Monday, February 19, 2018
Colleges

Tampa reaches region baseball final

TAMPA — Host and top seed Tampa advanced to today's final of the NCAA Division II South Region baseball tournament, outdueling West Florida 15-11 Saturday.

The Spartans (42-10) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to break open a tie game, capped by Adam Pendleton's two-run single to left. Each team scored six runs in the seventh inning, and West Florida tied it at 11 with two in the eighth.

Second baseman Tyler Ding was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs for Tampa, which stayed unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament.

In the late game, UWF junior Dayan Rodriguez pitched a complete game in a 3-1 victory over Delta State to stay alive. Earlier, Delta State eliminated Valdosta State 7-2.

The Argonauts (38-13) face the Spartans at noon today and have to beat Tampa twice to keep it from reaching the College World Series.

More baseball: USF lost to visiting Rutgers 10-6 in its regular-season finale, setting up another meeting with the Scarlet Knights at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Big East tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater. USF (35-20, 17-7 Big East) is the No. 4 seed. Senior Jimmy Falla went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for the Bulls. … Florida State clinched its seventh straight Atlantic Division title and the No. 2 seed in this week's ACC tournament, beating visiting Clemson 6-1. The Seminoles (44-11, 20-10), ranked ninth by Baseball America, face No. 3 seed Virginia, No. 6 Virginia Tech and No. 7 Georgia Tech in pool play in the tournament, which begins Wednesday in Durham, N.C. The other pool contains No. 1 seed North Carolina, No. 4 North Carolina State, No. 5 Clemson and No. 8 Miami. The full schedule will be released today. DJ Stewart, Stephen McGee, Jose Brizuela and Giovanny Alfonzo had two hits apiece for FSU. … Florida (29-27, 14-16 SEC) lost 9-2 at Georgia and is the No. 8 seed for this week's SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Gators face No. 9 seed Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Men's golf: USF lost to Oklahoma in a one-hole playoff for the fifth and final spot out of the Tallahassee Region, denying the Bulls their first trip to the NCAA championships. Florida State qualified by finishing third at 28-under-par 836, six strokes behind winner North Florida. St. Petersburg native MJ Maguire led North Florida, shooting 1-under 71 to tie for second at 204 along with FSU's Chase Seiffert. Chase Koepka (68) was the top finisher for USF, finishing eighth at 207, as the Bulls tied the Sooners at 854. Florida reached the NCAA championships for the 13th consecutive year, the longest streak in the nation, by finishing second in Baton Rouge, La. The Gators shot 8-over 296 for 874 total, six strokes behind rival Alabama. SEC schools took the top four spots. UCF also made the NCAAs, tying for second in Tempe, Ariz., at 13-under 827. The Knights' Greg Eason (70—198) won the individual title. The championships are May 28-June 2 in Atlanta.

Women's lacrosse: No. 5 seed Florida was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the quarterfinals with a 13-9 loss at No. 4 seed Syracuse. Mikey Meagher had a season-high 12 saves and Shannon Gilroy, Nora Barry and Kitty Cullen had two goals each for the Gators (18-3). Cullen and Gilroy each had an assist.

Women's tennis: Miami defeated Northwestern 4-3 late Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Champaign, Ill., and keep alive the possibility of facing top seed Florida in the semifinals. Today, UF faces No. 8 seed California at 1 p.m., and Miami (23-5), the No. 6 seed, faces No. 3 Texas A&M at 5.

Women's golf: Methodist (N.C.) had its streak of 15 consecutive national titles end Friday when Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) won the Division III championship in Destin. Methodist, which finished third, had won every Division III tournament since it was established in 2000 and, before that, the final two years of the combined Division II/III event.

Football: Akron cornerback Seth Cunningham faced a charge of aggravated robbery after an incident Thursday; he's accused of holding up a tobacco pipe store at gunpoint and stealing a water pipe worth $447, FOX8-TV in Cleveland reported.

Men's basketball: Lipscomb hired Casey Alexander as its coach, luring him away after two seasons at Atlantic Sun Conference rival Stetson.

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