Saint Leo Athletics in full swing this weekend

Saint Leo Athletics in full swing this weekend

Friday, 2/17

#16 Softball vs. East Stroudsburg - 12:30 p.m.
Florida Tech Tournament | Melbourne, Fla.
Live Stats | Video

Baseball at Albany State - 6 p.m.
ASU Baseball Fieldhouse | Albany, Ga. 

Saturday, 2/18

Track at ERAU First Chance Last Chance Meet - 8 a.m.
ERAU Track Complex | Daytona, Fla.

#4 Women's Tennis vs. #15 Nova Southeastern - 10 a.m.
Saint Leo Tennis Courts | Saint Leo, Fla.  
Video | Live Stats 

#16 Softball vs. #4 Armstrong State - 12:30 p.m.
Florida Tech Tournament | Melbourne, Fla.
Live Stats

Women's basketball at Nova Southeastern- 2 p.m.
Don Taft University Center | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Men's basketball at Nova Southeastern- 2 p.m
Don Taft University Center | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Video | Live Stats

Baseball at Albany State - 6 p.m.
ASU Baseball Fieldhouse | Albany, Ga. 

Sunday, 2/19

#16 Softball vs. Stonehill - 9 a.m.
Florida Tech Tournament | Melbourne, Fla.
Live Stats

#4 Women's Tennis vs. #1 Armstrong State- 12 p.m.
Armstrong State Tennis Courts | Savannah, Ga.

#2 Men's Tennis vs. #3 Armstrong State- 12 p.m.
Armstrong State Tennis Courts | Savannah, Ga.

Baseball at Albany State - 1 p.m.
ASU Baseball Fieldhouse | Albany, Ga. 

#16 Softball vs. #4 Armstrong State - 1:30 p.m.
Florida Tech Tournament | Melbourne, Fla.
Live Stats 

Monday, 2/20

#8 Women's Golf at Lady Moc Classic
Grasslands Golf & CC | Lakeland, Fla. 

Tuesday, 2/21

#8 Women's Golf at Lady Moc Classic
Grasslands Golf & CC | Lakeland, Fla. 

Softball Notes

  • No. 16 Saint Leo heads to Melbourne, Fla. to take part in the Florida Tech Marriott Brawl at the Beach for three days, Feb. 17-19. The Lions will kick things off Friday, Feb. 17 when they take on East Stroudsburg at 12:30 p.m.
  • Saint Leo, who moved up in this week’s poll, enters at 8-3 on the year and will have tough competition this weekend. The Lions face No. 4 Armstrong State twice on the weekend with a 12:30 p.m. game on Feb. 18 and a 1:30 p.m. game on Feb. 19. Saint Leo will start the final day of the tournament off with a 9 a.m. game against Stonehill on Feb. 19.
  • On the year, the Lions are led by Brittany Creamer and Rachael Heath who have climbed inside the .400+ batting averages with more than 10 at-bats. Creamer leads the team with a .464 on 13-of-28 from the plate with two runs scored, three doubles, one triple and has driven in seven runs. Heath owns a .405 average going 15-for-37 from the plate with seven runs scored and one double and seven stolen bases.
  • In the circle for the Lions, all four pitchers have made their season debut with Stephanie Adkins owning a 4-0 record with a 1.30 ERA. Adkins, who has pitched 27 innings, has allowed 18 hits, seven runs with five earned and has struck out 33 batters heading into the weekend for an 8.56 strikeout per seven innings average. Sara Neuman leads the team in ERA with four appearances and owns a 2-0 record with 17.1 innings pitched. Neuman has tallied 14 strikeouts with 17 hits, and seven runs, just two earned.
  • As a team, the Lions are batting .488 as a team while holding opponents to .267 from the plate.
  • Saint Leo’s opponents enter the weekend with a combined 4-1 record as No. 4 Armstrong State owns a 4-1 record to start the season. This weekend tournament will be East Stroudsburg and Stonehill’s first action of the season. 

