Digest: Tennessee, coached by St. Louisan Vitello, is seeded for NCAA baseball tournament | Sports


After finishing one of the most dominant runs in Southeastern Conference history, Tennessee was selected Monday as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

The Volunteers (53-7) have won 31 of their first 32 games, swept regular season and Southeastern Conference tournament titles and have the best pitching and hitting stats in the nation. Tennessee’s coach is Tony Vitello, a St. Louisian from De Smet High who played and started his coaching career at the University of Missouri.

In his fifth season with the Volunteers, Vitello is the son of De Smet’s longtime teacher and coach Greg Vitello.

“It’s really cool to win the SEC Tournament,” said Vols slugger Drew Gilbert, “but we have bigger goals in mind and we know we still have a lot of baseball ahead of us.”

The 64-team tournament opens Friday in 16 regional. Winners advance to eight best-of-three super-regionals the following weekend. Those winners will move on to the College World Series June 17-27 in Omaha, Neb.

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The top eight national seeds are guaranteed to host super regionals if they win their regionals. The national seeds after Tennessee are Stanford (41-14), Oregon State (44-15), Virginia Tech (41-12), Texas A&M (37-18), Miami (39-18), Oklahoma State ( 39-20) and East Carolina (42-18).

Seeds 9-16 are Texas (42-19), North Carolina (38-19), Southern Mississippi (43-16), Louisville (38-18-1), Florida (39- 22), Auburn (37-19), Maryland (45-12) and Georgia Southern (40-18).

Missouri State (30-27) takes on seventh-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday at 6 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla. At noon that day, Arkansas (38-18) and the Grand Canyon (41-19) will meet.

Southeast Missouri (37-20) travels to No. 12 Louisville for a game Friday at 1 p.m. in the Louisville area. Oregon (35-23) takes on Michigan (32-26) in the other first-round game at 6 p.m. (Staff and Dispatch Reports)

Maryland defeats Cornell for the national lacrosse title: Anthony DeMaio scored four first-half goals for his fifth hat-trick in his last six games, Logan McNaney made 17 saves to be named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and top-seeded Maryland won finished a perfect season by holding off Cornell 9-7 on Monday to win the men’s lacrosse title in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Maryland (18-0) set an NCAA record for most wins in a season without a loss, becoming the first undefeated team since Virginia in 2006. The Terps are 33-1 over the past two seasons, with the only loss being in the 2021 title game against the Cavaliers.

A crowd of 22,184 watched Monday’s game.

The national title is the fourth in the history of the Maryland program. Seventh-seeded Cornell (14-5) was seeking his first title since 1977. (AP)

NFL player Gladney dies in a car accident: Jeff Gladney, a defensive back for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, died Monday in a car crash in Dallas. He was 25 years old. Gladney’s death has been confirmed by the Cardinals and his agent.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and everyone who mourns this tremendous loss,” the team said.

The crash happened on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway service road in Dallas, KTVT-TV reported. Another person also died.

Gladney played at Texas Christian before becoming a 2020 first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings. He played 16 games that year but was released before the 2021 season when he was charged with assaulting a woman. Gladney was found not guilty in Dallas County, Texas in March and was later signed by the Cardinals. He participated in team exercises last week. (AP)

The USA soccer team will be without Mihailovic: Djordje Mihailovic will miss all four U.S. World Cup warm-up matches in June with an ankle injury, a blow for the 23-year-old who was hoping to make his first national team appearance in two years .

Mihailovic was injured while playing for Montreal in a Major League Soccer game on Saturday night, a day before he was scheduled to feature for Team USA. Team USA said on Monday he would not be replaced on the roster, which still has 26 players.

Mihailovic, a midfielder/striker, is tied for fourth in MLS with seven goals and he has one goal in six international appearances, scoring on his debut in a January 2019 exhibition against Panama.

The Americans play exhibitions against Morocco on Wednesday in Cincinnati and against Uruguay on Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas, then have CONCACAF Nations League games against Grenada on June 10 in Austin, Texas, and El Salvador four days later. (AP)


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