The Santa Fe Saints took advantage of early wildness by the Blue Wave pitchers to score eight runs in the top of the first inning with just three singles on their way to a 13-2 win in the rainout makeup game played in Jacksonville Sunday afternoon.
The Saints (28-13, 9-7 Mid-Florida Conference) scored three runs without recording a hit. Florida State College/Jacksonville starter Collin Weghorst faced just six batters, walking three and hitting two others. Reliever Brandon Cruz promptly hit the first batter he faced and then surrendered consecutive singles to Jonathan Logsdon, Cale Jones and Parker Biederer.
"We did a good taking advantage of some walks and hit batters," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "The first inning really got us off to a good start."
Staked with an 8-0 lead Anthony Arguelles (4-0) scattered nine hits over 5.2 innings, striking out five with no walks to earn the win.
"Arguelles pitched very well today," said Wiggs.
Logsdon and Jones were the only repeat hitters for the Saints with two safeties apiece.
The Saints are presently in third place in the Mid-Florida Conference with a 9-7 MFC record, three games behind The College of Central Florida and two games behind Seminole State College with eight games to play. The MFC regular season champs will get an automatic berth in the FCSAA State Tournament. Teams two through four will play in a conference tournament with the winner advancing as the second seed out of the MFC.
The Saints have now won four games in a row and six of their last seven and will travel to Leesburg to take on Lake-Sumter State College at 3 p.m. Monday before returning home to host LSSC at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
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