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Gators ousted by South Carolina in SEC baseball tournament

HOOVER, Ala. — Brandon McArthur had a strong game for Florida, but the Gators lost to South Carolina 11-3 and were eliminated in the second round of the SEC baseball tournament Thursday.

No. 3 seed Florida (34-22) must hope for an at-large NCAA region bid, which seems like a long shot after going 0-2 in the conference tournament.

The No. 7 Gamecocks scored five in the second inning on five hits and three walks, chasing starter Billy Bullock.

McArthur had a sacrifice fly in the first and an RBI single in the third, finishing 1-for-3.

"I have to tip my hat to South Carolina,'' said McArthur of Armwood. "They played well."

In other SEC games:

Austin Hyatt retired 20 consecutive Georgia batters at one point and No. 5 Alabama won 5-2. The No. 1 Bulldogs were eliminated without winning a game for the first time since 2002.

No. 2 LSU beat No. 6 Vanderbilt 8-2, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 18.

ACC: Miami, the top seed, beat No. 5 Georgia Tech 15-12 in a second-round game in Jacksonville. Yonder Alonso and Dave DiNatale hit two home runs each, with DiNatale's three-run shot in the ninth helping the Hurricanes overcome a 12-11 deficit. Meanwhile, No. 7 Virginia heads into today's 5 p.m. second-round game against No. 2 FSU coming off a wild 8-7 victory over No. 3 North Carolina late Wednesday. John Barr scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th, then dived to catch a blooper to end it.

SUN BELT: Florida Atlantic eliminated Middle Tennessee 12-7 in Lafayette, La., and must win twice today to reach Sunday's championship round. The other games were postponed by rain.

FSU tight end Graham charged

Tight end Charlie Graham, a starter at Florida State for much of last season who has been in junior college trying to improve his academics, was charged last week with firing a legally-possessed gun into the air, WCTV in Tallahassee reported.

Tallahassee Police say he has June 17 court date on the misdemeanor. He wasn't arrested and Graham, 20, has no criminal record, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

JACK MILDREN DIES: Jack Mildren, the first quarterback in Oklahoma's vaunted wishbone offense, died Thursday at age 58. He had been getting treatment for stomach cancer. The offense he quarterbacked in 1971 set an NCAA record that still stands by averaging 472.4 rushing yards.


AGENT DROPS MAYO: Former USC star O.J. Mayo and his agent have split because of allegations that Mayo illegally received cash and gifts. Mayo, a likely top-five draft pick, had announced that Calvin Andrews of Bill Duffy Associates would represent him. But the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based sports management group and Mayo said their association was over.

DRAFT NEWS: Marquette guard Jerel McNeal and Alabama forward Alonzo Gee will remove their names from the NBA draft list and return for their senior seasons.

Indiana: Coach Tom Crean dismissed forward Brandon McGee because of academic and team guideline violations, leaving the Hoosiers with three returning players.


florida: Nestor Briceno lost to Pepperdine's Bassam Beidas 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the NCAA singles Round of 32 at Tulsa, Okla. Briceno finishes with 105 singles wins, fifth all time at UF; his 171 combined wins tie Olivier Levant for seventh.

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