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Published March 1, 2008


SOUTH FLORIDA

Softball

Bulls Fall to Wildcats

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of South Florida softball team dropped a 12-0 five-inning decision to the No. 8/10 Arizona Wildcats Friday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The loss marks the first time the Bulls (8-6) have been on the losing end of a run-rule game. The Wildcats (7-4) combined for a five-inning no-hitter with senior pitcher Taryne Mowatt leading the way with 11 strikeouts over four innings of work.

USF senior Courtney Mosch (5-3) picked up the loss for the Bulls. She gave up seven earned in 2.2 innings pitched.

On the offensive side, the Bulls struggled to get into any rhythm. With one out in the top of the fourth, sophomore Tara Toscano broke up the perfect game after reaching on a walk from Mowatt. Toscano then successfully stole second base for her sixth stolen base on the year in as many attempts.

The Bulls will return to action at 10 p.m. EST when they play the Iowa State Cyclones for their second game of the Hillenbrand Invitational. USF won the last meeting with the Cyclones, 2-1, on Match 18, 1994.

Log on to www.GOUSFBulls.com to hear all the action LIVE on USF Press Pass Radio . You can also follow all of the action as it happens on Gamewatcher .

 

Men's golf

BULLS IN FOURTH PLACE AFTER ROUND ONE

DADE CITY - The University of South Florida men's golf team sits in fourth place after day one of the Ron Smith/USF Invitational with a score of 294.

After a two-hour frost delay at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, the tournament got underway at 9:45 this morning with a shotgun start.

Middle Tennessee State is in first place of the 18-team field with a team-total of 287. Virginia Commonwealth is four strokes behind in second place with a 291 and Southeastern Louisiana is in third with a first-round score of 293.

In first place for individual competition is Rafael Campos of VCU. He shot a seven-under-65 in round one. Kent Bulle (Middle Tennessee State) and JP Van Der Walt (Columbus State) are tied for second, each with a 70 after round one.

USF senior Tyler Hitchcock shot a one-under 71. He is tied for fourth place out of the 90 participants.

Freshman Robby Carl carded a 73. He is tied for 14th.

Senior Jason Elliot is one stroke behind Carl. He shot a 74 and is tied for 25th place. Junior Jakob McKinley is tied for 45th place after shooting a 76 in round one. Sophomore Raj Nahal registered a 78 and is tied for 66th.

Tomorrow's tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. with players starting from holes one and ten with nine minute intervals. Live scoring can be followed on Golfstat.com.

 

FLORIDA

Baseball

No. 8 Miami Takes Series Opener Against Florida, 8-4

CORAL GABLES - Eighth-ranked Miami (4-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead to support the pitching of sophomore Eric Erickson (2-0), who was perfect into the sixth inning, as the Hurricanes downed Florida (5-1), 8-4, on Friday night at Mark Light Stadium. Erickson set down the first 15 Gators he faced before senior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.) walked and sophomore Hampton Tignor (Sarasota) delivered a one-out double for the visitor's initial hit. After UF closed to within 7-4 on a two-run homer in the seventh by sophomore Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach), the hosts added an insurance run in the eighth to secure the victory in the opener of a three-game series.

The Hurricanes began the scoring with four unearned runs in the second inning off sophomore Kyle Mullaney (Jacksonville) (0-1). Junior Dave DiNatale led off by being hit by a pitch, stole second and scored when junior Adan Severino's grounder was misplayed by sophomore Clayton Pisani (Naples). A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Ryan Jackson advanced Severino and a fly ball by sophomore Jason Hagerty (3-for-4) moved his teammate to third with two down. Junior Blake Tekotte (3-for-4) delivered an RBI single up the middle and junior Jemile Weeks followed with a two-run homer, his second of the campaign, to provide the Hurricanes with a 4-0 lead.

Miami loaded the bases with two out in the fourth before Mullaney fanned freshman pinch hitter Iden Nazario on a 3-2 pitch. Hagerty opened the frame with a base-hit up the middle and was sacrificed over by Tekotte.

Back-to-back two-out walks to junior Yonder Alonso and sophomore Mark Sobolewski filled the sacks full of Hurricanes and Mullaney responded with his fourth K to keep the Gators down by four.

The Hurricanes tacked on three more runs in the fifth on consecutive RBI doubles by Jackson and Hegarty and a wild pitch to build a 7-0 advantage. Severino drew a one-out walk and scored on Jackson's third double of the year. A throwing error by sophomore Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee) on the play enabled Jackson to take third and ended the night for Mullaney. Over 4.1 innings, the righty surrendered eight hits and six runs (two earned) with four walks and four strikeouts.

Hagarty greeted sophomore reliever Clint Franklin (Orlando) with his first two-bagger of '08 down the right-field line, moved to second on a pop-up by Tekotte and came racing home on an errant pitch.

