Originally created 04/22/01


When Augusta State defeated Francis Marion 5-2 in Peach Belt Conference play Friday in Florence, S.C., the Jaguars gave head coach Skip Fite his 400th career victory at Augusta State.

On Saturday, the Jaguars completed a sweep of the Patriots with 5-0 and 4-2 wins. The victories improve the Jaguars to 28-21 and 11-16 in PBC play while Francis Marion dropped to 24-27 and 9-21 in the PBC.

During his 17-year career at Augusta State, Fite has amassed an overall record of 402-455. Including his 1981-84 tenure at Brewton-Parker College, Fite is 479-499.

USC Aiken swept UNC Pembroke 11-0 and 14-13 in PBC baseball action to reach 30 wins for the first time since 1996.

Zach Conrad (5-7) struck out 12 en route to a three-hit shutout in game one behind the Pacers 11 hit attack. In game two, USC Aiken held off a nine-run UNC Pembroke seventh to secure the sweep.

David Gillespie belted two home runs, giving him 13 for the year, including a grand slam in the first inning of game two. The Pacers took a 14-4 lead into the seventh before three relievers allowed nine runs on six hits and one error before closing the door on the Braves.

Butch Martin also homered for the Pacers (30-20, 14-13), who will continue their seven-game homestand when they play host to No. 29 Belmont Abbey on Tuesday.

Westminster, with the help of a 14-9 Augusta Christian loss to Trinity Christian, clinched the Region 4-AAA title for the first time in school history.

Westminster (18-4, 10-1) finished last in the region a year ago going 0-12. According to first-year Westminster coach Pete Meadows, this marks the first time in 14 years that a team other than Augusta Christian or John Milledge has won the region. By clinching the title, Meadows has now won region titles at all three schools.


Martina Hingis won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle, setting up a rematch of the Australian Open final against No. 2 Jennifer Capriati.

Hingis won eight straight games during one stretch in defeating No. 3 Conchita Martinez 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. Earlier, Capriati returned to the championship for the first time in 11 years with a 6-0, 6-2 win over unseeded Marlene Weingartner in a match that lasted 50 minutes.

Capriati was told after the match she would move from fifth to No. 4 in the world - her highest ranking ever.

The last time the top two seeds reached the final was 1993, when No. 1 Steffi Graf defeated No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in straight sets.


UCLA won its second straight NCAA women's gymnastics championship Friday night, defying the raucous Georgia fans and a late fall on the balance beam.

UCLA finished with 197.575, edging out Georgia's total of 197.400. Michigan was third at 197.275.

Alabama came in as the top seed but couldn't overcome the loss of two-time Southeastern Conference gymnast of the year Andree Pickens, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in a pre-meet practice. The Crimson Tide placed fourth at 196.550.

Rounding out the "Super Six" were Nebraska and nine-time champion Utah, who tied for fifth at 196.025.

UCLA came into the meet as the favorite, bolstering last year's championship team with three highly touted freshmen: Yvonne Tousek, Kristen Maloney and another U.S. Olympian, Jamie Dantzscher.

Remarkably, UCLA posted its highest score (49.575) on the beam. The Bruins also bested Georgia in the floor exercise, while the Gym Dogs had higher scores on the vault and bars.

But it wasn't enough to make up the gap.


Despite having prolific scorers in Sun Wen and Tiffeny Milbrett, the Atlanta Beat and New York Power fought to a 0-0 tie in their Women's United Soccer Association opener.

On a sunny, warm day at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium, the crowd of 20,170 was energized most when Chinese star Sun entered the game for Atlanta in the 78th minute. The forward, voted the FIFA Co-Player of the Century, did not start because of a tender left knee that required major surgery four months ago.

Sun looked close to 100 percent, though, as she tried to break between New York defenders Kristy Whelchel and Christie Pearce as she dribbled inside the left corner at the 85:07 mark.

That was Atlanta's last legitimate opportunity to score, though the Beat's final official shot on goal came in the 83rd minute when forward Cindy Parlow came up short. Overtime will not be used in WUSA games until the playoffs.


Keats, a 16-1 shot who finished a disappointing eighth in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway last month, won the $371,475 Grade II Lexington Stakes.

Keats, ridden by Larry Melancon, covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:43 2-5 while Mr. John finished second but was disqualified for bumping Dogwood Stable of Aiken's Distilled out of the gate and was dropped to eighth.

Griffinite, the winner of the Lafayette Stakes on April 11, moved up to second following the disqualification and paid $5.60 and $4.40 with Craig Perret aboard. Bay Eagle, ridden by Jon Court, was bumped up to third and paid $8.20.

Distilled, trained by Todd Pletcher and considered a possible Derby starter, had to be eased on the backside by jockey Jerry Bailey to prevent injury after cutting his right front leg in the collision with Mr. John.

"We would have had to have a very good day here to think seriously about the Derby," Dogwood owner W. Cothran Campbell said. "It's hard to make a comment about that now after what happened, but my feelings would be negative."


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