MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Saint Leo University softball team (30-25, 9-15 SSC) closed out their 2009 season with a 1-0 Sunshine State Conference win over the Florida Tech Panthers (20-26, 8-16 SSC), Sunday afternoon from Bottge Field in Melbourne, Fla.
Lions’ centerfielder Tiffinee Harvey began the first inning with a little bit of history, knocking her 21st double of the season against the centerfield wall. The hit broke the previous Saint Leo single-season record of 20 held by Kelly Bowe and Denyve Duncan. Unfortunately, the Lions were not able to turn the one out hit into any runs. In fact, the Lions had runners in scoring position in both the first two innings but were not able to produce tallies in either of the frames.
Both pitchers matched zeroes on the board until the fourth inning when senior Tatiana Casis provided the Lions their only run of the game. She led the inning off with her team best 17th blast of the season and 31st of her career sending the ball over the centerfield fence to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
That was all the support Lions’ ace Ashley Urbanik needed on the day, as she dominated in the circle from beginning to end. Urbanik (19-20), went all seven innings for the Green & Gold while not allowing a run, scattering five hits and striking out four batters.
Despite the Panthers putting the tying run on third base in the final inning, Urbanik and the Lions’ defense settled to retire three of the next four batters to solidify the win, as she posted her 28th career shutout.
Lions’ catcher Brittany Yates collected the third and final hit for Saint Leo in the one-run victory.
The win snaps the Lions three-game conference losing streak and pushes SLU over the 30 win mark for the sixth consecutive season.
The win is bittersweet for the Lions though, as the contest marked the final game for seniors Stephanie Discepolo, Tatiana Casis, Ally Maddox and Ashley Urbanik. The seniors will leave the softball team though as the most statistically dominant class to ever come through the program.