College Baseball


Former South Aiken standout leads win

In Columbia, South Aiken alum Phil Disher hit a grand slam in the third to lead South Carolina to a 10-3 win over Mississippi State.

The Gamecocks (15-5, 4-2 SEC) got eight innings of work from starter Blake Cooper (3-2), who picked up the win. Justin Smoak added two hits and three RBI, and Andrew Crisp 's single extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first that Disher increased to 7-0 in the third with his sixth homer of the season.

- In Clemson, S.C., freshman Graham Stoneburner pitched a two-hit shutout, leading Clemson to a 2-0 victory over N.C. State.

It was the first complete game shutout for Clemson (14-7, 4-5 ACC) since 2005.

Despite an 0-for-4 effort, center fielder Wilson Boyd provided the lone RBI for the Tigers. Catcher Doug Hogan was 2-for-4.

- In Athens, Ga., Andy Simunic raced home with the winning run on an infield error in the 10th inning as Tennessee avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

Singles by Simunic and Yon Gomes gave the Vols runners on first and second with two outs, before Cody Brown 's hard-hit grounder got by third baseman Ryan Peisel , allowing Simunic to score from second.

- In Atlanta, Gabriel Saade had five hits, and Tim Sherlock had four RBI, allowing Duke to avoid a three-game sweep with a 10-3 victory over Georgia Tech.

Saade had three singles, a double and a ninth-inning home run. Sherlock had two hits, including his first homer of the season.

Duke (19-5, 4-5 ACC) knocked Tech starter Zach Von Tersch (2-1) out with four runs, three hits and two walks in the first two innings. Tech fell to 17-5 and 5-4.


Djokovic, Ivanovic win at Indian Wells

In Indian Wells, Calif., Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic , 20-year-old Serbs who rapidly have established themselves among tennis' top players, won Pacific Life Open titles Sunday.

No. 3 Djokovic ended American Mardy Fish 's string of upsets at Indian Wells with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory, and No. 2 Ivanovic cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's championship match.

The Serbian stars' his and her championships came some two months after they just missed a sweep in the Australian Open. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the men's title, but Ivanovic lost to Maria Sharapova in the final.

Both Djokovic and Ivanovic won their championship matches at Indian Wells mostly by powering shots down the lines. But Djokovic had a tougher time with No. 98 Fish.

Despite the loss, Fish had a remarkable run at Indian Wells. He never had beaten two top-10 players in a tournament before, but upset No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko and No. 7 David Nalbandian before stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals.

World Baseball Classic

Four sites chosen for event in 2009

Mexico City, San Juan, Tokyo and Toronto have been selected to play host to first-round games during the second World Baseball Classic in 2009.

The 16-nation tournament will switch from a round-robin to a double-elimination format during the first two rounds. Japan won the initial WBC in 2006, beating Cuba 10-6 in the final at San Diego.

Sites for the later rounds have not yet been announced. Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is the leading candidate to host the semifinals and final.



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