Miami Shores, Fla. (May 8, 2008) – The No. 24 Saint Leo University softball team (37-13) continued the 2008 NCAA South Region Softball Tournament with a 2-0 win over No. 7 seed West Florida (40-22) on Thursday afternoon in Miami Shores, Fla.  The Lions will continue in the winner’s bracket on Friday at 4:00 p.m. against the top seeded tournament host Barry University.

For the second consecutive contest, Ashley Urbanik (Jr., Riverview, Fla.) went the distance and improved to 27-8 with the win.  The right-hander struck out 12 batters and scattered three hits to record her 14th shutout of the year.

Tatiana Casis (Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.) was 2-for-3 in the game and scored both of the runs for the Lions.  Five other SLU players registered hits in the low-scoring game.

The Lions jumped on the board in the first, scoring what proved to be the game-winning run.  Saint Leo manufactured its run after the first two batters of the inning were retired.  Casis extended the inning with a double, and Urbanik followed with a single.  An error by the UWF first baseman allowed Casis to score on the play.

Saint Leo plated an insurance run in the sixth, as Casis singled and Urbanik drew a walk with one out.  Ally Maddox (Jr., Brandon, Fla.) followed with a single and another error allowed Casis to score the second run of the contest.