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Sendek can't resist Arizona State's offer

By wire services
Published April 2, 2006


PHOENIX - North Carolina State coach Herb Sendek has accepted an offer to become the coach at Arizona State, an official with knowledge of the deal confirmed Saturday night.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there has been no formal announcement.

Sendek is 258-158 in 13 seasons as a head coach, the last 10 with North Carolina State, where he is 191-132. He spent his first three seasons with Miami of Ohio.

He replaces Rob Evans.

FOOTBALL: USF players dinged up

TAMPA - Receiver Jackie Chambers injured his knee, Tyller Roberts injured his ankle and both were carted off the field during USF's first full-speed scrimmage Saturday.

Receiver Jessie Hester injured his shoulder, but walked off on his own and tackle Thed Watson injured his hand.

Tackle Jared Carnes (shoulder), running back Moise Plancher (hamstring) and linebacker Chris Robinson (hand) did not participate, but tackle Marc Dile (ankle) and center Nick Capogna (ankle) did.

- MIKE CAMUNAS FSU FOOTBALL: Lorenzo Booker took a swing pass from Drew Weatherford for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play of Florida State's second full spring scrimmage.

After that, the defense took over, keeping the offense out of the end zone for the rest of the scrimmage. In goal-line situations, the offense scored once in eight tries.

BASEBALL: Errors dog FSU

Florida State made errors on consecutive plays, giving host North Carolina a 4-3 win.

After a fielding error by Buster Posey and an misplayed infield pop-up where three Seminoles players collided, UNC's Josh Horton hit a bases-loaded single off FSU closer Luke Tucker for the game-winning run.

Robert Woodard (3-1) won for the Tar Heels (23-5, 7-4 ACC). Tyler Chambliss (7-1) took the loss for Florida State (26-4, 8-3).

MORE BASEBALL: Brian Leclerc and Matt LaPorta each hit two-run home runs for host Florida in the Gators' 6-4 victory over Vanderbilt.

Florida (19-12, 3-5 SEC) got the two-run home runs in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 6-0. Vanderbilt (18-9, 6-2) scored three runs in the sixth inning, but only one more in the seventh. Florida's Bryan Augenstein (6-2) got the win. ... USF (14-14, 5-3 Big East) lost the first two in a three-game weekend series against host Cincinnati (15-10, 2-3), 9-4 and 7-4. Friday's game was postponed because of thunderstorms.

SOFTBALL

Gators sweep Miss. St.

Florida (30-12, 9-5 SEC) swept a doubleheader from host Mississippi State (30-10, 4-4), winning 7-1 and 2-0.

The opener was the Gators' first win in Starkville since April 30, 1999, breaking a six-game losing streak.

Kristen Butler and Lacy Howard hit home runs and Melissa Zick of Tampa had an RBI single and run-scoring sacrifice in the opener. Stacey Stevens (12-2) struck out seven.

In the second game, Stacey Nelson (9-6) struck out four in her third shutout of the season.

MORE SOFTBALL: Georgia Tech (30-11, 6-2 ACC) jumped out a 5-2 lead after two innings and ran away for an 8-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader.

In the opener, FSU (26-17. 4-4) scored seven runs in the first three innings on their way to a 9-1 run-rule victory in five innings. Tiffany McDonald (16-10) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out four for FSU. ... Saint Leo (25-14, 8-4 Sunshine State Conference) completed a season sweep over Eckerd (10-31, 2-13), picking up two six-inning wins, 9-1 and 9-0.

TODAY ON TV: Baseball, Florida vs. Vanderbilt, 1, Sun Sports.