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Lions ready to rock the SSC standings

By CHRIS WAGENHEIM
Published April 25, 2007


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Despite a three game sweep of Tampa University and a 30-20, 12-8 Sunshine State Conference record, the Saint Leo softball team is in the middle of the conference standings. The standings remain tenuous, however, with each team ahead of the Lions only a few wins in front.

"These next three games are really big for us," coach Christi Wade said. "They could really shuffle things up."

The Lions will try to shuffle the conference around today. Rollins visits for a doubleheader tonight, the teams already played once Tuesday night. The Lions will have to continue playing well at home; their guest sits at No. 2 in the conference. Saint Leo is 20-8 at home, but dropped four games in their own stadium in the past two weeks, four of which were extra-inning losses.

"We've been on the wrong end of the extra innings it seems," Wade said. "We couldn't seem to get over the hurdle in terms of the extra innings."

Saint Leo baseball

The Lions (25-22, 10-11) have a tough next couple of days to round out the regular season. They will play Tampa (36-9) three times in two days. The Lions and conference-leading Spartans will square off Thursday, then meet again in a double-header on Friday.

If playing the best team in the conference wasn't bad enough, the Lions will be doing it away from Southard Stadium. Six of their past seven games have been away from home. Their only respite from the road came in the form of senior night Tuesday against Rollins.

PHCC baseball

Despite dropping 10 of their past 12 games, PHCC ended its season on a few positive notes. The Conquistadors (21-25) beat Polk in their final two games and also had players make the all-Suncoast Conference teams.

"Its frustrating, we actually swung the bats good this year," coach Steve Winterling said. "But now we are cleaning shop and getting ready for next year."

Sophomore Danny Keefe made first-team all-conference while teammates Anthony Rawson, Brian Bass, Lou Pepper and Nick Starrett made second team.

[Last modified April 25, 2007, 06:51:42]


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