COLUMBUS, Ga. – As the first day of the PBC-SSC Softball Challenge kicked-off, Saint Leo women's softball team dropped a pair of games to open their regular season slate. The Lions fell short to North Georgia in the opener by a score of 9-4 in their season opener, just before falling to #18 Columbus State by a score of 2-1 in extra innings.
In all, the Lions totaled 9 hits on the day, however on the defense side of the field they had to contend with the strong bats of the North Georgia Nighthawks in game one. The Lions were able to keep the Columbus State Cougars to just two hits on the day in game two.
The Lions offense against the Nighthawks was able to produced 4 runs off of 7 hit and was led by Junior Torri Weindorf who was 1-3 with 2 RBI's along with Senior Brittany Ewing who went 2-3 and crossed the plate once. Junior Cassie Boggs was able to collect one hit and scored going 1-3. The other run came from Senior Chelsey Steedley who went 1-2.
The Lions' pitching staff, comprised of starter Sophomore Alana Tabel (4 innings), Junior Ashely Ehlers (2 innings), and Freshmen Jaclyn Amato (1 inning); as a staff were able to strike out six and walked only two. Tabel (0-1) took the loss in the effort.
In the second game of the day against #18 Columbus State, Senior Chelsey Steedley went 8 inning giving up only 2 runs on 2 hit while striking out 10 and allowing no walks in a heated battle. Behind her, the offense was led again by Cassie Boggs who was 1-3 with 1 RBI scoring Junior Adriana Sanders on a single up the middle in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The Lions will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 2, when they continue the PBC-SSC Challenge to end the tournament. Saint Leo will take on #18 Columbus State at 9:00 a.m. and Lander at 11:30 a.m., just before heading home from S. Commons Complex.
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