Pacers left out of D-II tourney
USC Aiken saw its season come to an end Sunday when it was left out of the NCAA Division II baseball tournament field.
The Pacers, ranked No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, posted a 37-18 record and reached the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament last week.
But when the selections for the six-team Southeast Regional field were revealed Sunday night, USC Aiken didn’t make the cut.
Earning bids to the regional were Mount Olive (44-8), Tusculum (46-8), Armstrong Atlantic State (40-14), Francis Marion (37-15), Catawba
(39-14) and Lander (37-18), which eliminated USC Aiken from the PBC Tournament on Saturday.
• In Charlottesville, Va., Zane Evans hit a home run for Georgia Tech (31-21, 11-16 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the top of the 10th inning, then pitched the bottom half to close out the Yellow Jackets’ 5-4 comeback win over Virginia (34-15-1, 16-11).
• The Southeastern Conference clash between Georgia and South Carolina was canceled because of rain. The game will not be made up. Clemson’s game against Florida State was also affected by rain. It was postponed to today. A doubleheader between the Tigers and Seminoles will begin at 1 p.m.
Minor League Baseball
Jackets’ series finale rained out
The series finale between the Augusta GreenJackets and Greenville Drive was postponed because of rain Sunday.
Greenville and Augusta will meet in a doubleheader June 14th to make up the contest.
The GreenJackets open a three-game series with the Rome Braves today. Kevin Couture (1-1, 1.89) will get the ball for Augusta in the series opener. David Filak (1-2, 1.77) will start for Rome.
Paine finishes sixth in Florida
In Port St. Lucie, Fla., Paine College finished sixth in the Division II portion of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
The Lions posted a total of 337 in the final round at PGA Golf Club. They finished at 1,010 for the tournament.
Fayetteville State easily won the title at 896.
Carlos Solis (75, 225) was the top finisher for Paine. Victor Tapia (77, 241), Patrick Mobley (85, 257) and Ralpph Godbee (100, 287) also counted for the Lions.
Texas Pan-American and Bethune-Cookman won the men’s and women’s Division I titles, respectively.
Falcons ink four rookies to deals
The Atlanta Falcons signed rookie offensive lineman Peter Konz and three other draft picks to multiyear contracts.
Terms of the deals were not announced by the team.
Atlanta also signed fullback Bradie Ewing, a fifth-round pick from Wisconsin, safety Charles Mitchell, a sixth-round pick from Mississippi State and former South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson.
Italian captures 8th stage of Giro
In Lago Laceno, Italy, Domenico Pozzovivo won the eighth stage of the Giro d’Italia after a strong ride on the tough uphill finish, while Ryder Hesjedal retained the overall lead.
Pozzovivo made the break just under 4.35 miles from the finish of the grueling 142.3 mile leg from Sulmona to Lago Laceno, to win in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 5 seconds.