#5 Softball tranquilizes Panthers in doubleheader sweep

#5 Softball tranquilizes Panthers in doubleheader sweep

MELBOURNE, Fla. – After a rain delay postponed the start of the Sunshine State Conference series between the No. 5 Saint Leo Lions and the Florida Tech Panthers, the Lions swept the doubleheader Wednesday by scores of 11-3 and 7-0 at Nancy Bottge Field in Melbourne, Fla.  

Saint Leo (33-7, 14-3 SSC) picked up in game one where they two teams left off Tuesday and won in six innings before a seven-inning shutout for game two.

Stephanie Adkins tied her total wins from a year ago after earning the win in game one to improve to 18-3 on the season. Alison Mitts pitched the complete game shutout in game two to move to 9-3 on the year. Adkins allowed three hits and tallied three strikeouts. Mitts pitched the full seven innings allowing just two hits and no runs while fanning four batters.

On the day, Kacie Kelly continued to show her authority in the leadoff spot, going 5-for-8 with a .625 batting average. Kelly scored three runs while driving in four. Alyssa Wash also drove in four runs including one home run for a .571 batting average (4-7), tying Brittany Creamer in average. Both Creamer and Wash scored two runs.

GAME ONE - #5 Saint Leo 11, Florida Tech 3 (6 innings)
Picking up where the Lions and Panthers left off on Tuesday, Saint Leo turned in a seven-run third inning to top the Panthers 11-3 in six innings. Saint Leo saw Stephanie Adkins hurl four innings of work before Sara Neuman came in for relief. Adkins moved to 18-3 on the year, tying the number of wins she had a year ago in her first season with the Lions.

Alyssa Wash, hit a double down the right field line scoring Danielle Bottley from second to put the Lions on the board first in the top of the second.

Saint Leo would add seven in a messy top of the third to extend their margin to eight runs where Ciera Schumaker, Samantha Ohmie, Brittany Creamer, Michelle George, Danielle Bottley, Kacie Kelly and Sommer Pollard all scored in the third inning.

The Panthers would get a run back in the fourth on a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. Saint Leo would tack on three more in the top of the sixth to push the game past the mercy rule margin. In the sixth inning, Olivia Prieto, Creamer and George all scored to five the Lions their ninth, 10th, and 11th runs of the game.

Florida Tech would get to Neuman in the bottom of the sixth scoring two runs on a Kaitlin Buchholz single to center field scoring Rachel Kraak and Hailey Leonard. Neuman ended the game with a ground out to Schumaker at third.

Adkins pitched four innings allowed three hits and just one run while striking out three batters. Neuman pitched two innings allowing two hits and two runs while walking four batters and striking out two.

GAME TWO - #5 Saint Leo 7, Florida Tech 0
The Lions picked up where they left off in game one and blanked the Panthers 7-0 in game two behind Alison Mitt's complete game shutout on the mound.

Saint Leo continued having their way as they scored one run in the first, and three in the third to take a 4-0 lead heading into the third inning. The Lions scored three more in the top of the fifth as Alyssa Wash hit her second career home run to center field scoring herself and Michelle George. Sommer Pollard followed Wash up with a triple down the left field line before Kacie Kelly singled to right field allowing Pollard to score the seventh run of the game.

Mitts, who moved to 9-3 on the year, mowed down the Panthers in order over the first two innings before allowing just one hit, the lone base runner for the Panthers, in the third inning before retiring the side in order in the next two innings. Mitts got the final out to fly out to Wash in right field to end the game with runners standing on first and second.

UP NEXT
Saint Leo has a week off before they host Tampa for a three-game series on April 12-13. The Lions and Spartans will face off at 6 p.m. Wednesday before a 5/7 doubleheader on Thursday.

For more information on the Saint Leo softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

#5 Softball outscores Panthers 18-3 in doubleheader Wednesday

Saint Leo softball swept the SSC doubleheader from Florida Tech to move to 33-7, 14-3 SSC on the year.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – After a rain delay postponed the start of the Sunshine State Conference series between the No. 5 Saint Leo Lions and the Florida Tech Panthers, the Lions swept the doubleheader Wednesday by scores of 11-3 and 7-0 at Nancy Bottge Field in Melbourne, Fla.  

 

Saint Leo (33-7, 14-3 SSC) picked up in game one where they two teams left off Tuesday and won in six innings before a seven inning shutout for game two.

 

Stephanie Adkins tied her total wins from a year ago after earning the win in game one to improve to 18-3 on the season. Alison Mitts pitched the complete game shutout in game two to move to 9-3 on the year. Adkins allowed three hits and tallied three strikeouts. Mitts pitched the full seven innings allowing just two hits and no runs while fanning

 

On the day, Kacie Kelly continued to show her authority in the leadoff spot, going 5-for-8 with a .625 batting average. Kelly scored three runs while driving in four. Alyssa Wash drove in four runs in her four hits to finish the day with a .571 batting average (4-7), tying Brittany Creamer in average. Both Creamer and Wash scored two runs.

 

GAME ONE - #5 Saint Leo 11, Florida Tech 3 (6 innings)
Picking up where the Lions and Panthers left off on Tuesday, Saint Leo turned in a seven-run third inning to top the Panthers 11-3 in six innings. Saint Leo saw Stephanie Adkins hurl four innings of work before Sara Neuman came in for relief. Adkins moved to 18-3 on the year, tying the number of wins she had a year ago in her first season with the Lions.

 

Alyssa Wash, the daughter of Todd Wash, the Defensive Coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, hit a double down the right field line scoring Danielle Bottley from second to put the Lions on the board first in the top of the second.

 

Saint Leo would add seven in a messy top of the third to extend their margin to eight runs where Ciera Schumaker, Samantha Ohmie, Brittany Creamer, Michelle George, Danielle Bottley, Kacie Kelly and Sommer Pollard all scored in the third inning.

 

The Panthers would get a run back in the fourth on a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. Saint Leo would tack on three more in the top of the sixth to push the game past the mercy rule margin. In the sixth inning, Olivia Prieto, Creamer and George all scored to five the Lions their ninth, 10th, and 11th runs of the game.

 

Florida Tech would get to Neuman in the bottom of the sixth scoring two runs on a Kaitlin Buchholz single to center field scoring Rachel Kraak and Hailey Leonard. Neuman ended the game with a ground out to Schumaker at third.

 

Adkins pitched four innings allowed three hits and just one run while striking out three batters. Neuman pitched two innings allowing two hits and two runs while walking four batters and striking out two.

 

GAME TWO - #5 Saint Leo 7, Florida Tech 0
The Lions picked up where they left off in game one and blanked the Panthers 7-0 in game two behind Alison Mitt's complete game shutout on the mound.

 

Saint Leo continued having their way as they scored one run in the first, and three in the third to take a 4-0 lead heading into the third inning. The Lions scored three more in the top of the fifth as Alyssa Wash hit her second career home run to center field scoring herself and Michelle George. Sommer Pollard followed Wash up with a triple down the left field line before Kacie Kelly singled to right field allowing Pollard to score the seventh run of the game.

 

Mitts, who moved to 9-3 on the year, mowed down the Panthers in order over the first two innings before allowing just one hit, the lone base runner for the Panthers, in the third inning before retiring the side in order in the next two innings. Mitts got the final out to fly out to Wash in right field to end the game with runners standing on first and second.

 

UP NEXT
Saint Leo has a week off before they host Tampa for a three-game series on April 12-13. The Lions and Spartans will faceoff at 6 p.m. Wednesday before a 5/7 doubleheader on Thursday.

For more information on the Saint Leo softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.