Augusta swept in four-game series
In Asheville, N.C., Jose Rivera beat out a potential double play in the bottom of the ninth, allowing William Swanner to score the game-winning run in the Asheville Tourist’s 9-8 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets.
Taylor Featherston was 4 for 5 with a home run and four RBI for the Tourists, who swept the four-game series.
Garrett Buechele hit a grand slam and had seven RBI for the GreenJackets. Joseph Staley also homered for Augusta, which has lost five in a row.
Jackets ousted; Gators advance
In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Zunino and Daniel Pigott drove in four runs apiece, and top-seeded Florida beat Georgia Tech 15-3 to win the Gainesville Regional.
The Gators (45-18) advanced to the NCAA tournament’s super regionals for the fourth consecutive year. They will host Vanderbilt or North Carolina State.
Florida scored four runs in the first, three in the second and really pulled away with a seven-run fifth. Zunino had a three-run homer in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Pigott had a two-run double in the first and a two-run single in the fifth.
Brian Johnson (8-4) allowed three hits and a run in five innings for the win. Jake Davies (1-4) gave up seven runs, six earned, in two innings.
Florida dominated the regional, getting a no-hitter in the opener and allowing five runs in two wins against the Yellow Jackets (38-26).
Sooners, Tide to meet for crown
In Oklahoma City, Jackie Traina homered and threw a two-hitter, former Greenbrier star Kaila Hunt and Jazlyn Lunceford also connected and Alabama beat top-seeded California 5-2 on Sunday to reach the Women’s College World Series finals for the first time.
The best-of-three championship series starting tonight will pit the Tide against fourth-seeded Oklahoma, which beat defending champion Arizona State 5-3 on Sunday.
Jags’ Blackmon accused of DUI
Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge Sunday after authorities in Oklahoma said he had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The former Oklahoma State star receiver smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m., Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.
Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew 0.24 – three times the legal limit of 0.08, Dickerson said.
Under Oklahoma law, a driver can be charged with aggravated driving under the influence when a test shows 0.15 or greater.
Dixon prevails in shortened race
In Detroit, Scott Dixon won IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix, which was marred by poor track conditions that stopped the race for a little more than two hours on Sunday.
A red flag halted the event 45 laps into a race that was scheduled for 90 laps and shortened to 60. Dixon led from start to finish.
Belle Isle’s 2.07-mile road course, which hadn’t held a race since 2008, had chunks of asphalt and concrete missing. Pot holes and grooves that were recently filled with tar became exposed. Crews filled the gaps with epoxy that settled enough for the race to resume.