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South Florida Bulls advance in Big East baseball tournament

CLEARWATER — Rain continued to slow the Big East baseball tournament, but second-seeded USF got an easy 12-2 win Wednesday morning against seventh-seeded Pittsburgh.

Sam Mende hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the Bulls (33-23), who are scheduled to play sixth-seeded Connecticut at 4 p.m. today, with the winner advancing to Friday's semifinals. The Notre Dame-Louisville game was scheduled to resume at 10 this morning after being suspended by rain with Louisville leading 9-2 after three innings. West Virginia was to play Pittsburgh at noon, with two more games scheduled tonight, weather permitting.

Eighth-seeded Cincinnati was the first team eliminated, losing to St. John's 12-2.

ACC: Mike McGee hit a two-run homer as top-seeded Florida State (41-14) beat Boston College 7-2 in the tournament opener in Durham, N.C. The Seminoles face fifth-seeded Miami today. The Hurricanes (36-18) rode a seven-run sixth inning past No. 4 seed Georgia Tech 8-6, which plays No. 8 seed BC.

SEC: UF hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded and seventh-seeded Arkansas beat the No. 2-seeded Gators 8-5 in the SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Gators (38-19) face Ole Miss in an elimination game today.

Ex-Gator charged with defrauding teammate

GAINESVILLE — Former Florida cornerback Anthone Lott was arrested this week and charged with theft in a construction deal involving former teammate Fred Weary.

Lott, who lives in Tampa, was booked into the Alachua County Jail on Monday, then released on his own recognizance, arrest records show. He is charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud/organized fraud and money laundering, according to court records.

Prosecutors allege Lott, a general contractor, defrauded Weary and a bank when he joined in the agreement that included $475,000 in loans, then withdrew about $185,000 for personal use.

K-State Fights Deal: Kansas State filed a lawsuit challenging a secret deal between former athletic director Bob Krause and ex-football coach Ron Prince that would pay Prince $3.2 million in deferred compensation between 2015 and 2020. Prince, hired in February 2006, was fired in November, three months after signing a five-year contact guaranteeing $1.1 million a year. Krause, who resigned as AD in March, quit his job as economic development director for the school's Olathe Innovation Campus on Wednesday. Neil Cornrich, Prince's agent, denied the deal was secret and said the lawsuit is without merit.

More Football: Tennessee will self-report another minor violation after a comment about recruit J.C. Copeland was posted by an assistant to coach Lane Kiffin's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

South Florida Bulls advance in Big East baseball tournament 05/20/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:55pm]

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