Thursday, March 24
Saint Leo Baseball (18-10, 3-3 SSC) at Nova Southeastern (15-11, 5-4 SSC)
Where: Thomas B. Southard Stadium – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
When: Thursday, March 24 - 6 pm // Friday, March 25 - 1 pm & 4 pm
Links: Live Stats (Every Game)| Video (Every Game)
- Saint Leo hits the road to face Nova Southeastern in a three-game series. The Lions coming off of a six-game winning streak after a win over NAIA Webber International University and a sweep of Sunshine State Conference opponent Rollins College.
- The Lions return to play after a 13-9 win on Tuesday evening over Webber. The Green and Gold tallied 15 hits for 13 runs including three home runs, three doubles and two triples. Alex Mata went 4-for-4 from the plate with one sacrifice fly as he finished the game with two doubles, one triple and one home run in the game. Michael Mann pinch it and knocked on out of the park while Brett Coffel recorded his first career home run. Michael Dunnigan went through five innings with five hits, five runs four of which are earned and two strikeouts. Jordan Pendleton came in at the top of the ninth to shut Webber out in three batters faced to take the victory.
- Offensively, the Lions are led by Troy Sieber and Mata. Sieber has a batting average of .424 and a slugging percentage of .727. Mata has .402 batting average while holding the top spot in the RBI section, leading the team with 32.
- Mata tabbed the SSC player of the week for his performance over the Lions' five wins last week. The redshirt junior put up a .625 batting average and 1.250 slugging percentage with 10 runs, 11 runs batted in, three walks and three HBP to earn the honors.
- Last season versus the Sharks, Nova swept the series at Thomas B. Southard Stadium, defeating Saint Leo, 6-1, 15-11, and 4-2.
- Nova comes into the series with a 15-11 record and holds the third spot in conference with a 5-4 SSC record.
- The Sharks offense is led by Dylan Woods and Michael Hernandez. Woods has a batting average of .346 with a .426 on base percentage. Hernandez has a .343 batting average while having a slugging percentage of .701.
- Leading the pitching staff for Nova is Devin Raftery, who has a 1.80 ERA, recording 27 strikeouts and a team-high of five saves.
No. 7 Saint Leo Softball (26-1, 11-1 SSC) at Barry (14-10, 8-4 SSC)
Where: Buccaneer Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
When: Thursday, March 24 – 7 pm // Friday, March 25 – 12 pm & 2 pm
Coverage Links: Live Stats (Every Game)
- Saint Leo moved up to No. 7 in this week’s NFCA DII Coaches’ Poll after posting a 5-0 week last week including a 3-0 record in the Sunshine State Conference. The Lions defeated Florida Southern 5-1, 5-0, and 6-0 on the three days.
- The Lions, 26-1 // 11-1 SSC, travel to Barry who sits at 14-10 and 8-4 SSC. Saint Leo enters on a 12 game win streak and are 5-1 on the road this year.
- On the season, the pitching staff for the Lions own the nation’s best earned run average with a staff ERA of 0.28. Samantha Tyler leads the nation with a 0.18 ERA as Alana Tabel is second with a 0.24. Stephanie Adkins is fourth in the country with a 0.32 ERA.
- As a team, Saint Leo leads the conference in batting average with a team mark of .365 and in pitching with a 0.28 ERA and a 0.18 ERA in conference games. The Lions’ Rachael Heath and Sommer Pollard sit in first and second, respectively, in the SSC in batting average as Heath owns a .445 batting clip and Pollard has a .415. Tyler, Tabel and Adkins are the top three pitchers in the conference, where Tyler is 6-0 on the year, Tabel is 10-0 and Adkins is 10-1.
- Barry enters with the second best batting average with a .335, and is fifth in the SSC in pitching where the Buccaneers staff owns a 2.59 ERA. Barry’s Dee Espinosa is the third best hitter in the conference with a .414 average. Anieliese Palmeiro is the Bucs’ best pitcher owning a 2.28 ERA on the year with a 5-2 record.
Friday, March 25
vs. NYIT | at Embry-Riddle
Where: Saint Leo Tennis Complex | Saint Leo, Fla.
- Both the Saint Leo men's and women's tennis teams play two matches this weekend, hosting NYIT on Friday, and head to Embry-Riddle on Saturday.
