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FSU stuns foes with NCAA trip

By Wire services
Published May 9, 2004

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS - The Florida State women's golf team advanced to the NCAA Championships by finishing fourth at the East Region tournament.

Duke was the top team at 869. The Seminoles were at 904.

"We felt we could surprise the field in this regional," said FSU coach Debbie Dillman of her team, which was seeded 13th. "I am very confident in every member of our team and felt good entering the weekend. We are very excited to have earned our way back to nationals."

Florida missed advancing after it lost to Oklahoma State in a playoff to finish ninth. Senior Amanda Dick of Clearwater led the Gators with 13-over 229, tying for 29th. Miami was 13th.

North Carolina's Meaghan Francella took top individual honors with 7-under 209.

Carrie Sordel was FSU's top individual, tying for ninth 13 shots back. Katie Quinney finished 7-over 223, tied for 12th place, one shot behind her teammate.

BASEBALL: Ben Harrison went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBIs to lead visiting Florida to a 8-5 victory over Alabama. The Gators took their first lead in the seventh, with Harrison's first home run capping a five-run inning. ... Matt Avery pitched 71/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out five, to lead host Virginia to a 15-2 win over Florida State. Ryne Malone and Stephen Drew had run-scoring singles for the Seminoles. ... Kyle Schmidt allowed five runs, including two homers, in the bottom of the second inning as visiting USF lost 9-5 to Tulane. Travis Brown, Bryan Hierlmeier and Jeremy Brand each had home runs for the Bulls. ... Adam Ricks had four hits and three RBIs to lead host Miami to a 12-4 win over Jacksonville. The Hurricanes scored eight unearned runs with two outs in the third. ... Jon Cooper had a double and a homer in the last two innings to lead UCF to a 7-4 win over host Clemson.

BASKETBALL: Georgetown star Gerald Riley was charged with hitting a teammate at their home. He was arrested early Friday and released without bond, police said. Riley was arraigned in D.C. Superior Court. Police were called to the home in northwest Washington, and Riley was arrested and charged with felony threats and simple assault against Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw, police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile told the Associated Press. The Washington Post said Riley hit Kilkenny-Diaw during a dispute over money.

FOOTBALL: Penn State wide receiver Maurice Humphrey was acquitted of felony assault charges Friday, but he could face up to three years in jail after being found guilty of three misdemeanor charges for hitting two people. Humphrey was accused of striking ex-girlfriend Jennifer Maline and her friend, Christopher Lolagne, on Nov.23 at Maline's apartment. ... Dorian Capers, a recruit who signed with South Carolina in February, was arrested and charged with armed robbery last week, police said. Capers, his cousin, Walter Capers, and Travis Tyrell Fields were arrested Sunday after police said they robbed two men at knifepoint in a parking lot. Athletics spokesman Kerry Tharp said the university would wait until the outcome of the case before making a decision on Dorian Capers' status.

SOFTBALL: Host Michigan beat FSU 2-1 in Game 1 and 1-0 in Game 2. It was the first time in four years the Seminoles were swept in a doubleheader.

DEFENDING HOLTZ: South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee defended football coach Lou Holtz, a day after Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles testified in federal court about his decision to fire Holtz. "I want to make it very clear that at South Carolina (Holtz) has been exemplary in his support and his availability both to the campus and community wide," McGee said. Testifying at the federal trial of a lawsuit brought by fired basketball coach Nolan Richardson against the university, Broyles cited his decision to fire Holtz, who had a 60-21-2 record that included six straight bowl appearances, as an example of how he handles coaches. "I felt like he was losing the fan base with things he said and did," Broyles said. Among perceived slights was Holtz's missing a homecoming game pep rally so he could make a speech in St. Louis, Broyles said. Holtz coached at Arkansas from 1977-83.

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