Eagles threaten in ninth but lose 6-4 to Palm Beach State

Skylar Frey swings at a pitch against Palm Beach State. He went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a walk, and an RBI in a 6-4 loss. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Skylar Frey swings at a pitch against Palm Beach State. He went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a walk, and an RBI in a 6-4 loss. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Polk State loaded the bases but could score only one run, losing 6-4 to Palm Beach State College tonight at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

With one out, Zach Biermann drew a four-pitch walk, Cole Warken reached on an error, and pinch-hitter Bradley Harmon was hit by a pitch. 

After Isaiah Cullum struck out, Marquis Orozco walked on four pitches, scoring Biermann from third and cutting the deficit to 6-4 before Jonah Garrison flied out to right to end the game. 

The Eagles collected just three hits in their first home loss of the season. 

Polk State took a 1-0 lead in the first. After Zach Diewert, Skylar Frey, and Biermann walked, Diewert scored on Cole Warken's sacrifice fly. 

The Panthers took advantage of two errors to score three runs in the third. 

The Eagles came back to tie the score at 3 with two runs in the fourth. 

After Orozco drew a one-out walk, he raced to third on Garrison's single to right. With Frey at the plate, Orozco dashed home on a wild pitch as Garrison advanced to second. He then took third on another wild pitch and scored on Frey's single to left. 

Palm Beach took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on a pair of doubles. 

The Panthers added solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings. 

Frey went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a walk, and an RBI. 

Biermann scored a run and drew three walks. 

Diewert and Raudy Martinez each had two walks. 

Chad Tworek (1-1) started on the mound and took the loss. In five innings he allowed four runs (three unearned) on four hits, walking two and striking out four. 

Justin Tworek worked three and two-thirds of an inning, striking out three while giving up two runs (one unearned) on four hits. 

Drew Marino retired the one batter he faced in the top of the ninth. 

The Eagles (12-3, No. 3 FCSAA, No. 11 NJCAA) play Pasco-Hernando State College tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

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