McArthur homers in Gator win

By wire services
Published February 11, 2006

GAINESVILLE - Brandon McArthur of Seffner homered and scored twice, and the No. 1 Florida baseball team opened the season with a 10-0 rout of Cincinnati on Friday in front of 4,488 at McKethan Stadium.

Bryan Ball pitched five scoreless innings. Adam Davis was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Gators had four hits and four runs in the second. Brian Leclerc of Northside Christian made it 1-0, scoring on McArthur's groundout. McArthur's third career home run in the fourth made it 7-0.

MORE BASEBALL: Led by Casey Hudspeth's 10 strikeouts, host USF defeated Northwestern 5-2. Ty Taborelli had two hits and two RBIs. The Bulls won their fourth straight opener. ... Lynn defeated Tampa 7-6. The Spartans' Lee Cruz had a two-run single and a home run. ... Visiting Eckerd lost a third straight one-run game, 2-1, when Valdosta State got the winning hit with two outs in the ninth. ... Host Saint Leo defeated Nova Southeastern 5-3 in the opening game of the Bob Tewksbury Classic. Ronald Lowe of New Port Richey had a no-hitter through five innings. ... Host Stetson scored two in the first inning and defeated Southeastern Louisiana 2-1.

CLARETT INDICTED: Former Ohio State star tailback Maurice Clarett was indicted Friday on charges of robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

Clarett is accused of flashing a gun and demanding property from a man and a woman early Jan.1. Police said he got into a sport utility vehicle with two men after he was identified by the bar owner.

Clarett was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and four lesser robbery counts, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

Clarett denied the charges.

FOOTBALL: Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will be among recipients of the Duffy Daugherty Memorial Awards for 2006. The award, which honors the memory of the winningest Michigan State football coach, is given for lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to amateur football. ... Prosecutors have dropped charges that accused Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw of stealing another student's video game console.

SOFTBALL: Host USF opened with a win and a loss at the Best Western Invitational. The Bulls lost their first game 2-1 in eight innings against Western Kentucky, then defeated Jacksonville 7-5. ... Host Florida State opened the season with a 12-3 loss to Louisville, then defeated Samford 7-2 in the Early Bird Tournament. The Seminoles' Natasha Jacob extended her hitting streak to 26 games, tied for 14th-longest in NCAA history. Against Samford, Carly Brieske of Countryside reached base a team-high four times. Brieske had hits in both games. ... Florida opened with two losses, 6-0 to Kansas and 5-4 to Oregon, at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Houston. ... Ashley Van Ryn hit a grand slam as UCF defeated Texas Tech 4-2 in St. Augustine. Earlier, the Golden Knights fell 5-2 to Southern Illinois. Allison Kime of Bloomingdale and Hillsborough Community College took the loss.