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University of Tampa ousted from D-II College World Series

SAUGET, Ill. — The University of Tampa, ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, saw its run at history end Tuesday with a loss to No. 4 Ouachita Baptist in the losers' bracket of the Division II College World Series.

The Tigers rallied from deficits of 7-0 and 10-7 to overtake the two-time defending national champion Spartans 12-10 and advance to the next round.

The Spartans (42-11-1) struck first, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. Six came off Tigers starter Chase Baran, who pitched just two innings. Junior Mejia hit a two-RBI single and Leo Alvarez added a two-run home run for Tampa.

But Ouachita (48-15) climbed back to tie it a 7. The Tigers scored five in the fifth, capped by a three-run homer from Chad Taylor, to chase Spartans starter Kevin Ferguson. Ouachita, of Arkadelphia, Ark., added another run in the sixth to tie it at 7.

In the bottom half of the inning, Tampa struck back. After Paul Cruz drew a one-out walk, Jesus Barroso reached on a fielding error by Ouachita's third baseman to put runners in scoring position.

Jose Jimenez dropped a single into right-centerfield to score Cruz, then Steven Broschofsky sent a sacrifice fly to right to put the Spartans up 9-7.

Tampa added another run in the seventh when, after a leadoff double by Alvarez, shortstop Rob Kane laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to make it 10-7.

Down to their final six outs, the Tigers came back again thanks to another three-run homer. Justin Pennell, already with two RBIs, took a 2-0 pitch from reliever Anthony Perez (4-2) over the rightfield fence to tie the game again.

Perez left in the ninth with one out and a runner on second. John Wiedenbauer couldn't close out the inning, as Blake Lockwood singled home Drew Maus to give the Tigers their first lead, 11-10.

Pennell followed with a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Danny Keefe relieved Wiedenbauer and picked off Pennell, but Lockwood scored from third base to put the Tigers ahead by two.

Tigers right-hander Alex Smith (5-2) threw six solid innings for the Tigers after relieving Baran in the third to pick up the win, and Steve Smith collected his third save of the season.

DIVISION III: Trinity College rallied for two runs in the ninth to take the title with a 5-4 win over Johns Hopkins in Grand Chute, Wis. Trinity lost its bid for an unbeaten season when the Blue Jays beat them 4-3 earlier in the day, but the Bantams came back to win in the double-elimination tournament.

Elsewhere

BASKETBALL: The Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference announced that its men's and women's tournaments will be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the next three years.

COMPLIANCE: Oklahoma banned any business from employing more than five Sooner athletes at the same time as part of its response to NCAA violations that occurred when three football players took pay for work they had not done at a car dealership. In a series of compliance changes intended to bring more thorough monitoring of athletes' employment, even those that do not have a job are required to fill out a form stating their status.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Mike Jarvis was introduced as the men's basketball coach, returning to run a program for the first time since St. John's fired him six games into the 2003-04 season. Jarvis' four-year deal, which still needs to be formally approved by university trustees, should become official today.

GEORGETOWN: Guard Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will transfer to Indiana. Jeremiah will have to sit out this coming season, but then will have two years of eligibility remaining.

WARRANTS: Two former Iowa football players are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a dormitory Oct. 14, and university police have issued warrants for their arrests. Cedric Everson III and Abeberell "Abe" Satterfield, both former defensive backs, are accused of second degree sexual abuse, the school said in a statement. Satterfield also is accused of third degree sexual abuse.

University of Tampa ousted from D-II College World Series 05/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:08pm]
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