It doesn't happen often. In fact, it was 31 years ago when these two teams last met on the diamond, but Friday evening Head Coach Johnny Wiggs and his Santa Fe College Saints baseball team made their way across town to take on the University of Florida Gators and after 14 innings only one run separated the two.
The teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the first of two 7-inning exhibition games with the Saints out hitting the Gators 5-4.
Michael Paul, Donovan Benoit and Rob Adams teamed up to throw a 4-hit shutout for the Saints recording seven strikeouts along the way. The Saints cut down a pair of Gators on the base paths and right fielder Brock Edge made a sensational catch deep down the right field line and later threw out a runner at the plate tagging from third to preserve the shutout. Edge added a pair of hits on the night.
The Saints took an early 5-0 lead in game two with Garrett Mathes contributing with a long, 2-run home run to right. But the Gators fought back with a couple of long balls to tie it 5-5 and eventually pushed across a run with two outs in the final inning for the 6-5 win.
"It was a great experience for our guys," said Wiggs. "and they really competed well against a very talented Gator team. If we can take this kind of competitive fight into spring we have a chance to be a real good baseball team. I am very proud of our team."