Friday, April 8
- The No. 2 Saint Leo men’s tennis team hosts No. 7 Barry in its second of three consecutive matches versus top-10 opponents. The Lions took down No. 9 Lynn last Sunday with a 5-4 win that helped Jaime Bueno earn SSC Male Tennis Athlete of the Week after he sealed the win for the Lions. They wrap up the tough three-match stretch with a pairing with No. 5 Lander on April 10.
- Saint Leo currently has four individuals ranked in the region as Alberto Barroso-Campos sits at No. 1, Egor Panyushkin at No. 7, Alex Theiler at No. 9, and Bueno at No. 20. Barroso-Campos, Panyushkin, and Theiler are also nationally-ranked, No. 3, No. 15, and No. 17, respectively. Barroso-Campos and Theiler are also ranked in doubles as the No. 2 pair in the nation, No. 1 in the region.
- Barry is currently 11-3, and 3-0 in SSC play. Ahmed Triki is ranked No. 4 in the nation for singles, while Fabian Pronnet is at 33rd. Triki follows Barroso-Campos in South Region rankings at No. 2, while Pronnet is No. 12.
at Lynn (Three-game series)
Where: Lynn Baseball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
When: Friday, April 8 - 3 p.m. // Saturday, April 9 - 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Links: Lynn Live Stat and Video Portal
- Saint Leo baseball is down to 15 games left on the schedule, all of them Sunshine State Conference contests. The Lions’ final march through conference play begin this weekend with a three-game series at Lynn University. The Lions took one game off the Fighting Knights in last season’s series in Boca Raton, but are 5-4 versus Lynn over the last three seasons. Saint Leo took the series, 2-1, in 2014, the last time the two teams clashed in Boca Raton.
- Saint Leo is coming off last weekend’s three-game series with Embry-Riddle in which the Lions took two out of three games off the Eagles. OF Alex Mata batted a fantastic .833 (10-for-12) over the three game with four doubles and a home run, charting a 1.417 slugging percentage and .857 on base percentage, and was named SSC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
- Mata (.420) and 1B Troy Sieber (.410) are the Lions two top hitters, and are ranked third and sixth respectively in the Sunshine State Conference. Mata is seventh among NCAA Division II leaders in doubles (16) and 18th in total hits (55), while Sieber is ninth among national leaders in runs scored (45). Mata enters the weekend with 41 career doubles, and needs one more to tie R.J. Hendricks (1993-97) for fifth on the Saint Leo career leaderboard. Sieber is also close to cracking the Saint Leo top five in career home runs; he enters the weekend with 23, and needs one more to match Bob Marques (1978-82) with 24.
- The Lions pitching staff is paced in the win column by RHP Jordan Pendleton, whose seven victories thus far in 2016 rank second in the SSC and fourth in all of Division II. He is also fifth in the league with a 3.18 ERA. RHP Zach Whitaker is seventh in the SSC in strikeouts with 45.
- Saint Leo is going up against a Lynn (19-14, 8-4 SSC) team that has been in and out of the polls this season. The Fighting Knights dropped two out of three game last weekend at Rollins and did the same thing the previous weekend at home versus Florida Tech, however Lynn swept both then-No. 9 Florida Southern and currently No. 24-ranked Nova Southeastern earlier in the season. John Silviano (.368, 16 HR, 41 RBI) and Kyle Schindler (.355, 10 doubles) lead the Fighting Knights at the plate, while Frank Grandinette (4-1, 3.64 ERA), Donovan Armas (3-2, 10.22 ERA), and Jaret Vermillion (3-1, 6.50 ERA) are expected to form the Knights’ weekend rotation.
vs. Tampa (Three-game series)
Where: Naimoli Family Softball Field | Tampa, Fla.
When: Friday, April 8 - 6 p.m. // Saturday, April 9 - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Coverage Links: Live Stats (G1) | Live Stats (G2) | Live Stats (G3) | Video
- Saint Leo travels to Tampa for a three-game series Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th
- The Lions moved to No. 4 in the nation this week after posting a 2-0 record last week with a doubleheader sweep of Flagler at home, 2-0 and 10-1 (5 innings). The Green and Gold are on a 17 game win streak and have won 42 of their last 43 contests, dating back to April 2015.
- Saint Leo leads the Sunshine State Conference at 31-1, 14-1 SSC where Tampa comes in at 13-14, 5-7 SSC. The Lions have 5 of the top-10 batters in the conference (batting aveage) and have the top-3 pitchers. Rachael Heath (.429) leads the SSC where Tiffany Thompson (.418) and Brooke Samios-Uy (.413) round out the top-5 in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Stephanie Adkins has the conference’s best ERA at 0.45 where Alana Tabel is second, 0.63, and Samantha Tyler is third at 0.95. The trio make up the best pitching staff in the SSC, with an ERA of 0.62 collectively.
