SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team broke a four-game winless streak in impressive fashion as the Lions defeated visiting Southeastern University (Fla.), 9-4 in non-conference action on Tuesday night. The win gives Saint Leo its 20th win of 2012, eclipsing the 19-win mark the Lions posted last season.
The toughest part of the game came in the sixth inning when new Saint Leo (20-15) pitcher Brandon Terry was a victim of a fielding miscue on a gift-wrapped double-play ball to third. The run-scoring error in the field eventually allowed Southeastern (24-23) to square the game up behind a three-run homer from the next batter.
Terry (1-0) settled down to get out of the inning and Frank Rawdow handed him the pitching victory when he launched a laser that traced the left field line for a solo round-tripper in the bottom of the sixth. The homer was just Rawdow's second of the season but it sparked the Lions' bats to five runs over the final three innings.
Highlighted in the Lions' late-inning scoring was a two-run moonshot home run off the bat of Michael Revell that cleared the right field fence.
Terry earned his first win of 2012 with an inning of work, while senior Shaun Gough tossed three solid innings of one-hit baseball to pick up his first save of the season.
Revell finished the night as the Lions' Florida Spine Center Spine-Tingling player of the game behind a 3-for-4 outing with the homer and four RBI. Senior Zach Miller and sophomore Chris Newcomb both went 2-for-4 and Miller registered three RBI.
Johnnie Kirkland (2-4) picked up the loss for the visitors from Lakeland as he was responsible for seven of the Lions' nine runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Using the momentum gained from getting back into the win column, the Lions will head back into Sunshine State Conference play as they begin a road series against Florida Tech on Friday. The first game of the three game set is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday night in Melbourne. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Baseball as Saint Leo heads into the second half of SSC play, visit SaintLeoLions.com.