PENSACOLA, Fla.- Back-to-back blasts by Ashley Burney and Ashley Brooks added all the insurance the Manatees needed to blank the Raiders 4-0 in the opening game of the FCSAA/Region 8 State Tournament. Paige Mathews threw a 7 inning shut out performance giving up only 5 hits, 1 walk, and added 11 strikeouts.
SCF (45-10) came out scoring early after a lead-off single by Gianni Artidiello (2-3), sacrifice bunt by Kayla Bjorge, and RBI single from Dani Wayt. The Manatees added a second run in the third with a lead-off double again by Artidiello, sacrifice from Bjorge, sacrifice fly by short stop Wayt.
With a 2-0 lead going in to the sixth, freshman, Ashley Burney (Palatka, Fla.) sent a solo home run soaring over the left field fence. Sophomore, Ashley Brooks (Sarasota, Fla.) echoed that with another solo screamer in to right center.
The Manatees will play nationally ranked #5 Tallahassee CC at 7pm CST.