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USF baseball wins 12th straight

STORRS, Conn. — Joey Lovecchio took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Jimmy Falla drove in two runs as USF won its 12th consecutive game, 4-3 over Connecticut on Sunday.

USF (26-14, 10-2 Big East) remained atop the conference, a game ahead of Pittsburgh and two ahead of Louisville.

The Bulls go for win No. 13 Tuesday at Florida.

Through six innings, Lovecchio, a senior from Daytona Beach, had allowed just one walk and hit a batter. The Huskies (23-16,8-7) also had a batter reach on an error. But Vinny Siena led off the seventh with a single to right. UConn scored three (one unearned) in the inning off Lovecchio to cut its deficit to 4-3 before Adrian Puig got the final out.

USF scored two in the first. Brandon High grad James Ramsay doubled in one run, and the former Jesuit standout Falla hit a sac fly. Falla's fielder's choice in the third made it 3-0. In the fifth, Falla walked, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch.

More baseball: Florida State fell 5-2 at Virginia, the first time FSU (31-9, 13-8) was swept in a road ACC series since 2010.

Women's Gymnastics: One day after winning its first national team title, Florida had two individual champions, Bridget Sloan on the beam and Alaina Johnson on the uneven bars, in Los Angeles. Sloan earned 9.9 points, 0.0125 more than Michigan's Katie Zurales and Minnesota's Hanna Nord­quist. Johnson, who missed about three months with a stress fracture in her back, earned 9.9125 points, 0.125 more than Sloan and Utah's Georgia Dabritz.

Men's gymnastics: Sam Mikulak, fifth in the all-around at the 2012 Olympics, won national titles in the parallel bars and high bar for Michigan in State College, Pa. The titles came a day after he led Michigan to the team title.

Women's tennis: Florida beat Georgia 4-0 in Starkville, Miss., for its fourth straight SEC title. Overall, the Gators have won 19 of the SEC's 26 titles. Alexandra Cercone of Seminole won a singles match, and Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg won a doubles match. … Host USF lost 4-1 to Notre Dame in the Big East final. The Irish have beaten the Bulls in the final five times over the past eight years.

Men's lacrosse: Rutgers said coach Brian Brecht will remain suspended indefinitely for allegations of verbal abuse. Byron Collins coached in Saturday's loss to Duke and will be in charge for Saturday's season finale.

USF baseball wins 12th straight 04/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:45pm]
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