Thursday, April 9
Tennis vs. Eckerd - 3 p.m.
- The Saint Leo University men’s and women’s tennis teams will host Eckerd College on Thursday, April 9th for its senior day festivities. The Lions will honor three athletes who will participate in their last regular season home contest of their collegiate careers.
- Senior Maria Benkirane leads the women’s tennis program with a career record of 71-11 in singles play, passing Adrianna Daskiewicz (65-20) for the program lead.
- Senior Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio leads the men’s program with a 65-15 record in singles action, unseating Matt Nicholson-Lewis (57-28).
Friday, April 10
Softball at Rollins - Series
Where: University Softball Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 30-12, 6-9 SSC | EC 28-13, 8-10 SSC
Website: SLU | EC
Game 1, Fri. April 10 at 6pm: Live Stats
Game 2, Sat. April 11 at 1pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 3, Sat. April 11 at 3pm: Live Stats | Video
- The Saint Leo University softball squad is fresh off a SSC series win over No. 16 Rollins College, defeating the Tars 2-1 in their three-game set. Senior Angela Kafalas hit three-run home run in the second game to take the lead and win the contest by a 4-1 final score.
- Freshman Samantha Tyler pitched a seven-inning gem to earn her sixth win of the year, striking out six batters without allowing an earned run.
- Senior Adriana Sanders chases Saint Leo softball history, as the third-baseman leads the conference with a .485 season batting average. The Lions program record for a single season is .460, a record set by Kelly Bowe in 1995. The Punta Gorda, Fla. native has 37 RBI to go along with 48 hits.
- Centerfielder McKenzie Burns leads the SSC in runs scored (43) and stolen bases (32) while hitting .394 with 54 total hits in her senior season of play. Burns is the program leader in stolen bases, swiping 139 bases across her four-year career.
- Eckerd is coming off a doubleheader split against Ave Maria on Tuesday at the Turley Athletic Complex. Prior to the victory, the Tritons were riding a nine-game losing streak.
#18 Baseball vs. Florida Southern - Series
Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 28-8, 9-6 SSC | FSC 15-16, 4-8 SSC
Website: SLU | FSC
Game 1, Fri. April 10 at 6pm: Live Stats | Video
Game 2, Sat. April 11 at 1pm: Live Stats
Game 3, Sat. April 11 at 4pm: Live Stats
- The Lions baseball squad looks to rebound after dropping its most recent SSC series against Lynn, 2-1. Saint Leo took a 9-7 win in the series finale, sparked by a 3-for-5 effort from sophomore Dylan Harris. Five batters recorded RBI as Cole Stancil launched a solo home run on the year.
- Junior Brandon Mumaw picked up his fourth win after throwing 5.1 innings in relief, surrendering three earned runs while striking out five batters.
- Senior Nick Perez leads the team in batting average, hitting at a .390 clip across 21 games. Harris is second with a .372 showing, leading the Green and Gold with 58 hits and 38 runs scored.
- The pitching staff is anchored by Tyrone Miller (2-0), as the senior has a 1.96 ERA across 36.2 innings of work, picking up five saves along the way. The reliever has struck out 33 batters while issuing 18 walks.
- Florida Southern enters the game off a 9-4 win over NAIA opponent Warner. In SSC action, the Mocs came away with a 2-1 series victory over Rollins College at Henley Field.
- FSC’s offense is led by Chris Dennis who owns a batting average of .382 in his 31 games. The senior has 25 RBI with 17 extra-base hits, slugging at a .550 clip.
- In the last meeting between the two teams, Saint Leo took a 10-9 extra-inning win over Florida Southern on Tuesday February 10.
Saturday, April 11
Track at Tampa Distance Carnival - All Day
Where: Pepin Stadium (hosted by University of Tampa), Tampa, Fla.
- The Saint Leo men's and women's track teams will travel down I-75 Saturday to the UT Distance Carnival hosted by the University of Tampa. The Lions will compete in their fifth meet this season.
- Herns Aygemang-Duah finished 28th in the men's 800 meters at the Pepsi Florida Relays, but was the first Division II athlete to cross the finish line. The Netherlands native easily broke the provisional NCAA qualifying time in the event, completing the two laps in 1:50.51. The NCAA DII provisional standard is 1:52.33 and the automatic mark is 1:49.10.
- At the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic the Lions turned in six top-20 finishes in the women's 800 meters. Haley Roussell was the top Lion with a fifth place, 2:22.57 finish in the 800. Kyle Fagan and Natalie McCormick finished eighth and ninth in 2:26.65 and 2:27.21 respectively.
- Carl Dunne led the Lions in the men's 1500 meters. Dunne raced to a 4:03.89 fifth place finish, while Steven Brown and Elijah Silas went 10th and 11th in 4:07.19 and 4:07.55 respectively.
Men's Lacrosse at Rollins - 1 p.m.
- The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team will travel to Rollins Saturday for their first Sunshine State road competition. The Lions are fighting for one of the four spots in the SSC Tournament, and this weekend's game is a must win.
- In the Lions last regular season game at University Turf Stadium, Saint Leo honored six seniors including Eric Gendron and Kevin Hutchinson who each scored one goal and added one assist. Jake Gilmour had a team high three goals, while Dylan Yonts scored two goals for his 10th consecutive with a score.
- Saint Leo ranks eighth in Division II with 395 ground balls this season and average 32.92 ground balls per game. The combination of Will Cothron and Jake Kavanaugh have led the Lions to a face-off win percentage of .631 which also ranks eighth in the country.
- Rollins (5-7, 1-2 SSC) averages 9.42 goals per game and is led by Jack Vonarb and Carson Buell. The duo has combined for 41 of the teams 113 goals this season. Buell leads the team with 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists).
Tennis at West Alabama - 2 p.m.
- The Saint Leo University tennis squad will take a conference play hiatus while traveling to the campus of Valdosta State to meet both the Blazers and the Tigers of West Alabama over the weekend.
- The Lions begin with a clash against the Tigers on Saturday, as both the men and women look to gain ground in a tough South Region. Marine Beugre-Guyot is 12-1 on the season in singles action while Pauline Helgesson is 11-1 for the 2015 campaign. The tandem is a perfect 3-0 in doubles play this season.
- The men’s squad is led by Guillaume Vanelven as the graduate student has a 12-2 record in singles play and is 10-5 when in tandem with Fons Verberne.