Friday, December 15, 2017
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Former Alonso High baseball standout leads Florida State to comeback win over Miami; USF Bulls, Florida Gators win prior to Tuesday matchup

TALLAHASSEE — Former Alonso High standout Sherman Johnson's single in the 10th inning scored Giovanny Alfonzo, giving Florida State an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Miami on Sunday.

The Seminoles (33-7, 19-2 ACC), ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, trailed by as many as three but chipped away at the No. 18 Hurricanes (26-14, 12-9), scoring two in the sixth and one in the seventh to force extra innings.

Alfonzo led off the 10th with a single off E.J. Encinosa for his first collegiate hit. After the freshman stole second and Seth Miller was hit by a pitch, Johnson singled through the right side of the infield for the winner.

FSU swept the regular-season series from Miami for the first time since 2002 and for the first time in Tallahassee since 2000. "It's awesome," Johnson said. "Any time you can sweep Miami, which hasn't been done in a while, is awesome."

Robert Benincasa (Armwood) got the win with two innings of three-hit relief, striking out three to improve to 4-0.

MORE BASEBALL: USF's Derrick Stultz (Wharton) scattered six hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win over visiting Louisville, keeping the Bulls (27-14, 11-4 Big East) tied atop the conference. A two-run single by Jimmy Falla (Jesuit) in the sixth broke the game open for USF, which faces Florida, ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Gainesville. … Daniel Pigott's three-run homer snapped a tie and lifted UF (31-9, 11-7 SEC) to a 6-3 win over visiting Georgia.

USF women, men fall in finals

TAMPA — USF's women's and men's tennis teams lost their Big East tournament finals at the Varsity Courts. The top seed Notre Dame women, in the final for a 17th straight season, made it five championships in a row with a 4-1 victory, and the Louisville men won 4-2 for a third straight title.

More TENNIS: The top-seeded Florida women defeated Georgia 4-1 in Oxford, Miss., for the Gators' third straight SEC tournament title and 18th overall in the 26 years of the event. UF (21-1) advances to the NCAA championships. The 64-team field is announced May 1.

Football: Maryland offensive lineman Max Garcia has transferred to Florida. Garcia had visited Wisconsin, Georgia, Ole Miss and USC. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder started 12 games at left tackle last season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season.

SOFTBALL: Freshman Maddie O'Brien (Palm Harbor) went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBIs to lead FSU (42-11, 15-3 ACC) to a sweep of visiting Boston College, 2-0 and 5-0.

Gymnastics: Florida freshman Kytra Hunter won the vault at the NCAA championships in Duluth, Ga. She won the all-around title Friday.

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