Lions Drop Series Finale to #9 Columbus State, 10-1

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Saint Leo baseball team came up short in their bid to take one game while in Georgia as the Lions dropped the final game of a three-game series to ninth-ranked Columbus State, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon.

"(The loss) was a combination of a lot of different factors," Head Coach Russ McNickle said about his team's three-game sweep.  "We hit some balls hard but trying to play from behind made it a tough day for our guys.  We've got to learn from this, move forward, and get ready for Tuesday night (against Eckerd).  You've got to be consistent."

"Hopefully we can learn from this because life on the road is tough.  We've proven that we can win on the road; even though we had a tough weekend weather-wise and against a good team in Columbus State, it's going to be nice to go home and face a familiar opponent."

Columbus State (6-0) managed to touch starter Ryan Sadler (1-1) for three runs in the second inning.  It was a frame that looked saved for the Green and Gold when Sadler managed to get CSU hitter Kenny Miller to bloop a fly ball down the right-field line.  The two-out, bases loaded poke found its way between three Saint Leo (4-3) gloves and fell for a hit just inside the foul line, allowing two runs to score.

The Lions plated their only run of the game in the fourth when senior Anthony Santa led off with a triple to the right-field wall.  He scored when Dustin Brown shot a single into right-center field.

CSU widened the gap when they scored single runs in the fourth and sixth and put a three-spot on the board in the fifth.  The Cougars scored their final two more in the eighth to open up the nine run margin.

Sadler registered four innings, surrendering six runs on five hits to pick up his first negative decision of 2012.  In the other dugout, CSU starter Will Casey tossed seven innings only giving up the Santa run.

Santa's triple highlighted a 2-for-4 afternoon as the Lions combined for eight hits.

The Lions return home to face Eckerd College on Tuesday evening in another road game.  They will square off against the Tritons with a 7 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Turley Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.