SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (14-11, 1-2 SSC) dropped a pair of Sunshine State Conference games to rival Florida Southern by the scores of 3-2 and 6-4, Saturday afternoon from University Softball Stadium.
A rare misfire for the Lions' offense in game one allowed the Mocs to post the first of two wins on the day as Lauren Wolfe held the Green and Gold to three hits in the opener. Meanwhile, Florida Southern scored six runs over the final two innings to clinch the series in the nightcap.
Overall, five players posted multiple-hit days for Saint Leo, including Rachelle Gremo who also added an RBI. Ali Lamb, Brittany Yates, McKenzie Burns, and Danielle Moreda also added their names to that list.
A sloppily played day on both sides, Saint Leo registered the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning as Sismilich scored on a passed ball.
The 1-0 advantage held until the third inning when the Mocs scored two runs on three hits as they used an RBI single as well as a Lions' fielding error to take the lead. Saint Leo tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Gonzalez forced home a run on a Mocs' fielding miscue. Both teams managed to put runners in scoring position over the next few frames, but it is was Florida Southern who gained the upper hand as Devin Mathews roped a double to the leftfield fence in the sixth, eventually scoring the game-winning run.
Kristen Kelly (4-4) took the narrow loss for the Lions as she surrendered two earned runs on five hits.
Saint Leo jumped out of the gate quickly in game two as Yates highlighted the Lions' two-run first inning with an RBI single up the middle. Gremo's RBI single in the fifth inning extended the Lions' lead to 3-0, but the Mocs battled back over the next two frames. After seeing Florida Southern score two in the top of the sixth, the Lions' Ashlee Sismilich looked as though she sealed the deal for SLU as she sent an RBI triple to the leftfield fence to give the Lions a 4-2 lead. However, FSC put together two key RBI hits off the bats Randi Grimes and Brittany Martin as they scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Mocs' lead held in the bottom half of the frame as Christine Clark improved to 9-2.
Megan Still was tagged with the loss in game two as she nearly went the distance, allowing four earned runs on six hits.
18 runners were left on base for Saint Leo.
The Lions will return to action on Friday, March 9, when they open a three-game Sunshine State Conference series with the Buccaneers of Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. First pitch for the single game is set for 7 p.m. from the Barry Softball Complex.
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