SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team put together an impressive showing that saw solid hitting matched with good pitching and the Lions defense able to recover from a defensive miscue as they scored a 12-6 win over visiting Assumption College (MA) on Wednesday evening from Thomas B. Southard Stadium
After Saint Leo jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the third inning, a key defensive lapse could have spelled doom for the Lions.
With a run already in, the visiting Greyhounds loaded the bases with two outs and saw their catcher, Eddie McDonald, lift a fly into center field. As the runners were on the move, SLU center fielder Kyle Hobbs scooted over to catch the fly, but the ball tipped off of his glove and headed to the fence allowing the bases to clear and McDonald to end up safe at third. Assumption would take a 4-3 lead on that play.
A determined Hobbs more than made up for the miscue with his bat the rest of the evening. His RBI single in the bottom of the fourth knotted the game at four and then his double to left field in the seventh plated two Lions and put the finishing touches on a wonderful offensive night.
The Lions bullpen was finally true to form as four relief pitchers came in to share five innings of work and only allowed the visitors from Massachusetts two hits and two runs.
The Lions’ pen allowed the hot Saint Leo bats to get the runs in, which they did with regularity as the Green & Gold scored nine runs after that Greyhound fourth inning.
The seventh inning were Hobbs had the two RBI hit saw teammate Bobby Munoz try to do one better than the center fielder as he stroked a stand-up triple to the left-center field gap that scored Hobbs.
Lions’ third-baseman Aaron McLamar then tried to one-up both teammates as he blasted a round-tripper to left that put the wraps on a five-run seventh for SLU.
Jamie Tutko (1-0) was called on in relief and tossed two deciding innings to pick up his first win of the season while Andrew Colebrook (0-1), the third pitcher of the evening for the Greyhounds, was strapped with the loss.
Hobbs went 3-for-6 to lead the Lions and has three RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Dustin Brown went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks and three other Lions; McLamar, Jonathan Duncan and Jason Hamm all went 2-for-4 in the win.
The Lions take a day off and then get ready for an interesting day-night doubleheader on Friday. SLU will face Bentley College at 4:00 p.m. and the square off again American International College at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.