Adrian Alaniz and J. Brent Cox combined on a four-hitter, and Will Crouch and David Maroul homered, leading Texas to a 4-2 win over Florida in Game 1 of the College World Series championship round last night in Omaha.

The Longhorns (55-16) can clinch their second national championship in four years and sixth overall with another win over the Gators (48-22) today. If necessary, Game 3 of the series would be tomorrow.

The redshirt freshman right-hander turned yesterday's game over to Cox in the eighth with runners on first and second. Then the Longhorns had to withstand some anxious moments.

Cox, making his CWS-record 12th appearance, struck out Jeff Corsaletti and Adam Davis before Matt LaPorta's two-run single pulled the Gators within 4-2. Cox got out of the jam after walking the bases loaded by striking out Brian Leclerc. . . .

University of Maine baseball coach Paul Kostacopoulos has resigned to become head coach at Navy, the university announced.

Kostacopoulos coached the Black Bears for nine years and compiled a 284-195 record. He led Maine to the NCAA tournament this year and in 2002.

"It's a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to coach at the Naval Academy and work with the nation's finest young men. It's a dream come true for me and my family," Kostacopoulos said in a release issued by the academy.

Navy fired former coach Steve Whitmyer last month after the Midshipmen went 12-33-1 and finished last in the Patriot League with a 6-14 conference record.

* BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their second straight title at the Beach Volleyball World Championship in Berlin, defeating Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazi, 21-17, 21-17.

Apart from two forfeit losses at the last worlds in Brazil, when May injured an abdominal muscle, the Americans haven't lost an international match since July 2003.

"It wasn't easy. These girls are tough," Walsh said. "These girls don't make mistakes and they're fearless. That's a scary thing in a young team. They'll take you out any way they can."

* AUTO RACING: A helicopter pilot, who was flying alone, walked away uninjured after crashing on an airport runway only a few hundred yards from thousands of racing fans attending the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland. There were no injuries on the ground.

* HORSE RACING: English Channel took command in the stretch and beat Exceptional Ride by 31/2 lengths in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs. The victory was the fourth in five career starts for English Channel, who is owned by James Scatuorchio.

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