February 2, 2013

Lions Even Series with a 5-2 Win

SAINT LEO, Fla.—The Saint Leo University baseball team (1-1) evened the series with Montevallo (1-1) on Saturday afternoon after a 5-2 win. Starting pitcher Charles Neely (1-0) set the tone from the very beginning and cruised through six innings to earn the win.

In the winning effort, Neely struck out out nine and allowed just five hits and one earned run in six complete innings. 

The Lions hit the ball hard once again, but this time were able to find some more holes. The Lions offense collected nine hits on the afternoon, three of which came from Taed Moses. Bobby Twitty also provided some offensive firepower, knocking a double down the line in his first at bat, and cranking one off the right-center field wall in his next at bat.

After scoring a run in the second, Chris Newcomb extended the Lions' lead to two when he belted a line drive over the leftfield wall for his first homrun of the year. The Lions followed up in the fourth with two more runs after Twitty and Moses strung together a few hits and Dillon Vitale brought the run home with a sacrifice fly. The Lions got their second run of the inning when Moses scored on an error by the Falcons first baseman. 

The Lions pitching staff gave up just five hits and one earned run to the Falcons, who were unable to get anything going offensively the entire game. Relieving Neely in seventh inning was Brandon Terry who tossed a solid two innings, and closing it out in the ninth to earn his first save of the year was Adam Albers.

The third and deciding game of the series will be played tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m.