Thursday, April 26, 2018
Colleges

FSU loses Super Region opener

TALLAHASSEE — Kyle Schwarber's two-run single during a four-run seventh helped lift Indiana past Florida State 10-9 in Game 1 of the Super Region on Saturday.

The Hoosiers, playing in their first Super Region, can advance to the College World Series with a win today (1, ESPNU). Game 3 if needed is Monday.

The Seminoles, in the Super Regions for the sixth straight season, lost the 2008 opener at home to Wichita State before winning the next two games.

"It ain't over," coach Mike Martin said. "We are going to play our butts off (today)."

FSU led 6-5 entering the seventh, but Indiana scored four runs on three hits and two of FSU's three errors for the game.

Schwarber, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, put the Hoosiers ahead with a bases-loaded single. He scored from third on catcher Stephen McGee's errant pickoff throw.

"It seemed like every chance they had, a guy in scoring position, they got him in," said FSU first baseman John Nogowski, who made a bad throw on a sacrifice bunt in the seventh for an error. "I know we will be ready (today) and those errors won't happen again."

DJ Stewart's single in the ninth cut FSU's deficit to 10-9, and it later had runners at second and third with one out. But McGee's flyout was too shallow, and Marcus Davis' flyout ended it. FSU stranded 13 runners.

FSU's Luke Weaver entered having pitched at least seven innings in six of his past 10 starts. He allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings.

"I don't think it was a particularly well-played game," said Hoosiers coach Tracy Smith, whose team committed three errors. "But I do think it's important … to get off to a good start with a win in Game 1 no matter how it happens."

LSU reaches series: JaCoby Jones went 4-for-4 with a homer as host LSU beat Oklahoma 11-1 to sweep the Super Region.

Florida shares NCAA men's track title

EUGENE, Ore. — Florida earned a share of the NCAA men's track title by winning the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, at the University of Oregon.

After Omar Craddock won the triple jump and a victory in the 400 relay (Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Leonardo Seymore and Dedric Dukes) the Gators trailed Texas A&M by nine points. The 1,600 win (10 points) by Graham, Dukes, Najee Glass and Arman Hall and the Aggies' last-place finish (one point) after dropping the baton left each team with 53 points.

"I just told the guys let's go win the relay," Gators coach Mike Holloway said. "We don't see it as Texas A&M dropping the baton. We see it as we didn't drop it."

Florida also won the 2012 title after A&M won the three before that.

Craddock, a senior, leaped 55 feet, 61/4 inches, 1-51/4 farther than Memphis' Manuel Ziegler. Florida's Marquis Dendy finished 18th and USF's Matthew Oneal ninth. Eddie Lovett contributed eight points to UF by finishing second in the 110 hurdles.

FSU finished ninth with 221/2 points. One came from the 400 relay, which included Chamberlain graduate Dentarius Locke. Morne Moolman took 11th in the javelin.

On the women's side, USF's Courtney Anderson was second in the high jump. Her school record of 6-11/4 was 31/2 inches behind the NCAA record of Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist. It tied Auburn's Maya Pressley, but Anderson had fewer misses. The eight points were the only ones for USF, which tied for 32nd.

Florida finished tied for 11th with 25 points, 35 behind first-place Kansas. Cory McGee took second in the 1,500.

FSU finished tied for 29th, all nine of its points coming Saturday.

UCF finished fifth with 35 points. Aurieyall Scott and Octavious Freeman tool third and seventh, respectively, in the 200.

Softball: USF coach Ken Eriksen signed an extension through 2020. His base salary will be $130,000. He made $95,000 in a contract (through 2017) signed in August.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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