Serrano gets strikeout with bases loaded to keep win streak alive

Teammates congratulate Jose Serrano (1) after he saved Polk State’s sixth straight win by getting a bases-loaded strikeout.
Teammates congratulate Jose Serrano (1) after he saved Polk State’s sixth straight win by getting a bases-loaded strikeout.

Reliever Jose Serrano got a two-out strikeout with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, as Polk State won its sixth game in a row, beating Suncoast Conference rival St. Petersburg College 6-5 tonight in Winter Haven. 

Leading 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, the Eagles added two runs on back-to-back doubles by Casey Schroeder and Sam Machonis, who, running on the pitch, scored from second on a passed ball, making it 6-3. 

St. Petersburg, however, did not go quietly in the top of the ninth. After the first batter grounded out, St. Pete rallied, scoring two runs on a double and two singles. Serrano retired the next hitter on a called third strike, with runners at first and second, before a single loaded the bases. That set the stage for Serrano to slam the door, and he got the last hitter on a called strike, a foul, and a strike swinging, stranding three runners. 

Serrano earned his fourth save. Hunter Kyzar started and got the win, giving up five hits and two runs in seven innings. Cody Gamble pitched to two batters in the eighth. 

Schroeder (3-for-4) slammed a solo home run, doubled twice, scored three runs, and drove in two. Machonis (2-for-4) also had two doubles and two RBI, along with a run scored. JD Osborne added an RBI, while Shane Gordon (1-for-4) and Daniel Sweet (1-for-3) each scored a run. 

Polk State improved to 25-11 (13-5, first place in the Suncoast Conference). The Eagles host State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Friday at 6 p.m. 

Oct 20
Baseball 6:00 PM
Langley Blaze
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 29
Baseball TBA
vs. TBA
@ Joker Marchant Stadium
FCSAA Sophomore All-Star Weekend Lakeland, Fla.
Nov 02
Baseball 5:00 PM
at Embry-Riddle
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Nov 08
Baseball 5:00 PM
South Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.

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