Gator News And World Report (6/12/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday June 12, 2005. Finally!; Gainesville is the place to be for college ball; Clement hurdles to national title; Florida beats FSU, advances to College World Series; Gators Series-bound; Panhandle pair delivers for UF; UF's Clements Repeats As NCAA 400 Hurdles Champ; Gators a hot ticket and more...

Florida Gator Baseball

For seven years now, Florida's baseball team has been trying to bridge the 1,364-mile gap between Gainesville and Omaha, Neb. In that time, the program has endured a coaching change, three straight heart-wrenching postseason eliminations to Miami, and even a year where it didn't make the postseason.

Gainesville is the place to be for college ball
It's there, right in their gloves, on their bats and coursing through their bodies. One win and Florida makes the College World Series.

Florida beats FSU, advances to College World Series
Brian Leclerc's two-run homer capped a four-run first inning and helped Florida beat rival Florida State 8-5 Saturday night to win the best-of-three super regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time in seven years.

Gators Series-bound
When the ball hit Matt LaPorta's glove, Adam Davis got ready. When Florida's first baseman stepped on the bag for the final out of the Gators' 8-5 victory over Florida State at McKethan Stadium on Saturday night, Davis cut loose.

Panhandle pair delivers for UF
Florida's heading to the College World Series for the fifth time in school history after beating Florida State 8-5 Saturday. It was an especially sweet feat for a pair of Gators from the Panhandle.

Gators Sweep 'Noles, Head To Omaha
Brian Leclerc's hat lay in right field Saturday night. Gavin Dickey's lay in left.

Gators top Noles, headed to Omaha
When Florida pitcher Alan Horne was asked if he could feel the emotions of a trip to the College World Series during the final two innings of Saturday's game, he just shrugged.

Gators a hot ticket
The Florida Gators keep winning, and the fans have finally noticed.

Gators end CWS drought
Second baseman Adam Davis tried not to say a word, especially not "Omaha."

Gators KO Seminoles
For Florida, it was the end of a long wait. For Florida State, the frustration continues.

Florida Gator Track & Field

Clement hurdles to national title
Sophomore Kerron Clement became the first athlete to win the 400-meter hurdle title in back-to-back seasons in nearly 20 years to lead the No. 3 University of Florida men's track and field team, while sophomore Tiandra Ponteen was second in the 400 to lead the women's team Saturday on the final day of competition at the NCAA track and field championships.

UF trails Arkansas
Omar Brown never got to run the 400-meter relay at last year's NCAA track meet after he pulled his hamstring in the 200 preliminaries. Arkansas relied on an alternate, and finished a disappointing fifth.

UF's Clements Repeats As NCAA 400 Hurdles Champ
Kerron Clement of Florida, the 19-year-old sophomore about to turn professional, repeated as 400 hurdles champion in a meet-record 47.56 seconds at the NCAA track and field championships, the world's fastest time this year. He broke the meet mark of 47.85 set 17 years ago by Kevin Young of UCLA.

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