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FLORIDA STATE

Baseball

Florida State Powers Past Duquesne 14-3 In Season OpenerTony Delmonico collects three hits, drives in three runs in his Seminole debut.

Tallahassee, Fla. - The fans may have had to wait an extra day for opening day baseball at Dick Howser Stadium but it was well worth it as Florida State belted out 14 hits including six home runs en route to a 14-3 victory over Duquesne in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday. Jason Stidham and Tony Delmonico each recorded three hits as the Seminoles improved their all-time mark to 53-7-1 on opening day.

Six different Seminoles hit a home run in the first game of the season while eight of the 14 hits went for extra bases. The last time FSU hit six home runs in a game came last season in College Park, Md., in a 9-3 Florida State victory over Maryland. In that game, Tony Thomas, Jr., Mark Gildea, Ruairi O'Connor and Brandon Reichert all hit solo shots while Travis Anderson hit a pair.

Delmonico had a perfect afternoon in game one going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and a walk. The junior transfer from Tennessee added three runs and drove in three in his first game of the season. Stidham also registered three hits and scored three runs in his first game as the Seminoles starting second baseman. Tyler Holt and Mike McGee each posted a pair of hits in their first game donning the Garnet and Gold. Dennis Guinn rounded out the Seminole offensive production with a home run and four RBIs.

FSU starting pitcher Elih Villanueva (1-0) picked up the victory in his Seminole debut as the junior right hander went five strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. The Miami, Fla., native walked two and struck out five.

"It was a good first outing," said Villanueva. "Anytime you go out there and not really have your best stuff, it's always nice to be able to work through those situations and come out with a victory.""That was a great way to start the season," added head coach Mike Martin. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would hit six home runs, but it certainly provided a huge lift. I thought Elih showed good poise getting himself out of tough situations. I was very pleased with the outing he provided us this afternoon."Duquesne looked to threaten in its very first at-bat of the season off Villanueva. The Dukes loaded the bases with one out courtesy of a walk, hit by pitch and an Aaron Janusey single. But Villanueva got out of the jam inducing an inning ending double play by designated hitter Mark Tracy.

The Seminoles struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first thanks to Delmonico's two-run double. The transfer from Tennessee took the first pitch he saw from Duquesne starter Gary Pierpont (0-1) and drilled it down the left field line plating Holt and Buster Posey to give Florida State an early 2-0 lead. The double extended Delmonico's hit streak to a career-high 13 games. Holt got things started for the Seminoles registering an infield single in his first collegiate at-bat. The freshman from Gainesville, Fla., hit a sharp groundball deep in the hole at third and easily beat out the throw from Anthony Manley. With one out, Posey followed with another sharp grounder to Manley who sailed a throw over the head of Janusey at first. Both runners would come around to score on Delmonico's two-RBI double.

The Dukes tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth. The first three batters to come to plate reached as Janusey led off the inning with his second hit of the ball game lacing a single to right field. Eric Morrison followed with his second straight hit by pitch while Tracy drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Bill Torre brought across the first run for Duquesne registering a sacrifice fly RBI to score Janusey. Morrison moved to third on the fly out and scored on an errant throw by Posey, who threw high to second base in attempt to throw out Tracy running from first. Villanueva settled down getting a strikeout and a fly out to keep the game tied at two.

Florida State answered with a run in the bottom half of the fourth to retake the lead. Delmonico led off the inning with his second hit in as many at-bats lacing a single to left. He advanced all the way to third on a balk and a wild pitch and would score on an RBI groundout by Guinn.

The Seminoles increased their lead to 6-2 on solo home runs by Holt, Stidham and Delmonico. Holt recorded his first collegiate home run taking Pierpont's offering over the wall in deep center field. Stidham followed with a towering shot over the fence in right for his first home run of the season and seventh career round tripper. Holt and Stidham went back-to-back for the Seminoles for the first time since April 27, 2007 when Tony Thomas, Jr. and Mark Hallberg performed the feat in the ninth inning against Miami. With two outs, Delmonico remained perfect at the plate hitting a line drive just inside the left field foul pole for his first home run of the season. The last time FSU hit three home runs in an inning was April 6, 2005 when Thomas, Jr., Bryan Henry and Ryne Malone went yard against Jacksonville.

The Garnet and Gold batted around in the sixth posting six runs to widen the Seminole margin. The inning was highlighted with two more home runs this time off the bats of right fielder Ruairi O'Connor and Guinn. After Stuart Tapley recorded his first collegiate base hit with a single to left, O'Connor blasted a shot off the scoreboard for his fourth career dinger. Following a Holt walk and Stidham double, Posey brought home Holt on an RBI groundout to second. Delmonico drew a walk and came around to score on Guinn's three-run homer.

