SAINT LEO, Fla. – Posting 14 runs in two games, the Saint Leo softball team (2-0) began the 2012 season with an impressive series sweep over NAIA opponent St. Thomas University (2-2), Friday evening from University Softball Stadium.
The non-region double saw the Lions earn a come-from-behind 4-1 decision in game one, before bouncing the Bobcats in five innings in game two, 10-2.
The Lions saw 10 different batters post 18 hits over the 12 innings played, including a quintet of two-hit performances from seniors Brittany Yates, Ali Lamb and Dianne Gonzalez, as well as junior Alex Garris and freshman Victoria Cooper. Gonzalez led the team with three RBI, while Ashlee Sismilich stole three bases.
Game one saw the Lions trailing early as a Melissa King recorded an RBI base knock off of Saint Leo hurler Kristen Kelly to put the Bobcats up 1-0. The Lions answered quickly however, as Lamb's squeeze scored Gonzalez from third. Saint Leo took the lead for good in the third inning when Yates rocketed a double off the left field fence to score Garris from second. The Lions added two insurance runs in the fourth to solidify the 4-1 victory.
After surrendering her run in the second, Kelly settled over the next five innings to retire 15 of the next 17 batters faced to improve to 1-0 on the campaign. Kelly punctuated her night with four strikeouts.
Game two was controlled by the Lions from the beginning. Immediately asserting a 2-0 lead behind a Cooper RBI double and a Gonzalez RBI rope, Saint Leo increased their advantage to 6-0 with a four-run second inning. Torrie Weindorf added the first run of the frame as her RBI triple scored Colesa Lazar. After Weindorf crossed the plate, Danielle Moreda and Sismilich closed the inning with RBI singles.
Gonzalez's two-RBI triple capped a three-run fourth inning, and McKenzie Burns shut the door on St. Thomas as she scored on a wild pitch, applying the eight-run mercy rule.
In the circle, junior Colena Lazar could not be touched as she allowed just one hit and struck out nine in her first win as a Lion.
Saint Leo did not commit an error on the evening, while stealing eight bases. Of the Lions 18 total hits, six went for extra bases.
The Lions will return to action on Sunday, February 5, when they host Palm Beach Atlantic University in a South Region doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
For more information on the softball team, please visit SaintLeoLions.com.