Saint Leo, Fla. (February 20, 2008) - The Saint Leo University baseball team (9-3) defeated the Bentley College Falcons (0-4) by a score of 9-8 on Wednesday evening at Southard Stadium. The Lions extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.
The Lions offensive charge was led by junior shortstop Bobby Munoz (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) who went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in four runs, including a bases clearing triple in the bottom of the fourth. Munoz later followed with an RBI single in the fifth. J.C. Suarez (So., Tampa, Fla.) also had a big day at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and three runs scored. Suarez’ big hit came in the fifth inning when he tripled down the left field line, driving in a run.
The Lions also got strong starting pitching and middle relief against the Falcons. Freshman Matthew Smith (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) delivered his first career victory in his first career start (1-0). Smith went 5.2 innings giving up five hits, and three earned runs. Eric Nickolaison (Jr., Spring Hill, Fla.) relieved Smith and was lights out throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just one hit.
The Falcons would scrap their way to within one run of tying the game against closer Matt Smith (Sr., Dade City, Fla.). Smith would shut the door though, as he struck out Bentley shortstop Joe Dorr for the final out of the game.
The Lions next travel to Ft. Myers for the Gene Cusic Classic to take on Concordia University-St.Paul for a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.