MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- A leadoff home run by Lions’ outfielder Kyle Hobbs gave the Saint Leo baseball team an early lead, but seventh-ranked Barry University responded with an offensive explosion that SLU couldn’t answer in the Buccaneers 14-6 victory in Sunshine State Conference action from Barry’s Feinbloom Field on Friday evening.
The lone run to open the game for the Lions was answered by six Barry (29-4, 9-1 SSC) runs split evenly between the first two innings, and the Bucs extended it to a 7-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Saint Leo (13-25, 4-9 SSC) scored another run in the fifth to cut the Lion deficit to 7-3, but Barry would put the game away with a six-run sixth inning.
The 13-3 score was too much for the Lions to overcome in the final three frames, where SLU was only able to muster three runs before the final out was recorded.
Starting SLU pitcher Jeff Bloomer (1-2) was saddled with the loss as he tossed three innings and allowed seven runs on six hits. He was one of three Saint Leo pitchers to take the mound on the evening.
SLU shortstop Bobby Munoz had the hot bat for the Lions as the Buccaneer pitching was unable to figure him out. He would go 3-for-3 with two RBI and a double to lead Saint Leo in the losing effort.
For the host Bucs, starter Bobby Hernandez (5-1) lasted seven innings to record his fifth win of the season.
Both teams will resume their Sunshine State Conference series with a doubleheader tomorrow. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon on the Barry University campus.