Erickson cruised through the first five innings before Townsend walked on four pitches to begin the sixth. Tignor broke up the left-hander's no-hit bid with a one-out double to right center for a pair of runners in scoring position and sophomore Buddy Munroe (Miami) came through with a pinch-hit infield single to put UF on the board. After a fielder's choice by Pisani plated Tignor, Erickson rebounded to whiff Figueroa and had senior Brandon McArthur (Seffner) line out to Weeks to strand the runners.

Pigott connected on his first round-tripper of the season with Townsend aboard in the seventh to narrow the Gators' deficit to 7-4. Erickson had retired the first two batters before Townsend sliced a single into right field. Pigott stepped to the dish and cranked a 1-0 offering over the wall in left center, ending Erickson's night on the hill. On 6.2 innings, the lefty totaled nine K and allowed four hits. Hagerty and Tekotte started the home part of the eighth with singles and a walk to Weeks filled the sacks, prompting a pitching change. Sophomore Tony Davis (Cooper City) replaced Franklin (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and gave up a sacrifice fly to Alonso to complete the scoring.

The duo of sophomore Kyle Bellamy (1.1 IP, three K) and junior Carlos Gutierrez (1.0 IP, 1 K) held the Gators hitless over the final 2.1 frames to preseHagerty and Tekotte were each 3-for-4. Junior Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) (1-0, 0.00) will oppose UM senior Enrique Garcia (0-0, 2.25) in game two of the series on Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

Softball

Florida head softball coach Tim Walton said the test for his team would be how it responded to their loss on Wednesday. The Gators (21-1) responded well, tallying 26 hits and 18 runs in two wins on Friday, 8-0 in six innings over Oregon State (8-9) and 10-2 over Pacific.

Four players combined for 18 of Florida's 26 hits. Freshman Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs) led the way, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a RBI and two runs scored against Oregon State and 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against Pacific. Senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) hit 5-for-7 in the two games with two home runs, a double, five runs scored and four RBI. Freshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against Oregon State and improved to a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI against Pacific. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) went 5-for-9 over the two games with a triple and two runs scored.

The Gators hit four home runs to lead to their 8-0, eight-run rule win over Oregon State in the first game of the day.

Florida jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin) started the Gators with an infield base hit. She stole second. With two outs, sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) ripped a base hit up the middle, scoring Hilberth from second for a 1-0 Gator lead. Junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) was hit by a Stefanie Draper pitch. Ratliff stepped up to the plate and knocked a line drive over the fence in left center field for her fourth home run of the season and a 4-0 lead for Florida. DeFelice continued the Gator two-out rally with a base hit through the right side. Bush hit the second home run of the inning and her third of the year to increase Florida's lead to six runs.

The Gators added another run in the third inning on a two-out solo home run from DeFelice. It was her fourth of the year.

Florida scored its final run of the game in the top of the sixth on Ratliff's second home run of the game to open the inning.

Junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) gave up only one hit in the win to move to 12-1 on the season. She struck out eight batters and walked none in 5.0 innings. Freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) pitched the final inning for the Gators in relief of Nelson. Draper took the loss for Oregon State to move to 5-3 on the year.

Florida's scoring came more steadily in its 10-2 win over Pacific. Waleszonia started the game against Pacific with a triple to left center and came home to score on a throwing error by the Tiger short stop with Walton aggressively waving her on the whole trip.

Ratliff led off the top of the second with a base hit up the middle. DeFelice stepped up to the plate and hit her fifth home run of the season, the first with a runner on base, to give the Gators a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers narrowed the gap in the bottom half of the second. Nicole Matson led off the inning with a base hit to left. With two outs, Karie Wilson hit a ground rule double that bounced over the left field fence to make the score 3-1.

Florida went up by three runs again in the top of the fourth. With one out, junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas) drove a base hit through the left side. Waleszonia followed with a bunt single. Hilberth was safe on a fielder's choice as Pacific tried to throw Brooks out at third, but third baseman Kellee Wilson missed the bag, leaving the bases loaded.

Freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) found herself safe at first on a fielder's choice as Brooks was thrown out at home. Waleszonia scored on a wild pitch to go up 4-1.

Pacific narrowed the game to two runs again with a lead off home run from Kellee Wilson in the bottom of the fourth.

Florida's bats took over from their, plating two runs in each of the final three innings.

Ratliff led off the top of the fifth with a double to right center field. She came home on a Bush base hit to center. Freshman Ami Austin (Ormond Beach) came in to pinch run for Bush. Austin scored from first on a Brooks double for the 6-2 Gator lead.

Florida increased its lead to 8-2 in the sixth. Paculba started the inning with a base hit through the left side. She stole second and advanced to third on an Enea ground out. Ratliff drew a two-out walk, putting Gators at first and third. Ratliff moved to steal second, distracting the Pacific defense enough to allow Paculba to steal home and give Ratliff second. DeFelice added another base hit to her total for the day, moving Ratliff to third. Bush tallied her second RBI of the game as she plated Ratliff with a base hit to right.