Baseball Notes

  • Saint Leo baseball will be looking to get back into the win column this weekend with a three-game set against Albany State University. Saint Leo is coming off a rough weekend at home against Lee University, with the Lions dropping three games to the Flames. Two of the losses were one-run games.
  • This year’s trip to Albany, Ga., is the return of a home-and-home series with the Golden Rams, who visited Southard Stadium in 2016. Saint Leo swept last season’s three-game set with Albany State by a combined score of 33-9.
  • Senior Alex Mata continues his climb up the Saint Leo leaderboards, and approaching a couple of benchmarks on that journey. He enters the weekend with 136 career RBI and needs five more to tie Dustin Brown (2008-12) for fifth among Saint Leo career leaders. Mata’s 211 career hits ranks sixth all-time at Saint Leo and puts him 17 shy of Ryan Brnovich (2010-13) who ranks fifth. Finally, Mata’s 52 doubles are third among Saint Leo career leaders; he needs seven to match Matt Gifford (1994-98) in second place with 59.
  • Saint Leo currently leads the Sunshine State Conference in batting with a .329 team average, six points ahead of second-place Nova Southeastern (.323). Individually, sophomore Derek Gibree’s .474 batting average ranks second among SSC individual leaders, and his .565 on-base percentage is tops in the league.
Track Notes
  • The Saint Leo men’s and women’s track teams will head to Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday for the Embry-Riddle First Chance/Last Chance meet. The first field event starts at 9:00 a.m., with the first track event – the women’s 3000m – starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Embry-Riddle First Chance/Last Chance falls at a unique spot on the calendar in that it is an early meet for the outdoor season, but also serves as a “last chance” qualifier for various national indoor track and field championships. 
Women's Tennis Notes 
  • The Saint Leo women’s tennis team opened the season with an 8-1 win over Eckerd College to open the season with a win in Sunshine State Conference play.
  • In the match against Eckerd, the Lions, who rank No. 4 in the nation, opened with a 3-0 lead following the doubles matches. The doubles pair at No. 3 was the highlight of the afternoon as the Lions saw senior Katherine Zaatini pair up with Megan Charlton, a junior goalkeeper from the Saint Leo women's soccer team. Charlton joined the Lions and paired with Zaatini to earn an 8-6 win. Marine Beugre-Guyot and Maja Pindelska took an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while Fabiola Cardenas and Madeleine Gauthier won the No. 2 flight at 8-2 as well.
  • Nova Southeastern enters the match with a 2-2 record on the season, having claimed wins over Keiser and Coastal Georgia, while falling to No. 12 Flagler and No. 14 Valdosta State.
  • Last season, Saint Leo topped Nova in Ft. Lauderdale, 6-3. The win gave the Lions the Sunshine State Conference regular season title.
  • Armstrong State is currently No. 1 in the nation at DII following their 2016 National Championship. The Pirates are 2-0 on the young season with wins over Coastal Georgia and Middle Georgia. The Pirates will play Lindsey Wilson on Friday, No. 3 Lynn on Saturday, and No. 4  Saint Leo on Sunday.
  • Last season, Saint Leo upset then-No. 1 Armstrong, 5-4. They took a 2-1 lead in doubles, and a win by Pauline Helgesson, now graduate, sealed the game. 

Women's Basketball Notes

  • The Saint Leo women’s basketball team looks to continue its momentum as they put their four-game winning streak on the line against Nova Southeastern. Saint Leo enters the game with a 9-14 record and a 4-11 SSC record.
  • The Lions are coming off an 80-61 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, where they held the Sailfish to just five points in the final quarter to seal the game. Saint Leo saw three plays record double-doubles, led by junior Ragen Dotson who tallied a career-high 30 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Asia Royster added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Chelsy Springs recorded her eighth double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Springs continues to lead the Lions in both points and rebounds as she averages 15.7 PPG and 8.7 RPG. She is shooting 45.8-percent on the season.
  • Dotson follows with 12.5 points per game and is averaging 2.0 three-point baskets per game.
  • Asia Royster has come on as of late. She has tallied five-straight double-digit performances, over which she averaged 16.6 points per game, and grabbed 8.0 rebounds per game, both significantly more than her season averages of 7.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG.
  • As a team, the Lions are averaging 67.0 points per game on 39.2-shooting percentage.
  • Nova Southeastern comes into the game with a 15-10 overall record while holding a 10-6 record in the SSC, which puts them in fifth place in league standings.
  • As a team, the Sharks are averaging 63.8 points per game on 42.7-percent shooting.  
  • Christen Prasse and Megan Piggott leads the Sharks with 10.8 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
  • In the first meeting between these two squads, Saint Leo fell 78-66. The Lions, who led the majority of the time, were out-rebounded by 11 and outscored in the paint by eight. The visiting Sharks also shot 53.2-percent for the game, while Saint Leo finished the game with a 38.1-shooting percentage.

