SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo baseball team quickly shook off the rust after a two-week unplanned break en route to an 8-3 triumph over visiting Rollins College in Sunshine State Conference baseball action from Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Thursday evening.
Not playing since April 14, and in their first game back at home since April 7, the Lions (22-17, 5-11 SSC) appeared loose and eager to play, proving that fact with two homers, a triple and five doubles making up the majority of Saint Leo's 13 hits.
Leadoff hitter Chris Newcomb started things for the Lions with a triple down into the left-field corner. His team-leading sixth triple of the season put him in scoring position where he would score on an RBI groundout by Anthony Santa.
The biggest hit of the ballgame came from senior Dustin Brown as he smacked a three-run home run to straightaway center field on the first pitch following a seventh-inning mound visit by the Tars' coaching staff. Brown muscled the fastball over the 405 sign to open up the 8-2 margin.
Zach Miller registered the other Saint Leo round-tripper when he led off the third inning with a towering shot over the left field wall.
The support at the plate was more than enough for Saint Leo starter Charles Neely (6-4) as he tossed 6.2 innings, holding the Tars to two runs on seven hits. Austin Buck came in to toss 2.1 innings and pick up his third save of the season, assuming pitching duties with the Lions leading 5-2 and two Rollins runners on base.
Anthony Figliolia (5-5) picked up the loss for Rollins (25-17, 6-10 SSC) as he was hit hard by Saint Leo batters, responsible for seven earned runs on 11 hits.
Brendan Collins joined Miller going 3-for-4 in the win.
The Lions will look to keep their hot bats alive when they continue the SSC series with Rollins on Sunday afternoon. The Lions will stray from their normal SSC schedule as Saturday is reserved to celebrate the University's Graduation ceremonies. Saint Leo Baseball will watch seven players earn their diplomas before being honored in their own Senior Day on Sunday.
First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Southard Stadium. For the latest news, information, and updates on the baseball team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.