Sunday, May 20, 2018
Colleges

FSU, Gators win their baseball Super Region openers

TALLAHASSEE — Jackson Lueck had four hits, including the winner in the ninth inning, and four RBIs as Florida State rallied from a four-run second-inning deficit to defeat Sam Houston State 7-6 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Tallahassee Super Region.

Taylor Walls opened the ninth with a single and Dylan Busby was hit by a Nick Mikolajchak pitch. Lueck then got his third walkoff hit of the season, a single to right-center to score Walls.

Lueck wasn't feeling well but said there was no chance of missing the game. "I was going to play no matter what," Lueck said. "Definitely wasn't going to let these guys go out there and compete and not be behind them."

Lueck, a sophomore rightfielder, is 10-for-24 with eight RBIs in six NCAA tournament games this season.

Sam Houston State (44-22) scored four in the first two innings off two errors by FSU starter Tyler Holton. The Bearkats had a comfortable lead for much of the game. But the Seminoles (44-21), trailing 6-3 in the seventh, tied it on RBI singles by Lueck, Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh.

All 20 hits in the game (13 by FSU) were singles.

FSU, 11-1 in its past 12 games, can advance to its first College World Series since 2012 with a win today (noon, ESPN2).

UF takes a marathon

GAINESVILLE — Ryan Larson's two-out, bases-loaded single up the middle in the 11th gave Florida a 2-1 win over Wake Forest in their Super Region opener. The Gators overcame struggles at the plate — they had loaded the bases on a walk and two hit batters in the 11th — and a weather delay of 3 hours, 49 minutes. UF totaled four hits. Gators starter Alex Faedo, a former Alonso High standout, had nine strikeouts in four scoreless innings, then didn't return after the delay.

MORE SUPER REGIONS: Two teams clinched College World Series berths: Louisville and Texas A&M. Drew Ellis homered twice as host Louisville topped Kentucky 6-2. … Host Texas A&M used a seven-run rally in the eighth inning to topple Davidson 12-6. … John Gavin pitched a seven-hitter, leading visiting Cal State Fullerton to a 12-0 victory over Long Beach State to force a decisive third game today. Long Beach State will play its fourth elimination game of the postseason. … Evan Skoug hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth, sending host TCU past Missouri State 3-2 in their opener. Skoug's one-out shot came on the fourth pitch from Jordan Knutson, who replaced Dylan Coleman after the starter threw a season-high 132 pitches.

Saban at USF camp

TAMPA — With one casual step through the east gate of the Morsani Football Practice Complex, Alabama coach Nick Saban took a giant leap for satellite camp proponents nationally.

Previously an outspoken satellite-camp detractor, Saban made what is believed to be his first appearance at such a gathering Saturday afternoon, arriving in the waning stages of USF coach Charlie Strong's one-day minicamp that attracted hundreds of state and local recruits.

Saban offered neither instruction nor a group speech but met on the side with a handful of notable campers. The first with whom he met: Armwood High athlete Jerome Ford and Hawks athlete Warren Thompson, deemed three- and four-star prospects, respectively, by 247Sports.

Crimson Tide offensive line coach Brent Key and receivers coach Mike Locksley were among the dozens of other coaches from various schools on hand, arriving well in advance of Saban. Key got quality face time with 6-foot-6 Berkeley Prep four-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Last year, Saban said he was against satellite camps because they incorporate third parties into recruiting.

The NCAA recently established new guidelines on satellite camps, mandating they be conducted on university facilities or facilities used by universities for games or practices. The new rules also limit 10 days to be used for camps in both June and July.

Saban was believed to be slated to also attend a Butch Davis camp at Florida International on Saturday.

Meantime, Strong hosts another minicamp today featuring, among others, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. Mullen and Strong were coordinators for Meyer's 2006 and '08 national title teams at Florida.

UF WINS men's TRACK TITLE: With freshman Grant Holloway on the anchor leg, the Gators finished fourth in the final event, the 4x100-meter relay Friday night, giving them just enough points to repeat as NCAA men's outdoor track and field national champions. The Gators finished with 61.5 points, two ahead of Texas A&M, in Eugene, Ore. In the women's championships Saturday, Florida's Kyra Jefferson broke a 28-year-old NCAA record in winning the 200 meters in 22.02 seconds. The record of 22.04 was set by Dawn Sowell of LSU in 1989. UF finished fifth overall. Oregon took the title.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

Comments
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

The ACC has released some kickoff and TV information for the first three weeks of the season:Week 1 (previously announced)Miami vs. LSU (in Arlington, Texas): Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., ABCVirginia Tech at Florida State: Monday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., ESP...
Published: 05/18/18
Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Old, unofficial news is expected to become old, official news today with a formal announcement that Florida State and Boise State are kicking off the 2019 season in Jacksonville.  A lot has changed since the schools announced the series (FSU pla...
Published: 05/16/18
FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

What had been an open secret for months is now open and shut: Group of Five power Boise State will face FSU at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in the teams' 2019 opener.A formal announcement is expected Wednesday, but the '19 schedule on Boise's offi...
Published: 05/15/18
RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

TAMPA — He’s the accidental pitcher who can’t be pigeonholed into a defined role. He’s a well-spoken economics major who morphs into fire-breathing intensity on the mound. And he’s one of the biggest reasons why the University of Tampa Spartans are p...
Published: 05/15/18
Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

One of the Florida Gators' top incoming recruits was released from jail early Wednesday after police allege he kicked a female's car and broke her phone after an argument.Justin Watkins — a four-star athlete from Clermont — and ...
Published: 05/10/18
Why Gators’ Dan Mullen still name-drops his second grade teacher

Why Gators’ Dan Mullen still name-drops his second grade teacher

When first-year Gators coach Dan Mullen spoke to a packed crowd at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club this winter, he told stories about the stars Florida fans recognize instantly.Tim Tebow. Steve Spurrier. Percy Harvin.Then he name-dropped someone els...
Published: 05/10/18
Florida Gators coordinator Todd Grantham to earn $1.39 million. Here are the other salaries

Florida Gators coordinator Todd Grantham to earn $1.39 million. Here are the other salaries

New Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be one of the highest paid assistants in the country, earning $1.39 million in base pay this year.The Gators released the contracts for Grantham and the rest of Dan Mullen's staff on Tuesday aftern...
Published: 05/08/18
Why Dan Mullen wants his Gators to hit every school in Florida

Why Dan Mullen wants his Gators to hit every school in Florida

As the Florida Gators hit the road for the spring evaluation period, coach Dan Mullen has a goal."It's really important for me that we try to get into every school in the state of Florida," Mullen said Monday before a speech to the Polk County Gator ...
Published: 05/08/18