Saint Leo, Fla. (March 12, 2008) – The No. 29 Saint Leo University baseball team (19-7) won for the ninth time in the last 10 outings with a 10-5 win over visiting Wayne State University (2-3) on Wednesday night at Southard Stadium.
Saint Leo senior 1B Yunior Tabares (Tampa, Fla.) went 3-for-5 in the game with five RBI, two home runs and a pair of runs scored. Tabares stretched his hitting streak to 11 games, and homered for the second straight night with a three-run shot in the first and a two-run homer in the sixth. T.J. Alonzo (Jr., Tampa. Fla.) was 3-for-4 on the evening with an RBI, while Aaron McLamar (Jr., Hudson, Fla.) was also 1-for-3 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
Freshman starter Matthew Smith (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) picked up the win on the hill for the Lions, as he went 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on four hits to improve to 3-0 on the season. Wayne State starter John Kessick was on the losing end for the Warriors, falling to 1-1 on the season.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Lions came to life in the bottom of the third, as Brandin Daniel (Sr., Punta Gorda, Fla.) led off with a walk, followed by a one out walk issued to Bobby Munoz (Jr., Tampa, Fla.). T.J. Alonzo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) singled through the right side scoring Daniel for his team-leading 39th RBI of the year. Tabares followed the Alonzo single with a three-run rocket over the centerfield fence, and Braulio Pardo (Jr., Land O’Lakes, Fla.) also delivered an RBI triple to give the Lions a 5-0 lead after three.
Saint Leo added to the lead with three more runs in the fourth, highlighted by McLamar’s two-run homer. Jonathan Duncan (Jr., Starke, Fla.) also picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Wayne State got on the board in the sixth, making it an 8-3 contest. However, the Lions quickly answered with two runs in the sixth when Tabares connected on his second home run of the game, and third in last two contests, making it 10-3 Lions.
The Warriors added two runs in the seventh, but could rally no closer in the end as Saint Leo wrapped up a second consecutive win and a seventh straight victory over non-conference opposition.
Saint Leo returns to Sunshine State Conference action this weekend with a three-game home series versus Eckerd College. The Lions and Tritons will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader slated for Saturday afternoon at Southard Stadium.