The Santa Fe Saints and first-year head coach Lindsay Fico got their first doubleheader sweep of the season with a pair of one-run wins over Tallahassee Community College, 4-3 and 7-6 in eight innings Wednesday.
Trailing 5-2 entering the seventh inning of game two, Sophia Negron reached on a one-out walk and move to second on a single by Kaitlyn Bennett. Adriana Garip followed with a fielder's choice that forced Bennett at second, but a throwing error on the second baseman allowed Negro to score with Garip winding up on second. Emily Yakel followed with her sixth homerun of the season to tie the score at 5-5.
The Eagles (7-11) failed to score in the bottom of the seventh and with the tie breaker rule in effect the Saints pushed two runs across in the eighth on an RBI single by Dontaysha Gobourne and two-out, RBI double by Negron to take a 7-5 lead. TCC scored one and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.
"I'm proud of the way we came back from an early deficit," said Fico. "This team is not afraid of adversity. This was a great team win."
The Saints combined strong pitching with three home runs to win the opener 4-3.
Garip got the scoring started for the Saints with a two-out, solo home run in the first and Gobourne led off the third with her second round tripper of the year to make it 2-0. Garip singled in another run in the third and Karina Ortiz-Munoz led off the fourth with her first home run of the year to put the Saints up 4-0. Dev Furguson hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the Eagles to account for all their runs.
"Our bats came out on fire in the first game'" said Fico. "We did a good job of hitting their mistakes."
Gabi Mathre (6-4) pitched the first four innings of the opener and Jamie Adams and Gobourne combined to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard over the last three innings with Gobourne notching her first save of the season.
"Our pitchers did a much better job in game one," said Fico. "Our bats got them an early lead and they held it. Very proud of the group effort in the circle."
Gobourne had four hits on the day for the Saints while Garip had three and Yakle, Cameron Trehy and Karina Ortiz-Munoz had two hits apiece. Mathre, who pitched nine innings in the doubleheader, was the winning pitcher in both games.
The Saints (7-10) will get right back at it when they travel to Melbourne on Thursday to face Eastern Florida State College in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
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