Santa Fe starting pitcher Connor Rooney struck out nine Florida State College-Jacksonville batters over six innings in route to his fifth victory of the season against just one loss. The SF offense gave him five runs of support and Derek Vail earned a save with three shutout innings. Santa Fe is now tied for first the Mid-Florida Conference with College of Central Florida and St. John’s River State College.
FSC-J took a 2-1 lead after the second inning but the Saints (19-11, 6-4 MFC) answered with two in the third on a RBI double by Jonathan Camp and a RBI single by Roger Gonzalez for a 3-2 Santa Fe advantage.
The Blue Wave tied the score in the top of the sixth and the Saints bounced back once again for two more runs on three hits, including a two out single by George Ragsdale to go ahead 5-3. That was all the runs Vail would need as he shut down FSC-J over the final three innings to secure the SF victory.
Ragsdale led the offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Casey Scoggins finished 2-for-4 and Camp was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
The Saints and Blue Wave will finish up their three game series with the rubber match on Monday, Mar. 31 at 3 p.m. in Jacksonville. The game will be broadcast on www.theprepzone.com and www.floridacast.com.