Saturday, February 24, 2018
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UF, FSU lose baseball conference tournament finals but will host regions

Florida and Florida State lost baseball conference tournament finals on Sunday but were still chosen among 16 region hosts in the NCAA tournament, as was Miami. Region play starts this week.

The SEC led with seven teams selected among 16 region hosts including the Gators (47-13). The ACC was close behind with six, including the Seminoles (37-20) and Hurricanes (45-11).

Each region includes four teams in a double-elimination format, with the winners advancing to the best-of-three Super Region round the following week. Those eight winners go to the College World Series, June 18-29 in Omaha, Neb. The full NCAA tournament pairings will be announced today at noon on ESPNU.

UF toppled in SEC

HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Banks hit two homers, J.B. Moss drove in five runs and Texas A&M rallied for its first SEC tournament title with a 12-5 victory over defending champion Florida.

The Aggies (45-14), the SEC's top hitting team, scored four in the seventh inning and five in the eighth to rout the league's top pitching staff. Moss hit a two-run double and a three-run double in the two big innings.

SEC pitcher of the year Logan Shore started for UF but went only one inning, allowing a run. It was his only outing of the tournament, but coach Kevin O'Sullivan said he'll be ready for a regional.

"He's fine," O'Sullivan said. "I just decided to take him out at that point, but he'll be able to go Saturday or Friday."

FSU rally short in ACC

DURHAM, N.C. — Florida State fell behind Clemson 18-1 then got back within five runs before losing 18-13.

The Tigers (42-18) won their first ACC tournament title since 2006 in a game delayed three times by rain. Chase Pinder and Chris Okey had four RBIs apiece for Clemson.

Dylan Busby homered twice, including a two-run shot that capped an eight-run eighth for FSU.

"Having had the pleasure of working at this job for a few years, I don't think I've ever been behind 18-1," veteran Seminoles coach Mike Martin said. "But I also don't think I ever been around a club that refused to throw the towel in."

American: Connecticut shortstop Bryan Daniello went 3-for-4 to lead the Huskies past Houston 7-2 in the tournament final at Bright House Field in Clearwater. UConn (37-23) earned its first AAC title.

Women's tennis: St. Petersburg native Danielle Collins, a senior at Virginia, reached today's final at the NCAA singles championships in Tulsa, Okla., by defeating Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. Collins, the 2014 champion, faces North Carolina's Hayley Carter in the final. In doubles, Florida's Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan also reached today's final by defeating Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips of UCLA in three sets. The Gators duo next faces Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr of California.

Men's golf: Florida was 13th after shooting 13-over 293 for a three-day total of 866 to extend its stay in the NCAA tournament in Eugene, Ore., by at least a day. The top 15 teams qualified for today's final round of stroke play; after that the top eight will make Tuesday's match play quarterfinals. UF's Gordon Neale (73—210) was tied for ninth. FSU (19th at 28-over 868) and USF (26th at 876) missed the cut.

Lacrosse: North Carolina defeated Maryland 13-7 in the women's NCAA final in Philadelphia, denying the Terrapins their bid for a third straight national title. The same schools meet in today's men's final (1 p.m., ESPN2).

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