Derek Nicholson hit for the cycle and drove in five Sunday as No. 4 Florida

defeated No. 17 Tennessee, 17-5, to win the rubber game of the three-game

series.

The game was shortened to seven innings because of the NCAA's 12-run

rule.

Florida (23-7, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) took a 5-2 lead after five

innings. The Gators broke the game open with 10 runs in the sixth, capped

by a three-run homer from Mark Ellis, his second of the game.

David Ross had three RBI on two doubles, as Florida collected 17 hits

in the game.

Sonny Cortez homered for Tennessee (21-9, 6-6).

Brad Wilkerson (6-1) allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings to get the win.

Justin Ross (2-1) allowed nine runs in five innings for the Vols.

The two clubs split the first two games of the series. Florida downed

the Vols, 14-6, on Friday, while Jeff Pickler's 4-for-4 performance led

UT to a 7-4 win Saturday.

The Vols face Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday night at 7 at Lindsey Nelson

KURCZEWSKI PACES LADY VOLS TO THIRD

The 11th-ranked Lady Volunteer golf team finished in third at this weekend's

inaugural Bryan National Collegiate with a final score of 907 in Winston-Salem,

N.C.

UT held the third-place position throughout the tournament with rounds

of 302, 300 and 305.

Duke won the team title with an 894 stroke-total. Georgia freshman Reilley

Rankin won the individual top spot with a three-day total of 218, one over

par. Tennessee's Erin Kurczewski finished second at 219.

Tying for 10th place was UT junior Jessica Lindbergh. She scored rounds

of 76, 73, and 79 (228).

Other Lady Vol finishes: Skyli Yamada, 14th, 229; Anna Umemura, 24th,

TRACK & FIELD TEAM BOASTS SUCCESSFUL TRIO

Three members of the Tennessee men's track and field squad claimed individual

titles at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina on Friday and Saturday.

Freshman Tim Bell took the high jump event with a 7-0 1/2 leap; pole

vaulter Russell Johnson placed first with a 17-3 heave; and Chris Morland

earned top honors in the javelin with a throw of 235-11.

The Vols will take next week off before hosting the Sea Ray Relays, April

BASKETBALL BANQUET SET

Tennessee will hold its 1997-98 men's basketball awards banquet April

14 at the Radisson Hotel and the public is invited to attend. Tickets are

$30 per person and reservations must be made by April 10 by calling the

basketball office at 974-1206.

The "Voice of the Vols," John Ward, will emcee the event, which

will include the presentation of this year's awards and a highlight video.

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