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Hardesty fires three-hitters


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001

SAINT LEO -- Lacey Hardesty proved to be more than an able fill-in for Saint Leo ace Desi Croteau, who missed the softball team's opening series due to a bout with bronchitis.

Hardesty pitched back-to-back three-hitters, striking out 13 in 7-0 and 6-1 doubleheader wins over Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday.

The Lions had 22 hits in the two-game series.

Jamie Martin went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Jennifer Shirley drove in two runs in the season opener.

Hardesty helped her own cause in the second game by driving in three runs. Shirley had two RBI.

SWEEPERS: Saint Leo's baseball team dug out of an early-season hole by capping a three-game sweep of Nova Southeastern with Sunday's 10-3 win.

The Lions have evened their record at 7-7 by winning six of their past seven games.

First baseman Trevor Hall increased his team-leading RBI total to 23 by driving in three runs Sunday, and designated hitter Eric Shafer (Land O'Lakes) had two hits and two RBI.

Eric Paone (1-2) pitched a seven-hitter and struck out seven in a complete-game effort.

Tito Cruz hit for the cycle in Saint Leo's 11-5 win over Nova Southeastern on Saturday. That earned the senior third baseman, who leads the Lions in batting with a .485 average and has hit .654 in the past six games, the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week.

The Lions play host to Saint Andrew's Presbyterian College (N.C.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Thomas Southard Stadium.

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