Wells’s HR powers Eagles past Tampa

Demetrio Rodriguez congratulates Nick Wells after his home run broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Eagles what proved to be the winning run in a 5-2 win over Tampa. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Demetrio Rodriguez congratulates Nick Wells after his home run broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Eagles what proved to be the winning run in a 5-2 win over Tampa. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Nick Wells's solo home run in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie, giving Polk State what proved to be the winning run as the Eagles went on to defeat University of Tampa B 5-2 today at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

With the win, the Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak. 

 The Spartans scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back singles and an error.  

The Eagles answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.  

Nico Limoncelli led off with an infield single, sliding headfirst into first base to beat the throw. After Danny Berg sacrificed Limoncelli to second, he stole third and scored on Tor Sehnert's single. 

Sehnert promptly stole second and came around to score on a single by Sam Koruschak, giving Polk State a 2-1 lead. 

The lead, however, lasted only until the third inning, when Tampa scored the tying run on a walk, an error, and a sacrifice fly. 

The Spartans threatened in the top of the eighth, putting two men on base with no outs, but Billy McKay retired the next three hitters on two strikeouts and a ground out.  

The Eagles added a pair of insurance runs on the bottom of the eighth.  

James Boldin and Demetrio Rodriguez hit back-to-back doubles, scoring Boldin for a 4-2 lead. Rodriguez took third on a wild pitch and scored when Dalton Boyd singled on a 3-2 pitch with two outs, making it a 5-2 game. 

Kyle Gamble started on the mound. In two innings he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out two. 

Jake Curry, Alex Goff, and McKay worked in relief. 

Polk State (8-9) returns to action Monday against Santa Fe College (16-4, No. 1 FCSAA, No. 12 NJCAA) at 5 p.m. at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

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