SAINT LEO, Fla. –The Lions late inning rally came up short as the Montevallo University Falcons (2-1) took the third and decisive game of the series by a final score of 6-4. Saint Leo (1-2) allowed two unearned runs early that the Lions were unable to overcome.
"We didn't play as well as we did the first two night," Head Coach Sean O'Connor said postgame. "We kicked the ball around a little bit and we had some baserunning mistakes, and they didn't. They played solid baseball."
Frank Rawdow and Michael Revell each collected two hits on the afternoon in part of the Lions' nine-hit performance. Freshman Taylor Perez and Cole Stancil each collected their first hits of their collegiate career.
Brent Krauss allowed just four hits and no earned runs during six complete innings on the mound. Krauss tallied two strikeouts on the day while surrendering just one walk.
The Lions took the lead in the bottom of the first after Rawdow reached base on a double and scored following Revell's single up the middle. Following a Saint Leo error in the top of the fourth inning the Falcons were able to take a 2-1 lead after Montevallo's Zach Willoughby singled through the left side.
The Falcons scored four more in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 6-1, but the Lions weren't done yet. In the bottom of the eighth Blake Turner came to the plate with the bases loaded and crushed a triple into the left-center gap that cleared the bases and brought the Lions back within two.
Unfortunately, that's where the Lions' rally would end, however. Closer Cody Hughes was able to retire the final four Lions' batters to secure the series win for Montevallo.
Montevallo's Josh Clemen earned the win, while Saint Leo's Krauss collects the loss.
The Lions get back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 5 when they travel to Lakeland to take on Florida Southern in a non-conference matchup.
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