SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team finished off a two-game sweep of Clearwater Christian when the Lions shut out the visitors posting an 11-0 victory at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was a banner day for the Saint Leo pitching staff, led by starter Shaun Gough (2-6) as they teamed up to toss the first SLU shutout of the season. Gough tossed six complete and only allowed three hits as he struck out a career-high 10 Cougars batters. Surrendering duties to Marshall Stalvey and eventually Austin Buck, the Lions only allowed five hits for the game.
Opening their scoring again in the third inning, the Lions picked up their second-straight win score three times in both the third and sixth innings, then put the game away with a five-run seventh.
The highlight for the Lions at the plate came from the bat of Chris Newcomb in the sixth innings. The freshman launched a pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer.
The Lions other big hit came in the five-run seventh when Ryan Brnovich launched a bases-loaded triple into right center field to clear the bases. Brnovich would score one batter later when Newcomb singled down the left field line.
Newcomb finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored while Brnovich ended up 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.
The Lions will try to keep their hot streak alive on Tuesday when they host Warner University. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus.