Originally created 03/02/00

Overtime: Georgia remains unbeaten



Sophomore Doc Brooks drove in seven runs with three hits, including two home runs, as Georgia remained unbeaten by beating Georgia Tech for the second day in a row, 13-5 on Wednesday in Atlanta.

Sophomore Adam Swann added a solo homer and had two other hits as the Bulldogs (8-0) matched their best start since the 1978 season.

Matt Steele went to 3-0 with six innings of work, yielding two runs on five hits while Skip Browning and Jody Friedman combined to close it out.

The Yellow Jackets (8-4) took a 1-0 lead on a leadoff home run by Richard Lewis but the Bulldogs responded, building a 10-1 lead by the fifth inning.

After Lewis' homer in the first, Brooks came back with a three-run homer in the second to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer for the Jackets in the seventh inning.

The loss went to starter Brad Busbin (1-1), who gave up six runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

BASKETBALL:

Auburn's LeCoe Willingham, a former Hephzibah High star, was named to the All-Southeastern Conference freshman team. She was one of three unanimous selections.

Willingham, who averages 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, underwent knee surgery this week and will be out for two weeks.

Greater Augusta Swimming team members Joel Johnson and Tom Northcutt have been recognized by swimming organizations for top 10 rankings.

Johnson, a freshman at North Augusta High, was recognized by USA Swimming for being ranked 10th in the boys 13-14 age group in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.73. Northcutt, of Martinez, was recognized by United State Masters Swimming for being ranked in the top 10 in 11 events.

TENNIS:

Martina Hingis, the world's top-ranked woman, won her first match in more than three weeks Wednesday, beating Chanda Rubin 6-3, 6-3 in secondround play of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Earlier, Monica Seles, unseeded in a WTA event for the first time since 1989 despite winning last Sunday in Oklahoma City, fought off four set points to defeat Silvija Talaja of Croatia 6-1, 7-6 (7).

Seventh-seeded Sandrine Testud of France eliminated Amy Frazier 7-5, 6-0, but Ai Sugiyama beat the other seeded Frenchwoman, No. 4 Julie Halard-Decugis, 6-4, 6-2.

Hingis, seeded No. 1, got a bye into the second round and had not played since winning her first 2000 title in Tokyo on Feb. 6. The 19year-old Swiss star beat Rubin in the semifinals of that tournament, and familiarity with Rubin's game may have contributed to Hingis' relatively passive play.

BASEBALL:

San Diego Padres right-hander Brian Boehringer showed signs of a strong comeback on Peoria, Ariz., after a season-ending shoulder surgery.

He threw only one inning in an intrasquad game on Wednesday, but that was enough to impress.

Boehringer hit 91 mph on the radar gun while completing a 1-2-3 inning. Eric Owens and Chris Gomez grounded out to second base, and Ryan Klesko grounded to shortstop.

"He threw surprisingly well, velocity, command, everything. That was one we were really watching today, and he passed this test with flying colors," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Boehringer, 30, had surgery Aug. 13 to repair a slight tear in his rotator cuff and one in his biceps tendon.

The injury followed his most extensive duty as a starter. He made 22 relief appearances before moving into the rotation. In 11 starts, he was 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA. He allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of the 11 starts. Overall, Boehringer was 6-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 94 1-3 innings pitched.

He is media shy and rarely speaks to reporters -- usually only after a start and with prompting from the club. On Wednesday, he got no such prompting.

"I don't have anything to say, fellas," he told reporters after his outing.

He will make his first exhibition appearance Sunday with two innings against Seattle.

The Padres expect him to begin the season as their No. 5 starter.

Bochy said he hopes to see Boehringer further develop his changeup and slider. Even as a starter, the former Yankee went with fastballs about 90 percent of the time.

"He had a reliever's mentality to come in and just start firing. He didn't use his changeup much, and a pitch like that could help you, get you deep into the game," Bochy said. "Bo only knows one way, and that's all out. He definitely uses his fastball, but using those other pitches will help his stamina."

FOOTBALL:

Georgia Southern's 2000 football schedule, released on Wednesday, features six home games and a season-opening road game at the University of Georgia. The home games are against Johnson C. Smith, Wofford, VMI, Appalachian State, East Tennessee State and Elon.

SWIMMING:

Greater Augusta Swimming team members Joel Johnson and Tom Northcutt have been recognized by swimming organizations for top 10 rankings.

Johnson, a freshman at North Augusta High, was recognized by USA Swimming for being ranked 10th in the boys 13-14 age group in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.73. Northcutt, of Martinez, was recognized by United States Masters Swimming for being ranked in the top 10 in 11 events.