Saint Leo, Fla. (March 14, 2007) – Senior SS Jerry Gonzalez (Tampa, Fla.) went a combined 8-for-9 and hit for the cycle in game one, as the Saint Leo University baseball team (15-10) split a doubleheader with the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Wednesday afternoon at Southard Stadium. The Lions won game one 11-3 before falling 6-3 in the seven-inning second game of the twinbill.
Gonzalez had two home runs, two doubles and a triple on the afternoon and finished with three RBI and six runs scored. He was 4-for-5 in game one with a single, double, triple and homer and followed with a perfect 4-for-4 performance in game two, which included his team-leading sixth home run of the season, a double and two singles.
The Lions took the lead with a run in the bottom of the third inning in game one and batted around the order en route to a five-run fourth inning. SLU added three runs in the fifth to open a 9-0 lead.
After the Bulldogs scored three runs of their own in the top of the sixth, the Lions scored single runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings to wrap up the win. Left-handed pitcher Peter Martinez (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) picked up the win, improving to 3-1 on the mound.
In game two, Saint Leo went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first but Minnesota Duluth tied things up in the third before taking the lead for the first time with another run in the fourth. The Lions tied the score in the fourth, but the Bulldogs put together a four-run sixth to build a 6-2 lead and earn the split despite Gonzalez’s solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.
SLU freshman pitcher Santi Arencibia (Key West, Fla.) was saddled with the game two loss, as he made his first career start and suffered his first loss of the season (2-1). UMD’s game two starter Kyle Zweber was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete-game and allowing three runs on seven hits.
Saint Leo will host Stillman College tomorrow in another non-conference game. First pitch for the single game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Southard Stadium.