SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team was unable to close out their series sweep of visiting Young Harris College as the Lions fell 6-2 in non-conference action on Monday night from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
"They're a well-coached team. We told the club before the series even started that they're not going to give anything away," Head Coach Russ Mcnickle said. "They're probably one of the better teams we've played all year. Josh (Rudnik) was very good for them tonight. He kept us off the scoreboard and minimized some chances for us late in the ballgame so you just tip your cap to that guy, he did a great job, and we've got to get ready for conference."
On a chilly evening the Lions (12-5) had trouble dealing with Rudnik (3-0), the Mountain Lions' starter as he tossed a complete game six-hitter. Saint Leo has some decent opportunities, including two runners that reached third base in the late innings, but could not get that key connection that would rally the Lions back.
Rick Teasley (3-1) started for Saint Leo and still managed a solid outing, going seven innings and allowing just three earned runs, but it would be just enough for Young Harris (14-7) to hand him his first blemish of the season.
Chris Newcomb was the offensive highlight for Saint Leo as he was a single shy of hitting for the cycle. He started the night by lacing a triple into left field, followed that by launching a homer to left and then smacked a double to right in the sixth. His final at-bat saw him pop out to right. He finished the night 3-for-4 with an RBI and was responsible for both runs scored.
Three Young Harris batters went 2-for-5 in leading their team to the series' finale win. Jack Morrow, Trey Rogers and Zach Bricknell all posted multiple hits with Morrow tallying two RBI.
"I think our guys are excited about getting a chance to start conference play," McNickle said looking toward the upcoming schedule. "We've played a lot of games; we kind of have some roles defined and have got some things going so it will be nice to play under the lights at Henley Field, and I know our guys will be ready."
The Lions will now turn their attention to Sunshine State Conference play as they board the bus and travel to Lakeland to face Florida Southern in a three-game weekend series. The Lions and the Mocs are scheduled to open their series on Friday night with a 7 p.m. game that will be played at Henley Field. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.