Santa Maria Times from Santa Maria, California on March 25, 2000 · 9
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r1 :( 3 Knights exposed by little r-jf( things smiiI MiPCb 25, 2010 I r David Feltcn Assistant Sports Editor The inability to execute the little things is leading to big trouble for St. Joseph High's baseball team. Infield errors in each of the final three innings led to seven consecutive unearned runs for Paso Robles on Friday, including five in the top of the eighth, as the Bearcats rallied for an 11-6 Los Padres League victory at Dave Brunell Field. Trailing 6-2 after four innings, Paso Robles (3-0 LPL, 4-5 overall) scored the final nine runs, keyed by single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie the game and a grand slam by Kyle Larson in the top of the eighth. "We're young,". St. Joseph head coach Bryn Smith, whose team squandered a 10-2 lead in a 12-12 tie with Atascadero last week. "We have to learn to battle back. One-run games come down to the basics." It was a lack of basics that led to the loss. An error on a stolen' base attempt in the sixth eventually allowed Josh Rovenstine to score on rid Mitchell's sacrifice fly, cutting the Knights' lead to 6-5. In the seventh, Larson's infield grounder was booted to lead off the inning and was followed by a stolen base, wild pitch and a fielder's choice by Jeff McCauley that brought in Larson with the tying run. "Unearned runs kill you, period," Smith said. In the eighth, a hit batter and bobbled bunt put runners at first and second with no outs. Reliever Drew Bernier looked close to being out of the inning, however, after inducing two infield fly balls. But the sophomore then walked ninth-place hitter Kyle Knox and got the ball up to Larson, who sent it well over the left-field fence. Adam Fleener later added an RBI single in the eighth. "(St. Joseph) made a couple mistakes and we were able to get some clutch hits to capitalize," Paso Robles head coach Derek Stroud said. "(Knox) drew the walk (to load the bases) and they couldn't really pitch around Kyle. He got his pitch and was able to drive pretty well." The Knights (2-1-1, 3-5-1) had their chance to end the game in the seventh but couldn't come up with the clutch hit. See IPL, page B-7 ArrOlfa Grar.23 SKSWn MSSlSy fires a pitch in against a Santa Maria batter during Friday's Northern League game at Elks Field. Mosley, a sophomore, struck out 17 in a 3-1 Eagle victory. AG's Mosley mows anta Maria down Eagle pitcher strikes out 17 in 3-1 victory Mike f'cKean Times Sports Writer Santa Maria High baseball coach Mike Glenn had a simple gameplan for the Saints' offense in Friday's Northern League game with Arroyo Grande try to attack Eagle hurler Shaw n Mosley early and often. It did just that for a while, scratching out a run in the first inning on a double and an Eagle error. But Mosley, quickly positioning himself as a possible NL MVP candidate, shut the Saints down the rest of the way, striking out 17 in a well-played 3-1 Eagle victory at Elks Field. Mosley improved to 3-0 on the season with the complete-game victory. He helped his own cause with a screaming See KL, page B-7 It : f ; : '' ) ""W11-""-' "' in. '.m xj.uy.liu-mm.ii.il It il ......cth. ...i-m, mmmnmmm,m.vvmum9Mmmmmm "' . i.u.iuj............ji 1 ' h ;- - hi ., ii i nnin -rr inim i i ilmli.iMlin.m.i ,., .m ,.i. ,-u. . ... .., i i in' tti-iiiji)1 nirtil i i1 T J-r-rn HI In mil in ill i ill ml mimil ; Sjhu M.i rij Times' tcM it frttiw ttnmfnm Santa Maria RSCftanI Earay delivers a pitch. Baray put together 5'id innings of solid relief for the Saints in Friday's NL game. 'v. u ii- : ii ' . : .; f - - -: - N ' " Florida S CsJSHlS left and Duke's Nate James bat tle for a loose ball in the second half of Friday's NCAA game. orida tops No. 1 Duke Gators eliminate Blue Devils; North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tulsa reach Elite Eight The Associated Press Florida knocked off the top seed of them all. leaving the unpredictable NCAA tournament even more wide open. Brett Nelson scored 15 points and the Gators scored the final 1 3 points to beat Duke 87-78 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals in Syracuse, N.Y. Duke's loss left the tournament with only one remaining top seed. Michigan State in the Midwest Regional. Arizona was knocked out in the second round in the West, and Stanford was eliminated in the second round in the South. "This has been as gratifying of a year as I've ever had," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The loss to Florida isn't going to change that. If you expect me to feel bad. you're crazy. What a journey my kids have given me this year." Duke (29-5). ranked No. 1 in the final AP poll 'had won 26 straight games