Duquesne would add a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Manley to make the score 12-3. But the Seminoles answered right back as Parker Brunelle hit a blast over the fence in right center for his first collegiate hit. The home run ended the game in the seventh as the game was called due to a 10-run rule that was put into effect because of the doubleheader.

A pair of Tallahassee natives saw action on the mound in game one as Jimmy Marshall and Tyler Everett each pitched an inning in relief. Marshall did not allow a hit as he walked one and fanned a batter. Everett gave up one run on a hit as he faced six batters.

Florida State Sweeps Doubleheader With 15-3 Victory Over Duquesne In Game Two

Ohmed Danesh and Mike McGee combine for six hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.

Tallahassee, Fla. - After posting 14 runs on 14 hits in game one, Florida State (2-0) put together 15 runs on 15 hits in game two to sweep Saturday's doubleheader against Duquesne (0-2) with a 15-3 victory. Sophomore Ohmed Danesh and freshman Mike McGee each collected three hits and scored a pair of runs, while sophomore Jason Stidham drove in four.

Of the 15 runs scored in game two, seven were scored with two outs including all six in the Seminoles' six-run fourth. Eight of the 15 total hits went for extra bases including four doubles, two triples and two home runs. In the first two games, Florida State hit eight home runs all by eight different players. It wasn't until the 14th game of the 2007 season when FSU, as a team, connected on its eighth round tripper.

Buster Posey was solid in game two going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Holt, Dennis Guinn and Stuart Tapley joined Danesh and McGee by scoring two runs each. At one stretch, the Seminoles scored in eight straight innings counting back to the first game of the doubleheader.

Matt Fairel (1-0) went five innings in his first collegiate start as he struck out a career-high seven batters to pick up the win. Fairel allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking just one Duquesne batter.

Duquesne struck first scoring a run in the top half of the first. Fairel got off to shaking start in his debut as a starter for the Seminoles as the Dukes loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Derek Mechling and Anthony Manley and a hit-by-pitch by Aaron Janusey to start the game. The sophomore southpaw helped his cause by getting Eric Morrison to ground into a double play. On the play, Mechling scored to give Duquesne a 1-0 lead. Fairel got Bill Torre looking on strikes to end the inning.

The Seminoles answered right back in the bottom of the first with a four spot to take a three-run lead. Holt led off the game with a walk and stole second for his first stolen base of the season. With one out, Buster Posey stepped in and deposited a shot over the right field fence for a two-run home run and his first hit of the season. Following back-to-back walks by Tony Delmonico and Guinn, Danesh hit a bloop single to left scoring Delmonico from second. After a McGee single loaded the bases for the Seminoles, designated hitter Tommy Oravetz registered his first RBI of the season sending a sacrifice fly to left to score Guinn.

Florida State increased its lead to 5-1 on back-to-back doubles with two outs in the second by Posey and Delmonico. Posey got things started with a double down the left field line and came around to score on Delmonico's double to left center. The double kept Delmonico perfect on the day in his first six at-bats as a Seminole. On the play the Knoxville, Tenn., native extended his hit streak to a career-high 14 games.

The home run barrage continued for the Seminoles in the third as McGee hit his first home run as a collegiate, a two-run shot over the fence in left center. Danesh scored on the play as he led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt single to third.

Duquesne looked to get things started in the fourth with two straight hits, but neither runner advanced passed first as Fairel picked off both Torre and Tracy. He finished the inning striking out Happ for the second time on the afternoon.

The Seminoles went back on the offensive attack in the fourth scoring six runs all on two outs. Danesh hit an RBI single, McGee registered an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error by the Duquesne shortstop. Oravetz hit a double to left and Tapley brought him in on an RBI single to left. Holt followed with a single to right and Stidham closed out the scoring with a two-run single to center plating Tapley and Holt.

Stidham made the score 15-2 in the sixth on a two-run triple off the fence in right center. Tapley and Holt would score after reaching base on a walk and a double, respectively.

Ben Francis made his Seminole debut in the sixth pitching two innings in relief. He allowed one run, no earned, on one hit. He struck out a batter and did not issue a walk.

The game was once again called after the conclusion of six and a half innings due to the 10-run rule that was put into effect because of the doubleheader.

The two teams will return to the field on Sunday in the third and final game of the series. First pitch is slated for 12:30 pm on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The game will be shown live on ACC Select, while fans can also listen live on 100.7 FM. Gametracker will also be available for the contest as well. Freshman Mike McGee will take the mound in his first collegiate start tomorrow.

