No. 24 Lewis sweeps Saint Leo
Hurley, Hefler and Smith combine for 12 hits
Saint Leo, Fla. – No. 24 Lewis showcased its talent as the visiting Flyers picked up the 3-1, 9-7 doubleheader sweep against Saint Leo at University Stadium on Wednesday night.
Keying the Flyer sweep was the performances of seniors Kayla Smith, Sarah Hurley and sophomore Jayme Hefler who batted a combined .600 (12-for-20) with seven RBIs and five runs scored.
With the sweep, Lewis improves to 6-1, while Saint Leo is now 11-13.
In the opener, Lewis got on the board in the first inning, as sophomore designated player Alexis Munaco recorded a RBI single to put the Flyers ahead, 1-0.
The Flyers were able to tack on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning, as Smith roped a 2-run double to extend Lewis’ lead to 3-0.
Hurley and junior catcher Mary Giancarlo each recorded a pair of hits and a run scored in game one.
Lewis hurler Diana Pickrum was the winning pitcher, as she earned the complete-game victory, allowing one run and five hits while striking out one batter for her first victory of the season.
In the nightcap, Lewis had to use some late inning magic to earn its fourth come-from-behind win of the season. The Flyers saw a 4-1 lead evaporate into a 6-4 deficit heading into the sixth inning, but Lewis responded with a four-run outburst to take a lead they would not relinquish again.
Hefler (4-for-5, 4 runs) opened the top of the sixth with a leadoff double, followed by a walk to freshman designated player Alex Washkowiak setting the stage for a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Michelle Vucsko. Saint Leo third baseman Jamie Lee Basinger, however, was charged with a throwing error on the play, allowing Hefler to score, cutting the Lions’ lead to 6-5.
Senior first baseman Stephanie Harmon drew a walk to load the bases, bringing Hurley to the dish. Hurley (2-for-3, 3 RBI) uncorked a two-run double to give the Flyers the 7-6 advantage, scoring Vucsko (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Washkowiak. Lewis extended that lead to 8-6 on a RBI single by sophomore right fielder Lauren Hanford that plated Harmon (2-for-3, RBI, run).
Freshman Alyssa Moseley allowed two runs, one earned, three hits and struck out four batters in 2.2 innings of relief to improve her record to 2-1 on the season.
Despite the sweep, Lewis head softball coach George DiMatteo believes his team is capable of playing better than what he saw on the field today.
“We can take solace in the fact that we won two games today, but we did not play like the No. 24 team in the country,” DiMatteo said. “We have got to play better than we did today.”