Saints "Staying Alive" in JUCO World Series
The Santa Fe Saints baseball team (35-21) fought back to win from a five run deficit for the second time in the 2009 JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Spartanburg Methodist College built a 5-0 lead in the second inning on the strength of a grand slam by Marty Gantt, his first of three homeruns.
The Saints wouldn’t quit however and scored four runs in the fourth to close it to 5-4. Andy Mee singled with one out for the first hit of the game for Santa Fe and Ryan Mathews followed him with his fourth homerun of the World Series and fifteenth overall. Brett Bozeman and Bobby Triglia both drew walks and left fielder Jardian Thomas doubled to the left centerfield gap to score both runners.
Santa Fe continued their hot hitting in the fifth with six runs to take their first lead of the game 10-7. Tyler Cook started the rally by getting hit with a pitch and Keon Broxton walked. Andy Mee singled up the middle for his second hit and the first run of the inning. Mathews followed Mee with a single to right field for the second run. Hitting in the fifth spot, Brett Bozeman hit a sacrifice fly to center and Bobby Triglia doubled to right field, putting runners on second and third.
In the Saints half of the sixth, Broxton gave SFC back the lead for good with his fifth homerun of the series. He needs only one to tie the record for most homeruns by a single player in the JUCO World Series, and two to break it. Both he and Mathews have at least one homer in all four games.
For the game, SFC piled up11 hits in 34 at bats. Keon Broxton was 2-for-4 with a homerun, a double and two RBI, Andy Mee was 2-for-4, Ryan Mathews was 2-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI and Bobby triglia and Alex Godshall each had two hits.
Santa Fe will play Thursday at 5:00pm EDT against the loser of the Howard College and San Jacinto game. Should SFC win, they would advance to the National Championship game on Saturday. To listen live, visit www.theteam1340.com and for live stats, www.jucolive.com . For complete JUCO World Series information and stats of previous games, visit the official site at www.jucogj.org .
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