Flores and Saints Fight Back for Split with Seminole State

Flores and Saints Fight Back for Split with Seminole State
March 12, 2016
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints used a three run sixth inning of their second game against Seminole State to rally past the Raiders, earning a two game split with their Mid-Florida Conference rivals.  Seminole took the first game of the double header 6-2, plating four runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.
The Saints (15-17, 2-4 MFC) trailed 2-0 in game one until Destiny Carroll came to the plate and blasted her first homerun of the season to tie the score.  SF pitcher Autumn Green held the Raiders in check, but the Saints couldn't push a run across to take the lead.  In the seventh, errors cost Santa Fe as the Raiders scored four runs to seal the eventual win.
SF left 11 runners on base in the first game and Seminole State (22-11, 2-1 MFC) left eight runners stranded.  Santa Fe piled up nine hits, but besides the homerun couldn't come up with the big hit.
Game two was a different story, and although it took until the sixth, Santa Fe came through in the clutch, scoring three runs, all with two outs, to rally for a 3-1 victory.  Carroll was the first to strike, drilling a 0-2 pitch to the fence to score Ki Vega.  Two pitches later, Sarah Ortiz blasted a single up the middle to score Kayla Fernandez from third.  SF added an insurance run on a passed ball.
Paola Flores was stellar in the circle, allowing just one homerun to Stevie Ames in the third inning.  Flores went the distance, scattering nine hits, striking out four.
Chelsea Malcolm and Sarah Ortiz finished with two hits each in the second game.
The Saints will have a week off before hitting the road next Saturday for a double header with Florida State College-Jacksonville.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
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