Lions prowl into busy weekend

Lions prowl into busy weekend

Wednesday, 4/12

Women's Tennis at Florida Southern - 3 p.m.
Wynee Warden Tennis Center | Lakeland, Fla.

Baseball at Valdosta State - 6 p.m. (DH)
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
Audio | Live Stats 

#5 Softball vs. #16 Tampa - 6 p.m.
University Softball Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | Live Stats  

Thursday, 4/13

Track at Mt. SAC Relays/Bryan Clay Invitational
El Camino C.C. / Asuza Pacific University

Baseball at Barry - 6 p.m. 
Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
Video | Live Stats 

#4 Softball vs. #25 Tampa -5 p.m. (DH)
University Softball Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
Video | G1 Live Stats | G2 Live Stats

Friday, 4/7

Tennis vs. Lynn - 10 a.m.
Saint Leo Tennis Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Video (Men's Match) | Live Stats (Men's Match)

Track at Mt. SAC Relays/Bryan Clay Invitational
El Camino C.C. / Asuza Pacific University

Baseball at Barry - 1 p.m. (DH)
Feinbloom Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
Video | G1 Live Stats | G2 Live Stats

Saturday, 4/8

Men's Lacrosse at Lynn - 1 p.m.
Bobby Campbell Stadium Boca Raton, Fla.
Video | Live Stats  


