SCF Manatees Breaking Records and Leading the Rankings

(Bradenton, Fla., March 29, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is home to the state’s top-ranked baseball team. The SCF Manatees were ranked number one in the state this week in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Coaches’ Poll and number nine in the country in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) polls, up from last week’s number 10 ranking.

Hunter Perdue, a pitcher for the Manatees, is second in the country in wins for pitchers. The team boasts the longest winning streak in the country, it leads in hits and is second in runs scored. This month Coach Tim Hill II won his 200th game, an average of 40 wins a season since he took over head coaching responsibilities in 2012. And there’s more.

Jaren Shelby, a sophomore outfielder, was named NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week. It’s not his first honor this season. Shelby was named the Florida and NJCAA Division I Baseball Player of the Week for the opening week of Junior College (JUCO) baseball.

Shelby batted .474 (9-for-19) with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs in four games during the FCSAA voting period ending March 27. During the week he had three straight multi-hit games, all against St. Petersburg, including a five-RBI game and six-RBI game, helping to boost him to third in the region in RBIs. His teammates C.J. Alexander and Austin James are first and second in the region for RBIs, respectively.

The SCF Manatees have the best conference record in the state. Baseball lovers will enjoy the action at all Suncoast Conference games but shouldn’t miss a game with the SCF Manatees.

Don’t miss the action at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Manatees host the Hillsborough Community College Hawks at Robert C. Wynn Field at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. Prefer a night game? The Manatees will host the University of Tampa JV team at 7 p.m. Wednesday. General admission is $4, senior admission $2, and SCF students and staff are free with an SCF ID.

 Jaren Shelby   Coach Tim Hill II

Jaren Shelby                                                 Coach Tim Hill II

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