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By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2001


Jacksonville DH rips USF in 11-9 victory

TAMPA -- Senior designated hitter Scott Biernacki went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as Jacksonville beat South Florida 11-9 on Saturday at Red McEwen Field.

Outfielders Phil Nover and Chad Hauseman each had one homer, and JU (2-1) hit eight extra-base hits. South Florida is 1-3.

"The bottom line is we didn't pitch well enough to win," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. The Dolphins had 18 hits off five pitchers.

The clubs close the series at 1 p.m. today at Red McEwen Field.

FSU 19, UF 6: Nick Rogers returned from a rib injury to go 4-for-6 with five RBI as the Seminoles evened their record at 3-3. FSU had 18 hits off six pitchers and matched the run total from its first five games. UF's Jay Belflower gave up seven hits and six earned runs through three innings.

MIAMI 10, ELON 9 (12): Kevin Mannix hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 12th to give reliever Danny Touchet his first collegiate win at Coral Gables. Touchet allowed one hit and had three strikeouts in the final two innings. Elon's Brian Ingram hit a two-run home run in the ninth to tie the score. Javy Rodriguez had a career-high five hits and six RBI, including a grand slam, for Miami (8-2).

TAMPA 13-4, WEST FLORIDA 8-3: Charlie Manning and Sam Figueroa each picked up victories for the host Spartans. In the first game, Mike Rabelo was 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season. In Game 2, Kris Sutton picked up his fifth save. The teams play at 1 p.m. today at Sam Bailey Field.

SOFTBALL: USF split its games in the Holiday Inn Invitational at the USF Softball Complex. The Bulls (4-9) beat Washington 4-3 in the first game, the first win for pitcher Jamie Anderson. In the second game, South Carolina held USF to two hits in a 7-0 victory. The Bulls face Maryland and Hofstra at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. ... FSU won its fourth game in a row, 1-0 over Boston College, at the Sunshine State Tournament in Tallahassee. In the Seminoles' early game, freshman Jessica van der Linden pitched a no-hitter against the College of Charleston, an 8-0 win.

TENNIS: USF's women's team, ranked 35th, lost 5-2 to No. 43 Miami at Coral Gables. ... Georgia State held off Central Florida 4-3 to win the men's Seminole Spring Tournament. FSU defeated Troy State 4-3. ... Jacksonville's women's team defeated host FAMU 4-3.

SWIMMING: Tampa's men's team won the Southern States Conference Championship at Davidson, N.C., with 545 points, 100 points ahead of runner-up College of Charleston. The women were second to Charleston, 481.5 to 411. OBITUARY: Former Oregon football coach Jerry Frei, a one-time assistant coach with the Buccaneers, died Friday in Denver. He was 76. Frei coached Oregon from 1967-71, with a record of 22-29-4.

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TODAY ON TV: Elon at Miami, 1, FSN.

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