SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo relief pitcher Caleb Fuddy was called upon in the seventh inning of the nightcap against Saint Anselm College as the visiting Hawks had loaded the bases with two outs of a 9-8 game. Fuddy needed just six fastballs to mow down Matt Sucharewicz and help the Lions get the Game Two win and even the series with the visiting Hawks at a game apiece.
Fuddy’s performance helped the Lions get a 9-8 win after dropping an 11-10 decision in the first game on a chilly and windy Sunday afternoon at Thomas B. Southard stadium.
Pitching turned out to be the focal point in both games as the Lions bullpen could not hold onto a four-run lead in the first game and nearly let another lead slip away in the second game.
After Saint Leo batters pounded out 16 hits and scored 10 runs in the opener, the Hawks got a bases-clearing, three-RBI double from the bat of Ben Gunn in the top of the final inning to go ahead of the Lions. Saint Leo could not recover in the bottom of the frame as they went down in order to drop the opening game to the visitors from Manchester, N.H.
The Lions showed some heart in the second game after the Hawks kept their hot bats going, scoring four runs in the opening inning.
The Lions’ offense responded with runs in every inning through the fourth and Saint Leo reliever Matt Smith, who came in with two outs in the first, settled in to toss six innings, enough to get SLU back ahead.
With a 9-6 lead in the last frame, the Hawks again loaded the bases and scored two runs to bring the Saint Leo advantage to just one run. That is when the Saint Leo coaching staff called on Fuddy to shut down the rally and pick up his first save of the season.
Kyle Hobbs and Aaron McLamar both had a good day at the plate as Hobbs went 5-for-9 and hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in the first game. McLamar went 4-for-8 and also had a homer in the first game.
After splitting today’s doubleheader, the Lions and Hawks will square off in the deciding game tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be carried on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.