Eagles split DH with first-place Buccaneers

Breanna Snell congratulates winning pitcher Taite Powell after the Eagles beat Florida Southwestern 4-2. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Breanna Snell congratulates winning pitcher Taite Powell after the Eagles beat Florida Southwestern 4-2. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State split a pair of games against first-place Florida Southwestern tonight in Winter Haven.   

The Eagles won the opener 4-2

The Buccaneers (No. 2 FCSAA, No. 3 NJCAA) entered the game 44-3 and 10-0 in Suncoast Conference play. 

They jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a single, a sacrifice, and another single. 

The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the third. 

Riley Dunn led off with a walk and moved to second on Breanna Snell's bunt single. Kelsey Armstrong then reached first on a bunt, loading the bases. Jada Wesley followed with a single, scoring Dunn and Snell. 

Florida Southwestern answered with a run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk, tying the score at 2. 

In the bottom of the inning, Heather Novis led off with a single to left. The Bucs then made a throwing error on Ally Baert's bunt, allowing her to reach first and sending Novis to third. 

Andrea Farley's single loaded the bases, and Novis and Farley scored the go-ahead runs on a wild pitch, giving the Eagles the 4-2 lead. 

Taite Powell earned the win with a complete-game performance. 

In game two, the Eagles rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the score at 4 before losing 7-4. 

The Buccaneers scored a pair of runs in the first, but the Eagles got a run back in the second. Novis was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on Farley's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Dunn's sacrifice bunt. 

Florida Southwestern plated a pair of runs the following inning to take a 4-1 lead. 

In the bottom of the fourth, Mary-Margaret Maggard led off with a double to right, took third on an error, and scored on another error, making the score 4-2. 

Mikayla Barwig tied it at 4 in the fifth when she blasted a two-run homer to left field. 

Mikayla Barwig returns to the dugout after hitting a game-tying home run. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

In the sixth, however, the Bucs rallied for three runs to go up 7-4 and went on to win. 

Starting pitcher Maddie Scott worked into the sixth inning, when LeAnna Otte came on in relief. 

The Eagles (13-27, 2-10) return to action Thursday against St. Petersburg College at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Winter Haven.  

 
 
 
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