BOCA RATON, Fla. – That Saint Leo baseball team managed to add one more game to their win-streak as they opened their Sunshine State Conference series with Lynn University by handing the Fighting Knights a come-from-behind 9-7 loss in the first game of a Saturday double-dip. The Lions would then see their win-streak snapped at seven as they were no-hit in the 7-0 nightcap loss.
Game one would see the Lions respond from a 4-1 deficit in the late-innings as they answered with an 8-3 run to close out the game. Saint Leo put up a three-spot in the fifth inning as they earned three RBI in the middle of the frame.
Eugene Garnett Jr. led off the sixth with a homer to left-centerfield to add another run to the Lions’ total and the SLU would put up identical two-run frames in the seventh and eighth innings to solidify the victory.
In game two, LU redshirt sophomore Tommy Kahnle (1-1) struck out seven Lions as he earned his first career no-hitter and the first Lynn no-no in 11 years. In the win, he walked five and hit one. He faced just five batters more than the requisite 21 in the game.
Despite the shut out in game two, the Lions best game one performance at the plate came from sophomore Dustin Brown, who smacked four doubles as he went 4-for-5 with three RBI.
Saint Leo pitcher Matt Smith (4-3) would earn the win in game one with six-plus innings of seven-hit baseball. He would only surrender four earned runs to the defending national champions.
Game two would see Marshall Stalvey (1-4) get saddled with the loss in just two innings of work. He would surrender three runs, all earned, on six hits.
Lynn’s Dan Wright (2-3) would get the loss in the Lions’ game-one win.
Saint Leo and Lynn will square off in the deciding game of the Sunshine State Conference series on Sunday with a noon start in Boca Raton.