Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Colleges

FSU wins ACC softball tournament

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Florida State won its 12th ACC softball championship, beating Notre Dame 3-1 in Saturday's tournament final.

Former Palm Harbor University High standout Maddie O'Brien homered in the first for Florida State (50-6). It was her 23rd home run of the season and record-tying third in the conference tournament.

Starter Lacey Waldrop allowed three hits and one run for the complete-game win. FSU must wait until tonight to learn its next opponent and game site when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. The top 16 seeds host four-team region tournaments this week.

MORE SOFTBALL: Tampa split a pair in its Division II South Region. Tampa (33-7) lost to Valdosta State 5-2 and shut out Delta State 3-0 in Tampa. The Spartans play Valdosta State today at 1 and must beat the Blazers twice to make the Super Region.

Golf: The Florida women's team advanced to the NCAA championship for the fourth straight year and the 24th time in school history. With only the top-eight finishers earning a spot in the championship, UF ended the final round of the NCAA Central Region in Stillwater, Okla., tied for eighth with tournament-host Oklahoma State. The tiebreak was determined with a one-hole playoff, which the Gators won to make the championship in Tulsa, Okla., May 20-23.

TENNIS: Florida's men's and women's teams won their NCAA tournament matches in Gainesville. UF's women defeated Oklahoma State 4-1 in a second-round matchup. The Gators move on to the Round of 16 on Thursday in Athens, Ga., to play Vanderbilt or Georgia Tech. Florida's men play USF today at 2 in the second round. UF's men shut out St. John's 4-0 in the first round. USF defeated Florida State 4-2. The Gators-Bulls winner advances to the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

BASKETBALL: Former Tennessee recruit Phil Cofer committed to Florida State, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward from Fayette­ville, Ga., confirmed his commitment on Twitter, as he visited Tallahassee over the weekend. Cofer committed to Tennessee in June before former coach Cuonzo Martin left for Cal. Cofer is the fifth commit of FSU's recruiting class. … Tennessee lost another recruit as Larry Austin committed to Xavier, nbcsports.com reported. The 6-1 point guard signed in November but was released from his letter of intent. … Former Maryland guard Seth Allen reportedly will transfer to Virginia Tech.

FOOTBALL: Cornerback Shaq Wiggins, who led Georgia with two interceptions and a defensive touchdown, is transferring, coach Mark Richt announced.

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