Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Colleges

Florida women's tennis advances

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The top-ranked Florida women's tennis team remained perfect at the NCAA tournament, defeating No. 15 seed Duke 4-0 to reach the quarterfinals Friday.

The Gators (25-2) won the doubles point, then went up 2-0 when Duke forfeited at No. 6 singles. Brianna Morgan and Olivia Janowicz won in singles in straight sets to clinch the match.

The Blue Devils (16-10) reached the round of 16 with five players because of injury and also had to forfeit at No. 3 doubles.

Florida plays No. 8 seed California, a 4-1 winner over Alabama, at 1 p.m. Sunday. Miami's match against Northwestern was not over at press time.

Baseball: Host and No. 1 seed Tampa defeated Florida Tech 11-6 to remain unbeaten in the double-elimination Division II South Region tournament. Jacob Tillotson and former St. Petersburg Catholic standout Connor Obrochta had three hits apiece and Jon Keller came within an out of a complete game for the Spartans (41-10), who play at 11 a.m. today against No. 4 West Florida, which defeated No. 2 Delta State 5-1. Florida Tech was eliminated. … Jimmy Falla reached on a walkoff RBI fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the ninth as USF (35-19, 17-6 Big East) beat Rutgers 6-5 to stay undefeated at home in the conference and extend its home winning steak to 14. … Florida State scored two runs in the first and held on to defeat visiting Clemson 2-1. Luke Weaver struck out eight in 7⅓ innings for the Seminoles (43-11, 19-10 ACC), who took sole possession of the league lead with two games to go, including one at 3 p.m. today against the Tigers (39-16, 18-11).

Men's golf: Florida remained first at the NCAA Baton Rouge (La.) Region, shooting 4-over 292 for a two-day total of 578 with one round left. The Gators led Alabama by eight strokes. In Tallahassee, Florida State was third at 23-under 553 after 276, and USF (284—564) was tied for fifth. North Florida's MJ Maguire, a former St. Petersburg High standout, shot 4-under 68 for 133 total to remain in first for individual honors. FSU's Chase Seiffert was tied for second, a stroke out, and USF's Richard James was at 135. Ryan Fricker of Bethune-Cookman was at 149. UCF (8-under 272, 552 total) was second in Tempe, Ariz., 11 shots behind UCLA. The top five teams from each region go to the NCAA tournament.

Football: Columbia (S.C.) defensive end Christian Miller, a high school junior, posted on Facebook that he was decommitting from Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported. … FSU freshman defensive end DeMarcus Walker was cleared by the NCAA, ending a three-month investigation into a class he took in his senior year of high school. … Tickets to some FSU games are on sale at seminoles.com. There are two three-game packages; one includes Bobby Bowden Day on Oct. 26 against North Carolina State, when the former coach will return to Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time since his tenure ended in 2009.

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