SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team (6-8) blasted out 23 hits en route to a dominating 15-2 victory over Concordia College (NY) at a windy Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Tuesday night. Led by junior leftfielder Myron Kirchner who went 5-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, and freshman centerfielder Chris Newcomb who was 3-for-4 with two RBI the Lions managed their third-straight win.
"After playing four tough games on the road, it is good to see many of our guys swinging the bats and playing well at home in front of our fans," Head Coach Russ McNickle said of his team's suddenly hot bats.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lions answered a Concordia run in the top of the second with one of their own in the bottom of the frame as Anthony Santa led off with his second triple of the season to deep right center field. Santa would eventually score on a fielder’s choice later in the frame.
The breakout inning would come in the third when 13 batters came to the plate with Jason Hamm blasting a bases-clearing triple to deep centerfield. It would prove to be the deciding inning as the Lions would tally eight runs on seven hits.
The Lions would also use the fifth inning as another high-output frame when six hits accounted for five runs.
Sophomore Henry Johnson (1-0) picked up his first decision of the season behind five strong innings where he allowed two runs on five hits. He would be relieved in the sixth by Patrick Schelah who would pilot a Lions’ bullpen that would combine to only give up two hits and zero runs. After Schelah, Jamie Tutko, Matt Smith and Austin Buck would come in, in order, and shut the Clippers down.
Working out 51 hits over the last three games, the Lions’ bats have officially come alive, and Saint Leo will look to continue with the offensive output as they travel to face Barry University in a non-conference series this weekend. First pitch for game one is scheduled for Friday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Feinbloom Field on the campus of Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.