SAINTS WEEKLY WRAP-UP: February 4-10
Gainesville, FL – Recap of the week in sports at Santa Fe College:
Men’s Basketball (2-0 on the week, 15-12 overall, 3-3 MFC) The Santa Fe Saints used a strong defensive effort and a strong offensive night from the nation’s leading scorer Bobby Hunter and guard Roody St. Germain to power their way past Florida State College-Jacksonville. Hunter (25.7 ppg) had a game high 29 points and St. Germain pitched in 24 in just 21 minutes of play.
On Saturday, the Saints pulled out a big Mid-Florida Conference win against Daytona State College, defeating the Falcons 69-62 at the SF Gym. The nation’s leading scorer Bobby Hunter again led the way, pouring in 24 points. The win moves Coach Chris Mowry one win away from 200 in his career.
Women’s Basketball (1-1 on the week, 16-11 overall, 4-5 MFC) With the Santa Fe Saints needing a victory to keep pace in the Mid-Florida Conference sophomore guard Tiara Thompson stepped up and poured in 26 points to pace SF to a 78-56 victory over Hillsborough CC.
The Mid-Florida Conference leading Florida State College-Jacksonville Blue Wave put a stranglehold on first place Saturday afternoon with their win over the Santa Fe Saints 91-80 in Jacksonville.
The Saints (16-11, 4-5 MFC) led 17-7 in the early going but FSC-J came storming back to take a 45-38 lead at the halftime break.
The Blue Wave (20-7, 8-1 MFC) proved in the second half why they remain at the top of the pack in the MFC as they withstood numerous runs by the Saints including one late in the half to hold on for the 11 point win, their third over SF this season.
The women return to action at home on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM against Daytona State College.
Baseball (3-2 on the week, 9-2 overall) The Santa Fe Saints’ undefeated record stayed intact on Monday, February 4 as they breezed past Pasco Hernando CC 9-2. Coach Johnny Wiggs reached another milestone just one game removed from his 200th Santa Fe victory. This time he won his 400th overall game in a career that includes eight years at the helm of Polk State College.
The FCSAA #1 Saints took their first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of the defending FCSAA Champions Polk State College, 2-1. The Eagles scored the winning run in the eight with a single, scoring the runner from second after a balk had been called on SF reliever Derek Vail. The score was a far cry from the team’s first meeting of the season when Santa Fe (7-1) crushed the Eagles 23-9 on January 30 in Gainesville.
The Santa Fe Saints lost for the second time in as many games with the loss coming again in the late innings. After a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Polk State on Wednesday SF fell 9-8 to the St. Petersburg College Titans after taking a 8-4 lead into the top of the ninth.
Kevin Martin (2-0) was a force on the mound in game one of a double header against South Florida State College (2-10), tossing a one hitter to lead the Santa Fe Saints (9-2) past the Panthers 6-0. The SF offense was bolstered by a 4-for-4 performance from sophomore third baseman Connor Castellano.
Clayton Wagner (2-0) picked up where Martin left off, tossing five shutout innings as the SF offense staked him to a 6-0 lead after two innings. Jonathan Camp followed up his clutch game one performance with a bases clearing triple in the second, giving him five RBI on the day.
The Saints are back on the diamond Wednesday, February 13 at Pasco-Hernando CC at 3:00 PM.
Fastpitch (3-1 on the week, 6-4 overall) The Santa Fe Saints (4-4) and Tallahassee CC Eagles (5-7) played to a draw on Tuesday afternoon in Gainesville with both teams taking one game of a double header. The FCSAA #9 Eagles squeaked out game one 3-2 in extra innings and the #10 Saints battled back in game two for a 3-1 victory in game two.
Santa Fe pulled out two wins on Saturday afternoon against South Florida State College, the first on a walk off homerun by Megan McDonald, 5-3 and the second in a masterful no hit performance by Karla Claudio, 1-0.
Rankings: State Poll National Poll
Men’s Basketball NR NR
Women’s Basketball NR NR
Baseball 1 NR
Fastpitch 10 NR