Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Gators top Bulls 6-2; Miami sweeps Texas

Freshman John Burke (2-1) struck out 13 and pitched a complete game three-hitter to lead Florida over South Florida 6-2 Sunday. South Florida starter Whitney Floren (1-1) picked up the loss after pitching just 1 innings and giving up three runs.

"I told John not to worry about strikeouts today," Florida coach Joe Arnold said. "And I think that relaxed him. A lot of young pitchers will go out and try to overpower every batter, but John threw some outstanding breaking balls today."

South Florida (5-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Troy Rusk led off the second inning with a mammoth home run off the top of the scoreboard in right-centerfield.

But the Gators (6-3) responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Billy Minnis led off with a triple off the left-centerfield fence and Jim Bell was hit by a pitch before Ricky Britton lined a RBI single to centerfield.

Gregg Castaldo's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third and Dave Majeski bounced a high ground ball to Joe Lis at second base to score Bell.

Florida made it 3-1 when Mike Moberg singled to leftfield, allowing Britton to score.

"We knew that Burke was a very good pitcher coming in," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. "First we couldn't get anything going. Then we got some baserunners but couldn't get the big hit."

South Florida loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, but scored just one run on a Burke balk. Lis grounded out and Rick Pfaff struck out to end the inning.

Miami 7, Texas 6

MIAMI _ The Miami Hurricanes began their three-game series with the top-ranked Texas Longhorns in search of respect. They got it in a big way.

The Hurricanes completed a three-game sweep with a 7-6 win Sunday. Miami (9-1) won the first two games 6-5 and 7-1.

"They're a very good team. I think a lot of people felt Miami wasn't up to past standards, but they looked very impressive this weekend," said coach Cliff Gustafson, whose Longhorns dropped to 8-4. "They do everything very well _ hit, pitch and make the defensive play when they have to."

The Hurricanes were unranked in the Baseball America poll and ranked No.

12 by Collegiate Baseball-ESPN. It was just the third time in Gustafson's 23-year career that his team was swept in a three-game series.

"We came into this weekend wanting some respect and I think we should get that," said Miami manager Ron Fraser. "This should be a real confidence lift for us."

Frank Mora was Miami's hero Sunday. Mora went 4-for-4 and hit a solo homer in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie.

FSU 10, Arizona 5

TALLAHASSEE _ Ricky Kimball held Arizona to seven hits and two earned runs over nine innings to lead Florida State to a 10-5 win over the Wildcats on Sunday and a sweep of their three-game series.

Fourth-ranked Florida State improved to 7-1 while Arizona fell to 5-9.

After allowing three unearned runs in the first inning, Kimball (1-0) gave up only four hits the rest of the way.

Florida State trailed 5-4 heading into the eighth. The Seminoles then scored six runs on four hits and four walks to take a 10-5 lead.

On Saturday, senior Gar Finnvold threw a complete game seven-hitter in the first game, and a two-run double by Brian Gilliland gave the Seminoles the lead in the second as Florida State swept Arizona 7-1 and 16-8.

_ Correspondent Randy Cremer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.