SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team continued to impress as they defeated visiting Saint Anselm 12-1 in NCAA Division II action at Southard Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
In notching their 10th win of 2012, the Lions (10-4) blasted 12 hits, including two doubles, three triples and a home run en route to the victory. Scoring 12 runs in the game, the Lions reached the double-digit run total for the eighth time in 10 victories. The 12-spot continues to push Saint Leo's offensive production to an average of 9.64 runs per game so far this season.
The game, serving as a perfect winning setup for the following Hall of Fame Ceremony that evening, featured Saint Leo runs in each of the first six innings, with the highlight hit coming from senior Anthony Santa in the fourth when he stroked a three-run homer to the deepest part of the park. The shot was a wild-pitch shy of another Saint Leo grand slam when a Chris Newcomb scored two pitches prior to the blast.
Junior Ryan Sadler (2-1) tossed seven complete innings, only surrendering a run on three hits. He managed to strike out six Hawks in 26 batters faced. Fellow juniors Austin Buck and Adam Albers combined for mop-up duties, splitting the final two innings to solidify the win.
Six Lions posted multiple hits with Michael Revell going 2-for-3 and Santa going 2-for-4 with five RBI.
Saint Anselm (3-6) finished with five hits and only one run, which crossed in the fifth inning.
The Lions now turn their attention to an old-fashioned three-game series with Young Harris College from Saturday through Monday. The first game will get underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.