Pacers complete ‘Outback’ sweep
In Aiken, seven USC Aiken pitchers combined to limit Augusta State to six hits while striking out 11 in a 12-2 victory on Wednesday night that completed a sweep
of the two-game Outback Cup.
The third-ranked Pacers won the Outback Cup opener, 4-1 in 10 innings, on March 27 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
On Wednesday, USC Aiken (38-9) was led by Ryan Metzler, who had five RBI on three hits, including a homer.
Augusta (20-34) has lost 17 games in a row and 23 of its past 24. The Jaguars did end a 28-inning scoreless streak when Justin Appel homered in the second inning.
• USC Aiken is ranked second in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings of the 2013 season.
The region rankings were released on Wednesday evening. The rankings determine the region participants from the Southeast Region for the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.
• In Ozark, Ala., Kameron McCreless had three hits, including a homer as Stillman beat Paine College 13-3 in the first round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Lions committed five errors against Stillman (27-14),
the top seed out of the west.
Paine (18-21-1) is seeded fourth from the east in the double-elimination tournament.
Regions event returns to Aiken
The First Tee of Aiken Invitational, which is part of the 2013 Regions Bank Amateur Series, will be played in May.
The 36-hole tournament will be held May 18-19 at Houndslake Country Club. This will be its fourth year in the Regions series.
North Augusta’s Jeff Pope, the 2012 Regions Player of the Year, is the defending champ. Frank Perry, of Fayetteville, Ga., is the defending senior division champion.
It is the second of 10 events this season, and the only one in Aiken.
Site is selected for playoff final
The first championship game under the new playoff format will be held at Cowboys Stadium.
The four-team event, called College Football Playoff, will begin after the 2014 regular season.
• The Chick-fil-A Bowl might have to become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as part of the new College Football Playoff semifinal bowl rotation, sources told ESPN.
BCS commissioners are expected to discuss whether the bowl can only go by a corporation name or must be named something like the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Chick-fil-A will be one of the six semifinal sites along with the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta Bowls.
Minor League Baseball
Jackets, Suns to play two today
In Hagerstown, Md., the Augusta GreenJackets’ game against the Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday night was postponed by rain.
The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. today to conclude the three-game series.
Augusta won the series opener 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Wozniacki upset in opening round
In Stuttgart, Germany, Caroline Wozniacki lost in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix, falling to Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (6), 6-1.
The former top-ranked women’s player squandered a 3-0 lead in the first set and never recovered.