Monday, April 23, 2018
Colleges

FSU, UF reach baseball conference tourney finals

DURHAM, N.C. — Dylan Busby's run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Florida State past Miami 5-4 Saturday, giving the Seminoles a berth in today's ACC championship game.

Busby also homered and finished with three RBIs for fourth-seeded Florida State (37-19). The Seminoles finished pool play 3-0 and play sixth-seeded Clemson (41-18), with the winner claiming the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth.

The game was moved ahead to 10 a.m. (ESPN2) because of weather concerns.

The Seminoles loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth on a single by Jackson Lueck and two walks by Devin Meyer (1-1). After Ben DeLuzio grounded into a force play at home, Busby singled through a drawn-in infield to score Cal Raleigh with the winning run.

Edgar Michelangeli's two-run single in the top of the ninth tied it at 4 for top-seeded Miami (45-11).

Clemson defeated Wake Forest 5-4 to secure its spot.

UF reaches SEC final

HOOVER, Ala. — Scott Moss pitched six scoreless innings and Florida advanced to the SEC tournament championship game with a 1-0 victory over LSU. The defending SEC champion Gators (47-12) face Texas A&M today for the title (3 p.m., ESPN2). The only run came in the sixth when Dalton Guthrie reached on an infield single and scored on Jonathan India's two-out double. Moss (3-0) allowed just three hits against LSU (42-18). Texas A&M (44-14) defeated Mississippi 12-8.

American: Houston topped top seed Tulane 6-2 to reach the final at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The No. 5 seed Cougars (36-22) face No. 3 Connecticut at noon today (ESPNews); Memphis beat UConn 9-5 earlier to force an elimination game, but the Huskies (36-23) came back to beat the Tigers 5-0.

Men's tennis: USF senior Roberto Cid's sparkling college career ended with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald in the quarterfinals of the NCAA singles tournament at Tulsa, Okla. Cid, the No. 2 seed and a two-time quarterfinalist, was trying to become USF's first national champion in any sport in 23 years.

Women's tennis: Florida's Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan bested Arizona State's Alexandra Osborne and Ebony Panoho in the NCAA doubles tournament in Tulsa, Okla., and face UCLA's Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips in today's semifinals. Virginia's Danielle Collins, a St. Petersburg native, also reached the semis, beating Jasmine Lee of Mississippi State.

Men's golf: UF shot 7-over 287 and was tied for 12th at 573 after two rounds, 10 shots behind leader Vanderbilt, at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. Gordon Neale shot 3-under 67 and was at 137, fourth individually, to lead the Gators. FSU shot 294 and was 22nd at 579; USF (294—585) stood 25th.

Track and field: USF triple jumper Matthew O'Neal shattered his school record by more than 10 inches at the NCAA East meet in Jacksonville with a jump of 55 feet, 93/4 inches on his second attempt. His first jump (54-41/2) also would've won the event. "On the (second) attempt, my nerves kind of settled down from having jumped once before," he said. "I ran down the runway as fast as I could and just jumped the best I could." The championships are June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.

Lacrosse: No. 1 seed Maryland defeated Brown 15-14 in overtime and unseeded North Carolina topped Loyola (Md.) in the men's NCAA semifinals. The Terrapins (17-2) and Tar Heels (11-6) meet in Monday's final (1 p.m., ESPN2) in Philadelphia. The same schools meet in today's women's final (noon, ESPNU).

Obituary: Don Horton, a former football assistant coach at North Carolina State and Boston College, died Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., after battling Parkinson's disease. He was 58.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report. Contact him at [email protected]

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