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USF wins NCAA softball tourney opener

TALLAHASSEE — Pinellas Park High grad Sara Nevins allowed two hits and struck out eight over 52/3 innings as USF beat South Carolina 6-0 in the opener of the NCAA softball tournament Friday. She became the first Bull with 100 wins.

USF plays Florida State, which beat Fordham 6-1, at noon today (ESPN). The winner advances to Sunday's final of the double-elimination tournament. South Carolina plays Fordham in an elimination game at 2:30 today (ESPN). The winner of that plays the FSU-USF loser in another elimination game at 5 tonight.

Lee Ann Spivey hit a solo homer in the second and Erica Nunn struck out four for USF.

"If you told me we were going to have 12 strikeouts, I would have bet money that that would not have happened," coach Ken Eriksen said. "That tells you that our pitchers had some nasty stuff."

The Seminoles scored three in the first against Fordham highlighted by run-scoring singles by Palm Harbor U. grad Maddie O'Brien and Newsome High grad Bailey Schinella.

Gators cruise: Delanie Gourley struck out seven in a five-inning no-hitter as host Florida beat Florida A&M 8-0 in a game ended early by the mercy rule. The freshman walked one. Taylor Schwarz hit a three-run homer and Lauren Haeger a two-run homer in the first. Florida faces Stetson, which beat UCF 6-4 in eight innings, at 1 today. UCF and FAMU meet at 3:30 with the day's second elimination game starting at 6.

Baseball

Tampa wins: Down 3-2, host Tampa scored two in the seventh and three in the ninth to beat Delta State 7-3 and reach the semifinals of the Division II South Regional. It plays Alabama-Huntsville at 11 a.m. today.

Two triple plays: Penn State became the second Division I team to turn two triple plays in a game. In the fourth inning of a 4-2 loss to visiting Michigan State, shortstop Jim Haley caught a liner, stepped on second and threw to first. In the eighth, second baseman Taylor Skerpon caught a liner and threw to Haley, who stepped on second and threw to first. Gonzaga turned two triple plays against Washington State in 2006.

Football: A jury in Athens, Ga., acquitted former Georgia coach Jim Donnan of 41 charges related to investment fraud.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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