The Gators scored their last two runs in the final frame. With two outs, Paculba reached on an error by the Pacific short stop. Enea earned two RBI with her sixth home run of the season, giving Florida the 10-2 lead.

Freshman pitcher Stephanie Brombacher struck out seven in the win to improve to 8-0 on the year. Alyce Jorgensen (0-4) took the loss for Pacific. Florida continues Worth Invitational play on Saturday as they take on host Cal State Fullerton at 6:45 p.m.

 

Men's tennis

Florida Men's Tennis Opens SEC Play With 6-1 Win At Vanderbilt

Gainesville - For the fifth time in seven seasons under head coach Andy Jackson, the Florida men's tennis team opened Southeastern Conference action with a victory as the 11th-ranked Gators topped No. 29 Vanderbilt, 6-1, Friday inside the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn. The win, which was the first on the road for the Gators this year, improved UF's record to 6-3. The Commodores fell to 8-2 overall.

Florida won the doubles point for the fifth time this season and moved to 5-0 this season when doing so. UF's Alex Lacroix and Nestor Briceno teamed up for an 8-2 win over Vanderbilt's Vijay Paul and Adam Baker on court three. The tandem improved to 8-1 on the year with the victory.

Greg Ouellette and Jeff Dadamo gave the Gators the point by edging Ryan Preston and Evan Dufaux, 9-8 (6) on the top court to go to 2-1 in dual matches.

In singles play, the Gators jumped to a 3-0 lead with wins by Tyler Hochwalt and Dadamo on courts five and four, respectively. Hochwalt defeated Dufaux, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while Dadamo took out Nick Cromydas, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Hochwalt leads the Gators with an 8-1 singles mark.

After a loss at the top of the order, UF got the win it was looking for when Lacroix (No. 58) clinched the match by defeating Bryan Salcedo on court three. (6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4).

Briceno added to the Gator point column with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 showing against Paul (No. 68) on court two where the UF senior remains perfect since moving up in the lineup three matches ago. Against Paul, Briceno posted a score of 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to get his third win over a ranked opponent this year.

Johnny Hamui closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Alex Zotov on court six. Hamui has won his last five matches, which is the longest active streak on the squad in duals.

Florida continues league action and remains on the road as the Gators close out the weekend at No. 54 Kentucky on Sunday. The match begins at 1 p.m.

 

Women's tennis

No. 7 UF Women's Tennis Defeats No. 14 Vanderbilt in SEC Opener, 5-2

GAINESVILLE - The seventh-ranked University of Florida women's tennis team used the depth of its singles lineup and the strength of its doubles teams to defeat No. 14 Vanderbilt, 5-2, on a chilly Friday evening at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

The win, which improved the Gators' all-time home record versus Southeastern Conference opponents to an impressive 140-1, was the league opener for both teams.

Florida (7-1, 1-0 SEC) needed just under an hour to capture the initial team point of the match, winning all three doubles matches to remain perfect in dual match doubles action. Lolita Frangulyan, Whitney Benik and Marrit Boonstra then earned victories on their respective singles courts to clinch the dual match. Boonstra provided the fourth team point of the match, but the day was far from over, as action on courts No. 1 and No. 2 was still in the first set and court No. 3 had entered the initial game of the third set.

"Overall, I thought we played well," UF head coach Roland Thornqvist said. "I'm really proud of Lolita because she's done everything we've asked of her but hasn't gotten a lot of playing time. We handed her the balls today and she responded. She's done a fabulous job of staying motivated and ready to play. She means a lot to our team. Vanderbilt played outstanding tennis at (singles positions) number one and two and I give them all the credit. We'll watch the tape from those matches and make some adjustments."

Frangulyan gave Florida a 2-0 lead, as she defeated Caroline Ferrell 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 6 position, and notched her ninth consecutive singles victory. Ferrell broke the Gator senior to start the match, but Frangulyan broke right back, held and earned two more breaks en route to taking the initial set. She held to open the second and broke Ferrell at love in the next game, cruising to the straight-set decision.

"My first game was a little shaky because I made a lot of unforced errors," Frangulyan said. "Then I got back into the match. I felt like I moved well and hit the ball back and forth and that was it."

Benik then followed with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Taka Bertrand on court No. 4, before Boonstra ended the dual match outcome with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Keilly Ulery to remain a perfect 8-0 in collegiate singles matches.

Eight of the nine games in the first set on court No. 4 were breaks, but Benik was able to hold in the sixth game en route to taking the first frame. After both held to start the second set, Bertrand rode her emotions to break Benik in the third game. The Gator senior, however, remained steady and broke right back as she won five straight games to earn the victory.

