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.
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.