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Florida women's golf makes NCAA tourney

NORMAN, Okla. — The Florida women's golf team qualified for the NCAA championships, finishing fourth Saturday at the Central Region tournament.

The Gators shot par 288 for the day, finishing at 13-over 877 for the three-day tournament. Duke (851) edged host Oklahoma (857) for the title.

The top eight teams and top two individuals make the NCAA championships May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.

In the West Region at Stanford, Calif., Florida State shot 11-over 295 for its best round and finished 19th at 909. Miami (305—927) was 21st.

FIU (14-over 302, 907 total) was 14th and UCF (292—908) tied for 15th at the East Region in Auburn, Ala.

Women's tennis: Host and top national seed Florida swept Marist 4-0 to advance to the second round of the NCAA championships. UF didn't lose a game in any of the three completed singles matches. The Gators (23-2) face Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. today at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville. Tech beat Yale 4-3; Yale's Amber Yi, a former Plant High player, lost in No. 5 singles. … Host and No. 6 seed Miami finished a rain-delayed 4-0 win over North Florida, then swept Purdue to reach the Round of 16.

Softball: UF won the SEC tournament, defeating Missouri 10-4 for its second win of the day in Lexington, Ky. Stephanie Tofft had two hits, two runs and two RBIs for the Gators (52-7), who defeated Georgia 9-5 earlier. … FSU lost the ACC tournament final 1-0 to North Carolina State in Tallahassee. Former Palm Harbor University High player Maddie O'Brien was named to the all-tournament team for the Seminoles (41-16). … In the Division II South Region, Tampa lost 5-3 to host Valdosta (Ga.) State but stayed alive with a 6-2 victory over Albany State. The Spartans (33-9) must beat Valdosta State twice to advance. Saint Leo was eliminated with a 2-1 loss to Albany State.

Baseball: USF lost 4-2 at Seton Hall as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep. Catcher Chris Norton had two hits and an RBI for the Bulls (32-19, 15-6 Big East), ranked No. 23 by Baseball America. … No. 9 Florida State (40-10, 16-9 ACC) had its nine-game winning streak end with a 3-1 loss at North Carolina State.

Track: Marquis Dendy was second in the long jump, Florida's best result of the day at the SEC championships in Columbia, Mo. The UF men were second (47 points), and the women (26) were fourth.

Golf: Bethune-Cookman, the leader after the first round, was second at the PGA National Minority event in Port St. Lucie, four strokes behind Texas-Pan American. B-CU was at 13-over 589. For the women, B-CU led Texas-Pan American by 13 strokes; Andrea Orozco shot 69.

USF hall: USF's all-time leading passer, Marquel Blackwell of St. Petersburg, heads the school's 2013 Hall of Fame class. Blackwell, a former coach at Freedom High, is now on the Bulls' staff as director of player development. The class also includes former men's basketball coach Bobby Paschal, All-America baseball player and major-leaguer Chris Heintz, and Dayana Octavien, who holds three school records in track and field. The class will be inducted Sept. 27.

Basketball: Texas Tech women's coach Kristy Curry left to take the same post at Alabama.

Florida women's golf makes NCAA tourney 05/11/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 1:31am]

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