SAINT LEO, Fla. – With news of their men's basketball colleagues' big win in Lakeland fresh on their minds, the Saint Leo baseball team posted another 12-run outing as the Lions defeating visiting Young Harris College (Ga.) 12-9 in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
It was another impressive outing at the plate for the Lions (11-4) as five doubles and a round-tripper meant that the 12 hits Saint Leo put on the board were not easy singles, even on a windy game day.
The game was really decided in the bottom of the sixth as Saint Leo answered a Young Harris (14-5) fifth-inning rally to tie the game with a seven-run frame, with all the Lions' runs scoring with two outs on the board. The Lions capitalized on four hits and a couple of wild pitches in that inning to take an 11-4 lead into the late portions of the game.
Stretching it to 12-4 an inning later on a Daniel Torres RBI single, the Lions' pitching staff put a scare into the large Alumni Day crowd as the visiting Mountain Lions scored two runs in the eighth inning to close the gap to 12-6. Young Harris then put three across in the ninth in addition to loading the bases. Junior Adam Albers would come in to finish things off as he managed to get the final Young Harris batter to strike-out looking to pick up the save.
Despite all the antics at the end, senior Aaron Brandt (3-1) still picked up the win for Saint Leo as he tossed six complete, giving up three earned runs. He fanned six Mountain Lions and surrendered seven hits in 100 total pitches. Albers' performance earned him his first save of 2012.
Chosen as the Florida Spine Institute 'Spine-Tingling Player of the Game' senior Dustin Brown led the Lions, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double. He was one of four Lions with multiple hits in the game.
The loss went to Young Harris starter Adam Moore (2-2) who managed five innings but was sent to the showers in the Lions big sixth innings.
Continuing the home stand, the Lions will again host Young Harris College, this time in a Sunday matinee game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Southard Stadium. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.