Yates Makes History, but Lions Fall to Fontbonne

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team (17-18) dropped a pair of non-region games to Fontbonne University (6-4), Wednesday evening from University Softball Stadium. The Lions fell 6-4 in game one, before being edged in the finale, 9-8.

Game one saw Fontbonne score four runs in the fifth inning as they posted a two-run, 6-4 win. Game two featured 17 combined runs, but a three-run home run off the bat of Sarah Cerutti in the seventh inning allowed the Griffins to steal the one run victory.

In total, three Lions posted double-digit hits including Brittany Yates who went a combined 2-for-6. One of her two hits, a fifth-inning, two-run home run, set the all-time home record at Saint Leo as the blast registered as her 34th career long ball, surpassing Saint Leo great Ashley Urbanik (33). Danielle Moreda and Ali Lamb each posted three hits, while scoring two runs apiece.

The Griffins got on the board first in game one as they etched one across in the third inning. After an Alex Garris ground out tied the game in the fourth inning, the visitor's erupted for four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Still, Saint Leo battled back in the bottom of the frame as Moreda drew a bases loaded walk and an opportunistic Rachelle Gremo scored on a wild pitch.

Unfortunately, it was as close as Saint Leo could get as Fontbonne added an insurance run in the sixth to push the score to its eventual 6-4 final.

Ashley Ehlers took the loss for the Lions as she dropped to 4-3 on the season.

Game two witnessed the Lions face an immediate deficit as the Griffins scored six runs on five hits in the second inning. The Lions, however, immediately began fighting back as they scored three across the next two innings highlighted by a McKenize Burns RBI single in the third.

Saint Leo, behind a four-run fourth inning took the lead when Yates blasted her two-run shot over the centerfield fence, and Dianne Gonzalez forced home two on a sacrifice fly.

The Lions added an eighth run in the sixth on a Ashlee Sismilch groundout, but it turned out not to be enough as Cerutti used a two-out, three-run blast to put the Griffins up for good.  

Megan Still, after nearly five innings of scoreless relief, was tagged with the tough-luck loss as she fell to 6-11 on the season.

The Lions will return to the field on Saturday, March 24, when they travel to West Palm Beach, Fla. to take on the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish in NCAA South Region action. First pitch is set for noon.

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