Baseball Adds to Post-Season Hardware; Arnold Inducted into Polk County Hall of Fame

WINTER HAVEN — Tuesday night the Polk State College Baseball team added some more hardware to their trophy case as they received the College Team of the Year award presented at the 2012 Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony at the Lakeland Center. This is the second year in a row the team has won this award.

With another record-breaking season and the most wins in program history, the Eagles finished with a 46-12 record, capturing their second consecutive Suncoast Conference title, winning the FCSAA/NJCAA Division 1 Gulf District Baseball Tournament Title and clinching a birth to the NJCAA World Series for the first time in Polk State history.    

Also on this night, former Head Baseball Coach Joe Arnold was inducted into the Polk County Hall of Fame. Arnold coached the Eagles from 2007 to 2010. During his tenure 27 players moved to four-year institutions, and three players went on to play for Major League teams: Albert Cartwright (Houston Astros), Joe Melioris (Anaheim Angels) and Eric Grabe (Chicago White Sox).

Arnold also coached at Florida Southern College from 1977 to 1983, leading the Mocs to two NCAA Division II World Series titles and six consecutive World Series appearances.


Coaching at the University of Florida from 1984 to 1994, the two-time SEC Coach of the Year led the Gators to two Southeastern Conference championships, three SEC tournament titles, seven Division I tournament appearances, and two College World Series berths before becoming a coach and scout in the New York Yankees organization.

With the Yankees, he won two New York-Penn League championships as a minor league manager and signed more than 160 players as a scout. 

1/30/15 2:00 PM
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Polk State College
at Lake-Sumter State College
Leesburg, Fla.
1/31/15 2:00 PM
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Pasco-Hernando State College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
2/3/15 5:00 PM
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Eastern Florida State College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
2/4/15 5:00 PM
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Santa Fe College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, FL
2/6/15 2:00 PM
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Polk State College
at Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, Fla.
2/7/15 1:00 PM
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Daytona State College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
2/9/15 2:00 PM
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at Seminole State College
Sanford, Fla.
CONF ALL
Polk State 16-5 46-12
State College of Florida 14-7 33-17-1
Hillsborough 8-13 22-24
South Florida 4-16 19-30-1
St. Petersburg 0-0 18-30