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UF in women's final; FSU rolls 37-6

A Tribune staff, wire report
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 08:53 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Ali Gardiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as top-seeded Florida stunned Alabama (54-11) 6-5 Sunday night to advance to the championship round of the Women's College World Series for the first time.

Gardiner sent a 2-1 pitch from Alabama ace Kelsi Dunne (28-5) the opposite way, clearing the left-field fence.

"My dad's dream was always to see me in a Gator uniform, and I was here and I was able to push our team to where we wanted to go," Gardiner said, tearing up herself. "It means a lot. To see my dad, who doesn't show much emotion - and the last few days we haven't talked much - it meant a lot to me."

The Gators (63-3) won for the 29th straight time and will face either third-seeded Washington or sixth-seeded Georgia in the best-of-three championship series beginning tonight.

FSU BASEBALL ROMPS: Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits, including three of Florida State's NCAA-record 15 doubles, as the Seminoles routed Ohio State (42-19) 37-6 to advance to the super regionals.

Florida State (45-16) set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases, while Cardullo set the school mark for hits.

FLORIDA THUMPS MIAMI 16-5: Preston Tucker (Plant) and Matt den Dekker drove in three runs apiece and Florida (42-20) used two big innings to beat rival Miami (38-22) and advance to the super regionals.

It marked the first time in 11 tries that the Gators advanced in regional play when grouped with the four-time national champions.

LONGEST GAME EVER: Led by senior lefty reliever Austin Wood, who pitched 13 innings, including 121/3 of no-hit ball, Texas pulled out a 3-2 win against Boston College in 25 innings, the longest game in NCAA history. Wood threw 169 pitches, struck out 14 and gave up two hits, entering the game in the seventh and leaving in the 20th inning. The previous record was 23 innings, set in 1971 when Louisiana-Lafayette defeated McNeese State 6-5. The 7-hour, 3-minute game ended at 2:05 a.m. EDT Sunday.

TRACK: The Florida men and Florida State women won East Regional team titles late Saturday night at Greensboro, N.C., while the UF women and FSU men placed fourth.

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