Florida Southern 9, Saint Leo
Florida Southern 9, Saint Leo 0May 12, 2005
The Florida Southern Moccasins opened the tournament with a 9-0 win over fifth-seeded Saint Leo whch included a three-run homer by Jackie Leppla and two RBI apiece from Leah English and Michelle Tatlock. It was the first time in team history, covering 46 postseason wins, that Florida Southern won an NCAA Tournament game by the run rule. The Mocs loaded the bases with none out in the first, brought all three in, then did the same in the third inning when they scored four more times to put the game out of reach.
In the bottom of the first Saint Leo ace Katie Heintz walked two of the first three Moccasin batters around a base hit by Shepherd. English greeted relief pitcher Kiki Von Holt with an RBI single and Tatlock made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. The third run in the inning score on an error.
In the third FSC got three straight singles from Shepherd, Huber and English to again load the bases with none out. A sac fly by Ashley Alpizar brought in one run before Leppla made it 7-0 with a three-run homer down the left field line.
English and Tatlock each picked up their second RBI of the game in the bottom of the fourth to close out the scoring. The nine runs were the most for the Mocs in a postseason game since the 1995 South Regional when they defeated Carson-Newman 9-7.
Megan Brown and Stacey Bronson combined on the shutout with Brown allowing three hits in three innings and Bronson allowing three hits in two innings. Neither pitcher walked a batter and they combined for six strikeouts. Browns win allowed her to tie the school record for career postseason victories with eight, a record she now shares with Dori Stankewitz (1985-88) and Katy Cortelyou (1992-95).
-- Courtesy Florida Southern