Saint Leo, Fla. (February 10, 2007) – The Saint Leo baseball team (2-1) split a non-conference doubleheader with Barry University (2-3) on Saturday at Southard Stadium.
Barry took game one 3-1 before Saint Leo battled back to earn the split with a 2-1 win in the nightcap. The Lions’ win also marked the 100th career victory for Saint Leo head coach Ricky Ware.
In game one, Barry starter Mike Davila (1-1) went eight strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks, striking out six to earn the win for the Bucs. Ryan Clark (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) was the hard luck loser for the Lions, falling to 1-1. He allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.
The Lions fell behind 1-0 in the second contest, but responded by tying the score in the bottom of the inning when a leadoff walk to Kyle Hobbs (So., Dade City, Fla.) eventually led to the tying run when Jerry Gonzalez (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) grounded out.
Saint Leo then scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth when Jack Sito (So., Elyria, Ohio) connected on an RBI double to right. Matt Smith (Sr., Dade City, Fla.) came on in the sixth to shut the door on the Bucs and earn his first save of the season.
Shane Buriff (Jr., Lutz, Fla.) earned the win with 5.1 innings of work. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out seven. Ray Rhoads (0-1) took the loss for Barry, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked four and struck out five.
The same two teams will do battle again tomorrow in a single game beginning at 1:00 p.m.