BOCA RATON, Fla. – In the first game of the three game series against Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Leo topped the Sailfish 12-3 behind a complete game from Lions' starter Brent Krauss. Saint Leo improved to 19-9 on the year with the win while Palm Beach Atlantic moved to 16-9.
Krauss (3-2) went the whole nine innings, giving up just two earned runs while striking out 11 and waking only one Sailfish batter.
"Brent Krauss did an outstanding job tonight," head coach Sean O'Connor said postgame. "Brent was outstanding; he pitched the whole game for us. He did exactly what we needed on a Friday night, getting us through and keeping our bullpen fresh for tomorrow. That's certainly a help for us going into two games tomorrow."
The Lions put together a strong offensive performance, totaling 12 hits on the night including two long balls. Michael Revell tallied three hits and four RBI with two coming on a two-run homer in the top of the first to give the Lions an early lead. Also collecting three hits on the night was Daniel Torres, who continued his hot streak. Torres is hitting a team-high .550 over the last seven games. Contributing two hits each in the win was Ryan Brnovich and Dillon Vitale.
The Lions struck first in the top of the first inning when Vitale got the inning started and Revell gave the team a 2-0 lead with a colossal homerun over the right-centerfield wall.
Two innings later the Lions put up a five-spot after Brnovich started the inning with a double down the left field line. The next play, Brnovich scored when a groundball from Vitale got past the Sailfish second baseman. Revell tallied his third RBI of the game two batters later when he singled up the middle to bring home Vitale. Rawdow continued the string of hits with a base hit through the left side that brought home Revell.
After Palm Beach Atlantic pushed two runs across the board in the fifth, Saint Leo responded with a run in the seventh when Vitale jumpstarted the inning with a double. At that point Revell brought in his fourth run of the game when a single to left field plated Vitale to extend the lead to 8-2.
In the eighth Torres doubled down the line to bring home Rawdow—who had reached base after being hit by a pitch.
The Sailfish were able to plate a run in the bottom of the eighth to make the game 9-3, but the Lions added an exclamation point in the ninth when Chris Newcomb came to the plate and belted his third homerun of the year to extend the Lions' lead to 12-3.
Saint Leo gets back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against the Sailfish with the first pitch of game one set for 12:00 p.m.