USC Aiken keeps its streak alive
In Aiken, eighth-ranked USC Aiken blanked Chowan 12-0 for its seventh consecutive victory as Bill Gerstenslager led the way with three RBI.
Gerstenslager, Josh Miller and Ben Donath had two hits each for the Pacers. One of Donath’s hits was a triple.
Five USC Aiken pitchers combined to hold Chowan to just two hits.
Pacer reliever Ben Black, a former Lakeside player, picked up the win. Black (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
USC Aiken is now 22-5.
• At Lake Olmstead Stadium, Newberry pounded out 20 hits against Augusta State pitching in a 13-9 victory.
Hunter Boose had four hits, including his 15th double of the season, for the Jaguars (10-18). Nate Crown added four hits and two RBI.
• In Clemson, S.C., pitchers Brody Koerner, Jonathan Meyer and Zack Erwin combined to limit Morehead State to a pair of runs in a 5-2 victory.
Jon McGibbon had two hits and three RBI for Clemson (13-7).
Augusta State splits twin bill
Kristen Bagley had two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs as Augusta State beat Carson-Newman 5-3 to earn a doubleheader split.
The Lady Jaguars (11-18) lost the opener 12-7.
• In Aiken, Kaitlyn White’s two-run double in the sixth inning lifted USC Aiken to a 4-3 victory over Newberry, salvaging a split with Newberry.
Hillary Stewart, Cortney Sadler and Brandy Bossle each had two hits for USC Aiken (17-11-1).
Newberry won the opener 3-1.
Johnson, Hagood propel Bobcats
In Hutchinson, Kan., Jordan Johnson had 18 points and Tre’ Hagood added 17 as the East Georgia State College Bobcats beat Coffeyville Community College 79-47 in the first round of the NJCAA National Championship on Wednesday.
The Swainsboro, Ga., school will take on unbeaten and second-seeded Spartanburg Methodist tonight.
Wild-card entry is in 2nd round
In Key Biscayne, Fla., three-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the second round of the Sony Open, beating Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-6 (3) .
Hewitt, the 32-year-old Australian who once topped the world rankings, made his first start in the event since 2009. The wild-card entry is 91st in the world. He has been injured much of the past three years.
Scandal could hurt U.S. hopes
With a seat on FIFA’s rule-making panel up for grabs, America’s quest to maintain a place at the table could be hurt in the fallout from a regional financial scandal.
A final review of CONCACAF’s finances under former leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer will be revealed on April 19 in Panama City.
The meeting will bring together officials from the 40 members of the body which represents football federations from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
A specially appointed integrity panel is also weighing sanctions against Warner, the disgraced former FIFA vice president, and Blazer, the most senior American official at FIFA for 16 years.