Offensive onslaught propels #8 softball to two wins at Spring Games

Offensive onslaught propels #8 softball to two wins at Spring Games

CLERMONT, Fla. – No. 8 Saint Leo softball went to the 10th Anniversary of the Dot Richardson Spring Games at the National Training Center and bounced back to win both of their games against their Ohio counterparts, 18-0. The Lions defeated Ashland in five innings, 11-0, and then turned around and beat Findlay 7-0.

An offensive onslaught by Saint Leo was highlighted by a Sommer Pollard two-run inside the park home run to left field, her first career home run, in the fifth inning of game two. On the one-one count, and the Findlay infielders in, Pollard drove one to the left field fence and ignored the stop signal at third to come around and complete the inside the parker.

The home run capped off a 4-of-8 appearance at the plate for Pollard in both games combined for a .500 batting average. Kacie Kelly led the Lions Tuesday with a .750 average, going 3-of-4 from the plate. Kelly finished the day with a .857 on-base percentage after she walked three times and hit three singles.

Samantha Ohmie, Ciera Schumaker and Rachael Heath joined Pollard in the .500 batting average club as Ohmie went 2-for-4, Schumaker 2-for-4 and Heath 4-for-8. Heath drove in five RBI to lead the Lions as Pollard was second with four. Schumaker, Bailey McKenna, and Brittany Creamer all drove in two runs as Ohmie had one RBI.

On the in the circle for the Lions, Alison Mitts got the start in game one and picked up her fourth win, after going 4.0 innings allowing just two hits in game one. Neuman came in for relief in game one but started game two to wrap up her day with a win. Neuman pitched five innings and allowed just one hit and tied Mitts in strikeouts with two.

Stephanie Adkins came in for relief in game two and picked up a save after pitching three quality innings for the Lions. Adkins allowed no hits and struck out seven of the last 10 batters for the Oilers.

GAME ONE – No. 8 Saint Leo 11, Ashland 0 (5 innings)
The Lions recorded their first shutout of the day after a solid performance by Alison Mitts and Sara Neuman. Mitts got the nod and pitched four innings before Neuman took over for the final inning.

Saint Leo jumped on the board first in the second inning on a single by Rachael Heath scored Sarah Pauscher, who reached via a walk and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Danielle Bottley.

The Lions used a 10-run third inning, which saw seven different Lions score and three tally two runs. Saint Leo started the third off with a Kacie Kelly walk and came around to end on a groundout. Heath hit a bases loaded double that cleared the bases forcing an Eagles pitching change. Samantha Ohmie was hit twice in the inning and scored off of both of those.

Mitts closed the fourth inning with one hit allowed, a strikeout and two fly outs. Neuman came in and closed the fifth inning and the game with two groundouts and a line out.

GAME TWO – No. 8 Saint Leo 7, Findlay 0
Saint Leo closed out the day with their second shutout of the day with another dominating performance on the mound by the Lion pitchers. Sara Neuman got the start and earned her fourth win of the year while Stephanie Adkins earned her first save of the year.

Neuman and Adkins combined for a one-hit shutout to end the day at the Spring Games. The Lions jumped out to a lead as Rachael Heath scored in the first inning. Heath slapped a shot up the middle to reach before coming around on a Samantha Ohmie single.

The Lions added two in the fifth inning as Pollard hit an inside the park home run to left field that scored her and Heath. Despite the Oilers being in bunt defense, Heath laid down a perfect bunt, followed by stealing second base. As the defense shifted in once again for Pollard, she took the one-one pitch to left field and came around to score.

Saint Leo added four runs in the sixth inning before going on for the 7-0 win. Adkins came in to pitch the final three innings and struck out seven of the last 10 batters, holding the Oilers to no hits in three innings of work.

Saint Leo returns home to host SSC foe Eckerd for a three-game series starting March 10 at 7 p.m. at University Softball Stadium. 

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