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Gators rally past Bethune-Cookman

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 08:42 PM
GAINESVILLE -

Teddy Foster's two-run single in the ninth inning helped Florida avoid a stunning upset, edging Bethune-Cookman 8-7 in an NCAA regional game Friday night.

Josh Adams and Matt den Dekker scored on the hit that gave the No. 8 national seed Gators a comeback win that spoiled a strong outing for Hiram Burgos.

The right-hander mostly baffled Florida (40-20) through seven innings, but the Wildcats (32-27) fell to 1-19 in the NCAA Tournament and remained winless in 23 tries against the Gators.

Now, Florida will face Miami in the winners' bracket today. The Hurricanes swept the Gators in a three-game series earlier this season.

MIAMI 9, JACKSONVILLE 4: Jason Hagerty homered from both sides of the plate, Chris Herrmann added a two-run shot and Miami (37-20) opened NCAA regional play with a victory vs. Jacksonville (36-21).

TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL: Due to a five-hour weather delay, Friday's Florida State vs. Marist game didn't start until 9:45 p.m. In the first game in Tallahassee, Matt Cerione and Joey Lewis homered in Georgia's eight-run first inning and the Bulldogs (38-22) used seven home runs to cruise past Ohio State (40-18) 24-8. Rich Poythress had three homers and seven RBIs, while Cerione and Lewis each homered twice.

SOFTBALL: Megan Bush homered and Stacey Nelson (41-3) threw her second straight shutout as top-seeded Florida (62-3) edged Michigan (47-11) 1-0 Friday night at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City

A matchup of two of the nation's top three pitching staffs didn't disappoint. Nelson pitched a one-hitter for her 21st shutout of the season and the Gators held an opponent scoreless for the 39th time this season.

Nelson allowed only Bree Evans' single up the middle in the fourth inning.

Bush, 1-for-16 in last year's World Series, hit her second home run in as many days. Her drive off of Michigan reliever Nikki Nemitz (28-6) landed about 10 rows into the left-field stands.

Florida has won 28 consecutive games.

ERIKSEN NAMED TO USA STAFF: South Florida coach Ken Eriksen was named to the coaching staff for the USA Softball Women's National Team.

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