Boonstra jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead behind a pair of breaks, before Keilly Ulery got on the board with one of her own. The Gator freshman earned her third break of the match and the rest of the set was played on-serve, as Boonstra took the early lead. Ulery held the early lead in the second set, serving at 3-1, up a break, before Boonstra rattled off three straight games and held for a 5-3 lead, later serving out for the clinching dual match win.

The Gators remaining perfect in dual match doubles play, winning all three matches for the eighth time this season. UF's No. 1 pair of Megan Alexander and Marrit Boonstra was the first team off the court after posting an 8-4 victory over Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman.

The Gator tandem of Julia Cohen and Anastasia Revzina then secured the team doubles point with their 8-2 decision over Keilly Ulery and Caroline Ferrell at the No. 3 spot. Polishing off the three-match sweep for Florida was Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan, who posted an 8-4 win versus Amanda Taylor and Courtney Ulery.

Continuing to battle in singles action on Friday after the dual match had been clinched was sophomore Megan Alexander, who battled past Courtney Ulery 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 57 minutes. The first four games in the decisive third set were breaks and next five games were on-serve, before Alexander managed the all-important break in the 10th game, where she earned the hard-fought victory.

Gator freshman Julia Cohen lost for the first time in her collegiate singles career, falling to Vanderbilt's 29th-ranked senior, Amanda Taylor, 7-5, 6-2, on court No. 1, where the Commodores earned their first point of the dual match.

UF sophomore Csilla Borsanyi battled Catherine Newman for two hours and 57 minutes, before falling 6-7 (6), 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) to conclude the team scoring. After winning the first set in over an hour and a half, Borsanyi actually raced out to take a 4-1 lead with the serve in the second, before Newman dug deep and battled back to force a 10-point super tiebreak set to decide the outcome.

The Gators return to action on Sunday, when they play host to No. 22 Kentucky beginning at 1 p.m. Admission to all regular-season home matches is free. Parking restrictions on campus during the weekend are lifted, however, tennis fans are asked to be mindful of designated handicap and car pool spots.

 

Gymastics

No. 3 Florida Gymnastics Team Nipped at No. 5 Alabama; Corey Hartung

Shares All-Around Win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team (7-2, 4-2 SEC) dropped a narrow 197.225-197.125 decision at No. 5 Alabama (6-1, 5-1 SEC) Friday evening in front of a Coleman Coliseum crowd of 11,864.

Both teams performed well Friday, as each team hit all 24 routines of their lineup. The one-tenth margin matches the narrowest margin for a Tide win over the Gators. The Tide also defeated UF by a tenth in a 1991 home dual meet and at the 1983 NCAA Southeast Regionals.

The Gators held a slender 0.225 lead heading into the meet's final rotation, but Florida's scoring on beam couldn't match the Tide's season-best floor total. Florida was six-for-six on beam, but steps on dismounts hurt the Gators score. Although the Gators were edged for the win, UF Head Coach Rhonda Faehn saw plenty that she liked from Florida tonight.

"I was very pleased with how we performed. The team went out there and performed wonderfully and confidently," Faehn said. "This was a big crowd and I think it is important for our athletes to gain experience in this type of environment. I'm just so proud of how they went out there and didn't hold back. We can't control the scores, we only can control what we have to do from here on out for the rest of the season."

"You definitely can't have missed landings when it's a close, tight competition. You want to try to minimize any deductions at all," she continued. "We had a few steps on our beam dismounts that definitely didn't help us, but we did a great job and got a great score on the road. Obviously we wanted to win, but our athletes did a phenomenal job and we are going to use this to prepare for our final home meet against Utah."

Junior Corey Hartung made it an even dozen for career all-around titles, sharing Friday's win with Alabama sophomore Kassi Price at 39.50. This is Hartung's fifth all-around win of the season. Sophomore Amanda Castillo was third at 39.45.

Florida opened the meet with a six-for-six uneven bars performance, posting a 49.025. Hartung led UF on the event at 9.85 to share her first bars title of the season with Price. Nicola Willis shared third at 9.825 with UA's Kaitlin White and Ricki Lebegern.

Both teams turned in season-best vault performances Friday. Florida's total of 49.525 equals the second-highest total in school history.

Senior Ashley Reed matched her collegiate-best of 9.95 to share her second vault title of the season with UA's Kayla Hoffman. Castillo was third with her career-best of 9.925.

Hartung matched her collegiate floor best of 9.95 for the fourth time of her career and the first time this season to share her fourth title of the season with UA's Hoffman. Florida posted a solid 49.40 on the event and also received 9.875s from Castillo and Willis.

Balance beam was the only event that a Gator didn't pick up at least a share of the meet's title. Price took the beam win at 9.90. Melanie Sinclair shared second at 9.875 with UA sophomore Morgan Dennis.

