SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team earned their second-straight win in as many days as the Lions handed visiting Lake Erie College an 8-4 defeat on Tuesday night at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
Led by a 2-for-4, four RBI effort from first baseman Anthony Santa, the Lions pounded out 15 hits and scored seven of their eight runs in the first three innings.
Unlike last night, Saint Leo (8-10) could not lean on miscues from the other team to allow runs to cross; instead SLU used a combination of timely hits and well-executed bunts to keep runners on base. In total, the Lions successfully laid down three bunt singles in the two big run-scoring innings.
The biggest threat the Lions faced all night was in the fourth inning when a bases loaded infield fly seemingly ended the frame without any damage, but the ball would be dropped allowing three runs to cross on the error. Aside from that, starter Matt Hewitt (2-1) managed five solid innings while only allowing one earned run on six hits.
Santa finished off the night’s scoring when he launched an opposite-field solo home run in the seventh inning.
Kory Wan, making the start at third base for the Lions, went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Santa and Wan were two of seven Lions who earned multiple hits on the evening.
Relievers Henry Johnson and Austin Buck both tossed two innings each and both only surrendered two hits per pitcher.
Despite still looking for their first win, Lake Erie (0-3) was led by shortstop Ryan Rua, who went 2-for-5 with the team’s only RBI. Starter Tyler Minnich (0-1) only made it into the third inning before the Lions chased him with six runs and nine hits.
After a busy stretch where Saint Leo played four games in six days, the Lions will take a brief break before welcoming their first Sunshine State Conference competition this weekend. The Lions will start a series with Lynn University on Friday night at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. First pitch of the opening game of the three-game set is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.