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Florida Gators advance in NCAA softball tournament

GAINESVILLE — Florida beat Lehigh 9-0 Sunday to advance to the 16-team Super Region round of the NCAA softball tournament.

The Gators (58-3) host Cal in a best-of-three starting Friday with the winner advancing to the World Series. Last year, Florida swept the Bears in the Super Region.

Corrie Brooks' two-run homer was Florida's SEC-record 80th of the season and capped a four-run sixth. And Kelsey Bruder drove in two of her five runs with a double in a three-run seventh.

"You can savor the win for the rest of the day," Bruder said. "But Tuesday, we're back to work."

Men's basketball

Oklahoma: Forward Juan Pattillo, who averaged 6.2 points as a junior but was expected to play a bigger role with the exit of Blake Griffin, was dismissed from the team for undisclosed reasons.

USF: Forward Eladio Espinosa, who started 12 games and averaged 1.8 points, will transfer. He is the second freshman to transfer this offseason. Reserve guard Gaby Belardo went to Canisius.

Track: Shara Proctor won the long and triple jumps to help host Florida earn its first women's SEC title since 2003, beating second-place LSU by 221/2 points. The men finished second, 11 behind Arkansas. Calvin Smith of Tampa's Freedom High won the 400 meters for Florida, took second in the 200 and was part of the winning 4x100 relay (with football standout Jeff Demps) and third-place 4x400 relay. Demps was ninth in the 100.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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