LAKE WALES, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team (14-16) fell to the Warner Southern Royals (15-17) by the final score of 6-5, Tuesday evening from the Royals Baseball Complex.
The non-conference showdown saw the Lions register 12 hits on the night, but three, two-run innings proved to be enough as the Royals took the one-run ballgame. Four Lions recorded two hits apiece, including Dustin Brown who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Kory Wan delivered an RBI and JC Suarez scored a run in their 2-for-4 performances and Ware Hart finished the night 2-for-3. Eugene Garnett Jr. scored a run, while Ryan Power and Blake Turner rounded-out the Lions offensive showing.
Warner struck early as two first inning runs on four hits put the Lions at an early deficit. The Lions, however, bounced back in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs to tie the game at two apiece. The big blow in the inning came when Wan knocked in Turner from third base on a sharp single through the left side.
The Lions continued to swing a hot bat gaining a 3-2 advantage in the top of the third inning as Powers sent a single trough the infield to score Brown. Unfortunately, the lead did not stand as the Royals strung together three hits, including two RBI singles, in the bottom half of the frame to regain a 4-3 lead.
The lead was extended to 6-3 an inning later as both an RBI double and single posted the fifth and sixth runs of the evening for Warner.
SLU began to chip away at the three-run advantage in the fifth inning. Back-to-back singles by Suarez and Hart put runners in scoring position for Brown and the sophomore made the most of his at-bat sending a base hit into the outfield to score Suarez.
Another RBI single off the bat of Daru in the top of the sixth inning cut the lead to 6-5. But despite cutting the lead to one, the Green & Gold could not get the tying run across the plat over the final three innings, dropping their second one-run ball game of the year.
Austin Buck picked up the loss for SLU and dropped to 1-4 on the season. However, the bullpen trio of Caleb Fuddy, Adam Albers, and Seth Fowler were fantastic in relief throwing a combined 3.0 innings allowing just one hit and no runs over the span.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, March 24 as they take on rival Tampa in non-conference action from Southard Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.