The College of Central Florida came into Gainesville Saturday ranked #3 in the Florida College System Activities Association Coach's poll and #8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll and left with a pair of wins over the Saints by scores of 14-1 and 2-0.
The Patriots (40-8, 15-1 MFC) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the opener and were never threatened.
"Our pitching in the first game didn't give us a fighting chance," said SF head coach Lindsay Fico. "We threw too many mistakes and they hit every one of them hard."
Game two was a different matter but ended with similar results. The Patriots scored the only two runs of the game off Jamie Adams (3-3) in the third inning with one being unearned.
"Jamie Adams had one of her best outings in game two," said Fico. "She pitched well enough to win the game. Ti (Zupanic) composed herself after the first game and did a good job in the final two innings."
The Saints outhit the Patriots 6-3 in the nightcap but left eight runners on base including the potential tying runs in the bottom of the seventh.
"The difference in the game was that we left runners in scoring position in multiple innings and they came through with the big hit when they needed it," said Fico.
Adriana Garip was the only repeat hitter on the day for the Saints with a single in each game.
The Saints (19-23, 7-9 MFC) will host Lake Sumter State College for a doubleheader on Tuesday with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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