CLEARWATER, Fla. – No. 17 Saint Leo softball went to the Eddie C. Moore field and picked up two more wins after defeating Chadron State, 8-0, in five innings and then turning around and defeating Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern 6-3 to improve to 4-0 on the year. The Lions saw Samantha Tyler and Stephanie Adkins both pick up wins on the day.
Samantha Tyler was the winning pitcher in game one and tallied her first win of the year. Stephanie Adkins moved to 2-0 after her 6-3 win in the circle against Florida Southern.
Kacie Kelly was having herself a day as she went 5-for-6 from the box combined with two runs scored and one run batted in.
GAME ONE - #17 Saint Leo 8, Chadron State 0 (Five innings)
Saint Leo took the first game Saturday and their first game against Chadron State 8-0 in five innings as Samantha Tyler worked a five inning, three hit performance in the circle.
The Lions used two runs in the first, two runs in the third and four in the fourth to move out to an 8-0 lead before holding the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the fifth.
Saint Leo struck first against Chadron State in the top of the first when Sommer Pollard was hit by the third pitch she saw on the afternoon. Following Pollard's at-bat, Kacie Kelly stepped to the plate and singled up the middle scoring Pollard and advancing to second base herself after a fielding error by the Eagles centerfielder. Kelly moved over to third on a wild pitch before Samantha Ohmie came to the plate and delivered a sacrifice fly to left center pushing the Lions' second run across the plate, Saint Leo 2-0.
The Lions would put up two more runs in the top of the third after Rachael Heath singled to start the inning. Pollard would get drilled by another pitch to push Heath over to second. Kelly would give herself up to move both Heath and Pollard over before Ohmie grounded out to the shortstop, allowing both runners to advance where Heath made it a 3-0 Lions lead. Ciera Schumaker stepped to the plate with a runner in scoring position and singled to right field allowing Pollard to cross for the fourth run of the game.
Saint Leo pushed four across in the top of the fourth to take an 8-0 lead after four innings. Bailey McKenna started the inning off getting hit by a pitch before Alyssa Wash got hit by a pitch to put two runners on with one out. Heath laid down a sacrifice advancing both runners before Pollard walked loading the bases for the freshman. Kelly reached base after a muffed throw allowing McKenna and Wash to score; Kelly advanced to second on the play and Pollard to third. Ohmie stepped in and delivered a double to right field scoring Pollard and Kelly for the final two runs of the inning.
Samantha Tyler, who got the nod for game one, picked up her first win of the year after pitching the five-inning 8-0 win for the Lions. Tyler worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth when she got the final batter to Brittany Creamer who got the third out at third base as Ciera Schumaker finished it off.
The Lions as a team finished with six hits on the day as Heath, Kelly, Ohmie, Schumaker, Sarah Pauscher and Creamer were responsible all for one hit each. Sommer Pollard worked the day clean with a 0-0 appearance at the plate after each at-bat, she was hit by a pitch.
GAME TWO - #17 Saint Leo 6, Florida Southern 3 Stephanie Adkins got the nod in the second game of the day, where she pitched the complete seven innings with six hits, three runs, no walks and five strikeouts. Adkins moves to 2-0 on the year for the Green and Gold.
After giving up two runs in the second inning, the Lions fired back and scored three in the bottom half of the inning. Schumaker started the inning off with a single followed by a Pauscher single putting two runners on with no outs. Bailey McKenna would attempt to give herself up but reached on a fielder's choice where all runners were safe loading the bases for Creamer. Creamer popped up to shallow right field where Schumaker came in to score. Wash would hit a single to left field scoring Pauscher before Heath grounded out to third allowing McKenna to score for the Lions third run of the inning.
Kelly kicked off the third inning with a single to left field where Ohmie followed her up with a single bunt to third. A throwing error would allow Kelly to come around and score and Ohmie to reach third. Pauscher would drive in Ohmie after a sac fly to left field followed by a McKenna grounded out to short allowing Schumaker to come across the plate for the last run of the inning, with Saint Leo leading 6-2 after three complete.
Florida Southern would get another run in the top of the sixth after Shannon Bell started the inning off with a double and came around on a sacrifice fly to right field from Erica Morrissey; Saint Leo lead 6-3 in the middle of the sixth.
Saint Leo closed out the game in the top of the seventh as the Moccasins started the inning off with a single before the Lions got the lead runner out at second. Adkins finished the Mocs off with a pop-up and a strikeout to win their fourth game of the year.
UP NEXT Saint Leo will return to Clearwater tomorrow to take on Chadron State and Eckerd in the Lions final two games in the Eckerd Tournament. Saint Leo will face Chadron State at 10:30 a.m. before taking on host Eckerd at 12:30 p.m. at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex.
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