· Saint Leo baseball completes its 2017 season this weekend when No. 23 Florida Southern visits Southard Stadium for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series. Prior to Saturday’s first game, the Lions will recognize their nine seniors who will playing their final collegiate games.
· Florida Southern took two out of three games last season at Henley Field in Lakeland, with the Lions posting an 11-8 victory in the first game of the series. The Mocs also took two out of three off the Lions when the teams last met in an SSC series at Southard Stadium back in 2015; again, Saint Leo came away with the win in the first game, 9-8. Overall, Saint Leo has a 47-131 all-time record against Florida Southern.
· Saint Leo continues to rank among the top hitting teams in Division II with its .322 batting average. The Lions enter the weekend ranked third in the SSC, and 29th in all of Division II in hitting. Saint Leo’s 549 total hits this season is also third in the SSC, and ranks 14th among Division II leaders.
· Among individual hitting leaders, redshirt junior Dylan Harris continues to pace the SSC with his .438 batting average – good enough for seventh in Division II. He also leads the conference with 91 total hits (second in Division II), and his 19 doubles is third in the SSC (ninth in Division II). Harris’ 91 hits is the most since Brian Krot’s 102 hits in the 1999 season.
· Senior Alex Mata enters the weekend needing two hits to surpass the current Saint Leo career hits record of 269 jointly held by Trevor Hall (1999-2002) and Matt Gifford (1994-98). Mata currently has 268 hits.
· Florida Southern enters the weekend with a 33-13 record, 11-10 in the Sunshine State Conference. The Mocs are currently fourth in the SSC standings, as well as fourth in the NCAA regional rankings which will determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. Florida Southern is paced at the plate by Omar Villaman, who has a .395 batting average with 68 hits and has 15 stolen bases this season. Mitch Reeves (.350, 63 H, 14 HR, 49 RBI) and Cody Burgess (.333, 65 H, 11 HR, 42 RBI) are also players to watch. Jake Walsh (11-1, 2.21 ERA, 93 K) and Logan Browning (7-2, 3.98 ERA, 96 K) have been consistent weekend starters for the Mocs, with the third start rotating to others on the FSC pitching staff.