Originally created 02/04/01


Mitch Douglas struck out 10 Carson-Newman batters in five innings to lead Augusta State (2-1) to a 9-5 college baseball victory in the doubleheader opener.

Carson-Newman (1-2) bounced back in the nightcap to take a 5-2 victory for a Saturday afternoon split.

The two teams conclude the season-opening series with a single game today at 1 p.m. at the ASU Athletic Complex.

Mark Teixeira drove in three runs with two doubles and a single to lead Georgia Tech to an 8-5 victory over a team of Tech alumni in Atlanta.

Matthew Boggs reached base three times and scored twice for the Yellow Jackets, and Richard Lewis had two hits and two runs.

Kip Bouknight pitched six shutout innings and three Gamecocks hit home runs as South Carolina opened its season with a 9-0 victory over Wofford before a record opening-day crowd of 5,912 fans in Columbia.

The two teams play again today at 1:30 p.m.

Bouknight, national player of the year in 2000, tied a school record with his 36th career victory and established a school mark for career innings pitched with 363.

Garris Gonce, Brennan Dees and Marcus McBeth homered for the Gamecocks.


USC Aiken fell to Alabama-Huntsville 4-2 on Saturday night in the Peach Belt/Gulf South tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.

The loss dropped the Pacers' record to 1-1.

Joel Austin drove in two of Huntsville's runs with a homer while teammate Brent Dearman had a solo shot. Aiken first baseman David Gillespie homered for the Pacers.

USC Aiken plays Lincoln Memorial University today in a 10 a.m. game.


Fred Grisales scored on a counterattack eight minutes into the second half as Colombia beat the United States 1-0 in an exhibition game Saturday to stop the Americans' six-game unbeaten streak.

The game was the final preparation for the United States before it starts the final round of regional World Cup qualifying against Mexico on Feb. 28 in Columbus, Ohio.

Colombia is 4-3-3 is South American qualifying, trailing Argentina (8-1-1), Brazil (6-2-2), Paraguay (6-2-2) and Ecuador (5-4-1) and tied with Ecuador.


Stacy Dragila is breaking the world record in the women's pole vault with the same regularity Sergei Bubka did in the men's vault.

"World records are inevitable," Dragila said before smashing her world indoor record, sailing 15 feet, 2¬ inches, at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

That performance, which matched Dragila's world outdoor record, was the ninth time she had shattered the record in the relatively new women's event, which has been recognized since 1994. That's not close to the total of 35 records indoors and outdoors by the 37-year-old Bubka, who was to end his career today at Donetsk, Ukraine, where he set the world indoor record of 20-2.

Dragila, 29, still has a long career ahead.

She became the first women's vaulter to clear 15 feet in the Garden, just like Cornelius Warmerdam did in 1942 - and coincidentally on the same night that Warmerdam was inducted into the Millrose Games Hall of Fame. It also came 40 years to the day that John Uelses became the first 16-foot vaulter, also in the Garden, also at the Millrose Games.

While Dragila hopes to improve the record incrementally, her next major barrier is 16 feet.


Ray Evernham will bring a brand new team and a couple of the new Dodge Intrepids to the season-opening Daytona 500. Thanks to driver Bill Elliott, though, he'll get a little head start on some of the other teams in the Feb. 18 race.

That's because Elliott qualified to run in next Sunday's Budweiser Shootout - a made-for-TV race contested among the previous year's pole-winners and the leaders of second-round qualifying.

That race is annually the first head-to-head competition of the stock car season.


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