SCF Baseball Headlines

  • SCF baseball alum Rock Shoulders named "Best Name in Minor League Baseball"
    August 08, 2012
    TAMPA, Fla.- Former SCF baseball player, Rock Shoulders, was named the "Best Name in Minor Leagues" in the "Moniker Madness" competition. Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Moniker Madness ran through the beginning of August to highlight the "Best Names in Minor League Baseball". See the results: Shoulders came to SCF from Brandon, FL for the 2010-11 school year. He was drafted out of SCF to the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the MLB 2011 draft.
  • SCF's Orlando Rivera selected for PGCBL All-Star Team
    July 25, 2012
    BRADENTON, Fla- SCF's Orlando Rivera was selected for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star team. The teams will be directed by the Head Coaches from last year's Championship Series (Chris Ebright, Newark Pilots & Keith Griffin, Amsterdam Mohawks). "We have a lot of talent in the PGCBL this year. We expect many of the players at this year All Star game to be drafted by MLB next year." commented PGCBL President Jeff Kunion. The 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game was held on July 24 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, N.Y. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game USA, the largest independent scouting service in the country. This year more than 1,300 players either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game USA event played professional baseball.
  • Baseball Alum, Jeremy Schmidt, Named Head Coach for Booker High School Baseball
    July 11, 2012
    SARASOTA,FL-Jeremy Schmidt is counting on his Sarasota Sailor pedigree to help revive the Booker High baseball program. The 33-year-old was announced Monday as the new head coach of the Tornadoes, replacing Chris Hutchinson, who was relieved of his duties last month after going 8-58-1 in three seasons. "I've been (in Sarasota) my whole life," Schmidt said, "and I'm just looking forward to get this program built and see what we can do with the athletes in this school." Schmidt has playing experience at nearly every level. After graduating from Sarasota High in 1999, the right-handed pitcher attended State College of Florida for a year. In 2000 Schmidt was drafted by the Giants in the 37th round, but did not sign. Instead, he attended College of Charleston (S.C.), where he played for John Pawlowski, now the head coach at Auburn. Following a season with the Cougars, Schmidt was signed by Sarasota-based scout Paul Turco as a free agent with the Giants. In five years (2002-06) with the Giants and Reds, Schmidt advanced as high as the Double-A Southern League, posting a career record of 7-19 with a 4.13 ERA. In 2008 he joined Cardinal Mooney, first as its junior varsity head coach, then as an assistant on the varsity squad. Most recently, Schmidt managed a Little League team of 11-year-olds. It won its district and starts sectional play Saturday in Venice. He'll have his hands full with the Tornadoes, who snapped a 54-game losing streak last season. "The energy me and my staff has," Schmidt said, "we're going to come in and coach these kids up like we know how to coach them. "Break it down right from the beginning. It's fundamentals — we're going to teach them to play the game the right way." Besides playing for Clyde Metcalf at Sarasota, Schmidt learned under Tim Hill with the Lancers. "Just the coaches I played for and getting knowledge out of all of those guys," he said. "I learned a lot, just the way you run a simple little practice can go a long ways if you just do the right things."
  • Three SCF Teams earn NJCAA All-Academic Honors
    June 26, 2012
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- NJCAA Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., today released the 2011-2012 NJCAA All-Academic Teams. State College of Florida's baseball, tennis, and volleyball teams earned this honor. Over 450 teams qualified for academic team accolades. Nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA for the 2011-2012 academic year on more than 3,500 teams in 28 different sports. The 2011-2012 season marks the 29th year the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.
  • State College of Florida's Austin Chubb enjoys big day in pro debut (Bradenton Herald)
    June 23, 2012
    SCF's Chubb enjoys big day in pro debut Who says playing professional baseball is difficult? It wasn't for former State College of Florida catcher Austin Chubb on Friday in his minor-league debut. Chubb went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and four RBIs as the Gulf Coast League Nationals defeated the Astros 12-3 in Kissimmee. Chubb, a 21tst-round pick of the Nationals out of Florida Southern earlier this month, entered the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. He hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, a single in the seventh and the homer in the ninth.
  • SCF's Goody signs with the New York Yankees (Bradenton Herald)
    June 20, 2012
    Former State College of Florida pitcher Nick Goody signed his first professional contract this past weekend and has joined the New York Yankees' rookie league affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Goody, who closed games for LSU this year, was a sixth-round selection in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. According to Baseball America, he signed for a $140,000 bonus, about $14,000 less than the amount slotted by MLB for his draft position.
  • SCF lands 5 on NJCAA Academic Athletes of Distinction list
    June 19, 2012
    BRADENTON,Fla- The State College of Florida landed five student-athletes on the National Junior College Athletic Association's Athletes of Distinction list. Sarah Geraldson (Volleyball) earned a 4.0 GPA during her two years at SCF and the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. Softball's Chelsea Oglevie earned the Superior Academic Achievement award with a 3.9 GPA throughout her career. Tyler Rocklein (Baseball/3.7 GPA), Jeff Dally (Baseball/3.6 GPA), and Tori Overmyer (Volleyball/3.63 GPA) all earned Exemplary Academic Achievement honors.
