SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (3-1) split its regional doubleheader with Palm Beach Atlantic (4-2), Sunday afternoon from University Softball Stadium. The Lions fell in 12 innings in game one, 5-4, before exploding for eight runs in the nightcap victory.
The Lions saw a two-out, three-run rally in the seventh inning spoil a solid team performance in game one, as Saint Leo fell in its longest contest since 2005. However, a five-run first inning guided the Green and Gold to an 8-4, game two victory.
In total, eight different Lions posted hits, including a trio of Lions who registered four apiece. Danielle Moreda, Rachelle Gremo, and Ashlee Sismilich each went 4-for-9, while Brittany Yates recorded three hits, in addition to Alex Garris' two-hit performance. Torrie Weindorf, Victoria Cooper, and Dianne Gonzalez rounded out the Lions' 21-hit day.
Saint Leo struck first in the opening contest as they scored two runs on a Garris infield single, coupled with a run-scoring passed ball. Seeing their lead cut in half in the fifth, Gremo assisted the Lions' response as she belted a two-out double off the fence to score Sismilich. Yates' in-side the park home run, her first ever inside-the-park home run and 31st of her career, made the score 4-1 going into the final frame. Unfortunately, PBA, with the bases empty, used a two-out, three run rally to tie the game at four. The two teams exchanged runners, but could not cross the plate until the Sailfish saw an RBI single by Stokes put the the visitor's up for good.
Game two featured a much more aggressive Lions' bunch as they batted-around in a five-run, first inning. Gremo's leadoff triple, coupled with a Moreda RBI double highlighted the inning for Saint Leo. The Sailfish chipped away at the Saint Leo lead, eventually cutting reducing the advantage to 5-4 in the fifth inning. The Lions learned from previous mistakes, however, as they stopped the Sailfish momentum and scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by a Yates' RBI double.
Despite the 21 hits, the Lions left 13 runners on base, while PBA stranded 25.
The Lions will return to action on Friday, February 10, when they travel to Clearwater, Fla. to compete in the Eckerd College Spring Invitational. Contests with Colorado Christian, 5:30 p.m., and regional opponent West Florida, 7:30 p.m., are the first of six games to take place at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
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