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Florida, FSU, Miami to host NCAA Baseball Tournament regions

UF’s Casey Turgeon drops the ball as LSU’s Jake Fraley slides in Sunday’s SEC final. Both teams are top-eight national seeds.

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UF’s Casey Turgeon drops the ball as LSU’s Jake Fraley slides in Sunday’s SEC final. Both teams are top-eight national seeds.

OMAHA, Neb. — Florida and Florida State earned top-eight seeds for the NCAA Baseball Tournament and Miami will also host a region after the field was released on Monday.

Oregon State (42-12), the Pac-12 champion, was named the top overall seed over SEC regular-season winner Florida (40-21), the No. 2 seed. ACC regular-season champion Virginia (44-13) is third.

The other five national seeds, in order, are Indiana (42-13), Florida State (43-15), Louisiana-Lafayette (53-7), TCU (42-15) and LSU (44-14-1).

Florida won the SEC regular-season title and reached the conference tournament final, which it lost to LSU on Sunday. The Gators' schedule ranks as toughest in the country, and they're 16-5 in one-run games.

The tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regions. Best-of-three super regions are next week, hosted by top-eight seeds if they advance. Those winners reach the eight-team College World Series in Omaha.

The SEC has 10 bids, the most ever by a conference. The ACC is represented by seven schools, the Big 12 and Pac-12 by five apiece. Region host Louisville was one of two teams from the American Athletic Conference, along with Houston, which won the league tournament in Clearwater.

Miami is in for the 42nd straight year, extending its record. Florida State is in for the 37th season in a row, second all-time.

UCLA (25-30-1) won't defend its national title. The Bruins missed the tournament for the first time since 2009. MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman (26-31) is one of three teams in the field with a losing record and is in the Coral Gables region.

Tampa survives in Division II tournament

Stephen Dezzi and Tyler Ding each had four hits and Michael Danner drove in three runs to lead top-ranked Tampa to a 14-6 victory over Chico State in an elimination game at the Division II baseball national tournament in Cary, N.C.

Tampa (52-3) scored in each of the first five innings, building a 10-2 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

The Spartans advance to play Wednesday against Lander, which lost 6-5 to Southern Indiana on Monday. The winner will have to beat Southern Indiana twice to reach the final.

Duke takes lacrosse national championship

BALTIMORE — Duke won its second straight NCAA men's lacrosse championship, holding off Notre Dame's comeback with a goal by Kyle Keenan with 2:39 left to clinch an 11-9 victory. The Blue Devils (17-3), the top seed, led by six goals in the third quarter but the sixth-seeded Irish (12-6) closed within 9-8 with 5 minutes left and had the ball with a chance to tie. But after Duke goalie Luke Aaron stopped a shot by Jim Marlatt, Keenan scored on the other end for a two-goal cushion. Sergio Perkovic's fifth goal of the game made it 10-9 with 49.6 seconds left. But Duke won the ensuing draw and Jordan Wolf scored with 23.6 seconds to go to clinch it.

Tennis: Marcos Giron beat Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian 6-4, 6-1 to win UCLA's 11th men's national singles title in Athens, Ga. The second-seeded Giron (30-5) is UCLA's first singles champion since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006.

Golf: Stanford won the men's championship in Hutchinson, Kan., at 13-under-par 827 after a final round of 1-under 279 to beat LSU and top seed Alabama by nine strokes in the rain-shortened event. The NCAA cut the event to 54 holes after Sunday's rain. Stanford's Cameron Wilson defeated Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech in the third hole of a playoff after they tied at 6-under 204.

Florida, FSU, Miami to host NCAA Baseball Tournament regions

05/26/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2014 10:26pm]

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