Softball opens at home to highlight busy weekend

Softball opens at home to highlight busy weekend

Friday, 2/24

Tennis vs. St. Thomas - 3 p.m.
Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla.

Baseball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic - 6 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Live Stats

#8 Softball vs. Embry-Riddle - 7 p.m.
University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Saturday, 2/25

#8 Softball vs. Embry-Riddle (DH)- 12 p.m. 
University Softball Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
G1 Live Stats | G2 Live Stats 

#18 Men's lacrosse at Coker - 1 p.m.
Coker Athletic Field | Hartsville, S.C.
Video Live Stats 

Baseball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (DH) - 1 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | G1 Live Stats | G2 Live stats

Women's basketball at Rollins - 2 p.m. 
Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

Men's basketball at Rollins - 4 p.m. 
Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
Video | Live Stats

Sunday, 2/26

#4 Women's Tennis at #6 Barry
Buccaneer Tennis Center | Miami Shores, Fla.

#8 Softball vs. #4 North Georgia - 1 p.m.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex | Orlando, Fla.
Live Stats 

Tennis Notes
  • The Saint Leo Tennis teams take on St. Thomas (NAIA) on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Saint Leo Tennis Center. The men’s team enters with a 3-1 overall record, while the women’s team is 1-2. 
  • In the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, the men’s team ranked No. 2 in the nation, and No. 1 in the South Region, while the women’s team pulled in at No. 4, and No. 2 in the South Region behind Lynn.
  •  Freshman Kristyna Jurkova played her first match of the season against Armstrong State and picked up both doubles and singles wins. While fellow freshman Maja Pindelska has a 2-1 singles record at No. 2.
  • On the men’s side, freshman Vincent Suillerot is 4-0 at the No. 2 flight, while Thomas Grinberg is 3-0 at No. 1, and Jaime Bueno is 3-0 at No. 3. 
  • The women's team heads to Barry on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. match as well. 
Baseball Notes
  • Saint Leo baseball returns home for a three-game non-conference series against Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lions are coming off a three-game sweep of Albany State University last weekend in Albany, Ga., where they outscored the Golden Rams, 28-9.
  • The Lions will be seeking a measure of retribution for last season’s series at Palm Beach Atlantic, in which Saint Leo dropped two of its three games against the Sailfish. Palm Beach Atlantic is in its third year of transition into the Sunshine State Conference, and, pending final approval, will become a full member of the conference for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Saint Leo is third in the SSC in hitting with a .324 average, and sixth in the conference in pitching with a 4.45 ERA. Individually, senior Dylan Harris checks in a ninth in the SSC in hitting with a .450 batting average and is tied for first in the conference with six doubles. Brett Coffel is 10th in the league with his .700 slugging percentage. Redshirt sophomore Derek Gibree holds a .513 on-base percentage, good enough for ninth in the SSC. Senior Alex Mata is tied for third in the league with 16 RBI.
  • 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 145 career RBI, fourth among Saint Leo career leaders. He needs eight more RBI to tie Cliff Champion (1984-87) for third on the list. Mata’s 217 career hits rank sixth all-time at Saint Leo and puts him nine shy of Ryan Brnovich (2010-13) who ranks fifth. Finally, Mata’s 54 doubles are third among Saint Leo career leaders; he needs five more to match Matt Gifford (1994-98) in second place with 59.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic (6-5) has won just once in its last four outings – a 12-4 win over Flagler in the first game of a doubleheader on February 18. The Sailfish dropped two other games to the Saints in the three-game weekend series and fell to No. 1 Nova Southeastern, 14-5, on Valentine’s Day. PBA opened the season by winning five of their first seven contests. The Sailfish are batting .328 as a team, with a 6.19 team ERA. 

