Valdosta, Ga. (April 16, 2008) – The Saint Leo University softball team (30-12) swept a non-conference doubleheader with No. 12 Valdosta State University (40-13) at the VSU Softball Complex on Wednesday night. Saint Leo won game one 5-2 before completing the sweep with a 9-8 win in nine innings in the nightcap.
Saint Leo reached 30 wins for the fifth straight season with a second doubleheader sweep of Valdosta State this season.
Amanda Patrick (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) led the Lions in the sweep, going a combined 5-for-9 with three RBI and a run scored while also driving in the winning run in the second half of the twinbill. Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) was the winning pitcher in both games, tossing a total of 16.0 innings and allowing just three earned runs while striking out 10 to improve to 22-7 on the season. Urbanik also helped herself at the plate with a home run in each half of the doubleheader and four total RBI.
In game one, Saint Leo got an early lead when Tatiana Casis (Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.) delivered an RBI single to score Patrick from second base. The Lions made it 3-0 in the third when Urbanik connected with her 11th home run of the season. The Blazers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 3-2. However, Saint Leo closed the door in the top of the sixth when Casis hit a two-run homer to provide the final margin.
SLU again opened the scoring in game two with Casis delivering the first run on an RBI double. Urbanik then made it 3-0 with her second home run of the day, matching Casis for the team lead with her 12th homer of the year.
Valdosta State quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and tied the game at three apiece with a run in the third on a home run by Audrey Massingil. The Lions regained their lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, as Elysha Agen (Fr., Palm Harbor, Fla.) drew a bases loaded walk with two outs, and Patrick followed with a two-run single.
Three straight RBI singles helped Valdosta State tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, and after neither team was able to score in the seventh extra innings ensued. Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning before Patrick drove in the game-winning runs with a two-run single in the ninth.
Saint Leo will have a brief break before its next action, as the Lions will return to Sunshine State Conference play for the final six games of the season. Saint Leo will travel to Winter Park, Fla. for a three-game SSC series at Rollins College beginning with a single game on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. and concluding with a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.