Monday, June 25, 2018
Colleges

Florida ousts USF in NCAA men's tennis tournament

GAINESVILLE —Florida swept USF 4-0 Sunday to advance to this week's round of 16 in the NCAA men's tennis tournament.

The Gators (20-6), who are ninth in the ITF rankings, clinched the point in doubles as Alfredo Perez and Chase Perez-Blanco came back from a 5-4 deficit to win 7-5 over Roberto Cid and Ignacio Gonzalez Muniz.

Peter Bertran and Dominic Controne won at No. 2 doubles for USF (21-9), ranked 17th.

McClain Kessler clinched it for Florida in No. 6 singles by beating the Bulls' Vadym Kalyuzhnyy 6-3, 7-5.

Florida next plays Friday in Tulsa, Okla., against the winner of late Sunday's SMU-Texas Tech match.

Softball: USF (44-14) faces South Carolina on Friday at noon in the NCAA tournament in the Tallahassee region. Host and No. 8 national seed Florida State (48-8) faces Florida A&M (27-28) at 2:30 Friday in the double-elimination event. Florida, the top overall seed and two-time defending national champion, also hosts. The Gators (53-5) open against Alabama State at 2:30 Friday, preceded by UCF facing Florida Atlantic.

Baseball: Luke Borders, Joe Genord and Kevin Merrell combined for five runs and seven hits as visiting USF (23-28, 8-13 AAC) defeated East Carolina 6-5. Borders broke a tie at 5 in the sixth with a go-ahead home run. … Florida, ranked No. 1 in the writers poll, topped visiting Vanderbilt, ranked seventh, 10-6 thanks to 13 hits. Deacon Liput was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs for the Gators (43-9, 18-8 SEC) and sophomore Alex Faedo out of Alonso High pitched six innings for his 10th win. … Senior captain John Sansone had a career-high three doubles as No. 6 FSU (33-17, 15-8 ACC) won 4-3 at Duke.

Track and field: USF's Matthew O'Neal won his sixth AAC championship in the triple jump (outdoor and indoor combined) and set a school and conference record at 54 feet, 111/2 inches on the final day of the league's outdoor meet in Orlando. The Bulls finished fourth in the men's meet; the women were 10th. Host UCF women were second. … Florida State won the women's ACC title in Tallahassee with 106.5 points, outdistancing runnerup Miami (88). The Seminole women tied for fourth as Shauna Helps won the 100 meters in 11.68 seconds.

Lacrosse: Penn State scored in overtime to beat host Florida 14-13 in the second round of the NCAA tournament, ending UF's season at 18-2.

Basketball: Kansas forward Cheick Diallo will sign with an agent and leave for the NBA draft after one season, espn.com reported.

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