Ninth-inning rally gives Eagles win over Manatees

Andrew Stroud's single started a three-run ninth inning as the Eagles beat the Manatees 6-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Andrew Stroud's single started a three-run ninth inning as the Eagles beat the Manatees 6-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning tonight to win 6-3 over State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton. 

With the score tied 3-3, Andrew Stroud led off the inning with a line drive single to left. After JD Osborne reached on an error, Kyle Jackson hit a ball back to the pitcher, who threw it into the outfield. Stroud, Osborne, and Jackson all scored on the error. 

Cody Gamble came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth and got his seventh save, striking out three straight batters, all on called third strikes. 

Starting pitcher Jordan Barrett worked six innings and allowed two unearned runs. 

Luis Ferrer got the win in relief. With the Eagles leading 3-2 in the eighth he gave up the tying run on a triple. 

Matt Piatt had a double and two RBI, and Osborne had a triple. 

The Eagles (17-8, 4-1, No. 7 in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll) face the Manatees again in Winter Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Sep 24
Baseball 12:00 PM
vs. Palm Beach State College
@ Lake Myrtle Sports Complex
Auburndale, Fla.
Sep 24
Baseball 3:00 PM
vs. Eastern Florida State College
@ Lake Myrtle Sports Complex
Auburndale, Fla.
Sep 29
Baseball 1:00 PM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
@ Walter Fuller Complex
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sep 29
Baseball 3:30 PM
vs. St. Petersburg College
@ Walter Fuller Complex
Suncoast Tournament St. Petersburg, Fla.
Oct 04
Baseball 5:00 PM
South Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 06
Baseball 12:00 PM
Polk State Scout Day
Scout Day Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 11
Baseball 5:00 PM
at South Florida State College
Avon Park, Fla.

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