Saint Leo, Fla. (March 17, 2008) – The Saint Leo softball team (15-6) split two games against the No. 17 C.W. Post Pioneers (8-6) Monday afternoon at University Field. The Lions took control of the first game with a four run fifth inning and another strong outing by starter Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) en route to a 5-1 game one victory. But encountered a set back in the second game though as they fell 5-4 despite a late comeback attempt.
The Lions and Pioneers matched zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth when the Lions pushed four runs across the plate. Urbanik gave the Lions their first run when she scored on a wild pitch. Elysha Agen (Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) stepped to the plate following an April Slate (Sr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) single, and roped a ball into right field driving home Heather Stroud (Sr. San Antonio, Fla.) and Monique Dominguez (Sr. LaPuente, Calif.). The Lions added one more in the inning as Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) reached base on a fielding error allowing Slate to score from third. Stroud went a combined 2-for-4 with two runs in the twin bill.
The Pioneers scored one run in the sixth but Saint Leo answered right back as Shelley Bartlett (Sr., Sarasota, Fla.) tripled down the right field line. Dominguez then singled Bartlett home for the Lions fifth run of the game. Urbanik (11-3) would sit the Pioneer side down in order to close out the game. The righty only gave up one run in her seven complete innings, walking two, while matching her career high in strikeouts with thirteen.
The Lions had a 5-0 deficit to overcome heading into their half of the sixth inning. The Lions chipped away at the Pioneer lead as Tatiana Casis (Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.) sent a towering fly ball into the night sky to put the Lions on the board. Down 5-1 in the seventh the Lions pushed three runs across the board. Stroud and Slate both came around to score on a Pioneer fielding error. Casis, who went 2-for-6 on the evening with a home run and two RBI, drove home Patrick to cut the lead to 5-4 but the Lions couldn’t cut into the lead any further as they fell for the first time in the last three games.
Kiki VonHolt (Sr., New Port Richey, Fla.) (4-3) pitched 7.0 innings allowing five runs (four earned) and striking out seven.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, March 18 at University Field against the University of West Georgia in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.