Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Busy weekend ahead for Saint Leo Athletics

Friday, 4/7

Baseball vs. #20 Lynn - 6 p.m.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Saturday, 4/8

#3 Men's Tennis vs. Florida Southern - 11 a.m.
Wynee Warden Tennis Center | Lakeland, Fla.

Baseball vs. #20 Lynn - 1 p.m. (DH)
Thomas B. Southard Stadium | Saint Leo, Fla.
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Men's Lacrosse vs. #19 Florida Tech- 1 p.m.
University Turf Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
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Women's Lacrosse vs. #15 Regis (Colo.) - 4:30 p.m.
University Turf Stadium Saint Leo, Fla.
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Baseball Notes
  • Saint Leo baseball returns to Sunshine State Conference competition this weekend, hosting No. 20 Lynn University for three games at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. The Lions are coming off a three-game sweep of SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last weekend in Daytona Beach; the three wins improved Saint Leo’s record to 17-14 overall, but do not count in either the SSC standings or the Lions’ record in South Region play.
  • Saint Leo took two out of three games off Lynn in last season’s series in Boca Raton, Fla. However, Lynn came away with two wins the last time the two teams squared off at Southard Stadium back in 2015. Ironically, when the teams last met at Southard in that 2015 series, the Fighting Knights were also ranked 20th in the Division II polls.
  • This weekend’s series will feature two of the top three hitting teams not just in the SSC, but in all of Division II. Saint Leo is currently ranked third in the conference, 21st in all of D-II, with a .329 team batting average including 384 total hits – 10th in the nation. Lynn is the SSC’s top hitting team with a .356 batting average and ranks second among all Division II teams in the category.
  • Individually, redshirt junior Dylan Harris leads Saint Leo and all of the SSC with a .461 batting average, and his ranked eighth among Division II batting average leaders. His 65 total hits are first among D-II statistical leaders, and he enters this weekend’s series with a 26-game consecutive hitting streak. Harris and senior Alex Mata are both tied for ninth among D-II leaders with 14 doubles, while Mata is 21st nationally with his 40 runs batted in.
  • The Lions’ 2-3-4 hitters of Harris, Mata, and Shane Williams went on a tear last weekend versus Embry-Riddle. The three combined to post a .535 batting average, .674 slugging percentage, and .574 on-base percentage over the three games. Over the last six games, Williams has raised his batting average from .301 to .361, going 13-for-24 (.542) during that span. Redshirt junior Chase Turner also had a good weekend against ERAU batting in the no. 7 spot in the order; he went 5-for-10 with three runs and two RBI.
  • Senior Alex Mata set a new Saint Leo career doubles record in last Saturday’s second game at Embry-Riddle, with the 62nd double of his career and his 14th of the season. Mata eclipsed the previous mark of 61 doubles held by Trevor Hall (1999-2002); he is now 22 hits shy of breaking the career hits record of 269 held by Hall and Matt Gifford (1994-98).
  • No. 20 Lynn (22-12, 6-6 SSC) is coming off a 6-5 win over NAIA-member Keiser University on Wednesday night in West Palm Beach, following a weekend series against Rollins which saw the Knights take two of three off the Tars. Lynn has been the hard-to-figure team this season in the SSC; the Knights swept three games from No. 16 Florida Southern in late February in Boca Raton but dropped all three contests to unranked Florida Tech two weekends ago in Melbourne. Lynn’s lineup boasts four of the most prolific hitters in Division II this season in Patrick Dorrian (61 hits), Tyler Curtis (52 hits), Karl Ellison (50 hits), and Jake Rouse (48 hits), as well as SSC home runs leader Miguel Ceballos (13 HR).
Tennis Notes
  • The No. 3 Saint Leo men’s tennis team heads to Florida Southern for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday morning. 
  • Saint Leo is 9-3 on the season, and 4-1 in Sunshine State Conference play. They are most recently coming off a 9-0 win at Palm Beach Atlantic.
  • Junior Jaime Bueno is currently undefeated at the No. 3 singles spot, having won nine matches. Bueno is now 31-2 in singles matches over the last two season.
  • Florida Southern is 10-7 overall this season, and are 3-2 in SSC play. Their conference losses have come to Barry (9-0), and Lynn (5-4). 
Men's Lacrosse Notes
  • The Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team hosts No. 19 Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday afternoon in a 1 p.m. battle at University Turf Stadium. 
  • The Lions enter the match up with an 8-3 overall record, but they are 0-2 in conference play after falling to Rollins, 6-4, in their last outing.
  • Despite their low-scoring last outing, the Lions are still No. 3 in the nation in scoring offense at 15.64 goals per game, while they are second in points per game at 24.09. 
  • Saint Leo currently leads the nation in shot percentage as they are at .403 accuracy. Juniors Kyle Pauwels and Anthony Visintin are two huge factors in the Lions’ rank. Pauwels currently leads the nation in shot percentage at .786, while Visintin is tied for fourth at .545. 
  • Pauwels also ranks second in goals per game, averaging four scores a contest.
  • Junior Jake Gilmour is currently second in assists at 2.64 per game, while being fifth in points per game at 4.91. Pauwels follows at 9th in points per game with 4.73.
  • Florida Tech is currently 6-4 on the season, and 2-0 in SSC play. The Panthers opened the season 1-4, but have won five-straight games including their first two conference games. 
  • As a team, the Panthers have scored 127 goals for 11.55 per game. They also have a faceoff winning percentage of .608.
  • The Panther goalie, Daniel Flock, has earned a USILA Defensive Player of the Week honor, and two SSC Defensive Player of the Week nods. 
Women's Lacrosse Notes
  • The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team hosts No. 15 Regis (Colo.) on Saturday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. match. The Lions will recognize their seven seniors on Saturday in Caroline Fraser, Kelsey Burns, Andrea Dobo, Emily Pittenger, Danica Leili, Jody Madsen, and Alex Alvarez. 
  • Senior Caroline Fraser dished out one assist in the Lions last outing, giving her 41 for her career. The native of Little Compton, R.I., is just two assists shy of breaking the school record of 42 set by Alix Murray (2012-15).
  • Saint Leo has three active players in the top 10 in career points. Kelsey Burns is up to 116 career points, which is second all-time. She needs six points to break the record. Fraser is currently tied for 5th with 84 points, while junior Abbie Ross is tied for 6th with 83.
  • The Lions are averaging 11.85 goals per game this season.
  • Regis is currently 8-0 on the season, but will play No. 9 Florida Tech on Friday afternoon. The Rangers are averaging 17.63 goals per game, while only allowing 5.25 per game.
  • The Ranger have three 30-plus point scorers – led by Sarah Myres who has 37. She has tallied 18 goals and 19 assists.