MIAMI (AP) - Edgar Renteria ended one of the most thrilling Game 7s ever, singling home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Florida Marlins their first World Series championship with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night. The 5-year-old Marlins became the youngest expansion team to win a championship.
The Marlins tied it at 2-2 in the ninth on Craig Counsell's sacrifice fly and then took advantage of second baseman Tony Fernandez's error to score the winning run. This marked just the third time in history that a Game 7 had gone to extra innings.
Florida pitcher Livan Hernandez became just the second rookie to win the Series MVP award.
''I guess every little boy imagines this might happen at one time. It's a total fantasy for me,'' Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. ''I was a little concerned. We haven't given up all year - tonight wasn't the time to give up. When we walked into the clubhouse tonight, we knew we were going to be world champions.''
Indians manager Mike Hargrove found no joy on his 48th birthday. It was Clevelands' second World Series loss in three years.
''I don't really know what to tell the team, other than they played hard all year long,'' Hargrove said. ''We overcame long odds to get where we're at. We played hard, we didn't give the game away, it could've gone either way. It just happened to go the Marlins' way.''
The third-ranked Arizona women's golf team remained in 4th place after the second round at this weekend's Stanford Women's Intercollegiate golf tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. The Wildcats' final round scores were not available to the Wildcat at press time.
Arizona shot a 3-over-par 295 on Saturday leaving them at 10-over-par 594 for the first two days. Stanford leads the tournament by nine strokes over Arizona State, by 13 over Louisiana State and 16 over the UA.
For the Wildcats, Krissie Register finished day two in a tie for eighth place and overall has carded a 1-over-par 147. Heather Graff is in a tie for 20th place after a 1-under-par 72 Saturday. Jill Gomric and Jenna Daniels both had 4-over-par 77s Saturday and remained in a tie for 32nd place. Shannon Ingalls goes into the final round with a two-day score of 6-over-par 78, good for a tie for 38th place and Christina Montiero, playing as an individual, had a 3-over-par 76 on Saturday to tie for 51st place.
By the Numbers
Number of shots on goal that the Arizona Icecats club hockey team fired this weekend in its first two games of the season. The Icecats scored 23 goals in the two games, winning both over St. Louis University. The Billikens had a total of 46 shots on goal in both games. The Icecats totaled 34 shots in the second period of Saturday's game alone.