February 13, 2015
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints (8-1) and Pasco Hernando Conquistadors (4-2) engaged in an old fashioned pitcher's duel on Friday afternoon in Gainesville, with the only run of the game coming on the final play, a one out, walk off RBI single by pinch hitter Matt Allen, delivering a 1-0 win for the home team.
Three Santa Fe pitchers combined to toss the team's third shutout in nine games, and second 1-0 victory. Austin Goss started on the mound and threw 4.2 innings, striking out four while allowing just two hits. Bryan Neal pitched in relief of Goss and was equally effective, allowing two hits over 2.2 innings to go with two strikeouts. Call Graham held the Conquistador bats in check over the final 1.1 innings, picking up the win to improve to 2-0. He has yet to allow an earned run in seven innings of work out of the bullpen this season.
The Saints pounded out 10 hits in the game and had two chances to score earlier in the game, but were gunned out at home plate on both instances by Pasco Left fielder Zachary Hessinger. They finally broke through in the ninth on back to back hits by Jonah Girand and Cole Parks, a bases loaded walk drawn by Tyler Kinney, and the game winner from Allen.
Parks and Girand each finished with two hits apiece, and Jared Shouppe had the lone extra base hit, going 1-for-3 with a double.
The win was the fourth in a row for Santa Fe, as the Saints improved their home record to 6-0. They will take their 8-1 record on the road on Saturday, February 14 for a double header with South Florida State College. The two teams met in Gainesville on February 7, with the Saints winning 5-4 and 6-3.