Originally created 04/14/02



Athletics board proposes expansion

Sanford Stadium would expand by more than 3,700 seats under a proposal announced Saturday by the University of Georgia Athletic Association board of directors.

The board, during its annual spring meeting in St. Simons Island, Ga., authorized its finance committee to study the expansion, which would involve installing more seats in various locations and not alter the stadium's structure.

The $5 million expansion would push capacity to more than 90,000.

"We're looking at adding seats to the existing stadium without having to enclose the west end, which may happen at some point," Athletic Director Vince Dooley said.

"But two years from now, we will have Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina coming here," he said. "They're so close and they have a lot of people who want to come with them. So, just from the visitors standpoint alone, there's a lot of demand."

The plan would add 530 retractable seats in the east end zone, 1,704 in the north, south and east club level and 1,500 in the upper decks.

With a bigger stadium, more parking places for football would be essential, Georgia President Michael Adams said.

The board also adopted a proposed budget of $40,741,000 for the 2002-03 athletic season, an increase of 14 percent over the 2001-02 budget. The most significant increases are expected to be scholarships ($794,014) and football parking ($690,000).

The most significant revenue increase will come from football ($3.1 million).


Lady Jags, Patriots split doubleheader

Francis Marion won the front end of its doubleheader with Augusta State, 7-2, while the Lady Jaguars took Game 2, 4-1, in Florence, S.C., Saturday afternoon.

Leading 2-1 in the fifth inning of Game 1, Francis Marion scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 cushion. Betsy Bouknight and Jennifer Sturgeon both went 2-for-4 for the Lady Patriots, while Heather Johnson (12-9) picked up the complete-game victory.

Pam Vinson went 3-for-4 for Augusta State in the nightcap, as Ashleigh Mast scattered 11 hits in earning the win.

College Baseball

Louisiana State routs Georgia

LSU scored runs in every inning except the sixth on the way to a 14-4 victory over Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU (23-13) collected 16 hits in the game, marking the 10th straight game in which LSU has reached double figures in hits.

Four of those hits came from freshman second baseman J.C. Holt.

Brandon Moorhead, who may have pulled a muscle when he slipped in the second inning, was one of five Georgia pitchers, lasting two innings and giving up four runs on five hits to fall to 3-1.

  • Yaron Peters hit a home run in the first inning to help South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 10-1.
  • Peters' homer highlighted three runs in the first to put the Gamecocks (27-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) up 3-0. Justin Harris' RBI double in the top of the sixth scored three of the five runs in that inning to give South Carolina a commanding 8-0 lead over the Commodores (15-14, 3-9).

    Steven Bondurant (5-0) got the win for the Gamecocks.

  • After nearly a three-hour rain delay, No. 7 Columbus State defeated No. 19 USC Aiken at J.H. Satcher Field 6-3 Friday night. The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Pacers.
  • Third baseman Ladd Hammonds' three-run homer keyed a four-run third inning for Columbus State that gave the Cougars all they would need. Hammond was 2-for-5 with four RBI in the game, while catcher Andrew Ginther went 3-for-5.

    Scott Sears, part of a Columbus State pitching staff that leads the nation in ERA, yielded two earned runs and five hits over eight innings, while striking out eight.


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