With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, center fielder Destiny Breeden's throw nailed the potential tying run at the plate, and Polk State beat Seminole State 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader tonight in Winter Haven.
The Eagles trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth but Victoria Perry hit a one-out double, moved to third when Destinee Jackson singled on a 3-2 pitch, and raced home from third to score the tying run on a wild pitch.
The Raiders, however, did not go quietly in the top of the seventh. The leadoff hitter slugged a pitch to left field, but Jackson made a great catch with her back to the fence, taking away an extra-base hit.
After a walk and a stolen base put the potential tying run on second, Sarah Grindrod struck out the next hitter before going to a 3-2 count on the following batter. She lined a single into center field, but Breeden played the ball perfectly and made the throw home to preserve the lead and win the game.
Seminole State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
With two out, Perry walked on a 3-2 pitch, stole second, and scored when Jackson worked the count to 3-2 before hitting an opposite-field double to right.
The Raiders went up 2-1 in the top of the second, with no further scoring until Polk State rallied for the lead in the sixth.
Grindrod pitched a complete game, holding the Raiders to two runs on six hits and five walks while striking out three.
Jackson went 3-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI.
Perry doubled, walked, and scored twice.
Simmons went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI.
In the first game, the Eagles trailed 5-0 after two innings, then took a 6-5 lead in the fifth, but Seminole State scored five in the sixth and three in the seventh for a 13-6 win.
Jackson had a 2-for-3 game with a double, a home run, a stolen base, and three RBI.
Perry collected a single, a double, a run, and two RBI.
McBride had a double and a stolen base.
Anizya Vargas singled, walked twice, and scored twice.
Breeden and Lauren Estrada each singled and scored a run.
Hoyt had a single and an RBI.
Starting pitcher Grindrod struggled with her control, walking seven in 2.2 innings and allowing five runs and four hits.
Megan Wilder yielded eight runs on 12 hits.
The Eagles (10-11) return to action Saturday against Indian River State College (9-5) at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven.