SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team won its 15th game of the season as the Lions powered past visiting Warner University 8-3 in non-conference action on Tuesday night from Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
It was a game where Saint Leo (15-6) stared at just a one-run advantage after Warner (17-16) worked themselves back into the contest in the seventh inning. It was at that point that the Lions leaned on their relief pitching as they shut down the Royals for the final few frames. In total, Matthew Hewitt and Austin Buck combined for four innings of shut-down pitching to solidify the win.
The Lions set the tone early as they scored three runs in their first at-bat. Similar to their first meeting, the first six Lions reached base, with three of them eventually crossing the plate.
Saint Leo would increase their lead on an RBI fielder's choice in the fourth, and the 4-0 lead would withstand a two-spot in the fifth inning by Warner and the lone run the Royals scored in the seventh.
With the pitching staff holding the Warner offense at bay, the Lions managed to put the game out of reach with four runs in the eighth inning, with most coming with two outs on the board.
Getting the start and earning his third win of the season, Ryan Sadler (3-1) tossed five complete innings only surrendering a lone earned run. Buck earned his first save of the year when he struck out five batters in just two innings of work.
Warner's Johnny Groubert was responsible for all of the Royal's runs as he went 2-for-4 with all 3 RBI.
The Lions now turn their attention back to Sunshine State Conference play when they welcome Barry University to Southard Stadium for a weekend series. The Lions and Buccaneers will get things started on Friday night at 6 p.m.