the game in favor of the Sailfish.

Michelle George went 1-for-2 in the first game with one run scored where Amanda James went 1-for-1 in her pinch hit appearance, driving in one run. Kacie Kelly, Ciera Schumaker, and Brittany Creamer all added one hit on the day.

Alison Mitts suffered the loss and falls to 9-4 on the year after pitching five complete innings and recorded three strikeouts. Mitts gave up seven hits and three earned runs before Sara Neuman came in for one relief inning and struck out two batters.

GAME TWO - #9 Saint Leo 7, Palm Beach Atlantic 3
Saint Leo's bats came alive in the series finale as the Lions used seven hits to plate six runs in the top of the first inning to salvage one game against Palm Beach Atlantic.

The Lions used five straight singles with one out to jumpstart their game. Michelle George, Ciera Schumaker, Samantha Ohmie, Sarah Pauscher, Brittany Creamer, Bailey McKenna, and Kacie Kelly all recorded a single in the first half inning with all but Kelly coming around to score.

Palm Beach Atlantic got back to work in the bottom half of the inning and scored two runs cutting the deficit to 6-2 with a double and a single in the inning.

Both teams would go scoreless over the next three innings to hold it to a 6-2 game heading into the fifth. The Sailfish scored another run in the bottom of the fifth after back-to-back singles started off the inning. Stephanie Adkins and Sommer Pollard came into relief Sara Neuman and Amanda James with two on and no outs in the inning. Adkins sat the first batter down with a strikeout before a walk loaded the bases. On a ball hit to the shortstop, Brittany Creamer tagged the runner advancing to third and threw to first where the runner beat it out for a fielder's choice allowing one run to score.

Saint Leo tacked on their final run on a Pauscher single up the middle that scored Schumaker.

Adkins retired the next six batters to end the game with a pop out, ground out, three line outs and a fly out.

With the win, Sara Neuman earned her sixth win of the year after pitching four innings, with six hits and three runs. Stephanie Adkins came in for the final three innings and allowed no hits and no runs while striking out one batter to hold the Sailfish at bay.

The Lions connected on 12 hits for the day as Ciera Schumaker, Samantha Ohmie, Sarah Pauscher, and Bailey McKenna recorded two hits as Kacie Kelly, Michelle George, Brittany Creamer, and Sommer Pollard all tallied one.

Schumaker scored two runs in the game as George, Ohmie, Pauscher, Creamer and McKenna scored once. Kelly, Pauscher, and Creamer all turned in a multi-RBI game for the Lions.

Saint Leo returns home to host Rollins in the final regular season series on April 27-28 at University Softball Stadium. During Friday's doubleheader, the Lions will honor their five graduating seniors. The first game of the series will start at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

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