The Blue Wave of Florida State College/Jacksonville imploded in the sixth inning and the Santa Fe Saints took advantage of every mistake to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-2 lead on the way to a 7-3 win Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
FSCJ (13-19, 4-8 MFC) committed four errors and threw three wild pitches and the Saints added three hits in the bottom of the sixth leading to the win.
"We put the ball in play and were aggressive on the bases in the sixth," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "I think we forced their hand a little bit and took advantage of what they gave us."
Michael Paul (5-3) pitched well for the Saints to earn the win going 7.1 innings allowing just four hits while striking out nine. Garrett Mathes finished up on the mound allowing just one hit and striking out three.
"Michael Paul gave us a great start and our hitters had some great at bats, especially in the sixth inning," said Wiggs. "Hopefully, we can continue to get big innings and good starting pitching."
SF (25-13, 6-7 MFC) will travel to Jacksonville on Monday for game two of the three-game series beginning at 3 p.m. Game three of the series will be played in Gainesville on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
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