Eagles beat South Florida 7-6

Abigail Thompson (right) congratulates Chelsea Whitmore after she scored on a triple by Victoria Perry in the sixth inning of a 7-6 win over South Florida.  (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Abigail Thompson (right) congratulates Chelsea Whitmore after she scored on a triple by Victoria Perry in the sixth inning of a 7-6 win over South Florida. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State won the second game of a doubleheader with South Florida State College tonight in Winter Haven by a score of 7-6. 

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Victoria Perry led off with a single, raced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Krista Hoyt's single. 

The Panthers tied it with a run in the third inning and then took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth. 

Polk State cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Hoyt started the inning with a single and scored when Keely Staats doubled with two outs. 

The Eagles added three runs in the fifth to go up 5-4. 

With the bases loaded and two out, Reese Nibert's double scored Hoyt and Lauren Estrada

Keely Staats followed with a single that scored Abigail Thompson and gave the Eagles a 5-4 advantage. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Chelsea Whitmore led off with a single and scored on a triple by Perry. 

After the Panthers made a pitching change, Destiny Breeden greeted the new hurler with a double, scoring Perry and putting the Eagles up 7-4. 

The Panthers, however, plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and had the potential tying run on first with two outs before pitcher Caitlyn Whitehead retired the final hitter on a ground ball. 

Perry went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. 

Breeden singled, doubled, walked, and drove in a run. 

Staats and Nibert each had a double and two RBI. 

Hoyt went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. 

Whitmore singled twice and scored a run. 

Estrada walked twice and scored once. 

Starting pitcher Breanna Snell allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings. 

Whitehead worked 1.2 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits, walking one and striking out one. 

Polk State dropped the first game 12-2 in six innings. 

Breeden went 2-for-3 with a run. 

Snell singled and scored. 

Staats and Thompson each singled, and Whitehead had an RBI. 

Whitmore pitched the first three innings before giving way to Alyssa Manley

The Eagles play Hillsborough Community College at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday in Plant City.

 

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