Ft. Myers, Fla. (February 23, 2008) – The Saint Leo University baseball team (10-4) split a doubleheader with Concordia University-St. Paul (1-1) on Saturday at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Lions fell 9-7 in game on, snapping a seven-game winning streak, but rebounding for an 11-6 win in the nightcap. Both contests were seven inning games.
T.J. Alonzo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) and Bobby Munoz (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) both went a combined 4-for-6 in the twin bill, leading the team at the plate. Alonzo had six RBI for the day, including three home runs in the opener. Munoz finished the day with three RBI and a team-high six runs scored. Aaron McLamar (Jr., Hudson, Fla.) delivered the big blow in the second game with a grand slam that propelled the Lions to the win.
Munoz started his day off on the right foot in the first inning of game one with a solo home run to give the Lions an early lead. Concordia-St. Paul took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but a two-run homer by Alonzo in the fourth gave Saint Leo a 3-2 advantage. The Golden Bears tied the game in the fourth and then plated six runs in the fifth to open up a 9-3 lead.
Saint Leo rallied with Alonzo’s second home run of the contest, a solo shot to lead off the sixth. The leftfielder hit a three-run homer in the seventh for his third of the game, but the deficit proved too much for the Lions as their winning streak came to an end.
Saint Leo starter Ryan Clark (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) was saddled with the game one loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work.
In the second game of the day, it was the Lions who enjoyed a big fifth inning with seven runs highlighted by McLamar’s two-out grand slam. Rodney Miller (Sr., Binghamton, N.Y.) picked up the win in game two, going 5.2 innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits. Eric Nickolaison (Jr., Spring Hill, Fla.) recorded the final two outs of the game with the bases loaded, fanning the final two batters of the game for his first save of the season.
Saint Leo will conclude its play in the Gene Cusic Classic tomorrow when the Lions face Wheeling Jesuit University at 10:00 a.m.