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Gators' title bid ended in extras

OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida, the top seed in softball's College World Series, was eliminated Sunday with a 1-0 loss in nine innings to Texas A&M, hours after forcing the game by defeating the Aggies.

The Gators (70-5) had won three straight elimination games, including 6-1 over Texas A&M to force a rematch.

The Aggies face Arizona State in the best-of-three championship series beginning today.

Florida, which got two home runs from Francesca Enea in Game 1 against the Aggies, finished the season with three more wins than any other school in NCAA history.

"It's tough to lose, but I don't know that any team has or ever will go 70-5," coach Tim Walton said. "It's just unbelievable."

Texas A&M (56-8) won the nightcap on Kelsey Spittler's RBI triple down the rightfield line in the ninth. Macie Morrow grounded a two-out single through the right side off NCAA wins leader Stacey Nelson (46-5) to set the stage for Spittler's first career triple, which bounded past rightfielder Mary Ratliff in the corner.

Megan Gibson (41-2) threw a seven-hitter as A&M reached the final for the first time since its championship season of 1987.

Spittler had been 0-for-10 in the Series, and Morrow was 1-for-10 before that inning.

After UF got back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth, Gibson got Ratliff to ground into a double play and Megan Bush to pop out to end the game.

Arizona State (64-5) reached the final by defeating Alabama 3-1 as Jackie Vasquez hit a three-run home run to rightfield in the third inning.

Seminoles force final

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State scored 41 runs in two games to stay alive in baseball's NCAA Tournament, forcing a decisive game today in its home region.

The Seminoles (51-11) defeated Tulane 17-8 to force a rematch with the Green Wave at 7 tonight for one of 16 spots in the Super Regionals.

Buster Posey hit two home runs, giving him four for the day. The junior catcher's three-run homer during a five-run fifth gave FSU a 10-4 lead.

That came one inning after his solo shot gave the Seminoles the lead for good at 5-4.

In the first game, FSU defeated Bucknell 24-9, tying its season highs for hits (25) and runs and avenging Friday's 7-0 loss to the region's No. 4 seed. Posey had two home runs and five RBIs in that game.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: FSU forward Ryan Reid has been suspended indefinitely by coach Leonard Hamilton for a violation of team rules that involved "fooling around with a BB gun," the school said late Sunday.

"It was a very dumb thing to do and I have embarrassed not only my family, my teammates, our coaching staff and the entire Florida State basketball program," Reid said in a statement. "I put myself in a situation that I should not have been in and for that I am truly sorry."

Reid, 21, a junior, was not booked in the Leon County Jail. He started 21 games last season and averaged 5.6 points and 5.0 rebounds. School officials weren't commenting further.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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