WINTER PARK, Fla. – Saint Leo baseball took game one off host Rollins College, 4-2, before falling to the Tars, 6-1, in game two and taking a split out of the teams' Sunshine State Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Alfond Stadium.
The split gave Saint Leo a 2-1 win in the SSC series. The Lions are now 14-11 overall, 2-4 in the SSC.
After trailing Rollins, 2-1, through six innings, Saint Leo hung three runs on the Tars in the top of the seventh to take the 4-2 lead.
With two outs, both Chad Miller and Derek Gibree drew back-to-back walks. Gibree advanced and Miller scored on a Lane Stancil base hit up the middle, and Dylan Harris stroked a single into right field to score Gibree. After intentionally walking Alex Mata to load up the bases, Rollins issued another walk to Chase Turner to force in Stancil for run number four.
The Lions scored their first run in the first inning, when Mata doubled home Harris with a shot into right field. The double was the 60th of Mata's career, and puts the redshirt senior one double shy of tying the Saint Leo career doubles record.
Starter Eoin McAvinchey fanned seven Tar batters while allowing just six hits, and lasted into the eighth inning before Alec Lamrouex came on in relief to earn the save. McAvinchey improved to 2-3 with the victory.
Saint Leo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, scoring what proved to be its only run of the game when Zach Scott reached on a leadoff double and eventually scored on Stancil's ground out to second.
After the third, Rollins was able to hold the Lions to three-up, three-down in each of the next four innings. The Tars took the lead in the fourth on Sam LaFontaine's two-run home run to right field, putting the Rollins in front, 2-1.
The Tars tacked on a single run in the sixth, and added three more in the seventh on three hits and a Saint Leo error.
Seven different pitchers saw action for Saint Leo in Saturday's second game, with reliever Blake Bodin getting charged with the loss after allowing the two Rollins runs in the fourth.
Five different Lions recorded hits in game two, with Stancil charting a hit and an RBI.
Saint Leo returns to action on Friday, March 24, when it hosts defending national champion Nova Southeastern in game one of a three-game Sunshine State Conference series. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m.
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