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Saturday, March 9, 2002

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MEMPHIS RIPS SOUTHEAST BASEBALL TEAM 9-1

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis scored seven unearned runs Friday night as the Tigers rolled past Southeast Missouri State University 9-1 in college baseball.

The Tigers improved to 5-6 while the Indians, who committed three errors, fell to 1-6.

Memphis had 11 hits and the Indians had just three hits. Vern Hatton drove in Southeast's only run.

Losing pitcher Mark Frazier (0-3) allowed six hits and five runs (two earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Donnie Fuller had a strong outing with 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief. He allowed two hit and struck out eight.

The Tigers scored two first-inning runs, added three in the third and broke the game open with four in the eighth. The Indians got their lone run in the seventh.

The squads will play again at 2 p.m. today.

Southeast gymnasts on the road for meet today

Southeast's gymnastics team will be in Champaign, Ill., tonight for a 7 p.m. dual meet with the University of Illinois.

Illinois is ranked seventh in the South Central Regional while Southeast is ranked 10th.

The Illini scored a season-best 194.000 two weeks ago in their last home meet. The Otahkians are coming off a second-place finish in a home triangular meet last week, beating Illinois State but losing to Ball State.

Eagle Ridge team finishes sixth in national event

DAYTON, Tenn. -- The Eagle Ridge Christian School's girls basketball team ended its season with a sixth-place finish in the National Association of Christian Athletes National Tournament after losing to Shenandoah Valley Christian School of Virginia 41-34 on Friday.

Eagle Ridge (19-6) went 1-3 in its eight-team division of the tournament.

Rachel Carbaugh paced Eagle Ridge with 13 points. Amber Karnes made the all-tournament team.

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BASKETBALL

  • Nets guard Jason Kidd said his obscene gesture following Wednesday night's loss in Phoenix wasn't directed at the Suns' crowd but toward one fan who taunted him.

    Kidd was fined $5,000 by the NBA for making the gesture as he walked into the tunnel following New Jersey's 89-87 loss.

    "It was probably something I shouldn't have done, but it was done, and life goes on," Kidd said at shootaround Friday, hours before the Nets' game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Kidd said a heckler made a "personal" remark about him. Kidd would not reveal any more details about what was said.

    Television replays made it seem like Kidd was giving the finger to the Suns' fans, but Kidd said it was only meant for an individual.

    "It wasn't directed toward all the fans or anybody," he said. "Somebody had said something when I was leaving the court. So the gesture was for that."

    Colleges

  • Boise State fired basketball coach Rod Jensen following his second losing season in three years, while women's coach Trisha Stevens resigned.

    Jensen's firing ends a 19-year tenure at Boise State, including 12 years as an assistant before he replaced Bobby Dye as head coach in August 1995.

    Jensen compiled a 109-93 overall record, but led the Broncos to a 13-17 mark this season and a seventh-place finish in Boise State's first year in the Western Athletic Conference.

    Stevens had a 77-93 record, including a 10-20 mark this season.

    Reggie Willits' RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted Oklahoma to a 10-9 win over Missouri in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

    The Sooners (9-4, 1-0 Big 12) trailed 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

    Matt Bose hit an RBI-double to make it 9-6. Denver Kitch, who finished 4-for-6 with three RBI, drove in two runs with a single to left.

    Willits then singled to drive home another run and tie the score at 9.

    OU reliever Mark Roberts (2-1) went the final inning for the win.

    Advance High's Garrett Broshuis (1-2) allowed seven hits and five runs in the final three innings.

    Jody Roughton and Cody Ehlers each homered for the Tigers (6-5, 0-1).

    The Sooners' Jason Fransz homered for the fourth time this season.

    --From staff, wire reports

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