Softball ranked 4th in NFCA Poll

Softball ranked 4th in NFCA Poll

NFCA Release

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo softball moved inside the top-5 when they came in at No. 4 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaches' Poll, announced Wednesday. The Lions, who were ranked fifth for two weeks, posted a 3-0 week with a Sunshine State Conference sweep of Florida Tech.

With reaching No. 4 in the poll, Saint Leo (34-7, 15-3 SSC) matched their highest rank in program history (4th - April 6, 2016). The Lions tied the highest rank for an SSC team since 2014 with their fourth rank in 2016 and 2017. Before Saint Leo reached fourth in the NFCA poll, the highest rank in SSC history was in 2014 when the University of Tampa reached No. 2 on April 9th.

Stephanie Adkins and Alyssa Wash swept the SSC weekly accolades as Adkins was named the Pitcher of the Week, for the second consecutive week, and Wash was named the Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

Adkins (19-3) eclipsed her win total from a year ago after winning game one and three of the Lions' series with the Panthers. The Lions defeated the Panthers in five innings 11-3 in game one before taking game two 7-0 in seven innings. Saint Leo came right back at Florida Tech and swept the series with a five-inning 11-0 shutout.

On the week, Adkins went 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in nine innings of work. Adkins allowed eight hits and just one run for the week with nine strikeouts. Wash led the team with a .600 batting average (6-of-10) from the box, tying teammate Brittany Creamer. Wash scored four runs in the three games and drove in five runs, three shy of team leader Ciera Schumaker. Wash would hit two doubles and a two-run home run in the series on her way to a 1.100-slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.

Saint Leo will face off with No. 25 Tampa at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening before their scheduled doubleheader Thursday, April 13, which is slated for 5 p.m.

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Saint Leo Season Ranks:
Preseason: #17
Week 1: # 16
Week 2: # 8
Week 3: # 8
Week 4: # 10
Week 5: # 11
Week 6: # 8
Week 7: # 5
Week 8: #5 (1)
Week 9: #4