Softball

Florida State Wins First ACC Competition Against North Carolina The Seminoles took down the Tar Heels, 2-0, on JoAnne Graf Field.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - In their first ACC competition of the season, the Seminole softball team was victorious over North Carolina, 2-0, Saturday night on JoAnne Graf Field at the Seminole Softball Complex. Florida State improves to 8-4 while UNC moves to 10-3.

Taking the win for the Seminoles was sophomore Terese Gober who is now 4-3 this season, giving up just two hits and striking out seven Tar Heels.

"Terese did a really nice job tonight against UNC," head coach JoAnne Graf said. "The energy in the dugout was really positive all night and I'm happy to get our first conference win this season." Leading FSU on offense was senior Whitney Buckmon who went 2-for-3 and got on base in all three at-bats. Buckmon, along with junior Jessica Gilmore , scored the Seminoles' two runs off a double hit by senior Brittany Osmon in the bottom of the third.

Buckmon currently leads the ACC in stolen bases, adding one tonight to bring her total to eight this season. The centerfielder also leads the team with a .488 average and 20 hits.

Catcher Robin Ahrberg continues to improve, notching one hit against UNC and remaining second on the FSU squad with a .360 average.

Taking the loss for North Carolina was this week's ACC Pitcher of the Week, Lisa Norris. Norris, now 4-2, allowed six hits, two earned runs and walked two against Florida State.

The Seminoles and Tar Heels go back-to-back on Sunday with a noon doubleheader. The last time FSU was able to sweep the weekend series with UNC was in 2004. Both games will be broadcast via live internet radio on Seminoles.com .

Swimming

Florida State Women's Swimming And Diving Finish 2008 ACC Championships In Third PlaceSeminoles break school record in the 400 free relay and placed two swimmers on the podium.

Atlanta, Ga. - The Florida State swimming and diving team finished the 2008 ACC Championships Saturday evening in third place earning 544.5 points. The Seminoles placed two more swimmers and one more diver on the podium to end the week of competition.

Florida State put another swimmer on the podium in the 100 back when freshman Holly Mills swam a personal best 1:58.10 to take home third place. In her final swim as a Seminole, senior Kate Skaggs took seventh place in 2:01.40. In the consolation finals freshman C.J. Hendry won the heat to take ninth place (1:59.45) and senior Stacy Rademacher's final swim for FSU netted a 14 th place finish (2:02.84).

The Seminoles had three scorers in the 100 free led by senior Abbie King who finished fourth touching the wall in 50.10. Sophomore Kylsie Grimes won the consolation finals to take ninth (50.33) and sophomore Stevi Steinhauer touched in 50.85 to finish 15 th .

Junior Georgia Holderness found her way onto the podium in the 200 breast sprinting the last 25 yards to claim third place a time of 2:14.81. In the consolation finals freshman Lowri Tynan took 10 th (2:17.63) and junior Kylen Huntwork finished 12 th (2:20.02).

After winning the 100 fly on Friday night senior Lauren Sparg grabbed fifth place in the 200 fly clocking in with a time of 2:00.74. Senior Lindsay Kenney (2:03.41) and sophomore Tiffany Elias (2:03.82) finished 14 th and 16 th respectively.

Finishing the action in the pool the team of freshman Jocelyn Phillips, Tynan, King and Grimes placed third in the 400 free relay in a school record time of 3:19.90.

The ACC introduced platform diving for the first time this season and the Seminole divers had another great performance. Sophomore Aleia Monden finished fifth with a score of 249.45 and sophomore Katie Sirounis placed seventh (217.15). Freshman Kat Adham placed ninth (191.15) and sophomore Melanie Cabassol finished 11 th (169.00).

On the men's side, junior Dan Frebel turned in another second-place finish this time on the platform. Senior Alex Tilbrook finished fourth, junior Scott Derner was ninth and sophomore Terry Horner finished in 14 th position.

The Florida State men takes their turn in the pool beginning Wednesday, February 27 for the men's 2008 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Ga.

FLORIDA

Swimming

Four Individual Championships Lead Gators on Final Night of SECChampionship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Clark and Caroline Burckle became the first brothersister combination to claim Southeastern Conference Championships in thesame year at the same meet. The duo won the 200-yard breast stroke onthe final day of the SEC swimming and diving championships to lead thesixth ranked men and third ranked women. Gemma Spofforth and OmarPinzon also claimed titles, each winning in the 200-yard backstroke.

Both the men and the women finished second to Auburn. The men totaled712 points to Auburn's 806 while the women finished with 706 points toAuburn's 761.5. This marks the seventh straight year that the Gator menhave finished second and the first time since 2003 that the Floridawomen placed second.

Caroline Burckle swam her way to a career best time of 2:12.49,bettering her preliminary time of 2:15.00, to move up to second on theall-time UF list. Amanda Hartley joined Burckle on the awards stand,swimming to the wall in 2:13.22.

