Saint Leo, Fla. (February 10, 2008) – The Saint Leo University baseball team (4-3) overpowered visiting No. 29 West Florida (2-5) with a 24-12 victory on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Southard Stadium.
The Lions pounded out a season-high 22 hits and took advantage of West Florida’s seven defensive errors for their second consecutive victory and third in the last four outings.
Second baseman Bobby Munoz (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) led the hit parade with a perfect 5-for-5 afternoon, three RBI and four runs scored. Munoz had a home run, a double and three singles on the afternoon. Brandin Daniel (Sr., Punta Gorda, Fla.) was also 4-for-5 on the afternoon with a team-high four RBI, as he homered twice in the contest.
Saint Leo opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with four runs, as Daniel highlighted the inning with a two-run homer for his first hit of the 2008 season. UWF tied the score by answering with four in the top of the second, but the Lions regained the lead for good with two runs in the third.
The Lions erupted for 11 runs in the fourth inning, sending 14 batters to the plate during the big inning. In total, Saint Leo scored its 11 runs on nine hits in the fourth, and benefited from three errors by the Argonauts.
SLU added runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pick up the win. Saint Leo starter Shane Buriff (Sr., Lutz, Fla.) was credited with the victory in his first start of the season (1-0), as he allowed four runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Saint Leo will enjoy a must-needed break before hosting Palm Beach Atlantic in the first game of a three-game series on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.