February 24, 2012 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG INNINGS PROPEL SAINTS PAST TALLAHASSEE CC, 12-1
Gainesville, FL – A four run seventh followed by a five run eighth, powered by a Tim Remes grand slam, turned a close game into a rout on Friday afternoon, as the FCSAA #1/NJCAA #9 Santa Fe Saints (15-4) took game one of the three game series against FCSAA #3 Tallahassee Community College, 12-1, snapping the Eagles eight game win streak.
SF sophomore Brad Markey (3-2) turned in a fantastic performance on the mound, pitching eight innings, allowing just one run with six strikeouts despite dealing with wind gusts all game in excess of 30 miles per hour out to left field. Josh Stewart pitched a perfect ninth in relief.
“Brad was outstanding, especially under the conditions,” said SF coach Johnny Wiggs. “We talked about keeping the ball down and trying to hold them to three or four runs. He held them to just one and with that kind of a wind, that’s hard to do.”
Santa Fe took an early 2-0 lead on a two RBI single by Jacob Tillotson in the second inning. TCC (12-4) answered with a run in the fourth, but in the sixth, the Saints pushed the lead to 3-1 on an RBI ground out by Mallex Smith.
SF took control in the seventh with four runs on five hits. Trey Griffin started the rally by doubling down the right field line. He then stole third and scored a pitch later on a wild pitch to make it 4-1. Two batters later AJ Mazzurco delivered a pinch hit RBI single and scored during the next at bat on a stolen base and an error by the catcher. Graham Ramos knocked in the last run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, making it a 7-1 lead.
In the eighth, Tim Remes delivered the knockout punch when he drove a one out pitch over the left center field fence, clearing the bases for a grand slam. The homerun was his third of the season. The final run of the game for SF came on a groundout by Tillotson, his third RBI of the contest.
“It was great to break through and have a few big innings offensively,” said Wiggs. “We hadn’t hit well with runners in scoring position all season and we came out of that a bit today. Proud of the guys and hopefully we will continue to swing it as we get closer to conference.”
The Saints stole seven bases on the Eagles, a game after stealing nine bases against St. Petersburg College.
Remes led the offense, going 2-for-4 with four runs scored, a homerun and four RBI. Jacob Tillotson was 2-for-6 with three RBI, Drew Doty finished 2-for-4, and Lawrence Pardo was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. The Saints collected 13 hits on the afternoon and drew 10 walks.