BOCA RATON, Fla. – After weather halted play in the sixth inning of the first game between Saint Leo and No. 9 Lynn on Thursday afternoon, the Lions and Fighting Knights returned to action on Friday and ended the day in a 1-1 split. After Saint Leo took home the first game by a 5-3 score, the Fighting Knights responded in game two with a 3-1 victory.
The Lions jumped on the board first on Thursday afternoon, scoring first in the top of the first inning to force a 2-0 lead. After a double from Taylor Perez, it was the lefty bat of senior Fran Whitten that blasted a two-run homerun over the right field fence, pushing the Lions ahead.
Despite no action in the Fighting Knight half of the first, No. 9 Lynn responded in the bottom of the second inning, picking up three runs and taking their first and only lead of the contest.
Both teams went scoreless in the third, but the Lions forced another scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth when a walk, an error and a single scored sophomore Cole Stancil to tie the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, numerous lighting delays forced the Lions and Fighting Knights to suspend play, and the squads returned Friday to finish the contest.
After play resumed, unearned runs in the top of the sixth and ninth innings gave the Lions a 5-3 lead, forcing an upset victory over the No. 9 Fighting Knights.
Sophomore Michael Dunnigan took the mound for the Lions on Thursday, tossing five full innings and allowing just three hits before lightning forced play to be suspended. On Friday, senior Brandon Terry came in to pitch, throwing four scoreless innings and allowing just five hits. Dunnigan earned the win in the victory, while Terry took home his seventh save on the year.
After a short break, the teams got going for the second game of the series, a contest that No. 9 Lynn took home by a 3-1 score.
Junior righty Liam O'Sullivan got the start in the second game on Friday, tossing a complete eight-inning game in which he allowed just one earned run. The junior walked none in the appearance, giving up eight hits and striking out three.
Unlike the first game on Thursday and Friday, the Lynn Fighting Knights jumped on the board first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning off four singles and a Saint Leo error.
After four scoreless innings on both sides, the Fighting Knights plated another run in the bottom of the sixth off an RBI sac fly.
The Lions' lone run came in the top of the seventh inning when an RBI sacrifice flyout from junior Dale Irving scored junior Nick Perez. Because the Lions were unable to tack on any additional runs, the No. 9 Fighting Knights took home the second game of the day, causing a 1-1 split heading into Saturday's seven inning contest.
Saint Leo and No. 9 Lynn will wrap up their Sunshine State Conference series on Saturday, April 19. The seven-inning game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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