Saints Bullpen Falters in 7-4 Loss to St. Johns River

St. Johns River State College rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Santa Fe Saints 7-4 Wednesday evening, snapping the Saints eight-game winning streak.

Michael Paul pitched into the sixth inning and left with a 4-2 lead, but Connor Churchill (6-4) and Garrett Mathes were unable to hold the lead with Churchill credited with the loss.

"This is a tough loss," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "Especially after leading 4-0. SJR had some good at bats in their eighth inning."

The Saints scored a run in the second and two more in the fifth on Mathes fifth home run of the year with one on. Parker Biederer led off the sixth with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch putting the Saints up 4-0. The Vikings pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth leading to their winning rally in the eighth.

Brock Edge has three hits for the Saints while Kyler Marquis, Cade Westbrook and Isaiah Perry has two hits each. The Saints stranded nine runners on base including five over the first three innings.

"Our hitters swung the bats well with 12 hits and some hard outs, but we left too many on base," said Wiggs.

The loss drops the Saints (32-14, 13-8 MFC) into fourth place in the Mid-Florida Conference with three games to play. The Saints will host second-place Seminole State College in Gainesville at 3 p.m.

"We had a great eight-game streak and we will take the positives from it into our final three games," said Wiggs.

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