CLERMONT, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (14-10) took a pair of non-conference from Merrimack College (1-5) and Post University (0-3), Tuesday evening from the National Training Complex in Clermont, Fla. The Lions took the opening contest against Merrimack 10-0 in five innings, before upending Post University 9-0 in the backend of the doubleheader in six innings.
In the doubleheader, the Lions combined for 21 hits and 19 runs, including 12 extra-base hits. Individually, Amber Martyn led the Lions’ offensive charge going 5-for-6 with three RBI. Elysha Agen went 4-for-6 with four runs scored and Tiffinee Harvey belted her fourth home run of the season in a 4-for-7 effort. Jaime Walker and Sarah Boyd each collected two hits, including a pair of home runs by Boyd. Four others also collected base hits, as each Lions’ starter had at least one hit.
In game one, the Lions broke out to a 2-0 lead, as Yates connected on an RBI double to centerfield scoring Agen from third. Martyn followed with an RBI single to plate the Lions’ second run. After a scoreless second inning, Saint Leo broke the game wide open with a four-run third inning. Harvey connected on an RBI double to begin the frame, which was later followed by a three-run blast by Boyd to put Saint Leo up 6-0.
The Green & Gold continued to mash the ball with their second four-run inning of the game in the fourth inning. Agen started the four-run, two-out rally with a single through the right side. Castillo and Harvey posted back-to-back RBI singles and Martyn capped the inning with a two-RBI single scoring Yates and Harvey.
Ashton Whidden iced the game by retiring the Warrior’s side, solidifying the Lions 14th-win. Whidden improved to 9-4 on the season, scattering six hits over 5.0 innings pitched. The shutout marks the first time the Lions have blanked their opponents since shutting out Webber on February 8th.
The offense continued to pop for the Lions in game two, as they put up their third, four-run performance of the day in the first inning against Post. The big blow came from Boyd as she blasted her first grand slam as a Lion.
Harvey continued the power display in the fourth inning, blasting her third home run of the season to increase the Lions lead to 5-0.
Harvey tripled in the fifth inning and was brought home by Yates’ sacrifice play to increase the score yet again. The squad used a three-run, four-hit sixth inning to close up the contest, as four consecutive doubles punched the lead to a commanding 9-0 advantage.
Lions’ starter Jaime Walker put the Eagles’ lineup down in order in the bottom of the sixth to give the SLU back-to-back shutouts. The Lions have now won four-consecutive games and 11 out of their last 13.
Saint Leo returns to the field on Friday, March 12 when they take on UNC-Pembroke at the Francis Marion Tournament in Florence, S.C. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.