Cheyenne Nunez ended her first softball season at State College of Florida with a bang.
Nunez, of the Brighton Reservation, hit her first collegiate home run and went 3-for-4 in the final game of the season. The dinger came in an 8-4 loss to College of Central Florida on April 24 as the Manatees wrapped up their season with a 35-21 record.
Nunez’s stellar season in Bradenton included being among the team leaders in several categories. Her .373 batting average was second on the squad. She had 28 hits, five doubles, the one home run and nine RBI in 75 at-bats over 33 games.
When she reached base, which she did often with a team-leading .451 on base percentage, she was tough to catch. Despite missing a month of the season due to an arm injury, Nunez still led the team with 23 stolen bases, a staggering 10 more than the next player.
“Cheyenne has a great passion and intensity for the game of softball. Had she not been injured she would have broken a couple SCF records including single season stolen bases,” said SCF coach Mandy Schuerman. “She now is tied for the No. 2 spot in single season stolen bases with 23.”
Nunez’s prowess on the base paths actually had an inauspicious beginning. She was caught stealing in two of her first three attempts of the season, but then went unconquered the rest of the way as she reeled off 22 stolen bases in a row.
She finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.480) and tied for first in both hit-by-pitches (7) and sacrifice flies (3).
Defensively, Nunez was equally impressive, committing just one error while playing in the outfield for most of the year.
Nunez’s solid first year has Schuerman already eager to see what next season brings.
“I look forward to Cheyenne excelling next year and emerging into a leader,” Schuerman said. “She most definitely has all the tools for success and I am very excited to see what next year brings for her as well as SCF.”