Mountain Lions rally past Pacers
In Young Harris, Ga., the Mountain Lions of Young Harris struck for five runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by Josh Rudik’s walkoff homer, and beat USC Aiken 7-6.
Young Harris trailed 6-2 entering the ninth inning, where four of its runs came after two were out.
Ty Barkell had two hits and two RBI for the Pacers (17-7, 6-5 Peach Belt Conference).
Rudik and Trey Rogers had two RBI each for Young Harris (12-14, 3-9 PBC).
• In Greenwood, S.C., No. 4 Lander swept a doubleheader from Georgia Regents, winning the opener 12-3 and the nightcap 10-2.
Lander had three homers in the opener, including one by Connor Lewis, who leads the Peach Belt Conference with 10. Ross Miles had two RBI for the Jaguars.
In the second game, Bryson Stack had two RBI for Georgia Regents (11-15, 3-9 PBC).
Lander improves to 23-3, 12-3 PBC.
• In Columbia, top-ranked South Carolina won a pair of close games from No. 12 Mississippi, taking the opener 6-5 in the 10 innings and then winning the nightcap 3-1 on Tanner English’s RBI bunt single in the fifth inning.
South Carolina is 18-1, 2-1 SEC. Mississippi drops to 17-4, 1-2 SEC.
• In Clemson, S.C., Tyler Slaton and Tyler Krieger led Clemson to a doubleheader sweep of Wake Forest.
The Tigers won the opener 16-6 as Slaton had four RBI, including a homer. Clemson took the nightcap 7-4 as Krieger had two RBI and a homer.
Chris Okey added three RBI for the Tigers (12-6, 5-1 ACC).
• In Athens, Ga., Georgia’s 11-game winning streak ended as No. 24 Mississippi State swept a doubleheader, winning the opener 6-1 and the second game 4-1.
Georgia is now 13-8.
• In Elon, N.C., Garrett Chapman had three hits as Georgia Southern beat Elon 7-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Elon won the nightcap 4-2.
The Eagles are 16-4, 1-2 Southern Conference.
Jaguars lose two to open PBC play
In Dahlonega, Ga., Georgia Regents opened up its Peach Belt Conference schedule by losing a doubleheader to North Georgia, 3-1 and 2-1.
Hannah Vaughn had a homer in Game 1 for the Jaguars’ run. In the second game, Macy Terry had an RBI single for Georgia Regions (12-21, 0-2 PBC).
The Jaguars’ scheduled doubleheader at Young Harris today has been postponed because of expected inclement weather and will be played April 10.
Georgia Regents women earn win
In Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Georgia Regents’ women moved above .500 in Peach Belt Conference play with a 6-3 win over UNC Pembroke.
The Jaguars improved to 6-4 and 3-2 in the PBC, while UNC Pembroke dropped to 7-4 and 1-4 in the conference.
Contador closes gap on leader
In Cittareale, Itay, Alberto Contador won the grueling fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race to close the gap on overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski to 16 seconds on Saturday.
The Spaniard showed off his remarkable climbing skills to edge out another overall favorite Nairo Quintana by one second on the tough final ascent. Daniel Moreno was third.
Contador finished in 6 ½ hours on the 152-mile leg.