Florida takes a week off from competition before playing host to No. 2 Utah (8-0) on Friday, March 14. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. It's Senior Night at Gator gymnastics and Florida's seniors Tiffany Murry, Ashley Reed and Nicola Willis will be honored at the meet. Tickets are $4.00 for adults, while children 17 and under and UF students with identification are admitted free.

 

FLORIDA STATE

Baseball

FSU Holds On For 6-5 Victory Over Auburn

Auburn, Ala. - Florida State (5-0) scored early and held on late to take both games on the road of a home and home series against Auburn (4-2) with a 6-5 victory Friday afternoon at Plainsman Park. Sophomore Matt Fairel pitched a career-high seven innings to pick up his second win of the season while Jimmy Marshall got the final three outs in the ninth to register his first career save.

All six RBIs on Friday were recorded by Seminole newcomers including five by Florida State freshman. Jack Posey, who got his first start of the season as the Seminole designated hitter, went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and two RBIs. Left fielder Mike McGee also recorded two RBIs on a single and a sacrifice fly, while Tyler Holt picked up an RBI with a single in the second. Tony Delmonico accounted for the sixth Seminole RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Auburn staged a ninth inning comeback benefiting from the fifth Seminole error of the game. The five errors were the most since recording five in a loss to Savannah State on April 30, 2006. After the first two Tiger batters reached on back-to-back singles in the ninth off reliever Bo O'Dell, the right hander from Kissimmee, looked to get his first out of the inning but a errant throw by Stuart Tapley at third but runners at second and third with nobody out. Marshall entered the game and got a fly out by Ryan Jenkins for the first out of the inning. But after a Justin Hargett single to right cut the lead to one, Marshall registered back-to-back strikeouts to collect his first collegiate save.

"Jimmy was a guy we didn't want to use today, but yet that was where we were in the game," stated head coach Mike Martin. "Bo O'Dell was only taken out to change momentum. Bo did a very good job. It's a shame; if we make a play (there in the ninth) then everything is different. Bo O'Dell pitched very well. I also felt Jimmy Marshall came in and showed a lot of poise to get the final three outs in the ballgame."

"I just came in, wanted to throw strikes and get them to swing the bat," added Marshall. "When you get into a situation like that you can't walk people. You got to throw strikes and go right after people and that is what I tried to do today."

Fairel (2-0) worked a career-high seven innings as he allowed just two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits. He walked three and struck out three as he threw a career-high 107 pitches. The lefty from Winter Haven settled down after a hiccup in the fourth retiring the next eight Auburn batters before Matt Hall reached on a fielding error in the seventh.

"I felt like I really settled in and my pitches started working after the fourth inning," stated Fairel. "It's always easy to pitch with a lead as opposed to being behind. You just got to come in, throw strikes and get them to make outs."

Auburn got on the board first in game two with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. The Tigers placed runners on second and third with only one out as Luke Greinke, Thursday night's starting pitcher, reached base on a fielding error and moved to third on a ground rule double by Mike Bianucci. Hunter Morris would give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead as he brought Greinke home on an RBI groundout to second. Joseph Sanders extended the inning by drawing a two-out walk but was thrown out by Fairel as he was caught trying to steal second base.

Florida State answered right back in the top of the second with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. For the second straight inning, the Seminoles put runners at first and third and this time were successful in pushing runners across the plate. Tapley collected his fourth hit of the series as he hit a come backer right up the middle off the leg of Auburn starter Cory Luckie. Then a sharp hit ball off the bat of Ruairi O'Connor was muffed by Hargett at second moving Tapley to third setting up an RBI opportunity for designated hitter Jack Posey. Posey smacked a double off the wall in left field to bring home Tapley and tie the game at one. The hit and RBI were Jack Posey's first of his collegiate career. On the very next pitch, Holt hit a single to center to score O'Connor but Posey, trying to score from second, was thrown out at the plate.

The Seminoles added two more runs in the top of the third on an RBI single by Mike McGee and a bases loaded walk by Jack Posey. Buster Posey led off the inning reaching on a fielding error by the Tiger third baseman and moved to second on a single to left by Dennis Guinn. Both runners would then move up a base on a wild pitch by Luckie. McGee singled home the third Seminole run of the afternoon lacing a hit through the left side of the infield to score Buster Posey. The hit for McGee was his first of the series. Following a walk to Tapley, Jack Posey registered his second RBI of the afternoon drawing a two-out bases loaded walk to score Guinn and push the Seminole lead to 4-1.

A pair of sacrifice flies in the top of the fourth accounted for both Florida State runs to widen the Seminole lead to 6-1. Stidham led off the fourth with a bloop single to left ending the day for Luckie. Scott Shurman came out of the Tiger bullpen and gave up a double to Buster Posey. With runners at second and third, shortstop Tony Delmonico hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Stidham. Two batters later, following a Guinn single, McGee hit a fly ball to deep center to drive in Buster Posey. The single by Guinn in the fourth was his fifth hit of the series.

