Originally created 03/03/03

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Golf

Pacers finish in second by eight

USC Aiken took second place in the Geico Direct Collegiate Invitational at Hunter Army Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., on Sunday.

The Pacers shot 39-over 627 (308-319) over the two-day tournament, finishing eight shots behind Liberty.

Scott Usher finished tied for second at 5-over, just one stroke behind winner James Yoo of Liberty. Usher shot consecutive 76s on the par-73 course.

USC Aiken's Reggie Bergholtz and Aaron Black finished tied for ninth at 11-over, Bryan Sangid ended tied for 15th at 13-over and Sam Mason came in tied for 23rd at 16-over.

College baseball

Rawl, Gamecocks hold off Tigers

South Carolina's Aaron Rawl didn't want to go another month without beating Clemson. So Rawl made sure it didn't happen.

The sophomore right-hander held the Tigers to six hits and got his second career complete game in the Gamecocks 6-4 win Sunday that evened the weekend rivalry series at a victory each.

Tyler Lumsden four hit South Carolina in Clemson's 8-0 win at the Upstate campus Saturday.

"They beat us yesterday and they had only one day to enjoy it," said Rawl (4-0), who's other complete game was a 9-5 victory over Georgia Tech at last year's College World Series. "Now we've got a month to enjoy one win."

Freshmen Michael Campell and Trey McDaniel had solo home runs for the Gamecocks (9-2), Brian Buscher had two RBI on a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk.

Rawl's performance made it stand up.

He cruised through the first six innings, allowing only one hit and only once permitting a runner to reach second. Rawl faded down the stretch, but still had enough to hold off the Tigers (3-3).

Auto racing

Dixon victorious in first IRL start

Scott Dixon won his Indy Racing League debut, grabbing the lead during his final pit stop and easily holding off Gil de Ferran in Sunday's Toyota Indy 300.

The 22-year-old New Zealander took the lead from de Ferran on the 148th lap of the 200-lap event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dixon beat the more experienced Brazilian to the finish by 0.057 seconds - about six car-lengths.

"I picked up spots just about every time I pitted," Dixon said.

The last driver to win his first IRL start was Juan Montoya, who won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 (his only IRL race).

He passed Helio Castroneves, de Ferran's Marlboro Team Penske teammate, for second place on lap 140 and drove onto pit road in second.

"We got alongside Gil coming into the pits, which probably helped a little," said Dixon, whose only CART victory was at Nazareth, Pa., in 2001.

He averaged 153.710 mph.

Dixon, who drove for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing in CART last season, moved to the IRL over the winter. Ganassi dropped out of CART and went from one IRL car to two.

Track and field

Dragila sets indoor pole vault record

Stacy Dragila broke the world indoor record in the pole vault Sunday by clearing 15 feet, 8 1/4 inches at the U.S. In-door Track and Field Cham-pionships in Boston.

Dragila had already won the title at 14-5. She then cleared 15-1 as a warmup be-fore going for the record of 15-7 3/4 by Russian Svetlana Feofanova.

Dragila missed on her first attempt at the record, and on the second she grazed the bar. But she popped up from the mat, saw that it hadn't fallen, and raised a fist in triumph.

Dragila won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, and she holds the outdoor world re-cord of 15-9 1/4 .