- The Saint Leo men's team jumped to No. 2 in the national rankings. The Lions are currently 12-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming to the new No. 1 team in the nation, Hawaii Pacific. The Lions have registered seven wins over ranked opponents so far this season. In the new individual rankings, Alberto Barroso-Campos held on to the No. 3 ranking in singles, while Egor Panyushkin earned the No. 15 spot, and Alex Theiler moved to No. 17. In doubles rankings, the duo of Barroso-Campos and Theiler moved from their previous ranking of No. 7, jumping all the way to No. 2, trailing just the duo from Hawaii Pacific, the only pair to top the Lions twosome so far this season.
- The women's team remained No. 3 in the recent poll. The Lions are 11-1, with their lone loss coming back at the end of February to then-No. 16 Flagler. Since then the Lions have gone 9-0, including wins over then-ranked No. 1 Armstrong State, No., 6 West Florida, and No. 9 Hawaii Pacific, and a win over DI Seton Hall. Freshman Natalia Siedliska moved up one spot in the national singles rankings, claiming the No. 2 spot. While Isabella Robbiani moved from 21st to No. 16. The doubles pairing of Siedliska and Anastasia Wagner claimed the No. 9 ranking.
- NYIT comes into the match-up with a No. 13 ranking on the women's side, and a No. 34 ranking on men's side. Embry-Riddle holds a No. 31 ranking on the women's side, while their men's team jumped to No. 6 in the latest poll.
Saint Leo men’s and women’s track at Raleigh Relays
Where: Paul Derr Track and Field facility – Raleigh, N.C.
When: March 25-26
Meet Information/Live Stats
- Saint Leo track will be heading to the Raleigh Relays this weekend, looking to compete against some of the best in Division I and II. The Raleigh Relays are require qualifying times to enter and the Lions will be sending Collett Rampf on the women's side, and will be sending Niclas Bez, Rafal Matuszczk, and Valentin Lenz on the men's side.
- Rampf will be running in the 3000 Steeplechase on Friday and 5:10 p.m. Her heat will consist of runners from schools such as Minnesota, Auburn, Boston College, and other DI powerhouses. She will be the only DII athlete running in her heat.
- Bez will be running in the 1500 on Friday afternoon at 4:30. Bez will be running in the first of seven heats.
- Both Matuszck and Lenz will be racing in the 10K. Lenz will be running Friday at 9:23 p.m., while Matuszck will run Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 26
- The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team enters the game with a record of 2-6, coming off a loss to #13 Dowling, 14-7.
- Offensively the Lions have three players with double-digit goals. Burns is currently the top scorer with 15 goals, right behind her is Abbie Ross with 12 and Kaylah Walstad with 11.
- Rebecca Halley has recorded 71 saves and is helped by Burns as she leads with 11 caused turnovers on the season.
- Southern Connecticut State comes into the match 2-3, looking to get their first win on the road.
- The visiting Owls are lead by Nicole Healey as she tallied 13 goals and closely followed by Samantha Cozzolino with 10 and eight from Carolynn Keal.
- Southern Connecticut State has scored 10.60 goals per game with a 73.4% shot on goal average.
- The No. 15 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team opens up Sunshine State Conference play on Saturday as they host Rollins College, who is receiving votes in the latest polls.
- Saint Leo enters the match-up with a 7-1 record, and a six-game winning streak. The Lions lone loss came to No. 1 Limestone back on Feb. 20.
- The Lions are led offensively by the duo of Dylan Yonts and Jake Gilmour. Yonts leads the team in goals (39) and point (45), while Gilmour is second in points (42), and leads the team in assists (24). Both Yonts and Gilmour set single season records last week for their goals and assists, respectively, this season. Yonts also leads the nation in goals per game.
- Defensively, Dave Moore anchors the backline for the Lions, recording 74 saves this season. He was recently named the USILA/Lids Team Sports DII National Defensive Player of the Week as Moore recorded 30 saves over two games last week as the Lions went 2-0.
- Rollins enters the match up with a 6-3 record, and had allowed opponents to score no more than 13 goals in a single game.
- The Tars have three 20-plus point producers this season so far. Jack Vonarb is their leading scoring with 17 goals, and 24 points, while Morgan Baker follows with 16 goals and 23 points. Justin Diamond has added 16 goals as well, and 20 points.
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