DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Gabi Mathre and Donnie Gobourne combined to throw a 3-hit shutout in the opener but the Daytona State College Falcons' bats awoke in game two as the teams split a doubleheader with SF winning the first game 4-0 and the Falcons winning the second game 10-5.
Mathre (9-7) threw the first five innings of the opener allowing just two hits while striking out 10. Gobourne finished it up with two scoreless innings, striking out four.
"Gabi threw a great first game, " said SF head coach Lindsay Fico. "Her changeup kept their hitters off balance, and we played clean defense behind her."
DSC (19-10, 3-5 Mid-Florida Conference) scored two runs in the second, five in the third and three in the fourth in game two to put the Saints in a hole they were unable to climb out of.
Kaitlyn Bennett continued to light it up for the Saints at the plate, going 6-for-7 in the doubleheader. The sophomore center fielder is hitting .588 over her last six games.
"Kait had a great day at the plate, she was unstoppable" said Fico. "I'm proud of how she has handled herself regardless of where she hits in the order."
Gobourne pitched in with four hits on the day while Emily Yakel had three including her ninth homerun of the year with one on in the seventh inning of the nightcap.
"Donnie also battled well in the box," said Fico. "She had multiple hits after being down 0-2 in the count."
The Saints (16-18, 4-4 MFC) will travel to Palatka on Saturday to face St. Johns River State College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
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