Gamble earns first save as Eagles get first win of season

Cody Gamble delivers a pitch against Eastern Florida. His two strikeouts with the bases loaded helped the Eagles earn their first win of the season. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Cody Gamble delivers a pitch against Eastern Florida. His two strikeouts with the bases loaded helped the Eagles earn their first win of the season. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Cody Gamble pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning tonight as Polk State beat Eastern Florida 2-1. 

It was the Eagles' first win of the season.

After walking the first two batters in the ninth, Gamble retired the next hitter on a popup to center field. He walked the next batter to load the bases.  Gamble then slammed the door on the Titans, striking out the next two hitters, the last on a called strike three, to nail down the win. 

Starting pitcher Jordan Barrett (1-0) got the win with four innings of work. He allowed four hits and struck out three. 

Joe Strzelecki worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. 

Zak Spivy pitched two and two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on two hits. He entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning and got a strikeout on three straight pitches to end the Eastern Florida threat. 

He had two more strikeouts before giving way to Luis Ferrer, who held the Titans hitless in two-thirds of an inning while stranding runners at first and second. 

On offense, Kaylor Kulina and Luke Parker each went two-for-four with an RBI. 

Brandon Gali and Keith Oren each had one hit and scored a run in three trips to the plate. 

Head Coach Al Corbeil said it felt good to get the first win of the season. 

"We played a pretty solid game. I thought we played pretty good defense and we really pitched well today. 

"That's a good Eastern Florida team. Their guy threw the ball really well, but we scratched and got a couple of knocks and got on the board and held on for the win. 

"It was good to see Gamble get his first save. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam and made some good pitches. 

"Spivy stepped up and threw phenomenally for a few innings there to keep us in it, and then when he got in a jam, Ferrer was able to come in and get two big outs.

"I'm really happy with how we threw the ball, and really happy with the energy in our dugout today, so hopefully can keep it rolling." 

The Eagles (1-2 and ranked No. 3 in Florida in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll) face Santa Fe College tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Winter Haven.

 
5/5/17 7:00 PM
Baseball
Polk State College
vs. Palm Beach State College
@ Joker Marchant Stadium
FCSAA State/NJCAA Region Tournament Lakeland, Fla.

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