SANFORD, Florida - A large band of wet weather moving through Florida has put a slight hold on Raider Athletics. The white-hot Seminole State Golf team was the exception has they finished (1st) their tournament played in Melbourne.
Tai Annudit won the medalist honors for the Raiders, shooting -14. That is no typo, Tai carded rounds of 66, 68 and 68 respectively, finishing 13 strokes ahead of Keiser Univeristy's Michaela Fabiankova and Nova Southeastern's Michelle Ruiz. Erica Chiang finished fifth with a solild +1 over the three day event. Alex Naumovski carded her first collegiate round under par on Sunday with a -1 and ended +5 for the event, finishing 10th overall. The play of Karn Thanthamnu (+18, tied for 21st) and Sam Brimhall (+24, 29th overall) helped propel the Raiders to the top spot as well and will go a long way in determining the finish in Arizona.
Also hampered by the rain was the Softball Team's doubleheader scheduled for today (Tuesday) that is now postponed until Sunday. The #4 Raiders swept #10 Lake Sumter State College 9-0 and 8-5 on Saturday in an important MFC match-up. With the wins, SSC (41-10, 13-5) moved 3 games above the Lake Hawks (30-25, 9-11) for second place in the conference. Recaps are as follows
The Raiders jumped out to an 5-0 after 2 innings in game 1. Kyra Gipson drove in the game’s first 2 runs on an RBI single, scoring Kasey Trickey and Aimee Oglesby, who had singled and doubled right before Gipson. Meghan Sexton then blasted a homerun to extend the lead to 4-0. An infield error allowed Taylor Langworthy to reach base and after she stole secondbase, Chelsea Peace drove her in with a single to leftcenter. SSC extended the lead to 7-0 in the top of the 4th. Ash-Leigh Wells reached on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Sexton hit a single putting runners at the corners and Langworthy drove in Wells on a single to left and Sexton scored on the play as the leftfielder bobbled the hit. The final 2 runs came after Trickey hit a one-out double and Oglesby followed with a walk. The Lake Hawks defense then committed back to back errors to allow the two players to score on infield hit balls. Up 9-0, the game was shortened because of the run-rule after 5 innings.
Gipson (19-5) pitched 4 innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7. Gabi LoPresti came in the bottom of the 5th and struck out 2 of the 4 batters she faced, giving up only a single to right.
The offense, which had 10 hits in the game was led by: Sexton (2-3, HR, 2 RBI’s), Trickey (2-3, 2B) and Gipson (1-2, 2 RBI’s).
The Raiders were out-hit by the Lake Hawks 9-8, but came up with some big hits late in the game to preserve the 8-5 win. SSC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Singles by Sexton, Langworthy and Peace loaded the bases with no outs. On an infield pop-up the Lake Hawks made a throwing error allowing Sexton to score the game’s first run. Haley Hinz ripped a single to leftfield, scoring another run for the Raiders. The 3rd run came after an infield error by the defense. The top of the 3rd saw the raiders plate 3 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. A two out single by Kiana East started the rally for the Raiders. LSSC bobbled a ground ball by Tatiana Rodriguez and both runners were safe. Keri Allen hit another ground ball, which the Lake Hawks errored, allowing East to score. A wild pitch and passed ball, scored both runners, giving the Raiders the 6-0 lead. LSSC answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd on 2 singles and a double, cutting the lead to 6-2. Rodriquez ( 3 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs) who started on the mound for the Raiders, was relieved by East to start the 4th. But East ran into trouble right away. The Lake Hawks led off with a double, and an error by the defense put runners at the corners. After a line-out to third, East walked the next two batters forcing in a run. Gipson, who had dominated in the first game, came into get out of the inning. With bases still loaded, she gave up a sacrifice fly and then struck out the next batter to end the inning, but not before the Lake Hawks had cut the lead to 6-4. The Raiders got solo homeruns by Sexton and Trickey the next 2 innings to put the team up 8-4. LSSC scored 1 more run in the 7th, but that was as close as they would get. Gipson (20-4) picked up the win in relief. Sexton ( 2-3, HR, RBI) and East (2-4) led the offense.
The final casualty of the weather is the Seminole State Baseball team. One week ago the Raiders looked out of the running for a Mid Florida Conference playoff race, but is now just two games out of fourth. The Raiders have won three of the last four and looks to stay hot over the next week and half. SSC will now play four games in five days; hosting Jacksonville on Wednesday (Monday's game at Jacksonville has been moved to Sunday), traveling to St. Johns River on Friday and returning to the Jack on Saturday vs. College of Central Florida.
- 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
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