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.
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.