May 1, 2012

Lions Drop Midweek Game to Eckerd in Late Innings, 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – This time the rain held off, but that didn't keep the storm clouds on the field away as the Saint Leo baseball team was surprised by Eckerd College 6-4 in non-conference action on Tuesday evening from Turley Field.

Even though the two teams had their three-game Sunshine State Conference series marred by weather conditions and was not re-scheduled, Eckerd and Saint Leo managed to meet for the second time this season in a non-conference matchup.

Eckerd's Bryant Gibson broke a 4-4 standstill by lacing a double down the left-field line to lead off the eighth.  He would later score on a well-placed sacrifice fly that gave the hosts a 5-4 advantage.  The Tritons would add an insurance run a few batters later to add a bit of cushion to the lead.

Eckerd (16-28) jumped all over Saint Leo starter Ryan Sadler in their first series of plate appearances, putting up four runs on four hits in the bottom of the opening inning that had the Lions attempting to dig out of an immediate hole.

Despite the Tritons holding a four-run edge, Saint Leo (22-20) chipped away with runs in the second and fifth innings to eventually tie things up after a two-out RBI single by Dillon Vitale that found a gap into shallow center.

One of eight EC pitchers to toe the rubber, Kevin Plant (1-0) recorded 1.1 perfect innings pitched to record the win and Johnny Lancaster was credited with the save.

Appearing for Sadler in relief, Brandon Terry (1-1) tossed two innings in picking up the loss.

Both teams recorded 10 hits apiece as Anthony Santa continued to hold the hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.

The Lions will look to finish the 2012 season over .500 when they travel to Boca Raton for a three-game set with Lynn University.  First pitch of the opening game of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.