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Baseball: Florida State defeats USF 5-1

TAMPA — A record crowd at USF Baseball Stadium, including hundreds perched on the berms and along the baseline fences, saw a Jameis Winston cameo and a Peter Miller clinic Tuesday night.

A former Cambridge Christian standout and Lutz resident, Miller struck out 11 in his five-inning homecoming stint, leading FSU (9-1) to a 5-1 victory against the Bulls (9-3).

The audience of 3,615, roughly half bedecked in garnet and gold, broke the school mark by 404. Miller (five innings, four hits, one run) estimated he had a few dozen friends and family members looking on.

They saw him get all the offensive support he'd need in the bottom of the second, when FSU, ranked second by Baseball America, collected four runs off five hits, a wild pitch and hit batter. Senior Brett Knief led off the inning with a home run to left.

"My curveball was working. I changed some things in my delivery," said Miller, tagged for five runs off six hits in his only other start, Feb. 18 at Jacksonville.

"I had good stuff in Jacksonville, they kind of tattooed my change-up a little bit. … I've had good stuff, I finally put it together today."

Winston elicited applause from the Seminoles contingent when he entered as a designated hitter in the top of the sixth. The first pitch he saw, from Bulls reliever Michael Farley, hit him in the lower right leg. He grounded out to second in the eighth.

Perfect Hurricane: Miami senior Javi Salas pitched a perfect game against Villanova, the second in school history. Salas, who was drafted in the 38th round by Minnesota last year, faced only four three-ball counts in a 17-0 victory for the host and 16th-ranked Hurricanes (6-5). UM leftfielder Sebastian Diaz made a diving catch for the third out in the eighth, robbing Donovan May.

Golf: 'Nole sets mark

DADE CITY — Former St. Petersburg High star Jack Maguire, an FSU freshman, shot a course-record 10-under 62 on a windless afternoon at Lake Jovita to capture the individual title at the three-day USF Invitational.

Maguire, who won an individual Class 2A state title in 2012, finished with 16-under 200 over 54 holes to win by a stroke. He collected six birdies and two eagles — on the par-5 No. 9 and 13 — in his record final round.

FSU, trailing USF by nine shots entering the last round, finished at 41-under 833, 10 shots ahead of the runnerup Bulls.

FSU coach Trey Jones "really focused me on what I need to work on and how to win a tournament," said Maguire, who had no previous top-five finishes in a college event. "I think he knew this day was coming pretty soon."


Clemson: Coach Dabo Swinney said starting defensive end Corey Crawford and offensive lineman David Beasley are among four players who'll miss the opener against Georgia for violating team rules.

UNC: Jim Woodall, the prosecutor leading an investigation into fraud in an academic department, said Deborah Crowder, a retired administrator tied to the case, won't face charges. Woodall, the Orange County district attorney, said Crowder is cooperating with investigators.

Missouri: reported that coach Gary Pinkel, 61, agreed to a new deal that would boost his pay to more than $3 million annually.

North Texas: Coach Dan McCarney, a former USF and Florida assistant, is getting a new five-year contract.

SEC Network: The channel, which launches in August, will be available on DISH Network.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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