The Barry women’s tennis team’s bid for a seventh consecutive Sunshine State Conference championship fell short Saturday, as the Buccaneers lost 5-3 to Lynn in Tampa.
The sixth-ranked Buccaneers (17-3) had won the league title the past six years but came up short in the final a day after knocking off top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Saint Leo in the semifinals at Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry campus.
Barry will now see where it is headed for the NCAA Division II tournament. The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
▪ UM 13, FAMU 3: No. 4 Miami overcame a slow start to capture its series opener against visiting Florida A&M late Friday night.
In the first matchup between the teams since 1981, the Rattlers (25-14) opened the scoring on a two-run home run by Ben Ellzey in the second inning and led 3-1 in the top of the fourth.
But the Hurricanes (31-8) plated 12 runs over the game’s final five innings to erase any doubt in front of 2,754 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Senior left-hander Thomas Woodrey (5-3) recovered from a tough start to his outing to get the victory.
The teams met again on Saturday night.
▪ Nova Southeastern 6, Florida Southern 3: The No. 9 Sharks (32-13, 15-4 SSC) took care of business late Friday night, defeating No. 17 Florida Southern (27-14, 9-6). Alex Mateo earned the victory, and Devin Raftery picked up his 10th save. The win marked the 200th of coach Greg Brown’s career.
▪ St. Thomas 8, Thomas 1: Designated hitter Oscar Aguirre belted a three-run home run and starting pitcher Alex Hernandez (5-3) allowed just three hits to lead visiting St. Thomas (33-18, 16-8 The Sun Conference) over Thomas (21-31, 7-19) in the regular-season finale on Saturday.
With the win, the Bobcats clinched the second seed in the TSC tournament, which begins Friday in Fort Myers.
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▪ Marshall 8, FIU 0: A grand slam in the fifth inning by Marshall’s Madi Marshall, the first homer of her career, keyed a six-run inning in Game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader in Conference USA action. FIU dropped to 25-25 overall, 8-11 in C-USA.
▪ Embry-Riddle 8, Nova Southeastern 0: Nova Southeastern (12-39, 2-22 SSC) lost its final game of the season to host Embry-Riddle (35-13). Dajia Jones finished the season with a 4-15 record, allowing eight hits and four walks in the loss. Kassidy Simons (18-4) held the Sharks to one hit in five innings.
▪ Indian River State College 8, Miami Dade College 0: MDC (23-24, 11-9 Southern Conference) lost to Indian River State College at the FCSAA Softball State Tournament.
The Barry women’s team won its record seventh SSC championship on Friday in Sarasota, claiming titles in both the Varsity 4 and 8 races.
The top-ranked Buccaneers repeated as SSC champs, and it was their third title in the past four years.