Saturday, June 16, 2018
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USF baseball sweeps to stay atop Big East

TAMPA — Jimmy Falla homered and USF overcame five errors to complete a three-game series sweep of St. John's with a 4-2 victory Sunday to remain on top of the Big East standings.

This one came relatively easy for the Bulls (29-15, 13-2) compared with the previous two victories, 5-4 in 13 innings Saturday and 4-3 in 10 innings Friday.

"The guys played hard enough to win," coach Lelo Prado said of his Bulls, ranked No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. "They did everything they needed to do to win, and that's all that matters."

Falla's shot to left came in the fifth and backed right-hander Joey Lovecchio, who threw five scoreless innings before leaving after six, giving up one run on four hits.

More baseball: Scott Sitz threw seven shutout innings and improved to 8-1 as No. 10 Florida State (35-9, 16-8) remained in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division with an 11-2 win over visiting Wake Forest. … Tennessee salvaged the finale of its three-game series at No. 19 Florida (25-20, 12-9 SEC), winning 4-2 to end the Gators' nine-game-home winning streak.

'Canes star to NBA: Miami guard Shane Larkin, the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, announced he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Larkin led the team in scoring, averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists this season. … Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson, the Pac-12 leader in rebounding and projected as a second-round pick, said he will enter the draft. … Michigan State junior forward Adreian Payne joined teammate and Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris in saying he will remain in school, making the Spartans one of the teams to beat next season.

Big Ten divisions: The presidents and chancellors approved the ditching of Legends and Leaders as Big Ten football division names, going to the more conventional East and West, and switched to a nine-game scheduling format. The new alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference. Teams will go from eight conference games to nine in 2016. The East: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers; the West: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

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