Originally created 02/25/02


College Baseball

North Florida wins series with Jaguars

North Florida designated hitter Ricky Willis hit a grand slam home run in the third inning Sunday to lead the Ospreys to a 12-4 rout of Augusta State in Peach Belt Conference play. Willis added another homer before the game ended.

North Florida (12-3, 8-1 PBC, fourth ranked in NCAA Division II, took two of three from the 22nd ranked Jaguars, who saw their 10-game winning streak end in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Jaguars (11-4, 4-2 PBC) won Saturday's nightcap 5-3.

Matt May had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI for the Jaguars. May is hitting .468 with a team-high 22 hits this season. Chris Cooper also had a homer for Augusta State.

City rival Paine College visits the Jaguars on Tuesday (2 p.m.) for a non-conference game.

College Basketball

USC Aiken's Szabo is player of week

Julie Szabo led No. 21 USC Aiken (22-4, 16-3 PBC) to three wins last week and averaged 20.3 points to earn Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors.

Szabo, a 5-foot-7 guard from Haverhill, Mass., scored 23 points and hit five of 11 three-pointers in a 59-47 win over Francis Marion Wednesday that clinched the Peach Belt championship for the Lady Pacers. She went 8-for-8 from the line and scored 25 in a 55-51 victory over South Division leader Kennesaw State, and extended her consecutive successful free throw attempt streak to 28 as USC Aiken defeated Augusta State 72-57 Saturday.

She is the second Lady Pacer this season to win Player of the Week.

The USC Aiken women, who last won the Peach Belt championship in the conference's inaugural season of 1990-91, drew a bye in the opening round of the Peach Belt tournament that begins Tuesday in Columbus. The Lady Pacers will play the Georgia College-USC Spartanburg winner in the second round on Thursday.

Augusta State opens against Clayton State at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.


Three Augustans win in Greensboro

Augusta Boxing Club fighter Jason Pinckney won his 132-pound open division match in the Golden Gloves Cup Boxing Championships in Greensboro, N.C., over the weekend. He also was named the tournament's best boxer.

In the Junior Olympic division, Ben Levetette (13 years, 112 pounds) and Noah Pulley (12 years, 119 pounds) of the local boxing club won gold medals, each winning by decision.


Florida State coach sets career record

Florida State coach JoAnne Graf won two games this weekend to become the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I softball.

She tied the record Saturday afternoon when the Seminoles got a perfect game from pitcher Jessica van der Linden in a 5-0 win over Dayton.

Florida State then beat New Mexico State, the home team in the Troy Cox Classic tournament, 1-0 on Saturday to give Graf her 1,125th career win.

Track and Field

Arkansas, Florida take team titles

Arkansas won the Southeastern Conference's Indoor for the sixth straight year and the 10th time in the last 11 years, while Florida dethroned Arkansas in the women's division. The Lady Razorbacks were working on a string of seven straight SEC titles.

The Arkansas men finished with 137 points, seven more than Tennessee.

Defending 800-meter runner Otukile Lekote of South Carolina repeated with a 1:47.46 time.


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