SAINT LEO, Fla. – Ryan Powers launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning that finished off a 10-run explosion that propelled the Saint Leo baseball team to a convincing 10-2 victory over 10th-ranked Minnesota State on Monday night at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
In a game that was added to the Lions’ schedule just before the start of the season as a result of the collapse of the Metrodome’s roof in December saw Saint Leo (7-10) surrender two runs early when the Mavericks’ leadoff hitter, Zach Rowles launched a two-run shot in the top of the third.
Responding in a big way, the Lions capitalized on three errors in the next half-inning as they scored six times, batting through the order and only managing three hits in the frame. A Daniel Torres two-RBI double down the right field line was the biggest run-scoring knock of the innings.
Leading off the fourth inning with a single, another error that helped put Ryan Brnovich in scoring position as it was matched with a Frank Rawdow walk, putting two Lions on base as Powers stepped up to blast the capper.
Aside from those two frames, it would be Saint Leo pitching, led by starter Rick Teasley (2-0) that would put the zeroes on the scoreboard through the remainder of the game.
After Teasley put in his five innings of three-hit work, Head Coach Russ McNickle turned to his bullpen of Adam Albers and Jeff Bloomer to close out the contest.
In addition to the home run, Powers went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
The Lions will play again tomorrow when they host Lake Erie College at 6:00 p.m.