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Florida Gators beat USF Bulls in 10 innings for three-game sweep to open baseball season

GAINESVILLE — Freshman Mike Zunino singled in the winner with two outs in the 10th inning as Florida completed a sweep of USF with a 7-6 victory Sunday.

The Gators (3-0) scored three in the ninth to force extra innings, tying it on shortstop Sam Mende's two-out error. The Bulls (0-3) had gone ahead 6-3 with a five-run eighth.

UF's Tyler Thompson led off the 10th with a walk off Kevin Quackenbush. After Jandy Rosabal struck out by bunting foul with two strikes, Kamm Washington got his third hit of the afternoon. Nolan Fontana flied out to left, but Zunino, who came in as a defensive replacement at catcher in the seventh, singled down the rightfield line to score Thompson.

"It feels good getting my first winning hit in college, and it was a great ballgame to be a part of," Zunino said.

Sophomore Alex Panteliodis (2-0), a former Alonso High standout, earned the win by striking out the only batter he faced to end the top of the 10th. He was the Gators' eighth pitcher.

In his first start for USF, freshman and former Jesuit High standout Jimmy Falla went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

FSU 12, GEORGIA ST. 2: Junior John Gast allowed two runs in a career-high six innings for the host Seminoles (3-0), who outscored the Panthers 37-12 during their season-opening sweep. Gast allowed four hits, struck out five and walked none, throwing 50 of his 71 pitches for strikes.


MIAMI: Coach Randy Shannon, heading into the final year of his contract, has been offered a three-year extension for a "modest" raise over his current $1 million annual salary, the Palm Beach Post reported. It's unknown if Shannon intends to agree to the offer.

OREGON: Coach Chip Kelly announced that wide receiver Jamere Holland was dismissed for violating team rules. Kelly didn't specify which rules were violated. The dismissal followed the Saturday morning citation of redshirt sophomore linebacker Kiko Alonso in Eugene for what police said was driving under the influence. Alonso, 19, is the fourth Ducks player to be arrested in less than a month, while two are under investigation for theft allegations. School president Richard Lariviere called the wave of bad behavior "simply unacceptable."

WISCONSIN: Wide receiver Kraig Appleton, defensive end Shelby Harris and linebacker Nick Hill were banned indefinitely from team activities after violating team rules.

Florida Gators beat USF Bulls in 10 innings for three-game sweep to open baseball season 02/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:25pm]
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