Saturday, January 20, 2018
Colleges

FSU wins ACC softball tournament championship

Florida State had four runs in the third inning, enough to earn the ACC softball tournament championship with a 7-3 win over third seed Notre Dame in the tournament final in Raleigh, N.C.

Alonso High graduate Jessica Warren was named tournament MVP. The sophomore third baseman was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI on Saturday and was 4-for-10 with 6 RBIs and a home run over the three tournament games.

"Jessica Warren is only a sophomore and it is so fun to watch her swing," FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. "I'm very proud of her. She is starting to play the game one pitch at a time and understand that pressure is a privilege."

The Seminoles (48-8) won their third straight league title and 13th overall and clinched a spot in the 64-team NCAA tournament, which starts this week.

More softball: At Tulsa, senior ace Caitlin Sill tossed a four-hitter to lift the host and third-seeded Golden Hurricane (35-19) to a 4-0 victory against No. 1 USF (44-14) in the American Athletic Conference tournament final. The Bulls, who got two of their hits from sophomore Cassidy Boyle, learn their postseason fate in tonight's NCAA tournament selection show (10, ESPNU).

Men's basketball: Jalen Hudson is transferring to Florida from Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 35 games (24 starts) last season. He will sit out this coming season and have two seasons of eligibility left. Hudson played at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, the same high school that produced LeBron James. … Dayton center Steve McElvene was found dead in his home in New Haven, Ind., on Thursday. He was 20. An autopsy was done but answers regarding his cause of death were not available. … Maryland point guard Melo Trimble said on ESPN after a scrimmage at the NBA combine in Chicago that it's "50-50" whether he will return for his junior season, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Women's basketball: Chatrice White, who led Illinois in scoring and rebounding last season, completed her transfer to Florida State. The 6-foot-3 sophomore center from Shelby, Neb, will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017-18. White averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds last season and was named second-team All-Big Ten. The 2014 McDonald's High School All-American was named to the Big Ten's all-freshman team in 2014-15.

Baseball: Vanderbilt defeated host Florida 5-0 in an SEC matchup behind Kyle Wright's three-hitter. Gators ace A.J. Puk pitched six innings and tied his season high with 11 strikeouts. Florida (42-9, 17-8 SEC) is ranked first by Baseball America; the Commodores (37-14, 15-11) are 12th. … USF starter Brandon Lawson threw eight innings, striking out six and allowing one run, and designated hitter Luke Borders hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth as the Bulls (22-28, 7-13 American Athletic Conference) won 5-1 at East Carolina.

Men's tennis: USF (21-8), 17th in the ITF rankings, and No. 9 Florida (19-6) coasted to 4-0 wins against St. John's and North Florida, respectively, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Gainesville. The Gators and Bulls meet today at Ring Complex at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Round of 16. … FSU (18-8) lost to Baylor 4-3 in the first round in Athens, Ga.

Women's tennis: Host Florida, the No. 2 seed, defeated Syracuse 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Gators (23-2) face No. 15 Stanford at 1 p.m. Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., in the round of 16. … No. 7 seed Miami (21-5) beat TCU 4-0 and next faces No. 10 Michigan, also at 1 Thursday.

Track and field: The USF men were fourth and the women ninth after three of four days at the AAC championships in Orlando. The host Knights were fifth in the women's meet. USF's Matthew O'Neal was second in the long jump. … The Florida men were sixth and the women were seventh in the SEC championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. … The host FSU women led the ACC meet, which ends today.

Lacrosse: The Tampa men erased an 8-1 deficit to defeat Mercyhurst 10-9 in overtime in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals in Erie, Pa. Midfielder Jake Schmidt had five goals including the winner a minute into sudden death. The Spartans (15-2) face Limestone on May 22 in Gaffney, S.C., in the semifinals. … The Florida women will play host to Penn State at 1 p.m. today in the NCAA tournament round of 16.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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