Hitting Catches Fire as Softball Upends Eckerd, 9-1

Lions Collect Series-Opening Win

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Each of the Lions' starting nine collected at least one hit as the Saint Leo softball team (24-28, 8-15 SSC) overpowered Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd College (14-38, 2-20 SSC), 9-1, in a run-ruled shortened contest Wednesday evening from University Stadium.

The Lions, led by a four-run first inning, outhit the Tritons, 15-2 and posted tallies in all but one inning.

Leading the group of sluggers was right fielder Alex Garris as she tied a career high with three hits. The sophomore scored a pair of runs and also drove in two. Danielle Moreda was a perfect 2-for-2 with three RBI while leadoff hitter Ashlee Sismilich as well as Brittany Yates and senior Elysha Agen also registered two hits.

The Saint Leo offense wasted no time in asserting its dominance as the squad etched a four spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning.

The Lions posted six hits in the frame, all singles, and batted around the order. Moreda opened the scoring for the Green and Gold as her base knock scored Garris from third. Ali Lamb and Ana Castillo followed with back-to-back, one out base hits while Kristen Kelly's RBI groundout capped the Lions' scoring outburst.

After Eckerd grabbed one back in the second, the Lions proved equal to the challenge as Moreda roped her second RBI single in as many innings scoring Yates from third.

The Lions added to their 5-1 lead in the third inning as Garris poked and RBI single up the middle scoring Megan Still, who reached base earlier in the inning on her first collegiate hit.

After seeing their scoring streak stopped in the fourth, Saint Leo put the finishing touches on the offensive masterpiece as they scored three runs pushing the the outcome to its eventual 9-1 final.

Kelly, the Lions' starting pitcher, posted her first collegiate hit to spark the game ending rally. Three batters later, Kelly came around to score on a Garris RBI single. After Sismilich slid in safely on a wild pitch, Moreda drew a four-pitch, bases loaded walk to wrap up the game.

It is the Lions seventh run-rule win of the season.

In the circle, Kelly tied her career high in wins, nine, as she scattered two hits in five innings of work.

Alex Sasso took the loss for the Tritons, falling to 5-16 on the season.

Saint Leo will wrap-up their regular season with a doubleheader against Eckerd on Thursday, April 28. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. from University Stadium. In addition, tomorrow is senior night as the Lions will be bidding farewell to five seniors.