Saints Open MFC Play With Sweep of FSC-J, 9-0 and 2-1

Saints Open MFC Play With Sweep of FSC-J, 9-0 and 2-1

Claudio had a win, save and a homerun on the day

SF FASTPITCH – 3/12/2013

Jacksonville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints (13-10, 2-0 MFC) came out like a team on a mission Tuesday afternoon in their Mid-Florida Conference openers, sweeping past Florida State College-Jacksonville (17-15, 0-2 MFC) in convincing fashion.  SF routed the Blue Wave in game one, ending the game in a mercy rule after just five innings, 9-0.  Game two was closer but timely hitting and solid pitching led the Saints to a 2-1 win.

“The team played very well together today and stayed focused every pitch,” said SF coach Chris Ahern.

Santa Fe sophomore Karla Claudio was at the top of her game, pitching a two hitter in game one to earn the shutout victory and she also finished off game two with a save, preserving the win for Amber Maxey.

Rachel Hoeft led a stellar offensive output in game one, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI.  Aileen Fiallo was also 3-for-4 with a RBI, Claudio was 2-for-3 with two runs and a homerun and Galis Lozada finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

In game two Maxey pitched another gem for the Saints, allowing just one run.  Geena Captini provided all the offense, knocking in both Saint runs and Claudio pitched a scoreless seventh inning to seal the victory.

Santa Fe pounded out 15 hits in the 12 innings and held the Blue Wave to just seven.

The Saints play their next double header at home on Thursday, March 14 against MFC opponent St. John’s River State College (12-23) at 2:30 PM.

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