Seven-run Fifth Inning backs Churchill No-hitter in 10-0 Saints Win

photo of Connor Churchill

 The Santa Fe Saints exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Connor Churchill pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the Saints 10-0 win over Florida State College/Jacksonville.

Churchill (6-3) joins two other SF pitchers with no-hitters this year although his is the shortest in the game shortened to five innings due to the NJCAA 10-run rule. Anthony Arguelles threw a seven-inning no-hitter over South Florida State College and Brooks Walton threw a nine-inning no-hitter over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College earlier in the season.

"Real good win of course," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs, "it was nice to get an easy one. Church threw great and the big fifth inning was what we needed.

Cade Westbrook had three hits for the Saints while Garrett Mathes had two including his team leading fourth home run of the year to start the fifth. Isaiah Perry hit his first college grand slam home run in the fifth and the Saints stole six bases in the game.

SF (26-13, 7-7 Mid-Florida Conference) have won four of their last five games and host Lake Sumter on Saturday at 1 p.m.

"Hopefully we will continue on this roll and finish strong the last 10 games," said Wiggs.


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