Originally created 02/29/04

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College Baseball

Jaguars pull upset vs. No. 7 Patriots

Augusta State's Bennett Mayfield collected five hits and Lakeside graduate Justin Walker pitched seven strong innings Saturday as the Jaguars defeated No. 7 Francis Marion, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon.

Mayfield drove in three runs for Augusta State, which led 5-0 after four innings and added four insurance runs in the eighth inning.

Walker (3-1) gave up six hits and two runs in seven innings of work.

Augusta State (9-3, 4-3 Peach Belt Conference) takes on Francis Marion (7-4, 2-2) today at 12:30 p.m. at Jaguar Field in a doublheader.

l USC Aiken's Derek Claussen pitched four-hit ball for six innings and Wes McColl picked up the save in one inning of work for a 2-0 win and a split of a doubleheader with Catawba on Saturday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

The Pacers (5-8) lost the first game, 5-0.

* Landon Powell drove in four runs and also scored four as sixth ranked South Carolina overpowered Duquesne 20-2 in the first game of the Gamecock Round Robin.

Michael Campbell drove in four runs and Brendan Winn had three RBI and the Gamecocks pounded out 15 total hits and took advantage of four errors from the Dukes to cruise to an easy win.

Billy Buckner (2-0) pitched the first five innings and picked up the victory. South Carolina improves to 7-0 on the season.

* Justin Holmes had two hits and an RBI as Georgia improved to 7-1 with a 2-1 win over Birmingham-Southern in Athens.

Paul Lubrano pitched 5w strong innings for Georiga, allowing five hits, one run and striking out five, and Will Startup (1-0) finished the rest of the game for the Bulldogs holding Birmingham-Southern scoreless, giving up only one hit and getting the victory.

Auto Racing

Rice takes top spot on Homestead pole

In Homestead, Fla., Buddy Rice got off to a fast start with Team Rahal, turning a record lap to win the pole for the season-opening Indy Racing League event.

Rice, filling in for an injured Kenny Brack, took the top spot for today's Toyota Indy 300 with a lap of 217.388 mph. He knocked Alex Barron, the driver who replaced him last season at Red Bull Cheever Racing with three races remaining, off the pole.

The 28-year-old Rice spent the 2001 season as a test driver with Bobby Rahal's team in the rival CART series before hooking up with Cheever in the IRL midway through the next season.

"The Honda-G Force combination has just been beautiful," Rice said. "We knew we were going to be in the top five, but we just didn't know we were going to have that big a number."

Skiing

Miller makes move toward Cup crown

In Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Bode Miller won a World Cup giant slalom Saturday, a strong step toward a milestone no American has reached since 1983: the overall World Cup title.

Miller recorded his sixth victory of the season the 12th of his career to overtake Austrian star Hermann Maier for the overall lead. Miller also moved to the top of the giant slalom standings with his third victory of the season in that event.

"I wanted to win today," said Miller, who is usually satisfied with simply being fast.

The last time a U.S. skier captured the overall title was 21 years ago, when the Americans scored a double - Phil Mahre winning the men's crown and Tamara McKinney taking the women's.

Horse Racing

Dogwood Stable's Fond wins Busher

In New York, Fond, a three-year-old filly from Dogwood Stable, won the $75,000-added Busher Stakes at Aqueduct by two lengths.

Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Fond set the pace early after a quick break and was never seriously challenged in the mile and a sixteenth race.

The Dogwood filly, trained by George Weaver, tallied her third career victory and increased her purse earnings to $110,741.