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Gators extend win streak to 13

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Published March 14, 2004

Brian Leclerc's 10th-inning, run-scoring single lifted No. 16 Florida to its 13th straight win, 6-5 over Brown at Gainesville.

The streak ties the second longest in school history.

Jon Skorupski led off the 10th with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Justin Tordi, Brian Jeroloman was intentionally walked. Leclerc drove a single through the right side on a 1-and-2 pitch that brought home Austin Easley, who was pinch-running.

Florida is 17-3.

FSU 11, MICHIGAN ST. 1: Matt Sauls scored three runs and had three RBIs for the host Seminoles (15-5).

Aaron Cheesman had a two-run double in the first inning. Bryan Zech had two RBIs and Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Brant Peacher also drove in runs.

USF 11, UMASS 4: Host South Florida (12-5) won its third straight. The Bulls got 10 hits to take a 2-0 lead in the weekend's three-game series.

TAMPA 4-2, SAINT LEO 5-1: Tampa (21-6, 4-1 SSC), ranked No. 1 in Division II, and host Saint Leo (14-9, 3-2) split a conference doubleheader.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN 6-2, ECKERD 2-3: Nova Southeastern (15-10) split the doubleheader with Eckerd (10-17) at Fort Lauderdale.

Gator women second at Indoor Championships

Florida women's track and field team finished second at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Fayetteville, Ark., for the second straight season, scoring 51, and the Gator men tied for second with 38, the best finish in place and point total in school history.

Heading into the final event, the Gator women were three points ahead of LSU. Florida finished fifth in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:32.32, and LSU was second in 3:30.14 to win the team title by a point. LSU's men scored 44.50 to beat UF and Arkansas, which tied at 38.

USF junior Alexis McGaffagan of Largo finished 15th in the pentathlon with 3,591 points.

Miami junior Lauryn Williams earned All-America honors in the 60 meters (7.3 seconds), and freshman Tabia Charles earned All-America honors in the triple jump (13.45 meters) to lead the women to 10th.

DIVING: Florida State's Tiffany Manning advanced to next week's national championship in College Station, Texas, by finishing eighth at the NCAA Zone B Championships at Athens, Ga. Manning had a finals score of 487.70 in the 3-meter competition. ... Florida junior Zach Wilcox finished 11th on the 1-meter in the second day of Zone B. Wilcox advanced to the finals and posted a score of 602.55. The event concludes today.

GOLF: Florida senior Camilo Villegas shot 69 and was one off the individual lead, and the top-ranked Gators were three behind Arizona State entering the final day of the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas. Arizona State shot 12-under 276 to lead at 21-under 555 though two rounds. The Gators were at 558 after a second-round 281. The final round is today.

SOFTBALL: Fourth-ranked FSU wrapped up the second seed in the Florida State Invitational Tournament in Tallahassee with its 9-0, five-inning win over Central Michigan. The Seminoles (26-3) finished 4-0 in pool play and tied Nebraska with a plus-32 run differential. The Huskers took the top seed by virtue of their 34 runs scored compared to 33 for FSU. The Seminoles then beat Saint Joe's 14-0 in the elimination round and face No. 11 Michigan (17-5) at noon today. ... South Florida committed five errors and left seven on base in its 3-2 loss to Louisville (Ky.) in the opening weekend of Conference USA play. USF then dropped the second game of the doubleheader 9-1.

TENNIS: Third-ranked Florida won its 27th consecutive match, defeating Wake Forest 7-0 at Winston-Salem, N.C. It was the Gators' eighth sweep this season. The Gators (10-0) continue their four-match road swing Monday against No. 5 North Carolina.

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