AUBURNDALE, FL – A 2nd-inning home run by Samantha Ohmie gave Saint Leo an early lead, and both teams scored on double steals in the fifth inning before a 2-run triple by Rachael Heath with two out in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Lions to pull away for a 4-1 win over Florida Southern in the first game of their weekend series.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Ohmie put Saint Leo (26-7, 7-3 Sunshine State Conference) on the board first when the Lions' cleanup hitter led off the top of the second inning with her league-leading sixth home run of the season. It was the only run for either team through the first four innings.
- Both teams scored in the fifth inning, and each of them did so on a double steal. For the Lions it came after a pair of two-out singles by Kacie Kelly and Heath along with an error that put runners at first and third. For the Moccasins it came after Alex Mace doubled and Donna Ryan singled her to third.
- Still trailing 2-1, the Moccasins (13-14, 4-9) threatened again in the bottom of the sixth when Shannon Bell reached on a leadoff single and was bunted to second by Leah Pemberton. After Erica Morrissey popped up for the second out, Zierra Flodman hit a fly ball to deep right but Alyssa Wash caught it in front of the fence to end the inning.
- Florida Southern pitcher Brandi Jones got the first two outs in the top of the seventh but hits by Wash and Kelly turned into runs when Heath lined a triple into the right centerfield gap to make it a 4-1 game.
- Jones went the distance for Florida Southern but fell to 2-7 after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. She surrendered only two runs (one earned) on five hits through the first six innings.
- Stephanie Adkins, the 2016 SSC Pitcher-of-the-Year, upped her record to 14-3 by also pitching a complete game. She gave up only three hits, struck out six and walked no one.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Mace reached base in two of her three plate appearances, first by getting hit with a pitch by Adkins in the bottom of the second inning and later with her double that was the Mocs' first hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth.
- Mace, who scored the Florida Southern run on the double steal, and Ryan each had their first stolen bases of the season in the fifth inning.
- Kelly went 4-for-4 with two doubles out of the leadoff slot for Saint Leo, giving the Lions half their hits. She also went 4-for-4 against Jones and the Moccasins in a non-conference game on February 4 in Clearwater. Heath had two hits for the Lions.
UP NEXT: Florida Southern and Saint Leo will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.