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College Softball

Jaguar pitcher throws no-hitter

Haley Birkle pitched a six-inning no-hitter as Georgia Regents beat Mount Olive 9-1 on Wednesday to complete a sweep of a doubleheader.

The Jaguars (11-14) won the opener 5-0.

Birkle (5-6) walked the leadoff batter and three ground balls to the right side scored Mount Olive’s run.

In the opener, Paige Deschaine (5-7) had a no-hitter
for the majority of game before allowing a single, Mount Olive’s only hit, to lead off the seventh. She finished with nine strikeouts.

Mallory Ferguson had two hits and scored twice and Brooke Stephens hit a two-run homer and scored two runs in the opener. Erin Rozier drove in two runs and scored twice in the second game. Stephens and Hannah Vaughn also scored two runs each, while Brianna Dickens had two hits.

• USC Aiken’s doubleheader against Brevard has been moved to 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday because of the threat of inclement weather.

College Baseball

Ranked Pacers crush the Lions

In Aiken, 10th-ranked USC Aiken hit three homers and
pounded out 19 hits in routing Paine 17-0 on Wednesday.

Matt Bosse, Ryan Metzler and Ben Donath homered for the Pacers (12-4). Donath drove in four runs and scored three times, while Bosse, who went 3 for 3, knocked in three and scored three. Metzler, Sean Miller and Tyler Moore, who also had three hits, drove in two runs each.

Avery Wilson had two of the five hits for Paine (3-12).

Starter Adrian Rivero, one of seven USC Aiken pitchers, got the win.

Golf

Augusta’s Harbin four off the pace

In Okatie, S.C., Augusta’s Dykes Harbin shot even-par 72 on Wednesday and is tied for 17th place after the first round of the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Callawassie at Callawassie Island Club- Dogwood/Magnolia.

Harbin trails co-leaders Derek Rende, Matthew Ryan and Vaita Guillaume by four.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd shot 73 and is tied for 21st. Mitch Krywulycz, another former Jaguar, opened with 78 and is tied for 63rd. Augusta’s Chase Parker had 79 and is tied for 69th, and Brad Arrington, also of Augusta, shot 80 and is tied for 73rd.

NFL

Former Seahawk gets reinstated

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday after his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Browner was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league Dec. 18.

Browner’s contract with the Seahawks expires March 11, and he will be eligible to sign with a club and participate in off-season and preseason activities. If he complies with the terms of the substance abuse policy and program, he will be fully reinstated after serving a four-game suspension without pay at the start of the regular season and forfeiting an additional four weeks of pay.

• Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller signed new three-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

• Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancée, who were involved in a domestic violence incident in February, plan to attend a couples seminar.

• The Browns released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, ending his stay in Cleveland after less than one year and following a pattern of bizarre behavior that included his arrest for assaulting a law enforcement officer.

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