March 18, 2013

Lions Split Doubleheader with Mansfield, Take Game Two in Walk-off Fashion

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo split today's doubleheader against Mansfield, winning the second game on a walk-off hit in extra innings to top the Mounties 3-2. Saint Leo (17-9) fell in the 3:00 p.m. to Mansfield (7-3) by a final score of 3-1.

Leading the Lions' offense and continuing his hot streak at the plate was catcher Daniel Torres. Torres collected three hits in the doubleheader with all three coming in the second game. Tallying two hits on the afternoon was Bobby Twitty, Ryan Brnovich, Frank Rawdow, and Kory Wan. The Lions managed just three hits in the game one loss, but found some offense in game two—collecting nine hits as a team in the win.

In game one, Lions' starter Chris Williams faced some adversity early and allowed the Mounties to take a 2-0 lead right off the bat.

The Lions countered in the bottom half of the second, plating one run when Kory Wan doubled to bring home Moses who had reached base when a bad hop got the best of Mansfield second baseman Jon Taddeo.

Unfortunately that was the only scoring inning for the Lions, who were never able to get in a groove at the plate against the Mansfield pitching staff.

Williams did settle in nicely after the first inning and finished with five complete innings, allowing just two runs and five hits while striking out four Mounties' hitters.

Collecting the win in game one for Mansfield was Quin Taylor—who gave up just three hits and zero earned runs.

Game two started similar to the way game one started, with Mansfield getting on the board first in the third inning.

This time the Lions wasted no time getting back in the game, as Twitty sent a no-doubter over the right field wall in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at two runs apiece.

The game remained scoreless from that point on until the bottom of the eighth when the Lions got started with a leadoff double from Twitty. Gill, who came in the game as a defensive replacement, executed a sacrifice bunt the following play to advance Twitty over to third base.

After the Mounties intentionally walked Michael Revell, Rawdow stepped to the plate with a chance to win the game—and he did just that. Rawdow got a pitch he could handle and sharply hit a groundball into the hole between third and short to bring home Twitty for the walk-off win.  

Getting the start on the mound in game two was Charles Neely who threw four innings while allowing just two runs and five hits.

Relieving Neely in the fifth for three innings was Tyrone Miller. Miller did not allow any hits or runs in his three innings of work while striking out three. Coming in for the eighth to get the eventual win was Matthew Hewitt

The Lions get right back on the field tomorrow when they welcome Warner University to town for a single game starting at 6:00 p.m.

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