Lions Complete Three-game Sweep of Nova Southeastern
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo completed the three-game sweep of Nova Southeastern on Saturday afternoon from Thomas. B Southard Stadium, winning game one by a score of 13-5 and game two by a score of 6-3. The Lions used an 11-run eighth inning in game one to complete the comeback win. In game two, starter Matt Hewitt set the tone from the get-go and the Lions cruised to a 6-3 win. Saint Leo improved to 23-10 overall and 4-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Taed Moses led the Lions offensively as he collected five hits and five runs scored on the day. Moses also drove in a pair of runs. Michael Revell tallied four hits while driving in four runs for the Lions in seven at-bats. Also collecting four hits in the doubleheader was freshman Taylor Perez. With three hits in the pair of wins was the Lions' designated hitter Ryan Brnovich. Brnovich also scored two runs and drove in 3 RBI.
In game one the Lions lit the scoreboard first with a single run in the top of the first when Moses drove home Bobby Twitty who had doubled to get the two-out rally started.
The Sharks responded in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Lions got one run back in the bottom of the sixth when Moses tripled to right-center, but the Lions still trailed 3-2 at that point.
In the eighth inning Nova Southeastern added on two more runs in what looked to be insurance runs at that point, but what ensued next is what college baseball is all about.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Lions exploded for 11 runs on seven hits to blow the game open and take a 13-5 lead. After a pair of Lions reached on walks, Revell singled to bring home the first run of the inning. The following play Cole Stancil bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Two more runs would come across home when the next two batters reached on a hit by pitch and another walk. The rally then continued with a looping base hit into centerfield from Perez and a double down the line from Brnovich that blew the game wide open. Two more hits, including a double from Revell and single from Moses, would bring home three more Saint Leo runs.
Rick Teasley started the game on the mound for the Lions in game one and went 5.1 innings while allowing three runs and striking out seven. Brandon Terry relieved Teasley in the sixth and would eventually go on to earn the win. Terry went 2.2 innings without allowing an earned run and gave up just two hits. Following the 11 run eighth inning Chris Williams toed the rubber in the ninth for a quick three up, three down inning to seal the win.
In game two the Sharks struck first with one run in the top of the second, but the Lions immediately countered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Torres got the inning started when he was hit by his second pitch of the afternoon and following a Perez base hit, Torres was brought home on a groundball from Brnovich. The very next pitch Frank Rawdow laced a ball to the wall in left field, bringing home Perez to put the lead back in the Lions' favor.
Moses led off the fourth inning with a single to left field and was eventually brought home on an RBI single from Daniel Torres.
An inning later the Lions tacked on three more runs after Brnovich led off the inning with a double down the line. Brnovich advanced to third on a deep fly ball off of Rawdow's bat, and came home on a sacrifice fly from Twitty. After an NSU pitching change Moses reached base after being hit by a pitch and he was then plated on a screaming line drive from Revell that made its way all the way to the wall. Chris Newcomb then scored Revell on a double that he smoked right down the left field line.
The Sharks rallied for a short period in the sixth, plating two runs on one hit to bring the game back in reach at 6-3. Albers replaced Hewitt in the sixth and earned six outs while not allowing a Shark hit to seal the series sweep for the Lions.
Earning the win in game two was Hewitt who tossed six complete innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three.
The Lions now have a week off and will begin to prepare for their next conference opponent, Florida Tech, who comes to Thomas B. Southard Stadium next weekend for a three-game series.