SAINT LEO, Fla. – Aaron Brandt tossed a complete game in the day’s final contest as the Saint Leo baseball team rebounded to claim the split of a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader against Barry University as they earned the 3-1 victory. The Lions dropped the day’s first game 12-6 as Barry claimed the conference series 2-1.
In taking charge of game two, Brandt pitched a beauty, only allowing Barry to spin the scoreboard once on an RBI groundout in the second inning. Having just seven innings to get a win, the sophomore from Dade City, Fla. only allowed the visiting Buccaneers to four hits, almost eight below their season average.
While Brandt was silencing the Barry (21-9, 6-3 SSC) sticks, the SLU offense answered the only BU run with a three-spot of their own in the bottom of the second inning.
With two outs, the Lions capitalized on a walk and a single as catcher Jack Daru slapped a double down the left field line that scored both base runners. Daru would later score on a J.C. Suarez single to left field.
That would be all the Lions needed as Brandt (4-1) put the Buccaneers down in order in nearly every other innings. He would reach down and find a little extra in the final frame as he shut down a Barry rally, striking out a Barry pinch-hitter and getting the final out on a ground out to shortstop.
His line in the game would be seven innings, one earned run and one walk as he struck out six BU batters en route to his fourth win of the season.
Third baseman Kory Wan would go 2-for-2 in the win.
Game one belonged to the Buccaneers, but it would take the visitors from Miami Shores four innings before the cracked Saint Leo starter Marshall Stalvey.
After shutting the Bucs out for the first three frames, the visitors got on the board in a big way in the fourth inning when designated hitter Ryan Garcia stroked a three-run homer over the right field wall.
The home run would spark the visitors as they would score a run in every inning after the fourth, including another three-spot in the eighth.
Saint Leo (15-19, 4-8 SSC) would do their best to respond as the Lions saw their first home run in eight games as Kory Wan hit a liner that zipped over the right field wall.
The shot was part of the three-run sixth that saw Saint Leo tie the score at five.
Barry answered with two runs in the next inning as they claimed their second game of the weekend and the SSC-series win.
Stalvey tossed six innings, surrendering five runs as he managed a no decision, thanks to the SLU rally in the sixth.
Cody Johnson (1-1) came on in relief of Stalvey as the Bucs retook the lead while he was on the hill, handing him the loss.
The Buccaneers’ Corey Witkowski (2-0) stayed in the game just long enough to claim the victory.
In the loss, Blake Turner did his job in the designated hitter spot going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Lions hit the road as they face Webber International University in Babson Park on Wednesday. The Lions and the Warriors are scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m. on the Webber campus.