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Florida State Seminoles softball team eliminated from NCAA tournament

Sarah Hamilton tossed a no-hitter Saturday to keep Florida State alive in the NCAA softball tournament, but the host Seminoles were eliminated hours later in a 12-inning marathon.

Oklahoma State topped FSU (44-16) in the Tallahassee Region 1-0 when Julie Ward, who led off with a double, scored from third on a wild pitch.

In the first game, the Seminoles defeated Mississippi State 5-0 as Hamilton struck out 10 and walked two.

Oklahoma State must beat Cal twice today to reach next weekend's 16-team Super Region round. The winners of the best-of-three Super Region series go to the eight-team College World Series on May 28-June 3 in Oklahoma City.

FLORIDA: The Gators beat Texas A&M 7-1 to reach today's Gainesville Region final against Lehigh. Florida (57-3), the No. 1 seed, needs to win one of two today to reach the Super Region round. Florida A&M, which lost to UF 12-0 on Friday, was eliminated with a 9-0 loss to Lehigh. Lehigh (36-17-1), the Patriot League champion, ousted Texas A&M 3-2 on Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Former Plant star and ex-Miami quarterback Robert Marve will choose between a scholarship at Purdue and walking on at Tennessee this week, his high school coach said. "He really did his homework," Robert Weiner said. "With a transfer, you can't be wrong. You have to make the right choice."

GOLF: The UF men, led by senior Billy Horschel's 3-under 68, shot 294 to win the Southwest Region in Austin, Texas. The Gators reached the NCAA championship on May 27-30 in Toledo, Ohio. Horschel was second in individual play. … FSU tied for seventh at the Southeast Region in Sorrento at 844, seven strokes short of the finals. UCF (818) led wire to wire to win the title by 11 strokes.

TRACK: Shara Proctor won the long jump and Genevieve LaCaze the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the host UF women to first place with one day left at the SEC meet. For the men, Arkansas led, and UF was fourth.

BASEBALL: No. 2 seed USF faces Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Big East tournament at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater.

Florida State Seminoles softball team eliminated from NCAA tournament 05/16/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 16, 2009 10:37pm]
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