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Gators softball clobbers South Alabama

Fifth-year senior Skylar Wallace continued her torrid offensive streak with an inside-the-park home run and four RBI while senior Katie Kistler had a bases-clearing double and freshman pitcher Keagan Rothrock won for the sixth time in as many starts as the fourth-seeded Gators run-ruled South Alabama 9-1 during Saturday’s weather-delayed NCAA Gainesville Regional. “Overall, we just grinded it out,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “I was really happy with the way we transitioned from one pitcher to the other because they’re completely different and teams have struggled with their differences and...

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UCF softball drops another game to FSU in NCAA Regional

UCF softball couldn’t dig out of an early hole, falling to 15th-seed Florida State, 5-1 on Day 2 of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field. Saturday’s game was the second consecutive season in which these two programs have met in the NCAA Regional, with UCF also falling short in a 5-1 loss to FSU on May 20, 2023. The Knights have lost 15 straight to the Seminoles since 2011. Florida State (45-14) scored five runs in the top of the second inning as Amaya Ross opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch by Knights starting pitcher Kaitlyn Felton (11-6) led to a throwing...

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Red-hot Gators enter NCAA Tournament in thick of national title hunt

GAINESVILLE — Florida center fielder Kendra Falby’s boom box blared as the Gators’ team bus bounced to the winning beat. Coach Tim Walton was all smiles — happy to be along for the ride. “We were literally shaking the bus,” Falby recalled Thursday. “The bus driver is probably like, ‘Oh my god. Coach Walton is probably going to have to pay for tires.’ “But you could just feel, he loves it.” UF (46-12) enters Friday’s Gainesville Regional against Florida Gulf Coast (37-19) as the NCAA Tournament’s No. 4 seed and riding an eight-game winning streak following the program’s first SEC Tournament title...

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Hurricanes land commitment from offensive lineman Takaylen Muex

The Hurricanes believe they plucked a diamond from the rough in the Jacksonville area. Miami secured a commitment from 2025 offensive lineman Takaylen “TK” Muex, a standout lineman from Fletcher High in Neptune Beach on Thursday. Muex announced his commitment via On3Sports. Muex, who is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, also has offers from Appalachian State, Louisville and UCF. He is listed as the No. 84 offensive lineman in the 247Sports rankings. Listed at 6-4 and 340 pounds, Muex projects as an offensive guard similar to current UM starter Anez Cooper. The Hurricanes staff expects...

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UCF softball set to face Auburn in NCAA Tallahassee Regional

UCF softball earned its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, with the Knights set to square off against Auburn in the Tallahassee Regional on Friday (2 p.m., ESPNU). It’s the first time in program history that the Knights (30-23, 12-15 Big 12) have appeared in four straight tournaments. The team wrapped up its first season in the Big 12 and was among the last four teams to make the tournament. “It was honestly, really nerve-wracking,” said outfielder Chloe Evans. “I had a lot of faith in this team and was just hopeful that you know what we’ve done this season, and just being...

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UCF gets commitment from 4-star receiver for 2026 class

UCF football picked up the first piece to its 2026 recruiting class with the commitment of 4-star receiver Keeyun Chapman on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Chapman is a two-sport star at Jackson (Ala.) High School, where he plays varsity football and basketball for the Aggies. This past season, Chapman played wideout and tight end, registering 546 yards on 18 catches with 9 touchdowns and a 30.3-yard average, helping Jackson to an 11-1 record and a spot in the 4A playoffs. BREAKING NEWS: Jackson 4 WR Keeyun “Red” Chapman has committed to UCF ( @keeyunchapman ). “I love the university,...

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UF lacrosse twins Emily, Hannah Heller are double trouble entering NCAA Tournament

GAINESVILLE — Florida lacrosse star Emily Heller arrived May 29, 2001, one minute prior to sister Hannah as their mother, Diane, delivered twins via C-section. The race was on. These days, the No. 9 Gators are following the lead of the two speedy sisters. The Hellers’ competitive spirit, athletic prowess and unwavering connection have helped spur Amanda O’Leary’s senior-laden squad to a school-record 17-game winning streak entering Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener with No. 16 UNC — the last team to defeat UF, 19-10, on Feb. 17. “It was eating me all season; that’s the game I like wanted back...

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UCF softball hopes to make impression in first Big 12 Tournament

UCF softball is embarking on another milestone. It is entering this week’s Big 12 softball tournament and is looking to significantly impact its inaugural season in the conference. The Knights (30-22, 12-15 Big 12) earned the fifth seed and a first-round bye and will face No. 4 Baylor (31-19, 14-13 Big 12) in the quarterfinals on Thursday (8:30 p.m., ESPN+) at Oklahoma City’s OGE Field at Devon Park. The winner of this crucial match advances to Friday’s semifinals (7:30 p.m., ESPN+), where they would face No. 1 Texas (45-6, 23-4) vs. Iowa State/Texas Tech winner, setting the stage for a thrilling...

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Hurricanes defensive lineman Leonard Taylor III signs with the New York Jets

Leonard Taylor III has seemed destined for the NFL since high school, and now he will get a chance to show what he can do at the pro level. Taylor, a former five-star prospect, is going pro after signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent, the Miami Hurricanes announced Saturday night. Taylor was a star in high school, playing at Miami Southridge and then Miami Palmetto. He was listed as the No. 4 defensive lineman and No. 11 player in the 2021 class. “Produced on a consistent basis throughout his high school career despite offenses trying to scheme around him week in and week...

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Showcase offered insight into Seminoles’ priorities

By Bob Ferrante Orlando Sentinel Correspondent TALLAHASSEE — No score or stats were kept inside Doak Campbell Stadium for Florida State’s spring showcase, a modified format that coach Mike Norvell has embraced for years. But it did feature 25 minutes of 11-on-11 competition as well as some special-teams drills. The showcase gave fans a first look at 25 newcomers via the transfer portal as well as early enrollees. And for media who have had an open view of this spring’s practices, what was seen over the course of a month lined up with what transpired on Saturday. Here are three takeaways: Offensive...

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