Saint Leo, Fla. (March 15, 2008) – The Saint Leo University baseball team (20-8, 3-2 SSC) split a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader with visiting Eckerd College (10-16, 2-6 SSC) on Saturday afternoon at Southard Stadium. The Lions fell 9-5 in game one before earning a split with a 6-4 victory in the seven-inning second contest.
SLU junior SS Bobby Munoz (Tampa, Fla.) went a combined 4-for-7 with three RBI, three runs scored, a home run and a double on the afternoon. Munoz was the only Lion to register multiple-hit games in both halves of the double dip, and stretched his hitting streak to 12 by hitting safely in both games.
The Lions trailed from the start in game one, falling behind 5-0 in the opening innings. Saint Leo made it a 5-3 contest in the bottom of the third with an RBI single from T.J. Alonzo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) and a two-run double by Yunior Tabares (Sr., Tampa, Fla.). Tabares stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with the hit.
After Eckerd scored two more runs to make it 7-3 in the fifth, the Lions got to within two again when Brandin Daniel (Sr., Punta Gorda, Fla.) homered to straightaway centerfield in the sixth inning. However, the Tritons sealed the win with two insurance runs in the ninth.
Eckerd starter Philip Weylie (4-1) threw a complete-game in the opener, allowing the five runs on 10 hits while striking out five. Saint Leo starter Ryan Clark (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) was the losing pitcher in game one, falling to 2-5 on the season.
Saint Leo jumped to an early lead in the second game when Munoz delivered a three-run homer over the left field fence in the second inning. However, Eckerd tied the game when LF Mike Alvarez hit a three-run shot of his own in the top of the third. Devon Cason (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the inning to give the Lions the lead for good.
Each team scored a run in the fourth, but the Lions did not allow the Tritons to rally, as SLU closer Matt Smith (Sr., Dade City, Fla.) struck out two of the four batters he faced in the ninth en route to his fourth save of the season. Lions’ starter Rodney Miller (Sr., Binghamton, N.Y.) was the winner on the hill in the second game, improving to 3-0. Tritons’ starter Mike Sinicola was the losing pitcher in the second game, falling to 0-2 on the season.
Saint Leo and Eckerd will conclude their three-game SSC series on Sunday with the make-up of Friday night’s rain delayed contest. First pitch for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for noon.