Two Home Runs for Green Blasts Baseball Past the Lions

Two Home Runs for Green Blasts Baseball Past the Lions
Green goes 5-7 on the series with six RBIs. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry baseball team swept the Saint Leo Lions in a two game series of non-conference play with a 6-4 win on Saturday.

For the second straight day, senior first baseman Dean Green provided much of the offense for the Buccaneers. Green blasted two home runs and collected three RBIs. For the series, Green went 5-7 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs. Senior Drew Dwelly also had an impressive offensive game with three hits and an RBI.

“We are starting to come together as a team,” head coach Marc Pavao said. “Our defense is turning things around and we are just playing a better brand of baseball. One thing that I really like seeing is how the team is answering back when they give up runs.”

Much like Friday’s game, the Buccaneers fell behind early. Saint Leo took a 2-0 lead after the second inning from three hits and a Barry error. The Bucs answered in the bottom of the second as Adrian English started the inning with a chopper over the third basemen. Matt Petty then singled to right field, advancing English to third. Chris Leon posted the first RBI of the game for Barry with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring English and making it a 2-1 game.

In the bottom of the third, James Young belted a frozen rope home run over the left field fence to knot it up at 2-2.

After Saint Leo regained the lead in the top of the fourth, the Bucs posted two runs in the bottom of the fifth to grab a 4-3 lead. After Dwelly singled up the middle, Leon struck out to bring Green up to the plate. Green took the 2-0 offering and served it over the right field fence into the 20mph winds. Barry’s one run deficit turned into a one run lead on the Green big fly.

Saint Leo tied things up once again, tallying one run in the top of the sixth to take the score to Barry 4 and Saint Leo 4. In the bottom of the sixth Dwelly ripped a two-out single to right center scoring Petty to capture to the lead back for the Bucs.

Green added an insurance run for Barry in the bottom of the eighth off of his second home run of the game to center field.

T.J. Mullins came in to relieve Barry starter Brett Hammaker in the eighth and earned his first save of the season. Hammaker went seven innings, gave up nine hits, walked one, struck out four and allowed three earned runs. Mullins pitched two no-hit innings with one walk and a game-ending strikeout.

“There is no baseball preseason in college,” Pavao said. “We have to figure things out pretty quick. It’s very good to see things starting to turn for the better with conference play right around the corner.”

The Bucs play tomorrow in the Palm Beach Challenge against Chestnut Hill starting at noon at the Santaluces Complex in Lake Worth, Fla.

Barry 6, Saint Leo 4
(03/05/2011 at Miami Shores, Fla.)
Saint Leo........... 020 101 000 - 4 9 1 (6-10)
Barry............... 011 021 100 - 6 11 2 (10-7)
Pitchers: Saint Leo - Shaun Gough; Henry Johnson(7); Austin Buck(8) and Daniel Torres. Barry -
Brett Hammaker; T.J. Mullins(8) and Chris Leon.
Win-Brett Hammaker(2-1) Save-T.J. Mullins(1) Loss-Shaun Gough(1-2) T-2:05 A-134
HR BUB - Dean Green 2 (7); James Young (4).
Weather: sunny with strong winds
Gough faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Game: BB0305