  • Baseball alum, LB Dantzler, RBI Double at College World Series, SC beat UF 7-3
    June 18, 2012
    SCF Baseball alum, LB Dantzler hit an RBI double to help propel the South Carolina Gamecocks over the University of Florida Gators, 7-3, at the College World Series.
  • MLB DRAFT: SCF Alum, Anthony Caronia, to Baltimore Orioles- 27th round
    June 11, 2012
    BRADENTON,Fla.- SCF Baseball alum, Anthony Caronia, was selected in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Caronia recently completed his junior season as the shortstop previously for the University of Tampa. The Orlando, Fla., native hit .295 with 19 RBI as a Spartan in 2012. He also led the team with 10 stolen bases. Caronia was part of the 2010 FCSAA State Championship team at SCF.
  • Three SCF Signees Selected during MLB Draft
    June 11, 2012
    BRADENTON, Fla. – Three State College of Florida signees had their names called during the Major League Baseball Draft. Two are local area players Correlle Prime (Manatee High School) and Zach Larson (Lakewood Ranch High School). Joining Prime and Larson was Anthony Seise from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL. Prime, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 12th round. Eight rounds later, the Minnesota Twins made the speedy outfielder Larson the second SCF signee off the draft board. The outfielder is regarded for his instincts on the base paths and in the outfield as well as for his bat. Left-handed pitcher Seise became SCF’s third selection of the draft when the Colorado Rockies picked him in their 20th round. Seise, whose fastball has already been clocked in the low to mid 90”s has a tall frame that projects very well at the professional level.
  • MLB DRAFT: Former Manatee, Austin Chubb, goes in 21st round
    June 07, 2012
    LAKELAND,FL- Catcher Austin Chubb was selected in the 21st round by the Washington Nationals on Day 3 of the MLB Draft. Chubb went to Florida Southern College after playing at State College of Florida. He was first-team All-Sunshine State Conference selections for the second straight year this season. Chubb hit .291 with eight home runs and 33 RBI. He led the team in doubles with 17. As a junior, he hit .295 with five home runs and 26 RBI. Austin was part of the 2010 FCSAA State Championship team at SCF and went to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • MLB DRAFT: SCF Baseball product, Nick Goody, 6th round to the New York Yankees
    June 05, 2012
    BRADENTON, FL- SCF Baseball product, Nick Goody, was drafted today in the 6th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees. This is the second consecutive year he has been pursued by the Yankees. Goody was drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft by New York in the 22nd round. Goody graduated from University High in Orlando, Florida with golden gloves his sophomore and senior years. There he helped lead them to their first district championship in 13 years. Goody was named a 2009 preseason Under Armor All-American. In 2010 he led SCF to the JUCO World Series Championship. In his sophomore year he had a 1.29 ERA and went 6-2 with 114 strikeouts in 84 innings. He was at the top of all the Manatees in those categories. He pitched in the FSCAA Sophomore State All-Star game and in the Florida Collegiate Summer League where he was Pitcher of the Week twice, and was the MVP in the championship game at Tropicana Field. He was also the 2011 Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year. Goody chose to play for the the LSU Tigers for his junior year. In 33 games and 32.1 innings, Goody had a 2.51 ERA, 45 strikeouts, and just three walks at LSU this spring. He is currently with LSU at the NCAA Division 1 Super Regional tournament. Click here for MLB Draft Tracker Results:
  • SCF Baseball players move on to Universities
    May 29, 2012
    BRADENTON,FL- SCF Baseball's sophomore class is moving on to several top Universities and baseball programs. Congratulations to these Manatees as they continue their academic and athletic careers. Tyler Rocklein - Florida Atlantic University Danny Bodziak - Florida Tech Josh Allen - University of West Florida Dayan Rodriguez - University of West Florida Josh Russell - Carson Newman Jay Murray - Barry University Josh Clemen - Montevallo University Victor Diaz - Old Dominion University GO MANATEES!
  • State College of Florida wins state tournament opener (Bradenton Herald)
    May 04, 2012
    LAKELAND -- Conner Hale's three-run triple in the top of the eighth inning erased a 1-0 deficit and led the State College of Florida baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Santa Fe College in the Manatee's first game at the Florida College Systems Activities Assocation state tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium. Dayan Rodriguez pitched 7 2/3 innings for the win, striking out 11 and allowing five hits and five walks. Devin Raftery got the save, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings. Hale collected two of SCF's three hits. Josh Allen squeezed home Dalton Busby with the Manatees' fourth run. The Manatees (33-15-1) meet Chipola College at 7 p.m. today in the second round.
