Originally created 02/22/99

Overtime: Hiers 4-hits Kennesaw as Jags gain split



Kevin Hiers struck out six and scattered four singles to lead Augusta State's Jaguars to a 3-1 victory over Division II's No. 1-ranked Kennesaw State Owls in the second game of a college baseball doubleheader on Sunday at Jaguars Field.

"All our guys need to get rolling is some confidence and this game ought to give it to 'em," said Augusta State coach Skip Fite.

The loss was the first for the Owls (7-1), who won the first game 10-3.

TENNIS: Augusta Country Club tennis professional Pete Collins and his partner, Bob Helton of Bristol, Tenn., won the men's 55 doubles tournament during the USPTR International Professional Tournament Symposium at Hilton Head Island on Saturday.

The pair defeated Gerald Heck of Whitefish Bay, Wis., and David Eddy of Caznozia, N.Y. 7-6, 6-2; Charles Bradford of Spring Valley, N.Y., and Bob Costanzo of Blue Point, N.Y., the No. 4 seeds, 6-0, 6-1.

In the finals, Collins and Helton defeated Alfredo Garcia of San Diego and Leonardo Palatios of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the No. 2 seeds, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7.

GYMNASTICS: For someone preparing to vault for the first time in her collegiate career, Georgia senior Sam Muhleman didn't appear nervous.

But looks can be deceiving.

"I've been thinking about it a little this week," said Muhleman, after accomplishing the feat in Friday night's 197.200-196.375 victory over Michigan. "I wasn't too nervous. Well, maybe a little. You've got to remember it has been four years."

According to Muhleman, the main reason she hasn't vaulted until now stems from the torn ACL she suffered as a club performer in 1995.

Muhleman opened the meet with a handspring front pike, good for a 9.825. She declined her second attempt, but didn't need the extra try. Muhleman went on to finish with an all-around score of 39.375, tops on the Georgia team.

One Gym Dog living up to expectations was sophomore Suzanne Sears, who scored a career-high 9.90 on vault by converting a handspring front pike with a half twist.

SAILING: Augusta's Jim Farmer apparently has found a comfortable niche in the J-24 class competition in the National Offshore One-Design regatta off St. Petersburg, Fla.

Farmer finished fourth for the second straight year as sailors ran into light and tricky winds in the Gulf of Mexico. Farmer's five-race finishes were eighth, 10th, seventh, 11th and second.

Peter Bream of Jacksonville, Fla., won the 28-boat class championship ahead of David S. Ogden of Toronto, Ontario.

HORSE RACING: Enjoy the Moment went to the lead at the start and was never threatened in winning Sunday's $131,200 Las Flores Handicap by three lengths over Tomorrows Sunshine at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Laffit Pincay, Enjoy the Moment covered six furlongs in 1:08 2-5, one-fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Stormy But Valid in 1990.

It was Pincay's 8,704th career winner. The 52-year-old is 130 wins from breaking Bill Shoemaker's all-time record of 8,833 wins.

The win was Enjoy the Moment's sixth in nine starts. The 4-year-old filly was coming off a sixth-place finish in the Santa Monica Handicap. She came out of that race with congested lungs and was treated with antibiotics.

The victory, worth $78,720, increased Enjoy the Moment's earnings to $226,780.