Baseball Jumps Five Spots to No. 23 in Latest Polls
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –The Saint Leo University baseball team jumped up five spots to No. 23 in the latest Division II Baseball Rankings, according to NCAA.com and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The Lions checked in to the rankings last week at No. 28 and following the 5-3 win at Albany State last Monday, the Lions were able to move up into this week's Top 25.
Off to the best start in nearly a decade, Saint Leo has been riding its starting pitching to win ball games. The Lions have a team ERA of 3.09—the lowest in the Sunshine State Conference. The offense has done its part as well though, leading the conference in hits, runs, doubles, triples, and total bases.
Charles Neely, Rick Teasley, and Brent Krauss have pitched the majority of the innings, but the Lions' bullpen has come up clutch when needed. Relief pitcher Adam Albers was last week's Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week after notching two saves against West Alabama within a few hours of each other. Albers' three saves on the season is tied for the most in the conference. This week, Matthew Hewitt was named Pitcher of the Week after tossing six innings of no-run baseball against Albany State. Hewitt struck out seven and surrendered just three hits in the win.
The Lions have darted off to a 10-2 start and are currently riding a nine-game winning streak heading into tomorrow's regional showdown at No. 24 Florida Tech.
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