Clark Burckle touched the wall in NCAA automatic qualifying fashion,clocking in with a time of 1:56.00 to claim the third fastest time inschool history with his career best swim. Bradley Ally, last year'swinner in the event, was fourth with a time of 1:57.20.

Spofforth's swim was perhaps one of the most exciting of the evening.

The sophomore set her second individual SEC record of the meet, touchingthe wall in 1:50.56. The swim broke her own school record andestablished a new pool record as well.

Pinzon followed Spofforth with a top performance of his own, touchingthe wall with the third fastest time in the nation, all while setting anew career best and pool record en route to the win. The 200 back was aGator sweep as Pinzon was joined on the awards stand by Rex Tullius andRoland Rudolf. Tullius clocked in with a career best and seventhfastest UF time of 1:42.23 while Rudolf was third with a time of1:43.65. Senior Kevin Nead was seventh in the event with a time of1:45.96.

Pinzon later returned to touch the wall fourth in the 200 butterfly withthe ninth fastest time in school history of 1:44.43, a career best forthe sophomore. Shaune Fraser followed up his 200 freestyle championshipwith a third place finish in the 200 fly. Fraser touched in with a timeof 1:44.38. Tim Hughes was eighth in the event with a time of 1:46.05while Matthew Norton was tenth overall after finishing second in theconsolation final with a career best swim of 1:46.67.

Stephanie Proud and senior Leah Retrum turned in strong finishes to getthe evening going for the Gators. Proud finished fourth in the 200 backwith an automatic qualifying time of 1:54.64, a career best for thesophomore from England. Retrum was fifth with a time of 1:54.91, justbarely missing her career best time, but picking up another automaticqualifying time. Samantha Vanderbilt took first in the consolationfinal with a career best and ninth best swim in school history of1:57.36.

In the women's 100 freestyle, Natalie Pike had Florida's best finish,touching fifth with a career best time of 49.42. Pike improved upon herpreliminary time to move up to eighth on the all-time UF list.

Stephanie Napier, who broke Dara Torres' record in the 50 freestyleearlier in the meet, took eighth with a time of 50.00. Daniel Pennimanpicked up the win in the consolation final on the men's side, touchingthe wall with a time of 43.49, while Jos Smith turned in a fifth placetime of 44.49, a career best.

The Gators were able to pick up eighth place points from freshman SarahSykes in the 200 butterfly. Sykes touched in with a provisional time of2:00.57. Julianne Lago was ninth overall after winning the consolationfinal with the ninth fastest swim in school history of 1:58.54, whileLiz Kemp was third in the same heat with a career best swim of 2:00.49.

Florida was able to pick up big points from the distance swimmers in the1,650 freestyle. Ryan Crete was third for the men, touching in with athird place finish of 15:00.14, a career best for the freshman.

Laurabeth Guenthner was the best finisher for the women touching infourth with a time of 16:07.36.

Monica Dodson followed up her fourth place finish in the three-meterwith a seventh place showing on the platform. After finishing second inthe preliminaries with a score of 246.65, Dodson scored 230.03 in herfirst SEC meet.

The Gator relay teams each took third place in the last event of theweek. The Gator women were led by Burckle who headed out strong to putthe Gators in second place, but strong swims by Tennessee in the laterlegs gave the Gators a third place finish with a time of 3:16.63.

Burckle was joined by Pike, Napier and Napier on the bronze medal stand.

The swim was the third fastest in school history by a Gator 400 FRteam.

The men's team of Jos Smith, Fraser, Penniman and Hughes rallied in thelater legs to finish third with a provisional time of 2:54.34 to closeout the championships.

Florida will remain idle until next month's NCAA championships. Thewomen will hit the water first in Columbus, Ohio from March 20-22. Themen will travel to Federal Way, Washington for the championships fromMarch 27-29.

Golf

No. 5 UF Women's Golf Extends Lead in Second Round of Lady GatorInvitational

Gainesville, Fla. - The fifth-ranked Florida women's golf team fired ateam total of 283 and opened up a 13-stroke advantage duringsecond-round action at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational at the MarkBostick Golf Course.

A day after setting the single-round school and tournament record, theLady Gators posted a 3-over par collective score on Saturday, tying theprevious school record before yesterday's record-setting round of 280.

Four UF individuals have position in the top five headlined by seniorTiffany Chudy (Miramar, Fla.).

"Yesterday was excellent and today was excellent," head coach JillBriles-Hinton said. "It's difficult playing great, following it up andthe team did a great job of that. We were able to tie another mark inschool history and I've always told them how you practice determines howyou play." Florida shined again in front of family and friends, overcoming heavyrainfall through the night that left the greens slow and players beggingfor extra inches on short putts.

