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By JOHN C. COTEY, JAMAL THALJI and STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 13, 2001


QUOTABLE

"It hasn't just been the extra-inning games, but there was Dunedin right before that. It's been four pretty intense, pretty emotional games we've been through, and none of them has been easy." -- CALVIN BAISLEY, Land O'Lakes baseball coach on the Gators' three consecutive extra-inning games last week following a loss to nationally-ranked Dunedin.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What county baseball team has the longest current streak of seasons with at least 10 wins?

BASEBALL

Buccaneers lose catcher for a month

Paul Krisanda, the cleanup hitter and catcher for Gulf, had his left hand in a sock and submerged in a cooler of ice last Wednesday at practice, hoping it would heel the bruise left by a pitch the night before.

It didn't.

X-rays revealed Friday that Krisanda's hand was broken by the pitch, and he is expected to miss the next four weeks, according to coach Shaun Weimer.

Krisanda was hitting .181 with two home runs.

FOOTBALL

Carpenter to walk on at FAU

Land O'Lakes fullback Jason Carpenter visited a Florida Atlantic practice a few months ago and liked what he saw: No fullback.

That's why the senior said he will accept FAU's offer to walk on and try out for the fullback position.

"I went down there to see a scrimmage game and they didn't have any fullbacks, period," he said. "They're looking for a true fullback and they asked me to walk on."

Carpenter, a Class 4A honorable mention, said he will be in position to earn an athletic scholarship in later years, but until then will pay for his first year of school with academic scholarships and grants. He said he enjoyed his visit to the school's Boca Raton campus and liked what he saw in the fledgling football program.

Under former Miami and Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger, the Owls signed their second recruiting class this past February and are preparing for the first season in school history, a Sept. 1 battle against Slippery Rock at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.

"The coaching staff down their is awesome," Carpenter said. "They're all professional coaches from proven programs. The area's really nice, too."

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Carpenter was named to the Times All-Pasco County first-team defense after making 47 tackles, 40 assists, three interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.

OFTBALL

Saving a win

Can one get a win and a save in the same game?

River Ridge pitcher Christine Beck did.

In a 10-7 win over Land O'Lakes, Beck relieved starter Jen Brumbaugh in the third inning with the Royal Knights trailing 2-1. Her team then rallied to take a 10-4 lead into the sixth, and Beck was replaced.

But after Megan Fehley walked two batters and gave up a single to load the bases, Beck returned to the mound. Three runs scored, each charged to Fehley, before Beck worked out of the jam and pitched a scoreless seventh.

One win. One save.

TODAY'S GAMES

BASEBALL

River Ridge at Gulf, 7

Zephyrhills at Hudson, 7

Wesley Chapel at Land O'Lakes, 7

Mitchell at Tampa Jesuit, 7

Palm Harbor at Ridgewood, 7

SOFTBALL

Wesley Chapel at Hudson, 7

Ridgewood at Land O'Lakes, 6

Zephyrhills at River Ridge, 7

ANSWER

Zephyrhills. The Bulldogs have not been in single digits with wins since going 6-20 in 1989.

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