Originally created 05/02/00

Overtime: Gamecocks solidify No. 1 in baseball



South Carolina maintained its position atop all three college baseball polls for the third consecutive week. The No. 1 Gamecocks (45-4) swept their weekend series with Georgia (28-20), which fell out of all three polls after being ranked No. 22 in last week's Collegiate Baseball poll.

Georgia Tech (37-11) took two of three games from Clemson (37-12) over the weekend and is ranked No. 6 by Baseball America, No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 7 by USA Today/Baseball Weekly. The Tigers fell to No. 8 in Baseball America and USA Today/Baseball Weekly and No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball.

TENNIS:

The USC Aiken women's tennis team will play fellow Peach Belt conference member and No. 14 Columbus State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regionals at Winter Park, Fla.

The Lady Pacers (17-9 overall, 5-6 PBAC), ranked 27th nationally, is in the South Regionals for the third straight season. They lost 7-2 to Columbus State on March 13.

Other conference teams in the regional are No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic State (14-6, 11-0), No. 7 North Florida (10-1, 23-7), No. 16 Georgia College and State University (12-12, 8-3 PBAC), and No. 21 Kennesaw State University (13-6, 7-4 PBAC).

AUTO RACING:

Evans resident Randy Woodward earned his first pole position and led throughout in winning the Super Late Model Sportsman event, his first victory since 1993, at Silver Eagle Speedway in Grovetown.

Woodward was followed by Tommy Snell, Claud Caldwell and Russell Hale.

The National Late Model Series racers competed in a non-sanctioned event, with Lark Hastings of Macon taking the checkered flag, followed by Dennis Smith, Paul Purvis, Billy Lumley and Michael Akeson.

Jack Watson of Augusta won the Limited Sportsman feature in taking his first win since 1992. Another Augusta resident, Don Smith, won the Super Street Race, while Augusta's Kevin Bevill won his fourth Street Stock race of the year.

The United Sprint Car Series comes to Grovetown on Saturday night with more than 20 cars expected to compete. Racing begins at 7 p.m.

BOXING:

Sedreck Fields of Augusta pulled off an upset by defeating Shannon Briggs in New York last week. Fields won a majority eight-round decision to improve his record to 10-9, while Briggs fell to 32-3-1.

GOLF:

No. 5 Georgia and No. 18 South Carolina will participate in the NCAA Women's East Regional at the Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 11-13.

The 24-team field also includes No. 2 Duke, No. 6 Louisiana State and No. 13 Auburn. The top 11 teams and three individuals not playing with the top teams advance to the NCAA Championships on May 24-27 at the Crosswater Course in Sunriver, Ore.

BOWLING:

Savannah's Kim Goulding retained his Scratch Singles Championship in the 41st annual 250 Masters Invitational last week at Masters Lanes.

After losing a match to Kevin Amoth of Duluth, Ga., in the double-elimination competition, Goulding rebounded to win four matches before defeating Amoth in the championship match.

In the course of the week-long tournament, Jeff Shaw of Woodstock, Ga., Mark Downs of Augusta, and Randy M. Weiss of Irmo, S.C. rolled 300 games. Clyde Brantley of Hilton Head Island, S.C., was one pin short of perfection with a 299 game.