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Saints Baseball Extends Winning Streak to Seven

photo of Brooks Walton and Saints baseball team

Brooks Walton shut down the Panthers in the opener and Coy Phillips singled in the winning run in the last inning of the nightcap as the Santa Fe Saints stretched their winning streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep over South Florida State College Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.

Walton (2-0) threw a seven-inning complete game, allowing just two hits and one unearned run while striking out nine.

"Walton was sharp from start to finish," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "He was ahead in the count all day and kept them off balance."

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when the Panthers took the lead with an unearned run in the top of the frame, but the Saints rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Phillips drove in the lead run with a triple and JC Lovelace followed with a two-run home run, his second of the year, to secure the win.

The Panthers (6-2) tied game two at 4-4 in the sixth inning, but once again the Saints answered.

Zeb Marquis started the winning rally in the seventh with a lead-off double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Logsdon. After intentional walks to Luis Rodriguez and Lovelace, Phillips singled in Marquis to end the game.

"They are a very good team," said Wiggs. "We knew we were going to have to play well to win today and our guys came through when they needed to."

Brad Lord pitched into the sixth inning of game two and Lance Bolton pitched a scoreless inning in relief with Emanuel Fernandez earning his first win of the year by finishing up the last inning.

SF (8-2) will take a day off before hosting State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota on Monday at 3 pm.

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