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Raider Teams Take Care of Business
Courtesy: Simone Amaduzzi Photography
April 23, 2018
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SANFORD, Florida - It was a week to remember for Raider Athletics. 

The Raider Softball Team (49-11) defeated Daytona State College (27-25) last week in a best 2 out of 3 play-off for the second MFC spot in the FCSAA State Softball Championships. Thursday they played at Daytona and dropped the first game 4-2. In a must-win situation at home on Friday, they swept the Falcons 2-0 and 5-1 and advanced to States.

The Women's Golf Team qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament with a second place finish at the NJCAA Region 8 Tournament in Daytona on Friday and Saturday. The team will travel to Mesa, AZ for the trounament held at Long Bow Golf Course May 14-17.

The Baseball Team needed to win four of the last five games to secure the fourth playoff spot in the Mid Florida Conference (MFC). After dropping the first two and being eliminated, the Raiders stormed back with a 5-2 defeat of the #1 NJCAA team in the nation, Santa Fe College. The Raiders beat the Saints in the last home game at The Jack. SSC then traveled to Daytona State and again stormed back to defeat the Falcons 10-8 after trailing 6-1. Due to rain cancellation, the game vs. DSC would be the last of 2018. 

SOFTBALL SERIES RESULTS

GAME 1 (Thursday)

The Falcons outhit the Raiders 11-5, but the Raiders had plenty of opportunities to score early, twice leaving the bases loaded. SSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd on a Chelsea Peace sacrifice fly. But the Flacons scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th, after the Raiders had gotten 2 quick outs. Kyra Gipson (23-6) walked a batter, then the Falcons reeled off 4 straight hits, including a double to go up 4-1. Meghan Sexton led off the next inning with a solo homerun and the Raiders loaded the bases with one out, but could not score another run in the inning. Kiana East relieved Gipson and shut down the Falcons the rest of the game, but the Raiders could not get a rally going and dropped the first game 4-2. Gipson went 4.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 11 hits. East threw 1.2 innings allowing no hits.

Sexton was 2-3 with a homerun and RBI.  Peace (RBI), Taylor Langworthy, and Haley Hinz had the other hits for the Raiders.

GAME 2 & 3 (Friday)

Friday was a different story, as the Raiders came up with clutch hits in scoring opportunities and Kiana East (15-3) dominated on the mound, as she started and won both games. In the series she pitched 15 scoreless innings against the Falcons, only giving up 1 run in the final inning of the last game. 

In game 1, the only score by either team came in the bottom of the first inning.  After 2 out singles by Chelsea Peace and Kelsi Smith, Kasey Trickey ripped a triple down the leftfield line, scoring both runners. East only gave up 2 hits in the game.  Peace had 3 hits, while Trickey had 2.

In the deciding game, the Raiders scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to break a scoreless tie. Aimee Oglesby led off the inning and reached secondbase on a fielding error by the Falcons.  After a sacrifice bunt by Ashe-Leigh Wells moved her to 3B, she scored on a single up the middle by Meghan Sexton. Taylor Langworthy drew a walk, and both runners scored on a double by Peace down the leftfield line, giving the raiders a 3-0 lead.  SSC added another run in the 4th on 2 errors by the Falcons and in the 5th, Peace hit her 24th homerun of the season, a line drive over the right center fence. The Falcons finally put a run on the board in the 7th on an infield out and the Raiders leading by 5 runs. 

East gave up 1 run on 7 hits and Peace again led the offense with 2 hits.

RAIDER NOTES:

  • Admission for regular season games is $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth (12 & Under). Season Tickets are $30. All can be purchased at the gate.
  • The 2017 Softball team finished 53-11 and Champions of the Mid-Florida Conference
  • Seminole State will serve as host of the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament, May 3-6, 2018
  • The 2017 Baseball team finished 25-25, its best record since 2013
  • The 2017 Women's Golf team finished 2nd at the NJCAA Championships in Duluth, GA
  • Seminole State Golf has finished in the top 3 in the Nation for the last 6 years
  • There are both advertising and rental opportunities at the Seminole State Raider facilities, for more information send an email to esserk@seminolestate.edu 

About the Seminole State Raiders:

The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State now sponsors five sports all competing in the NJCAA Division I.  Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

For more about Raider Athletics, visit SeminoleStateRaiders.com, follow us on Twitter: @buildingRaiders and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/buildingRaiders/.  

Media contact: Kurt Esser, Director of Athletics, 407.708.2092, esserk@seminolestate.edu

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