Saint Leo, Fla. (February 20, 2007) – The Saint Leo University baseball team (6-3) won its fourth straight game with an 11- 1 win over visiting Eckerd College (1-5) in a non-conference game at Southard Stadium on Tuesday night.
1B Eric Spicer (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) and SS Jerry Gonzalez (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) led the way for the Lions who pounded out a season-high 16 hits in the win. Spicer went a perfect 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored, while Gonzalez was 3-for-6 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, stretching his hitting streak to six games.
Saint Leo got off to a fast start with a three-run first inning. Gonzalez got things started with a lead-off single. He then stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Spicer. Nolan then delivered a two-run double to send the Lions on their way toward the win.
Saint Leo added a run in the third, before Eckerd scored its lone run in the fourth to make it a 4-1 ballgame. The Lions answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth and erased any hopes of a Triton rally with a solo shot by Burgos in the sixth and three more runs in the seventh.
Saint Leo right-hander Charlie Blume (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) picked up the win (1-0) on the mound for the Lions. He allowed one run on five hits, and struck out four in four innings of work. Eckerd starter Joe Sinicola was saddled with the loss for the Tritons.
The Lions will host St. Thomas University this weekend in a three-game series. Friday night the teams will play a single game at 7:00 p.m. before a Saturday doubleheader with first pitch of game one scheduled for 1:00 p.m.