Eagles shut out Panthers 1-0

Jordan Barrett delivers a pitch against South Florida  on the way to his ninth victory. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Jordan Barrett delivers a pitch against South Florida on the way to his ninth victory. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Jordan Barrett earned his ninth win, Joe Strzelecki pitched two hitless innings, and Cody Gamble picked up his 11th save as Polk State beat South Florida State College 1-0 tonight in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles scored their run in the bottom of the third when Luke Parker hit a two-out double down the right field line and then scored on Matt Piatt's single. 

Barrett (9-1) worked six innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six. 

Strzelecki walked one and struck out one while pitching the seventh and eighth innings. 

Gamble got three straight strikeouts in the top of the ninth. 

"Jordan's been phenomenal for us all year," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. "I didn't think he had his best stuff today, but he battled, competed, threw some big pitches. We did enough to win. I'll take a shutout any day of the week. 

"Joe threw really well again, and Gamble did what he's done for us almost every time out all year. He was sharp. His stuff was real good tonight. He and Barrett have been huge for us all year. " 

The Panthers had chances to score in the first and second innings, but stranded a runner at third base in each frame. 

Kaylor Kulina went one-for-three to extend his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games. 

In addition to his RBI single, Piatt walked and stole a base. 

Kyle Jackson singled, and Keith Oren singled and stole second base. 

The Eagles (31-13, 13-6, No. 4 FCSAA) face South Florida again tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Avon Park.

 
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