GAINESVILLE — Brittany Schutte hit two two-run homers and Florida beat Oregon 9-1 in the first game of their softball Super Region on Friday.
The Gators (51-10) are one win away from their fourth straight appearance in the College World Series. Game 2 is at noon today, with a third game, if necessary, at 2:30.
Florida tied the school and SEC record with 109 single-season home runs. Michelle Moultrie tied a UF record with her 27th steal of the season.
Baseball: Storms delay FSU game
DURHAM, N.C. — Thunderstorms at the ACC tournament delayed FSU's game against Georgia Tech until 9 this morning and caused delays to other games. FSU can advance to Sunday's championship game by beating the Yellow Jackets and having Clemson defeat N.C. State. On Friday, Virginia defeated Miami 6-4. The game was delayed twice for a total of 71/2 hours.
SEC: Florida, which had a bye Friday in Hoover, Ala., plays Georgia at 1:30 today. The Gators, who will start sophomore left-hander Brian Johnson (8-3, 3.58), get two chances for one victory that would put them in Sunday's 2 p.m. title game (ESPN2). The other semi pits Vanderbilt against Arkansas.
Big east: At Bright House Field in Clearwater, Louisville eliminated Pittsburgh 12-2 and Connecticut eliminated Notre Dame 9-3. Louisville's Cade Stallings hit a grand slam in the eighth. UConn first baseman Mike Nemeth was 4-for-4 with an RBI. In today's semifinals, Louisville plays St. John's at 10 a.m., needing to beat the Red Storm twice to reach the title game, and UConn plays Seton Hall at 1, with additional games at 5 and 6:30 or 8 if needed. The championship game is at noon Sunday (ESPNU).
C-USA: UCF (38-21) lost to Rice 4-2 in a semifinal and was eliminated in Pearl, Miss.
Ohio state: A tattoo parlor owner who bought Buckeyes memorabilia was charged in federal court with drug trafficking and money laundering. His attorney said there's no connection with the scandal unfolding over the sale of the items.
Edward Rife, 31, will plead guilty and cooperate with authorities, documents filed in U.S. District Court indicated.
Also, Ohio State cited privacy laws in declining to provide communications to and from coach Jim Tressel and other administrators regarding the relationship between star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his hometown mentor.
From Irish to Gators: Notre Dame center Dan Wenger has transferred to Florida, rejoining former Irish coach Charlie Weis, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Wenger missed most of last season with a pair of concussions. He was given a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.
Spurrier: changed GarciA: South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's suspension might be lifted in the next few weeks, coach Steve Spurrier indicated to the Charleston Post and Courier. The former Jefferson High standout, still serving the university-mandated terms of his fifth suspension, could return to the team in a limited role during summer workouts. Spurrier said it's because the senior has turned a corner: "It seems like he's changed his ways. I hope the university lets him back on the team."
Forcier scare: Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., say a woman called them April 22 because she was concerned that former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier was going to jump from her apartment window. An officer got Forcier to open the door and no police action was taken. The police report says Forcier locked himself in a bedroom and a woman said he was leaning out a window. Other details were redacted; police declined comment.
Texas A&M: The school's board of regents approved a five-year, $5 million contract for new coach Billy Kennedy.
USC: Forward Eric Wise will transfer to the Trojans after playing three seasons at UC Irvine. Wise, who averaged 16.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, will sit out the 2011-12 season.
Drake: Former Gator guard Brett Nelson was named an assistant coach. Nelson, 30, a former UCF assistant, was an assistant at Arkansas last year.
Tennis: The Florida women's doubles team of Seminole's Alex Cercone and Allie Will stretched their win streak to 14 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Arkansas' Claudine Paulson and Anouk Tigu to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship at Stanford, Calif. In singles, UF's Lauren Embree beat Leslie Hureau of Indiana 6-1, 6-0. In men's play, Florida's Alexandre Lacroix and Sekou Bangoura beat LSU's Sebastian Carlsson and Neal Skupski 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in doubles to reach the quarterfinals.
Women's Lacrosse: Top-ranked Maryland beat Duke 14-8 and second-seeded Northwestern beat North Carolina 11-10 in Stony Brook, N.Y., to set up a rematch of last season's NCAA Championship. Sunday's title game is in Long Island.