Luckie (1-1) lasted just three plus innings as he allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits. He walked three and struck out two on 74 total pitches.

Auburn broke through with a run in the fourth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Sanders and Kevin Patterson. Patterson hit a double off the tall wall in left to plate Sanders and cut the Seminole lead to 6-2. After a walk to Hall, Fairel escaped further damage by getting Jenkins to fly out to Holt in centerfield.

Bo O'Dell came out of the Seminole bullpen and worked a scoreless eighth. After recording the first out on a grounder to short, O'Dell allowed the next two batters to reach as he hit Ben Jones on the foot with a breaking ball before giving up a single to right by pinch hitter Trent Mummey. With the Tigers threatening to score, the junior right hander closed the door forcing a pair of fly outs to end the inning.

Auburn added three more runs in the ninth before Marshall came into the game to record the final three outs to keep the Seminoles undefeated on the year.

The Garnet and Gold will return home to face Auburn for two more games beginning Saturday, March 1. Game time for Saturday is slated for 2:00 pm. Gametracker will be available for the game, while Eric Luallen will broadcast the game live over the radio on 100.7 FM. The game will also be shown live on Sun Sports with Gene Deckerhoff and Tom Block bringing you all the play-by-play action.

 

Softball

Florida State Finishes Day One Of NFCA Leadoff Classic 2-0

Tallahassee - In their first road tournament of the season, the Seminole softball team shutout Massachusetts and Hofstra 6-0 and 1-0, respectively, at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. Florida State improves to 11-7 with senior pitcher Tiffany McDonald notching her first win against the Minutewomen of UMass.

"We're really glad we were able to hold both UMass and Hofstra scoreless," Seminole head coach JoAnne Graf said. "Both of those teams were regional teams last season and are very good offensively this year. We got two big wins today."

Taking the win against UMass was McDonald, now 1-0, who struck out nine, walked four, recorded two assists and allowed only two hits in seven innings.

Credited with the loss against FSU was sophomore Bailey Sanders who allowed five runs, none of them earned, and truck out just three Seminoles after being relieved in the top of the third. Coming in for Sanders was junior Brandice Balschmiter who gave up the only earned run of the game while striking out seven in five innings.

Seniors Whitney Buckmon and Brittany Osmon, sophomore Carly Wynn and freshman Ashley Stager all went 1-for-3 in the win, with Buckmon and Osmon notching one RBI apiece. Sophomore Monica Montez also drove in an RBI as she went 1-for-2 against the Minutewomen.

The Seminoles had very little turn-around time as they headed straight into the match-up with Hofstra, a team that had been receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 weekly poll.

Terese Gober would take the win in the 1-0 shutout against the Pride, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits. The sophomore pitcher is now 5-5 on the season with 71 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA.

Buckmon would lead FSU on offense, going 1-for-3 and scoring the solo run in the bottom of the first on an error by Hofstra's first baseman. Wynn, Montez and sophomore Robin Ahrberg would also record hits in the win.

The Pride loaded the bases early in the first inning off two singles and a walked batter, but would not succeed in a run. The batter in the fourth hole struck out as Carolann Lubach stepped up to the plate. Lubach would hit a ground ball to Gober who threw to catcher Jessica Gilmore, turning a double play to get runners on third and first.

In the 1-0 win, the Seminoles recorded one run, two hits and one error and held Hofstra to no runs, two hits with two errors.

Florida State heads into tough competition on Saturday, taking on No. 4 Tennessee first, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. The Seminoles are 0-1 against the Lady Vols and tied the series with the Aggies 4-4.

Log on to Seminoles.com as the first game of the day will be available on internet radio while both match-ups can be followed on Game Tracker

Men's swimming

Florida State slips to third at the ACC Championships

Atlanta, Ga. - The Florida State Swimming and diving team dropped to third-place going into the final day of the 2008 ACC Championships in Atlanta. FSU has 377 points, 25 points behind second-place North Carolina.

The Seminoles best showing of the evening came from Matt Shead. The freshman placed fourth in the 100 breast in a personal best and NCAA "B" qualifying time of 55.10. FSU also had a strong showing in the consolation final with sophomore Scott Thacker winning his heat in a blistering personal best of 54.81. The swim was good enough for 9 th place and sophomore Corey Swanson took home 13 th place clocking in at 56.24.

The 400 medley relay ended the evening with the Seminole team of Powell, Shead, Swanson and junior Scott Baker finishing fourth in a season best time and NCAA "B" qualifying time of 3:17.34.

Florida State had two scorers in the 400 individual medley. Sophomore Shawn Erickson finished 13 th in a time of 3:57.52 and freshman Rob Holderness swam a person best 3:59.16 to take home 14 th place.

