OCALA--CF right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson delivered a two hit, complete game shutout to lead the Patriots past Seminole State College 2-0 on Monday afternoon in Sanford.
The Patriots got on the board with a solo home run from Christian Smallwood in the fourth inning. CF threatened in the sixth with a one out, bases loaded situation, but Seminole's Connor Eason struck out back-to-back Patriot batters in David Flores and Blake Marabell to get out of the jam.
Marabell later redeemed himself with a solo home run in the top of the ninth to tack on an insurance run for CF.
Pearson went the distance, striking out 10 and scattering two hits in the outing. The LSU signee is currently ranks top in the state for total strikeouts.
CF returns to the field on Tuesday when they host Lincoln Land Community College at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, they will welcome Seminole for game two of the conference series. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.