Eagles beat South Florida 5-1

Jordan Spicer delivers a pitch against South Florida batter. He improved his record to 7-0, pitching five shutout innings. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Jordan Spicer delivers a pitch against South Florida batter. He improved his record to 7-0, pitching five shutout innings. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The Polk State Eagles soared to their sixth straight win tonight, beating South Florida 5-1 at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.   

Jordan Spicer (7-0) got the win. In five shutout innings he allowed six hits, walking four and striking out five. 

Zach Schneider earned his eighth save. 

Chad Tworek and Luis Ferrer also pitched in relief. 

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. 

Leadoff hitter Raudy Martinez reached second on an infield single and a throwing error. Skylar Frey singled and Zach Diewert was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zach Scott then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Martinez. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Polk State added another run. After Diewert and Scott walked, Diewert took third on a wild pickoff throw at second, and scored on a double play. 

The Panthers answered with a run in the top of the seventh on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a double, and a fielder's choice. 

In the bottom of the frame the Eagles added three insurance runs. 

Pinch-hitter Bradley Harmon was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored when Martinez reached second on a throwing error. 

He then stole third and scored on Frey's single. 

Diewert followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second. On a double steal, the catcher's throw to second sailed into center field, and Frey scored to give the Eagles a 5-1 lead. 

Frey went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, a run, and an RBI. 

Harmon singled and scored. 

Scott had a pair of walks, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI. 

The Eagles (36-10, 20-5, No. 2 FCSAA, No. 8 NJCAA) face South Florida again tomorrow at 6 p.m. Avon Park. 

With its next win, Polk State will clinch its sixth Suncoast Conference championship in the past seven years.

 
 
 
 
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