SAINT LEO, Fla. – Returning home after Saturday night’s late-inning disappointment, the Saint Leo baseball team quickly swept aside any residual disappointment as they dominated visiting Saint Anselm College with 17-3 and 12-3 victories in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon from Thomas B. Southard Stadium. The twin wins snap a six-game winless streak as the Lions head into one of their busiest stretches of the season.
Game one saw the Lions smack 17 hits off of Saint Anselm (2-2) pitching including an eight run fourth inning that saw Saint Leo (5-8) nearly roll through the batting order twice. Although neither game featured a home run, the Lions saw junior Frank Rawdow leg out a first-inning triple in the opening contest which added to his impressive day.
Rawdow would ultimately go a combined 3-for-4 on the day with five RBI including that three-bagger that led off the day.
Posting their first errorless game of the season in the nightcap, the Lions posted 11 of their 28 combined hits and scored their 12 runs in the middle innings of the seven-inning game. In fact, the Lions would score two-or-more runs in every inning except the first and sixth.
Saint Leo pitching would also have a solid set of outings as Matt Hewitt (1-1) picked up the game one win as he was one of four pitchers to toe the rubber. Managing to get out of jams in the early innings when the game was still in doubt, Hewitt tossed six innings and only surrendered two runs. His bullpen consisting of Matt Smith, Jeff Bloomer and Anthony Espin joined to allow just one more run on two hits in the next three frames.
Rick Teasley (1-0) managed his first decision after he tossed four innings of one-hit ball. The Lions were on the verge of tossing a shutout until the Hawks plated three runs in the top of the final innings.
Aside from Rawdow, Ryan Brnovich went 5-for-7 with three runs scored in the lead-off position for the Lions. Each of the middle infielders performances were indicative of the hot bats the Lions held as seven of the nine SLU game one starters managed multiple hits.
Playing in just their fourth game, and only two days into their season, the visiting Hawks were led by Robert Kelly, who went 3-for-8 with an RBI. Pitchers Timothy Cooney (0-1) and Kyle Lavin (0-1) were given the decisions in each of the games.
The Lions will get a day off before hosting Concordia University (NY) on Tuesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.