Originally created 02/18/99

Overtime: Fite gets 400th career victory



Skip Fite, head baseball coach at Augusta State University, picked up his 400th career victory on Wednesday when his Jaguars edged Coker College 12-11.

"It's quite an honor," said Fite, now in his 15th season as ASU baseball coach. "Not only is it an achievement for me personally, but it also is a reflection on all of the quality student-athletes who have been a part of our program over the years."

Home runs in the bottom of the fourth by JuJu Foreman, Louis Mackie and Heath Kennedy gave the Jaguars a 9-4 lead and two runs in the seventh sewed up the victory over the Cobras.

Marty Bruce was the winning pitcher as the Jags improved to 2-7. They'll play host to Kennesaw State's Owls for a weekend series starting with a single game Saturday at 2 p.m. and a Sunday doubleheader starting at noon, weather permitting.

Billy Kickham's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Jacksonville University to a 6-5 victory over Georgia Southern.

He connected off Eagles pitcher Marty Standridge. The loss drops the Eagles to 0-3, while the Dolphins are 7-1.

Kenneth Thomas had three hits in five at-bats, including a grand slam and a triple and drove in six runs, leading USC Aiken's Pacers to a 16-5 victory over Brewton-Parker on Wednesday.

The game was called after eight innings by rain.

The Pacers slammed B-P pitching for 10 runs, while B-P was collecting eight.

Other Pacers hitters included Antonio Evans with 3 for 5 including a pair of doubles and two RBI. Britt Pender went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI.

Josh Moyer worked six innings, struck out five and picked up his second win in three starts.

GYMNASTICS:

The Chinese gymnast paralyzed during the Goodwill Games watched helplessly from the back seat of a car while a man who offered to help fix a flat tire stole her guardian's pocketbook.

Sang Lan's guardian, Gina Liu, pulled her car to the edge of a Manhattan service road Tuesday afternoon. Police said a man walked by and offered to assist. He and Liu changed the tire while the 17-year-old gymnast remained in the car.

The man then stood up, stretched, dusted off his hands and snatched the 45-year-old woman's bag, which had $400 in it, from the front seat, then ran away, police said.

Police said they did not have any suspects.

SWIMMING:

Susie O'Neill of Australia shattered swimming's oldest record Wednesday, breaking the 200-meter butterfly world mark with a time of 2 minutes, 05.37 seconds in a World Cup short course meet.

O'Neill, 25, improved the record of 2:05.65 set by Mary T. Meagher of the United States on Jan. 2, 1981 at Gainesville, Florida, by .28 of a second.

O'Neill, the reigning Olympic and world champion, finally got the world record nearing the end of her brilliant career.

Nicknamed "Madame Butterfly", she has said that she will retire after next year's Olympics in Sydney.

FOOTBALL:

Mike Pringle, the first player in Canadian Football League history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, is staying put.

Pringle, who rushed for a league record 2,065 yards last season, said Wednesday he will remain with the Montreal Alouettes for at least two more years. Pringle, the CFL's outstanding player last year, has been sought by several NFL clubs.

Montreal locked up its star running back, signing him to a new two-year deal plus an option. Financial terms weren't available.

TENNIS:

Steffi Graf returned to the tournament where she started her comeback last year, beating French qualifier Anne-Gaelle Sidot 6-1, 6-3 Wednesday in the $500,000 Hanover WTA event.

"It doesn't get much better than this," Graf said. "I've got my game working pretty good."

Top seed Jana Novotna also advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Romania's Ruxandra Dragomir. Also, No. 7 Barbara Schett of Austria defeated Virginia Ruano-Pascual of Spain 7-5, 6-2, and France's Sandrine Testud ousted Germany's Anke Huber 6-3, 6-3. No. 2 seed Venus Williams plays today.

Fifth-seeded Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia defeated Spain's Gissela Riera 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the rain-drenched Colsanitas Cup tournament in Bogota.

Also advancing to the third round of the WTA Tour event were Larissa Schaerer of Paraguay, who overcame Argentina's Ines Gorrochategui 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), and Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia, who downed Christina Papadaki of Greece 6-3, 6-4.

In first-round matches completed Wednesday following rain delays, defending champion Paula Suarez of Argentina came from behind to beat Alicia Ortuno of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and top-seeded Fang Li of China beat Luciana Masante of Argentina 6-1, 6-4.