With one out and the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth, James Boldin turned on the first pitch he saw and slammed it over the centerfield fence, giving Polk State a 4-3 win in the first game of Suncoast Conference play tonight at Bing Tyus Yard in Winter Haven.
The Titans answered with a run of their own in the top of the second when a fielder's choice scored a runner from third base.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sam Koruschak's two-run homer put the Eagles ahead 3-1.
Once again, however, St. Pete tied it the following inning.
After two walks and an error scored one run, a sacrifice fly sent the tying run home.
A single and a walk put St. Pete runners on first and second with two out in the eighth, but Billy McKay struck out the next hitter.
After McKay retired the side in the top of the ninth, the stage was set for Boldin's blast.
"That was awesome," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.
"We battled all day and had some good at-bats. I thought their guys threw the ball great today. It was a duel back-and-forth all game, and then James got a pitch up and he banged it, which was fun to see.
"It's exciting to get the first conference win on the board."
McKay (1-1) earned the win in relief. In 2.1 innings he allowed no runs, one hit, and two walks, striking out three.
Starter Jake Curry worked 5.2 innings, giving up a run on six hits, walking none and striking out three.
In 0.2 innings, Alex Goff allowed two runs (one earned) on no hits and a pair of walks.
Timothy Watkins retired the one batter he faced.
Polk State (11-10, 1-0) has won three straight and plays St. Pete again Wednesday at 6 p.m. in St. Petersburg.