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College Baseball

Top-ranked team gets past Pacers

In Aiken, top-ranked Tampa scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and beat eighth-ranked USC Aiken 8-4 Saturday in the Prestige Appliance Classic at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

The big hit of the inning was a three-run double down the left-field line by Connor Obrochta.

The Pacers (3-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two runs each in the first and second innings.

Ty Barkell had a sacrifice fly and T.J. Costen added an RBI single in the first.

Kody Belcher had a run-scoring single and Tyler Moore delivered a sacrifice fly in the second.

Belcher finished with three hits, an RBI and four stolen bases.

Tampa (5-0) closed within one with three runs in the fourth.

Reliever Preston Packrall (1-0) pitched seven hitless innings to earn the win. Kevin McNorton pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

USC Aiken starter Derek Beasley allowed no earned runs on three hits and struck out five in six innings.

Reliever Caleb Smith (0-1) took the loss after allowing five runs, three earned, in the ninth.

• In Carrollton, Ga., Hunter Boose drove in two runs and Kip Custer allowed one earned run over 6⅔ innings as Georgia Regents beat West Georgia 4-1 in the first game of a twin bill.

The Wolves took the second game 13-4.

In the opener, the Jaguars (2-3) scored all of their runs in the first inning.

Tyler Roberts singled to right, Jeff Rice doubled and Connor Gilbert walk to load the bases for Boose, who doubled in two runs. Ryan Khan and Bradley Dennis followed with RBI singles.

Rice finished with three hits and Dennis added two hits for Georgia Regents.

Custer (1-1) allowed five hits and struck out three.

Relievers Jamie Suggs and Clint Echols limited the Wolves to two hits over the final 21/3 innings, with Echols picking up the save.

In the second game, Shaquille Jackson had four hits and Andrew Witte had three hits and two RBI to pace West Georgia (3-3).

David Bermudez (0-1) took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 21/3 innings.

• In Valdosta, Ga., Val­dosta State swept a doubleheader from Paine College, 11-3 and 16-1.

Bryant Hyman homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Blazers (4-0) in the opener. Mike Reed had three RBI in the second game.

Jonahtan Richey and Avery Wilson drove in runs for Paine in the opener, while Jarell Williams had an RBI for the Lions (1-6) in the second game.

College Softball

Jags drop two in Charger Chillout

In Huntsville, Ala., Georgia Regents lost twice on Day 2 of the Charger Chillout, falling 8-5 to West Alabama 8-5 and 7-0 to North Alabama.

Brooke Stephens had two RBI in the opener for the Jaguars (1-7). Ashley Benton and Mallory Ferguson had two hits apiece.

• In Orangeburg, S.C., USC Aiken (4-0) defeated Ohio Valley 9-3 and Fayetteville State 8-0 in a tournament at Claflin University.

Horse Racing

Falling Sky wins Gulfstream race

In Hallandale Beach, Fla., Falling Sky won the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint on Saturday, beating 139-1 shot Narvaez by 5½ lengths.

Falling Sky, ridden by Luis Saez and trained by George Weaver, ran 1⅛ miles in 1:20.65 – 0.20 seconds off the track record of 1:20.45 set by Hilda’s Passion in 2011. Falling Sky returned $31.60, $13.40 and $8.

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