Senior Ian Powell swam in a pair of consolation finals on the evening. Powell began his evening with a 13 th place finish in the 100 fly in a time of 48.83. In the 100 back, the senior once again placed 13 th touching the wall in 49.65.

Sophomore Dan Bradford improved his position in the 200 free finishing second in the consolation final to finish 10 th overall in a time personal best time of 1:39.02.

The divers once again put Florida State in position to stay near the top of the leaderboard placing all four competitors in the top eight on the three-meter. Sophomore Terry Horner was the winner of the event (399.35) and junior Dan Frebel finished second (3.84.55). Junior Scott Derner was fifth (328.55) and Alex Tilbrook (321.45) was sixth. In total the divers accounted for 64 points on the three-meter.

The 2008 ACC men's swimming and diving championships will conclude Saturday, March 1 as the Seminoles compete in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. You can watch Florida State defend its title live on www.accselect.com every evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. For meet results visit www.seminoles.com .

 

Track and field

Record-Breaking Day at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Chapel Hill, N.C. - In just eight hours of competition on the second day of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Florida State managed to shatter two conference championship records, three school records, claim their seventh automatic NCAA bid of the season and seat the men in first place with 35 points and the women into sixth place with 22.5 points heading into the final round of competition tomorrow, March 1.

The first conference record to fall to the defending-champion Seminoles was the men's indoor heptathlon record, captured by FSU freshman Gonazalo Barriolhet. The Chilean-native captured his first individual ACC title and earned the Seminoles' seventh automatic bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships next month. Barroilhet's top score, the third-best in the nation this season, also earned him the new FSU indoor record.

His 17:03.50" mark in the pole vault gave Barroilhet a provisional mark as well.

"Phenomenal performance by Gonzalo," said head coach Bob Braman . "That's just fantastic what he did-it was almost a perfect day for him. He had personal-bests in two events and picked up a provisional mark in the pole vault."

Florida State picked up its second conference record in the women's distance medley relay as Hannah England , Kandia Batchelor , Lydia Willemse and Susan Kuijken clocked a time of 11:11.03 to beat the previous ACC record set by Duke last year by more than 13 seconds. The four women also claimed the new Florida State school record in the event and came within three hundredths of a second from an automatic qualifying mark.

Not to be outdone, the men's distance relay also posted a new school record with a 9:49.86. The team of Mark Buckingham , Jair Francis , Tommy Noyes and Luke Gunn finished in second place to put the Seminole men on top. Both Florida State and Virginia, who took first, broke the ACC record in the event. The men also earned a provisional nod for the NCAA tournament.

The Florida State men moved from second place into a tie with host-school North Carolina early in the day after a sixth-place performance from junior Steeve Gabart in the 5000m run. Gabart posted his career-best time of 14:39.65 to claim three points for FSU.

"Many highlights today," said head coach Braman. "We did a really good job of qualifying on the men's side with four in the mile, three in the 400m and two in the 200m, so we're in a really good position to defend our title. We put some big points on the board so were just about where we thought we would be."

Junior Tori Allen and freshmen Kim Williams and Brian Chibudu also scored in pushing Florida State closer to an ACC Championship. Allen finished in a tie for fourth with a 10'0.75" mark in the pole vault to score 4.5 points. Williams and Chibudu finished second and third respectively in the long jump. Williams punched a 20'01.00" leap for the women while Chibudu turned in a career-best 24'04.25" jump for the men.

The Seminoles also advanced 16 runners into their respective event finals tomorrow.

Freshman Matt Leeder finished first in the men's one mile with a time of 4:10.87 followed by sophomore Daniel Roberts in fifth with a time of 4:12.30, senior Mark Buckingham in seventh at 4:11.24 and senior Chris Nickinson in eighth with a 4:12.98 mark.

In the women's mile, junior Susan Kuijken topped the list with a 4:54.77. Sophomore Hannah England finished in fourth with a time of 4:55.22 and sophomore Amanda Quick rounded out the top eight with a 4:56.93 mark.

Junior Michael Ray Garvin topped the ACC competition in the men's 200m dash prelims with a time of 21.56, followed by teammate freshman Brandon Byram in second with a 21.65 mark. Garvin will also advance in the 60m dash where he finished with a fourth-place time of 6.73.

In the 60m hurdles, senior Drew Brunson finished first for the men with a time of 7.82 while freshman Teona Rodgers clocked an 8.42 to advance for the women. Rodgers also qualified in the 200m finals with a seventh-place time of 24.60 and the 60m finals with a second-place time of 7.52.

"Teona qualified for three events in her first conference championship," said Braman. "That makes her a prime candidate for ACC Freshman of the Year, in my opinion."

