Early Homers Power Saints Softball to DH Split

Saints catcher with the ball

The Santa Fe Saints (23-25, 11-11 MFC) scored five runs before recording the first out in the bottom of the first inning of the opener on their way to 7-0 win over St. Johns River State College, but the Vikings rebounded to take the nightcap 6-4 Thursday afternoon in Gainesville.

After Karina Ortiz-Munoz reached on a hit by pitch to open the inning, Sophia Negron reached on a bunt single and Adriana Garip followed with her third home run of the year to make it 3-0. Donnie Gobourne reached on a bunt single and Cameron Trehy then hit her seventh home run of the year to cap off the five-run first.

"Adriana Garip's leadership in the box is unmatched," said SF head coach Lindsay Fico. "She had another great day at the plate. She is a quiet leader but extremely effective."

Meanwhile, Gobourne (5-5) was overpowering Viking hitters on  her way to a two-hit shutout. The freshman registered 12 strikeouts while walking four in her first complete game.

"Donnie threw an amazing game," said Fico. "I think she honestly surprised herself, but we have known for a while now that she is something special."

The Vikings turned the tables in game two when they put four runs up in the top of the first and led 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth when Garip hit her second home run of the day with Ortiz-Munoz on to cut the lead to 6-4.  But the Saints failed to get any closer and had to settle with a split of the two games.

Garip and Gobourne each had four hits on the day for the Saints who will now finish out the regular season with a doubleheader in Sanford FL, against Seminole State College Saturday afternoon.

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