March 15, 2014

Lions Upended by No. 9 Franklin Pierce in 5-2 Loss

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Less than 24 hours after knocking off the No. 9 Franklin Pierce Ravens, the Saint Leo baseball team fell to the Ravens by a 5-2 score in game two of the three-day, three-game series. The Saturday afternoon loss pushed Saint Leo to a 13-8 overall record on the year.

Junior starter Liam O'Sullivan took the mound in the effort, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. In the middle of the seventh, senior lefty Brandon Terry came in to finish out the game, throwing 2.1 innings and earning the loss. He allowed three runs on three hits.

Franklin Pierce jumped on the board first, picking up an unearned run in the top of the third when the Ravens' Chris LaVergna, who reached on an error, scored to give Franklin Pierce the lead.

A two-run homerun from senior Chris Newcomb gave the Lions a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but the runs would be the only ones put on the board for the Lions in the contest.

Franklin Pierce tied the score at 2-2 on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, and a two-run homerun in the top of the 8th gave the Ravens back the lead, 4-2.

Franklin Pierce tacked on another run in the top of the ninth, and the Lions were unable to reciprocate, falling by a 5-2 score.

As a team, Saint Leo recorded six hits in the contest, walking once.

The Lions will look to win the series tomorrow, March 16, when they host the visiting Franklin Pierce Ravens for the third and final game of the three-day, three-game series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

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