SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo baseball pounded out 13 runs on 19 hits on its way to a 13-3 win over visiting Cedarville University, in a non-conference baseball matchup Saturday afternoon at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
Saint Leo's (7-6) 19 hits is the most since a 22-hit bonanza in a 27-7 win over Lynn University on April 9, 2016.
The Lions opened up with two runs in the first inning off one-out singles by Dylan Harris and Brett Coffel. Harris crossed on Alex Mata's RBI double down the left field line – the 56th double of his career – with an error on the Cedarville second baseman that allowed Coffel to score as well.
After a single Cedarville (0-5) run in the top of the fourth inning, Saint Leo added two more runs in the bottom of the frame.
A leadoff single by Derek Gibree set the table for the Lions in the fourth, and he scored two batters later on an RBI single by Harris. After back-to-back walks issued to Mata and Shane Williams, the bases were loaded with two out. The Lions attempted a suicide squeeze with the right-handed Matt McGee in the batter's box, but Cedarville pitcher Andrew Plunkett's delivery sailed over the Yellow Jacket catcher. That allowed Harris to score, extending Saint Leo's lead to 4-1 through four innings.
The Lions manufacturer a single run in the sixth to widen their lead to 10-2, and added to their advantage on Zack Sabo's belt to left field in the seventh. Zach Scott's leadoff solo shot to right field accounted for one of the Lions' two runs in the eighth.
Harris finished the afternoon 5-for-6 at the plate for the Lions with two runs and three runs batted in, while Scott went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. Lane Stancil recorded a pair of hits, and nine other players recorded one hit apiece.
Starter Tyler Bauman lasted six innings and fanned three Yellow Jacket batters while scattering six hits to earn the win. Ethan Lichtenberg, Francis Ortiz, and Alec Lamrouex each pitched one inning of relief to seal the victory.
For Cedarville, Colton Potter went 2-for-4 and was the lone player with multiple hits. Yellow Jacket starter Andrew Plunkett yielded six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and was tagged with the loss.
Saint Leo returns to the diamond on Monday, March 6, when it hosts Northwood University. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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