Saint Leo, Fla. (March 2, 2008) – The Saint Leo Softball team (10-3) split its season series with Winona State University (2-2) Sunday afternoon at University Field. The Lions won a ten inning thriller in game one, 3-2 but fell in the night cap, 8-6.
In game one, the Lions jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the game on a throwing error by the Warriors. Winona State would battle back to tie the game in the third inning off of Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.). Urbanik (7-2) would go the distance for the Lions giving up just six hits and two runs (one earned). The two teams matched zero’s from the third inning on until the tie-breaker rule was put into play in the top of the tenth automatically putting a runner at second base. The Warriors would capitalize immediately and would jump up 2-1 in the tenth. The Lions would not quit though and set up dramatic ending which would put Elysha Agen (Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) up to bat with Shelley Bartlett (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) on third and April Slate (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) on second. Agen, who went a combined 5-for-7 on the afternoon, drove in two of her three RBI giving the Lions their tenth win of the 2008 season.
Early in game two the Lions found themselves in a 3-0 deficit. The Lions would show resiliency as they chipped away at the Warrior lead and would even take the lead in the fifth as they scored three runs of their own to give them a 5-3 lead. Ashley Urbanik would single in a run and that would be followed up by Tatiana Casis (Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.) home run to left centerfield. Casis would finish the day going 3-for-7 including her team leading fourth home run. That wouldn’t be enough though as the Warriors jumped on Lions starter Kiki VonHolt (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.) and tough Lions miscues min the field in the top half of the sixth scoring three runs to take back the lead. The Warrior would add two additional runs in the seventh to make it 8-5. Elysha Agen wouldn’t quit though as she hit her first career collegiate home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh. That would be as close as they would get as the Lions pick up there third loss of the season.
The Lions return to the field this Friday, March 7 in Florence, Alabama as they take on the No. 14 Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m.