  • BB State Tournament: SCF Baseball beats Santa Fe, 4-1
    May 03, 2012
    LAKELAND,Fla.- The SCF Baseball team opened the FCSAA State Tournament with a win over #2 ranked Santa Fe College. The Manatees trailed 1-0 through the first three innings. There were no hits through the sixth. Josh Allen earned a leadoff walk in the top of the 8th, stole second base, and advanced to third on an error. Santa Fe intentionally walked power hitter Tyler Rocklein with two outs. Freshman, Connor Hale, hit a bases clearing triple and the Manatees went on to win 4-1. Dayan Rodriguez (Sarasota,FL) earned the win going 7 2/3 innings allowing only 1 run and striking out 10. Devin Raftery came in for the save shutting down four Saints batters. The Manatees advance to meet Chipola College on Friday night at 7pm. Listen LIVE: Manatees Radio Network Watch LIVE:
  • SCF Baseball headed to state tournament for 17th straight year (Bradenton Herald)
    April 11, 2012
    SCF baseballclinches statetourney berth (Bradenton Herald) Dayan Rodriguez threw six shutout innings to lift the State College of Florida baseball team to an 11-0 victory in seven innings Wednesday at South Florida Community College, clinching a 17th straight state tournament berth for the SCF program. The Manatees (30-13-1, 12-5) are in first place in the Suncoast Conference with three games to play. The top two teams in the conference standings advance to the state tournament. Rodriguez allowed four hits and struck out two. Connor Hale led the offense by going 3-for-4 and scoring twice. Orlando Rivera was on base four times with two hits and two walks, and Omar Garcia had two hits. Braden River product Dalton Busby drove in a pair of runs.
  • State College of Florida Manatees top Baltimore Orioles in charity baseball game (Bradenton Herald)
    April 04, 2012
    SARASOTA --By JASON DILL — Players like superstar catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Jones were just two of several everyday players who had exited after five innings on Tuesday as the Baltimore Orioles ended their stay at Ed Smith Stadium for another 11 months. Read more here:
  • SCF sweeps FCSAA player and pitcher of the week honors, Orlando Rivera and Devin Raftery
    March 31, 2012
    Each week the FCSAA names one player of the week and one pitcher of the week for the state of Florida. This week, SCF players earned both honors. Orlando Rivera was named player of the week and Devin Raftery is the pitcher of the week. Orlando Rivera, a freshman from Orlando, Fla., batted .500 (6-for-12) with three runs scored, one double, one triple and three RBIs in three games. Rivera hit safely in all three games, which included bookend multi-hit outings. After going 2-for-5 with two runs scored against the University of Tampa JV on March 7, Rivera played a key role in back-to-back victories against No. 1 Polk State. He was 1-for-3 in the March 9 series opener then went 3-for-4 in game two the next day, including a game-tying two-run double. He later scored the game-winning run in SCF’s 3-2 victory. Devin Raftery, a freshman from Deltona, Fla., was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances last week. Raftery closed out each of the Manatees’ three games last week, including March 9 vs. top-ranked Polk State when he earned the win with 1.1 perfect innings (three strikeouts) in relief. The next day, he pitched a perfect ninth against Polk State to notch the save. He also picked up a save against the University of Tampa JV on March 7. For the week, Raftery pitched 3.1 perfect innings in relief and struck out six total batters. Please visit for further info
  • 1100th win for Coach Tim Hill, SCF beats Tampa JV 10-7
    March 28, 2012
    TAMPA, Fla.- The State College of Florida Baseball team beat Tampa JV, 10-7. Joshua Russell was the winning pitcher and Devin Raftery picked up his 10th save of the season. Dalton Busby led the offense with three hits. The win was a special one because it was the 1100th win for Head Coach Tim Hill at State College of Florida.
  • FCSAA Coaches Poll, Softball climbs to #3, Baseball #5
    March 27, 2012
    After a week of both sports hanging in the #4 spot, softball climbs to #3 and baseball drops only one spot to #5 This is a weekly poll by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) that is voted on by the Head Coaches in Florida. Baseball: Softball:
  • South Florida CC defeats SCF baseball, 8-5
    March 22, 2012
    MANATEE -- The State College of Florida baseball team was looking to pad its slim lead. The top of the order was up with the bases loaded and just one out. But the Manatees couldn't generate the offense needed to plate the runners. Even though it was in the third inning of Wednesday night's Suncoast Conference game, the lack of extra runs ultimately doomed the Manatees against South Florida Community College. SCF also spotted the Panthers three runs in the first when catcher Bryan Voelkl double-clutched as South Florida pulled off a double-steal and eventually scored both players on a Dillon Popovich single. "It's a 3-0 deficit instead of 1-0," SCF head coach Tim Hill said. "I thought it was big." SCF managed to scratch out a run in the eighth, but it was a little too late against the Panthers, who picked up their second conference win with the 8-5 victory at Robert C. Wynn Field. SCF fell to 23-10-1 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Read more here:
  • Little League Night at SCF Baseball, Wed, 4/4, 6pm
    March 21, 2012
    BRADENTON, Fla- SCF Baseball is hosting their annual little league night at their home games on Wednesday, April 4th, at 6pm. SCF takes on conference rivals Hillsborough CC. The Manatees invite all little league, Cal Ripken, AAU and other youth leagues to attend the "Rounding the bases with the Manatees" night. There will be Reebok prizes between innings including a free week at SCF Basbeall Summer Camp. The Tampa Bay Rays Street Team will be on site for games and fun for the family. All youth players wearing their uniforms will receive a free SCF Baseball poster. GO MANATEES!
