LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team (15-5, 2-1 SSC) split a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader with rival Florida Southern, Saturday afternoon from Henley Field. The Lions dropped a 5-2 decision in game one, before upending Florida Southern, 4-1, in game two. The victory gave Saint Leo the conference series win.
After falling in game one of the doubleheader, the Lions, backed by a two-hit effort from pitcher Rick Teasley, took down the Mocs in the seven-inning nightcap.
Four Lions registered double digit hits including a team-best four hits from catcher Daniel Torres. Dillon Vitale was 3-for-5 in the doubleheader, while Anthony Santa and Dustin Brown posted three and two hits, respectively. Vitale registered the only extra-base hits of the contest and led the team with two runs scored.
Game one saw the Mocs' get to Lions' starting pitcher Charles Neely early as they platted three runs in the top half of the first inning. Still, a resilient Lions' bunch clawed back into the game as they scored a run in the second inning on a Torres' RBI single.
The Mocs extended the lead to 4-1 in the third inning, before the Lions cut the lead in half with an eighth-inning run as Michael Revelle crossed the dish.
Unfortunately, Florida Southern responded with an RBI single of its own in the bottom of the frame to solidify the contest.
Brandon Terry was stellar in relief of Neely as he tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless work, registering a season-high five strikeouts.
In the rubber game, the Lions struck early as Brown's single platted a pair of runners in Anthony Santa and Chris Newcomb.
The Mocs cut the lead in half with a first inning home run, but that was all Florida Southern was able to assemble as Lions' hurler Rick Teasley allowed just three base runners over the next six innings.
Saint Leo added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth as Vitale belted a solo blast over the right centerfield fence, and Torres roped an RBI single to score Newcomb. With Teasley nearly unhittable, the Lions were able to close the Mocs out for their 15th win of the season.
On the hill, Teasley (4-1) was superb as he scattered two hits across seven innings. He struck out six batters and allowed two walks en route to his fourth win of the season.
Baseball will return to action on Wednesday, March 13, as they host the Warner Royals in non-region action. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Southard Stadium.
For more on the Saint Leo baseball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.