GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State remained alive in the ACC baseball tournament Friday, beating Boston College 12-2 in seven innings, but no longer in control of its tournament future.
The Seminoles (41-17) finished 2-1 in Division A pool play and need Virginia to defeat Miami today to reach the final. BC (30-28) was 1-2 in its division.
FSU hit three home runs, one each by James Ramsey, Devon Travis and Alonso High graduate Sherman Johnson, to win via mercy rule.
GATORS MOVE ON: Florida defeated Vanderbilt 5-2 in an elimination game in the SEC tournament. The Gators (42-14) face Alabama today, at about 2 p.m. (30 minutes after LSU-Ole Miss, which starts at 10:30 a.m.)
STREAK hits 52: Garrett Wittels increased his hitting streak to 52, six shy of the Division I record, after getting hits in both of Florida International's games at the Sun Belt tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The sophomore singled in the first off South Alabama's Garrett Harris in the first game, then doubled off Florida Atlantic's R.J. Alvarez in the first in the nightcap.
USF's David Aristil qualified for the national championships in the 400 hurdles during the NCAA East preliminary round in Greensboro, N.C. Aristil was seventh among 24 competitors in the quarterfinals, in 50.57 seconds. The top 12 go to the NCAAs, June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.
FSU had six athletes qualify for Eugene. Maurice Mitchell (10.04) advanced in the 100 with the second-fastest time in program history. Others going to nationals: Kevin Borlee (400), Michael Putman (shot put), Andrew Bachelor (high jump) and two women, Brittany St. Louis (400) and Marecia Pemberton (100).
Also, UF had five advance to Eugene, bringing its total to 12, including sprinters Calvin Smith of Freedom High and Jeff Demps, a running back on the football team. Smith advanced in the 400 as did Tony McQuay. Demps made it in the 100, joining Terrell Wilks, who also qualified in the 200. Kemal Mesic won the shot put to reach the NCAAs.
In Athens, Ga., UF's Marrit Boonstra and Allie Will reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles championships, defeating Stetson's Carolina de los Santos and Valentina Galbarini in three sets. The Gators face Tennessee's Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey today. Will lost in singles, 6-1, 6-4 to Georgia's Chelsey Gullickson in the round of 16.
LACROSSE: The Northwestern women defeated North Carolina 15-10 in the national semifinals in Towson, Md. The second-seeded Wildcats (20-1) aim for their sixth straight title against top seed Maryland (21-1) in Sunday's final; the Terrapins defeated Syracuse 14-5. … The top-seeded Virginia men (16-1), still winning even after teammate George Huguely was charged with first-degree murder in the death of women's player Yeardley Love, faces No. 5 seed Duke (14-4) in today's semifinals in Baltimore. Notre Dame (9-6) and Cornell (12-5) meet in the other semifinal.
SOFTBALL: UF's Sunday schedule in the NCAA Super Region round is set. The host Gators face Arizona State at 7:30 tonight, with Game 2 scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday followed by Game 3, if needed, at 6.