SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Eckerd College Tritons benefitted from three Saint Leo errors in the third inning to score five runs as the visiting Tritons escaped with an 8-4 win in non-conference baseball action from Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The win takes Eckerd to 4-1 overall while Saint Leo continues to flirt with a .500 mark, currently at 3-3.
"One of our strengths coming into the season was our defense," head coach Russ McNickle said of his team's lackluster performance in the field. "Tonight we did not do our job of making the routine plays and give Eckerd credit, they took advantage and beat us."
An uncharacteristic inning saw nearly the same group who set the all-time Saint Leo fielding percentage mark in 2010, commit three miscues in a third inning that saw four unearned runs cross the plate. It would prove to be the deciding frame that tilted the game into the favor of the visitors from St. Petersburg, Fla.
Starting Eckerd pitcher Joey Cuda went six strong innings, only allowing three runs on seven hits and improved his overall record to 2-0. EC managed the win behind a 2-for-4 effort from Stephen Pelc and Wess Hollins’ three-RBI evening.
The Lions’ starting pitcher, Matt Hewitt (0-1), suffered his first decision while only giving up one earned run of the seven that crossed the plate during his stint. He tossed 3.2 innings and surrendered four hits and three walks while striking out one. Two Saint Leo batters, Anthony Santa and Frank Rawdow, went 2-for-4 in the loss.
The Lions will travel to Americus, Ga. where they face Georgia Southwestern State in a three game series this coming weekend.