SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The USF baseball team moved one step closer to the Big East regular-season title by beating Notre Dame 6-5 on Sunday.
The Bulls avoided a three-game sweep when freshman Daniel Rockhold drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the ninth.
The Bulls (31-19, 18-6) have a 11/2-game lead over Louisville. USF and Louisville meet for three games in the final series of the regular season beginning Thursday. The Bulls can clinch the title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament by winning one game at Louisville.
More baseball: Visiting Florida (35-17, 17-10 SEC) had 15 hits in beating No. 3 (Baseball America) LSU (38-14, 18-9) 9-3 to pull within one game of the Tigers for the best record in the SEC with three conference games left. … Host Georgia Tech (33-12-1, 16-8-1 ACC) scored two runs in the ninth to beat Florida State (36-14, 19-9) 6-5, but the Seminoles still finished the season atop the Atlantic Division.
Softball: The Gators (55-3) received the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and host Florida A&M (its first opponent), Lehigh and Texas A&M in regional play beginning Friday. FSU (43-14) earned the 16th seed and hosts a regional that includes Oklahoma State (its first opponent), California and Mississippi State. USF (34-22) did not make the 64-team field. … Georgia Tech (43-13) stopped FSU's 14-game winning streak with a 3-1 win in the ACC tournament title game at Raleigh, N.C.
tennis: The host Gators beat FSU 4-2 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA women's tournament. Florida plays No. 2 seed Georgia on Friday in College Station, Texas.