Apr 21, 2017
Track at South Florida Collegiate
USF Track & Field Stadium | Tampa, Fla.
- Saint Leo baseball returns home this week for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series against Florida Tech, which will also start the Lions’ stretch run. Saint Leo will be at home for eight of its final 11 contests starting this weekend, with next weekend’s series at Eckerd College breaking up the home stand.
- Saint Leo went 1-2 in last season’s three-game SSC set played in Melbourne, Fla., which was also played in late April. The last time the two teams met at Southard Stadium was back in 2015 when the Lions took two out of three games off the then-No. 10 Florida Tech Panthers. In 2014, Saint Leo swept all three games the two teams played at Andy Seminick-Les Hall Field
- Saint Leo continues to rank among the top hitting teams in all of Division II with a .320 batting average – third in the SSC, and 30th among D-II leaders. The Lions’ 452 hits this season is third in the conference, and checks in at 16th nationally.
- Individually, redshirt junior Dylan Harris leads Saint Leo with a .428 batting average and ranks second in the SSC and 24th among D-II leaders in the category. His 74 total hits are second among D-II statistical leaders and rank second in the conference. Harris is ranked 14th among D-II leaders with 16 doubles, while Mata is 40th nationally with his 44 runs batted in.
- With the Saint Leo career doubles record already under his belt, Alex Mata is now in pursuit of the Lions’ career hits record as well. The redshirt senior from Fort Myers, Fla., has logged 257 hits over his four seasons in green and gold and is 13 hits shy of breaking the current mark of 269 jointly held by Trevor Hall (1999-2002) and Matt Gifford (1994-98).
- Florida Tech (23-15, 7-5 SSC), tied for ninth in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) South Region poll, is coming off a three-game non-conference series with SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle. The Panthers took two out of three off the Eagles at Seminick-Hall Field, convincingly winning the first two games (8-3 and 7-2) before falling 6-5 in game three. The Panthers are batting just .293 as a team, ranked eighth in the SSC, but are third in the conference with a 3.95 team ERA.
- No. 9 Saint Leo (34-10, 15-6 SSC) heads to West Palm Beach to take on Palm Beach Atlantic (28-15) April 21 and 22.
- The Lions, who enter the weekend as the No. 1 team in the South Region, fell to Tampa in their series last week 3-0.
- On the year, Kacie Kelly leads the team with a .450 batting average (68-151) with 12 doubles and one triple to her credit. Kelly has knocked in 30 runs and scored 36 of her own. Danielle Bottley (.375), Ciera Schumaker (.354), Rachael Heath (.345), Alyssa Wash (.325), Samantha Ohmie (.320), Brittany Creamer (.310), and Sarah Pauscher (.304) all join Kelly in the 300-or better batting average club on the year.
- From the circle, Stephanie Adkins is the team leader with a 1.19 ERA and a 19-5 record with two saves in 146.2 innings of work. Alison Mitts is second with a 1.64 ERA and a 9-3 record with 107 innings of work. Sara Neuman, who suffered her first loss of the season last week, stands with a 1.85 ERA and a 5-1 record in just 45.1 innings of work. Adkins leads the staff with 142 strikeouts as Mitts is second with 65.
- Palm Beach Atlantic enters the weekend after a home series sweep of Nova Southeastern (3-2, 9-2, 2-0) to mark their third straight series win after a 3-0 win over Florida Southern and a 2-1 series win at Tampa.
- From the plate, the Sailfish are led by Magnolia West who has a team-best .449 batting average (66-147). West has recorded 12 doubles, four triples, and one homer while driving in 27 runs and scoring 20 herself. Kayla Knight is second on the team with a .389 average with 10 doubles, 11 triples and one home run to her credit. Knight is second on the team in RBI with 21 and has scored a team-leading 34 runs.
- Ashton Adkins leads the ‘Fish with a 2.57 ERA and a 16-5 record in 147.1 innings while recorded 73 strikeouts. Nikki Brinegar is second on the team at 8-5 and a 3.31 ERA in 110 innings of work. Jana Wagner is third on the team with a 4-5 record and a 3.76 ERA.
- Saint Leo men’s and women’s track will be competing on Saturday at the University of South Florida’s South Florida Collegiate meet. This will be the final full-team meet on the Lions’ schedule; the remaining meets on the schedule are for individual qualifiers only.
- Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. with the 5000m run, which will feature Laura Tobin, Alyssa Bayliff, Fatima Abu-Rumman, and Heidi Churchill in the women’s race, and Rafal Matuszczak, Chris Cabret, Tyler Pantley, and Joe Fuller in the men’s race. The meet will use a rolling event schedule.
- Saint Leo will have entries in the following events:
Men – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x400m, and high jump.
Women – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800, 1500m, 5000m, 4x400m
Men's Lacrosse Notes
- The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse hosts No. 12 Tampa at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon for the final regular season game of the year. Saint Leo will honor nine seniors before the game in Nick Buckley, Chris Burke, Rob Cavanaugh, Liam Christensen, Josh Kaufling, Jake Kavanagh, Preston Pena, Matt Scharr, and Mitch Wilson.
- Saint Leo enters with a 9-4 record and a 1-3 Sunshine State Conference record.
- The Lions lead the conference in assists per game (8.23), caused turnovers per game (10.31), ground balls per game (37.00), man-down defense (.771), points per game (23.08), saves (179), saves per game (13.77), scoring offense (14.85), and shot percentage (.388).
- The Lions also lead the nation with their .388 shot percentage. A key factor in that is junior Kyle Pauwels who leads the nation for individual players at .734. Pauwels is also third in the nation in goals per game at 3.62.
- Sophomore goalie Thomas Tatarian leads the SSC in save percentage at .610, and saves per game at 13.58. His save percentage is fourth in the nation, and his saves per game are sixth.
- No. 12 Tampa enters with an 11-4 record and clinched the SSC title with a 4-0 SSC record.
- The Spartans average 14.67 goals per game and have a .365 shooting percentage.
- Senior Conor Whipple leads the nation with 3.21 assists per game while dishing the rock to the nation’s leading goal scorer Andrew Kew, who is averaging 4.67 goals per game.
Women's Lacrosse Notes
- The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team heads into a crucial match-up with the Tampa Spartans on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The two squads will be battling for the final place in the SSC Tournament.
- The Lions are 6-10 and 0-3 in the SSC.
- They are averaging 11.44 goals per game, but in the conference are only averaging 6.00 goals. However, the Lions three conference losses have come to top 10 programs in No. 4 Florida Southern, No. 5 Rollins, and No. 9 Florida Tech.
- Saint Leo has relied on its two seniors in Kelsey Burns and Caroline Fraser to be the main source of offense this season. Burns has scored a team-high 33 goals, while Fraser has 18 goals and a single-season record 21 assists.
- Tampa enters with a 5-10 record and a 0-3 SSC record against those same top 10 foes. The Spartans are averaging 12.33 goals per game, but that dropped to 8.33 in SSC play.
- Amanda Voges has scored 36 goals for the Spartans, and Amanda Rom has dished out a team-high 34 assists while adding 18 goals for a team-high 52 points.