Softball Notes

  • No. 8 Saint Leo (12-3) opens their home portion of their 2017 season, as they welcome in Embry-Riddle (4-7) for a three-game series Feb. 24-25 at University Softball Field. The Lions and Eagles start off Friday with a 7 p.m. first pitch before a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. after Saint Leo Athletics celebrates the 31st Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day at University Intramural Field from 10-11:45 a.m.
  • The Lions jumped eight spots in this week’s NFCA Coaches Poll after a 4-0 weekend and a sweep of then-No. 4 Armstrong State at the Florida Tech Marriott Brawl at the Beach in Melbourne, Feb. 17-19. In the four wins, Stephanie Adkins picked up two wins against the Pirates as Alison Mitts, and Sara Neuman picked up wins against East Stroudsburg and Stonehill, respectively.
  • To wrap up the weekend and the sweep of Armstrong State, the Lions and Pirates went to extra innings after three passed balls in the bottom of the seventh allowed Saint Leo to tie the game 5-5. Adkins worked out of a jam in the top of the extra inning before Samantha Ohmie belted a two-run home run to left field scoring Bailey McKenna and herself to a 7-5 win.
  • On the year, the Lions are led by Brittany Creamer and Kacie Kelly who average over .400 with a .405 and .404, respectively. Sommer Pollard leads the team in on-base percentage (.509) while three players have knocked in 10 or more runs this year, with Ciera Schumaker leading the way with 13 RBI. Ohmie is second at 11 RBI and Creamer third with 10 RBI.
  • In the circle for the Lions, all four pitchers have made an appearance with Stephanie Adkins leading the way with a 6-0 record and a 1.27 ERA. Adkins, who has pitched 38.2 innings, has allowed 24 hits with nine runs, seven earned, and has recorded 47 strikeouts. Neuman stands at 3-0 on the year in 22.2 innings of work with 16 strikeouts and Mitts at 2-2 in 34.2 innings with 25 strikeouts. Samantha Tyler is 1-1 on the season.
  • Embry-Riddle enters the contest after having dropped two of their last three contests at Nova Southeastern with a 10-8 and 1-0 loss on Feb. 18.
  • On the year, the Eagles are led by Maddie Scott who holds the lone .300 batting average at .342 with 13 hits in 38 at-bats. Scott owns a .447 slugging percentage, while Kassidy Simons leads the team in on-base percentage at .513. Scott and Kendall Funk lead the Eagles in RBI with six apiece where Eryn Chester and Anna Battison have scored the most runs, at seven.
  • In the circle, four players have appeared in games with Ilona Andrigna leading the way with a 3-3 record and a 1.79 ERA in 39 innings with 49 strikeouts. Simons is 1-4 on the year in the circle in 31.1 innings with a 3.35 ERA, as Gabriella Obia and Dana Rowley are 0-0 with a combined 2.1 innings pitched. Rowley owns a 3.00 ERA.
  • Following the three-game series with Embry-Riddle, Saint Leo heads to the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN World Wide of Sports complex where they take on No. 4 North Georgia (14-4). The Nighthawks will play four opponents between Friday and Saturday before the two teams meet Sunday. 

