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Fan Fest brings Spurrier to town

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier will be among the speakers at the South Carolina Fan Fest Spring Meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Lady Antebellum Amphitheater in Evans.

In addition to Spurrier, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and current student-athletes from the area will speak to the crowd and answer questions.

Spurrier will also sign souvenir footballs celebrating the 2011 season for an $80 donation.

Admission of $5 can be paid at the entrance or by contacting the Gamecock Club at (803) 777-4276 or gcclub@mailbox.sc.edu.

College Golf

USC Aiken earns spot in nationals

In Conover, N.C., Matt Atkins led USC Aiken to a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional – the final spot to qualify for the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship.

Atkins was the individual medalist with three consecutive rounds of 2-under-par 70 at the Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.

On Wednesday, the Pacers also counted 75s by J.P. Solis and Gaines Milliner and 76 by Taylor Welborn. Hayden Letien had a non-counting 77.

With their 8-over-par 296, the Pacers finished the tournament one shot ahead of Florida Tech for the fifth spot.

The NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship will be played May 15-19 at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.

College Baseball

USC Aiken falls in extra innings

In Columbus, Ga., USC Aiken dropped its opening game in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, falling to Montevallo, 6-5, in 10 innings in the double elimination tournament.

Montevallo (25-26) led 4-0 after three innings.

The Falcons won it in the 10th on pinch-hitter Vinny Rodriguez’s double.

USC Aiken (34-17) will take on North Georgia at 9 this morning.

• USC Aiken senior shortstop Stephen Carmon has been chosen as a semifinalist for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award.

The award is presented to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II college baseball.

The finalists are scheduled to be named on May 21. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship held in Cary, N.C., on June 2.

Carmon leads the Peach Belt Conference with 45 stolen bases, which ranks in the top five in the nation. He was caught stealing in Wednesday’s loss.

• In Atlanta, Georgia Tech held off a Georgia rally to beat the Bulldogs 8-6.

Georgia Tech (30-19) led 8-1 after seven innings before Georgia (28-21) rallied.

Georgia Tech starter Josh Heddinger gave up one run in six innings.

Colleges

Lady Jags land volleyball player

Kailla Baptiste, a 5-foot-9 utility volleyball player from Bloomington, Ill., has signed a national letter of intent to play for Augusta State beginning in the fall.

Baptiste led Central Catholic High with 93 aces her junior year.

• Westside’s Cameron Goodwin, a two-year starter for the Patriots, has signed with Belmont Abbey College to play volleyball.

• In basketball, Hephzibah’s Shanice Williams signed with Albany Tech and Queen Glenn has signed with Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill, S.C.

The Lady Rebels went 19-8 this past season.


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