ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team pushed their record over .500 for the first time since February 6th as they are now 13-12 overall after the Lions posted a 10-2 win over Eckerd College on Tuesday night at a cold and windy Turley Field in South St. Petersburg.
A night when the Lions’ used seven pitchers, with starter Henry Johnson going a planned three innings, the Lions staff continued to put up zeros throughout nearly the entire contest. The Tritons only offense came from two sacrifice fly-outs from Stephen Pelc. He broke the shutout with a deep fly to left in the sixth, and added another run on a fly out to center field in the eighth.
With Eckerd only able to muster two runs through the course of the game, the Lions plated their first run in the top of the first frame and would continue to score throughout.
The Lions scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs each in the fifth, seventh and eighth frames. The biggest hit coming from the bat of senior Eugene Garnett Jr. who got every piece of a 3-1 fastball and deposited it deep over the left field fence for a two-run homer.
For the Lions, the game went very methodical as the pitchers did their job, the hitters did theirs and the result now has Saint Leo with a winning baseball team.
Garnett Jr. finished the evening as the Lions’ best performer, going 2-for-3 with the homer, two RBI and four runs scored. Blake Turner also had a solid performance, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Henry Johnson (3-0) picked up the win, while Eckerd starter Jay Moroff (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
The Lions will now return home to face Doane College (Neb.) on Thursday evening in a game that was added after the 2010 schedule was originally announced. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.