Butler gets first win as Eagles split doubleheader

Amber Butler delivers a pitch against Southwest Minnesota State University. She earned the first win of her college career. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Amber Butler delivers a pitch against Southwest Minnesota State University. She earned the first win of her college career. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Third baseman Amber Butler got her first college win as a pitcher today as Polk State beat Southwest Minnesota State University 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader in Winter Haven. 

Butler started and pitched four innings, allowing two runs while striking out one. 

The Eagles scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning. 

The Mustangs answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second. They added three more runs in the fifth, cutting the lead to 6-5. 

The Eagles soared back in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs to take a 10-5 lead. 

Shailyn Morales went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, two runs, and three RBI. 

Heather Novis singled, doubled, stole a base, and drove in two runs. 

Kelsey Armstrong went 4-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base. 

Kacie Booth had an RBI and scored twice. 

Dakoda Bozeman singled and scored a run. 

Butler had a single, a run, and two stolen bases. 

Riley Dunn had a run and an RBI. 

Polk State lost the first game 2-1. 

It was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when the Mustangs scored a run on a single, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly.

The Eagles came right back in the bottom of the inning when Heather Novis blasted a home run, the first of her college career, over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1. 

The Mustangs scored the winning run in the top of the sixth on two singles and a sacrifice fly. 

Danielle Gizoski took the loss in relief of Taylor Baker

Booth and Meghan Lindell each singled. 

"It's really important that we played well today," said Head Coach Jeff Ellis. 

"We had been waiting for a doubleheader like that for a long time. And I think the fact that we played really well right before conference is important. 

"Like I told the players, as of right now we're undefeated again. Everybody starts 0-0 on Tuesday. If we play like we did today, we're going to be just fine."  

The Eagles (12-15) begin Suncoast Conference play Tuesday against St. Petersburg College at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Winter Haven.

 
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CONF ALL
Hillsborough Community College 4-15 22-33
Polk State College 6-14 19-34
St. Petersburg College 10-10 32-29
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 14-5 34-18
South Florida State College 6-14 24-25

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