TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Fifth-ranked Florida State University jumped out to a nine-run lead after four innings and cruised to a 9-3 baseball victory over the University of Maine on Wednesday afternoon.
Devon Travis homered, doubled and singled with four RBIs to lead Florida State. Stuart Tapley homered and doubled with two runs and two RBIs.
Joey Martin and Fran Whitten both doubled and singled with an RBI to pace the Black Bears. Mike Connolly had two singles, an RBI and a run scored.
The Seminoles scored five runs in the second inning off senior Joe Miller (0-1) to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
UMaine has a day off Thursday, then returns to action Friday with games against Georgetown (3 p.m.) and Rollins (6 p.m.) at Winter Park, Fla.
Maine (3-11) 000 002 001 — 3 9 1
Florida State (12-1) 151 200 00x — 9 11 1
Perakslis, Miller (2), Benoit (2), Coughlin (5), Whitten (8) and Patzalek; Scantling, Johnson (6), Nolan (7), Miller (8), Trexler (9) and Brunelle, McGee (8)
Davenport 102, UMM 27
At Sioux City, Iowa, top-ranked Davenport (Mich.) University forced 44 turnovers by the University of Maine-Machias to run away with a first-round victory in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.
The Lady Panthers came up with 31 steals and wound up scoring 28 points off turnovers to advance to the second round of the 32-team tournament. Davenport has won 34 consecutive games.
Kristi Boehm paced a balanced Davenport team with 13 points and six steals, while R. Hensley and K. Despres scored 11 points each. The Panthers outrebounded the Clippers 67-44.
UM-Machias was led by Emma LeGallais, who scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and made three steals. Dana Houghton and Sabree Rodriguez added five points and Janyne Pringle pulled down nine rebounds for coach Skip Alley’s Clippers, who qualified for the NAIA tourney by winning the Sunrise Conference title.
UMM shot only 17 percent from the field while tallying the second-lowest point total in tournament history.
Houghton 1-3-5, LeGallais 2-0-6, Pringle 2-0-4, Rodriguez 2-1-5, Wood 1-1-3, Frey, Hare, Latimer, McPherson 0-2-2, Nicely, Shults, Wormell 1-0-2
Ka. Benike 2-5-9, Boehm 5-2-13, Closson 3-2-8, Grubius 4-0-9, Hensley 4-3-11, Ke. Benike 1-0-2, Chambers 2-0-5, Clayborn 2-0-4, Confer 4-0-9, Despres 4-0-11, Gross 0-1-1, Harris 0-2-2, Neff 3-1-9, Sevcik 2-2-6
3-pt. goals: LeGallais; Boehm, Grubius, Chambers, Confer, Despres 3, Janish, Neff 2
Halftime: Davenport 49-14