Lions Fall to Florida Tech 3-1 in SSC Pitchers' Duel
FINAL: Florida Tech 3, Saint Leo 1 – (Saint Leo, Fla. – Thomas B. Southard Stadium)
SAINT LEO STARTERS: Brnovich (DH), Rawdow (2B), Twitty (RF), Moses (LF), Torres (C), Revell (1B), Newcomb (CF), Vitale (3B), Perez (SS), Krauss (P)
FLORIDA TECH STARTERS: Wortman (RF), Johannessen (CF), Bartlett (2B), Carcaise (1B), Allen (C), George (3B), Mazur (DH), Alfonso (SS), Bodziak (LF), Boyer (P)
AT A GLANCE: Saint Leo (23-11, 4-6 SSC) outhit the Panthers 7-5 but were unable to produce many runs off of Florida Tech starter Jason Boyd, who came one out away from a complete game. Lions' starter Brent Krauss tossed eight innings for the Lions—allowing just three earned runs while striking out nine.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Saint Leo lit up the board first when Chris Newcomb belted his fourth homer of the year to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
- In the third inning Florida Tech (24-11, 9-4 SSC) outfielder Dan Bodziak led off the inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a stolen base. The Panthers then pushed the run across the board on a ground out from David Jahannessen, tying the game at one.
- Two innings later in the top of the fifth, a two-out walk started the Panthers' inning and the next batter doubled to the left-center gap to bring home Bodziak to give Florida Tech the advantage.
- In their next at bat the Panthers extended their lead to two runs when Scott Carcaise homered to right field.
- In the bottom of the seventh inning the Lions found some life when Dillon Vitale laced a ball over third baseman David George's head for a base hit. On the next play Taylor Perez softly hit a ground ball up the middle and on a bang-bang play at second base Vitale was called safe and the inning was extended. Ryan Brnovich then hit a ground ball to the right side that looked like it had enough on it to get into the outfield and bring home a run, but second baseman Andrew Bartlett made a diving stop and throw to first just in time to retire Brnovich.
- Newcomb went 2-for-4 at the plate while scoring the Lions' only run of the ballgame on his second inning homerun. His second hit—a frozen rope down the line—came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
- Brent Krauss pitched well enough to give the Lions a chance to win—allowing just five hits over the course of his eight innings of work while striking out nine Panther batters.
- Collecting one hit each for the Lions was Brnovich, Frank Rawdow, Bobby Twitty, Vitale, and Perez
- Going nearly the complete game for Florida Tech to earn the win was Boyer (5-3) —who tossed 8.2 innings and allowed just one run while striking out five Lions' hitters.
"There's nothing to really be disappointed about. It was a good old fashioned pitchers' duel. They got a clutch hit here or there and we couldn't string them together and they win the ball game." - Head Coach Sean O'Connor
Saint Leo continues its three-game series with Florida Tech tomorrow right back here at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. First pitch of the doubleheader will be at 1:00 p.m. with the second game coming approximately a half hour after the conclusion of game one.