CARY, N.C. — No. 1 ranked Tampa survived another day in the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, ousting Lander 7-3.
The Spartans (53-3) face Colorado Mesa at noon today and need to win twice to reach the final.
Giovanny Alfonzo and Sean O'Brien had two RBIs each for UT. Preston Packrall pitched 61/3 innings; he struck out three, walked two and allowed three runs on 10 hits.
PHSC survives: Pasco Hernando State College scored nine in the first in its 13-3 victory over Mercer County (N.J.) Community College in an elimination game, shortened to five innings by the mercy rule, at the NJCAA Division II tournament in Enid, Okla. PHSC faces the loser of late Wednesday's Hinds-Madison game today at 4:30.
O'Brien first-team softball All-American
Florida State's Maddie O'Brien, a former standout at Palm Harbor University, was one of three state softball players named to the NFCA's All-American first team. Her Seminoles teammate, pitcher Lacey Waldrop, and Florida infielder Kelsey Stewart were also named to the first team. The Gators and Seminoles both made the Women's College World Series, which starts today. USF senior pitcher Sara Nevins was All-American for a school-record third straight year. The Pinellas Park High alum made the third team, as did UF's Hannah Rogers.
Arizona extensions: The school extended the contracts of football coach Rich Rodriguez and basketball coach Sean Miller through 2019. Rodriguez's deal was lengthened by two seasons, raising his base salary to $1.9 million. Miller had one year added and his base salary will rise to $1.6 million for the final year.
Football camps: SEC coaches want the NCAA to close a loophole that lets schools take part in out-of-state summer camps with prospects. Penn State caused a stir with the announcement that its staff would work with prospects at Georgia State's camp on June 10. NCAA rules prohibit schools from running camps out of state more than 50 miles from their campus but Penn State's presence in Atlanta doesn't break the rule because the Nittany Lions are considered guests of the Panthers' staff.
Notre Dame: DaVaris Daniels, the football team's leading retuning receiver, and Jerian Grant, the basketball team's top scorer, were reinstated after they were suspended for the spring semester for undisclosed academic violations. They will return starting with summer school next month, the school said.