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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 12, 2001

Oklahoma State trips UM 9-3

Josh Merrigan allowed five hits and struck out 12 Sunday and Ryan Budde had three hits to lead Oklahoma State to a 9-3 win against Miami in Coral Gables.

Merrigan got one out in the eighth inning before being relieved by Mike Miller. Miami got all its runs on a Kevin Brown home run in the second inning against Merrigan, the Cowboys' ace left-hander.

Budde's home run off Miami starter Chris Sheffield in the third inning narrowed the Cowboys' deficit to 3-1. The Cowboys evened it in the fourth when Kyle Smith hit a two-run home run to left off Sheffield, scoring Luke Scott.

Oklahoma State took the lead in the seventh on Rob Watson's single to centerfield that scored pinch-runner Roy York from second.

MORE COLLEGE BASEBALL: Host Stanford held Florida State to four hits and beat the Seminoles 8-2 to complete a three-game sweep. ... Stetson's Frank Corr singled home Rusty Beale in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Hatters beat South Florida 3-2 in DeLand. The Bulls, who had rallied for two runs to tie the score in the top of the inning, wasted a seven-inning, one-hit effort from starter John Vigue. ... Neal Maybin had a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning and reliever David Muley picked up his second win of the season as host Tampa (7-0) beat Georgia College 3-1. ... Eric Paone pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts to lead Saint Leo past Nova Southeastern 10-3 to finish a three-game sweep.

COLLEGES: Leslie Malerich pitched a four-hitter and Florida State beat Florida International 3-2 for the title of the Tomahawk Bash softball tournament in Tallahassee. ... Florida beat South Florida 2-1 in Gainesville for the championship of the GRU Classic softball tournament. ... The Florida men's golf team won the 15-team Gator Invitational in Gainesville with a tournament-record score of 30-under-par 810. The Gators shot a final-day 265 (15 under). North Florida was seventh at 841, and Central Florida finished 14th at 869. Florida junior Camilo Benedetti won the individual title at 14-under 196, also a tournament record. ... The Miami men's tennis team swept N.C. State 7-0 in Coral Gables.

BASKETBALL: The Rockford Lighting joined the IBL, three days after the CBA suspended operations. Former Lightning owner Wayne Timpe said he was buying the team back from the CBA and said the team would remain in the IBL next season. "This is not just a three-month thing," he said.

HOCKEY: Belarus and France earned the last two spots for next year's Olympic tournament at Salt Lake City. Belarus beat winless Norway 7-3 in the qualifying tournament at Oslo to gain the last Olympic berth from that group. France clinched the third spot in the other qualifying tournament, beating Denmark 2-1 at Klagenfurt, Austria.

TRACK AND FIELD: Pole vaulter Svetlana Feofanova cleared 15 feet, 23/4 inches, at an indoor meet in Dortmund, Germany, breaking her European record by 21/4 inches.

SKIING: Ronny Ackermann rallied to win a World Cup Nordic combined event in Liberec, Czech Republic. Ackermann, who had been third after Saturday's jump leg, dominated the 15-kilometer cross-country race, finishing 16.8 seconds ahead of runner-up David Kreiner.

FIGURE SKATING: Three-time Chinese champion Li Chengjiang was the men's winner at the Four Continents event late Saturday at Salt Lake City's Delta Center, where the Olympic competition will be held next year.

BIATHLON: Near-perfect shooting and strong skiing by World Cup leader Raphael Poiree led France to victory in the men's 30-kilometer relay, the final event at the World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.

SPEED SKATING: Annie Friesinger won the women's title at the World Championships in Budapest, Hyngary, by taking the 1,500-meter race and finishing sixth in the 5,000 meters. The men's title was won by Rintje Ritsma, who collected his fourth all-round world championship.

SNOWBOARDING: Richard Richardson and Carmen Ranigler won men's and women's parallel giant slaloms in a World Cup event in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

LUGE: Five-time world champion Gerhard Pilz had the fastest runs in both heats to win his second singles event this season in the men's World Cup event in Moscow. ... Silke Kraushaar led a German sweep of a women's World Cup race in Park City, Utah, extending the country's dominance of the event to 25 consecutive races dating to 1997.

BOXING: Veteran heavyweight Ray Mercer made quick work of his first fight in 14 months, stopping Jeff Pegues in the final seconds of Round 2 of their scheduled 10-round bout in Elgin, Ill. Former IBF junior-flyweight champion Mauricio Pastrana scored a unanimous decision against Jose Lopez late Saturday in Miami.

BOWLING: Parker Bohn III became the first person to win his own tournament, capturing the PBA Tour's Parker Bohn III Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y.

SAILING: Ellen MacArthur became the fastest woman to sail around the world single-handed when she crossed the finish line of the Vendee Globe race at les Sables-d'Olonne, France, after 94 days. Catherine Chabaud's record of 140 days was set in 1997.

WRESTLING: Alexander Leipold, stripped of his Olympic gold medal after testing positive for drugs, resumed his career with a victory in a match for his club team in Schifferstadt, Germany. Leipold wrestled after getting cleared in a court order hours before the match. He had tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone at the Olympics last year.

OBITUARY: Dave Schultz, who won a record six NHRA Pro Stock Bike championships, died of colon cancer at age 52.

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