Eagles settle for split with Indian River

Meghan Lindell connects for a two-run homer in Polk State's 2-1 win over Indian River. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Meghan Lindell connects for a two-run homer in Polk State's 2-1 win over Indian River. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State softball split a doubleheader with Indian River State College tonight in Winter Haven. 

The Pioneers are ranked No. 2 in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll, while the Eagles have the No. 6 spot. 

In the opener, Meghan Lindell's two-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Eagles all the runs they needed as they won 2-1. It was her second homer of the season. 

Erica Morrissey doubled and scored a run. 

Taylor Baker and Autumn Terwilliger each added a hit. 

Lauren West pitched a complete game, improving her record to 2-1. She recorded eight strikeouts and one walk. 

She pitched out of trouble in the first, fourth, and sixth innings, stranding two runners on base each time. 

In game two, the Eagles gave up three unearned runs in the third inning as they lost 4-0. 

The Eagles were held hitless until the fifth inning, when Miranda LeFan managed their only hit of the game. 

Danielle Gizoski (2-1) pitched well, giving up one earned run – a second-inning home run that just cleared the left-field fence-- and striking out five while walking two in seven innings. 

"We had one inning that kind of got away from us, but the effort and energy was outstanding," said Head Coach Jeff Ellis. 

"Lauren pitched great in the first game, and Dani threw a great game in the second one. We just have to keep working to clean up a few things defensively and start getting our hitting to come along a little bit and we'll be fine." 

The Eagles (7-3) will have time to work on those aspects of the game as they are off until Saturday when they play Eastern Florida on the road at 1 p.m. 

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