Eighth-inning rally gives Eagles 4-3 win over St. Pete

Keith Oren singles in the eighth inning to score the tying and winning runs as the Eagles came from behind to beat St. Pete 4-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Keith Oren singles in the eighth inning to score the tying and winning runs as the Eagles came from behind to beat St. Pete 4-3. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State came from behind again tonight, beating St. Petersburg College 4-3 in Winter Haven. 

With one out in the bottom of the eighth and the Eagles trailing 3-1, JD Osborne started a rally by slamming a double off the left field fence. 

Matt Piatt then walked on four pitches, and Cole Ondrejka followed with a single, scoring Osborne to make it 3-2 and moving Piatt to third base. 

Ondrejka stole second, and Brandon Gali struck out, bringing Keith Oren to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs. 

Oren then lined a single to score Piatt and Ondrejka and put the Eagles ahead 4-3. 

Given a lead to protect, Cody Gamble entered the game in the ninth and retired three straight Titans, the last on a diving catch by Cody Burgess in left field. It was the 10th save for Gamble. 

Joe Strzelecki (3-1) got the win in relief. In three innings he allowed no runs while giving up three hits and striking out one.

Brad Labozetta started and worked five innings. He gave up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. 

The Eagles threatened in the first inning but failed to score with the bases loaded and no outs.  

They pushed a run across in the third when Burgess scored from third on a double play. 

"I thought their starting pitcher threw well, but we let him off the hook early," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. "It could have been a different game if we had done some damage early, but we'll take the win. 

"Any time you can win you're happy, and any time they can find a way to win late that's always a good sign." 

Kaylor Kulina doubled and walked twice. 

JD Osborne doubled and scored a run. 

Piatt singled, walked twice, and scored a run. 

Ondrejka had a single, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. 

The Eagles (27-9, 11-2, No. 5 FCSAA) play St. Petersburg College on Friday at 6 p.m. in St. Petersburg. 

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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