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USF finishes sweep with 10-run eighth inning

By wire services
Published March 14, 2005


TAMPA - South Florida sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the eighth inning Sunday to beat Quinnipiac 13-5 at Red McEwen Field and complete a three-game sweep. The Bulls trailed 5-3 and had three hits through seven innings.

Bulls coach Eddie Cardieri earned his 750th career victory.

Tim Orlosky tied it at 5 for USF (12-10) in the eighth with a two-run homer, chasing Bobcats starter Mike Spahr. Bryan Hierlmeier followed with his third home run in two days to deep centerfield.

Freshman James Rowe picked up the win in relief.

FLORIDA 10, MICHIGAN ST. 0: Gavin Dickey had three hits, including a home run, and Stephen Locke combined with three relievers for the shutout for the host Gators (15-4), who completed a three-game sweep in which they outscored the Spartans 40-3.

MIAMI 6, DUKE 1: Ricky Orta struck out seven in 62/3 shutout innings and Roger Tomas was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the host Hurricanes (17-4), who swept a three-game ACC series.

ACC RECORD FALLS: Georgia Tech set the record for consecutive ACC wins, 22, scoring nine in the second in a 16-5 victory over visiting Wake Forest. The Yellow Jackets were tied with North Carolina (1963-65) and Clemson (1987-88).

Softball

USF came back from 4-0 down to defeat Illinois 8-7 and win the championship game in Bracket B of the Speedline Invitational in Clearwater. Krista Holle's two-run single in the fourth gave USF (21-13) a 6-5 lead and the Bulls never trailed again. In Bracket C, Tara Tembey's three-run, walkoff homer gave Chattanooga a 5-2 win over Jacksonville. Dolphins pitcher Katie Dobson of Clearwater struck out seven and gave up four runs (one earned) in 51/3 innings. Also, Purdue defeated Central Florida 2-1.

FSU INVITATIONAL: Southern Illinois scored four unearned runs in the first to beat Florida State 4-0 in the championship game. Amy Herre pitched a four-hitter for SIU, striking out five.

Diving

FSU's Courtney McClow, having already qualified for this week's NCAA meet, was third in the platform competition of the Zone B Championships in Atlanta. The women's nationals are Thursday through Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind., where McClow will be joined by Carrie Ellis of Valrico (50, 100 and 200 freestyles) and three other Seminoles.

Girl hit by puck released

A 4-year-old girl was hit in the head by a puck at an Ohio State hockey game in Columbus, and taken to a hospital for stitches, officials said. The girl was injured late Saturday, treated at a hospital and released, a nursing supervisor said. Three years ago in the same city, Brittanie Cecil, 13, died after being hit in the head by a puck at an NHL Blue Jackets game.

Elsewhere

TENNIS: The Florida men defeated visiting Kentucky 5-2 as Vladimir Obradovic and Greg Ouellette won in straight sets and were part of two winning doubles teams. ... The UF women, No.2 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, lost to host and sixth-ranked Kentucky 5-2. The Gators, who lost Friday at No.5 Vanderbilt, hadn't lost consecutive regular-season matches since 1985-86.

GOLF: The UF men finished third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championships in Las Vegas after shooting 2-under-par 286 on the final day. The Gators finished at 872, 17 strokes behind host and winner UNLV. ... The FSU women finished tied for seventh at the Gamecock Classic in Blythewood, S.C., with a three-round total of 977. New Mexico (930) beat Furman by 10 strokes for the title.