Originally created 03/25/01

Overtime



Georgia and Clemson share the lead after two rounds of the EZ-GO/Schenkel Invitational Saturday in Statesboro, Ga.

The Bulldogs and Tigers fired 9-under-par 567 to jump ahead of tournament host Georgia Southern, who shot 5-under 571. Augusta State and East Tennessee State are currently tied for eighth after shooting 8-over 584. Jamie Elson is tied with nine others for seventh place including Lucas Glover of Clemson and Tyler McKeever and Travis Mobley, both of Georgia Southern at 2-under 142.

Augusta native John Engler is tied for 16th after shooting 71-72 for 143. The tournament will resume today at 8 a.m. at Forest Heights Country Club with the top three groups set to tee-off at 9:52 a.m.

SOFTBALL:

Kristy Middagh pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as the USC Spartanburg Lady Rifles defeated Augusta State 3-0 in Peach Belt Conference softball play in Spartanburg. The Lady Jaguars also lost game two, 4-3.

Augusta State and USC Spartanburg both managed just 12 hits but the Lady Rifles used timely hitting for the victories.

Jessica Addison homered in the fourth inning of game one to put USC Spartanburg on top 1-0. The Lady Rifles would tack two more on the board to preserve the shutout.

In game two, Augusta State sliced into a 4-0 deficit by the sixth inning and trailed by one heading to the seventh before Middagh came in relief of Tamara Oldaker to shut the door on Augusta State.

Traci Miller and Jessica Patterson both suffered losses on the day as Augusta State (9-12-1, 2-4) headshome to play Francis Marion today at 1 p.m. at the ASU/Athletic Complex.

SKIING:

Former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson remained hospitalized in a coma two days after losing consciousness when he crashed face first during a race.

Johnson was listed in critical condition at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after he sustained severe head trauma during an FIS downhill Thursday and underwent four hours of surgery.

Johnson's mother, brother, sister, ex-wife and two sons maintained a vigil at his bedside.

Doctors said the 24- to 48-hour period after the crash was important for treating severe head injuries, and they were waiting for brain swelling to go down before reassessing Johnson's condition.

GYMNASTICS:

The University of Georgia won the Southeastern Conference gymnastics championship for the fifth time in six years, defeating longtime rival Alabama.

Florida came in third, followed by LSU, Kentucky and Auburn.

No. 2-ranked Georgia posted a total score of 198.000 to defending champion Alabama's 197.425.

Georgia was led by freshman Cory Fritzinger, who won the all-around title with a career-best 39.7. Fritzinger was also named the SEC's Freshman of the Year.

Kristi Lichey won the SEC vault title. Fritzinger and senior Kathleen Shrieves tied for the SEC bars title, Fritzinger tied for the SEC beam title, and Suzanne Sears and Marline Stephens tied for the SEC floor title.

Alabama and Georgia will meet again in the NCAA Central Regional Championships April 7 at Tuscaloosa.