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By ROD GIPSON

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001


TAMPA -- The women's rowing team will be among four squads competing Saturday on the Hillsborough River during the Sunshine State Conference rowing championships.

Two-time defending champion Barry, Florida Tech, Rollins and the Spartans will compete in four events.

Florida Tech captured the first championship in 1997 while Rollins won in 1998. The racing begins on the Tampa Bypass Canal at 10:20 a.m. with the varsity-4 race.

Eighteen points will go to the winner of each even, 14 for second place, 10 for third and six for fourth.

BASEBALL: After hitting .507 in 18 games last month, Tom Carrow was named the SSC Player of the Month for March. A junior leftfielder, Carrow went 35-for-69 with 13 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs.

He also scored 21 runs, had 22 RBI, 4 walks and stole 2 bases. He got at least one hit in 15 of the team's 18 games, had eight games with three or more hits and three others with at least two hits.

Carrow led Tampa in hitting, base hits, runs scored, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (.928) and on-base percentage (.541) for the month.

"Tom has been the heart of our offense for the past month," UT coach Joe Urso said.

"He has worked hard and shown great leadership because of it."

SOFTBALL: After sweeping Florida Tech in a doubleheader Sunday, the Spartans have inched up the SSC standings.

After missing a chance to move up further due to a doubleheader rainout March 31 against Rollins, UT remains tied for third with Lynn at 8-4.

Florida Southern is first at 9-2 while Saint Leo is second at 10-4. Barry is right behind UT and Saint Leo at 8-6.

Freshman outfielder Kristin Abbott opened the game against Florida Tech with a home run that accounted for all of the scoring in the 1-0 game. The Spartans followed that with a 5-1 win in the second game.

UT can separate itself from Lynn as the two meet in a doubleheader Saturday in Boca Raton. UT (21-12 overall) faces Barry in Miami Shores in a doubleheader Sunday.

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