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).