February 1, 2013

Lions Fall on Opening Night to Montevallo, 7-2

SAINT LEO, Fla. In the opening game of the 2013 campaign with first-year coach Sean O'Connor at the helm, the Lions baseball team (0-1) came up a bit short, falling to Montevallo University (1-0) by a final score of 7-2.

The Falcons scored in the top of first inning after second baseman Will Fulmer reached base on a fielder's choice and was batted in on an Austin Dubberly single through the right side.

Rick Teasley was able to retire the Falcons in order in the second inning, which sparked the Lions' offense. Daniel Torres and Taed Moses both singled to get the inning going and a Dillon Vitale fielder's choice sent Torres across the plate to tie the game at one.

After tying the game the Lions were unable to shut down the Montevallo offense in the top of the third. The Falcons' three hits in the inning were enough to put three runs onto the board.

Nick Gill led off the bottom of the third by smoking a line drive that ricocheted off pitcher Mike Shreves and went directly to the shortstop for an easy six-to-four putout. It was one of the many well-hit balls on the night that couldn't find a hole. Immediately after, Chris Newcomb doubled down the left field line and eventually scored after going from second to home on an infield hit from Michael Revell.

After a rough first outing from Teasley, the Lions' bullpen threw very decent—giving up just two runs over the remaining five and two thirds innings. Matthew Hewitt hurled a solid 3 2/3 innings of one run baseball while both Brandon Terry and Tyrone Miller tossed one inning of scoreless baseball.

Unfortunately, the Lions weren't able to get much else going offensively. The team totaled 10 hits for the night and many hard hit balls that couldn't find green space, but none strung together in a manner that allowed them to push any more runs across the plate.  

"We hit the ball hard and I was pretty happy with our offense," O'Connor said postgame. "I thought we swung the bat well, we hit the ball hard, we lined into two double plays, and it was one of those nights where we actually played pretty well."

Getting the win for Montevallo was Mike Shreves (1-0), and taking the loss for the Lions was Rick Teasley (0-1).

The Lions get back in action tomorrow in the second game of the three-game series with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.

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