LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team fell victim to two innings that proved the difference in their 13-3 setback to 6th-ranked Florida Southern at Henley Field on Tuesday night.
Florida Southern (4-0) was first on the scoreboard in the third as a leadoff double ended up crossing the plate a few plays later on a field error by the Lions. Saint Leo (1-1) managed to pull even in the top of the fifth when Chris Newcomb reached on a leadoff single. Advancing around the bases on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Brnovich, Newcomb eventually scored on an error by the Mocs.
The Moccasins responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Florida Southern’s Mike Snyder capped the inning with a three-run homer to give the hosts a 6-1 advantage.
FSC tacked on six more runs in the sixth on RBI-singles from Cory Jensen and Kelvin Clark, a pair of Saint Leo errors, an RBI-double from Snyder and a sacrifice fly from Tony Mitchell. When all was said and done, Florida Southern had control of the game and a 13-1 lead.
For the Lions, Newcomb had the best evening at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Shaun Gough (0-1) picked up the loss in his first start as he went 4.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits while striking out three.
Florida Southern pitcher Eddie Sipple (1-0) picked up the win as he went five innings, giving up just one unearned run and striking out eight Lions.
The Lions will return home and prepare for a three game series against Columbus State this weekend. The series will get started on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m.