  • Baseball and Softball climb to #4 in FCSAA poll
    March 20, 2012
    SCF Baseball and Softball have both climbed to reach the #4 spot in their respective FCSAA Polls. Baseball jumped from the sixth spot and softball up one from number five. This is a weekly poll by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) that is voted on by the Head Coaches in Florida. Baseball: Softball:
  • SCF downs South Florida, 9-2 in conference baseball action
    March 19, 2012
    AVON PARK, Fla- The State College of Florida baseball team won 9-2 improving their conference record to (6-1). Orlando Rivera had two hits including a three run double. Dalton Busby, Omar Garcia and Connor Hale had two hits each and Josh Allen added a solo home run. Starting pitcher Cedric Walker earned the win, tossing five innings giving up two hits, and an unearned run. SCF improved to 23-9-1 overall and remain at the top of the Suncoast Conference.
  • Manatees' streak ends at 10 (Bradenton Herald)
    March 17, 2012
    MANATEE -- Ryan Etsell said he learned State College of Florida’s offensive strategy revolved around small-ball tactics from watching the Manatees take down his Hillsborough Community College Hawks the past two games. So on Friday night, Etsell attacked SCF’s bats in an effort to thwart the speedy Manatees’ greatest attacking asset. It worked with Etsell throwing a shutout as the Hawks blasted the hosts 10-0 in Suncoast Conference action. Read more here:
  • Baseball is (5-0) in conference play with extra inning win over HCC, 9-6
    March 15, 2012
    TAMPA,Fla.- SCF continued their win streak and defeated Hillsborough Community College 9-6 in 11 innings. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead after two innings, HCC rallied with five runs in the 4th inning to take a 6-5 lead. The score remained 6-5 until the top of the 9th inning when Andrew McNett drove in Tyler Rocklein with a one out single. SCF won it with three runs in the 11th inning as McNett drove in Rocklein again with the winning run and Devin Raftery added a two out, two RBI single. Raftery also threw the final three innings to pick up the win as SCF won its 10th consecutive game. Rocklein and McNett led the offense with three hits and 2 RBI’s each. The Manatees improved to 22-8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Suncoast Conference.
  • SCF baseball wins 9 straight with 4-0 shutout over HCC
    March 14, 2012
    TAMPA,Fla- State College of Florida baseball defeated Hillsborough Community College, 10-4 for their 9th consecutive win. Robby Kalaf threw six strong innings to earn the win. Connor Hale had four hits and Devin Raftery hit a home run and added two RBIs. Andrew McNett and Danny Bodziak each drove in two runs for the night. SCF improved to 4-0 in the Suncoast Conference and 21-8 overall.
  • Baseball takes three from Polk State College, Walker gets win in 6-3 victory
    March 12, 2012
    WINTER HAVEN, Fla- SCF baseball traveled to Polk State College defeated the Eagles 6-3 to sweep the three game series. Starting pitcher Cedric Walker threw five innings to pick up the win. Tyler Hesselgesser threw two scoreless innings and Devin Raftery picked up his state leading 9th save of the season. Omar Garcia led the offense with four hits and two stolen bases. Dalton Busby had two hits, including a two out, two run single in the top of the 9th inning to add 2 insurance runs. This improved the Manatees to (20-8) and (3-0) in Suncoast Conference play.
  • 7th staight win makes SCF (2-0) in conference play
    March 10, 2012
    BRADENTON, Fla. - SCF defeated Polk State College 3-2 as starting pitcher Evin Lynch picked up the win, throwing 7 innings. Josh Russell threw a scoreless 8th inning while Devin Raftery pitched a perfect 9th inning to pick up his 8th save of the season. After spotting Polk two runs in the top of the 1st inning, SCF rallied with three runs in the 6th inning on a leadoff single by Andrew Widell. The rally continued with a double by Josh Allen, a two-run double by Orlando Rivera and an RBI single by Connor Hale. Rivera had three hits to lead the offense.
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