Polk State College pinch hitter Joe Novis (Lakeland) drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run as the fourth-ranked Eagles (24-6/6-4) trimmed South Florida State College (9-25/1-6) 6-5, in a Suncoast Conference matchup Friday in Winter Haven.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Novis took a high pitch from Panther reliever Josh Chavis on a full count, driving in Eagle sophomore Matt Singletary with the winning run.
Singletary bounced a single down the left field line with one out off Chavis in the ninth. Polk's Will Palmerton (Auburndale) drilled a base hit to left field with two outs.
Eagle Alec Wong (Rockledge) walked to load the bases before Novis' game-winner.
"Joe did a nice job off the bench," said Polk State College coach Al Corbeil. "He did a nice job holding off on that pitch."
Polk closer Trey Norris (Frostproof) earned the victory to improve to 3-0.
Norris entered the game in the ninth with one runner on. He gave up two hits to load the bases, but fanned two South Florida batters looking on curveballs to give his teammates a chance in the bottom half of the inning.
"He's been phenomenal all year," Corbeil said. "He gave up two singles. He had his back against the wall. You have to beat guys right there and that's what he did."
In a see-saw game, Polk led South Florida 5-3 in the sixth.
The Panthers tallied two runs on one hit, a walk and an error in the top of the eighth off Polk's Ryan Labrador.
Polk left nine runners on base, including the tying run on second in the eighth inning.
"We squandered opportunities," Corbeil said. "Trey came in at a key turning point."
Polk plays South Florida Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. in Avon Park.