SAINT LEO, Fla. – Celebrating the careers of six upperclassmen on senior day, the Saint Leo softball team (20-32, 5-17 SSC) swept the Lynn University Fighting Knights (2-45, 1-21 SSC) by the scores of 9-3 and 15-0, Sunday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference doubleheader action.
Impressing with a seven-run fifth inning in the opener, the Lions used a shutout to complete the sweep.
In total, seven Lions registered double digit hits, including five who produced three. Kaitlynn Diaz led the attack with four RBI, while McKenzie Burns and senior Dianne Gonzalez scored a team-best four runs each.
It was the Fighting Knights who struck first in game one as they touched-up senior starter Kristen Kelly for three runs in the third inning.
Still, the Lions refused to lie down, as they stormed back for nine runs across the fourth and fifth innings, including a seven-run fifth inning. In the fourth, Moreda, one of the Lions six seniors, punctuated the two-run frame with a two-RBI double down the leftfield line scoring Gonzalez and Weindorf.
The flood gates opened in the fifth as Saint Leo pounded-out seven hits which, up to that point, was their biggest run-scoring inning of the season. Four consecutive hits to start the inning, including a two-RBI double by Gonzalez, highlighted the frame for Saint Leo. Diaz also registered a big hit in the inning as she roped a two-RBI single back through the middle to cap the scoring.
The six-run lead proved to be sufficient as Lions' reliever Ashley Ehlers collected her seventh win of the season. She tossed 4.2 innings, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters.
The hot-hitting continued into game two as the Lions put the game away in the first inning scoring a season-best nine runs. Gremo and Yates highlighted the output as they posted RBI base bits. In total, Saint Leo scored all nine runs on just three hits.
They put the finishing touches on the win with a five-run second inning. Capitalizing on pair of Fighting Knights, and delivering another pair of RBI base hits, the Lions enacted the mercy rule as they cruised to their largest margin of victory this season.
Megan Still earned her ninth win as she allowed only one hit across five innings.
Prior to the contest, the Lions' celebrated their six seniors in a pre-game ceremony.
The Lions will return to University Softball Stadium on Monday, April 30, for the regular season finale against Lynn University. The single game is scheduled for noon.
For more on the softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.