Parreira slams pair of homers
In Aiken, Brian Parreira and Phillip Watcher homered in the first inning and USC Aiken went on to beat Shepherd 16-7 on Thursday in the first game of a three-game series.
Parreira hit a three-run homer in the first and Watcher had a solo shot four batters later. Parreira added a 2-run homer in the fourth inning as the Pacers improved to 3-1.
Pacers swept by Moccasins
In Aiken, Florida Southern took a doubleheader from USC Aiken, winning the opener 8-0 in six innings and the nightcap 5-0.
In the opener, Jessica Stanley had two hits for the Pacers.
In the second game, the Moccasins hit three homers in the fourth inning by Shannon Bell, Jena Weldon and Kensie Green. Bell also had an RBI single and Weldon added another RBI on a sacrifice fly.
No one had more than one hit in the nightcap for USC Aiken (2-2).
Wheeler wins in arbitration
Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration.
Wheeler, a former Augusta GreenJacket, gets a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of New York’s $1.5 million offer. Arbitrators John Skonier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte made the decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments.
A 27-year-old right-hander, Wheeler had Tommy John surgery on March 25, 2016, made one minor league appearance that August and returned to the Mets last spring. He went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.
Wheeler was sidelined by biceps tendinitis in June, went 0-2 in four starts when he returned while allowing 24 hits and 11 walks in 20 innings, then went on the DL for the rest of the season with what the team said was a stress reaction in his right arm.
James Madison calls off games
James Madison postponed men’s games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday over fears of a possible mumps outbreak in the program.
The school announced its Thursday night home game against North Carolina-Wilmington and Saturday’s road game at Elon have been postponed.
The school says one member of the coaching staff already has recovered from a possible case of mumps, and three other people connected to the program are suspected of having the illness. There is also one possible case involving a player.
The school is working to reschedule both games.
Barcelona is back in finals
Another year, another Copa del Rey final for Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal since leaving Liverpool as Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-0 in Madrid on Thursday to reach the Copa final for the fifth straight season.
Ivan Rakitic also scored in the second leg of the semifinals, giving Barcelona a 3-0 win on aggregate after a 1-0 victory in the opener at Camp Nou Stadium.
The three-time defending champs next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final