CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (5-2) fell to the No.21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic Pirates, 9-8, Saturday afternoon on day two of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational from the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
The Lions, despite holding a 4-0 lead, and scoring seven runs over the first three innings, could not hold the lead as Armstrong clipped the Lions in the final inning.
Saint Leo collected 13 hits against Armstrong pitching, including a quartet who posted at least two hits. Ali Lamb led the group with a 3-for-4 performance, while Dianne Gonzalez, Brittany Yates, and Rachelle Gremo each registered two hit apiece. Alex Garris tied Lamb with for the team-lead in RBI with two, while eight different Lions scored runs.
Immediately taking a 2-0 lead, the Lions collected two runs on four hits in the first inning. Moreda cracked an RBI double, before Lamb singled home Moreda from second. The momentum carried over into the second inning as a two-RBI double by Garris gave the Lions a hefty 4-0 lead.
The Pirates demonstrated their ability to score runs in the bottom of the second as they exploded for five runs on six hits to gain the lead. Saint Leo answered the call in the top of the third inning as Torrie Weindorf tied the game on a sacrifice fly. Gremo's bases loaded RBI single gave the Lions the lead, 6-5, and Yates earned an RBI as she reached on fielding error to give the Green and Gold a 7-5 lead.
In the fifth, a two-out error allowed Armstrong to plate two runs and tie the game at seven. Saint Leo rallied for a go-ahead run in the sixth on an RBI single by Lamb, but the Pirates used three hits in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at eight apiece.
After being held scoreless in the top of the seventh, Armstrong completed the come-from-behind win as they loaded the bases and scored the eventual game-winning run on an infield fielding error, the Lions third of the game.
Ashley Ehlers was tagged with the loss as she dropped to 0-1 on the season.
Saint Leo registered three extra-base hits, three stolen bases, and collected four walks.
On the game, Head Coach John Conway stated, "We fought hard today. We know we can play with anyone, we just need to keep perfecting the fundamentals. We look forward to getting back out on the field on Sunday."
The Lions will return to action on Sunday, February 12, when they challenge Georgia College and Nova Southeastern in the final day of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. from the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
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