With Polk State clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the eighth inning, Alex Goff came out of the bullpen to get the final six outs and Polk State topped Daytona State 5-4 today at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.
Goff, who earned his first save, entered the game with no outs and a runner on first. After allowing a single, he got a double-play ball and then struck out the next batter, stranding a runner on third.
Polk State took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second without benefit of a hit. After Nick Wells and Jakob Hines walked to start the inning, Chris Johnson's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners. Jack Duffy walked to load the bases and an error on George Anderson's grounder scored two runs. After Drew Howard walked to reload the bases, Duffy scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Eagles put their final two runs on the board the following inning. Rohsean Riley led off with a single on an 0-2 pitch and scored when Wells blasted a triple to center field. Hines followed a with a single to right, scoring Wells.
The Falcons scored a pair of runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.
Starting pitcher Andrew Long picked up his first win of the season. In three shutout innings he allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three.
Hines went two-for-three with a walk. Riley singled twice, and Wells scored twice, walked, and stole second.
The Eagles (4-4) hit the road Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game at St. Johns River State College (10-2).