Five CF baseball players earn MFC All-Conference honors

Five CF baseball players earn MFC All-Conference honors

OCALA--As the season draws to a close, the College of Central Florida baseball team had five players named to the Mid-Florida Conference First and Second Team All-Conference lists this week.

Sophomore outfielder Will Reddick and right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson were named to first team, while freshmen David Flores (OF), Blake Marabell (OF) and Christian Smallwood (3B) received second team all-conference honors.

Reddick appeared in 51 games for the Patriots this season, batting a team and conference-high .379 at the plate with 24 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases on the year. In conference, Reddick batted .375 and recorded six doubles. Against Florida State College at Jacksonville and Santa Fe College, he batted .462 in each of the season series while also scoring five runs against FSCJ.

Pearson recorded a 5-2 record on the season with a 1.56 ERA and 118 strike outs in 81 innings, ranking Top 3 in the state for ERA and strike outs, while Top 3 in NJCAA for total strike outs. He held opponents to a dismal .194 average at the plate during the season, notching a conference-best 0.85 ERA in MFC play. In conference, Pearson struck out a career-high 15 batters against Daytona State College and earned state and national player of the week for his complete-game shutout against Seminole State College. He allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in the shutout.

Flores appeared in 51 games during his freshman campaign, batting .327 at the plate with nine home runs, 47 RBI, 39 runs scored and four stolen bases on the year. In conference, he batted .388 with 28 RBI, three home runs and 13 doubles. He drove in a career-high four runs on opening day against Palm Beach State College, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a home run. In conference, Flores went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate against Seminole with three RBI, three runs scored and three doubles, had a 5-RBI outing, including a home run, against St. Johns River, and recorded six RBIs and two home runs in the Santa Fe series.

Marabell appeared in 51 games in center field, batting .328 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, 34 runs scored and two stolen bases on the year. In conference, he batted .404 in 94 plate appearances with 18 RBI and five home runs. Marabell was perfect at the plate on two occasions in conference play, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a home run in a win over Daytona, and 2-for-2 with two RBI and a home run against Lake-Sumter State College. He also hit one of two solo home runs to lead CF past Seminole on March 6.

Smallwood appeared in 51 games for the Patriots this season, splitting time between left field and third base. He batted .318 on the year with 28 RBI, 37 runs scored, four home runs, and six stolen bases. Smallwood recorded a season-best, 4-RBI outing against Hillsborough on January 30, going 3-for-4 at the plate and a home run. In conference, he recorded one of two solo home runs to blank Seminole 2-0.