The senior Chudy led another balanced UF outing, shooting an even par 70to take the lead for individual honors. Chudy found red numbers with aseason-low 69 on Friday before taking over the lead shortly after herfirst tee shot today.

"I played different from yesterday but was able to keep myself incontention," Chudy said. "I had five birdies but I also made a couplemore mistakes, not getting up and down on a couple holes. I'll keep thesame mentality tomorrow and try to go out and finish strong.

A double bogey on the third hole by first-day leader Sydney Crane fromNorth Carolina gave Chudy the lead. Crane equaled the Lady GatorInvitational's low score in the event's 36-year history with a 4-underpar 66 on Friday.

Freshman Hannah Yun (Bradenton, Fla.) started the day out with twobirdies in her first three holes, a stark contrast from the four bogeysthrough the first 11 yesterday. Yun and Chudy carded two birdies eachthrough their first three holes and she sits in sole possession of fifthplace with a two-round score of 142.

"I had the exact same score as yesterday but got it in a different way,"said Yun. "I started out slow yesterday and finished strong and today Istarted out strong and finished slow. Tomorrow is a new day and I wantto start and finish strong." The low round of the day went to senior Eleanor Tucker (Wilson, N.C.),who tied the school record and equaled her career-low round with a3-under par 67. Tucker's previous career-best score was a 71 set threetimes prior.

She is tied for 11th after beginning the day in 45th place, andregistered 11-stroke differential compared to her first round 78. Itmarked the third time this year that a Lady Gator has fired a 67(Whitney Myers, Wildcat Fall Invitational and Jessica Yadloczky, AnnRhoads Intercollegiate).

Tied with Tucker is redshirt junior Ornella Jouven (La Ciotat, France)who had a season-best score of 72. Jouven equaled her season-best roundof 73 on Friday previously shot at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classicin the fall.

An exuberant Jessica Yadloczky (Casselberry, Fla.) tossed her putter inthe air after draining a birdie putt to end her day in front of family,friends and teammates. The freshman finished with a 1-over par 71 on theday, carded five birdies on the back nine and is tied for second goinginto Sunday's final round with senior Whitney Myers (East Berlin, Pa.).

Myers rebounded from an uncharacteristic start on the front with 2-underpar effort on the back nine and mirrored Yadloczky's score of 71. Shewas able to score three birdies after opening up the first seven holesat 4-over par.

Redshirt junior CJ Kim (Rowland Heights, Calif.) was able to drop fourstrokes off ofsitting in a tie for 39th competing as an individual. Redshirt NicoleSchachner (Libertyville, Ill.) duplicated her first-round score of 76and is tied for 33rd.

For the second straight day, a player drained a hole-in-one. Kentucky'sBeth Felts found the cup off her tee shot on the par-3, 150-yard secondhole. Georgia State's Iilska Verwey recorded an ace on the 15th hole onFriday.

Final-round play begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgunstart. The event is free to the public to attend. Due to the Five Pointsof Life Marathon, parts of SW 34th Street will be closed and analternate route to the course is recommended. Live results will beposted on www.golfstat.com.

Baseball

Four Florida Pitchers Combine For 4-0 Blanking of Siena

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Making his second career start, junior PatrickKeating (Harrisburg, Ill.) hurled 5.1 scoreless innings as Florida (2-0)clinched its weekend series against Siena (0-2) with a 4-0 victory onSaturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The right-hander scattered fivehits and totaled four strikeouts in equaling the longest stint of hiscareer, which occurred in his most recent outing against South Carolinaduring the 2007 SEC Tournament last May.

Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper City, Fla.), senior Josh Edmondson(LaGrange, Ga.) and sophomore Clint Franklin (Orlando, Fla.) kept theSaints off the scoreboard over the final 3.2 innings to preserve theGators' first shutout since a 7-0 win over VMI on Feb. 11, 2007. Thehosts' pitching staff registered six strikeouts and did not permit anywalks. With a 3-for-3 effort that featured a couple of RBI, seniorBrandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) accounted for three of UF's five hits.

"We absolutely wanted to start off with two wins," head coach KevinO'Sullivan said. "However, today's game was different than lastnight's since we were able to create a little breathing room. Patrick(Keating) had a nice outing; our pitching staff was able to put the ballon the ground without any walks and our defense did not commit anyerrors. I don't want to jinx us but we are playing well defensivelyright now." "Buddy (Munroe) and I seemed to get into a good groove working together,"Keating said. "He knew what to call and knew what kinds of pitches Iwanted to make. I also thought our defense played really well and myteammates picked me up throughout the game." The Gators drew first blood in the opening inning on a two-out RBIdouble by McArthur off junior Matt Moberg (0-1). The southpaw recordedtwo strikeouts before sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) earneda free pass on a 3-2 pitch. McArthur then stroked his second extra-basehit of the year to center field for a quick UF lead.

