Baseball drops doubleheader to #20 Lynn

Baseball drops doubleheader to #20 Lynn

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo baseball had its bats working to the tune of 29 hits over both ends of its Sunshine State Conference doubleheader with No. 20 Lynn University, but Lions came up short in both games of Saturday's twinbill with the Fighting Knights. Saint Leo dropped the first game, 13-7, before falling in the nightcap, 12-10.

Saint Leo fell to 18-16 overall with the two losses, and went to 3-9 in the SSC.

GAME 1

The Lions jumped out to a 5-1 lead through three innings and were tied with the Knights, 6-6, after six complete, before Lynn surged ahead with big innings in the seventh and ninth.

Alex Mata belted a solo home run in the first to get the Lions on the board, and Zach Scott accounted for two of Saint Leo's three runs in the second inning with his two-run double down the right field line. Nick Boland doubled home Shane Williams in the third, and the Lions looked to have the game well in hand.

Lynn responded with three runs in the fourth on Jonathon Corbitt's three-run home run, and tacked on two runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Saint Leo knotted things up at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth when Boland again doubled home Williams with a shot to right field.

Lynn took the lead for good with a four-run seventh inning on five hits and a Saint Leo error, followed by three more in the ninth on a pair of home runs.

Six different players had two hits each for the Lions, who finished the game with 14 hits. Reliever Blake Bodin took the loss, after allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while working the fifth, sixth, and facing the first three Lynn batters in the seventh.

Lynn tallied 20 hits in game one, led by Alex Turner with four hits. Patrick Dorrian, Karl Ellison, Gabe Martinez, and Corbitt each had three hits, with Ellison hitting a pair of home runs.

GAME 2

Saint Leo again let an early lead slip away, but staged a dramatic rally that nearly pulled out the win.

Trailing 10-6 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Mata and Williams each got aboard to open the frame. Boland plated both with a mammoth home run to straightaway center, cutting the deficit to 10-9.

That brought up Scott, who crushed his own solo shot to right field and tied things up at 10-10.

Lynn regained the lead in the ninth by getting the first two batters aboard, and eventually plating both on fielder's choice grounders to take a 12-10 lead. The Knights then retired the Lions in order in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.

Saint Leo opened game two with a five-run first inning, including a pair of runs on a Boland home run to right field. Lynn chipped away at the Lions' advantage with two runs in the second and one in the third, and posting two more runs in the sixth after Saint Leo extended its lead to 6-3 with a single run in the bottom of the fifth.

A three-run home run by Curtis in the seventh gave Lynn an 8-6 lead, before the Knights stretched their advantage to 10-6 with two runs in the top of the eighth.

Scott finished game two with three hits for the Lions, while Boland, Derek Gibree, and Dylan Harris each charted two hits. Boland finished the game with five RBI. Reliever Robbie Cook was charged with the loss for Saint Leo; he came on with two outs in the eighth and was responsible for both Lynn runs in the ninth.

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