On Monday, AJ Mazzurco and Garrett Greenwell led a powerful Santa Fe offense against Seminole, driving in five of the Saints eight runs in the 8-4 victory over the Raiders.
Mazzurco finished the game 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Greenwell was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Trey Griffin was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Brad Markey (9-3), who was named FCSAA Pitcher of the Week earlier this month, was nearly unhittable on Saturday, holding St. John's River State College to just one hit over six innings in an 11-0 win for top-ranked Santa Fe. the win clinched the Saints (34-11, 16-5 MFC) a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament may 3-7 in Lakeland. in the win over St. John's River, Shane Kennedy led a potent SFC offense, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, enabling the Saints to maintain a two-game lead over Central Florida in the Mid Florida Conference title race.
The win over SJR snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Saints dropped a couple of one-run losses, 5-4 to Florida State College - Jacksonville on Wednesday and 6-5 to Daytona State College on Monday, April 9.
On Friday, April 6, Markey held the Central Florida to just one unearned run on five hits with nine strikeouts in a 5-1 Santa Fe victory.
In the win, the Saints pounded 10 hits with Mallex Smith, Caleb Denmark, Mazzurco and former Columbia standout Jacob Tillotson finishing with two hits apiece. SFC won despite leaving 13 men on base.
The Saints travel to Lake Sumter Wednesday and then close out the regular season at home against Central Florida on Friday and Daytona State on Saturday.
Softball (31-23, 16-8 MFC): the Saints had a six-game winning streak snapped after being swept 5-2 and 3-2 Saturday by MFC champs Florida State College. the losses broke the Saints' streak of seven straight MFC titles and dropped SFC to third place in the conference. Santa Fe now enters as the no. 3 seed at the FCSAA state tournament to be played April 27-29 in Pensacola.
On Thursday in Ocala, freshman Karla Claudio pitched the Saints past the College of Central Florida 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader and Ashley Holton powered the offense in a game two 9-2 victory. Claudio pitched all seven innings of game one, surrendering two runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
In game two, the Santa Fe offense took over, scoring nine runs on 11 hits, despite leaving 13 stranded on base.
Holton finished game two 3-for-4 with four RBI, Brittney Mayhill was 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and a RBI and Nicole Day was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Saints defeated the Lake Sumter Lakers on Tuesday 4-1 and 8-2. Claudio tossed a two-hitter in game one to earn the win and Erika Garcia pitched in relief to earn the game two win.
The Saints took two from Coastal Georgia on Monday, April 9. SFC cruised to a 9-1 victory in the first contest and a convincing 14-3 win in game two. SFC piled up 16 hits in game one, including a 4-for-4 four-run performance by catcher Layne McDermond and a 2-for-3, three RBI game by Mayhill.
Shannen Marchu finished game two 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Holton was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run and Garcia was 1-for-2 with a grand slam and four RBIs.
Men's Basketball: Santa Fe sophomore guard Kevin Harden was recently honored by the National Junior College Athletics Association as an Honorable Mention All-American for his efforts during the 2011-12 season. Harden, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged a team high 13.7 points per game and a team best 6.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12. SFC guard Josh Wiseman has inked a letter of intent to play for the NAIA Division II National Champions Oregon Tech University during the 2012-13 season.
Wiseman played 16 games for the Saints and averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 three pointers per game. His 52 percent three point percentage was tops in the state of Florida. His season was cut short in by a season ending injury at the beginning of January.
Women's Basketball: for the first time in six years, Stephenie Coney and Stephanie Edwards will not be playing basketball on the same team. the two former high school teammates at Miami Norland and college teammates at Santa Fe have signed letters of intent to play at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Jacksonville University respectively for the 2012-13 season.
Coney, an FCSAA All-State performer, will join former Saints Demisha Mills at Armstrong Atlantic. she averaged a team high 12.9 points per game, 3.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 2011-12.
Edwards, a MFC Second Team honoree, has inked with NCAA I school Jacksonville University. she was second on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game and also averaged 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
<a href="http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120416/ARTICLES/120419662/1109/sports?Title=Saints-baseball-looks-to-finish-season-with-MFC-titletag:news.google.com,2005:cluster=http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120416/ARTICLES/120419662/1109/sports?Title=Saints-baseball-looks-to-finish-season-with-MFC-titleTue, 17 Apr 2012 06:09:17 GMT">SFC baseball looks to finish season as conference champs