March 27, 2017
Gainesville, FL – Santa Fe first baseman Leo Rodriguez had a monster day at the plate on Monday afternoon in Sanford for the NJCAA #15/FCSAA #3 Santa Fe Saints, blasting a home run along with two other hits in a five RBI effort. In all the Saints (26-9, 9-3 MFC) pounded out 15 hits, five homeruns, and scored 14 runs to clinch the three game series against Seminole State College.
Big innings were the name of the game for SF as the plated three in the second and four in the third to jump ahead 7-1 early on. Stephen Smith hit the first of five SF homeruns in the second to open the scoring. Seminole tried to get back in it with two in the fourth and a run in the fifth to make it a 7-4 game, but another four spot in the sixth courtesy of two run homers from Wyatt Meisterhans and Brandon Hernandez made it an 11-4 contest. A two run Rodriguez homer in the eighth and a solo shot by Kyle Phillips rounded out the scoring.
Ricky Miranda picked up the win on the hill with three scoreless innings in relief of Sean Gabel to move to 4-0 on the season. Gabel tossed 4.2 innings, Chris Budden finished off the final out of the eighth, and Chris Hopkins pitched a perfect ninth.
Rodriguez finished 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, and five RBI, Brandon Hernandez was 2-for-6 with a homerun, three runs scored, and three RBI, Stephen Smith finished 3-for-5 with four runs scored and a homerun, Meisterhans was 2-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI, and Dillon Reed was 2-for-5.
Santa Fe will open a three game series with Lake Sumter State College on Wednesday, March 29 in Gainesville at 3:00 PM. The game can be seen live at www.santafesaints.com/saintssportsnetwork
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