SAINT LEO, Fla. – It was the Lions' bats that were too-hot-to-handle on Sunday afternoon as Saint Leo posted an 18-6 win over visiting Young Harris College (Ga.) in non-conference action at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
Saint Leo (12-4) racked up 16 hits as the Lions opened the margin up to 13-3 through just four innings. Despite the windy conditions, and three fielding miscues of their own, the Lions capitalized on five Young Harris errors and smacked three doubled and two homers in the victory.
"We were able to string some things together early," Coach McNickle said of the windy win. "I thought we won the game in the second inning when we were able to get some bunts down with two strikes and put some pressure on (Young Harris). Two out hitting was key today. We got a lot of runs in with two outs and Charlie (Neely) did a great job of keeping the game under control."
Chasing starting Mountain Lion pitcher Taylor Topping (1-1) after just three innings of work, Saint Leo batters would face four different visiting pitchers, working all but the last for at least three hits.
Starting pitcher Charles Neely (3-1) earned his third win of the season behind six-plus innings of work. He managed to scatter eight hits and was charged with three earned runs while striking out seven. The trio of relievers in Brandon Terry, Matthew Hewitt and Dillon Vitale teamed up to keep things from getting as interesting as yesterday's final few frames.
Anthony Santa had another quality day at the plate going 2-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. He was a single RBI ahead of Daniel Torres who was 2-for-5 with four RBI and a home run, his second of the season. Taed Moses also went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Taking the first two games of the series, the Lions will look for a sweep over Young Harris in a Monday nightcap. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Southard Stadium. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions' Baseball, visit SaintLeoLions.com.