Four-run first leads to Eagle victory

JD Osborne doubled, drove in two runs, and scored a run in Polk State's four-run first inning against Tampa JV. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
JD Osborne doubled, drove in two runs, and scored a run in Polk State's four-run first inning against Tampa JV. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

A four-run first inning gave Polk State all the runs it needed tonight as the Eagles beat the University of Tampa JV 5-2. 

Leadoff hitter Kaylor Kulina started the inning with a walk and stole second base. Luke Parker followed with a walk, and both runners scored on JD Osborne's double. 

Kyle Jackson's RBI single scored Osborne. Jackson stole second and came around to score on Cole Ondrejka's RBI single. 

Tampa scored twice in the second inning without benefit of a hit. The Spartans got their two runs on three walks, a fielder's choice, a sacrifice bunt, and a hit batter. 

They threatened to score more but with the bases loaded and two out Joe Strzelecki came on in relief of David Lara and got a fly out to end the inning. 

The Eagles added a run in the seventh when Andrew Stroud singled, moved to third on Matt Piatt's single, and scored on a wild pitch. 

Zak Spivy, Brad Labozetta, and Jacob Kelley also pitched for the Eagles. 

The Eagles (13-7, No. 8 in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll) begin Suncoast Conference action tomorrow at 6 p.m. at St. Petersburg State College. 

Head Coach Al Corbeil says that while the Eagles have improved recently, they'll have to get even better as they face conference foes. 

"I feel like we're whole lot better than we were two or three weeks ago," he said. "We've been putting together some better at-bats, although we still need to get a lot better because we'll see better arms more consistently. 

"We played good defense again tonight, and for the most part threw strikes and had some big hits, so we'll try to keep it going as we go into conference play."

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at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
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Polk State College
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, Fla.
3/31/17 5:00 PM
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St. Petersburg College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
4/1/17 1:00 PM
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Polk State College
at Hillsborough Community College
NY Yankees Community Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive Tampa, FL 33614 Tampa, Fla.
4/3/17 6:00 PM
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Hillsborough Community College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
4/5/17 3:00 PM
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Polk State College
at Hillsborough Community College
NY Yankees Community Field 1 Steinbrenner Drive Tampa, FL 33614 Tampa, Fla.
4/7/17 5:00 PM
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at Florida Southwestern
Fort Myers, Fla.

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