SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team opened the home portion of their 2012 schedule in impressive fashion as the Lions pounded out 16 hits and scored 15 runs en route to a 15-5 drubbing of #15 Florida Southern in non-conference action on Wednesday night from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
"I thought it was a great start at home. We had a great crowd and the atmosphere was really neat to see and I think our guys fed off of that," Head Coach Russ McNickle said of his team's first outing in the friendly confines. "We're playing with some confidence right now; we had a good weekend in Valdosta and I know they were excited to play at home tonight in front of their fans."
Answering a Moccasin run in the first inning with one of their own, Saint Leo (4-0) scored in the first four frames to open a wide lead over its opponent from Lakeland, Fla. The game was highlighted by a seven-run fourth inning that saw sophomore catcher Daniel Torres launch a bases-loaded, three run double to break the contest open. Torres finished the night 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Not to be out-done, senior Anthony Santa connected on a two-on, two-out line drive in the bottom of the sixth that added to the Lions' impressive night. In total, the Saint Leo first baseman was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
On the mound, junior left-hander Rick Teasley (1-0) dominated Florida Southern (2-2), tossing six complete and only surrendering four hits and an earned run on 88 pitches. His FSC counterpart, Austin Jackson (0-1), only went three innings and allowed four runs as he faced 18 Lions.
It doesn't get any easier for the undefeated Lions as they return to the road and face Columbus State in a three-game weekend series in Georgia. The first game of a Saturday doubleheader is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.