February 19, 2012

Lions Fall in Extras to No.21 Armstrong, 3-2

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (8-6) dropped a 3-2 extra-inning decision to the No.21-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates (11-2), Sunday afternoon from University Stadium on the third and final day of the Saint Leo Spring Invitational. The Lions finished the five game swing at 3-2. 

Leaving 10 runners on base and having two runners cut down at the plate, the Lions fell just short of upsetting the No.21 Pirates as the visitors platted three runs across the course of the game to steal the win.

Armstrong broke through with a run in the second off a see-and-eye single down the left field line and added a second run in the third to take a 2-0 lead.

The advantage stood until the fifth inning when Brittany Yates blasted a two-run shot down the leftfield line to tie the game at two. The shot put Yates alone in second place on the career home run list. 

The Lions nearly pulled the game out in regulation as Saint Leo started the seventh with back-to-back singles by Alex Garris and Yates. However, the runners were left stranded. The Pirates took advantage of the missed opportunity as they scored the game-winning run on an RBI double by AASU's Temple in the top of the eighth.

Megan Still was the tough-luck loser for the Lions as she went all eight innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs in her best performance of the season. In addition, Still collected a season-high seven strikeouts.

The Lions will return to action on Friday, February 24, when they travel to Kissimmee, Fla. to take part in the ESPN Citrus Classic hosted by the ESPN Wide World of Sport. Saint Leo will begin the challenge by facing the No.3-ranked North Georgia Saints. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

For more on the softball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.