Men's Basketball Notes

  • Saint Leo heads to Fort Lauderdale to take on Nova Southeastern for a 4 p.m. Sunshine State Conference showdown inside the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center. The Lions enter at 12-13, 6-9 SSC where the Sharks float at 5-19, 2-14 SSC.
  • In their previous matchup, the Lions came away victorious 62-61 in Saint Leo where Marcus Dewberry dropped 23 points. Justin Satchell provided 15 points for the Lions where the Sharks saw three guys in double-figures – BJ Edwards (14 points), Dwayne Gibson (11 points) and Harrison Goodrick (11 points).
  • In the Lions’ last outing, Saint Leo fell at Palm Beach Atlantic 76-65 on Feb. 15. In the loss, Dewberry paced the Lions with 18 points as Junior Searcy added 17 points off the bench.
  • On the year, Dewberry leads the team in points per game (19.5) and assists per game (5.0), where he hauls in a fourth-best rebounds per game (5.0). Satchell joins Dewberry in double-digit averages with 15.8 as Tyreece Brice is third on the team with 11.6 ppg. Brice is second on the team in assists per game (4.1) and leads the team in assists to turnover ratio (2.1). Satchell leads the team in rebounding as he hauls in an average of 7.0 RPG.
  • As a team, the Lions average 78.9 points per game and hold opponents just below at 78.1 ppg.
  • Nova Southeastern enters the contest after an 8056 setback to Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach on Feb. 15. IN the loss, Gibson led the team with 20 points as Goodrick and Carl Alenfall added 11 points apiece. Goodrick completed the double-double as he added 16 rebounds to the night.
  • On the year, the Sharks are led by Goodrick who averages 16.7 ppg. Three others join Goodrick in double-figure averages in Gibson at 13.4 ppg, Gerard Tarin at 11.4 ppg and Troy Spears at 11.3 ppg. Goodrick averages 9.0 rebounds per game to lead the way.
  • As a team, the Sharks average 71 ppg and allow opponents to score 76.9 ppg.

Men's Tennis Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s tennis team improve to 3-0 on the season, and 2-0 in Sunshine State Conference action after an 8-1 victory over Eckerd on Thursday afternoon.

  • The Lions have topped No. 4 Lander, Florida Tech, and Eckerd so far this season.

  • Saint Leo’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles players are both undefeated on the season, and they pair up for No. 1 doubles, where they are also undefeated.

  • Last season when the Lions and the Pirates matched up the first time, Saint Leo got the better hand of the battle. Saint Leo, who was then-No. 7, won the match 7-2 on their home court, upsetting Armstrong, who was then-No. 3. However, just two Lions remain from that match in Jaime Bueno and Oskar Nurmio. Bueno played both doubles and singles, winning both matches pairing with Nurmio for doubles.

  • The second time these two teams paired up, it was in the NCAA Semifinal match. The Lions again got the better hand as the teams faced off as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. Saint Leo, the then-No. 1, took the match 5-2. This time, Nurmio, Bueno, and Francisco Aparicio were the three Lions returning from that match. Aparicio and Nurmio teamed up to take the No. 3 doubles point. Bueno lost his doubles match, and his singles match went unfinished.

  • No. 3 Armstrong heads into this season’s match with a 2-0 record, having topped Coastal Georgia, 9-0, and Middle Georgia, 8-1. The Pirates play No. 8 Lynn on Saturday, Feb. 18 before taking on the Lions

Women's Golf Notes

  • Saint Leo women’s golf has a short trip to Lakeland, Fla., early next week to participate in the Florida Southern College Lady Moc Invitational. The 54-hole tournament takes place on Monday (rounds 1 and 2) and Tuesday (round 3) at the Grasslands Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6,085 yards).
  • Participating in the tournament will be senior Marie Coors; juniors Margine Arguello, Vilde Eriksen, and Amanda Jakobsson; and freshman Izzy Lawrence.
  • The field for the Lady Moc Classic will have a heavy Sunshine State Conference feel to it, with eight of the nine SSC full members participating (Florida Tech will miss the Lady Moc Classic in favor of going to the St. Edward’s Invitational in Texas later in the week). Four of Division II’s top eight teams will be at the Lady Moc: No. 2 Barry, No. 6 Rollins, and No. 7 Nova Southeastern, in addition to No. 8 Saint Leo. Other top 20 teams in attendance include No. 12 Lynn and No. 20 Montevallo. Joining the field will be Flagler, West Florida, Armstrong State, Limestone, UNC-Pembroke, Eckerd, Tampa, Palm Beach Atlantic, Embry-Riddle, and Seminole State junior college, in addition to the host squad from Florida Southern.
  • Saint Leo finished eighth out of 18 teams at last year’s Florida Southern Tournament, after carding a 920 (+56) over 54 holes. Junior Marie Coors was the top Saint Leo individual; she was tied for 11th overall with a 12-over 228. Lynn University won the 2016 tournament by tiebreaker over Rollins, with Lynn’s Jenny Ayala (+1, 217) taking medalist honors.