SAINT LEO, Fla. – With Lions' pitching allowing only two hits over the course of nine innings, the Saint Leo baseball team (18-8) turned back region foe Georgia Southwestern State University (4-24), 9-0, Wednesday evening from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
A well-rounded team victory, the freshman duo of Stephen Grove and Tyrone Miller combined for the two-hit shutout win. Meanwhile, the Lions' offense registered 11 hits and a pair of four-run innings en route to the nine-run surge.
Three Lions registered multiple-hit games with Frank Rawdow leading the way with a 3-for-5 performance and team-best three RBI. Myron Kirchner scored two runs while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Daniel Torres rounded-out the trio as he went a perfect 2-for-2, while Michael Revell contributed with his first home run of the season.
Grove (1-0), making his first start for the Lions, stifled Hurricane hitters through opening five frame allowing only two hits and no runs.
With the freshman starter doing his part on the hill, the Lions' offense assisted their pitcher with five runs in over the course of the first five innings. After Torres doubled home the game's first run in the second, Saint Leo tallied the first of their two, four-run innings in the fifth frame.
Rawdow delivered the first blow of the inning as his RBI single platted Torres. After Brendan Collins drove home the Lions' third run of the game, Revell capped the inning by belting a two-run home run over the right centerfield fence, his first of the season, to push the advantage to 5-0.
The Lions closed-out the contest in the eighth inning as they punctured the scoreboard for another four runs. Methodically, the Lions scored the first two runs on a Kory Wan walk and Torres sacrifice fly before Rawdow crowned the inning with a two-run double to right field.
In relief of Grove, Miller was lights out as he went 4.0 innings while not allowing a hit.
The Hurricanes could only muster two hits as they posted their base knocks in the third and fourth innings, both of which were singles.
Three of the Lions 11 hits went for extra-bases, while the two Saint Leo pitchers combined to throw 99 pitches.
The Lions will return to action Friday, March 23, when they open a three-game Sunshine State Conference series with No.8-ranked the University of Tampa. First pitch for Friday's single game is set for 6 p.m. from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
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