Senior Hubert Mitchell , sophomore Charles Clark and freshman Pablo Navarette all finished the 400m dash in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Mitchell clocked a 48.41, Clark notched a 48.98 and Navarette crossed the line in 49.13. In the men's 800m prelims, senior Andrew Krummins finished first with a 1:53.29 mark that will put him through to tomorrow's finals.

Junior Keyla Smith will also advance to the 400m finals on day three after finishing eighth in the prelims with a time of 56.62.

The final day of competition for Florida State will begin tomorrow, March 1, at 12:00 p.m. at the University of North Carolina. A win for the men, currently in first place, would give the school its sixth-straight conference indoor track title.

 

ECKERD

Softball

OIMOEN BLASTS THE TRITONS TO CONFERENCE WIN

BOCA RATON - The Eckerd College softball team can brag that they are undefeated in conference play as they watched their catcher, sophomore Aleena Oimoen, launch two round-trippers as the Tritons traveled to South Florida and defeated Lynn University 3-2 in the first Sunshine State Conference contests for both teams in 2008.

Eckerd (4-13, 1-0 SSC) opened the top of the first with a two-run homer by Oimoen (Tavares) to dead center. The Knights (6-12, 2-2 SSC) would respond, plating single runs in the first and second innings to tie the score at 2-2.

Fighting Knight pitcher Cristie Kaufman (3-7) held the Tritons hitless after the first inning until Oimoen's second homerun in the sixth, a solo shot over the left-centerfield wall to take a 3-2 lead.

Lynn did not go quietly as they put runners on third in the sixth and seventh innings but the Tritons defense tightened and kept any of the Fighting Knight runners from crossing the plate.

Senior Melissa Flint (2-5, Barker, NY) picked up the win for the Tritons despite allowing nine hits and walking four in just five innings of work. Freshman Christina Hughes (Treasure Island) earned her first save of the season in two innings of relief.

The Tritons managed to turn the table on their opponent as they surrendered 11 hits while only connecting on four LU pitches, but EC still snuck away with the victory.

Lynn and Eckerd return to action on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.

 

TAMPA

Softball

LAKELAND - Florida Southern's first Sunshine State Conference game of the year went down to very end - the very rear end as it turned out. With Friday night's contest against the University of Tampa going to extra innings, Sara Lovestrand made the play of the night to keep things tied, and Natalie Lang's bizarre bunt single brought in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the Moccasins defeated the Spartans 2-1.

This was one ending that won't be soon forgotten. The Moccasins (8-1, 1-0) scored an unearned run in the third, and the Spartans scored an unearned run in the sixth. Both teams left a base runner on in the seventh, bringing the game to extra innings tied at one.

The Spartans (13-5, 0-1) threatened in the top half of the eighth when Michele Horan doubled down the left field line with two out. Samantha Becker, whose RBI single in the sixth had tied the game, stepped to the plate and delivered a hard-hit ball to the right side of the infield in the direction of Lovestrand. Moving to her right, the junior second baseman stopped the ball cleanly as she slid to a sitting position on the dirt. She wasn't finished either. While still sitting on the ground, Lovestrand snapped off an across-the-body throw to first where Elli Howell stretched out to grab it and nail Becker by half a step for the final out.

With momentum swinging back to the Moccasins, Lindsey Powell led off the bottom of the eighth with a line drive single into left. Howell put down a bunt to move her into scoring position and ended up safe at first when the throw went down to second a split second too late for the out. Lang then put down another bunt, a perfect bunt as it turned out, pushed between the UT third baseman and shortstop. The ball continued to roll all the way out to the vacated shortstop position and pinch-runner Amanda Kaiser was able to score all the way from second for the winning run.

Lang had three hits in the game, and nearly won it for Florida Southern in the bottom of the sixth. Howell was at first after a two-out single when Lang ripped a ball into the left centerfield gap. However, centerfielder Cassie Barnes raced over to cut the ball off, preventing a double and forcing Howell to stop at third. Lang took second on the throw, the Spartans issued an intentional walk to Angela Williams, and pitcher Deanna Henriott then got a ground ball out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Henriott, a freshman from St. Petersburg, had another outstanding game for the Spartans, but fell to 8-3. She allowed just one earned on seven hits, struck out seven and walked two.

She was matched against Brittany Minton, who had not allowed a run all season prior to Friday night. Minton allowed only four hits, struck out 10 and walked one to improve to 5-0.

The Mocs had scored in the third inning when Lovestrand smashed a ball up the middle that Horan stopped from going through, but her wild throw to first allowed Lovestrand to move into second. Michelle Tatlock then blooped a single just over Horan's glove that trickled into short left field as Lovestrand scored the first run of the game.

Becker then tied things in the top of the sixth after a leadoff single by Rachel Browning, a sacrifice bunt by Brandi Blout and an error kept the inning alive.

Florida Southern and Tampa resume their series Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.