SAINT LEO, Fla. – That Saint Leo baseball team managed to get an NCAA South Region series win as they split a Saturday doubleheader with visiting Flagler College, winning the opener 8-5 but dropping the evening game 15-6. Coupled with the victory last night, the Lions earn a 2-1 series win over the Saints and improve to 17-30 overall.
The Lions opened up scoring early in game one as three consecutive hits to start the game, including an RBI double from the bat of Bobby Munoz to start the game off on the right note for the Green & Gold.
Flagler College would get a leadoff homer to start the third frame, but SLU would respond with three runs in the bottom of the inning as Kyle Hobbs matched the Saints blast with a shot of his own, making the score 3-1.
Still in the third, the Lions would put two runners on base with two outs and see Eugene Garnett rope a two RBI single into left field that gave SLU a 5-1 advantage.
Saint Leo would score two more in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Hobbs and an RBI single by Munoz to open up their lead to 7-1 heading into the fifth.
Starting Saint Leo pitcher Aaron Brandt, who went out in search of his first win of his career, began to falter in the fifth when the visitors from St. Augustine managed to plate three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to bring the score to within 7-5.
Brandt would surrender pitching duties to the Saint Leo bullpen and they would do a fantastic job in closing out the win for Saint Leo.
Caleb Fuddy and Reid Tilson combined to toss 3.1 innings and only allow three hits to help Brandt get his first win of his career.
The second game was a sloppy affair as both teams combined to commit nine errors, but the six on the Lions’ side came at critical points in the game.
The Lions managed to battle from a 6-0 deficit to bring the score to 6-4 but Flagler plated nine runs, including six in the seventh inning to squash the Saint Leo hopes of a sweep.
Dustin Brown had a day at the plate as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Kyle Hobbs combined both games to go 5-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored. He also managed a homer in both games.
Brandt (1-5) earned the first game win while Matt Smith (4-4) was the pitcher of record in the second game loss.
The Lions next welcome Eckerd College to Thomas B. Southard Stadium as the teams will square off in a non-conference game on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the Saint Leo campus.