GAINESVILLE — Stephanie Brombacher lost a no-hitter in the seventh but still lifted the host Gators to a 6-0 victory over Central Florida in the NCAA softball tournament on Saturday.
Florida (45-8) has two chances to beat Florida International, which later eliminated Bethune-Cookman 2-0, and reach the Super Regionals. The first comes at 1 p.m. today. A Panthers victory means an immediate rematch.
Kelsey Bruder's 13th homer of the season (and second in two days) made it 2-0 in the first.
FSU out: Florida State lost twice in Athens, Ga., to be eliminated in its region. First, it lost 5-2 to Georgia. Then came 3-2 to Radford, whom FSU (44-18) needed only five innings to beat 10-1 on Friday.
Cody Larson, a South Dakota standout who signed a letter of intent last month to play for Florida, has been given a suspended jail sentence in a drug case.
Larson was given a 120-day suspended sentence on Friday and ordered to volunteer three nights a week until he leaves to play for the Gators at the end of June. Larson, 18, also must speak next year at all four Sioux Falls high schools.
He was charged earlier this month with inhabiting a room knowing drugs were kept or used there. Authorities say the charge is from an incident at Larson's house in February. Another player also was charged in the investigation into prescription drug use at Roosevelt High.
BOCA RATON — In his final regular-season game, FIU's Garrett Wittels doubled in the third inning against Florida Atlantic to extend his hitting streak to 48. Only the 58 of Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura in 1987 is longer.
Next up for the sophomore shortstop is at least two games in the double-elimination Sun Belt Conference tournament. But the Panthers will be the No. 4 seed and likely must win it to earn at least two more games in the NCAA tournament. In 1987, Ventura's Cowboys advanced to the College World Series.
Football: Jeff Brinson, a star at St. Petersburg's Northeast High who is transferring from Iowa, is awaiting NCAA approval to play this fall at Central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Normally, players who transfer from one I-A school to another must sit out one season. But Brinson's father has a heart condition, which prompted the transfer.
Women's tennis: Florida advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals by sweeping Miami 4-0 in Athens, Ga. It faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. Monday in Athens.
Men's golf: FSU and Florida qualified for the NCAA championship by finishing second and third, respectively, at the Central Region in South Bend, Ind. Stanford, Duke and LSU qualified for the event (June 2-5 in Chattanooga, Tenn.) by finishing first, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Times staff writer Antonya English and Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.