- Tampa is sixth in the conference with their 5-7 record. They are second in batting average with a team clip of .255. Sahrina Cortes is the lone Spartan to crack the top-10 hitters with a .384 in ninth place. Makaliegh Dooley is the 10th ranked pitcher in the SSC in ERA with a 2.47 where Alyssa Bache is 11th with a 2.57.
- In the national rankings: The Lions lead the country in team ERA with a 0.62; Second in winning percentage .969 (31-1) and third in batting average .364. Saint Leo has two of the top-5 pitchers in the country as Adkins is ranked third with a 0.45 ERA and Tabel is fifth with a 0.63.
- The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team heads to No. 4 Rollins College to open Sunshine State Conference action. Rollins will be Saint Leo’s fifth ranked opponent of the season.
- Freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Halley has recorded 90 saves on the season, averaging 9 a game. She also has a team-high 23 ground balls. Both Kelsey Burns and Cassie Miller have caused double-digit turnovers. Burns has caused 12, while Miller has caused 10.
- Offensively, Abbie Ross leads with 19 points, having scored a team-high 16 goals, adding three assists. Burns follows with 18 points, having 15 goals and three assists. Kaylah Walstad has added 17 points on 12 goals and five assists.
- Rollins averages 12.67 goals per game, while holding opponents to just 4.92. The Tars have two players who have surpassed the 30 goal mark as Tyler Thomas sits at 34, while Kallie German is right at 30.
Saturday, April 9
- The No. 3 Saint Leo women’s tennis team enters a match-up with No. 2 Barry on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Lions are currently 14-1 and 4-0 in SSC play.
- Both Isabell Robbiani and Natalia Siedliska are undefeated in singles action. Siedliska holds an 11-0 record all at the No. 1 spot, while Robbiani is 14-0, 2-0 at No. 1, 8-0 at No. 2, and 4-0 at No. 3 singles.
- Siedliska is currently ranked the No. 1 singles player in the south region and the No. 2 player in the nation. She will most-likely face Zuza Maciejeska who is the No. 8 player in the nation, No. 4 in the region.
- This will be Barry’s fourth match against a Top-25 opponent. They have had multiple others scheduled and then had to postpone them or cancel them due to weather
- The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team enters the match-up with No. 17 Lynn on a two-game losing streak, falling at the hands of Rollins College and Florida Tech. The Lions are currently 7-3, while the Fighting Knights come in with an 8-3 record, with a 1-1 SSC record, falling at Tampa, but topping Rollins.
- Saturday will be Senior Day for the Lions, who will be honoring 12 in Dylan Yonts, Will Cothron, Dave Moore, Andrew Rohle, Tyler Vadas, James Mackenzie, Luke Stiebe, Mark Lang, Matt Rexford, Matt Weller, Joe Donnian and Chad Marino. As a class, they have combined for 30 wins, 202 goals, 71 assists, 665 ground balls, 94 caused turnovers, and a combined 520 face-offs won for a combined 62.7-winning percentage.
- Yonts is currently leading the nation in goals per game at 4.60, he has amassed 46 goals on the season. He is also is tied for the lead in individual man-up goals at 8, while holding fifth place in points per game at 5.40. Yonts has already broken the Saint Leo record for goals in a single season, and currently sits at 54 points on the season, inching closer towards that record.
- As a team, the Lions are ranked second in the nation in assists with 97, and are third in man-up offensive at 0.538. The Lions also fall in at fourth in face-off winning percentage at 0.661.
- Lynn enters the game on three-game winning streak. The Fighting Knights average 13 goals per game and have dished out 90 assists. They lead the conference in both caused turnovers per game at 10.36 and ground balls per game at 35.45.
Sunday, April 10
No. 2 Men's Tennis vs. No. 5 Lander | 10 AM
Where: Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
- Catawba is currently 5-6 on the season, and currently on a two-game losing streak. The Indians average 12.09 goals per game, but allow 13.79.
- Offensively, the Indians have three players with 20-plus goals. Megan Shortt had totalled 28 goals and 11 assists, Meredith Jones has score 25 times, while dishing a team-high 22 assists. Kirstyn Kruse follows with 21 goal and 21 assists, and Nicolette Salay adds 21 goals and four assists.
- Defensively, Catawba has fourb players with double-digit caused turnovers, led by Hannah Scott, who has 15. Bethany Davis has started all 11 games for CC, making a total of 107 saves.
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