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FSU trio teams up for two-hitter

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published February 24, 2002

TALLAHASSEE -- Matt Lynch struck out five and walked three, giving up one hit through 7 1/3 innings, as Florida State beat Jacksonville 1-0 Saturday.

Three pitchers combined for the Seminoles' first shutout of the season. Lynch (4-0) was followed by his younger brother, Kevin Lynch, and Eric Roman, and the trio allowed the Dolphins two hits, the fewest FSU (12-3) has allowed this season.

The Seminoles' run came in the sixth inning, when Ryan Barthelemy doubled and Tony Richie knocked him in one batter later.

Kris Regas (0-2) pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits, and took the loss for Jacksonville (4-5).

Jacksonville threatened in the eighth inning. Chad Oliva walked, Chad Hauseman singled and Bryan Williams hit a liner to Barthelemy at third base. Barthelemy's throw pulled first baseman Jerrod Brown off the bag, allowing Oliva to make the turn home, but Brown recovered in time to catch Oliva at home plate.

RICE 6, USF 2: Freshman pitcher Phillip Humber struck out seven in seven innings as the Owls topped the Bulls in the second day of the Coca-Cola Classic at Houston. Eric Arnold hit a two-run homer in the third for Rice.

UF-SIENA: The game between the Gators and Saints at Perry Field in Gainesville was canceled because of inclement weather. The teams will attempt to play today's scheduled game at noon.

Football

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State hired former SEC head coaches Rocky Felker and Curley Hallman as assistants on Saturday.

Hallman, who was a head coach at LSU from 1991-94, will coach defensive backs, reuniting with Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill. Hallman, 55, was part of Sherrill's staff at Texas A&M in the 1980s.

Hallman coached at Southern Mississippi from 1988-91, going 23-11 before a disappointing four years in Baton Rouge with the Tigers.

He was 16-28 at LSU.

Felker preceded Sherrill at Mississippi State, leading the Bulldogs from 1986-90 to a 21-34 record. Felker, 49, will be coordinator of football operations.

Felker played quarterback at Mississippi State in the early '70s before beginning his coaching career in Starkville.

With the additions of Felker and Hallman, Sherrill has four former head coaches on his staff. The two join offensive coordinator Sparky Woods, who coached at South Carolina, and defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, who coached at Mississippi.

Also ...

SOFTBALL: Jessica van der Linden pitched a perfect game as FSU beat Dayton 5-0 for coach JoAnne Graf's 1,124th career victory. The total is tied for first on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-time list.

TENNIS: Miami's women had a six-match winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss to host Virginia Commonwealth. ... Host South Alabama took the doubles point to beat the FSU women 4-3.

GOLF: Florida's women (600) took sole possession of the team lead with an eight-stroke advantage on Georgia after a rain-soaked second round of the Gator Invitational. USF (614) is tied for sixth, FSU (634) is 11th, UCF (636) 12th and FIU (641) 14th in the 15-team field. LSU's Meredith Duncan (69-70-139) has the individual lead, five strokes ahead of Florida's Brittany Straza, who shot 71 Saturday. ... Day 2 of the Ron Smith Invitational, hosted by the USF men, was canceled because of inclement weather. The event will be shortened to 36 holes, with pairings and tee times the same for today's final round as they were for Saturday. Jacksonville State (282) leads and USF (299) is eighth.

POLE VAULTER DIES: Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare, 19, died after landing on his head during the Big Ten indoor track and field championships in Minneapolis.

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