Saints Edged in Series Finale, 3-2
GAINESVILLE – Michael Paul of the Saints and Jordan Dubberly of the Vikings hooked up in an old fashioned pitchers dual Saturday afternoon with the Vikings coming out on top by a score of 3-2 in a game that took just two hours and 10 minutes to play.
"Michael Paul gave us a great effort today," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "Unfortunately we couldn't get anything going offensively after the third inning."
The Vikings win kept the Saints from sweeping the three-game series after SF wins on Wednesday and Friday.
"We won two out of three in the series, but we needed to sweep after our slow start in our first two conference series," said Wiggs.
The Saints scored in the first with Cade Westbrook driving in Kyler Marquis to take a 1-0 lead, but St. Johns River State College evened things up with a run of their own in the second on a solo home run by Jorge Ramirez.
Brock Edge put SF back in front with his third homerun of the year with the bases empty in the third to make it 2-1 SF, a score that would stay the same until the top of the eighth.
The Vikings tied it up in the eighth and went ahead in the ninth when Francis Villaman hit a one-out triple to the gap in right center and scored on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Mathis.
Westbrook and Jarrod Cande each had two hits for the Saints while Paul falls to 4-2 with a tough loss on the mound.
The Saints (22-12, 3-6 MFC) will travel to Sanford on Monday to take on Seminole State College in a 3 p.m. game and will host SSC on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Gainesville.
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