Polk State lost today but will still play for the state championship tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Eagles will play the winner of the 10 a.m. game between College of Central Florida and Miami Dade College, with the winner advancing to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
After holding opponents to two runs in the first three games of the NJCAA Gulf District/FCSAA state baseball tournament, the Eagles failed to score a run today, losing 4-0 to Miami Dade at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. It was the first time this year a team had held the Eagles scoreless.
"It's hard to win every game in this tournament," said head coach Al Corbeil. Miami Dade did a great job today, and we didn't capitalize on opportunities. "
The Eagles made three errors in the game.
"It's hard to play great baseball the entire time, and Miami Dade took advantage of our miscues," said Corbeil.
For the fourth game in a row, Polk State got a good outing from its starting pitcher.
"Hunter Kyzar stepped up and threw the ball fantastically against a very good offensive club," said Corbeil. "If we'd had a hit or two at the right time it might've been a different outcome for us."
Despite the loss, Corbeil said his team would be ready tomorrow.
"We're a resilient club, and we've been unfazed all year. We'll show up and be ready to play."
Kyzar worked seven innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs. He walked one and struck out one. Devin Vainer set the side down in order in the eighth, and EJ Cordero worked a scoreless ninth inning.