OCALA--College of Central Florida head baseball coach Marty Smith clinched milestone win No. 700 after his Patriots defeated Thomas University JV 13-3 (7 innings) on Wednesday afternoon at Goodlett Field.
"It's exciting… it means I have been around a long time," chuckled Smith as he reminisced on his 23 years of memories that brought him to this point. "I remember my first win. We were 0-4 and on the road to State College of Florida and weren't expected to win."
Smith, in his 24th season at the helm, becomes just the second active junior college baseball coach in the state of Florida to record at least 700 wins. Tallahassee Community College head coach Mike McLeod entered the 2018 season with 919 wins.
Smith picked up his 600th win on April 12, 2014 when CF defeated Santa Fe College 13-5 in Gainesville. The Patriots would go on to finish third in the state that year, falling in the state semifinals to eventual NJCAA runner-ups Miami Dade College.
The Patriots opened up Smith's 700th win with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Zach West led off with a solo homer to right and Blake Marabell followed with a three-run home run a few batters later.
CF would go on to plate two runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings in the run-rule.
West finished the day going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI, while Hunter Bowling (3-for-4) and Marabell (2-for-4, HR) each drove in two runs.
CF will be back in action on Saturday when they head to Daytona State College to open up Mid-Florida Conference play. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. The Patriots will be back at home on Monday when they host Daytona at 3 p.m.