Friday, April 20, 2018
Colleges

Florida softball a win from title after rout of Alabama

OKLAHOMA CITY — Hannah Rogers pitched a four-hitter to help Florida defeat Alabama 5-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three national championship series Monday night.

Rogers had a perfect game through four innings and a one-hitter going into the seventh in the matchup of SEC rivals.

Florida (54-12) is one win from its first national title after runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011. Game 2 is tonight (8, ESPN).

Jackie Traina took the loss for Alabama (53-12). She gave up five runs in 61/3 innings after having allowed one earned run in her first three games during the World Series.

The Crimson Tide hadn't been shut out since Feb. 16.

"We worked hard all season to get here,'' Rogers said. "Just keep locating my pitching and stay low in the zone and using my defense."

Aubree Munro got the Gators going with a solo homer to left-center in the third inning. It was her third of the season.

In the fifth, Florida got it going with two outs. Leadoff hitter Kelsey Stewart had a bunt single, then Kirsti Merritt doubled to left-center to score Stewart. Stephanie Tofft singled to score Merritt and push the lead to 3-0.

Alabama's Kaila Hunt broke up Rogers' perfect game with a single in the fifth, but the Crimson Tide couldn't score after getting a runner to second.

In the seventh, a sacrifice fly by Tofft scored Stewart, then Lauren Haeger's double scored Merritt.

Baseball

TEXAS TECH 4, MIAMI 0: Cameron Smith pitched a three-hitter to send the Red Raiders to the NCAA super regionals for the first time with a win in Coral Gables.

KENNESAW ST. 4, ALABAMA 2: Jacob Bruce hit a winning two-out double in the seventh inning to send the Owls to their first super regional with a victory In Tallahassee.

TEXAS 4, TEXAS A&M 1: Chad Hollingsworth pitched a two-hitter, C.J. Hinojosa had three hits and the Longhorns won the Houston Region.

CHARLESTON 4, LONG BEACH ST. 2: Morgan Phillips' sacrifice fly drove in Ryan Welke with the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning as College of Charleston won the Gainesville Region.

OLE MISS 3, WASHINGTON 2: Sikes Orvis hit an RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning to push the Rebels to victory in the Oxford Region.

LA.-LAFAYETTE 5, miss. st. 3: Ryan Wilson and Matt Plitt combined on a six-hitter as the Ragin' Cajuns won the Lafayette Region and advanced to the super regionals for the first time since their only College World Series appearance in 2000.

STANFORD 5, INDIANA 4: Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Cardinal in the championship game of the Bloomington Region.

ELSEWHERE: Coach Billy Godwin's contract with East Carolina will not be renewed. Godwin was 317-215-1 with five NCAA Tournament appearances.

BASKETBALL: Villanova will play Illinois and Indiana will meet Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden.



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