April 17, 2010 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 email@example.com
SAINTS DROP EXTRA INNING GAME TO SEMINOLE, 9-7
Gainesville, FL – Seminole State College came up with a big win on the road Saturday against the Santa Fe Saints, keeping their post season hopes alive. The Saints (23-14, 14-7 MFC) still remain in first place, 1.5 games ahead of St. John’s River CC (27-21, 13-9 MFC), who defeated Daytona State 5-4 on Saturday. BOX SCORE
Santa Fe took an early lead in the first inning with two runs on two hits and a Raider error, but failed to record another hit until the sixth inning. Seminole State tied the game in the fourth with two runs and moved ahead in the fifth with two more.
Saints starting pitcher Gary Merians was removed in the fourth inning, his first start where he failed to get through at least five innings.
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, Jeff Moyer led off with his tenth homerun of the season to close the gap to one. Seminole State answered with one in the top of the seventh, but SF came out swinging in the bottom half of the inning, connecting on two long solo homeruns to tie the score at 5-5, the first by Corey Elasik and the second TJ Spina.
In the top of the ninth, the Seminole leadoff hitter reached on a throwing error and advanced all the way to third when the ball bounced down the right field foul area. A single by the next Raider hitter gave SSC a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Raider lead didn’t last long as SF leftfielder Jardian Thomas blasted a solo homerun to deep center field to knot the score at 6-6.
With their season on the line in the top of the tenth, Seminole third baseman Anthony Biox drilled a two out three run homerun to give SSC a 9-6 lead.
The Saints scored one run in the bottom of the tenth and put runners on second and third with two outs, but failed to convert.
Santa Fe had eight hits as a team, Jeff Moyer finished 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI and Corey Elasik, TJ Spina and Jardian Thomas each had homeruns. SF has 56 homeruns on the season as a team.
With three MFC games remaining in the season, Santa Fe will travel to Leesburg on Monday to take on Lake Sumter CC at 3:00pm. Should the Saints win, they will clinch a spot in the FCCAA State Tournament.