March 14, 2014

Lions Knock off No. 9 Franklin Pierce, 5-1

SAINT LEO, Fla. – In the first game of a three-day, three-game series against No. 9 Franklin Pierce, the Saint Leo baseball team defeated the visiting Ravens by a 5-1 score. Sophomore Michael Dunnigan tossed an 8-inning, one-run game, to earn the win and improve to 4-1 on the season.

After a scoreless top of the first, the Lions scored in the bottom of the inning as senior Chris Newcomb jumpstarted the inning with a leadoff double to left centerfield. Three batters later, the senior Fran Whitten drove a single up the middle to score Newcomb. On the next play, sophomore Taylor Perez, who reached base on a hit-by-pitch, was sent home on a fielder's choice.

The Lions repeated their effort in the bottom of the second inning, when two Saint Leo hits and a Franklin Pierce error allowed two more runs for the home team.

Though the Ravens scored one in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly, the Lions earned it back in the bottom of the fifth inning, thanks to another Franklin Pierce error.

The 5-1 lead for the Lions would eventually decide the game.

Sophomore Michael Dunnigan earned the victory for Saint Leo, tossing eight innings and allowing ten hits and no walks. He struck out two. Senior Brandon Terry came out for the ninth inning, allowing just one hit.

As a team, the Lions tallied seven hits in the triumph. In addition, Saint Leo recorded three walks, and timely Franklin Pierce errors allowed for two unearned runs.

The Lions and Ravens will return to action on Saturday for game two of the three-day series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

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