Helped by a Saint throwing error, Florida increased its advantage to 2-0in the second frame. After Moberg retired the first two batters,sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) singled up the middle andthen took second on a wild pitch. In his first at bat of the year,sophomore Buddy Munroe (Miami, Fla.) legged out an infield hit andPigott was able to come across when the throw from senior shortstopChris Klepps eluded freshman first baseman Kevin Quaranto.

Although the Orange and Blue had runners on second and third with onedown in the third, Moberg worked out of trouble. Figueroa walked for thesecond time and McArthur followed with a base-knock to left and advancedinto scoring position on the relay throw. Moberg responded by havingsenior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) pop out to the catcher and fannedfreshman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.).

The Saints threatened in the fifth, as freshman Don DiPetta delivered aone-out single through the left side and junior Phil Cahill dropped adouble into shallow left field near the foul line with two down. Keatingkept Siena at bay and stranded the runners by having sophomore AnthonyGiansanti ground out to sophomore second baseman Clayton Pisani (Naples,Fla.).

The Gators tacked on two more runs in the fifth for a 4-0 margin. Pisanireached on a fielding error by Klepps to start the frame and raced downto second on Moberg's second wild pitch of the game. After Figueroawalked for the third time to set a career high, McArthur's dribbler justpast home plate allowed Pisani to score the third run. Moberg (4.0 IP, 5H, 4 R, 1 ER) appeared to be hurt when making the play and was replacedon the mound by senior Ryan King. The reliever caught Townsend lookingon strikes before inducing a ground ball by Adams. Althforced at second, Figueroa beat the relay throw to the plate for whatturned out to be the game's final run.

Klepps and Rivera had consecutive singles to begin the sixth beforeKeating completed his afternoon by having senior Jacob Willis fly out toright field. Davis came out of the bullpen and had senior Rick Seltzerground out to McArthur at first, advancing his teammates into scoringposition. O'Sullivan called on Edmondson, who had junior pinch hitterJason DeFilippo ground out to Figueroa to prevent a possible rally andclose the stanza.

The Gators and Saints will wrap up their weekend series tomorrow atnoon, when freshman RHP Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) makes his collegiatedebut against Siena sophomore left-hander Craig Marcellus.

Softball

Florida Softball Wins Two to Advance to Aquafina Gold Medal Game

The No. 7 Florida Softball team (18-0) showed great fortitude in winningtwo hard-fought, one-run games to advance to the Gold Medal Game of theAquafina Invitational on Saturday. The Gators beat Notre Dame, 3-2, andGardner-Webb, 4-3.

Florida came back from being down two runs to defeat Notre Dame, 3-2,and earn the top seed in the Aquafina Invitational. The Gators enteredthe bottom of the sixth down by two runs, with the top of the orderingcoming to the plate. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) reachedbase on balls to lead off the inning. Junior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin,Fla.) reached on a fielder's choice, but advanced to second on anoverthrow by the Notre Dame second baseman on the double play attempt.

Hilberth motored home on a RBI single from freshman Aja Paculba(Wildomar, Calif.). Sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.)was hit by a Brittney Bargar pitch. Both runners advanced on a groundout from junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.). Senior Mary Ratliff (Mt.

Sterling, Ky.) tied the game at 2-2 with her RBI base hit through theright side to score Paculba. Junior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas) came inthe game to pinch run for Ratliff at first and immediately stole second.

Freshman Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) came up big for herteam, with the game-winning hit, a RBI single straight up the middle forthe 3-2 win.

Two Gator errors led to a Notre Dame unearned run in the top of thefirst.

The Fighting Irish extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third.

Sarah Smith led off with an infield base hit. She was put out at secondon a fielder's choice play that left Sadie Pitzenberger safe at first. AKatie Laing double scored Pitzenberger and put Florida down by itslargest deficit of the season.

Florida's defense took over from the third inning and did not allowanother Irish batter on base in the last four inning.

Junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) struck out five in the winto improve to 9-0 on the year. Bargar (3-2) took the loss for NotreDame.

Florida broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh againstGardner-Webb in the day's late game.

DeFelice led off the games final frame with a base hit through the leftside, representing what could have been the game-winning run. JuniorLe-Net Franklin (Belton, Texas) came in to pinch run. Both Franklin andfreshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) were out on a popped upbunt, leading to a double play. Sophomore Corrie Brooks (Christmas,Fla.) continued the fight for the Gators as she knocked a double toright. Hines came in to pinch run for her. Waleszonia followed with awalk-off double off the right field wall, scoring Hines for the 4-3 win.

