A college student died yesterday after suffering a head injury in a clash between police officers and a crowd of Red Sox fans who poured into the streets outside Fenway Park on Wednesday night to celebrate their team's victory over the New York Yankees.

Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old journalism major at Emerson College, was shot in the eye by a projectile fired by an officer on crowd-control duty. The nature of the projectile was not immediately identified but the weapons are meant to be non-lethal. She was among 16 people hurt in the revelry. The injured also included a police officer.

During a news conference carried live on local television, Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole expressed the department's sympathies to Snelgrove's family and said the agency "accepts full responsibility for the death of Victoria Snelgrove."

Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ-AM Snelgrove was struck by a "non-lethal weapon," but he did not elaborate.

"The Boston Police Department is devastated by this tragedy. This terrible event should never have happened," O'Toole said.

David Procopio, a spokesman for the district attorney, said the office is investigating whether the student's injuries "were sustained in any way during crowd control measures."

Eight arrests were reported during the Boston celebration. The crowd set several small fires and numerous fights broke out, police said.

Elsewhere, 29 people were arrested at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after revelers threw beer cans and flaming toilet paper at police. And at the university's Dartmouth campus, about 2,000 people had to be dispersed by police using stun grenades.

In New Hampshire, police made about 15 disorderly-conduct arrests as crowds swarmed the campus of Plymouth State University and surrounding neighborhoods.

Tavarez Appeals

St. Louis right-hander Julian Tavarez appealed his $10,000 fine for throwing a pitch over the head of Houston's Jeff Bagwell during the National League Championship Series.

The players' union filed the appeal before Game 7 of the NLCS. St. Louis General Manager Walt Jocketty said he was not aware of it.

Tavarez was penalized after a meltdown in Game 4 at Houston. He gave up a go-ahead run to Carlos Beltran, then threw a pitch over Bagwell. At the end of the inning, the reliever punched a bullpen phone in a dugout tantrum and broke his left hand.

Wearing a special splint to protect the hand inside his glove, Tavarez pitched two hitless innings and got the win in Game 6 on Wednesday, a 6-4 victory in 10 innings that evened the NLCS.

In Game 7 last night, Tavarez pitched a scoreless eighth inning, retiring Beltran, Bagwell and Lance Berkman in order.

Power Display

Craig Biggio led off Game 7 with a home run, and it was a record-setting shot.

The drive against Jeff Suppan gave Houston and St. Louis a combined 24 home runs, the most in any postseason series. Florida and the Cubs set the previous mark of 23 in last year's NLCS.

Biggio's homer was the Astros' 14th of the NLCS, tying the record by one team in a postseason series set by Barry Bonds and San Francisco in the 2002 World Series.

Still, the biggest home run of the series came from the Cardinals' Scott Rolen, whose two-run shot in the sixth inning lifted St. Louis into the World Series.