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Pacers complete sweep of series

In Aiken, No. 10 USC Aiken completed a season-opening three-game sweep of Lincoln Memorial with a 2-0 victory Sunday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Wyatt Brown started for the Pacers, pitching five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven.

Four relievers finished off the shutout, including Taylor Peed, who pitched the sixth inning and got the win.

JJ Loker had the only RBI for the Pacers on a sixth-inning single.

• In Pasadena, Calif., California Institute of Technology’s baseball team ended a 228-game losing streak Saturday night with a 9-7 victory over Pacifica – the Beavers’ first win in nearly 10 years.

After dropping the first game of its season-opening doubleheader 5-0, Caltech won the second behind a complete-game seven-inning effort by freshman Daniel Chou. Caltech hadn’t won since Feb. 15, 2003.

It was a non-conference game, though, and Caltech, mainly a Division III participant, has not won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest since 1988 – a span of 463 games.

Caltech’s men’s basketball team ended a 310-game conference losing streak in 2011, while the women’s volleyball team ended a 56-match losing streak last year.

Golf

Lady Jag ties for 10th in Athens

In Athens, Ga., Augusta State’s Casey Kennedy shot 5-over 77 and tied for 10th at the Lady Bulldog Invitational Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Teammate Natalie Wille shot 79 in the 18-hole event and tied for 16th.

Florida’s Mia Piccio posted 69 to claim the win.

The Lady Jaguars will open team play in the spring season next Sunday at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla.

Tennis

Jaguars secure sweep in opener

In Charlotte, N.C., the Augusta State men’s and women’s tennis teams picked up 9-0 victories in their season-opening matches against Johnson C. Smith.

• In Atlanta, the USC Aiken women claimed a 9-0 win over Clark Atlanta in their season opener.

Sloane Stephens is pulling out of the U.S. Fed Cup team’s upcoming first-round matches against Italy because of a strained abdominal muscle.

Melanie Oudin, a Georgia native, replaces Stephens on the U.S. roster for the Feb. 9-10 matches on indoor red clay at Rimini, Italy.

Winter Sports

Austrian breaks mark in ski jump

In Harrochov, Czech Republic, Gregor Schlierenzauer made history Sunday by setting the record for most career World Cup ski jumping victories.

The 23-year-old Austrian took the lead after the first jump of 193.5 meters and cleared 211.0 meters in the second for a combined 421.7 points for his 47th World Cup victory.

Schlierenzauer holds a significant lead in the overall standings with 1,100 points. Anders Bardal is a distant second with 757 points.

• In Sapporo, Japan, Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsberger won her first women’s World Cup ski jump event of the season on Sunday, denying local favorite and overall leader Sara Takanashi, of Japan, a win at home.

Seifriedsberger had jumps of 94 and 93 meters for 245.7 points to finish ahead of Norway’s Anette Sagan, who had 241 points after jumps of 93 and 99 meters.


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