GAINESVILLE – The Santa Fe Saints were busy this past weekend, hosting baseball and fastpitch games on Saturday and on Sunday, Coach Ahern and the ladies made the trip to the University of Florida to battle the Gators in a double dip.
Fastpitch swept both games on Saturday, pounding out 20 hits while outscoring the Clearwater Bombers 16-1.
On Sunday against the UF Gators the Saints managed to contain all but one ball hit by their offense to the park.
"Allowing only one home run against the Gators is a pretty big feat,” said Ahern.
All of the Saints pitchers took a turn in the circle, and all other available players saw time on the field and/or at bat.
"With a couple of players injured and some rehabbing from surgeries we asked a lot of some of our players,” Ahern said. “To their credit they went out there every inning working hard, and staying focused. Although lopsided losses are hard, we have to take away some good things, and build on others,"
The Saints did have several hits, including loading the bases against ace Hannah Rogers, something that isn’t easy to do according to Coach Ahern.
"The Gators have also added a lot of speed to their lineup this year, and between their power and speed, and with the pitching staff they have, they are formidable opponents for anyone,” said Ahern. “They are a great team, and I am proud that the Saints never quit, never threw in the towel!"
The next game for the Saints is Sunday, Oct. 6 against the University of South Florida in Tampa at 5 p.m.
The baseball team split a double header against the Florida Burn, a team whose first three batters in the lineup are University of Florida commitments and eight are committed to NCAA Division I institutions. SF dropped game one 2-0 but rallied for a game two victory 4-3.
In the first contest the Saints managed five walks but only two hits, one each by Casey Scoggins and Jared Shouppe. Game two was tied 3-3 in the seventh and final inning before Andrew Fears doubled and later scored the game winning run on a walk off hit by Evan Barnes.
Pitching was strong in both games as the Saints gave up just one earned in each. Saints pitchers combined to give up just two earned runs, walk just three, and strikeout 10 on the day. Jack Charleston, Walker Burgess, Kevin Martin, and Connor Rooney all threw two innings with no earned runs. Derek Vail, Jose Batatino, and Parker Heckman also threw without giving up any runs.
Santa Fe hosts St. John’s River State College on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Admission is free to all home games.
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