Florida took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Bush led off theinning with a double to right. She advanced to third on a BrooksSacrifice bunt. Waleszonia drove a RBI single through the right side toscore Bush. She stole second and came home on a Hilberth base hit.

Hilberth advanced all the way to third on the attempt to throwWaleszonia out at home. Hilberth crossed the plate for the third run ofthe game on a Paculba sacrifice fly.

Gardner-Webb scored its first run in the top of the fourth. JessiWilliams started the inning with a base hit. Mandy Ward followed withanother base hit, moving Williams all the way to third. Williams scoredon a Haley Scism sacrifice fly, narrowing Florida's lead to just tworuns.

The Bulldogs knotted the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth. AdrienneSmith led off the frame with a base hit through the left side. FreshmanKelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) came in for the Gators in relief offreshman Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). Kelsey Witterstepped up to the plate and knocked a two-run home run out over centerfield for the tie game. Bruder and the Gator defense retired the nextthree batters to end the Gardner-Webb threat.

Nelson entered the circle for the Gators in the top of the sixth to earn10th win of the season and second of thFlorida will face Notre Dame in the Aquafina Invitational Gold Medalgame at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. North Florida and Gardner-Webb will openthe day at 10 a.m. with the Bronze Medal Game. Fans are reminded theywill have to enter campus via Radio Road and park at the MicrobiologyBuilding as the roads around Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium will beclosed for a marathon until 2 p.m.

SAINT LEO

Lacrosse

SAINT LEO LACROSSE TEAM FALLS 9-4 TO NO. 5 DOWLING COLLEGE

Saint Leo, Fla. (February 23, 2008) - The Saint Leo University lacrosse team (1-1) fell 9-4 to visiting No. 5 Dowling College (2-0) on Saturday afternoon at University Field.

The Lions trailed from the beginning of the game and struggled to find a rhythm offensively. Dowling took an early two-goal lead in the first quarter until Ben Brigham (Jr., Scituate, Mass.) found the back of the net on assist from Mark Dargon (Jr., Newton, Mass.).

The Lions came out of the halftime locker room trailing Dowling 6-4 and had early opportunities to even the score, but failed to convert. Dowling went on to build its lead to 9-4, and continued to suffocate the Lions offensively.

The Lions were limited to no goals in the second half although they held Dowling to just three in the second.

Leading the way for the Saint Leo on the game was Dargon who registered three points, scoring one goal and adding two assists. Chris Storrie (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) added to the Lions scoring with a goal of his own .Ryan Pomponio (Jr., Garden City, N.Y.) and Brigham scored a goal apiece in the Lions' defeat. Nick Bova (So., Eureka, Mo.) also added an assist to round out the scoring.

David Erdman (So., Mt. Sinai, N.Y) faced 37 shots in the game and made 11 saves.

The Lions lacrosse team returns to action Sunday, March 2 on the road against Rollins. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Winter Park, Fla.

Baseball

SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM SPLITS DOUBLEHEADERWITH CONCORDIA

-ST. PAULT.J. Alonzo and Bobby Munoz Each go a Combined 4-for-6 in First Day of Action at Gene Cusic Classic Ft. Myers, Fla. (February 23, 2008) - The Saint Leo University baseball team (10-4) split a doubleheader with Concordia University-St. Paul (1-1) on Saturday at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Lions fell 9-7 in game on, snapping a seven-game winning streak, but rebounding for an 11-6 win in the nightcap. Both contests were seven inning games.

T.J. Alonzo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) and Bobby Munoz (Jr., Tampa, Fla.) both went a combined 4-for-6 in the twin bill, leading the team at the plate. Alonzo had six RBI for the day, including three home runs in the opener. Munoz finished the day with three RBI and a team-high six runs scored. Aaron McLamar (Jr., Hudson, Fla.) delivered the big blow in the second game with a grand slam that propelled the Lions to the win.

Munoz started his day off on the right foot in the first inning of game one with a solo home run to give the Lions an early lead. Concordia-St. Paul took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but a two-run homer by Alonzo in the fourth gave Saint Leo a 3-2 advantage. The Golden Bears tied the game in the fourth and then plated six runs in the fifth to open up a 9-3 lead.

Saint Leo rallied with Alonzo's second home run of the contest, a solo shot to lead off the sixth. The leftfielder hit a three-run homer in the seventh for his third of the game, but the deficit proved too much for the Lions as their winning streak came to an end.

Saint Leo starter Ryan Clark (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) was saddled with the game one loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work.

