Gators win in softball; USF falls to UCF

GAINESVILLE — Leftfielder Francesca Enea hit a grand slam in the first inning, then Florida added three more runs en route to a 7-2 victory over Georgia Tech in the NCAA Gainesville Region Friday night in a game delayed nearly 90 minutes by rain.

Top-ranked Florida (63-2) plays UCF (47-18) at 1 p.m. today. South Florida (44-19), a 3-2 loser to UCF in the opening game, plays Georgia Tech (31-30) at 3:30.

"It's always good to get the points up early to take the pressure off," said Enea, who had four RBIs.

South Florida's JoJo Medina hit her eighth home run of the season in the third to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. But in the sixth, pitcher Allison Kime's two-run triple gave the Knights a 3-2 lead.

"We have to tighten up and play better team defense (today), USF coach Ken Eriksen said.

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Florida State was ousted 10-1 by Jacksonville State after beating Chattanooga 5-3 in eight. FSU (38-28) gave up seven run in the second to JSU.

BASEBALL: USF clinched one of eight spots in next week's Big East tourney in Clearwater when Rutgers lost 4-3 to Louisville. The Bulls (28-25) then beat visiting Notre Dame 3-2 in 16 innings, tying the longest game in USF history. … Top seed and host Tampa (40-9) beat Florida Tech 10-7 in the Division II South Region and faces Tusculum or Catawba at 11 a.m. today. The Spartans have won the past two national championships.

FOOTBALL: Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he felt fine a day after going to the hospital for dehydration. Also, Nittany Lions defensive tackle Chris Baker was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading guilty in two cases involving separate fights.

BASKETBALL: Officials are investigating whether Kansas star Darrell Arthur was eligible to play in high school, a Dallas TV station reported. Dallas South Oak Cliff High is investigating whether Arthur's grades were improperly altered, WFAA-TV said. Arthur, who played on KU's national title team last season, has applied for early entry into the NBA draft.

MEN'S TENNIS: UF lost 4-0 to Texas in the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.Nestor Briceno and Jeff Dadamo took their singles matches to three sets for the Gators (17-8).

WOMEN'S TENNIS: UF reached the NCAA quarterfinals late Thursday, beating SEC rival Vanderbilt 4-1 in Tulsa. The Gators (23-2) faces defending champion Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. today.

MEN'S GOLF: UF (300­—594) was tied for eighth after two rounds at the NCAA Central Region in Columbus, Ohio. The top 10 make the NCAA Championships.

Times wires contributed to this report.

Gators win in softball; USF falls to UCF 05/16/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 17, 2008 12:13am]

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