OCALA-- College of Central Florida first baseman Christian Smallwood blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to to jump-start a Patriot rally and bring CF to within two runs, but CF fell short falling 10-8 to Santa Fe College on Saturday afternoon at Goodlett Field. With the loss, CF falls to 19-10-1 overall, 8-4 in conference, as the Saints sweep the Patriots in the three-game series.
CF fell behind 7-1 in the fifth inning, but began inching back into it, closing the gap to 7-5 after seven innings. A fielder's choice in the eighth and two hit-by-pitches with bases loaded gave the Saints a 10-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Patriots now fall two games behind Sante Fe and St. John's River State College in the conference standings.
CF will start its three-game series with St. Johns on Monday when they welcome the Vikings to Goodlett Field for a 3 p.m. start.