Lions stellar on the greens and mound

Published March 7, 2007

ST. LEO - Saint Leo athletes Ryan Clark and Jacob Halligan were honored Monday by the Sunshine State Conference as pitcher and golfer of the week, respectively.

Clark, a left-hander and former Hillsborough High standout, pitched 62/3 innings and allowed only two hits while striking out four in a 24-0 win over St. Anselm College on Sunday. Clark has won three in a row and is 4-1 with a 0.91 ERA in five starts. He also leads the Lions with 29 strikeouts.

Halligan, a senior captain for the Lions, finished second in the Thomas University Winter Invitational in Valdosta, Ga. He shot 1-under 143, which included Saint Leo's all-time low round of 68.

The Taylor Mill, Ky., native is averaging just below 75 strokes per round.

"He's been my steadiest player this year for sure," Saint Leo coach Ray Cisbani said. "This is a very important year for him."

NATIONALLY RANKED: Saint Leo senior Brian Schmidt was a walk-on when he joined the Lions. Now he is ranked nationally for his strong play on par-3s.

Schmidt has ranked as high as fifth nationally and is averaging 3.01 strokes per par 3.

"He's one of my most consistent shooters," Cisbani said. "He's just a steady player."

Saint Leo's next golf tournament begins March 19 at the 2007 Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta.

Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or 727 580-5315.