Trailing 6-3 after five innings, Polk State cut the deficit to 6-5 in the eighth before losing to Indian River State College 6-5 today at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.
The Pioneers got on the board in the first inning, scoring a run on a hit, a sacrifice, and a single.
Polk State took a 2-1 lead in the second after Skylar Frey walked, stole second, and scored on a single from Burgess.
The Pioneers responded with two runs in the third for a 3-2 lead.
Indian River scored three runs in the fifth, taking a 6-3 lead.
In the seventh, Martinez led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Gomez walked, and Warken followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Martinez and cutting the lead to 6-4.
The Eagles scored their final run in the eighth. Burgess led off the inning by hitting the first pitch for a double down the right-field line. He scored from second when Martinez singled to right.
Burgess went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run, two stolen bases, and two RBI.
Martinez had a single, a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.
Cullum singled, walked twice, scored a run, and drove in a run.
Warken collected two RBI.
Frey had two stolen bases, a walk, and a run scored.
Zach Diewert singled, walked, and stole a base.
Starting pitcher Zak Spivy (1-2) took the loss. Working four-and-two-thirds innings, he allowed seven hits and six runs (one unearned) while walking two and striking out two.
The Eagles (11-6, No. 9 FCSAA) play Webber International University JV on Monday at 5 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.