Lady Jags sweep past the Wolves
Brooke Stephens hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Augusta State a 9-6 win over Newberry in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
The Lady Jaguars (16-24) completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in the second game.
Lauren Yeargan homered twice and drove in five runs for Augusta State in the opener.
Kaleigh McNair (2-1) got the win in relief of starter Haley Birkle, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
In the second game, Molly Walton had two hits and two RBI to lead the Lady Jags. Laura Brown and Hannah Vaughn also drove in runs.
Kristen Mills (8-4) went the distance to get the win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings.
• In Aiken, USC Aiken dropped a doubleheader to Carson-Newman (26-12) on Wednesday, losing the first game 1-0 and the second 4-3 in 10 innings.
Cortney Sadler homered and drove in two runs for the Lady Pacers (20-16) in Game 2. Lindsey Jones had three hits.
Saints end skid against Pacers
In Gaffney, S.C., Michael Hughey had two hits and two RBI as Limestone defeated 10th-ranked USC Aiken 7-3 on Wednesday.
Hughey also scored twice for the Saints (19-16), who snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series. Stephen Crowe scored three times and had two hits.
Ty Barkell homered for USC Aiken (27-8).
Josh Cesario (3-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings to get the win.
Adrian Rivero (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
• In Atlanta, Kyle Wren, Sam Dove and Thomas Smith drove in two runs each to lead Georgia Tech (22-7) to a 9-1 victory over Kennesaw State (17-13).
• In Greenville, S.C., Taylor Johnson homered and drove in three runs to lead Furman (17-11) to a 6-5 victory over South Carolina (23-7).
• In Clemson, S.C., Garrett Boulware hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Meyer pitched seven strong innings to lead Clemson (18-11) to a 4-1 victory over Gardner-Webb (15-13-1).
Wozniacki rolls in Family Circle
In Charleston, S.C., 2011 Family Circle champion Caroline Wozniacki won her sixth consecutive match here with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Wednesday.
Venus Williams, who won this tournament in 2004, began play with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over 19-year-old Monica Puig.
Past champion Samantha Stosur, ranked ninth in the world, opened play with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Marina Erakovic.
• In Greenwood, S.C., the USC Aiken women defeated Lander 5-3, but the men lost 5-1 to the Bearcats on Wednesday.
• Augusta State’s Peach Belt Conference matches at Young Harris scheduled for today have been postponed until Monday.
Ronaldo powers team to victory
In Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after just nine minutes as Real Madrid swept to a convincing 3-0 victory over Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.
• Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s Spanish league match this weekend because of a hamstring injury, but he might play in the Champions League return leg against Paris Saint-Germain.