March 19, 2011 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAINTS WIN WILD GAME AGAINST FSC-J, 12-11
Gainesville, FL – The NJCAA #5 Santa Fe Saints (23-6-1, 6-3 MFC) fell behind 7-2 early on against Florida State College at Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon, but bounced back to earn their sixth conference win of the season, moving them back into a tie with St. John’s River (17-16, 6-3 MFC) for first place.
The Stars of FSC-J jumped out early in the game, taking a 7-2 lead after one and a half innings. The Saints answered in a big way, scoring seven two out runs in the bottom of the second to take a 9-7 lead.
Tim Remes started the second with a triple and was doubled home three batters later by Drew Doty. Austin Lawrence, TJ Spina and Andrew Grifol followed with back to back RBI hits and Jay Laurienzo brought the crowd to their feet with his seventh homerun of the season, plating two. Trey Griffin kept the rally going with a triple and Remes drilled his second hit of the inning up the middle to cap the scoring and give SF a 9-7 lead after two.
In the third, FSC-J scored two more runs to tie the game and bring the total runs in the game to 18 in just two and a half innings.
Santa Fe catcher Tim Remes led off the fifth with a double to start another Saints rally. Nathan Bandy followed him with a single to knock the run in and advanced on the throw into home plate. Two batters later Drew Doty singled to push the lead to 11-9.
Doty padded the Santa Fe lead in the seventh with an RBI double, scoring Nathan Bandy.
The Stars made things interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs before pitcher Kyle Rowe picked up the last two outs and stopped the bleeding, picking up his second save.
Andrew Grifol finished the day a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Jay Laurienzo was 3-for-4 with a homerun (7) and three RBI, Drew Doty was 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI, Trey Griffin was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Nathan Bandy was 2-for-4 with a double. The Saints collected 20 hits on the day, 10 of them for extra bases. They are now hitting .346 as a team.
Santa Fe travels to Jacksonville on Monday, March 21 for a game against the Stars scheduled to start at 3:00 PM.
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