Saint Leo, Fla. (March 12, 2007) – The Saint Leo baseball team (14-9) fell 4-3 in 11 innings to visiting Shippensburg University (5-10) on Monday night in a non-conference game at Southard Stadium.
Saint Leo was led by RF Kyle Hobbs (So., Dade City, Fla.) who went 2-for-4 with a run and was the only Lion to register a multiple-hit game. SS Jerry Gonzalez (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) homered for the second straight game, as part of a 1-for-5 night at the plate.
The visiting Raiders scored the final two runs of the game to grab the win after Saint Leo rallied from two down to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Shippensburg sent the game into extra innings with a leadoff solo home run by Jamie Mengle in the top of the seventh.
The Raiders had taken a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning of a pitcher’s duel, and the Lions answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 3-2. A leadoff triple by Hobbs was followed by a ground out to score the rightfielder from third base. Gonzalez then homered to left to move into a tie for the team lead with his fourth long ball of the season. An RBI double by Eric Spicer (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) rounded out the scoring for the Lions.
Both starting pitchers got no decisions despite a pair of quality starts. Saint Leo right-hander Charlie Blume (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) went seven innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on just two hits. Meanwhile, Shippensburg starter Ross Buckwalter went nine innings, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs.
SLU reliever Eric Nickolaison (So., Spring Hill, Fla.) picked up the loss (1-2), while Raider reliever Andrew Burke was credited with the win (1-3). Shippensburg’s Kyle Warner came on to work a perfect 11th inning and record his second save of the season.
Saint Leo will host the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Wednesday in a doubleheader at Southard Stadium. Game one will begin at 1:00 p.m.