The Santa Fe Saints struggled to get big hits in key situations and fell to the Titans of St. Petersburg College 7-5 Friday afternoon to end their eight game winning streak.
"We didn't play well in any area today," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "When you do that it is tough to win."
The Saints pitching staff saw their 36 inning scoreless streak grow to 37, but a two-out single by Johnathan Rodriguez off Donovan Benoit in the top of the second put St. Pete up 1-0 and ended the streak.
Meanwhile, Titans' starter Dalton Oboyle struck out the first six Saints he faced to set the tone for the game.
The big hit of the game for the Titans came in the seventh inning with the scored tied 2-2 when Orlando Arevalo connected for a two-run home run. The Titans (3-8) added another run in the seventh and two more in the ninth to seal the win.
Saints' shortstop Kyler Marquis hit his first homerun of the year leading off the bottom of the seventh and first baseman Garrett Mathes extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to start the eighth, but the Saints would leave the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
Brooks Walton (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season in relief of Benoit.
"Hopefully we can bounce back and play better against a great FSW team tomorrow," said Wiggs.
The Saints (13-2), presently ranked #2 in the Florida College System Activities Association coaches' poll and #12 in the National Junior College Athletics Association poll, will travel to Ft. Myers to face Florida Southwestern Sate College for a doubleheader Saturday with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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