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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


TAMPA -- In beating Nova Southeastern and then-No. 3 Georgia College and State, the UT baseball team has leaped to the No. 2 spot in the Division II Poll.

The Spartans (7-0) defeated Nova 16-0 Feb. 9 as Charlie Manning and Tom Carrow hit home runs and Joey Watts picked up the win by throwing seven shutout innings. The next day, UT took a pair from Georgia College and State 2-0 and 7-6.

Manning picked up the win in the first game, pitching seven scoreless for his first win. The second game saw Kenny White lead the offense with two doubles and a single.

Tampa was down 1-0 for six innings in the final game until Dwight Edge homered to tie it. Neal Maybin doubled in Manning for the go-ahead run as the Spartans won 3-1.

Reliever Kris Sutton was named Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week after earning three saves. Kris struck out five and gave up no hits and no walks in four innings.

Also performing well were Mike Rabelo, Tom Carrow and Matt Smith. Rabelo, a junior catcher, is leading the team in hitting at .417. Smith is hitting .407 with two doubles and seven RBI, and Carrow is hitting .400 with one double, one home run and four RBI.

The pitching has been equally strong as Manning has an ERA of 0.00 in 10 innings with eight strikeouts. Joey Watts has 13 strikeouts in nine innings with an ERA of 2.00. Mike Sullivan leads the team with two wins, and Sutton has four saves.

The Spartans face West Florida in a three-game series beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and concluding with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: After opening the year with a strong victory over Saint Leo, the Spartans have lost three in a row.

In falling to Rollins, Eckerd and Hillsborough Community College, UT has been outscored 23-4. UT lost 9-0 to Rollins and 7-2 to the Tritons and Hawks. During the losing streak, Abby Shelide, Lena Makurath and Katelyn Demers have played well, picking up wins.

The other win came courtesy of the doubles team of Kristen Kowal and Christine Krivac.

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