April 27, 2013
Contact: Scott Jamison
Gainesville, FL – The FCSAA #5 Santa Fe Saints finished the regular season with a split on Saturday afternoon against #4 Chipola College, taking game one 6-5 in extra innings. The Indians (38-9) bounced back to win the second half of the double header 8-6.
The Mid-Florida Conference champion Saints (37-16, 20-4 MFC) built a 4-0 lead early in game one on the strength of a three RBI single by Karla Claudio but Chipola fought back with three in the third and two more in the seventh to take a 5-4 advantage. With just three outs remaining, SF mounted a rally and Erin Marsh delivered the tying run with a two out, RBI single to knot things up at 5-5.
In the ninth, relief pitcher Ashley Chapman shut down the Indians, despite starting the inning with a runner at second due to the international tie breaker. The Saints took advantage of the runner in scoring position when Sid Masso knocked home the runner from third with two outs to walk off with the win.
Claudio finished game one 2-for-3 with three RBI and Galis Lozada was 2-for-3.
Santa Fe started game two much like the first, scoring three in the second to stake themselves to an early lead. Geena Capitini drilled a solo homerun to start the scoring and Aileen Fiallo crushed a two run homer for second and third runs.
Chipola cut into the lead with two in the top of the third but SF answered with a RBI single by Layne McDermond in the bottom of the third.
The Indians tied the score in the fourth and scored two more in the sixth and two more in the seventh for an 8-4 lead. Santa Fe didn’t give in and plated two in the bottom of the seventh before loading the bases with just one out. Chipola worked out of the jam, forcing two pop outs to end the game.
Aileen Fiallo finished the game 1-for-3 with a homerun and three RBI and Sid Masso was 2-for-4.
The Saints continue their season May 3-5 at the FCSAA State Tournament at Exchange Park in Pensacola, FL. Their first round match-up is against MFC foe Daytona State College at 2:00 PM CST. Regardless of the outcome, SF will play at 7:00 PM CST that same day.