LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team broke a recent losing streak in dominating fashion as they put together a solid offensive showing in defeating Southeastern University 14-8 in action at Broer Stadium on Wednesday night.
The offensive explosion for Saint Leo started in the first inning, as they plated three runs before the hosts even had a chance to bat. In the process of pounding out 19 hits, the Lions saw Eugene Garnett Jr. hit an impressive fifth inning homer on the first pitch he saw of his at bat. He hit a line drive shot out of the opposite field for a three-run shot to put SLU up 10-4.
On the mound, Matt Hewitt finally managed to pick up a decision as he made his fourth start of the season. The freshman went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits as he picked up the win. He was one of four SLU pitchers to toe the rubber on the evening. Adam Albers would relieve Hewitt and toss two innings, allowing four runs, while Caleb Fuddy and Jamie Tutko each tossed two scoreless innings to solidify the victory.
Every Saint Leo hitter except one managed at least a hit against Southeastern pitching. Six of seven Lion starters also hit safely multiple times as leadoff hitter Ryan Brnovich went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Two SLU hitters managed three RBI as Garnett Jr. went 2-for-6 with the homer and J.C. Suarez went 4-for-6 with four runs scored as well. Shortstop Ryan Powers also had three hits, going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
In wrapping up the road portion of their 2010 schedule, the Lions return home for a final series against Eckerd College. The Friday/Sunday series will get underway with a single game on Friday night. After a break due to Saint Leo graduation on Saturday, the Lions will conclude their 2010 season with a Senior Day doubleheader on Sunday.