Fike’s walk-off double gives Eagles split with St. Pete

Head Coach Jeff Ellis and the Eagles congratulate Taylor Fike (center) after her walk-off double brought home the tying and winning runs in a 6-5 win over St. Pete. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Head Coach Jeff Ellis and the Eagles congratulate Taylor Fike (center) after her walk-off double brought home the tying and winning runs in a 6-5 win over St. Pete. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Taylor Fike's two-out walk-off double capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, and Polk State came from behind to beat St. Petersburg College 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader tonight in Winter Haven. 

Trailing 5-2, the Eagles started the rally when Erica Morrissey reached base on an error to lead off the inning. 

Taylor Baker moved Morrissey to third with a double off the center-field fence. 

The Titans made a pitching change, and Kacie Booth greeted the new pitcher by swinging at the first pitch and hitting a double that scored Morrissey and Baker, cutting the lead to 5-4. 

Jenna Valdez entered the game as a pinch runner for Booth, who injured her knee sliding in to second base. 

Amber Butler followed with a single, moving Valdez to third and advancing to second on the throw home from the outfield. 

The Titans then retired the next two Eagle hitters, bringing Fike to the plate with two out and runners on second and third. With one swing of the bat she drove the ball over the left-fielder's head, sending the tying and winning runs across the plate. 

Baker got the win, pitching a complete game and striking out four. She helped her cause by going three-for-four at the plate with a double and a run scored. 

Fike ended the night two-for-four with three RBI and three runs scored. 

Booth went three-for-four with a run scored and two RBI. 

Butler collected two hits and scored two runs. 

Morrissey had two hits and a run scored. 

Shelisa Oliver went two-for-four with an RBI. 

Polk State lost the first game 3-2. Lauren West (11-8) turned in another strong performance. She pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits while walking two (one intentional) and striking out eight. 

The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Morrissey and an RBI single by Baker. 

The Titans got a run in the second, another in the fifth, and took the lead with one more run in the seventh. 

Oliver singled and had a stolen base, while Butler and Fike each had one hit. 

The Eagles (22-16, 6-4, No. 10 FCSAA) play State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota on March 31 in Winter Haven at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will be Sophomore Night and the Eagles' final home game.

 
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