SAINT LEO, Fla. – Sarah Boyd connected on her sixth home run of the season in game two to preserve a series split for the Saint Leo softball team (15-18), upending the Molloy College Lions (8-4) 1-0, in game two. Earlier in game one, SLU fell to the visiting Lions 2-0 in 11 innings, Thursday afternoon from University Field. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak.
In the non-conference series, Elysha Agen led the way with a 2-for-7 performance, while Boyd was 1-for-4 with a home run. Jaime Walker and Dianne Gonzalez also collected a pair of singles for the Green & Gold.
Game one was a pitching duel that exceeded the regulation seven innings. Molloy did manage to collect a trio of base runners over the first four innings but were stranded to close each frame. Pitching continued to dominate the scene well into the late stages of the ballgame. In fact, it took an Agen bunt single in the bottom of the seventh to produce the Lions first hit; she was eventually left at second base to end regulation play.
With the game still knotted at zero, the contest headed into extra innings. In the ninth Molloy took advantage of a one-out fielding miscue which resulted in the only two runs of the game being scored. Saint Leo could not answer the challenge in the bottom of the inning as Molloy earned the game one win.
The tough-luck loser for the Lions was Walker. She tossed 9.0 innings and scattered nine hits, while not allowing an earned run. The loss dropped Walker to 4-5 on the season.
In game two, zeroes continued to dominate the scoreboard as neither team could break the scoreless ballgame.
However, it was Boyd who played offensive hero for the Lions this day as she stepped to the plate with the bases empty and no one out. With a 3-2 count, Boyd smashed the Kelley Jansen delivery over the leftfield fence to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
It was a lead SLU never surrendered as Ashton Whidden put down the Molloy lineup in order during the final two frames. In the win, Whidden was dominant collecting her 10th complete game of the season. She allowed just six hits and no runs, while striking out five.
Saint Leo returns to the field on Saturday, March 20 when UMass-Lowell visits University Field for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.