By ANTHONY GAGLIANO
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 12, 2002
DePaul nips UAB for title
TAMPA -- Saskia Roberson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave DePaul a 2-1 victory against UAB in the Conference USA softball tournament final.
The top-seeded Blue Demons couldn't shake the third-seeded Blazers, even with ace Lindsay Chouinard on the mound. Chouinard, whose 82-inning scoreless streak ended against the Blazers on Friday, allowed one run on six hits in nine innings Saturday.
But Kerri Foster matched Chouinard, allowing one run on eight hits through eight innings.
The game was a dramatic departure from Friday, when DePaul won 10-1 in six innings. The Blue Demons roughed up Foster for five runs and seven hits in that game.
In the final, Foster surrendered a run in the first and stymied the Blue Demons from there.
But Christina Douglas led off the ninth with a double. Shavaughne Desecki followed with a fly ball to the warning track in center that advanced Douglas to third.
Then Roberson's fly ball to right was just deep enough to allow pinch-runner Jenny Doezie to slide under the tag of Amanda Ellis. It is the Blue Demons' first C-USA title after losing in the final the past two seasons.
The Blazers needed extra innings just to get to the final. Tied at 1 against Southern Miss earlier in the day in the losers bracket final, UAB got a home run from Sara Christophel in the eighth to win. Christophel's shot to leftfield hit the yellow piping on top of the fence and bounced over to lift the Blazers past the Golden Eagles for the second time in two days. The homer was Christophel's first.
UNC 5, FSU 2: Kelly Ramsey's three-run homer in the seventh eliminated the host Seminoles from the ACC tournament. Earlier Saturday, Georgia Tech sent FSU to the losers bracket 2-0. Jessica Sallinger limited the Seminoles to three hits for her 11th shutout of the season.
VALDOSTA ST. 5, TAMPA 0: The Spartans were eliminated from the Division II Softball South Region tournament in Miami. Lindsay Ellingsworth pitched a three-hitter and went 2-for-2 with a home run, 2 runs and 2 two RBIs. Earlier, K.D. Smith's single in the seventh sent Tampa to the losers bracket 1-0.
WOMEN'S EAST REGION: Florida and USF qualified for the NCAA tournament by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in Baton Rouge, La.
Whitney Code of Tampa finished tied for 20th with teammate Jeanne Cho to lead Florida.
Jameica Duncombe finished tied for fifth, shooting a career-low 215. Teammate Megan Cushman shot two 72s and a 75. Duke won the tournament.
USF: Jimmy Baxter won the men's high jump at the Conference USA meet for the second straight year, and Chandra Brewer won the shot put in the final day of competition in Louisville, Ky. The women finished third and the men eighth.
Houston won the women's competition and TCU the men's.
Tara Quinn took third in the 5,000 meters two days after setting a meet record in winning the 10,000. Bente General also took third in the 800.
Andrew Smith and Russ Gerbers finished fourth and fifth in the 5,000, and Robert Fennel was fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
USF 10, TULANE 3: Jon Uhl earned his second straight win, and Brandon graduate Myron Leslie and Countryside graduate Mike Barclay combined to drive in six runs for the host Bulls. Uhl, a Leto High graduate, struck out five and allowed 11 hits and no walks in 71/3 innings.
FLORIDA 6, LSU 3: Aaron Davidson and Pat Osborn hit two-run home runs and Alex Hart improved to 12-1 for the host Gators. Hart allowed five hits and two earned runs in 82/3 innings. Davidson's homer tied it at 2, and Osborn's homer made it 4-2 in the third.
TENNESSEE: A third check worth $1,500 was given to the reporter who has said he forwarded $4,500 to then-Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin, an insurance company official said.
Gene Stuckey, a manager of AARCO Insurance Agency of Mobile, Ala., said former company president and Tennessee booster Dianne Sanford signed the third check worth $1,500 to Wayne Rowe, a former sports writer for the Mobile Register.
Rowe said he didn't know what happened to the $1,500. TEXAS: Fullback Brock Edwards was fined $1,500, sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay $5,700 in restitution for an assault in a fraternity fight last year.