Men's Lacrosse Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team heads to Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday afternoon. The Lions are No. 18 in the first USILA/Nike Coaches Poll of the season and are 2-0 with wins over then-ranked No. 7 LIU Post, and a win over Chowan.
  • The Lions are led by juniors Jake Gilmour and Kyle Pauwels on the offensive end of the field. Gilmour leads the team with 11 points, adding four goals and a team-best seven assists. Pauwels has scored a team-high eight goals and has 10 points as he has added two assists. Sophomore Charlie Kurtenbach has six points with five goals while adding six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
  • On the defensive end, junior Jake Bye has tallied four caused turnovers, while Josh Kaufling and Ethan Ticehurst have each added two. In goal, Thomas Tatarian earned his first career win over LIU Post, and freshman Ian Areford added a win over Coker.
  • The Lions are averaging 19.50 goals per game on a 41.9-shot percentage. They also have a 65.1-face off winning percentage on the year.
  • The Coker Cobras are 1-1 on the year, topping Chowan, 16-7, and falling to No. 9 Mount Oliva, 19-5. The Cobras are averaging 10.50 goals per game on 23.3-shooting percentage
  • Rylee Marsh leads Coker with seven points on four goals and three assists, both team-highs as well. Four other Cobras have scored three goals on the season. 
Women's Basketball Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s basketball team hits the road for Rollins for the final regular season game of the year. The Lions enter with a 9-16 overall record and a 4-13 Sunshine State Conference record.
  • Saint Leo is looking to bounce back from a 64-40 loss to No. 14 Eckerd. The Triton currently lead the Sunshine State Conference standings and will play Florida Southern on Saturday for the regular season title. In the game, the Lions were led by senior Chelsy Springs, who scored 14 points on Senior Night.
  • Springs is second in the SSC in scoring at 15.6 points per game and is fifth in rebounding with 8.2 per game. She is third in shooting percentage at 45.2-percent from the field.
  • Ragen Dotson follows Springs for the Lions at 12.1 points per game, while sophomore Asia Royster has picked it up offensively towards the second half of the season, and has jumped to third in scoring for the Lions, averaging 7.7 points.
  • As a team, Saint Leo is averaging 65.3 points per game, while grabbing 34.6 rebounds. However, they lose the rebounding battle by an average of 9.4 boards per game to their opponents. The Lions have forced their opponents into 17.9 turnovers per game, which is second in the SSC.
  • Rollins enters Saturday’s contest with a 19-6 overall record, and a 13-4 SSC record. The Tars are also holding onto an 11-game winning streak but will have been on their one-week bye as they take on the Lions.
  • Marie Gilbert and Julia Ingler both average over 10.0 points a game for the Tars as Gilbert leads with 10.7, while Ingler adds 10.2 points per game. Carly McLendon is averaging 8.9 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game, which is tops in the SSC.
  • As a team, the Tars average 66.8 points per game on 40-percent shooting. 

Men's Basketball Notes

  • Saint Leo travels to Winter Park, Fla. to wrap up the regular season with a Sunshine State Conference matchup with Rollins at 4:00 p.m. The Lions enter at 12-15, 6-11 SSC as the Tars enter at 17-10, 11-6 SSC.
  • The Lions are coming into the final game on a three-game skid and look to close out the regular season with a win on the road. Saint Leo fell to Eckerd 88-82 on senior night to end the home portion of their schedule for the 2016-17 campaign on Feb. 22.
  • In the loss to the Tritons, Marcus Dewberry, the Lions leading point scorer with 20.0 points per game (ppg), tied his career-high with 35 points. Dewberry finished the night going 12-24 from the field with 7-14 from downtown and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Tyreece Brice and Justin Satchell joined Dewberry in double-figures as Brice score 20 points and Satchell 11.
  • On the year, Satchell and Brice are second and third, respectively, on the year in points per game behind Dewberry as Satchell averages 15.7 ppg and Brice at 12.1. Satchell leads the team in rebounds per game (RPG) with 6.9 as Dewberry is the team leader in assists per game at 5.0.
  • As a team, the Lions average 78.7 ppg and allow opponents to score just under at 78.6 ppg.
  • The season series lays in favor of the Tars where they won in Saint Leo 77-72 on Jan. 14. Top performers for both teams were Dewberry (Saint Leo) with game-high 33 points and Connor McKim (Rollins) with 15 points.
  • Rollins enters after an off day this past week having last played on Feb. 18 when they won 88-69 at Tampa to cap off their four-game win streak.
  • In the road win at Tampa, Rollins saw five players score in double-figures led by Sam Philpott with 18 points off the bench. Eric Castaneda tallied 14 points while Jack Fleming and Joey Galvis charted 13 points apiece and Connor McKim had 10.
  • On the year, the Tars are led by Philpott who averages 14.9 ppg. Jeff Merton averages 14.0 ppg for second best on the team where McKim and Galvis are third (10.6 ppg) and fourth (10.3 ppg), respectively. Merton leads the team in rebounds with 5.6 RPG.
  • As a team, the Tars average 81.3 ppg and hold opponents to 80.0 ppg.