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SPARTANS SHORTS

The University of Tampa baseball team, coming off a 4-0 week, had many highlights.

In a victory over Warner Southern, sophomore Rich Farone earned his first victory of the season. He gave up two runs in three innings. Also, freshman Matt Smith was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including his eighth homer of the season.

UT swept a three-game series with Lynn University by scores of 7-2, 16-2, and 8-5. Junior Mike Valdes (11-1) went eight innings and allowed four hits and two runs with seven strikeouts.

At the plate, senior Erik Mirza's fifth-inning run-scoring triple moved him into a tie for first place on the school's all-time triples list with 16. Mirza added two RBI in the 7-2 win. In the 16-2 win, the Spartans scored nine runs in the first inning. Sophomore Louis Martinez hit his sixth career grand slam.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Coach George Fotopoulos continues to build his first-year roster.

Last week, Tampa signed Nura Ayyad of Arlington, Texas, and Desire' Voinche of Brandywine, Md., while Tampa's Heather Rocha has committed.

Ayyad is a 5-8 center midfielder and member of her area Olympic Development Team, which was a state cup finalist in 1997 and state champion in '94. Voinche is a 5-4 defensive midfielder and a four-year all-conference and all-county performer at Thomas Stone High.

Rocha, a 5-6 defender, was all-county and all-conference and played in the Hillsborough County all-star game.

MEN'S SOCCER: Coach Keith Fulk has signed what he called his "goalkeeper of the future" in Roy Swarts of Temple Terrace, a senior at King High School. According to Fulk, Swarts will compete with veteran Eric Sims for the starting position at goalkeeper, and should inherit the job when Sims graduates.

Swarts led Hillsborough County in goals-against average and was first-team all-Western Conference. He plays for the Clearwater Chargers club team.

SWIMMING FOR A CAUSE: Harry Briggs, 76, will swim across the Tampa Bay to raise scholarship money for the UT tennis program. On May 20, his 77th birthday, Briggs will attempt the 8-mile swim. His journey will begin on Apollo Beach and end at St. Pete Beach. He estimates the swim will take approximately 12 hours.

_ JULIE K. TREMMEL

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