Leesburg, Florida- The Mount St. Joseph University Lions baseball team continued their spring break trip in Florida as they took on the Wildcats of Cazenovia College on Monday morning. The Lions got a split on the day failing in game one 11-9 and winning in game two 19-6.
The Lions gave Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati, OH / Northwest) the start for game one. Shelton would go 4.2 innings allowing only two earned runs. The Lions went down early with the Wildcats scoring five unearned runs in the first inning. The Lions got a run a piece in the second and third cutting into the Wildcats lead making it 5-2. In the fourth the Wildcats got two more runs increasing their lead to 7-2. The Lions plated three in the fifth cutting into the deficit making it 7-5. The Wildcats plated 4 runs in the fifth inning increasing their lead to 11-5. The Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut into the lead making it 11-9. Hunter Collins (Middletown, OH /Monroe) singled to center in the fifth plating one run. Roman Rothwell (Monroe, OH / Monroe) hit a triple in the inning plating two runners. Garret Hogan (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) also plated a run in the fifth with a RBI double to left center. This was the last of the scoring for the game as the Lions would go down in game one by a score of 11-9.
Shelton despite only giving up two earned runs took the loss for the Lions dropping his record to 0-2. The Lions had three hitters have two hits apiece. Collins and Hogan both had two hits with two RBI's each. Michael Sundahl (Fort Wayne, IN / Bishop Dwenger) also had two hits and plated a run on the day. Oakley Billingsley (Westport, IN / South Decatur) came in relief going 2.1 innings allowing no hits striking out four.
Zack Bell (Hamilton, OH / Hamilton) got the start for game two. Bell would give the Lions five quality innings. The Lions bats came out hot as they started game two off by plating 14 runs in the first two innings. During this hitting spree Ryan Murray (Cincinnati, OH / Colerain) hit a grand slam to right field to put the Lions up 9-0 in the first inning. The Wildcats would plate five back making the score 14-5 going into the fifth inning. During the fifth and sixth innings the Lions plated five more runs off while the Wildcats only plated one more. The Lions gained a split of the double header with a 19-6 victory in game two.
Bell got the win for the Lions giving him a 1-2 record on the year. The bats were hot as every Lion in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit throughout the game. Garret Hogan (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin) went 3-4 during game two with two RBI's. Ian Mustard (Kings Mills, OH / Kings) went 3-5 with three RBI's on the game. Three Lions also had two hits for the game with at least one RBI.
The Lions (3-6) look to keep their bats hot as they take on the Hawks of Becker College in a double header at Lake Myrtle Field #5 on Thursday March 12 with first pitch being scheduled for 9:30 A.M. Tune into MSJsports.com for all of your live game coverages.