MONTEVALLO, Fla. – After picking up their first loss of the 2014 season on Saturday, the Saint Leo baseball team fell to the Montevallo Falcons in regional action on Sunday afternoon. The 8-5 loss pushed the Lions' record to 5-2 on the year.
Senior Ryan Sadler took the mound for the Lions in the loss, tossing 3.0 innings before senior lefty Brandon Terry came in for relief duties. The pair allowed 11 Montevallo hits and just two walks before sophomore Michael Dunnigan came in to throw the bottom of the eighth.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lions squad came out in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead. It was freshman Troy Seiber who jumpstarted the inning with a leadoff walk, giving senior Fran Whitten the opportunity to step to the plate and blast an RBI double to right-centerfield. One out later, a single from junior catcher Dale Irving scored Whitten to give the Lions a two-run lead.
In the bottom of the second, however, the Falcons retaliated to combine three singles, a double, and a walk, scoring four runs and taking a 4-2 lead.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, the Lions plated two more in the top of the fifth off a pinch-hit RBI single from Chris Newcomb. The runs tied the score at 4-4.
Though the Lions scored another in the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI double from sophomore Cole Stancil, the Falcons turned around in the bottom of the seventh to score three more runs, taking a 7-5 lead.
Montevallo tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth, and because Saint Leo was unable to jumpstart any offense in the ninth, the Falcons took home the 8-5 victory.
As a team, the Lions earned nine hits on the afternoon, tallying three walks and committing no errors in the field.
The Lions will return to action on Wednesday, February 19 when they host Florida Southern in a non-conference regional matchup. First pitch of that game is set for 6:00 p.m.
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