AMERICUS, Ga. – The Saint Leo baseball team rallied from two-run deficits twice in their final game against Georgia Southwestern, but the Lions could not pick up the win as the host Hurricanes defeated the Lions 8-7 in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon.
Fighting from a four-run deficit after the first inning, the Lions scored three times in the next frame, sparked by two miscues from the Hurricanes. The first kept the inning going as Anthony Santa struck out swinging with two out, but a passed ball allowed him to safely reach first and an SLU runner at third to cross home. Ryan Brnovich would stroke an RBI single through the left side of the infield to add another run, and the second GSW error, a fielding error by their third baseman allowed Ware Hart to touch home.
Trading lone runs through the next five frames, with the Lions knotting the score at five in the top of the seventh, Georgia Southwestern would add two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-5 lead.
Saint Leo (3-6) would rally again in the top of the eighth as Ryan Powers and Jason Hamm each managed RBI base hits to tie the score.
With the score tied at seven, both teams would turn to their bullpens, with reliever Jamie Tutko coming in for the Lions to shut down the Hurricane bats. He would end up tossing three complete innings and only allowing one hit, which would put the Lions in the position for the extra inning win – something they could not accomplish.
Georgia Southwestern (6-6) punched the game-winning run across in the bottom of the 12th. They loaded the bases with no outs and a shot to third base was knocked down by Frank Rawdow, but he could only tag third before the deciding run scored.
Despite committing four errors in the game, the win would give the hosts the series sweep after their doubleheader wins on Saturday. It would mark fourth-straight loss for the Lions.
In the loss, Rawdow went 2-for-5 and Hamm went 2-for-6 with two RBI.
Picking up the loss was sophomore Austin Buck (0-1), who followed Tutko and tossed 1.2 innings, and leaving the go-ahead runner on base when he was relieved for Henry Johnson.
GSW closer Gary Carden (2-0) picked up the win and Andrew Anderson was a thorn in the Lions’ side as he was once again responsible for getting the winning run across the plate.
The Lions will remain on the road as they will travel to West Palm Beach and face Palm Beach Atlantic University in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. The first game will get underway on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in south Florida.