March 23, 2013

Teasley Shuts Down PBA, Lions Earn Series Win over the Sailfish

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Saint Leo (20-10) split Saturday's doubleheader against Palm Beach Atlantic (17-10) to win the series, two games to one. Behind a complete game from Rick Teasley, the Lions held off the Sailfish to earn a 4-2 win in game one. The Sailfish turned the tables a bit in game two, pounding out 15 hits to beat the Lions 12-7

In game one of the doubleheader Teasley tossed a complete game, allowing just four hits and two earned runs. Through nine innings, the lefty struck out four and did not walk a Sailfish batter en route to the win. It was the second time in as many games that the Lions' starting pitcher went the full nine innings.

The Lions offense was led by Taed Moses—who tallied four hits on the day and two RBI. Ryan Brnovich collected three hits on the afternoon as did Chris Newcomb.

The first game remained scoreless through five innings before the Lions finally broke through in the sixth for three runs. Newcomb got the inning going with a hit by pitch and he was plated on an RBI triple from Moses.

In the bottom half the same inning, Palm Beach Atlantic got a run back after the Sailfish catcher singled to bring home a runner. In the seventh Bobby Twitty walked to get the inning going and was brought across home on a double down the left field line from Newcomb.

Palm Beach Atlantic would score another run in the seventh to make the game 4-2 in favor of Saint Leo but Teasley continued his dominance and finished off the complete game.

The second game of the doubleheader saw the Lions get out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but that would be the only lead Saint Leo would see the rest of the game. Palm Beach Atlantic quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the first when they put up a three-spot on the Lions' starter Charles Neely.

The Sailfish tacked on five more runs to their lead in the second inning, and one more in the third to take a 9-2 lead over the Lions.

In the fourth Saint Leo got three runs back when Moses led off the inning with a double down the line and Rawdow followed him right up with an RBI triple to centerfield. Newcomb notched an RBI when he brought home Rawdow on a sacrifice fly, and Revell, who reached base on a walk, scored on an error by the catcher on a drop third strike play.

Trailing 10-5 in the fifth, Moses sent a laser of a homerun over the left field wall to get within four runs of the Sailfish. The Lions would push another run across the board in the sixth, but unfortunately the Sailfish scored two in the bottom of the fifth to counter the Lions' two runs.

The Lions get back in conference action on Thursday when they welcome the Sharks of Nova Southeastern to Thomas B. Southard Stadium. First pitch on Thursday is set for 6:00 p.m.