PENSACOLA, Fla. – There was not much offense to write home about for the Saint Leo baseball team in their rescheduled game with the University of West Florida. The Lions were held to just two hits as they fell 6-0 to the Argonauts in their final game in West Florida.
The Lions (11-18) saw one hit come in the second inning when Eugene Garnett, using his speed, successfully laid down a bunt toward third base and the other came in the last inning when Jonathan Duncan shot a ball into left field. Other than that, West Florida (18-11) pitching, which consisted of Dustin Brenton, who tossed seven innings, and Blake Maher, who tossed the final two frames, shut the Lions down. The two combined for 11 strikeouts and just three walks.
Cory Casuso (0-1), the Lions’ starter, lasted five innings and was handed the loss. He surrendered eight hits, including a deep two-run shot to West Florida’s Lee Huggins in the fifth inning that gave the Argos their fifth and sixth runs. Relievers Ryan Arena and Dale Slimmick came in to shut down the Argos in the final three innings, but the damage had already been done.
Brenton (2-1) picked up the win for the host Argonauts.
Saint Leo will return home this weekend as they get back to Sunshine State Conference competition when they face Lynn University, formerly the nation’s top team, in the three-game series starting Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium and will be carried live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.