In the second game of the day, it was the Lions who enjoyed a big fifth inning with seven runs highlighted by McLamar's two-out grand slam. Rodney Miller (Sr., Binghamton, N.Y.) picked up the win in game two, going 5.2 innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits. Eric Nickolaison (Jr., Spring Hill, Fla.) recorded the final two outs of the game with the bases loaded, fanning the final two batters of the game for his first save of the season.

Saint Leo will conclude its play in the Gene Cusic Classic tomorrow when the Lions face Wheeling Jesuit University at 10:00 a.m.

ECKERD

Baseball

TRITONS SPLIT SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER, DROP SSC SERIES TO FLORIDA TECH

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A fourth-inning grand slam by sophomore shortstop JD Davidson capped off the frame and put the Panthers in command of game one Saturday afternoon. Florida Tech went on to win the first contest 19-7, while Eckerd took game two by a score of 6-3. Tech is now 9-4-1 and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference play.

Davidson accounted for five RBI in the winner, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Also registering multiple RBI were Chris Fox who came in for Nick Brennan in the second after Brennan was hit by a pitch in back-to-back innings, Kevin Villa, Michael Demma, who homered in the fourth, and Tyler Wright.

Though Eckerd got on the board first to start the day, Florida Tech never trailed in the game and scored 12 of its runs in the bottom of the fourth frame to go up 19-2. The Tritons managed to send five more across the plate before it was all said and done, but the hole they dug in the fourth inning was too big to climb out of.

For the Panthers, sophomore southpaw Andrew Buonanni gave up eight hits, but just two earned runs with eight strikeouts for his third win of the season. Junior Justin Arsenault came in to throw for the final three innings to earn the save.

The infield at Lee Hall/Seminick Field was quickly covered following the first game after steady rain threatened the start of the second contest. However, after approximately 45 minutes, game two was on and fortunately, the rain cooled off the Panthers' bats as the Tritons fared a little differently in the nightcap.

Sophomore Tim Lorek scored an unearned run in the second to get things going, then freshman Chris Clinton tripled in the top of the third and was later knocked in by junior Matt Abraham who singled to right center.

Tech knotted the game in the bottom of the fourth when Villa doubled to right to bring Brendan Twomey home and then Sam Palace singled up the middle to drive in Villa.

Both teams scored a run each in the next frame, but the Tritons' bats came alive in their half of the sixth inning. Three out of four straight batters homered over the left center fence to put the visitors up 6-3. That score would hold as EC avoided the series sweep by the Panthers.

Phillip Weylie (3-0) pitched the complete game to earn the win, while Mike Piazza suffered his first negative decision of the year.

Softball

TRITONS PULL OFF RAIN-SHORTENED SHOCKER

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Eckerd College softball team used a little help from Mother Nature to post their first win in the tournament bearing their name as they defeated Midwestern State (Tex.) 3-0 in a rain-shortened first game of the second day of the 2008 Eckerd College Spring Invitational. The monsoon that ensued as a line of strong weather moved through the Bay Area washed out the rest of the day for the eight team tournament. The Tritons, slated to play Nova Southeastern later in the day, had the game pushed to Sunday.

Eckerd scored in back-to-back innings as EC capitalized on two Mustang errors in the fourth inning. The Mustangs were seeing double as the Sedoris twins reached base with Janielle scoring and Danielle being thrown out at the plate on the same play.

Senior Clarinda Choice added the third run in the fifth as she singled to the pitcher, stole second and advanced to third on an overthrow. She would then score on a sacrifice fly.

The visitors from Texas would put the first two batters on base in the sixth inning before the lightning moved too close.

SOUTH FLORIDA

Softball

Bulls Fall to Wisconsin on Last Minute Run

TAMPA , Fla. - The University of South Florida fell to Wisconsin , 2-1, on a last minute score from the Badgers on the second day of the USF Louisville Slugger Tournament.

The Badgers scored first on a homerun from Florida native, Ashley Hanewich to lead off the third inning.

A pitching duel ensued as the Bulls and Badgers exchanged defensive frames.

A strong defensive stance in the bottom of the fifth inning ignited the Bulls offense in the sixth when, with bases loaded, catcher Cat Olnick doubled to left field to the put USF on the scoreboard and tie the game.

Freshman pitcher Capri Catalano started the game and recorded three hitless innings before senior Courtney Mosch took over at the pitcher's circle at the bottom of the sixth.

The USF defense picked up right where they left off, and with Mosch at the helm, the Badgers could not score a run to put the Bulls away.

Badgers' catcher Joey Daniels scored the game winning run on a throwing error to first base by USF's Alison Savarese that would have sent the game into extra innings.

USF will return to action Sunday as they meet the Georgia Tech Bulldogs at 2 p.m. to conclude the USF Louisville Slugger Tournament.