SAINT LEO, Fla. –The Saint Leo baseball team (13-6) topped St. Anselm (2-8-1) by a score of 5-3 from a cool Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Wednesday night. The Lions tallied 11 hits and used another solid starting pitching performance to win their third straight. The Lions had a special guest in attendance today—as Leonardo the lion from Dade City's Wild Things saw the team beat the Hawks in the first of a two-game set.
Leading the Lions and staying red-hot was freshman shortstop Taylor Perez. Perez notched three hits on the evening and scored two runs. Perez is 8-for-11 with seven runs in the last three games for the Lions. Stroking two hits was Ryan Brnovich, Chris Newcomb, and Bobby Twitty. Twitty extended his streak to 14 games but also notched his eighth straight game of driving it at least one run. Bringing in two runs on the day with a base hit was Daniel Torres.
The Lions continued their stellar starting pitching with Brent Krauss throwing seven complete innings while striking out 11. Krauss got in some trouble early and gave up two runs in the first and one in the third, but settled in nicely thereafter. Through the next four innings Krauss allowed just one hit en route to his second win of the season.
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning the Lions responded with a run on an RBI single up the middle from Torres that plated Perez.
The Lions continued chipping away at the Hawks' lead in the bottom of the fourth when Perez reached base on a base hit to start the inning and advanced all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt. The following play, Torres brought home Perez with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning Twitty singled up the middle to bring home Brnovich—the tying run.
The following inning the Lions took a 4-3 lead when Newcomb led off the inning with a triple that he smoked into the left-centerfield gap. Newcomb was brought home to give the Lions the lead on a groundout from Cole Stancil.
Later in the seventh inning the Lions tacked on an insurance run. It got started once again, with a Newcomb base hit, but this time he was brought home on a single from Perez.
Brandon Terry came in to relieve Krauss in the eighth and he slammed the door shut—going two perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn his second save in three nights.
The Lions get back in action tomorrow night when the Hawks come back to Thomas B. Southard Stadium for the final game of this two-game set.
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