Florence, Ala. (March 6, 2008) – The Saint Leo softball team (11-4) split a doubleheader with the Number One ranked Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (25-2) Thursday afternoon at Cox Creek Park. After falling in the first game 4-0, the Lions were down to their final out in the second game when designated player Tatiana Casis (Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.) delivered a clutch hit to put the Lions up 2-1, a lead the team would not relinquish. Saint Leo scored an insurance run and walked away with a 3-1 triumph.
In the first game, the combination of shaky defense and lack of timely hitting cost the Lions victory. Saint Leo picked up seven hits in the opening game, including three hits from starting catcher Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.), who went a perfect 3-for-3. The Chargers collected three hits against tough luck loser Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.). She pitched six innings, giving up four runs (two earned), walked four, and hit three batters.
Saint Leo had two runners thrown out at second base attempting to stretch singles into doubles and one thrown out at home when a runner attempted to score from second base on a base hit.
Kiki VonHolt (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.) threw a complete game two-hit gem in the second game. VonHolt (4-1), gave up a first inning run on a sacrifice fly. After the first two batters reached safely in the game, she allowed only one other runner the rest of the way. The defense backed up VonHolt by playing errorless ball and making several outstanding plays in the field.
April Slate (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) led off the seventh inning with a single. After the next two batters were retired, the Lions’ hopes would rest on Urbanik, who would keep the inning alive by working the pitcher for a free pass. Casis followed and hit a towering fly ball to left field which fell at the base of the fence for a triple, scoring both runners. The Lions would add an insurance run as Monique Dominguez (Sr., LaPuente, Calif.) reached on a Charger error scoring Casis from third for the final run of the inning. VonHolt closed out the game by retiring the side in order. The Lions would send the Chargers home with their second loss of the season.
The Lions play again Saturday, March 8 against host North Alabama in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. EST.