Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa loses in Division II baseball

CARY, N.C. — The University of Tampa baseball team was shut out for the second time this season, falling 4-0 to Grand Valley State in the Division II national championship tournament on Thursday.

The teams meet again today with the winner advancing to Saturday's title game.

The Lakers (38-18) scored one in the second and three unearned runs with two outs in the third inning to avoid elimination.

Freshman Brad Hencke (3-1) threw UT's first complete game of the season and allowed one earned run, giving up nine hits.

Tampa (45-12) had five hits, with Jacob Tillotson going 2-for-2 with a walk.

In the second game, Minnesota State Mankato right-hander Jason Hoppe set the NCAA single-season record with 55⅓ consecutive scoreless innings. Hoppe pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over St. Edward's to help the Mavericks advance to the title game. The previous record was 54 innings by SIU-Edwardsville's Kyle Jones in 2006.

Spurrier honored: Steve Spurrier, UF's 1966 Heisman winner who re-energized the program and fan base as Gators coach from 1990-2001, was designated a "Great Floridian'' by Gov. Rick Scott at a ceremony in Gainesville. The honor recognizes significant contributions to the progress and welfare of the state. Spurrier, 68, was born in Miami Beach but grew up in Tennessee. Spurrier, now coach at South Carolina, still owns a condominium on Crescent Beach just south of St. Augustine. "Florida is a place I plan to continue to living in," he told the Gainesville Sun. "I live a little bit here now, but later on, hopefully a lot more. But South Carolina is my home now. And I'm always going to be from East Tennessee, but I've lived in Florida longer than any other place. … Good things have happened to me ever since I came to the University of Florida way back in 1963."

Ex-FSU coach Dies: Former Florida State coach Larry Jones died Thursday morning at age 79, according to a notice from the LSU Alumni Association. A former LSU player, he was 15-19 at FSU from 1971-73, three years before Bobby Bowden arrived in Tallahassee. The Seminoles' sixth coach went on to spend 23 years with LSU's alumni association.

Football: SEC coaches voted 13-1 to stay at eight conference games. Alabama's Nick Saban voted for nine games. "I think we'll end up moving to nine games eventually," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "You create an SEC Network, at the end of the day, it's going to be driven by the dollar, and having those games is going to be important.'' … Washington receiver James Johnson retired due to a wrist injury, ending a promising career that was plagued by injuries.

Men's golf: Cal's Max Homa shot 4-under 66 to win the individual title by three shots in Milton, Ga., carrying the Bears to the top seed heading into team match play. FSU's Daniel Berger (68) was in a six-way tie for second at 6-under 204. No state teams were among the final eight that advanced. FSU tied for 11th at 5-over 845, UCF tied for 16th at 848 and Florida was 25th at 857.

Hall of fame: Art Shell was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of its Divisional College class, which honors coaches and players who competed outside the top level of college football. Shell was a tackle for Maryland Eastern Shore (1964-67). The other player inductees: Westminster College (Pa.) QB Joe Micchia (1987-89), Washington University linebacker Shelby Jordan (1969-72) and Ithaca College fullback Jeff Wittman (1989-92). The coaches: Frank Cignetti (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), James Donnelly (Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State) and Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut).

Tampa loses in Division II baseball 05/30/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    Rookie RHP Jake Faria had his lucky rubber duck — OG, the original one he has had since high school — with him, and the Rays had nothing to worry about as he put his rocky Wednesday outing well behind him, working into the eighth while scattering seven hits.

  3. Rays journal: Rookie Jacob Faria continues to show veteran poise

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles threatened in the first inning and the second. They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning with the top of the order up and seemed poised for a big inning. But those opportunities produced only one run because Rays rookie RHP Jacob Faria kept his composure and got the …

    Jacob Faria goes a career-high 71/3 innings, staying composed when the Orioles threaten.
  4. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field


    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena