MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team again found their visiting to south Florida unfulfilling as they dropped both ends of a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader against the Barry University Buccaneers, dropping game one 6-5 and the nightcap by an 11-5 final. The losses give Barry the season’s sweep over the Lions.
In game one, Saint Leo (9-18, 1-8 SSC) took an early lead after scoring one run in the top of the first when Ryan Brnovich led off the game with an infield single, later scoring on an RBI single by Jason Hamm. But the Buccaneers answered in the bottom of the first. The thorn in the Lions’ side for the entire series, Dean Green launched the first pitch of his at bat over the centerfield fence to give Barry a 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the second the Bucs added another two when BU’s Adrian English lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Harold Holness and Green singled to left field to score Drew Dwelly.
In the bottom of the fourth, Barry (22-8, 9-0 SSC) posted another run to claim a 5-1 advantage. English first reached on an error by the short stop then scored after Petty ripped a double down the left field line.
Saint Leo battled back collecting one run in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, including a homer from the bat of Kory Wan to tie the game at 5-5 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Dwelly took the wind out of the Saint Leo sails with one swing as he stepped into the box to lead things off for Barry in their half of the eighth and took a 2-1 offering over the left field fence to give his squad the 6-5 advantage.
The Lions could not find the equalizer in their final chance at bat as Barry managed the opening-game win.
In the second game of the double header, Barry started the scoring off first in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead.
Barry continued posting runs with two outs, this time, in abundance in the third that all-but-decided the game. After a strike out and a caught stealing, the Bucs opened up the scoring. By the time the Lions managed that final out Barry had seen eight runs cross the plate.
The Bucs added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth for an 11-0 lead.
Saint Leo would score five runs over the next two innings behind seven hits, but it would come too late for a reasonable comeback attempt.
The Lion bats would connect on a combined 25 hits, including outhitting the host Buccaneers in the opening game. After going 3-for-3 yesterday, Jason Hamm continued his perfect streak of at-bats as he was 4-for-4 in the opening game.
Pitchers of record were Jamie Tutko (0-1) and Shaun Gough (1-5) as eight Saint Leo pitchers took the mound in the twin bill.
In between two SSC series’, the Lions will now have another week off before facing the 21st-ranked University of Tampa Spartans in an SSC series in Tampa, Fla. First pitch for the opening game of the three-game series is set for Friday night at 6:00 p.m.
Portions courtesy of Barry University Sports Information