PENSACOLA — The State College of Florida Manatees are heading to the loser's bracket at the FCSAA Gulf District tournament at Pensacola's Exchange Softball Park.
Chipola, the No. 4 ranked team in the season-ending state coaches poll, reeled off a 12-2 victory cut short by the 10-run rule in the sixth inning.
The Manatees face the loser of Hillsborough Community College and Pensacola State College at 6 p.m.
State College of Florida's softball season has seen its ups-and-downs since Manatees ace pitcher Paige Mathews was lost for the season with a broken right wrist.
Mathews was a first-team junior college All-American as a freshman last season.
Undeterred, the Manatees are back at the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament in Pensacola.
SCF (34-19) entered the tournament on a two-game winning streak after sweeping Miami-Dade in the regular-season finale.