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Tampa Spartans lose Division II baseball championship opener

CARY, N.C. — No. 1 Tampa lost its opening game of the Division II baseball championships, falling 4-3 to No. 6 Southern Indiana on Saturday.

The Screaming Eagles moved into the winners bracket with a 46-12 record. The Spartans fell to 51-3 and must play their way out of the losers bracket. Tampa, whose winning streak ended at 21, meets Chico State (43-14) at 1 p.m. Monday. The California school lost to Lander of Greenwood, S.C., 6-4 on Saturday.

Tampa second baseman Orlando Rivera was 2-for-5 with a home run and a pair of RBIs, and shortstop Gio Alfonzo had a pair of base hits.

David Heintz pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned. Closer Kevin McNorton (7-1) gave up two hits over three innings, including sophomore Kyle Kempf's winning double down the leftfield line in the ninth. Senior DH Brent Weinzapfel moved into scoring position with a leadoff single and advanced to second on a two-strike sacrifice by senior Caleb Eickhoff.

Gators in title game

Josh Tobias scored two runs and had two hits, including a single in the top of the eighth that drove in Ryan Larson with the winning run as top-seeded Florida beat No. 9 Kentucky 6-5 and advanced to the SEC baseball tournament title game at 4:30 p.m. today in Hoover, Ala. The Gators (40-20) are playing for their first tournament title since winning the event in 2011. East Lake High's Eric Hanhold (4-3) earned the victory, pitching the final 31/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out four. In the first game, Kyle Bouman carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and No. 3 LSU hit three home runs in an 11-1 victory over seventh-seeded Arkansas. The defending champion Tigers (43-14-1) scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win under the 10-run rule. They have won their first three tournament games by a combined 29-4.

ACC tournament: It took three games and three extra innings, but top-seeded Miami (41-17) finally won. Jacob Heyward led off the 12th with a double and scored the tiebreaker from third on a wild pitch and Zack Collins followed with a homer as Miami fended off Duke 6-5 in Greensboro, N.C. The No. 4 Blue Devils (33-25) failed to reach the title game for the first time since tournament play began in 1973. No. 2 Florida State played No. 3 Virginia late Saturday, but it had no bearing on today's 1 p.m. final, which pits No. 9 Georgia Tech against No. 6 Maryland.

Softball

Florida defeated Washington 9-0 in the opener of their best-of-three Super Region in Gainesville. The Gators (49-11) sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring seven times. The game was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. The teams meet again at noon today. If the Huskies win, another game will follow to determine which team goes to the World Series on May 29-June 4 in Oklahoma City. The Gators have never lost a Super Region game at home.

Tennis

USF sophomore Roberto Cid's improbable run in the NCAA men's singles tournament in Athens, Ga., ended with a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian in the quarterfinals. Cid, ranked 47th nationally, had earned three straight-set victories to reach the quarters, including a first-round upset of top-seeded Clay Thompson of UCLA. Florida senior Florent Diep also lost his quarterfinal, 6-2, 6-2 to Harvard's Denis Nguyen.

Pac-12 windfall

Expansion and the launch of a cable network has paid off, as the league reported $334 million in revenue for the 2012-13 fiscal year. USA Today, using federal tax returns from the major conferences, reports that the Pac-12 recorded more revenue than the Big Ten ($318.4 million in total revenue for a fiscal year ending June 30, 2013) and the SEC ($314.5 million reported for a fiscal year that ended Aug. 31). The 2012-13 fiscal year was the first that included the revenues from the Pac-12 Network, along with the new 12-year media rights deal the league signed with ESPN and Fox. The Pac-12 saw a $158.1 million increase in revenue from 2011-12, more than triple what the league reported for 2010-11, USA Today said.

Tampa Spartans lose Division II baseball championship opener 05/24/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 24, 2014 11:19pm]
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