April 11, 2015
Gainesville, FL – The Santa Fe Saints were flat defensively on Saturday afternoon and paid the price, dropping two game to lake Sumter State College 7-2 and 10-9.
Saints starting pitcher Maddy Peres was tagged for five runs in the sixth inning of a scoreless game one, breaking the 0-0 tie to make it 5-0 Lakehawks.
SF's Jessica Castiglione homered in the sixth to cut the margin to 5-2, but Lake Sumter answered in the top of the seventh with two more to make it a five run lead again.
LSSC pitcher Kelly Lewis shut the door on the Saints in the seventh inning to preserve the win for the Lakehawks, just their second in 21 games in Mid-Florida Conference play.
Lake Sumter came out like a ball of fire in game two, putting six runs on the board in the first inning thanks to four Santa Fe errors.
Chelsea Malcolm cut the lead in half with a three RBI double in the bottom of the first and in the third inning the Saints made it 6-4.
In the fourth inning Lake Sumter exploded again, this time for four runs to push the lead back to six at 10-4. SF answered with a run in the fourth and four more in the fifth to make it 10-9. That's as far as the Saints would get as Lake Sumter held on for the one run win.
The losses drop Santa Fe to 20-25 overall and 8-14 in the MFC, bringing them to the brink of elimination from FCSAA Tournament contention.
The Saints will host Eastern Florida State College in a non-conference double header on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 and 4:30 PM.
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