SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team may have received the boost they needed as they closed out a seven-game home stand with a 7-1 win over Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Tuesday night.
The Lions (6-13) got the necessary momentum from the left arm of junior transfer Jeff Bloomer and took it through a complete nine innings for their sixth win of the season.
This was the game where the hot Saint Leo bats from previous contests combined with solid fielding and dominating pitching as SLU pounded out 11 hits and only committed one error.
Bloomer saw his only run of the game cross the plate in the opening inning as the visiting Pumas got two walks to start the game as the Lion hurler had not quite settled in. An RBI single through the left side of the infield by Joe Messina plated the lone run for the visitors from Indiana.
The Lions’ 6’1” lefty allowed a leadoff single down the left field line to start the second inning, but after that he took control.
Saint Joseph’s (8-3) would go down, in order, in the next five innings before a dropped fly ball in deep center field at the start of the eighth saw the first runner reach base in 18 batters. Bloomer quickly got out of the jam as he saw the next three Puma batters pop up to end the inning.
A leadoff single that found its way between shortstop and third base saw a runner reach in the final inning, but Bloomer recorded the final two outs himself by earning a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
He earned his first decision of the year allowing one run on three hits and he again struck out nine batters. That is the same strikeout total he had in a no-decision against Warner University his last time on the hill.
Offensively, three Lions had multiple hits with Kyle Hobbs leading the way going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Jason Hamm and J.D. Cook both went 2-for-4 and helped secure the win.
After playing six games in four days, the Lions get a bit of a respite as they get two days of practice before starting up Sunshine State Conference play again. Saint Leo will travel to St. Petersburg on Friday night to begin an SSC series with Eckerd College. The Lions fell to the Tritons 5-2 in SLU’s home opener less than a month ago. First pitch of the Friday night game is set for 7:00 p.m. at Turley Field on the Eckerd College campus.