Pacers’ offense explodes in rout
In Aiken, Josh Miller and JJ Loker went deep, and fifth-ranked USC Aiken rode an offensive explosion to a win 13-1 win over Shepherd on Saturday.
Miller was 3 for 5 with two RBI and Loker finished with three RBI for the Pacers, who have won five in a row and will go for a series sweep today.
• Augusta State’s series with Armstrong Atlantic State was pushed back to today because of weather concerns Saturday.
The Jaguars and Pirates will play a doubleheader today, beginning at 2 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium. They will wrap up the three-game series Monday at 2.
• In Statesboro, Ga., Sam Howard pitched seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run as Georgia Southern beat Georgia 3-2.
Howard gave up five hits, no walks and had five strikeouts for the Eagles (1-1). Daniel Nichols had a home run for the Bulldogs (1-1).
• In Atlanta, Daniel Palka was 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBI as Georgia Tech hammered Akron, 10-3.
• In Clemson, S.C., Michael Katz drove in four runs and William and Mary (1-1) romped to an 11-2 win over the Tigers (1-1).
• In Columbia, the second game of the season-opening series between South Carolina and Liberty was washed out Saturday. They will play a doubleheader today.
Aiken’s Hendrix holds eGolf lead
In Hilton Head Island, S.C., Matt Hendrix shot 5-under-
par 67 and will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the eGolf Tour’s Palmetto Hall Championship.
Hendrix is at 14-under 202, two strokes ahead of Chris Epperson, who had 68.
Other players with local ties include Kyle Bradley (71-71-72–214) and David Robinson (71-71-72–214), who are tied for 17th, Taylor Floyd (66-74-75–215), who is tied for 28th, Brad Arrington (74-70-80–224), who is tied for 69th, and Jake Amos (71-75-84–230), who is 77th.
Serena will meet Azarenka in final
In Doha, Qatar, a day after securing the No. 1 ranking, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for a 10th consecutive time, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the Qatar Open final Saturday.
Williams faces Victoria Azarenka, whom she will replace at the top in Monday’s new rankings. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
• In Sao Paulo, Rafael Nadal outlasted 111th-ranked Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 at the Brazil Open on Saturday to reach his second consecutive final after a long layoff to treat his left knee.
Nadal next plays David Nalbandian, who defeated Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5.
High School Wrestling
Bears standout wins state title
At the GHSA Traditional State Wrestling State Tournament in Macon, Ga., in Class AAAA, Burke County’s Chris Washington won the state title at 285 and Hephzibah’s Kenya O’Neal finished second at 138.
In AA, Washington-Wilkes’ A.J. Meyers came in second at 285 and Westside’s Garrett Rundle placed third at 106.
US teen makes history in slalom
In Schladming, Austria, American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday.
At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Shiffrin beat all of her rivals to earn the U.S. Ski Team its fourth gold and fifth medal overall at the worlds.