St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 24, 2007) – The Saint Leo baseball team (18-14, 3-6 SSC) was swept by Eckerd College (12-12, 3-6 SSC) in a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Eckerd’s Turley Field.
Eckerd College senior Joe Sinicola tossed a no-hitter as he completely shut down the visiting Lions en route to a dominating 14-0 second game victory. That win, coupled with Eckerd's 9-2 victory earlier in the day, gave the Tritons the series win over Saint Leo.
Although Eckerd bats accumulated 23 runs on 28 hits in a two game span, all of the attention at the end went toward the senior Sinicola (3-3) as he tossed seven complete innings, not allowing a run or a hit and striking out five. The only thing stopping the perfect game bid was a full count walk issued to the Lions' Yunior Tabares (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) as he led off the third inning. Aside from that lone runner, the bases stayed empty as Sinicola only faced 22 total batters for the evening.
The no-hitter also ended Saint Leo shortstop Jerry Gonzalez’s (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) 14-game hitting streak.
The first game's pitcher, Eckerd sophomore Phil Weylie, also had a tremendous day for the home team, only to be outdone by his teammate later on. Weylie (1-3) tossed eight complete innings allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out three batters. He did not surrender a walk.
Four Tritons posted a four-hit or better day a junior left-fielder Derek Makowski led EC with a combined 5-for-7. The next three batters; Alfredo Cabale, Jason Recore and Matt Heller all went 4-for-8 for the day and had eight RBI between them.
The biggest run producer was senior Grant Massie as he was 3-for-9 for the day, but his bat was responsible for five RBI and two runs.
The story for both games were almost carbon copies as Eckerd bats were able to connect on Lions pitching. Unlike last night, when Saint Leo battled back to retake the lead, EC kept the visitors quiet while they extended their lead.
Saint Leo will return to the diamond on Tuesday night when the Lions travel to Ft. Myers, Fla. to face Florida Gulf Coast University in non-conference action at 6:00 p.m.