Eagles soar past Eastern Florida to win home opener

Alex Goff delivers a pitch against Eastern Florida. He earned the win as the Eagles improved to 2-0. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Alex Goff delivers a pitch against Eastern Florida. He earned the win as the Eagles improved to 2-0. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State won its home opener tonight, beating Eastern Florida State College 6-2. 

Eastern Florida got on the board first, scoring a run in the third inning on a leadoff triple and a two-out single. 

The Eagles answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.  

Drew Howard led off, hitting the first pitch for a single to center field and moving to second base on a Nico Limoncelli single. Tor Sehnert walked to load the bases, and Brady Gulakoswki plated the tying run with a sacrifice fly.  

In the bottom of the fourth, Danny Berg hit a leadoff single and scored on a triple by Nick Wells, giving the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.  

Polk State added four more runs in the home half of the seventh inning.  

After Trent Sinkfield reached first on an error, Danny Berg and James Boldin hit back-to-back singles to load the bases.  

Wells followed with a single to left, scoring Sinkfield and Berg. When Sam Korushak walked on four pitches, Boldin scored. Sehnert then hit an RBI single, putting the Eagles up 6-1. 

Eastern Florida scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth. 

Starting pitcher Alex Goff (1-0) earned the win. In four innings he allowed one run on six hits, walking none and striking out five. 

Bryce Hill, Timothy Watkins, and Billy McKay worked in relief. 

"It absolutely feels good to win the home opener and start the season 2-0," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. 

"We played a really good game today, which is a little surprising for this early in the year.  

"I'm really pleased with how Alex Goff threw the ball. He made 61 pitches in four innings and was really effective. 

"We had one inning where we struggled a little bit on the mound, but our guys were in it today and we strung together a lot of quality at bats. We also made some great defensive plays. I like the way the guys showed up and competed today."  

The Eagles collected 12 hits and six walks.

Wells had three RBI and scored a run. 

Berg went three-for-five and scored a pair of runs.

Limoncelli singled twice, walked twice, drove in a run, and stole a base. 

Sinkfield also singled twice and scored once.  

The Eagles (2-0) return to action Tuesday against Warner University JV at 5 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

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