Saint Leo, Fla. (March 9, 2007) – The Saint Leo baseball team (13-7, 0-1 SSC) was edged 5-4 by visiting Nova Southeastern University (17-3, 1-0 SSC) on Friday night in the opening Sunshine State Conference game of the season for both teams.
Both Jerry Gonzalez (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) and Eric Spicer (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, but it was not enough for the Lions to end the Sharks’ winning streak, which now stands at 12.
NSU was led by SS Shawn Langlois who went 2-for-5, and hit what proved to be the game-winning two-run home run in the seventh inning. Langlois also took the mound in the ninth to record his fifth save of the season.
Saint Leo led early on, as the Lions scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. A leadoff double by Gonzalez led the opening run, as Spicer delivered an RBI single to score the shortstop from third base.
NSU tied the score in the second before SLU regained its advantage in the third. The game was tied 3-3 in the sixth when Langlois took a pitch from Lions starter Ryan Clark (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) over the right field fence to give NSU its first lead of the night.
Saint Leo scored one run in the eighth to make it a 5-4 contest, as Kyle Hobbs (So., Dade City, Fla.) tripled with one out and later scored on a sacrifice fly by 2B Jorge Burgos (Sr., Orlando, Fla.). However, the Lions could rally no further in the closing inning as their five-game win streak came to an end.
The same two teams will meet again tomorrow to conclude their three-game conference series. They will face off in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. at Southard Stadium.