St. Petersburg, Fla. (February 6, 2008) – The Saint Leo University baseball team (2-2) surrendered an eight-run lead, but outlasted the Eckerd College Tritons (1-3) to win 12-8 in 10 innings on Wednesday night in a non-conference game at Turley Field in St. Petersburg.
Five Lions had multiple hits on the evening with junior leftfielder T.J. Alonzo (Tampa, Fla.) going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, two RBI and three runs scored, while junior shortstop Bobby Munoz (Tampa, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Senior closer Matt Smith (Dade City, Fla.) picked up his first win of the season tossing two and one-third innings of no-hit ball.
The Lions built their lead with a two-run second inning and a three-run third. Alonzo connected on his third homer in the last two games, hammering a two-run shot in the top of the third inning. Kyle Hobbs (Jr., Dade City, Fla.) added a solo home run in the fourth and the Lions looked comfortable when they added two runs in the sixth inning.
However, the Eckerd bullpen shut the Lions down and the Tritons put together a five-run bottom of the sixth to make it an 8-5 game. The Tritons added a single run in the seventh and eventually tied the game in the eighth with two more runs.
In the extra frame, one of Eckerd's six total errors ended up costing the team dearly as an errant throw on the front-half of a potential double-play sailed wide, allowing the inning to continue. Saint Leo scored four runs in the frame and shut the hosts down in the bottom of the inning to claim the win.
In the loss Eckerd (1-3) was led by sophomore newcomer Tim Lorek who went 4-for-5 from the designated hitter spot and senior catcher Cory Sylvester added three RBI. Sophomore reliever Jim Rutledge (0-1) was saddled with the loss, his first sour decision of the season.
Saint Leo will head south this weekend for three non-conference games. The Lions will face Lynn University at Barry on Friday at 2:00 p.m. before facing Barry later that evening at 6:00 p.m. Saint Leo will then take on Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday at noon. The Lions return home on Sunday to face West Florida at 1:00 p.m.