SAINT LEO, Fla. – Despite a combined 4-for-7 effort from Brittany Yates and Tiffinee Harvey, the Saint Leo softball team (8-9, 0-1 SSC) dropped a 7-4 conference decision to Eckerd College (6-9-1, 1-0 SSC), Tuesday night from the Turley Athletics Complex.

Leading the way for Lions  in the SSC contest was Yates, as she collected two hits in four at-bats and posted a pair of RBI. Lions’ centerfielder Harvey went 2-for-3 from the plate while driving in one run and scoring another. Elysha Agen also posted a 2-for-4 performance and scored one run. Ana Castillo, Sarah Boyd, Jaime Walker each collected singles, while Dianne Gonzalez scored one run and went 1-for-4 at the plate.

In the top of the first inning, SLU broke the scoreless affair open when Harvey smacked her 11th double of the season scoring Agen from second. The Lions couldn’t plate anymore runs, however, as they left the bases loaded.

Eckerd answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs on two hits and one Lions’ error. They added to their one-run lead with a run on two hits in the second inning.

Saint Leo cut into the lead in the third, when Yates scored on a passed ball.  The Lions’ run was immediately answered in the bottom of the frame when Schurr blasted the first of her two, two-run home runs to make the lead 5-2.

SLU took advantage of a Tritons miscue in the fifth when a bobbled ball allowed two runners to cross the plate, cutting the Eckerd lead down to one at 5-4. Unfortunately, Eckerd solidified the game with Schurr’s two-run blast in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead to 7-4.

The Lions last chance in the in the seventh went by the wayside as a pair of runners were stranded at first and second to end the game.

Saint Leo returns to the field on Wednesday, March 3 to continue their SSC series with Eckerd, The doubleheader is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m.