Tampa's baseball team, going after an unprecedented third consecutive Division II national championship, lost to Ashland (Ohio) 6-5 on Monday in Sauget, Ill., in its opener of the double-elimination College World Series.
The Spartans (42-10-1), ranked third by Collegiate Baseball, hit three home runs, including the seventh this season by Steven Broschofsky, but squandered a 5-1 lead. Paul Cruz and Junior Mejia also homered for Tampa, which plays an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. today against Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)
Ashland (40-16) scored the winning run in the sixth inning on a home run by Jeff Yates after scoring three to tie it at 5 in the sixth.
UT's Jesus Barroso had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Pitcher Josh Bowman allowed three earned runs in 52/3 innings.
Four state teams make D-I tourney
Florida State (48-10), the No. 4 national seed and the nation's top-hitting team, will open NCAA region play against Patriot League champion Bucknell (29-22-2), the region's No. 4 seed, at 7 p.m. Friday in Tallahassee. Region No. 2 Florida (34-22) meets No. 3 Tulane (37-20-1) at 1.
Miami (47-8), the ACC regular-season and tournament champion, is the No. 1 national seed and opens at home against Bethune-Cookman (36-20). Missouri and Mississippi round out the Coral Gables region. The Hurricanes extended their record for consecutive tournament appearances to 36. All games from Coral Gables will air live on ESPNU.
All-tournament books for the Tallahassee region ($45 for reserved seats or $30 for general admission) can be purchased at seminoles.com or by phone at (888) 378-6653. Single-game tickets for Friday only will go on sale on the Internet at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Tallahassee and Miami are two of 16 region sites; winners advance to head-to-head Super Regions, which determine which eight teams reach June's College World Series. Two-time defending champion Oregon State was left out of the field.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Forward Jonathan Mitchell, who played two seasons at Florida, transferred to Rutgers and will be eligible to play in the 2009-10 season. He was Mr. New York Basketball 2006.
MEN'S LACROSSE: Syracuse won its record 10th title, beating defending champion Johns Hopkins 13-10 in Foxborough, Mass., in front of 48,970, the largest crowd to see an NCAA championship outdoors in any sport — the BCS football championship game isn't considered an NCAA event.
Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.