Eagles stay alive with 8-4 win in state tournament

Zach Schneider gets a high five after earning a save in Polk State’s 8-4 win over Eastern Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Zach Schneider gets a high five after earning a save in Polk State’s 8-4 win over Eastern Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Facing elimination, Polk State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and went on to defeat Eastern Florida 8-4 last night in the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Baseball Tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Polk State, the visiting team, started the top of the second with a single on a 3-2 pitch to Isaiah Cullum

After Zach Biermann walked and Bradley Harmon was hit by a pitch, Cullum was erased at third on a ground out by Raudy Martinez.

With the bases full, Skylar Frey doubled to score three runs.

Zach Diewert then blasted a two-run homer, giving the Eagles a 5-0 advantage.

The Titans got on the board in the third inning on a single, two ground outs, and another single.

They added two runs in the fifth after a pair of singles and a double.

Polk State extended its lead in the seventh when Frey led off with a single and stole second base. Zach Scott walked, and both runners pulled off a double steal, putting them at third and second base. 

Cole Warken then lined a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a single, scoring Frey and Scott.

In the top of the ninth, the Eagles scored a final run when Warken's double to left scored Scott from first base, giving Polk State an 8-3 advantage.

Eastern Florida scored its final run in the bottom of the frame on a double and a single 

Justin Tworek earned the win in relief of Shameko Smith. Zach Schneider picked up the save.

Smith worked four and one-third of an inning before leaving with a hip injury. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out two. 

Tworek then took the mound and gave up just one hit in two and two-thirds of an inning. He walked none and struck out two. 

Luis Ferrer followed Tworek out of the bullpen, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing two hits and a pair of walks.

Schneider gave up a pair of hits and struck out two.

Frey went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, three RBI, and two stolen bases. 

Warken also drove in three runs and stole a base.

Scott walked, singled, and scored twice.

Diewert went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Cullum went 2-for-5.

Zach Biermann walked, scored a run, and stole a base.

The Eagles play State College of Florida today at 1 p.m. in another elimination game.

Feb 02
Baseball 3:00 PM
at Daytona State College
Feb 03
Baseball 1:00 PM
Daytona State College
Mar 10
Baseball 1:00 PM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Mar 12
Baseball 6:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Mar 14
Baseball 6:00 PM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Mar 16
Baseball 6:00 PM
Hillsborough Community College
Mar 17
Baseball 1:00 PM
at Hillsborough Community College
NY Yankees Community Field (1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa 33614)

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