FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This wasn’t quite the coaching debut that new Saint Leo Head Baseball Coach Russ McNickle had in mind.
In his first game at the helm of the Lions, his Saint Leo baseball team was held to just a single hit in a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Nova Southeastern on Friday night.
The Lions only saw a hit from lead-off hitter Eugene Garnett and their lone run scored in the third inning by second baseman Jonathan Duncan.
After the Lions opened scoring in the top of the third, NSU answered with three in the bottom of the inning and two more in the fifth on back-to-back home runs.
The Sharks broke it the game open in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run inning that opened up 9-1 lead.
NSU added one more run in the seventh that put the score at its 10-1 final.
The Saint Leo pitching staff surrendered 15 hits while junior pitcher Caleb Fuddy (0-1) picked up the loss, going just 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. Santi Arencibia and Reid Tilson both saw action from the mound in relief.
Nova Southeastern’s one-hitter came from a combined effort by Michael Fiers, who tossed 7.2 innings, and Scott Woodrey, who closed our the remainder. Shark left-fielder J.D. Martinez with 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored.
The Lions will try and rebound tomorrow as they face the Sharks in a non-conference doubleheader set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. at the NSU Baseball Complex.