AT A GLANCE: Saint Leo (27-12, 7-7 SSC) put it to the Tritons right from the start, getting out to a 10-0 leading after four innings of the first game of this doubleheader. Lions' starter Rick Teasley was in command of as he went seven complete innings, allowing no runs and just six hits while striking out 12 Triton' batters. The Lions belted 14 hits as a team in the dominant performance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Leo wasted no time getting on the board in this one, putting up a three-spot in the top of the first. Chris Newcomb led off the game with an infield single and following a Frank Rawdow walk, Taed Moses came through with a two out base hit into left field to score a run. Dillon Vitale then belted a line drive over the right field wall to make it a 3-0 lead.
In a wild fourth inning in which the Lions batted around the order, 12 runs were plated on four hits and three hit batters. The inning was highlighted by a mammoth two-run homerun from Bobby Twitty that propelled the Lions' rally. Daniel Torres singled to lead off the inning, and following Twitty's blast, Michael Revell and Ryan Brnovich also collected RBI hits.
After being held scoreless for two innings by Eckerd knuckleballer A.J. Witkowski, the Lions broke through once again in the seventh with an RBI base hit from Nick Gill. After pinch-hitter Cole Stancil lined one into the left-center gap for the first hit of the inning and Rawdow was hit by a pitch, Taylor Perez scored on the base hit from Gill. After another walk and a wild pitch brought home two more runs for the Lions, Michael Callahan laced a ball right back up the box to bring home Moses. Then, with two men on base, Perez connected on his first collegiate homer, a three-run shot sent over the left-centerfield wall.
The Lions tacked on a single run in the eighth when Gill, who reached on a Tritons error, scored on an RBI ground out from Blake Turner.
Twitty finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI coming on his towering homerun in the fourth inning
Also finishing the day 2-for-3 was Brnovich
Going 1-for-2 with 4 RBI was the freshman Perez. Perez' three-run blast in the seventh was first of his career.
Vitale had another effective game at the plate—going 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in the first. Vitale is now eight for his last 11 with two homeruns and three doubles.
Teasley (4-3) was dominant on the mound—tossing seven complete innings, allowing no runs and six just hits while striking out 12.
Revell went 2-for-4 with an RBI
FINAL (GAME 2): Saint Leo 13, Eckerd 2 – (St. Petersburg, Fla. –Turley Athletic Complex)
AT A GLANCE: Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Taed Moses put the game in the Lions' favor by hitting an opposite field grand slam to give Saint Leo a 5-2 lead. Saint Leo (28-12, 8-7 SSC) cruised the rest of the way behind 3.2 scoreless innings from Chris Williams en route to the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Eckerd struck first in the game three, scoring two runs on RBI hits from Lincoln Dunham and Lee Spinelle in the bottom of the first
The Lions got one run back in the fourth when Michael Revell reached base on a single and was eventually brought across home on a sacrifice fly from Frank Rawdow.
Trailing 2-1 headed to the fifth the Lions found themselves with the bases loaded after Newcomb, Vitale, and Moses all drew walks. That brought Moses up to the plate who drove an outside pitch over the 365 sign in right-center field to give the Lions a 5-2 lead.
With all of the momentum in the Lions favor, the Lions once again found themselves with the bases loaded. This time, Bobby Twitty smoked a liner up the middle that brought home two runs. After Moses walked to once again load the bases, Revell reached first on an RBI infield single. Brnovich then laced a ball that couldn't be handled by the Tritons' first baseman and two more runs came home to extend the Lions' lead to 9-2. The Lions brought home their 10th run of the game when Rawdow was hit by a pitch.
Three more runs came home in the top of the seventh on an RBI HBP, a SAC fly, and an RBI ground out.
Moses went 2-for-3 in game two with 4 RBI—all of them coming on his fifth inning grand slam.
Revell went 2-for-3 with an RBI coming in the sixth inning.
Brnovich collected two hits while also bringing home two runs.
Chris Williams tossed 3.2 innings in relief—allowing no runs and just three hits.
NEXT UP Next weekend the Lions hit the road once again, this time to Winter Park to take on the Tars of Rollins College. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:00 p.m.