Zach Conrad hurled a complete game as No. 25 USC Aiken upset No. 16 Armstrong State 10-4 Saturday in a Peach Belt Athletic Conference game in Aiken.
It was the third complete game of the season for Conrad, 6-0. He allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out nine. Aiken is now 16-13 overall and 7-6 in the Peach Belt. The teams will play a doubleheader today in Aiken starting at 1 p.m.
Augusta State and USC Spartanburg split a doubleheader Saturday in Peach Belt Athletic Conference action. Marty Bruce hurled a complete game, allowing six hits, to lift Augusta to a 9-2 win in one game. In the other game, Augusta fell 5-2 as Hutch Evans took the loss.
Georgia took advantage of four bases-loaded walks in an eight-run seventh-inning rally that carried the Bulldogs to their second victory in a row over Alabama, 12-5 on Saturday in Athens. Matt Steele improved to 4-0, giving the Bulldogs seven innings and scattering five runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Bryan Prince went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs as Georgia Tech defeated North Carolina for the second straight day, 16-3 Saturday in Atlanta. Tech (14-6, 2-0 ACC) extended its winning streak to five games and also posted its fifth victory in a row in the series.
SOFTBALL: USC Spartanburg ran its record to 25-0 this season, sweeping a doubleheader from Augusta State on Saturday at Jaguar Field. The Lady Rifles won the first game 5-1 and the nightcap 7-0. Ashlee Bell had two hits in the first game for Augusta, now 7-18 and 0-2 in the Peach Belt.
No. 3-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State swept a doubleheader from USC Aiken on Saturday, winning the first game 4-0 and the nightcap 4-1. Annie Sells hurled a one-hit shutout in the first game. Aiken takes on No. 8 North Florida today.
TENNIS: World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport continued her recent domination of top-ranked Martina Hingis, defeating the Swiss star 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 Saturday to win the Tennis Masters-Indian Wells championship in Indian Wells, Calif. The victory was the 1999 Wimbledon winner's fifth in a row over Hingis, who hasn't beaten Davenport since November 1998. But she retained the No. 1 ranking this week by making it to the semifinals of the Indian Wells event.
David McLeod and Miche McDonough of Augusta, competing in Men's 30 Doubles, are No. 1 in latest rankings by the Southern Tennis Association.
NCAA WRESTLING: Iowa finished strong in the consolation bracket, getting third-place finishes from three No. 1 seeds upset in the quarterfinals to take the lead Saturday in the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis.
Iowa, seeking its sixth straight title, had 112 points and a 7.5-point lead over Iowa State heading into the finals. Iowa State, which last won the championship in 1987, had four wrestlers in the finals to Iowa's two.
FOOTBALL: Jeff George's agent says coach Dennis Green is finally pursuing the free-agent quarterback who guided the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs last year. After Dan Marino spurned the Vikings' offer to be their starting quarterback this season, Green offered the job to George, agent Leigh Steinberg said. Steinberg said he has not "conclusively put together a proposal yet." If George is to return to the Vikings, Green has said he must agree to a one-year deal because he expects Daunte Culpepper to start this fall or in 2001.
AUTO RACING: An Audi R8 being driven by pole winner Frank Biela of Monaco held more than a minute lead Saturday at the halfway point of the 48th 12 Hours at Sebring sports car race in Sebring, Fla. The Audi, also being driven by Tom Kristensen of Monaco and Emanuele Pirro of Italy, held a lead of 1 minute, 8.935 seconds at the six-hour mark of the nation's oldest road race, the season opener for the American Le Mans Series.