March 19, 2012 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 email@example.com
SIMPSON GOES THE DISTANCE, SAINTS SHUT OUT FSC-J 5-0
Jacksonville, FL – Freshman pitcher JT Simpson (5-1) went the distance on Monday afternoon against Florida State College-Jacksonville, needing just 92 pitches to get through nine innings of work. He scattered four hits, walked one and struck out seven in the 5-0 Santa Fe victory.
“JT was outstanding today,” said SF coach Johnny Wiggs. “He really located his fastball down and away all game. He got seven first pitch outs and just continued to pound the strike zone going right after their hitters.”
Garrett Greenwell provided the bulk of the SF offense, driving in four runs on two hits.
“Garrett came up big for us at the plate today,” said Wiggs. “Three of his RBI came with two outs and those are the kinds of things that we are looking for.”
The Saints (25-8, 7-2 MFC) struck early, plating three runs in the first inning. Trey Griffin knocked in the first on a sacrifice fly and Greenwell singled with the bases loaded and two outs to make the score 3-0.
In the third Tim Remes singled with two outs and Greenwell followed with a double down the right field line to expand the lead to 4-0.
SF added an insurance run in the seventh on a Greenwell bases loaded walk.
Five runs were more than enough for Simpson who cruised through the final three innings for his fifth win of the season. Five of his nine innings pitched went 1-2-3, including the ninth. He lowered his ERA to 1.62 following the first complete game of his collegiate career.
Greenwell finished the game 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI and Trey Griffin was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Saints and Stars meet again on Friday, March 23 at 3:00 PM, this time in Gainesville at Santa Fe Field. Admission is free for the general public.