Pacers’ run ends in the semifinals
In Columbus, Ga., Lander broke open a tight game with a four-run eighth inning and went on to beat USC Aiken 7-4 in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Saturday.
The score was tied at 3 before Lander scored two runs on a throwing error and two more on AJ Nunziato’s homer in the eighth.
Josh Miller had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI for the Pacers (37-18).
Lander (37-17) will take on Armstrong Atlantic State at 1 p.m. today in the championship game. Armstrong Atlantic State beat Francis Marion 5-1 to reach the title game.
The loss ended a spirited run by the Pacers, who lost their opener on Wednesday in 10 innings then won three in a row.
Samuels tries to end his dry spell
In Aiken, Robert Samuels goes for his elusive third Regions Banks Amateur Series victory today.
The Hephzibah golfer is tied for the senior division lead after 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the First Tee of Aiken Invitational at Houndslake Country Club.
He shares the top spot with former Augustan Frank Perry, now of Fayetteville, Ga.
Samuels, 57, has been trying to win his third Regions victory for nearly five years. He won senior division tournaments in 2005 and 2007, but has 14 second-place finishes – including seven last season in 10 events– since his last win.
Samuels is coming off a tie for 15th place in the season-
opening Regions event earlier this month.
Chasing Samuels and Perry today will be three golfers at 74 – Mike Jackson, Jeff Roberts and Bruce Hottle.
In the regular division, North Augusta’s Jeff Pope shot 67 and has a three-shot leader over Augusta’s Michael Phelps.
Will Rogers, who won the season-opener at Mount Vintage Planation, shot 72, Brad Davis had 74 and John Wade and Doug Weiss had 75s.
• In State College, Pa., Augusta State finished in a tie for 20th place in the 24-team NCAA Division II East Regional at Penn State.
The Lady Jaguars closed with 28-over-par 316 after opening with rounds of 311 and 296.
The top eight teams advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship.
On Saturday, the Lady Jaguars counted 6-over-par 78s by Casey Kennedy and Marit Bjerke, 79 by Kristy Rands and 81 by Christine Duschek-Hansen. Natalie Wille had a non-counting 82.
For the tournament, Kennedy tied for 35th place at 7-over 223, Wille tied for 51st at 226, Rands tied for 93rd at 235, Bjerke tied for 108th at 240 and Duschek-Hansen tied for 114th at 245.
South Carolina closed with 291 to beat Texas (282 on Saturday) and Texas A&M (286) by five shots.
Texas A&M’s Katerina Ruzickova shot 73 to finish at 3-under 213 and win medalist honors by two shots over Jennifer Kirby of Alabama, who closed with 70.
• In Port St. Lucie, Fla., Paine College freshman Carlos Solis shot 74 and is in third place individually in the NCAA II portion of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship at PGA Golf Club.
Solis, who opened with 76, is at 150 for two rounds. He trails Fayetteville State golfers Jake Barge (72-71–143) and Jedidiah Frazier (71-73–144).
Paine is in sixth place in the nine-team Division II tournament. The Lions, who have shot 341-332 are at 97-over 673. Fayetteville State leads at 593.
In addition to Solis’ score on Saturday, Paine counted 82s by Victor Tapia and Patrick Mobley and 94 by Ralph Godbee.
The final round is today.