Tennis Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s tennis team heads to Florida Southern for a 3 p.m. match on Wednesday. Then on Friday, both teams play Lynn at 3 p.m. for the final regular season game and Senior Day.
  • The women’s tennis team is 8-5 on the season and 4-3 in SSC play, but are currently on a five-match win streak heading into Wednesday’s game.
  • Marine Beugre-Guyot is 10-2 on the season at Flight No. 1 and is on an eight-match winning streak.
  • On the men’s side, Saint Leo is 10-3 and 5-1 in conference action. Their lone loss in SSC play is to No. 2 Barry, who claimed the regular season title earlier last week.
  • Florida Southern will enter the women’s match with a 13-5 overall record, and a 6-2 SSC record. The Mocs are currently No. 25 in the ITA rankings.
  • Lynn is No. 2 in the nation in the ITA rankings as they boast a 17-1 record and a 7-1 SSC record.
  • On the men’s side, Lynn is No. 8 in the nation and when they meet the Lions it will be a battle for second place and the No.2 seed in the SSC tournament. The Fighting Knights hold a 17-3 overall record and a 5-1 SSC record.  
Baseball Notes
  • Saint Leo baseball will be on the road this week for four games. The slate starts with Wednesday night’s non-conference clash with Valdosta State, which will lead into a Thursday/Friday Sunshine State Conference series at Barry University. Altogether, Saint Leo baseball will log approximately 1000 miles in a three-day span. The Lions have posted an 8-4 record in road contests this season.
  • The Lions will be renewing its series with Valdosta State for the first time since the 2014 season, when Saint Leo posted a 10-4 win over the Blazers on March 11, 2014, at Southard Stadium. The teams last met in Valdosta, Ga., on Feb. 5, 2012, with Saint Leo coming away with a 9-3 victory.
  • Saint Leo has a much more robust history with SSC rival Barry University, against whom the Lions have taken the series with wins in two games in each of the last three seasons. Saint Leo and Barry last squared off in Miami Shores in during the 2015 campaign, with the Lions dropping the opener, 15-12, before coming back to take the Saturday doubleheader by 9-4 and 10-3 scores.
  • Saint Leo continues to rank among the top hitting teams in all of Division II with a .330 batting average – third in the SSC, and 15th among D-II leaders. The Lions 421 hits this season is second in the conference, and checks in at 11th nationally.
  • Individually, redshirt junior Dylan Harris leads Saint Leo with a .442 batting average and ranks second in the SSC and 17th among D-II leaders in the category. His 69 total hits are second among D-II statistical leaders. Harris and senior Alex Mata are both tied for 20th among D-II leaders with 14 doubles, while Mata is 41st nationally with his 41 runs batted in.
  • With the Saint Leo career doubles record already under his belt, Alex Mata is now in pursuit of the Lions’ career hits record as well. The redshirt senior from Fort Myers, Fla., has logged 252 hits over his four seasons in green and gold and is 18 hits shy of breaking the current mark of 269 jointly held by Trevor Hall (1999-2002) and Matt Gifford (1994-98).
  • Valdosta State (24-14, 13-11 Gulf South) is coming off a Gulf South series win over Alabama-Huntsville last weekend in Huntsville, Ala., including a 25-11 win in Sunday’s rubber game of the series after a split in the Saturday twinbill. Valdosta State is 6-2 against teams from the Sunshine State this season, including a 6-1 triumph last Wednesday over Flagler College in St. Augustine. The Blazers are hitting just .271 as a team – ranked 182nd out of 259 Division II programs – but the pitching staff boasts a 4.25 ERA that ranks 61st nationally. Dalton Murray paces the Blazers at the plate with a .397 average over 116 ABs, with team highs of 10 doubles, five HRs, and 36 RBI.
  • Barry University (16-22, 3-9 Sunshine State Conference) has dropped four-in-a-row coming into this weekend’s series with the Lions; the Buccaneers last win was a 12-0 victory over Nova Southeastern in the final game of the three-game series in Fort Lauderdale back on April 1. Barry has charted a .301 team batting average this season, sixth in the SSC, while the pitching staff is seventh with a 5.76 team ERA. Julian Abreu is the top Buc hitter to watch with his .391 batting average with 16 doubles. 
Softball Notes
  • No. 4 Saint Leo (34-7, 15-3 SSC) welcomes No. 16 Tampa to University Softball Stadium for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series April 12 and 13.
  • Saint Leo leads the SSC with a 15-3 mark where Tampa is second with an 11-4 record. The only two ranked SSC teams in the NFCA Poll, the Lions lead the SSC in batting average (.322), runs scored (242), hits (356), doubles (59), RBI (205), slugging percentage (.434), on-base percentage (.407), fielding percentage (.977), ERA (1.41), overall W-L (34-7), shutouts (13), and opponent strikeouts (227). Both the Spartans and Lions are tied for the least amount of runs allowed (75) where Saint Leo holds a 56-59 advantage on earned runs allowed. Tampa has 141 runs on the season, for a .284 average, .381 slugging percentage, and .357 on-base percentage.
  • The Lions enter the contest after a three-game sweep of Florida Tech last week (April 5-6) in Melbourne. Saint Leo defeated the Panthers 11-3 (6 innings) in game one, 7-0 in game two and 11-0 (5 innings) in game three.
  • After their performance last week, Stephanie Adkins and Alyssa Wash were honored by the SSC for players of the week. Adkins was named Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 on the week with eight hits in nine innings of work with just one run allowed. Adkins struck out nine batters and held the Panthers to a .242 batting average. Wash was named Player of the Week for the first time in her career after going 6-for-10 for a .600 average with four runs scored and five RBI. Wash hit two doubles and one home run in the three games where she tagged 11 bases and finished going 2-for-2 on the base paths. Wash ended the week with a 1.100-slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.
  • On the year, Kacie Kelly continues to lead the team with a .450 average (63-140) with a .510 OBP and a .536 SLG%. Kelly has scored 34 runs and has driven in 28 with 10 doubles and one triple. Danielle Bottley is a close second on the team from the plate with a .381 average and a .458 OBP. Rachael Heath, Sommer Pollard and Ciera Schumaker are second on the team in runs scored with 27 apiece where Samantha Ohmie is next with 26. Schumaker leads the team in RBI with 37 ahead of Ohmie (30) and Kelly (28).
  • In the circle, Stephanie Adkins leads the team with a 19-3 record and two saves in 25 appearances. Adkins, who has pitched team-high 132.2 innings, has 133 strikeouts on the season and owns a 1.00 ERA. Alison Mitts stands at 9-3 with one save in 100 innings on the season with 63 K’s. Mitts holds a 1.61 ERA, just ahead of Sara Neuman who is at a 1.82 ERA with a 5-0 record in 42.1 innings.
  • No. 25 Tampa (24-8, 11-4 SSC) enters after dropping their last series to Palm Beach Atlantic on April 7 and 8. The Sailfish shutout the Spartans 2-0 in game one before Tampa snuck out game two 2-1. In the series finale, it took 13 innings before the Sailfish held off the Spartans for an 8-7 victory.
  • On the year, Bre Setree leads the team with a 3.76 batting average (35-93) where Elly Pillers is close behind at .361. Maddie Farrell leads the team in RBI where Sahrina Cortes is the team’s leader in runs scored with 17.
  • From the circle, Makaleigh Dooley holds a 14-5 record with one save in 22 appearances for 131.1 innings of work. Dooley owns a 1.65 ERA and has 94 strikeouts on the season. Behind Dooley is Corynn Miner with a 10-3 record in 19 appearances and 97.2 innings pitched. Miner stands at a 2.01 ERA for the season with 73 strikeouts. 
Track Notes
  • Eighth individuals on the Saint Leo men’s and women’s track teams will be making the trek west this week to participate in a pair of meets. The Lions will be competing in the Mt. San Antonio College Relays (referred to colloquially as the ‘Mt. SAC Relays’) and Asuza Pacific University’s Bryan Clay Invitational. All events in which Saint Leo athletes will be competing will be held on either Thursday or Friday.
  • Headed to the Mt. SAC Relays are Colett Rampf (3000m steeplechase, 5000m), Josh Sickinger (3000m steeplechase), Rafal Matuszczak (10,000m, 5000m), and Niclas Bez (800m, 1500m). The Mt. SAC Relays are included on virtually every list of the most prestigious collegiate track meets in the United States.
  • Competing at the Bryan Clay Invitational at nearby Asuza
  • Pacific University will be Anthony Deleva (1000m,5000m), Alyssa Bayliff (5000m), Natalie McCormick (1500m), and Laura Tobin (1500m, 5000m).
Men's Lacrosse Notes
  • The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team heads to Boca Raton for a 1 p.m. game at Lynn on Saturday, April 15. 
  • The Lions are 9-3 on the season, with a 1-2 SSC record. 
  • Junior Jake Bye was named SSC Defensive Player of the Week following his two-goal performance against No. 19 Florida Tech. The junior defender from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, charted a season-high five ground balls and one caused turnover in the win over the 19th-ranked Panthers while helping the Lions go 22-of-25 on clear attempts. He was part of a Saint Leo defensive unit that held Florida Tech to just 2-of-7 on man-up opportunities.
  • On the season, the Lions are averaging 15.42 goals per game, but in SSC play they are averaging just 10.00. 
  • Juniors Jake Gilmour and Kyle Pauwels both have passed 50-plus points so far this season. Gilmour is up to 58 points with 27 goals and 31 assists, while Pauwels has 54 points with 45 goals and 9 assists. 
  • Saint Leo currently leads the nation in shot percentage at .394, while also having two individuals ranked in the top ten for the same category. Pauwels leads the nation at .738, while Anthony Visintin is seventh at .528.
  • Lynn is currently 4-6, and 0-3 in the SSC. However, one of their wins came over No. 8 Adelphi, 9-7, back on Feb. 18. 
  • The Fighting Knights are averaging 10.60 goals per game, and win 61.9-percent of their face-offs.