It might not have been exactly how Santa Fe head coach Johnny Wiggs would have drawn it up, but the Saints picked up their fifth straight win 12-9 over St. Petersburg State College in Clearwater Friday afternoon.
The Saints (6-2) were recipients of 13 base on balls, five of which scored, and surrendered four runs in the ninth inning, but held on for the road win.
"Sometimes you have to take what they give you," said Wiggs. "We just need to have a sense of urgency to finish games better."
Nick Herndon had a two-run single in the second inning and Coy Phillips delivered a three-run double in the third to stake the Saints to an early lead, but the Titans (0-4) refused to go quietly and cut the Saints lead to one at 6-5 after six innings.
The Saints scored six more runs over the last three innings to secure the win.
"Gross pitched a strong four innings but I think he ran out of gas in the ninth," said Wiggs.
Anthony Sterchele closed out the game to earn his first save of the year.
Phillips had three hits and four runs batted in while Herndon and JC Lovelace had two hits apiece. Herndon has now hit safely in all seven games he has played in.
The Saints will get back to action Saturday when they host South Florida State College in a doubleheader with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 12 noon.
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