SAINT LEO, Fla. – The impressive never-give-up attitude was present for the Saint Leo baseball team on Sunday as the Lions rallied in each game of their twin-bill with visiting Rollins College, but the Tars barely managed to hold on in claiming 5-4 and 2-1 victories in Sunshine State Conference action on Sunday afternoon.
After ceremonies honoring the Lions' seven seniors, Saint Leo (22-20, 5-14 SSC) took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning before Rollins plated four runs in a five-hit fourth inning. Rollins (27-17, 8-10 SSC) added another run in the top of the seventh as it looked like a four run margin would be enough for the visiting Tars to earn the victory.
The Lions' bats would awaken in the bottom of the frame when they capitalized on two consecutive RC fielding errors to score twice. Saint Leo scored again in the eighth, but a bases-loaded, no-out situation as the Lions were trailing by one saw the Green and Gold hit into a home-to-first double play and then pop out as Rollins survived the rally.
Saint Leo starting pitcher Rick Teasley (4-6) would go four innings before surrendering pitching duties to his bullpen. He would give up four runs on nine hits while striking out four Tars in 79 pitches.
Brett Mueller (6-1) picked up the win for Rollins, making 6.2 innings of work without surrendering an earned run. He managed the win despite his fielder's five errors.
Game two was decided by a single pitch as a scoreless tie was broken when Rollins' Hunter Mayfield deposited a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer. That margin would be all that the Tars needed as an Anthony Santa solo homer in the bottom of the seventh was the only run the Lions could get across in the game.
Aaron Brandt (4-5) tossed a complete game despite picking up the loss. He held the Tars to just four hits but was responsible for the two-run shot. He also managed to strike out five Rollins batters.
Mike Herrmann (4-3) picked up the Rollins win, going 6.2 innings and surrendering a run on five hits. With Herrmann in trouble with two outs in the final frame Jack Murray came in to register the final out and pick up his second save of the year.
Honored in Senior Day ceremonies before the games, Santa and Dustin Brown posted impressive combined performances, each going 3-for-7 while Santa managed three RBI and the homer, his fourth round-tripper of the season.
The Lions will look to rebound from the doubleheader loss when they travel to face SSC rival Eckerd College in non-conference action on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Turley Field. For the latest news, information, and updates on Saint Leo Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.