Sparkman Hurls Eagles To 2-0 Victory Over Indian River 2-0
Four Polk State College pitchers combined on a three-hitter Tuesday as the Eagles (2-0) topped Indian River State College 2-0 in Winter Haven.
The Eagles opened the season in grand style as Polk State College provost Dr. Sharon Miller threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Miller's strike was followed by the presentation of Rawlings Gold Gloves to All American Alec Asher and catcher Erik Hindmon for their defensive prowess during the 2012 season.
Coach Al Corbeil was pleased to see his young squad notch its second victory this season and first at home.
"It's nice to win our first home opener," Corbeil said. "It's good to see the guys show up and step into their roles and be successful."
Polk lefty starter Chase Sparkman (Brandon) earned his first victory of the season. Sparkman (1-0) held the Pioneers (2-2) to one hit over six innings. He did not allow a walk and fanned four.
"Chase had an outstanding performance," said Polk State coach Al Corbeil. "He picked right up where he left off. He got some easy outs early. He had good command of the corners and a ton of first-pitch strikes. He really put the ball where he wanted to."
Serrano (Haines City) pitched a scoreless inning of middle relief.
"Jose had a great outing for his first college experience," Corbeil said. "He pounded the zone with a live fastball and a really good slider."
Wright gave up a double, but fanned three in his only inning of work.
"He threw strikes and had his breaking ball going well."
Norris surrendered an infield hit and fanned two to earn his first save.
"He looked great," Corbeil said. "He had a good curve and his fastball running up there."
The Eagles scored two runs in in the second inning.
Sam Machonis (Tampa) stroked a leadoff double down the left field line and later scored on a passed ball. Will Palmerton (Auburndale) followed with a walk and scored on a base hit by freshman Daniel Sweet (Mississippi).
Both Brett Jones (Plant City) and Hindmon (Ocala) recorded two hits.
The Eagles host Palm Beach State College Friday at 5 p.m.