Friday, April 22
at Florida Tech (Three-game series)
Where: Seminick-Les Hall Field | Melbourne, Fla.
When: Friday, April 22 - 6 p.m. // Saturday, April 23 - 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Links: Live Stats and Video Portal
- Saint Leo baseball (24-16, 7-8 SSC) heads to Melbourne, Fla., this weekend to take on Florida Tech (24-17, 6-9 SSC) in a three-game Sunshine State Conference matchup. The first round of NCAA Regional Rankings are due to be published this coming week, and this weekend’s series between the Lions (5th in the SSC) and Panthers (6th in the SSC) is key for Saint Leo’s chances to an NCAA Regional berth. Saint Leo has won six of its last seven meetings with Florida Tech, including a three-game sweep over the Panthers when the teams’ last clashed in Melbourne back in 2014.
- Sluggers Troy Sieber and Alex Mata continue to rank among the top hitters in the SSC. Sieber is fifth in batting average (.412) and second in slugging pct. (.801), and is also among the league’s leaders in runs scored (2nd, 52), home runs (T-4th, 11) and runs batted in (9th, 42). Mata enters this weekend’s series batting .400 and is tied for second in the SSC in total hits (64). He is second outright in doubles with 18, and is fifth in RBI (43). Together, Sieber and Mata have accounted for a quarter of Saint Leo’s RBIs this season and nearly a fifth of the team’s hits.
- As a team, Saint Leo ranks third in the SSC in hitting with a .325 average, and will be facing a Florida Tech squad that is last in the league in hitting and currently batting .301. The Panthers can boast the second-best pitching staff in the conference with a 4.02 ERA and a league-low .251 opponent batting average. The Panthers also pace the SSC defensively with a .971 fielding percentage.
- The Lions pitching staff is paced in the win column by RHP Jordan Pendleton, whose seven victories thus far in 2016 rank are tied for second in the SSC and 24th in all of Division II. RHP Andrew Cohen (52) and RHP Zach Whitaker (50) rank seventh and tied for eighth respectively in the SSC in strikeouts.
- Florida Tech is coming off a series last weekend at Embry-Riddle, where the Panthers dropped two out of three games to the Eagles. The Panthers took two games out of three against Rollins, No. 17 Lynn, and Barry earlier this season, but were swept by Florida Southern and No. 18 Tampa. The Panthers have no players among the SSC top ten in hitting, but Daniel Szpik is fifth in the league in total hits (63) and boasts a .375 batting average with 42 RBI. John Sternagel has scored 47 runs while batting .353. RHP Ty Cohen is among the SSC’s top pitchers in ERA (4th, 3.82) and strikeouts (2nd, 73), while RHP Justice Labigang currently holds the league’s best opponent BA (.232).
at Rollins (Three-game series)
Where: Rollins Softball Stadium | Winter Park, Fla.
When: Friday, April 22 - 7 p.m. // Saturday, April 23 - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Coverage Links: Live Stats (G1) | Live Stats (G2) | Live Stats (G3) | Video
- No. 7 Saint Leo enters their final regular season matchup when they travel to Winter Park for a three-game series against Rollins on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd.
- The Lions take a 37-4 and 20-1 SSC record to Rollins as the Tars come into the game at 33-12-1 and 13-5. Saint Leo leads the conference as Rollins sits in second in the SSC standings.
- Both team are entering the contest after dropping their last three over last weekend at the hands of Palm Beach Atlantic and Barry. The Lions fell to PBA in Friday’s game and both on Saturday, where the Tars lost to Barry on Saturday and Sunday. With the sweep of the Tars from Barry, it locked up the SSC Title for the Lions, their second title in program history and second in the last four years.
- As a team Saint Leo leads the SSC in batting average (.345), ERA (0.86), and Fielding percentage (.972). Rachael Heath leads the SSC in BA (.458) and stolen bases (36) as Alana Tabel is first in ERA (0.64) and Stephanie Adkins holds opposing batters to the lowest batting average in the SSC (.158).
- Rollins enters second in ERA (2.01) and Fielding percentage (.970) while the Tars are third in batting average (.317). The Tars’ Chelsea Reed leads the conference in slugging percentage (.640) as Hailee Keisling leads the league in runs scored (40).
- On Wednesday this past week, Stephanie Adkins was selected as one of the 25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year. Adkins and the other 24 nominees will await the May 6th announcement of the top-10. RELEASE
- In the national spotlight, assistant coach Maddie Holub has made an impression in the softball world, following her first year at Saint Leo last year. – CLICK HERE to read the article on coach Holub.
