Eagles edge Manatees 3-2 for sixth straight win

Jonathan Bermudez delivers a pitch in Polk State’s 3-2 victory over SCF. Earning the win, he improved to 4-1. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Jonathan Bermudez delivers a pitch in Polk State’s 3-2 victory over SCF. Earning the win, he improved to 4-1. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The 2016 Suncoast Conference champion Polk State Eagles won their sixth straight game today, beating State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 3-2 at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

The Manatees had the potential tying run at third in the top of the ninth, but Zach Schneider got the final out on a fly ball to right field. 

The Manatees took a 1-0 lead in the second on a home run. 

The Eagles tied the game in the third when, with two outs, Cody Burgess singled and Brandon Gali walked. An errant pickoff throw to first sailed into right field, scoring Burgess from second. 

In the fourth, the Eagles took a 3-1 lead. Zach Diewert hit a one-out double to right field and, with two out, moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Joe Strzelecki's infield single. 

Yeison Gomez followed with a double, moving Strzelecki to third, and he scored on Skylar Frey's single. 

The Manatees scored their second run in the fifth on three singles. 

Starting pitcher Jonathan Bermudez (4-1) earned the win. In five innings he allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. 

In the sixth inning, Tommy Romero gave up one hit and struck out three. 

Schneider worked the final three innings. He allowed two hits while walking none and striking out three. 

Strzelecki went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. 

Frey had a single and an RBI. 

Gomez singled and doubled in four at-bats. 

Diewert had a single, a double, and a run scored. 

Burgess singled, walked, and scored a run. 

Gali had a walk and a sacrifice. 

Isaiah Cullum had a double. 

The Eagles (36-13, 21-7, No. 3 FCSAA, No. 18 NJCAA) travel to Bradenton on Monday to play State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at 6 p.m. 

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