March 20, 2010 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 scott.jamison@sfcollege.edu



Gainesville, FL – Former Buchholz High School stars Steven Ragans and Corey Turner combined to throw 7.2 innings of two run baseball on Saturday afternoon, shutting down the potent offense of Central Florida CC to earn the Saints (13-12, 4-5 MFC) second Mid-Florida Conference win in a row.

Ragans started on the hill and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with four strikeouts.  Turner (1-0) pitched four innings and gave up only two runs on six hits with two strikeouts to earn his first win of the year.

“This was a great all around team effort,” Coach Johnny Wiggs said.  “We played very well in all facets of the game today.  Ragans and Turner did a very nice job for us on the mound today and our offense was able to score some runs.”

The Saints struck quickly with three runs in the first inning, including back to back homeruns.  Austin Lawrence led off with a double off CFCC ace Matt Gendron and two batters later Jeff Moyer drilled a homerun over the right field fence for an early 2-0 lead.  Mike Miranda stepped into the batter’s box next and hit a monstrous homerun through the trees beyond the left field fence, making the score 3-0.

SF added a run in the fourth on an RBI by Jardian Thomas, scoring Ricky Claudio who led the inning off with a triple and another in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Miranda, pushing the margin to 5-0.

In the seventh the Saints put the game away with three runs on four hits.  Moyer started things with a triple and Miranda drove him in with a double to the gap in right center. Miranda advanced to third on a ground out and Claudio flew out to centerfield to push the seventh run across.  Jardian Thomas scored the last run on a wild pitch.

The Patriots scored two late runs to make the final score 8-2.

The Saints were led offensively by Miranda who finished 3-for-4 with a double, homerun and three RBI, giving him 44 on the season, tying him for third in the country.  Moyer continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI and Jardian Thomas was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

SF will play CFCC again on Monday in another important MFC match-up.  First pitch is scheduled for 3:00pm in Ocala.

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