Saturday, April 23
- The No. 20 Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team heads to Florida Southern for the regular season finale. The Lions, 8-4, 1-3 SSC, are coming off a 12-7 loss to No. 6 Tampa. The Lions saw Jake Gilmour come alive on in the game, as the sophomore scored a goal and tallied a game-high three assists. Chad Marino led the Lions with two goals, adding on an assist as well. With his lone goal, Dylan Yonts moved into sole possession of second place in career goals with 116.
- Saint Leo finds itself national ranked in the top-10 in six categories. The Lions highest ranking of No. 3 comes in at man-up offense. They are ranked fourth in both assists per game and clearing percentage, they have a No. 7 ranking in total assists, and rank eighth in both face-off winning percentage and points per game.
- In conference play, the Lions lead in seven categories; assists, assists per game, clearing percentage, face-off winning percentage, man-up offense, points per game, and scoring defense.
- Individually, Jake Gilmour is third in assists per game, Dylan Yonts is second in goals per game and fourth in individual man up goals. Will Cothron is ranked 8th in ground balls per game and 10th in face-off winning percentage. In SSC play, Yonts is first in goals per game, and Cothron leads in ground balls per game.
- Florida Southern currently ranks second in the nation in saves at 206 on the season, they also rank third in ground balls at 523. In SSC, they rank first in ground balls, saves, and saves per game.
- Individually, FSC’s keeper Matt Lalli leads in saves per game in the SSC with 11.63, while both Cody Dyer and Tyler Kopen tie Yonts in man-up goals with eight.
vs. Palm Beach Atlantic | 1 PM
Where: Saint Leo Tennis Complex | Saint Leo, Fla.
- The Lions will wrap up the 2016 regular season with a home match versus Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, April 23 for a 1 p.m. match. It will also be Senior Day as the Lions honor Alex Theiler, Egor Panyushkin, Fons Verberne, and Guillaume Vanelven on the men’s side, and Isabella Robbiani, Pauline Helgesson and Coralie Pesenti on the women’s.
- Vanelven currently has a Saint Leo career record of 21-5 singles, 16-13, Theiler is at 28-11 singles (8-1 SSC record), 31-9 doubles. Panyushkin holds a 22-11 singles, 21-15 doubles record, while Verberne is 29-3 singles, 27-21 doubles. For the women, in a four-year career, Pauline Helgesson holds a 46-18 singles record and a 63-19 doubles record. Pesenti has also played all four years at Saint Leo and has tallied 25 singles wins and a 41-18 doubles record. Robbiani has had a spectacular two years, recording a 30-5 singles record, and a 29-13 doubles record.
- For the first time in program history, Saint Leo boasts the No. 1 ranking in the South Region in both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and the NCAA Rankings, and not just for one team. Both the men’s and women’s teams were consensus No. 1 in the South Region.
- In the ITA’s singles rankings, freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos fell to No. 2 after his loss to Ahmed Triki of Barry, who claimed the No. 1 spot. Senior Alex Theiler moved up to the No. 8 spot, and fellow senior Egor Panyushkin came in at No. 10. Sophomore Jaime Bueno rounded out the ranked Lions, coming in at No. 20.
- On the women’s side, Natalia Siedliska fell to No. 3 after a few singles losses, but Isabella Robbiani moved up to No. 5, and Marine Beugre-Guyot made a four-spot jump to No. 7. Anastasia Wagner finalized the singles rankings on the women’s side with a No. 15 rankings.
- In doubles rankings, the men’s team boasts two ranked duos as Theiler and Barroso-Campos hold on to the No. 1 ranking in the South region, while Panyushkin and Bueno jumped into the rankings for the first time at No. 7. For the women, Siedliska and Wagner moved up from their previous ranking of No. 3 to grab hold of the No. 1 ranking in women’s doubles pairs in the South Region.
- On the men’s side, PBA is 10-7, and on the women’s side, the Sailfish are 9-10.
- The Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team is looking to rebound from a 15-2 loss to No. 6 Florida Southern earlier this week.
- The Lions will honor six seniors on Saturday in Allie Sheftall, Kelly Smigiera, Katie Krause, Cassie Miller, Jenny Doyle and Lauren Irish. These six girls have been a part of 30 wins for the program, and have combined for 102 goals, 32 assists, 292 ground balls, 104 caused turnovers, and 212 draw controls.
- Freshman Rebecca Halley is currently sitting at 122 saves on the season, just two shy of breaking the single season record set back in 2012.
- Offensively, sophomore Abbie Ross leads with 24 goals and 27 points, while Kelsey Burns follows closely with 23 goals and 26 points.
- The Panthers have two players with 40-plus points as Sara Grenier has 38 goals and 48 points and Caroline Dunleavy has 34 goals and 42 points.
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