SAINT LEO, Fla. – After an offensive explosion early in the contest, the Saint Leo baseball team defeated the visiting Saint Michael's College Purple Knights by a 13-1 score, Tuesday night from Thomas B. Southard Stadium. The victory improved the Lions' record to 15-8 on the season.
Junior lefty Jordan Taylor took the mound for the Lions, going strong through five innings to pick up the win and improve to 2-0 on the year. He allowed just two hits while striking out six.
For the next four innings, four different pitchers made appearances, as Ethan Lichtenberg, Tyrone Miller, Shaun Adams, and Brandon Terry finished off the game. The group allowed four hits and just one run, striking out six more to fan 12 total Purple Knights on the evening.
Saint Leo repeated the effort in the bottom of the third inning as well, scoring three runs to take a 6-0 lead. After sophomore Alex Mata tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a passed ball, freshman Dylan Harris took first base on a walk to give the Lions' another chance at scoring. After a Cole Stancil double and a sacrifice fly from freshman Zach Daley scored Harris, junior Kevin Games sent an RBI single up the middle to plate Stancil and give the Lions a six-run lead.
The bottom of the fourth inning featured four more runs as the Lions strung together three doubles and two singles to take a 10-0 lead. A sacrifice flyout from Dylan Harris in the bottom of the fifth then extended the Lions' lead to eleven.
The Saint Michael's squad was able to record their first and only run in the top of the sixth, thanks to a sacrifice flyout from the Purple Knights' Don McGuirl.
Saint Leo retaliated, however, in the bottom of the seventh when they picked up two more runs off a two-run homerun from freshman Zach Sabo. The blast signaled the freshman's first collegiate hit.
As a team the Lions tallied 20 hits in the contest, a season high for the green and gold. The squad also picked up six walks and ten extra-base hits.
Saint Leo will return to action on Wednesday night when they host the visiting Flagler College Saints in a regional showdown at Thomas B. Southard Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.
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