Seven Jags have hand in no-hitter
Seven pitchers combined on a no-hitter as Augusta State blanked St. Andrews 3-0 on Wednesday at Jaguar Field.
Chase Johnston (2-0) pitched five innings to get the win. He was followed by Russ Crosby, Rob Crosby, Jamie Suggs, Glenn Williamson, Mack Adams and Clint Echols, who retired St. Andrews (5-15) in order in the ninth to earn his first save.
It is the first no-hitter by the Jaguars since Larry McKinney did it against Benedict in 1983.
Caleb Saggus, Seth Foster and Clay Tucker drove in a run each for the Jags (8-13).
• In Aiken, No. 17 USC Aiken scored two runs in the first inning and made it stand up in a 2-1 win over Chowan (9-13) on Wednesday.
Nick Aranas and Bill Gerstenslager each had an RBI for the Pacers (14-4).
Former Thomson standout Abram Cartledge (1-0) got the win in relief of starter Thomas McLeod, allowing one run on one hit and striking out four in three innings. Midland Valley graduate Taylor Grover pitched 1⅓ innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save.
• In Columbia, Christian Walker drove in three runs as second-ranked South Carolina (10-1) beat UNC Asheville 8-1.
• In Decatur, Ga., Georgia State edged No. 10 Georgia Tech 5-4 to end the Yellow Jackets’ five-game winning streak, dropping them to 10-3.
• In Clemson, S.C., Richie Shaffer tied a school record with three doubles and Phil Pohl and Jon McGibbon combined to drive in nine runs as No. 19 Clemson (6-4) routed Holy Cross 16-4.
USC Aiken stars named all-region
USC Aiken women’s player Hannah DeGraffinreed was selected to the Daktronics Division II All-Southeast Region first team on Wednesday, while men’s player Sterling Council was named to the second team.
DeGraffinreed, a senior forward, is averaging 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Council, a senior guard, leads the Pacers (21-7) in scoring at 11.8 points per game and is averaging 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds.
Lady Pacers get split of twin bill
In Aiken, USC Aiken split a twin bill with Le Moyne College on Wednesday, winning the second game 5-4 after dropping the opener 1-0 at Satcher Field.
Brandy Bossle and Cortney Sadler drove in two runs each in the second game to lead the Lady Pacers (10-6).
India Kornegay (10-6) got the win in relief of starter Samantha Lemm, allowing one run on three hits in 2⅔ innings.
Messi nets five goals in victory
In London, Lionel Messi enhanced his status as the best footballer of his generation with another record-setting performance for Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, while APOEL underlined its credentials as one of the tournament’s biggest ever surprises by eliminating Lyon.
Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match as Barcelona thumped Leverkusen 7-1, sealing a 10-2 aggregate win in the last 16.
APOEL, meanwhile, beat Lyon 4-3 on penalties after winning the second leg 1-0 for a 1-1 aggregate score.
• In Parchal, Portugal, Alex Morgan scored her first career hat trick and Abby Wambach added her 134th goal, leading the United States over Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup.