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Louisville denies USF trip to C-USA tourney

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Published May 23, 2004

TAMPA - An eight-run ninth inning by Louisville prevented South Florida from qualifying for the Conference USA baseball tournament as the Bulls lost 9-7 on Saturday.

The loss completed the first sweep by an opponent at Red McEwen Field this season and marked the first time USF did not make the conference tournament.

USF (31-24, 12-17) entered the ninth with a six-run lead, but Louisville (26-28, 13-17) rallied to score eight, including a three-run home run by second baseman Logan Johnson.

Five seniors were honored during the game, including shortstop Myron Leslie, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. A single in the eighth was Leslie's 312th career hit at USF, moving the Valrico native to the top of the school's record book.

A home run by Leslie in the third drove in two runs to give USF a 3-1 lead. A sacrifice fly by Matt McHargue in the next inning extended USF's lead to 4-1. The Bulls made the score 7-1 in the eighth, scoring three.

Relief pitcher Matt Ingram took the loss, allowing two runs on one hit while striking out one.

FSU 10, WAKE FOREST 6: Eddy Martinez-Esteve had a three-run home run in the eighth for visiting Florida State. Martinez-Esteve's homer was his third in the past two games for the Seminoles (37-19, 16-8 ACC), who swept the three-game series. Doug Riepe went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Demon Deacons (17-32, 4-20), who led 4-1 after three innings.


GOLF: UCLA won the NCAA Division I Women's Championships in Opelika, Ala., finishing 4 under and beating Oklahoma State by three strokes. California's Sarah Huarte won the individual title, shooting 3-under 69 to finish 10-under 278, one shot better than Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin.

The final round was supposed to be finished Friday but was suspended because of darkness after a lightning delay of 31/2 hours. Duke, which started three shots behind UCLA, faltered and finished third at 7 over. Florida State tied for 19th at 46 over.

In New Haven, Conn., senior Camilo Villegas tied for second as the Florida men broke a school record in posting their 13th top-five finish of the season. The Gators (866) were fifth in the East Region Championships. As one of the top-10 teams at one of the three region tournaments, Florida advanced to the NCAA Championships on June 1-4 in Hot Springs, Va. Clemson (16-over 856) won, beating Penn State by six shots. Wake Forest's Bill Haas (3-under 207) won the individual title.

TENNIS: Alice Barnes beat Kelly Schmandt 6-2, 6-2, leading Stanford to a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Tournament in Athens, Ga. The second-seeded and top-ranked Cardinal faces Pac-10 rival UCLA for the championship today. Stanford (28-0), which lost 4-3 to Florida in last year's final, is looking for its third title under fourth-year coach Lele Forood.

The Cardinal, 8-0 in the Pac-10, has advanced to the NCAA final in 18 of the past 23 tournaments. Stanford has won 12 team titles. Daniela Bercek won in singles and doubles to lead UCLA's 4-0 victory against Clemson. UCLA (21-7) has never won a national title, losing in the final in 1982 and '89.

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