OCALA-- The College of Central Florida baseball team picked up a big win against two-time defending conference champions Santa Fe College on Wednesday afternoon at Goodlett Field, run-ruling the Saints 11-1 in six innings.
NJCAA and FCSAA No. 2 Patriots got out to an early 5-0 lead after two innings, including a two-run homer from freshman Colton Vincent, and never looked back. CF plated six additional insurance runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to complete the run-rule. The Saints pitching staff came into the ballgame with the second lowest earned run average in the state (2.60).
Santa Fe scored its lone run of the game in the top of the sixth off a two-out RBI single to left field.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Eric Linder was efficient in his start on the mound for the Patriots, retiring 10 of 12 Saints' batters in the first three innings. Linder, who ranks Top 15 in the state in lowest ERA (1.78), allowed just one run on six hits and struck out four in his complete-game (6IN) win.
Seven Patriot players drove in at least one run.
Vincent finished the afternoon 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three RBI. Other key at-bats include: James Nix (1-for-2, RBI, 2 runs scored), Ricky Presno (1-for-1, 2 RS, RBI), Nolan Machibroda (2-for-4), John Fiorenza (2-for-3, RBI, run scored), and Oliver Regalado (2-for-4, RBI).
CF will travel to Gainesville on Friday for game two before returning home on Saturday for the rubber match of the series at 1 p.m.