MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Despite holding another lead midway through the game, the Saint Leo baseball team saw the same outcome as last night in the Lions’ 6-4 loss to Barry University on Saturday afternoon.
A fast-paced game that took a tick over two hours to complete saw Saint Leo (6-10) take the 2-0 advantage in the second inning as the Lions capitalized on a timely error to continue the frame.
Barry (10-7) would answer with single runs in each of the next two innings, with the run in the third coming off a shot by James Young that carried over the left field wall to tie the game.
Leading off the fourth inning with a single, Dustin Brown would eventually come around to score behind a Ware Hart sacrifice bunt and an Anthony Santa RBI single that gave SLU a 3-2 lead.
The back-and-forth affair would continue in Barry’s half of the fifth when first baseman Dean Green connected on a Shaun Gough pitch and deposited it over the right field wall. The homer with a runner on base would give Barry the lead once again.
Knotting the game in the next inning, Santa again pushed through an RBI when he again scored Brown, who was at second base when the Lions’ first baseman slapped another single to left field.
With the score tied again, Barry took the lead for good over the next two frames when the Buccaneers made good on the Lions only miscue of the game in the sixth to score a run and a leadoff homer in the seventh, again by Dean Green, gave the hosts a 6-4 advantage.
Barry pitching would manage to shut the Lions down, in order, over the last two innings to claim the series sweep.
Santa finished as Saint Leo’s best performance as he went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Brown with 2-for-3 with three runs scored as both tried to get the win.
Despite six strong innings, Shaun Gough (1-2) was handed the loss as he was the Lions’ pitcher of record when Green tacked on his second long shot.
With his two home runs, Green capped a 2-for-3 day with three RBI in the Buccaneer win. Brett Hammaker (2-1) tossed seven innings in picking up the win for the Bucs.
Beginning their Spring Break portion of play, the Lions will return home and face Minnesota State – Mankato in a game that was a late addition to the 2011 schedule that was a result of the collapse of the Metrodome in December of 2010. The March 7th game is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.