Lions Split Doubleheader against Nova, Win Series in a Heated SSC Battle

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo softball team split its doubleheader with Nova Southeastern Saturday afternoon at University Softball Stadium.  The Sunshine State Conference showdown saw the Sharks defeat the Lions in game one, 3-2, before Saint Leo upended Nova Southeastern, 3-2, in game two.

The Lions (19-12, 2-3 SSC) collected 13 hits and stole six bases in splitting the twin bill.

Tiffany Thompson highlighted the contest for the Lions going a combined 2-for-4 in the two games with two singles and a RBI sacrifice bunt in game one.  Danielle Ferarra was 1-for-1 with a pitch-hit double to left center field for the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth in game two. 

The visiting Sharks (12-14, 2-4 SSC) jumped out, in game one, to an early lead in the first inning scoring a run off a single to right center field by Erika Garcia.  The Lions answered back in the bottom of the second with a triple from Angela Kafalas down the left field line driving in Cassie Boggs from first base.  Tiffany Thompson would lay down a sacrifice bunt scoring Boggs from third and giving Saint Leo a 2-1 lead.

Nova Southeastern would battle back in the third inning scoring two runs and win game one of the doubleheader. 

Ashley Ehlers would get the loss and see her record drop to 5-2 on the season.  Ehlers went the distance for Saint Leo. In seven innings of work she gave up just two hits and struck out two.  

In game two, the Lions came to life late in the sixth inning. 

Nova Southeastern would pick-up two runs in the fourth inning, and would not be able to cross the plate in the final frame. 

Saint Leo was held to four hits and no runs in the first five innings.  Brittany Ewing was hit-by-a-pitch in the bottom of the sixth and Sara Steiner doubled to center field driving in Ewing from first base starting the come-from-behind surge.  Boggs would then double to center field scoring Rachel Heath – a pinch runner for Steiner – from second to tie the game at 2-2 with no outs. Ferarra, who was pinch hitting, drilled a deep double to left center field scoring Boggs to take the lead 3-2. That proved to be all Lions would need to hold off the Sharks. 

Steiner, 11-5 on the year, threw a complete game for the Lions. In seven innings of work she gave up four hits, walked four and struck out six.  Steiner was able to shut-down Nova Southeastern in the top of the seventh for the win.   

Saint Leo will be back in action on March 17th in Clermont, Fla at 11 a.m., where they will face off against Ursuline University.     

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