Eagles win in 10 innings at state tournament

The Eagles shower Kaylor Kulina with water after he scored the winning run against St. Johns River. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles shower Kaylor Kulina with water after he scored the winning run against St. Johns River. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Kaylor Kulina raced home from third on a wild pitch to score the winning run as Polk State defeated St. Johns River State College 4-3 in 10 innings today in the FCSAA/NJCAA Baseball Tournament at Henley Field in Lakeland. 

With the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Polk State took a 2-0 lead. With one out, Cole Warken was hit by a pitch and stole second base. After Brandon Gali struck out, Skylar Frey was also hit by a pitch. Both runners scored when Cody Burgess lined a double to right field.

The Vikings answered with two runs in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded two-out single.

St. Johns River took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth on a pair of single.

The Eagles came back to tie the score at 3 in the bottom of the inning when Cole Warken led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Skylar Frey's sacrifice.

After reliever Justin Tworek retired the side in order in the top of the 10th, Joe Strzelecki led off the inning by reaching first on an infield single and moving to third on a throwing error at first base. With Yeison Gomez at the plate, pinch runner Kulina then scored the winning run.

"It feels good to win," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.

"Our pitching staff did a phenomenal job today. Zak Spivy's our best guy, and he showed that today.

"We got a couple hits to get us going, and although we didn't get the big hit, we had some good at-bats. Our guys played hard, stayed in it, and won a game, so I'm happy for them."

Tworek earned the win in relief of Zak Spivy, who worked 8.2 innings. He allowed three runs on 10 hits, walking none and striking out six. 

Tworek retired each of the four batters he faced.

Burgess had a double and two RBI.

Diewert went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

Warken doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored twice.

Skylar Frey went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Gomez and Zach Biermann each walked.

Brandon Gali went 1-for-4.

Catcher Isaiah Cullum threw out two runners trying to steal second bas

With today's win, the Eagles advance to play Gulf Coast State College tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Oct 29
Baseball TBA
vs. TBA
@ Joker Marchant Stadium
FCSAA Sophomore All-Star Weekend Lakeland, Fla.
Nov 02
Baseball 5:00 PM
at Embry-Riddle
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Nov 08
Baseball 5:00 PM
South Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
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