Coffel homers twice as baseball downs #20 Lynn, 5-2

Coffel homers twice as baseball downs #20 Lynn, 5-2

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo sophomore Brett Coffel belted a pair of home runs while Tyler Bauman and Zach Whitaker combined to keep a lid on Lynn University's big bats, as the Lions posted a 5-2 win on the Fighting Knights on Friday night at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.

Saint Leo improved to 18-14 overall, 3-7 in the Sunshine State Conference with the win, while 20th-ranked Lynn fell to 23-12, 6-7 in the SSC. The teams will complete the SSC series on Saturday, April 8, with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. at Southard Stadium.

The Lions had to rally from an early deficit to earn their third win this season over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Trailing 2-0 heading midway through the second inning, Coffel smashed a solo home to left-center field, the deepest part of Southard Stadium, to cut the margin to 2-1.

Coffel delivered the final blow in the Lions' three-run fourth inning, that ended with Saint Leo holding a 4-2 advantage. Alex Mata reached on a leadoff single, was sacrificed over the second by Shane Williams, and scampered to third on a wild pitch. That brought Chase Turner to the plate, whose infield single to short plated Mata.

That's when Coffel stepped to the plate and sent his second home run of the night over the fences, this time to left field.

Saint Leo added an insurance run in the eighth inning, when Turner singled up the middle to bring home Williams and extend the Lions' lead to 5-2. Williams reached on a leadoff triple to right-center.

The Lions tallied eight hits – all singles, except for the Williams triple and Coffel's two round-trippers. Turner finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Coffel charted a 2-for-3 mark at the plate.

Bauman got the start and lasted into the eighth inning, allowing just five hits and striking out eight batters on a Lynn squad that entered the game batting .356 as a team, and was ranked second in all of Division II in batting average.

Whitaker came on with one on and no outs in the eighth, and fanned the next two batters and induced a grounder to short to get the Lions out of the frame. He then retired the Fighting Knights in order in the ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Patrick Dorrian accounted for two of Lynn's five hits – including a two-run double up the middle in the second that accounted for all of the Knights' scoring.

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