Eagles come from behind twice to sweep South Florida

Lauren West flips the ball to Taylor Baker at first base for the final out of game two. West picked up two wins tonight as the Eagles swept South Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Lauren West flips the ball to Taylor Baker at first base for the final out of game two. West picked up two wins tonight as the Eagles swept South Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Lauren West picked up two wins tonight as Polk State came from behind twice to beat South Florida State College 7-2 and 11-6 in Winter Haven. 

In game one, West pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out nine.  

The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a one-out sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. West then struck out the next hitters, stranding two runners. 

The Eagles tied the score in the second inning when Amber Butler doubled off the left-field fence, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on Kassidy Kennard's single. 

In the third, Polk State added two more runs on an RBI triple by Harlee Rimes and an RBI single by Erica Morrissey

South Florida got a run back in the fourth when a runner scored form third on a passed ball, cutting the lead to 3-2. 

The Eagles responded with two more runs in their half of the inning on RBI singles by Morrissey and Butler. 

Polk State scored its final run in the sixth when Rimes started the inning by lining the first pitch to right for a double and came around to score on Taylor Baker's RBI single. 

Rimes went two-for-four with a double, a triple, and RBI, and three runs. 

Morrissey (two-for-two) drove in two runs and scored twice. 

Baker had three hits in four at-bats and collected two RBI. 

Butler went two-for-four with a double. 

Kennard had two hits and an RBI. 

In the second game, the Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Shelisa Oliver led off with a double over the left fielder's head and then raced home on an infield hit by Rimes. 

The Panthers then pounced for six runs in the second, as Taylor Baker relieved starting pitcher Riley Caylor

Down 6-1 with two out in the second, the Eagles rallied for two runs. 

After Oliver and Rimes singled, Morrissey lined a 3-2 pitch for an RBI single. Baker beat out an infield hit to load the bases, and Booth followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3. 

The third inning saw the Eagles stage another two-out rally. Autumn Terwilliger doubled, Oliver smashed an RBI double, and Rimes and Morrissey followed with RBI singles, tying the game at 6-6. 

In the fifth, Polk State once gain rallied with two outs when Morrissey doubled and scored when Baker reached base on an error. She advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Kacie Booth's RBI single. Butler then lined the next pitch for a single, moving Booth to second. With a 2-1 count, Kennard fouled the next three pitches, took ball three, and then hit two more fouls before singling to score Booth. Terwilliger then singled to score Butler, giving the Eagles a 10-6 lead. 

West entered the game to start the fourth inning. After allowing no hits or runs in the fourth and fifth, she got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by striking out two Panthers to end the threat. 

The Eagles added a final run in the sixth when, once again with two outs, Morrissey slammed a home run over the left field fence. 

West retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up the win, improving her record to 10-6. She had seven strikeouts in four innings 

Oliver finished the game three-for-four with an RBI. 

Morrissey went four-for-five with a double, home run, and three RBI. 

Rimes had three hits and two RBI. 

Booth collected three hits and two RBI. 

Terwilliger went two-for-four with a double and an RBI. 

Kennard had two hits and drove in a run. 

Butler went two-for-four. 

The Eagles (20-14, 4-2, No. 8 FCSAA, No. 20 NJCAA) face Hillsborough Community College on Thursday in Winter Haven at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 
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