Sports briefs | State College of Florida baseball team sweeps St. Petersburg College

April 14, 2013 

ST. PETERSBURG -- The State College of Florida baseball team banged out a season-high 22 hits on the way to a 12-5 victory over St. Petersburg College, completing a three-game sweep.

The Manatees (35-9, 17-3 Suncoast Conference), who have clinched a spot in the state tournament, have won nine consecutive games since it forfeited a game in the aftermath of a March 23 brawl.

On Saturday, Jarred Smith went 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the onslaught. Lakewood Ranch product Andrew McNett went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and Orlando Rivera was 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs.

Reggie McClain was the beneficiary of the run support. The starter pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out five and walking two to get the win.

Tennis: Isner, Almagro reach Houston final

HOUSTON -- John Isner and Nicolas Almagro, two of the biggest servers in tennis, aced their way into the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Top-seeded Almagro of Spain, the ATP Tour leader with 261 aces, needed only 58 minutes to beat American wild-card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1.

Isner, second in tour aces with 251, recovered from a slow start to top defending champion Juan Monaco of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal to set up the booming showdown Sunday.

ELSEWHERE -- Tommy Robredo of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa rallied to semifinal victories setting up a title match in the Grand Prix Hassan in Casablanca, Morocco.

Prep girls lacrosse: Mooney falls to Lake Highland Prep

SARASOTA -- Bridget Walsh scored the lone goal as the Cardinal Mooney girls lacrosse team suffered a 16-1 loss at the hands of Orlando Lake Highland Prep.

The Cougars (9-5) got 13 saves from Victoria Krupa. Cardinal Mooney opens district play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Tampa Berkeley Prep.

Horse racing: Overanalyze wins Arkansas Derby

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Overanalyze stormed down the home stretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, trailed with a second group for much of the race before charging ahead after the final turn in the 1 1/8-mile race.

Overanalyze overcame the lead pack and held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn Pletcher his third win in the Kentucky Derby prep race, his first since winning back-to-back Arkansas Derbies in 2000 and 2001.

ELSEWHERE -- Java's War edged Palace Malice by a neck to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., and solidify his credentials for the Kentucky Derby. … Cluster of Stars extended her undefeated streak to five, easily beating three rivals in the $190,000 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct in New York.

Figure skating: Wagner, Gold help U.S. win World Trophy

Tokyo -- Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold finished on the podium in the free skate to help the United States win the figure skating World Team Trophy.

Wagner, fourth after the short program, received 188.60 points for her routine to Samson and Delilah to finish second. Gold was third with 188.03 points.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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