Polk State snapped a six-game losing streak today, beating Palm Beach State 12-5 at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.
Trailing 4-0, the Eagles put a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Tor Sehnert slugged a home run over the center field fence.
Palm Beach responded with a run in the top of the seventh, taking a 5-1 lead.
Sam Koruschak's sacrifice fly scored Rodriguez, making it a 5-2 ballgame.
After Sehnert was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Brady Gulakowski drew a walk on four pitches, scoring Howard and making the score 5-3.
With two out and the bases still loaded, Trent Sinkfield blasted a double, clearing the bases for a 6-5 lead.
Danny Berg followed with a walk and Sinkfield took third on a wild pitch, putting runners at the corners for Jaisen Randolph, who tripled on an 0-2 pitch, scoring both runners and increasing the lead to 8-5.
Teammates congratulate Tor Sehnert after his sixth-inning home run gave the Eagles their first run against Palm Beach. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Polk State padded its lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Howard and Limoncelli started the inning with back-to-back walks, and Koruschak's bunt single loaded the bases.
Sehnert then worked the count to 3-2 and drew a walk, scoring Howard and making it 9-5.
With Gulakowski at bat, a wild pitch scored Limoncelli, and Gulakowski doubled, scoring Koruschak and Sehnert and giving Polk State a 12-5 advantage.
In the top of the ninth, Billy McKay hit the first batter, struck out the second on a called strike, and got the next batter to hit into a game-ending double play.
Head Coach Al Corbeil says the team didn't make and big changes in today's game.
"Our guys just stayed in it a little bit longer today and battled and didn't get down. Then we got a little something going, got the big hit, and then Trent cleared the bases to give us the go-ahead and we were able to get a little momentum.
"We've been lacking a little momentum in recent games so hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow's game."
The Eagles had 10 hits and eight walks.
Sehnert went 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, a walk, and a stolen base.
Randolph singled, tripled, and drove in two runs.
Sinkfield had three RBI along with a run.
Gulakowski also drive in three runs and had a walk, a run, and a double.
Koruschak finished with a single, a walk, a stolen base, a run, and an RBI.
Limoncelli singled, walked twice, and score twice.
Berg had a single, a walk, and a run.
Howard walked twice, scored twice, and stole a base.
Rodrigues singled and scored a run.
Starting pitcher Reese Jackowiak worked three innings, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three.
Timothy Watkins pitched 3.2 innings and gave up two runs (one unearned) on three hits and two walks. He had four strikeouts.
Zavien Lindsey (2-0) picked up the win. In a third of an inning he allowed no hits and no runs.
McKay yielded one hit in two innings and recorded two strikeouts.
The Eagles (6-6) play St. Johns River State College (8-3, No. 8 FCSAA) Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.