Saturday, December 16, 2017
Colleges

FSU's Jessica Burroughs no-hits FAMU in NCAA tournament

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's Jessica Burroughs threw a no-hitter against city rival Florida A&M, striking out 14, as the Seminoles won 1-0 Friday in an NCAA tournament region matchup.

Former Alonso High standout Jessica Warren's sacrifice fly drove in Morgan Klaevemann in the first inning for the lone run for the Seminoles (49-8), who face South Carolina at noon today.

USF lost 2-0 to South Carolina and faces FAMU (27-29) today in the loser's bracket of the double-elimination region. USF had eight hits, three each by Astin Donovan and former Academy at the Lakes standout Lauren Evans, but the Bulls (44-15) stranded six runners.

Two-time defending national champ Florida routed Alabama State 11-0 in the Gainesville region. The Gators (54-5), the top overall seed, needed only 41/2 innings as pitchers Aleshia Ocasio and Kelly Barnhill combined on a one-hitter.

UCF won its opener 1-0 over Florida Atlantic in Gainesville and faces the Gators at noon today. Osceola High graduate Jasmine Acevedo hit a fifth-inning home run for the Knights (37-20).

Grier eligible to start 2017 season: West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said he expects suspended former Florida quarterback Will Grier to be eligible for the start of the 2017 season. Grier was suspended for one year halfway through last season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He decided to leave UF after the season for West Virginia, meaning he would have to miss the 2016 season due to the NCAA transfer rule. What was unknown was whether he would have to sit out the first six games of the 2017 season as well to honor the suspension's length. … Former South Carolina starting quarterback Connor Mitch, who has two seasons of eligibility left, will leave school after graduating this summer and seek a transfer, coach Will Muschamp said.

Baseball: No. 2 seed and host Tampa lost to Delta State 7-5 at the double-elimination South Region of the Division II tournament. The Spartans (41-9) face West Georgia at 11 a.m. today in an elimination game. … The Florida State-Miami game in Tallahassee was rained out and rescheduled for 11 a.m. today as part of a doubleheader.

Men's tennis: No. 9 seed UF beat SMU 4-0 in Tulsa, Okla., to reach the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. The Gators (21-6) face top seed Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday. … Saint Leo defeated Armstrong State (Ga.) 5-2 in Denver to reach today's final in the Division II tournament. The Lions (27-1) face Hawaii Pacific at 3 p.m. today if search of their first national title.

Women's tennis: Saint Leo (23-3) fell to top-ranked and undefeated BYU-Hawaii 5-3 in the semifinals of the D-II championships in Denver. Pauline Helgesson and Madeleine Gauthier won singles matches for the Lions. Saint Leo freshman Natalia Siedliska was named the national D-II rookie of the year and Chris Frusci was named national coach of the year for both men and women.

Men's golf: Saint Leo reached the match play final at the D-II championships in Denver and faces Chico (Calif.) State today. The Lions tied Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn 2-2-1 but advanced on a tiebreaker. In the quarterfinals, the Lions beat Wilmington (Del.) 3-0-2. Freshman Hugo Bernard (13-under 203) clinched the individual title late Thursday, the first team or individual national title in school history.

Women's golf: FSU (7-over 295) was tied for 12th, UF (297) tied for 15th and Miami (299) tied for 21st after one round of the NCAA tournament in Eugene, Ore. … Saint Leo (297 — 896) was seventh in the D-II event in Aurora, Colo.

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