AT A GLANCE: In the second pitchers' duel in as many games the Lions once again came up on the losing end after a stellar pitching performance from starter Rick Teasley (3-3). Both teamed totaled seven hits on the afternoon, but Florida Tech limited the Lions' rally in the sixth when Saint Leo scored its lone run of the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the top of the fourth Jorge Chavarria reached base on an infield single and the next batter, Scott Carcaise, drove a pitch from Teasley over the right field wall to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
The Lions got a rally going in the bottom of the sixth when Dillon Vitale and Bobby Twitty strung together a pair of singles through the right side. Moses then sent a double down the left field line, plating Vitale from second base. On the same play as Twitty was going from first to third, he rounded the third base bag a bit too far and Panthers were able to put him away to end the scoring threat.
In the eighth inning Saint Leo caught a break when Ryan Brnovivh reached on a fielding error by the Panthers' second baseman. Vitale then singled up the middle—advancing Brnovich to third base and 90 feet from tying the game. The Panthers turned to their closer, Mannara, who was able to strike out Moses to end the inning.
Teasley went 8.2 innings on the hill—allowing just two earned runs and seven hits while tallying six strikeouts.
Collecting two hits at the plate was Vitale, who also scored his team's lone run of the game.
Moses also contributed two hits in game one, including the double in the sixth that brought home the Lions one run.
Florida Tech's Carcaise drove in the Panthers' two runs in the game on a two-run homer in the fourth inning that would prove to be the difference in the ballgame.
FINAL—Game 2: Saint Leo 4, Florida Tech 2 – (Saint Leo, Fla. – Thomas B. Southard Stadium)
AT A GLANCE: In a tie ballgame going into the fifth inning the Lions rallied for three runs which proved to be enough to hold off the Panthers to salvage one game of this three-game series. Lions' starter Matt Hewitt tossed 3.1 innings, allowing just one run, and then the bullpen came though over the course of the next 3.2 innings to put away Florida Tech.
HOW IT HAPPENED
On an 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the second inning Michael Revell laced a ball past a diving infielder for a base hit. The next man up, Vitale, sent a single into right field to put Revell in scoring position to set up a sacrifice fly from Daniel Torres to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Jorge Chavarria drew a one-out walk for the Panthers and reached third base on a base knock from Carcaise. Second baseman Andrew Barlett then drove home the game-tying run on a single right back up the middle.
In the Saint Leo fifth Ryan Brnovich and Frank Rawdow sparked the offense with back to back base hits to give the Lions men on first and third with just one out. Bobby Twitty then lined a ball down the right-field line to bring home Brnovich and advance Rawdow to third. After Taed Moses was intentionally walked to load the bases, Chris Newcomb sent a sacrifice fly deep to centerfield to score Rawdow. The Lions plated their third run of the inning when Twitty aggressively took home on a passed ball that got away from the Panther catcher.
Hewitt went 3.1 innings on the hill, allowing three hits and just one run before the Lions went to the bullpen.
Adam Albers tossed 1.2 innings of one run baseball en route to his second with of the season. Albers allowed just one run and two hits while striking out a pair of Panther hitters.
Michael Dunnigan earned the first save of his career after he closed out the ninth inning in order while striking out one.
Brnovich went 2-for-4 in game two while also scoring a run for the Lions.
Revell went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the win
Going 2-for-3 with an RBI double was Twitty, who also went on to score a run as well.
NEXT UP Next up for Saint Leo is a midweek game this coming Tuesday when the Lions travel to Warner University. First pitch of that game is set for 3:00 p.m.