Baseball drops twin bill to Lee Saturday

Baseball drops twin bill to Lee Saturday

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo baseball dropped both ends of twin bill to Lee on Saturday, 5-4 and 9-4, at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.

Saint Leo (2-4) held a 1-0 lead in both games before the long games fell in favor of Lee (6-1).

In the first game, the Lions went out to a 3-1 lead after three innings before Lee scored one run in the fourth and fifth and two in the top of the sixth. Michael Mann would cut the lead in the bottom of the sixth as he hit a solo homerun to left field, but the Lions couldn't get anything going in the final three innings.

In the bottom of the eighth against Lee, Alex Mata hit a double down the left field line and advanced to third where the Lions left him on base after Zach Scott and Chase Turner both grounded out.

In game two between the Lions and Flames, Saint Leo again jumped on Lee in the first after they started things off with a single by Lane Stancil and a double down the left field line by Brett Coffel. It would be Alex Mata again with a RBI as he hit a long fly ball to right field scoring Stancil from third before Lee's Wes Albert got out of the inning with a strikeout.

It took two scoreless innings between the two teams before another run crossed the plate, but not in favor of the Lions. Lee pushed three across in the top of the fourth.

Saint Leo's Shane Williams would blast a one-out solo shot to left field to score the Lions lone run in the bottom of the fourth.

Lee would score one in the seventh and five in the eighth before Saint Leo scored one in the eighth and ninth to get to reach the 9-4 final. Coffel started things off in the bottom of the eighth with his second double of the game. Zach Scott delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to deep center field scoring Coffel from third. The Lions ended the inning on another strikeout.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Lions pulled three pinch hitters in, in the bottom of the ninth to try to get something going down 9-3. The first two didn't pan out but a Matt McGee single through the left side would put a runner on with two outs. Coffel walked to put two on with two outs. A Dylan Harris bunt single to third would allow McGee to cross the plate for the Lions' fourth run.

Saint Leo will hit the road for the first time in 2017 as they travel to Albany State (Ga.) for a three-game three-day series starting on Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m.

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