Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 14, 2001
Houston tops USF 12-2 in baseball
TAMPA -- Houston used a seven-run fourth inning to beat South Florida 12-2 Sunday at Red McEwen Field in the regular-season baseball finale for both schools.
The Cougars (29-26, 20-7 C-USA) took advantage of three USF errors in the first inning to score three runs and cruised the rest of the way. The game was called after seven innings.
"We played terrible," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. "It was like a totally different club from the last few days and more reminiscent of some of the innings that we had earlier in the year. This was nothing like how we have been playing lately."
The Bulls (28-27, 16-11) will be the No. 3 seed at the Conference USA tournament in New Orleans starting Wednesday, and play No. 6 Louisville at 1:30 p.m.
Other first-round pairings: No. 2 Houston vs. No. 7 Southern Miss at 10 a.m., No. 4 Cincinnati vs. No. 5 Memphis at 5 p.m. and No. 1 Tulane vs. No. 8 Charlotte at 8:30 p.m.
MIAMI 5, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 4: Kevin Mannix hit a two-run homer and Tom Farmer pitched six strong innings to lead the host Hurricanes (41-12) to a sweep of the three-game series.
Mannix's homer, his fourth of the season, highlighted a four-run sixth inning that erased a 3-1 Florida Southern lead. The Moccasins (35-18) built their lead on a two-run home run by Azarias Corbell in the first and a homer by Justin Hancock in the fourth.
Those were the only runs Farmer allowed as he improved his record to 11-2. George Huguet gave up one run in the ninth, but earned his 12th save of the season.
DUKE 8, FSU 7: Kevin Kelly drove in two runs with an eighth-inning single to lead the host Blue Devils.
The Seminoles led 6-2 in the sixth before Duke rallied with a four-run outburst, highlighted by Brian Patrick's two-run double.
Florida State, the league's top seed, opens play in the ACC tournament at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Mill, S.C. The Seminoles face the winner for the No. 8-No. 9 play-in game between N.C. State and Maryland.
Other first-round pairings: No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 5 Duke at 10 a.m., No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 7 Virginia at 5 p.m. and No. 3 Wake Forest vs. No. 6 North Carolina at 8:30 p.m.
SOUTH CAROLINA 6, FLORIDA 4: Garris Gonce homered and Brennan Dees went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the visiting Gamecocks.
Gonce's two-out two-run shot, his sixth of the season, highlighted South Carolina's four-run third inning, making the score 4-1.
The Gators (33-23, 16-14 SEC) came back in the fourth, scoring three runs, but the Gamecocks (41-15, 17-13) scored once in the sixth and seventh innings for the winning margin.
Florida opens the SEC tournament on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala., as the No. 7 seed, facing No. 2 LSU at 2 p.m. Other first-round pairings: No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 6 Mississippi at 11 a.m., No. 4 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 South Carolina at 6 p.m. and No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 8 Auburn at 9 p.m.
AUBURN 9, LSU 7: Skip Bertman was handed a loss in his final regular-season game as coach at LSU, as visiting Auburn scored five runs in the ninth to earn the eighth and final spot in the SEC tournament.
Bertman, LSU's coach for 18 years, is retiring at the end of the season. He has won seven SEC championships and five national titles.
"It's been a great run, a storybook run," Bertman said to the crowd. "It's proof to all of us that if you really believe, just about anything can be accomplished."
JU 6, JACKSONVILLE STATE 3: David Jakiela and Chad Oliva homered for the host Dolphins, who locked up the No. 3 seed in the TAAC tournament that will host beginning Wednesday.
NORTH FLORIDA 5-6, TAMPA 2-7: The Spartans (46-8) won the nightcap to tie the school record wins, as reliever Kris Sutton set a single-season Division II record for saves with 18.
Four Florida schools were placed in region play in Tallahassee and South Florida was sent on the road as the 48-team NCAA Tournament field was announced.
No. 1 seed Florida State faces hosts Bethune-Cookman in the region opener Thursday. In other games, No. 3 seed Florida Atlantic plays No. 4 seed Florida and No. 2 seed California faces No. 5 Connecticut.
USF travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., as the No. 4 seed, and faces No. 3 Oregon State in the first round. Other games are No. 1 seed Alabama vs. No. 6 seed Illinois-Chicago and No. 2 seed Michigan vs. No. 5 seed Chattanooga.
UNC 4, FSU 1: The Seminoles' seven-year hold on the ACC championship was broken as Tar Heels pitcher Radara McHugh held FSU without an earned run in the title game in Raleigh, N.C.
Tennessee, led by sprinters Justin Gatlin and Leonard Scott, broke Arkansas' nine-year chokehold on the SEC men's championship. The Vols finished with 153 points in Columbia, S.C. Florida was second at 1071/2 and the Razorbacks had 104. Tennessee was the last team to win a men's SEC outdoor track title in 1991, before Arkansas entered the league in 1992. Arkansas had not lost at the SEC outdoor meet since joining the league. On the women's side, Arkansas won with 182 points. UF was second with 112. ... The men's 4x100-meter relay team from Jacksonville -- comprised of Brent Alexander (Tampa), Jon Underhill, Kenneth Baxter and Boshawn Mack (Clearwater) -- finished first in 40.65 seconds at the Seminole Twilight Meet in Tallahassee.
HOUSTON: Freshman Alton Ford applied for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9, 280-pound forward averaged 11 points and six rebounds last season when the Cougars went 9-20. He did not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to college.
Bethune-Cookman shot 865 for the team title, led by medalist Luke Miller, who shot 73 for a three-day total of 209 at the National Minority College Championship in Port St. Lucie.