Pacers rout Jags in series opener
Bill Gerstenslager had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs as 22nd-ranked USC Aiken dominated Augusta State 14-2 on Saturday in the first game of a weekend series at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Stephen Carmon and JJ Loker also had three hits for the Pacers (10-4, 4-3 Peach Belt), who out-hit the Jaguars 20-9. Gerstenslager and Carmon scored three runs apiece.
Wyatt Brown (4-0) struck out seven in 7⅔ innings to get the win.
Scott Shipman (1-3) took the loss for the Jaguars
(6-11, 1-6), allowing five earned runs in four innings.
• In Athens, Ga., Kevin Ruiz’s one-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave eighth-ranked Georgia (10-1) a 3-2 win over Western Illinois.
• In Atlanta, Daniel Palka went 3 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and Connor Lynch drove in a career-high four runs as No. 12 Georgia Tech (9-2) beat Rutgers 9-4.
High School Football
Combine on tap for area athletes
Members of The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Football Team will participate in an NFL-style combine today at PEAK Rehab/AthElite Sports Training Academy.
The combine is from 1-4 p.m., and NFL coaches and former local players will help, including Lakeside’s Brian Bratton, who currently plays for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
High School Basketball
Great Falls earns 10th state crown
In Columbia, Great Falls won its record 10th South Carolina Class A boys championship, 79-61 over Johnsonville on Saturday.
Great Falls (27-1) broke the old mark it shared with defunct Charleston High.
In the Class A girls championship game, Timmonsville (23-4) won its second title with a convincing 50-37 victory over Abbeville.
• In Class AA, Bishop England (28-0) capped an undefeated season with a 43-41 comeback win over Columbia to win the girls title.
In the boys championship game, North Charleston (23-6) survived a frantic rally and posted a 49-48 win over Newberry.
• In the Class AAA girls title game, Dreher routed Wade Hampton 82-50.
Federer defeats Murray in finals
In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Roger Federer edged Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win his fifth Dubai Championships title.
• In Delray Beach, Fla. Marinko Matosevic reached his first career ATP final, beating Dudi Sela 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.
He will face the winner of the late semifinal between top-seed John Isner and Kevin Anderson.
Klitschko retains two world titles
In Duesseldorf, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko stopped French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fourth round of a one-sided fight to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
Chelsea suffers devastating loss
In London, Chelsea lost to West Bromwich Albion for the first time since 1979 and the 1-0 defeat left the Premier League powerhouse in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League.