Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Colleges

Top-seeded Gators fall in SEC baseball

HOOVER, Ala. – The Florida baseball team fell behind early and never recovered against Kentucky, losing 4-2 in the second round of the SEC tournament Wednesday.

Top-seeded UF plays at 1:30 today against either Mississippi State or South Carolina.

The Gators (37-20) got a run in the second on a RBI groundout by Peter Alonso, scoring Braden Mattson, and scored in the sixth on Mattson's sacrifice fly.

ACC: FSU wins 7-1

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State opened the ACC tournament with a 7-1 victory over North Carolina.

The Seminoles, who snapped a seven-game losing streak in the conference tourney, play at 11 a.m. Friday against Maryland.

Starter Billy Strode gave the Seminoles (42-14) six shutout innings, retiring the first 11.

Jameis Winston pitched the ninth and worked around a one-out walk, recording a fly out, then a strikeout to end the game.

In an earlier game, Brandon Gold hit a two-run single in the eighth to help Georgia Tech rally past top-seeded Miami 6-3. Dale Carey had three hits for the Hurricanes (40-16), who face Clemson today.

Football: College Football Hall of Fame inductees will be announced today, and former Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas will reportedly be one of them. Thirteen more players and two coaches will also be inducted. Among the finalists: former Hurricane and Buc Warren Sapp; Brooksville's Jerome Brown, a former Hurricane; Bartow native and former Hurricane Ray Lewis; and former Gator Wes Chandler. … BYU is looking into allegations that were first leveled several months ago that current and former players received improper benefits. It was not clear if the NCAA also was looking into the matter.

Basketball: Touted Ukranian forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk signed with Kansas, joining what was already a top-10 recruiting class. He will be eligible to play this season, even though he won't turn 17 until June, because he has completed high school in the Ukraine. … Wayne Tinkle was introduced as Oregon State's coach. He arrives from Montana, where he took the Grizzlies to the NCAA Tournament three times during his eight years. Tinkle, 48, replaces Craig Robinson, brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, who was fired this month after six seasons with the Beavers where he failed to make the NCAA Tournament. … Rutgers and women's coach C. Vivian Stringer agreed to a four-year contract. She is 929-341 in 43 seasons as a coach, which includes 409-206 in 19 seasons at Rutgers, with 14 NCAA appearances. Rutgers, headed into the Big Ten next season, won the WNIT last season.

Women's tennis: Florida's Olivia Janowicz defeated Santa Clara's Katie Le 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA singles championships in Athens, Ga. Janowicz plays Oklahoma State's Viktoriya Lushkova this morning. UF's Alexandra Cercone of Seminole and Brianna Morgan lost their first-round matches.

Women's golf: Oklahoma freshman Alexandra Kaui shot 3-under 67 for a three-stroke lead in the NCAA championship in Tulsa, Okla. The Sooners lead by three in the team standings. Florida, led by Sarah Schober (two-round 7-over 147, tied for 38th) remained tied for 16th.

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