March 2, 2012 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 email@example.com
SAINTS WIN MFC OPENER OVER DAYTONA, 4-3
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints (17-6, 1-0 MFC) held on Friday afternoon against Daytona State College (10-5, 0-1 MFC), surviving a ninth inning rally to hold on for the 4-3 victory. Shane Kennedy provided the offensive power for SF, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the second on a ground out by Garrett Greenwell, scoring Kennedy from third following his triple.
Daytona answered with two in the fourth off SF started Brad Markey, but Santa Fe responded right back with a run in the bottom of the fourth. AJ Mazzurco led the frame off with a deep double off the fence and two batters later Kennedy tied the score with a single up the middle, knotting it up at 2-2.
The Saints added one in the sixth on a double by Graham Ramos and one more in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Shane Kennedy.
DSC made things interesting in the ninth with one run off SF closer Caleb Denmark, but he closed the door on the Falcons from there to pick up his fourth save.
“We did a nice job executing today,” said SF coach Johnny Wiggs. “We’ve struggled with runners on third but had some success today knocking them in. Our pitching and defense have been solid all year. It was nice to see the offense come through for us a little bit today.”
Brad Markey started on the mound and pitched six innings, surrendering two unearned runs and striking out eight. Felix Roque threw two innings of no hit ball and Denmark closed it out in the ninth.
Kennedy finished 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a stolen base, Tim Remes was 2-for-3, Mallex Smith was 2-for-4 with a steal and Graham Ramos finished 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
The Saints and Falcons battle again tomorrow, this time in Daytona. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM. Fans can follow along via Dakstats GameTracker.