Eagles split pair with Panthers

Ashlyn Curtis runs to first base after hitting a single. She had three hits, an RBI, and three runs scored in a 10-6 win against South Florida.  (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Ashlyn Curtis runs to first base after hitting a single. She had three hits, an RBI, and three runs scored in a 10-6 win against South Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State split a doubleheader with South Florida State College tonight in Winter Haven.   

The Eagles dropped the first game 3-1. 

After the two teams traded scoreless innings through five, the Panthers scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded double. 

The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Ashlyn Curtis led off with an infield single, moved to second on a ground out by Heather Novis, and scored on an error. 

South Florida added a run in the seventh on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch, and a single. 

The Eagles had the potential tying runs on base with two out in the bottom of the seventh but failed to score. 

Maddie Scott pitched a complete game. 

The Eagles bounced back in game two, outscoring the Panthers 10-6. 

After South Florida scored a run in the first, the Eagles answered with a run when Ally Baert scored on Mary-Margaret Maggard's single. 

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the second on a pair of singles and a double. 

In the third, Polk State tied the score when Baert's bases-loaded single scored Armstrong. 

The Eagles took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Curtis scored on a ground out by Jada Wesley

An inning later, back-to-back doubles by Maggard and Mikayla Barwig put the Eagles up 4-2. 

Curtis then drove in a run with a single for a 5-2 lead. 

After Riley Dunn scored on an error, Baert's single scored Curtis, increasing the lead to 7-2. 

The Panthers rallied for four runs in the sixth on an RBI single and a bases-loaded double, trimming the lead to 7-6. 

In the bottom of the inning, Polk State took a 10-6 lead. 

Curtis scored on Armstrong's sacrifice fly, and Wesley's single plated a pair of runs. 

Taite Powell earned the win with a complete-game performance. 

The Eagles (12-22, 1-5) play St. Petersburg on Thursday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Winter Haven.

 
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