SAINT LEO, Fla. – Eugene Garnett’s opposite field grand slam in the bottom of the third inning proved to be just enough as the Saint Leo baseball team held on to defeat visiting Flagler College 6-4 on a cool Friday evening from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
Garnett’s round-tripper would put Saint Leo (16-29) up 5-1 and the Lions would get another run to cross the plate in the bottom of the fourth as they quickly posted five runs in just four frames of action, but the SLU bats would cool and the Lions would then be forced to rely on their pitching to keep them ahead.
Jeff Bloomer (3-2) would again toss an impressive game as he left the Flagler (15-29) batters frustrated through seven innings. He would toss seven complete an just allowed one earned run on seven hits. He went through a span where he seemed to be sending the Saints back to the dugout on a regular basis. Bloomer would finish with eight strikeouts and just two walks as he earned his third win of the season.
Although Lion relievers would run into some trouble in the final two frames, with Flagler scoring three runs to make the game interesting, Cody Johnson came in to shut the Saints down and earn the save.
Kyle Hobbs, as he has done numerous times this season, hit a leadoff home run to get the game started for the Lions, and it sparked SLU to those early runs and the win.
Saint Leo and Flagler will continue the NCAA South Region series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be carried on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.