GAINESVILLE — The Florida men's tennis team was stunned Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing 4-3 to unseeded Denver.
The Gators (15-11), seeded 15th, earned the doubles point and led 3-1 before Denver rallied at the Ring Tennis Complex.
"It hurts, and I want it to hurt our guys to the point that it motivates them to get better," Florida coach Bryan Shelton said. "We've got to get better as a team, as a program."
Denver's top three singles players won, and the Pioneers clinched their first postseason victory when Alex Clinkenbeard defeated Florida's Billy Federhofer 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.
Florida State also lost in the first round in Gainesville, 4-1 to California. Dominic Cotrone won in No. 1 singles to earn the lone point for the Seminoles (18-11).
Women's tennis: FSU lost to Memphis 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Today top seed Florida hosts Marist, and Miami, seeded sixth, hosts North Florida.
Softball: Former Palm Harbor University High standout Maddie O'Brien hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead top seed Florida State (41-15) past North Carolina 3-0 in the ACC tournament semifinals in Tallahassee. Lacey Waldrop pitched a two-hitter for the Seminoles, who face No. 2 seed North Carolina State, a 3-1 winner over Virginia Tech, in tonight's title game (6, ESPN). … Florida's SEC semifinal against Georgia in Lexington, Ky., was rained out and will be made up at 11 a.m. today (ESPNU). The winner faces Missouri or Tennessee at 8 tonight in the final, which airs on ESPN. … Tampa beat Saint Leo 8-0 to open the Division II South Region in Valdosta, Ga. Former East Bay High standout Kayla Cox pitched a two-hitter. The Spartans (32-8) scored seven runs in the sixth inning to end the game and set up a meeting with host Valdosta State at 1:30 today. The Lions (40-15) face Albany State at 4 in the double-elimination tournament.
Women's golf: Florida fell from first to third in the second round of the NCAA Central Region tournament in Norman, Okla., but with a round to go was still on track to make the NCAA championships. The Gators shot 19-over 307 for a 589 total and trailed host Oklahoma (569) and Duke (575). In the West Region, FSU was 20th and Miami 21st after two rounds in Stanford, Calif. The Seminoles shot 305 for a 47-over 615 total; the Hurricanes had 312—619. In the East Region, FIU (13-over 304, 605 total) was 16th and UCF (304—616) 21st in Auburn, Ala. The top eight teams and two individuals advance from each region to the championships May 21-24.
Men's golf: Brothers Leon and Ryan Fricker each shot 3-under 69 to help Bethune-Cookman lead the men's PGA Minority Collegiate Championship in Port St. Lucie at 5-under 283. The B-CU women (299) also led.
Saban on big matchups: Alabama football coach Nick Saban told the Birmingham News he favors five "super conferences" with "everybody playing everybody" in those leagues. He also said he favors a nine-game SEC schedule.
MORE Football: Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson was arrested in Norman for public intoxication and refusing to obey a police officer. … Minnesota QB Max Shortell will transfer to Division I-AA Jacksonville (Ala.) State, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
Baseball: USF was swept by host Seton Hall in a doubleheader, 3-2 and 5-4, to fall out of a tie for first in the Big East. The Bulls (32-18, 15-5) face the Pirates again at 1 p.m. today. USF and Seton Hall are tied for third.
Track: Florida's Jimmy Clark won the 10,000 meters at the SEC championships in Columbia, Mo., as the Gator men led through three of 21 events. The UF women were fourth.
Basketball: Former Georgia Tech forward Julian Royal is transferring to George Mason. … A federal judge denied a petition by Missouri coach Frank Haith, who wanted to subpoena Bank of America employees to determine if his checking account was illegally accessed during the NCAA's investigation of Miami athletics. Haith was the Hurricanes' coach from 2004-11.