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South Florida's Big East baseball tournament opener in Clearwater rained out

CLEARWATER — Despite overcast skies Tuesday, the first three games of the Big East baseball tournament got off without a hitch, with top seed Louisville, No. 5 seed Notre Dame and No. 6 Connecticut all getting wins at Bright House Field.

But USF’s opening-round game against Pittsburgh was postponed by rain, and the teams are scheduled play at 10 a.m. today. The winner plays Connecticut in the fifth game today, around 10:30 p.m.; the loser meets West Virginia in an elimination game, at about 8 tonight.

At press time, USF’s first game today was scheduled to air live on Bright House Sports Network and the nightcap was to air live on radio at 1010-AM.

LOUISVILLE 12, CINCINNATI 2: Catcher Jeff Arnold’s three-run home run in the seventh inning invoked the 10-run mercy rule. Defending champion Louisville struck for six runs in the first; Arnold had an RBI double, one of his three hits. The Cardinals play Notre Dame at about 4 p.m. today; the Bearcats face St. John’s at 1 in an elimination game.

NOTRE DAME 14, ST. JOHN’S 5: Centerfielder A.J. Pollock had four of Notre Dame’s 17 hits, and the Irish scored 10 in the final three innings to upset the No. 4 seed Red Storm.

CONNECTICUT 6, WEST VIRGINIA 1: The No. 3 seed Mountaineers led 1-0 after seven, but the Huskies scored six in the eighth on seven hits. Reliever Chris Enourato faced seven batters and six scored, this after West Virginia starter Jarryd Summers pitched seven shutout innings.

SEC HONORS: Florida first baseman Preston Tucker was named conference co-freshman of the year alongside LSU reliever Matty Ott. Gators Josh Adams (second base) and Avery Barnes (outfield) were named to the first team.

FOOTBALL: Florida State receiver Corey Surrency lost his final appeal for another year of eligibility, ending his college career, the school announced. At issue for Surrency, a junior college transfer, was his playing in an adult league in South Florida before getting the chance to play at El Camino College in California. … reported that former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who had considered USF, is expected to announce this week he’ll accept a scholarship to play for Purdue.

BASKETBALL: Suspended Florida backup forward Allan Chaney transferred to Virginia Tech. In March, UF coach Billy Donovan suspended Chaney for the rest of the season for undisclosed reasons. … John Wall, one of the nation’s top recruits, picked Kentucky and new coach John Calipari. The point guard from Raleigh, N.C., was considering Florida, Miami, Duke, North Carolina State, Kansas and Baylor. … C.J. Henry, who played baseball in the Yankees’ system for three years, enrolled at Kansas and will be eligible next season. He joins his brother Xavier with the Jayhawks.

TENNIS: The USC men won their 17th NCAA title, defeating No. 3 seed Ohio State 4-1 in College Station, Texas. Duke rolled to its first women’s crown, 4-0 over California.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

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