Eagles rally in ninth to beat St. Pete

Matt Piatt drove in the winning run as the Eagles rallied in the ninth inning to beat St. Petersburg. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Matt Piatt drove in the winning run as the Eagles rallied in the ninth inning to beat St. Petersburg. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State scored three runs in the top of the ninth yesterday to start Suncoast Conference play with an 11-9 win over St. Petersburg College. 

The Eagles had an 8-4 lead going into the bottom of the eight but they gave up five runs, setting the stage for the ninth-inning comeback. 

Kyle Jackson's single drove in JD Osborne with the tying run. Jackson then stole second and scored the go-ahead run on Matt Piatt's single. The Eagles added two insurance runs on a fielder's choice and an error. 

The Eagles continued to swing the bats well, collecting 12 hits in the contest. 

Piatt (two-for-four) tripled, scored a run, and had three RBI. 

Andrew Stroud went two-for-three with a triple, a walk, two runs, and an RBI. 

Kaylor Kulina singled, stole a base, drove in a run, and scored two runs. 

Jackson went two-for-four with two runs, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI. 

Osborne doubled and tripled, scored twice, and drove in a run. 

Luke Parker singled, stole a base, and drove in a run. 

Keith Oren singled, doubled, scored a run, and drove in a run.  

Starting pitcher Maikor Mora worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and for runs. He walked two and struck out five. 

Relievers Luis Ferrer and Jose Pupo gave up two runs apiece. 

Cody Gamble (1-1) pitched the final two innings and got the win. He allowed two hits and one run while striking out two. 

The Eagles (13-7, 1-1, No. 8 in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll) play St. Petersburg again in Saturday at 1 p.m. in Winter Haven.

 
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