March 28, 2012

Lions Drop Pair to No.1 Valdosta State

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Saint Leo softball team (17-22) fell in a pair of region contests to No.1-ranked Valdosta State University (27-2), Wednesday evening from the VSU Softball Complex. The Lions dropped a 6-2 decision in the opener, before falling 10-3 in the nightcap.

The Lions kept the score close in game one until a three-run sixth inning gave Valdosta State the opener. Next, Saint Leo briefly held a 3-2 lead in game two, but a five-run fifth inning gave the series to the home standing Blazers.

Three Lions registered two hits as Rachelle Gremo, Brittany Yates, and Ali Lamb led the charge. The trio also scored one run apiece.

Game one saw the Lions trail early, but a second inning sacrifice fly by Danielle Moreda tied the contest at one.

After seeing Valdosta State post back-to-back runs in the third and fourth innings, the Lions pulled to within one run when McKenzie Burns scored on a passed ball. Unfortunately, the newly crowned top-ranked team pulled away in the sixth inning as they scored three unanswered runs to give VSU the 6-2 win.

Megan Still (6-13) was saddled with the loss for the Lions, tossing 5.1 innings and striking out three batters.

Lamb went a team-best 2-for-3 in the loss.

Despite being faced with a 2-0 deficit in game two, the Lions refused to quite as they scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. Alex Garris, Yates, and Lamb each got on to start the inning with Garris coming around to score on Lamb's at-bat. Gremo then roped a one out single through the middle to score Yates, and freshman Kelsey LaNeave registered her first career hit and RBI as her single platted Gremo from second base.

It was all Saint Leo could produce offensively, however, as Blazer pitching held the Saint Leo sticks in check for the remainder of the game. VSU turned on the offensive power as they rallied-off eight unanswered runs over the next three innings, including a game-changing five run fifth inning, to solidify the 10-3 victory.

Kristen Kelly went 4.0 innings, but collected the loss for the Lions as she dropped to 4-6.

Saint Leo also saw Burns recorded a hit and scored a run, while Moreda went 1-for-4. The defensive made an impact with a pair of double plays.

The Lions will return to action on Friday, March 30, when they open a three-game series with Sunshine State Conference foe Nova Southeastern University. Friday's single game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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