Lions in for a busy weekend in latest Ledger

Lions in for a busy weekend in latest Ledger

Friday, January 30

  Baseball vs. Tusculum

Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 0-0 | TC 0-0
Website: SLU | TC
Coverage Links: 
Game One (1/30 at 7pm) Live Stats | Live Video
Game Two (1/31 at 1pm): Live Stats
Game Three (2/1 at 1pm): Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • Last season, Lions baseball finished third in the Sunshine State Conference with a 14-10 conference record and a 33-16 overall record. The Tusculum Pioneers are members of the South Atlantic Conference where they registered a 14-14 conference record and a 31-21 overall season record.
  • Key returning players for the Lions include SSC Freshman of the Year and All-South region first teamer Dylan Harris, Gold Glove winning senior catcher Dale Irving, and team batting average leader Nick Perez.  Perez and Harris were named to the 2015 NCBWA preseason All-South region first team. Returning to the mound will be senior captain Liam O’Sullivan and junior ace Michael Dunnigan.
  • Returning this season for Tusculum is utility senior Vinny Ferrara. The Ocean Township, New Jersey native received Daktronics All-Southeast region first team honors after last season’s campaign and earned a spot on the 2015 NCBWA preseason All-South second team.
  • Despite both teams being in the South Region, this is the first ever meeting between Saint Leo and Tusculum.
  • The Lions averaged 7.3 runs per game during the 2014 season with a combined team batting average of .313.  They were an impressive 21-6 at home in Thomas B. Southard Stadium and maintained an over .500 record on the road, finishing 12-10.
  • The Pioneers also averaged 7.3 runs per game in 2014 with a team batting average of .302. They enjoyed a home record of 22-5, but struggled on the road posting a 7-14 record.

Saturday, January 31

  Swimming vs.  Rollins - 10 a.m. (Senior Day)

Where: Marion Bowman Aquatics Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Website: SLU | RC
Links: Live Video

Game Notes

  • Both men and women’s swimming jumped into the top 20 in a poll released by collegeswimming.com with the men ranking 13 and the women ranking 19 in the nation. The men were also ranked 10 in the nation by an NCAA midseason mock standings poll released by Swimming World Magazine online.
  • Last time out, the Saint Leo men defeated Florida Tech 151-110 while the women defeated Florida Tech 141-120 and Lynn 144-117. Both teams are undefeated this season with a men’s record of 5-0 and a women’s record of 6-0-1.
  • The Lions faced the Tars in October of this season with both Saint Leo teams registering lopsided victories (Men 135-64, Women 138-67). During the meet, Nicole Weber broke the school record in the 400 IM with a time of 04:28.11.
  • This is Saint Leo’s only home meet this season and final meet before the SSC Championships beginning February 19.
  • Rollins’ men swimming is 1-5 in dual meets this season with their last performance ending in a loss to Tampa on January 10th while the women’s team is 1-7-1 on the season, also losing to Tampa in their last meet.

  Women's Basketball vs. Barry - 2 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 6-12, 1-7 SSC | BU 10-9, 2-6 SSC
Website: SLU | BU
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • The Lions return home after falling 69-55 to Nova Southeastern University on the road.  The women’s team concluded the first round of SSC play with a 1-7 record before continuing in the second set of conference matchups.
  • Freshman Mary Redmond posted all 18 of Saint Leo’s bench points, notching a career-high for the young guard.  The Scarborough, Maine native posted double-digits for the fifth time this season and averages 7.9 points as a key bench contributor.
  • Junior Chachi Guzman added 13 points to the books while dishing four assists and snatching four steals.  The guard leads the team in free-throw percentage, converting 86% of her attempts at the line.
  • Forward Melissa Jackson totaled 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss to the Sharks.  The senior has scored double-digits in points in 16 contests this season and leads the SSC in double-doubles with eight and rebounds per game with 10.6.
  • Barry heads to Saint Leo after suffering a 61-49 loss to the University of Tampa.  Kaylia Richardson and Amra Elezovic posted 25 total bench points as the starting lineup for the Bucs was ineffective against the Spartan defense.  Barry totaled 33 rebounds in the matchup to lead both teams.
  • In the last meeting this season, the Buccaneers edged the Lions 68-67.  Jackson led both squads in scoring with 20 points while Barry’s Nyjah Porcher spun a double-double behind 18 rebounds and 15 points.

  Men's Basketball vs. No. 4 Barry - 4 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 11-9, 3-5 SSC | BU 16-1, 8-0 SSC
Website: SLU | BU
Coverage Links: Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo men’s team dropped a 70-60 decision to Nova Southeastern University on Wednesday evening on the road.  Forward Cale Girten was 5-for-11 from the field, scoring 14 points thanks to four baskets from beyond the arc.  The senior added six rebounds and three assists.
  • Fellow forward Ron Foxx followed with 13 points, as the Lions leading scorer averages 15.8 points per contest this season.  The senior is 30 points shy of scoring 1000 in his career, posting 649 while playing with the Green and Gold.
  • Junior Edmunds Dukulis manages a 60% field-goal mark, as the forward scored a perfect 3-for-3 against NSU on Wednesday.
  • The No. 3/4 Buccaneers spoiled an upset attempt from the Tampa Spartans, as the offensive efforts of three-time SSC Player of the Week Yunio Barrueta proved too much for UT.  The guard amassed 25 points while Anders Haas totaled 23.  Barry took the contest by a 99-93 final score.
  • The Green and Gold fell 64-56 to the Bucs to open conference play.  Foxx tallied 14 points while Girten and Devin Crisosto added 11 and 10, respectively.  Barry’s Juan Ferrales scored a game-high 17 points for a rounded Bucs offense.

Sunday, February 1

  Softball at Flagler (DH) - 12 p.m.

Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 0-0 | FC 0-0
Website: SLU | FC
Coverage Links:  Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

  • The Saint Leo softball team begins its season on the road against Flagler College Sunday.  The Lions concluded the 2014 season with a 29-21 overall record. 
  • Third baseman Adriana Sanders returns for her senior season after posting a torrid .380 batting average during her junior campaign.  The Punta Gorda, Fla. native earned a spot on the All-SSC second team for her efforts last year.
  • Also returning for the Green and Gold are a pair of All-SSC First Team selections, Michelle George and McKenzie Burns.  Second baseman George batted at a .337 clip while Burns hit .307 and swiped a team-best 33 bases in 2014.
  • Returning to the mound for Saint Leo is senior Ashley Ehlers, who as a junior notched a 2.33 earned run average behind a 13-5 record.
  • Newly minted head coach Erin Kinberger returns to her alma mater to begin the first season donning the Green and Gold.  Previous to Saint Leo, Kinberger was at the helm of Fort Hays State, where she posted a 107-51 record and clinched a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Central Region Tournament.
  • Flagler finished last season with a 28-26 overall record. The Saints enter 2015 with a young squad, headlined by 2014 Peach Belt Freshman of the Year Mackenzie Conley.  Conley ended her first season in Crimson with a .307 batting average with 13 home runs and 25 RBI and earned a spot on the All-PBC First Team and All-Southeast Region Second Team.
  • The two teams met twice in the 2014 season, splitting the year 1-1.  Saint Leo handed Flagler an 8-0 loss in the most recent matchup as Ehlers tossed a six-inning shutout for the Lions.

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