Eagles end season with 8-5 loss to FSW

Nick Wells celebrates after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against Florida SouthWestern. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Nick Wells celebrates after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against Florida SouthWestern. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State's season ended tonight with an 8-5 loss to Florida SouthWestern at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven. 

After the Buc took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Eagles answered with four runs in the second. 

James Boldin led off the inning and drilled an 0-2 pitch down the rightfield line for a single. With one out, Sam Koruschak sacrifice Boldin to second on a grounder.  

Jaisen Randolph singled, moving Boldin to third, and he scored on a wild pitch with Randolph advancing to second. 

Drew Howard's single scored Randolph, and Howard stole second and third base. Nico Limoncelli walked on a 3-2 pitch, and Danny Berg followed with a single to score Howard. 

The Bucs made a pitching change, and Trent Sinkfield greeted the new hurler with a single to score Limoncelli and give the Eagles a 4-2 lead. 

Florida SouthWestern, however, scored solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings and two in the seventh.  

The Eagles got their final run in the seventh when Nick Wells sent a 3-2 pitch over the leftfield fence, cutting the deficit to 7-5. 

The Bucs added a run in the eighth.  

Randolph went 2-for-4 with a run. 

Berg and Sehnert each singled and drove in a run. 

Brady Gulakowski doubled, and Limoncelli walked and scored a run. 

Howard had a single, a run, an RBI, and two stolen bases. 

Starting pitcher Tate Dearing (3-4) took the loss. In five innings he allowed four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two. 

Alex Goff gave up three run on five hits in two innings.  

Billy McKay yielded an unearned run on three walks and an error. 

The Eagles finish 24-29 and 11-19 in the Suncoast Conference. 

"We fell a bit short of our goals in the win column this season with far too many one-run losses," said Head Coach Al Corbeil. 

"We had a bunch guys banged up throughout the season and never quite got it all going together, but this was still a group of guys that continued to show up and work hard.  

"Our coaching staff enjoyed being around them, and they did a fantastic job in the classroom again. Almost all of them are signed to continue at four-year universities, while the final few uncommitted sophomores are narrowing down offers. We may see a few guys off this club selected in the MLB draft as well.  

"I think these guys are going to take a lot of positives out of their time here and hopefully continue building on it as they move on."

Sehnert ended the season tied for the lead in home runs (10) in the FCSAA, and McKay tied for second in saves (7) and seventh in strikeouts (85). 

As a team, Polk State tied for first in the FCSAA in triples (22) and finished second in doubles (98), fourth in home runs (36), fourth in walks (235), fourth in stolen bases (107), sixth in hits (487), eighth in RBI (281), and ninth in runs (315).  

 

Feb 27
Baseball 5:00 PM
vs. Webber International
Winter Haven, FL
Feb 29
Baseball 1:00 PM
vs. University of Tampa JV
Winter Haven, FL
Mar 02
Baseball 6:00 PM
at Florida Southwestern State College
Fort Myers, FL
Mar 04
Baseball 6:00 PM
vs. Florida Southwestern State College
Winter Haven, FL
Mar 06
Baseball 3:00 PM
at Florida Southwestern State College
Fort Myers, FL
Mar 07
Baseball 1:00 PM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Winter Haven, FL
Mar 09
Baseball 6:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Bradenton, FL
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