USF softball wins, Florida upset in first day of NCAA Tournament

GAINESVILLE — Senior third baseman Jessica Mouse had two key defensive plays Friday as USF held to beat UCF 1-0 Friday in the NCAA softball region.

Florida Gulf Coast upset host and national No. 5 seed Florida 2-1 in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

The Gainesville Sun reported that UF (46-11) indefinitely suspended three starters before the tourney: sisters Sami Fagan (third baseman) and Kasey Fagan (leftfielder) plus shortstop Cheyenne Coyle. Sami Fagan led UF with a .378 batting average. No reason was given for the suspensions.

Mouse, who also had one of USF's two hits, made a leaping grab with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning, preserving a one-run lead. Then with two on and one out in the seventh, she fielded a grounder, stepped on third and threw to first for the game-ending double play.

Former Pinellas Park High star Sara Nevins struck out 10. USF got its run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Janine Richardson in the third.

The Bulls (46-11) play at 1 p.m. today against FGCU (38-22). Florida faces UCF (39-18) at 3:30.

In Los Angeles, Florida State (46-15) lost 1-0 to San Diego State and plays host UCLA at 6:30 today. In College Station, Texas, Bethune-Cookman (30-30) lost to host Texas A&M 11-0 and faces Texas State at 5.

TENNIS: The Florida women, seeded second, defeated 15th seed Michigan 4-0 late Thursday in Athens, Ga., to make the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. The Gators (23-1) face Miami today at 4 p.m. after the No. 10 seed Hurricanes (19-4) beat No. 7 North Carolina 4-2. … The No. 12 UF men lost 4-1 to No. 5 Ohio State in the round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

GOLF: USF freshman Trey Valentine, playing as an individual at the East Region in Athens, Ga., was tied for eighth at 2-under 140 after shooting par 71. Florida State (292) was second in the Southwest Region in Norman, Okla., at 593 total, four strokes behind Washington and one ahead of top-ranked Texas. At the East Region in Greensboro, N.C., Florida shot 1-under 287 and improved to third at 586 total, 10 strokes behind Liberty. The top five teams in each region after today's third and final round advance to the NCAA Championship.

OHIO STATE VIOLATIONS: The school has self-reported 46 secondary or minor violations since football coach Jim Tressel's resignation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported after a public records search. Athletic director Gene Smith said OSU is diligent about finding and reporting violations. "It's nothing that troubles me," he said. "It's normal operating business. … You look at them, and they're inadvertent mistakes."

BASEBALL: Host Tampa was eliminated from the Division II South Region with a 7-4 loss to West Florida. UT (38-10) fell behind 7-0 before scoring three in the fourth inning and one in the seventh. … James Ramsey had two RBIs, including the winning sacrifice fly in the seventh, as Florida State (42-12, 23-6 ACC) beat visiting N.C. State 3-2 to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament. … Florida (40-15, 18-11 SEC) routed host Auburn 10-1, giving the Gators a shot at the conference title going into today's regular-season final. A UF win today at Auburn coupled with a South Carolina loss against visiting LSU gives UF a share of the title.

BOISE CONFIRMS MOVE: Boise State, which had been reported to be wavering on moving to the Big East for football, told the Mountain West that its plans are unchanged, CBSSports.com reported. The Broncos will move in 2013; it's unknown where the school's other sports will play.

FOOTBALL: Mississippi sophomore Nickolas Brassell, a two-way player last season with six starts at receiver and another at corner, will transfer after losing his academic eligibility.

TRACK: UF senior Genevieve LaCaze, the first woman in SEC history to sweep the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 at the conference meet last weekend, was named SEC co-runner of the year along with LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan.

USF softball wins, Florida upset in first day of NCAA Tournament 05/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:16am]

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