Originally created 04/12/98

Overtime: Pacers take two from Jags



USC Aiken's Pacers swept a doubleheader from Augusta State on Saturday, powering past the Jaguars 21-7 and 5-3 in Peach Belt Athletic Conference action.

The Jaguars were out-hit 24-14 in the first game, with the Pacers connecting with runners on base.

Augusta's Matt Mixon slammed the game's only home run, but the Pacers socked seven doubles and a triple.

In the second game, there were only two extra base hits -- a double apiece.

Josh Hennessey (2-1) went the distance for Aiken in the second game, while Aaron Mills (3-2) was charged with the loss.

-- Matt Frick hit a home run in the third inning Saturday to lead Alabama to a 16-12 win over Tennessee.

Frick's two-run home run gave the Tide (29-7, 11-5 Southeastern Conference) the lead for good. Andy Phillips and G.W. Keller also hit home runs for Alabama.

Sonny Cortez, Donnie Ross, Jeff Christensen and Justin Parker all hit home runs to lead Tennessee (26-13, 7-10).

-- Josh Etheredge struck out Eric Hinske in the ninth inning to preserve a 6-5 winning score for Auburn over Arkansas in Southeastern Conference play Saturday.

The ninth-ranked Tigers (30-7, 11-5 SEC) held a five run lead heading into the ninth inning before holding off the 22nd ranked Razorbacks (24-13, 7-9 SEC).

-- Jordan Litrownik hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and Brad DuPree and Vaughn Schill did not allow a hit in three innings of relief to give Duke a 7-6 win over Clemson in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Matt Padgett went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead Clemson to an 8-2 win in the first game.

-- George Otero knocked in four runs on a double and a triple during a 10-run second inning for Florida State in the Seminoles' 20-4 win over North Carolina on Saturday.

North Carolina (23-14, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) surrendered a season-high 19 hits while mustering only five hits off Seminole pitching.

BASKETBALL: Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Utah's Rick Majerus were given the 1998 John and Nellie Wooden Award on Saturday.

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden called Summitt and Majerus "two of the finest coaches in America who have left a legacy in the sport of basketball." He said the award is special to him because it also bears the name of his wife, Nellie, who died in 1985.

The award is given each year to top men's and women's college basketball coaches as voted by a panel of 65 sportscasters, NBA and WNBA coaches and executives, and college coaches and executives.

FOOTBALL: NFL free agent running back Bam Morris was released from the Rockwall County jail Saturday after serving 89 days of a 120-day sentence for marijuana possession.

-- LSU held its first full-scale spring scrimmage on Saturday, with the first teams taking 136 snaps against each other while the second teams lined up for separate drills.

Freshman quarterbacks Rohan Davey and Craig Nall received all of the snaps due to the absence of Herb Tyler who missed practice after his father who passed away Monday. Tyler is expected back in uniform Tuesday.

-- Two members of the 1958 LSU national champion football team, Billy Cannon and Warren Rabb, will serve as honorary coaches for the 1998 LSU Spring Football Game on April 25.

LSU will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its 1958 national championship during the 1998 season.

-- Mike Quinn passed for two touchdowns and Derrick Clark ran for two more as the Rhine Fire beat the England Monarchs 31-7 Saturday.

-- Brendan Noble returned a fumble by Frankfurt quarterback Damon Huard 27 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, leading the Barcelona Dragons to a 15-7 victory Saturday over the Galaxy.

SOCCER: Los Angeles scored two goals in the last 20 minutes despite playing a man down and rallied for a 3-2 victory in the Major League Soccer home opener for the New York-New Jersey MetroStars.

It was the second time in two weeks the Galaxy had scored twice in the last 20 minutes and rallied to beat the Metros.

BOXING: Former WBA heavyweight champion Big John Tate died of a stroke caused by a brain tumor, a medical examiner says.

Tate, 43, champion for five months in 1979-80, died Thursday. He was driving a pickup truck that crashed into a utility pole.

Dr. Sandra Elkins, the Knox County medical examiner, said Tate had convulsions or blacked out from the stroke, causing the wreck. Two passengers suffered minor injuries.

A bronze medalist in the 1976 Olympics, Tate won the WBA title in Pretoria, South Africa, with a decision over Gerrie Coetzee on Oct. 20, 1979. He lost it to Mike Weaver the following March in Knoxville when he was knocked out.