Clearwater, Fla - The Manatees start the 2017 season with six games in two days at the JUCO Kickoff in Clearwater. On day one, the Manatees faced Gordon State College (GA), Lake Sumter State College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
To start the day the Manatees took a 8-6 victory of Gordon State College. Tristen Pearson blasted a 2 run home run. Jessica Harney went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's. Also, producing 2 RBI's was Taylor Engman. Lauren Stalvey earned the win on the mound.
Freshman pitcher, Sammi Grat, provides a one hit performance against the Lake Hawks of Lake Sumter State College. Taylor Engman went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's. Also, providing 2 RBI's was fellow freshman Lindsey Hall. Sophomore, Jaimie Harney went 3-3 at the plate with a 3 run home run. The Manatees defeated Lake Sumter by a score of 9-0 in 5 innings.
In the night cap, the Manatees shut out Florida State College at Jacksonville with a 4-0 victory. Carlee Lucas allowed only on hit and struck out 6 on the way to earning the victory. Brittney Rodruguez and Courtney Harper each produced an RBI at the plate.
The Manatees return to Eddie C. Moore Complex Saturday and will face Richard Bland College (VA), Georgia Highlands College (GA), and Palm Beach State College.