SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team wrapped up their final trip to snowy Georgia with two losses against Columbus State on Sunday at Charles F. Ragsdale Field on the CSU campus. The Lions dropped the opener 3-1 and then fell in the nightcap 3-0.
Columbus State pitchers Thomas Campbell and Iain Sebastian gave up one run on seven hits combined as they quieted the cold Saint Leo bats in the doubleheader sweep.
The Lions (1-3) struck first in the opener. Eugene Garnett, the second SLU batter of the game, slugged the first pitch he faced over the wall in right to give Saint Leo a 1-0 lead as he also gave the Lions their first round-tripper of the 2010 season.
In the bottom half of the first, pitcher Matt Smith gave up a pair of doubles which tied the game at one. Smith settled down with two 1-2-3 innings until a mistake pitch in the fourth was deposited over the outfield fence as the hosts took a 2-1 lead. Cougars would then get an insurance run from the bat of sophomore outfielder Ryan Lewis with his seventh-inning homer.
In a pitching-dominated second game, the Cougars’ Sebastian flirted with a no-hitter in game two. He faced the minimum through five innings. Lions DH Myron Kirschner broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single to center in the sixth inning.
The Lions were unable to manufacture runs for pitcher Marshall Stalvey (0-1) who pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out six batters.
The teams were scheduled to play a three-game series, but Friday's snow and ice forced cancellation of one game and moved Saturday's doubleheader to Sunday.
The Lions will be on the road on Tuesday, February 17th as they head to St. Petersburg, Fla. to take on Eckerd College in non-conference action on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.