Palm Beach State beats SCF 3-0 in FCSAA state championship game

jdill@bradenton.comMay 14, 2013 

LAKELAND - State College of Florida's baseball season is over.

The Manatees fell to Palm Beach State College 3-0 in the FCSAA state championship game on Tuesday at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Manatees generated nine hits off Panthers starter J.D. Underwood, but could not plate any runs.

Underwood, who was the Florida state pitcher of the year, went all nine innings to earn the victory.

The win also means Palm Beach will head to the JUCO World Series one year after finishing runner-up in the state.

SCF (45-13) lost its state opener and won four consecutive games, including a 3-2 thriller in 12 innings over Chipola earlier on Tuesday, just to advance to the state title game.

The Manatees lose several key pieces off this year's team such as LSU-bound Connor Hale, No. 1 starting pitcher Robby Kalaf, Florida-bound Orlando Rivera to name a few.

EARLIER: State College of Florida trails for the first time in FCSAA state tournament action since Friday's opening round.

Palm Beach State College is ahead 1-0 after four innings.

Marcus Mooney blooped an RBI single to shallow left field to plate the lone run of the game.

It was just the second hit SCF starter Ben Ancheff has allowed in four innings.

The Manatees are vying for a JUCO World Series berth alongside Palm Beach State.

Currently, the state championship game is in the bottom of the fifth inning.

EARLIER: State College of Florida just missed a golden chance to take an early lead against Palm Beach State College in the FCSAA state championship game held at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

Braden River alum Dalton Busby rapped a single and advanced to second base with one out in the top of the third inning, before Andrew McNett grounded the ball back to the pitcher.

Busby was caught heading to third base, and was tagged out in a rundown.

Orlando Rivera followed with a base hit that would have scored Busby.

Instead, the teams are in the bottom of the fourth inning tied 0-0.

SCF right hander Ben Ancheff has limited Palm Beach to one hit, while the Manatees have generated three hits on offense.

The winner heads to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., beginning at the end of May. For more updates, check here throughout the afternoon.

EARLIER: The State College of Florida baseball team is one win away from winning a state title and advancing to the JUCO World Series at the end of May.

The Manatees bested Chipola 3-2 in 12 innings in an elimination game at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

LSU-bound Connor Hale delivered a leadoff double in the bottom of the 12th inning and was pushed to third base on Jarred Smith's bunt single.

That set the stage for Braden River alum Dalton Busby to drive in the winning run against Chipola's drawn in infield and outfield defensive alignment.

Busby, who was previously 0-for-5 at the plate, did so off reliever Mikel Belcher by lacing a two-out single to left field off the first pitch he faced.

SCF now faces Palm Beach State College in the championship game, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.

It will start as soon as the field is prepared following Tuesday's elimination contest that just finished.

That is approximately due to begin at 2:45 p.m.

EARLIER: State College of Florida's elimination game in the 2013 FCSAA State Baseball Tournament couldn't be decided in nine innings.

The Manatees and Chipola are tied 2-2 as the game heads to extra innings at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

A loss ends SCF's season, while a victory moves them into the state championship game against Palm Beach State College.

SCF (44-12) had runners on first and second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could not move across the winning run.

Julian Santos struck out and Connor Hale grounded out to end the inning.

EARLIER:

State College of Florida's lead has vanished.

The Manatees are battling with Chipola in an FCSAA state tournament elimination game at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium today.

SCF (44-12) took a 2-0 lead after the third inning, but the Indians have struck back with runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie things at 2-2.

The winner moves to the state title game, scheduled for an approximate 1 p.m. start against Palm Beach State College.

The state champion heads to the JUCO World Series at the end of May.

The season is over for everyone else.

SCF's Orlando Rivera scored both runs for the Manatees when he came home on an RBI infield single by Julian Santos in the first inning, and a Jarred Smith sacrifice fly in the third.

Chipola's runs came when Daniel Mars scored on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning, and Mars brought Luis Tunon home on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The teams are heading to the bottom of the eighth with Smith set to lead things off for the Manatees. Smith is SCF's cleanup hitter in the order.

EARLIER:

LAKELAND - The State College of Florida baseball team continues to lead Chipola in an elimination game of the FCSAA State Tournament held at Lakeland's Joker Marchant Stadium.

The game heads to the late innings with the Manatees holding a 2-0 lead.

SCF scored in the first and third innings when Orlando Rivera was plated on a Julian Santos single and a Jarred Smith sacrifice fly, respectively.

The Manatees have five hits in the contest, while Chipola has two hits as the teams head to the top of the seventh inning.

An SCF victory pushes them to the state title game against Palm Beach State College, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. Should that happen, the game will be simulcasted on Fox Sports Sarasota at 1280-AM WTMY.

For more updates, check back here throughout the day.

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