SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (19-10) picked-up their eighth and ninth consecutive wins Monday afternoon after sweeping the Molloy College Lions at University Field. In game one, the Lions offensive tagged the Molloy pitching staff for nine runs in the fourth inning, as Saint Leo was a 9-1 winner. The second game was more of a struggle for the Lions, but the offense answered with two late runs in the sixth as the team prevailed 6-4.
On the day, Brittany Yates was a perfect 6-for-6 from plate with eight RBI and two home runs. Tiffinee Harvey capped the day going 4-for-6 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Newly crowned SSC player of the week, Amber Martyn, went 3-for-6 with three runs scored with a pair of doubles. Katrina Muchmore also had a good day, going a perfect 2-for-2. Ashley Urbanik and Dianne Gonzalez each collected a pair of hits on the day and scored three total runs. Tatiana Casis went 1-for-4 with a single and three intentional base-on-balls while her teammates, Ali Lamb and Ally Maddox, also delivered a hit.
The Lions collected five hits through the first three innings of play in game one, but were unable to crack the scoreboard.
In fact, Molloy tried to put the Lions on their heels as they were the first ones to break to ice, snapping a scoreless game on a one-out infield single to the shortstop, allowing the runner on third to score.
But in the bottom of the inning, SLU decided enough was enough and the normally powerful Lions’ offense began to roll again. After Lamb reached on a fielder’s choice, she was moved to third on a one out double to the left-center gap by Martyn. Back-to-back RBI singles by Agen and Harvey quickly gave the Lions the lead, 2-1.
Still with one out, Casis was intentionally walked to load the bases for Yates. It turned out to be a poor decision on Molloy’s part as Yates connected on her ninth home run of the season bringing home all four runs to make the score 6-2.
Urbanik and Gonzalez continued the inning with a pair of singles as they brought Ali Lamb to the plate. Lamb then dropped a Molloy College offering over the right centerfield fence for a three-run home run. The home run capped a nine-run explosion by the Lions and marked the first home run of Lamb’s college career.
Urbanik (11-9) shut the door on any hopes of a Molloy comeback by striking out their final batter looking. She went all five innings for SLU, scattering five hits, struck out five batters and gave up only one run over the course of the outing.
The Lions offense came out much more aggressive in game two, scoring four runs in the first three innings. Casis was the first run to cross the plate as Yates delivered a clutch two-out hit to give SLU an early 1-0 lead.
After a Martyn single and a Casis intentional walk, Yates once-again proved to be clutch with two outs as she hammered a pitch over the leftfield fence for a three-run home run, her tenth blast of the season.
The 4-0 Saint Leo lead was cut to one just an inning later, as Molloy scored three runs in the top of the fifth. Still, the Lions were able to preserve the lead as they entered the bottom of the sixth.
In the inning, Martyn connected on a double to leftfield scoring Gonzalez from second base. The hit was followed by a Harvey RBI single to leftfield scoring Martyn, extending the Lions lead to 6-3.
Molloy managed to shave one more run off the lead in the seventh, before Urbanik, who came in for relief of Lions’ starter Kristen Kelly, shut the door on the opposing Lions with a strikeout to end the game. Kelly (6-1) picked up the win for the Lions as she went four and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball before Urbanik came in to pick up her second save of the season.
The Lions have now won nine straight.
After a one day layoff, the Lions will return to University Field to take on the University of Bridgeport on Wednesday, March 18. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 2:00 pm.