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College Baseball

Pacers held to 2 hits by Pirates' pitcher

In Savannah, Ga., Thomas Gray pitched a complete-game two-hitter, holding USC Aiken hitless until the seventh inning, as Armstrong Atlantic State defeated the Pacers 4-0 in Peach Belt Conference play Friday.

David Vitko 's double and Matt Key 's single were all the Pacers (27-14, 14-8 Peach Belt) could muster against Gray.

- In Atlanta, Chase Burnett hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning to lead the Yellow Jackets over Clemson 8-6.

Cole Leonida and Matt Skole had solo homers for the Yellow Jackets (23-12, 10-6 ACC).

Jeff Schaus had two hits, including a three-run homer, to lead Clemson (29-5, 13-3 ACC).

- In Columbia, Blake Cooper gave up four hits in nine innings, striking out 10, as South Carolina defeated Mississippi 5-0.

Neither team scored until the Gamecocks (27-17) loaded the bases in the eighth and Adrian Morales brought in all three runners with a double.

Drew Pomeranz struck out 10 and gave up two hits in seven innings for the Rebels.

College Softball

Pacers upset Jags in conference tourney

In Florence, S.C., USC Aiken took advantage of four Augusta State errors to upset the second-seeded Lady Jags 5-4 in the opening round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Lauren Locklear , Kelley King and Blair Warren each had two hits to lead the seventh-seeded Lady Pacers.

Augusta State rallied late, including a three-run homer by Leann Barber . But USC Aiken's Toni Flessate worked out of a ninth-inning jam to seal the complete-game victory.

- Facing elimination, Augusta State bounced back in the second round later Friday, coming from behind to defeat sixth-seeded UNC Pembroke 9-5.

Kristen Jones led the Lady Jags, going 3 for 3 with 4 RBI.

Augusta State will face No. 4 seed Armstrong Atlantic State at 11 a.m. today.

- Francis Marion's Michaela Wolf pitched a no-hitter against USC Aiken, and the Patriots defeated the Lady Pacers 5-0 in the second round.

USC Aiken will face eighth-seeded Lander at 11 a.m. today. If both USC Aiken and Augusta State win their third-round games, they will face off again at 1:30 p.m.

Golf

Coble repeats as match play champ

In Carrollton, Ga., Laura Coble , of Augusta, beat Amira Alexander 4 and 3 to win the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship.

It was Coble's second victory in a row and the eighth of her career. She had five consecutive victories from 2001-05.

Coble defeated Ellen Dempsey 6 and 4 and Brenda Pictor 2 and 1 to reach the finals.

Horse Racing

Aiken-based colt takes maiden race

In Lexington, Ky., Dogwood Stable's Lou Brissie, ridden by Robby Albarado, won his debut race at Keeneland on Thursday.

The 2-year-old colt, trained by Neil Howard, won the 41/2-furlong maiden race by three-quarters of a length. Lou Brissie, a son of Limehouse , will next run in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 30.

College Basketball

Clemson approves Brownell's contract

Clemson's board of trustees approved a six-year contract worth $900,000 a year for new men's basketball coach Brad Brownell .

Brownell agreed to a six-year deal that would bring him $245,000 in salary and $655,000 in supplemental compensation. The former Wright State coach will also have an opportunity for incentive bonuses, but the school says those haven't been determined.

The agreement also calls for Clemson to pay a $25,000 buyout to Wright State.

Brownell was hired Tuesday to replace Oliver Purnell , who left the Tigers to coach DePaul. Purnell earned $1.3 million this past season, his seventh with Clemson.


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