Pacers sweep slumping Jags
In Aiken, USC Aiken swept a doubleheader against rival Augusta State on Saturday, taking the first game 6-4, and the second 7-3.
Josh Miller and Ryan Metzler homered in the first game for the Pacers, who completed a three-game sweep of the series. Metzler also homered in Game 2.
Hunter Boose and Justin Mee had four hits apiece for the Jaguars in the twin bill.
Augusta State has lost 11 in a row and 17 of its past 18.
• In Knoxville, Tenn., Chase Vergason and Max Schrock homered as South Carolina beat Tennessee, 12-8.
Dante Rosenberg had three RBI for the Gamecocks.
• In Durham, N.C., Dusty Isaacs allowed one run on five hits in 5⅓ innings, leading Georgia Tech to a 2-1 win over Duke.
Thomas Smith had an RBI single in the eighth inning that put the Yellow Jackets ahead.
• In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Garrett Boulware and Shane Kennedy drove in two runs apiece to lead Clemson to a 9-2 win over Boston College.
Clate Schmidt gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings to get the win for the Tigers.
Women’s College Basketball
Baylor star earns top honor again
Baylor’s Brittney Griner is The Associated Press’ Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Griner is only the third player to win the award in back-to-back seasons. She averaged 23.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.
Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was named coach of the year.
Serena defeats sister in semis
In Charleston, S.C., Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry.
Serena Williams won her 14th consecutive match at the Family Circle. She will play for her second consecutive tournament title today against the winner of the other semifinal between Jelena Jankovic and Stefanie Voegele later in the day.
Verrazano takes Wood Memorial
In New York, Verrazano won the $1 million Wood Memorial on Saturday in a close finish to remain unbeaten and stamp himself a favorite for the Kentucky Derby.
Verrazano held off the challenges of Vyjack and Normandy Invasion for his fourth victory in a row.
The 1⅛-mile Wood is a final
prep race before the Derby on May 4, when the 3-year-old colt will try to give trainer Todd Pletcher his second Derby win.
• In Lexington, Ky., Emollient shook off a week’s rest to dominate the $500,000 Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes feature at Keeneland on Saturday.
Ridden by Mike Smith, the 3-year-old filly ran 11/16 miles in 1:43.49 and returned $14.40, $8.40 and 5.80.
• In Aintree, England, Auroras Encore, a 66-1 long shot, won the Grand National Steeplechase, cruising to a comfortable victory in the world’s most famous jumping race.
Hunter-Reay on pole in Alabama
In Birmingham, Ala., defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the pole at Barber Motorsports Park.
Hunter-Reay grabbed the top starting spot for today’s race with a lap of 1:07.0871.