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Error-ridden game goes Seminole's way

The window of opportunity again was shut tight by the firm hand of Patrick Eckelbarger.

The Seminole sophomore allowed two hits and no walks through the last four innings of the Warhawks' 8-7 eight-inning win over Palm Harbor University on Wednesday. This performance came a night after he got his first win of the season when Seminole (5-0) rallied 5-3 over Gibbs.

"I was still pretty focused out there. I was in regular form though," said Eckelbarger (2-0), who went three-up, three-down in the seventh and eighth innings with the game tied 7-all.

It was no surprise that an error would do in either team, as they traded miscues and combined for 13 total, including the winner.

Ryan Polen led off the bottom of the eighth bunting and reached on an error. After Kyle Burnette's single, and an intentional walk from the Hurricanes' Tony Cervio (0-1) to Chris Clinton (1-for-4, two runs) to load the bases with the infield in, PHU made its seventh and final error, throwing home on the next at-bat, a routine groundball from Billy Falasco.

"Our defense let us down and our best pitcher didn't have his stuff. Anytime you commit seven errors, you're not going to win," PHU coach Tony Ferreira said.

Brian Mullenbruck was replaced on the mound in the first inning after an error-produced run, a two-run home run from Seminole's Wes Anderson (2-for-3, 3 RBIs, two runs) and two runs on a balk and a passed ball, giving the Warhawks a quick five-run lead.

"We could have easily turned it in at after that," Ferreira said.

PHU (2-2) didn't, returning six runs in the second inning led by three Seminole errors and four hits on Warhawk starter Andrew Blazuk - including a two-run single from Nick Kardos (2-for-3 with a double, two runs).

PHU went up another run in the fourth on an error but gave two back in the following side after Chris Calhoun singled in Anderson to tie it before Eckelbarger started the fifth.

"He pitched on guts and heart tonight," first-year Seminole coach Greg Olsen said. "He did an outstanding job throwing strikes on all three pitches."