Saint Leo pounds out 16 hits to upset ninth-ranked Franklin Pierce
SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Saint Leo regrouped on Sunday afternoon to defeat the No. 9 Franklin Pierce Ravens by a 14-3 score. Senior pitcher Brent Krauss earned the win in the victory, improving the Lions' record to 14-8 on the season.
The Ravens picked up two runs in the first inning off Josh Mollett. Tossing 1.2 innings, the freshman righty gave up five hits and one walk in the appearance before senior righty Brent Krauss came in for relief duties.
Despite trailing by two early on, the Lions threatened in the bottom of the third inning, forcing one run off a Fran Whitten sacrifice fly.
Though a Franklin Pierce homerun in the top of the fourth gave the Ravens a 3-1 lead, Saint Leo was not fazed, turning around in the bottom of the fourth to score nine runs off nine hits, one walk, and one Franklin Pierce error. The Lions faced four different pitchers in the inning alone.
Both teams went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Saint Leo picked up two more runs to take an 11-3 lead. After a Dale Irving double and Chris Newcomb single led off the inning, sophomore Taylor Perez recorded a sacrifice fly to score Irving. On the next play, a double from Fran Whitten, Newcomb scored to give the Lions a nine-run lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Saint Leo extended its lead to 14-3 when junior Dale Irving blasted a two-run homerun over the leftfield fence to give the Lions' their defining score, and eventually, a big victory.
Senior Brent Krauss earned the win for the Lions on the day, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing just three hits and one walk in the performance. Junior lefty Jordan Taylor came out for the ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out two to end the game.
As team, the Saint Leo squad tallied 12 earned runs on 16 hits and three walks. The victory marks the third time this season that the Lions have registered more than 15 hits in a contest.