in the East Since lc86 and was 21-3 as the top seed. The fifth-seeded Gators (27-7) will play Oklahoma State on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four. The third-seeded Cowbovs beat lOth-seeded Seton Hall 68-66. "We're really excited." said .Nelson, who hit three 3-point-ers and had four assists and only one turnover. "Duke was the No. 1 team in the country. To beat Duke is a great feeling. But we have to focus because we want to reach the mountaintop. We have a few more games to do that." In the South Regional in Austin, Texas, seventh-seeded Tulsa beat sixth-seeded Miami 80-71 , and eighth-seeded North Carolina edged fourth-seeded Tennessee 74-69. Today. Michigan State will play second-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest final in Auburn Hills. Mich., and sixth-seeded Purdue will face eighth-seeded Wisconsin in an all-Big Ten West final in Albuquerque. N.M. Duke failed to advance- to the Final Four for the fourth time in the last five years after making six appearances and winning two titles in a seven-year stretch. The Blue Devils were 3-for-l9 from 3-point range after going 2-for-17 against Kansas in the second round. Shane Battier led Duke with 20 points. 15 in the second half. Chris Carrawell finished with 16 and freshman point guard Jason Williams added 13 on 6-of-20 shooting, l-for-9 from beyond the arc. Duke, which went five minutes without a basket in the first half, went cold again when the game was on the line, missing See KCJU. page B-7 O'Neal's 40 help Lakers set Suns down LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal scored 40 points, his fourth time ceaching the 40-point plateau in the last seven games, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 109-101 victory Friday night over the crippled Phoenix Suns. The win w as the fifth straight by the Lakers, a mini-streak they began after having their 19-game victory string ended by Washington. The loss ended a five-game winning streak by the Suns. The Suns never led, but they made it close at the end, narrow ing the gap to 104-101 on Todd Day's 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. But Kobe Bryant made three free of four free throws and Robert Honry made two free throws for the final margin. O'Neal, who made 10 of 13 free throws and was 15 of 29 from the floor, had 14 rebounds. He also made six straight shots in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers keep the Suns at bay. Bryant added 28 points for the Lakers. Penny Hardaway led the Suns, playing their first game since losing Jason Kidd to an injury, with 25 points. Cliff Robinson added 22 in the loss, and Rodney Rogers had 16 off the bench. The Lakers led 79-71 heading into the final period and the Suns got no closer than five points, at 89-84 with 7:05 remaining. Kidd had surgery on his left ankle Thursday after injuring it just before half-time the previous night in a 114-93 win over Sacramento. Phoenix lost another key player, Tom Gugliotta, earlier this month to surgery on his left knee. The Lakers' biggest lead was 12 points, the last time at 87-75 with 9:54 left in the game. The Suns then began to chip away at the lead, but the closest they got was three points in the closing seconds. Los Angeles was up 51-45 at halftime as O'Neal scored 13 of his 15 first-half points in the opening quarter and Bryant had 13 in the second quarter. He scored 17 in the half. Cal Poly edges Sacramento St. Times Staff SAN LL'IS OBISPO - Cal Poh's baseball team won its fifth straight game. defeating Sacramento Stale 5-4 in Big West play. Keith Anderson provided the big hit fir the Mustangs (4-3. 10-13) with a two-run home run to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Joe Smith worked the first seven innings to pick up his second victory of the season, sinking out fie. Former San Luis Obispo High plaver Tvler Fitch worked the final two innings to record his first career save. Steve Wood, last week's Big West Plaver of the Week, added a double and an RBI in the win. Cal Poly and Sacramento State (0-3. 8-1 4 continue the three-game series today at I pjn. See CCLlICt page B-7 mm IIIIKll I 3 . ICJUTetrrsaissst i KCOY Gm I 1 40 p m.; Cm 2 4 p m 0 EujjjpiS Foi Sfs West 10 .V.) ajn. n I ns i d e ti la a t i i j ti i u u i Hal Sutton shut his second straight 69 to maintain the lead on a tough golf course going into the weekend at The Plasers Qiampxin ship. Tiger Woods is fmir shot, back. m Nixn Douhleheadef cs Fb'n3 at c.scnr.u Nixi Western State Conf. C w v a v 3 C JJ 9 at w m m m V jjjVjLw r I pm. Western State Conf C k& i J iii CI(J w -Tfc.j;ji ji3 at m jLw Jiii m CP lf? IM . L-f. w t . . .ti i pm. Big WesiCorfemxe tUvlw..w.lJ kt, at

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