Originally created 04/01/04

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College Baseball

Key's cycle powers Pacers to victory

USC Aiken scored 13 runs in the first three innings en route to a 14-7 victory over North Greenville.

Bradley Key hit for the cycle and had a team best five RBI.

Key also broke the school record for triples in a season with five. Bob Hatcher, Robert Davis, Zach Cooper and Daniel Quartararo also had two hits each in the contest.

Jerod Summer (3-1) pitched six innings to get the win.

USC Aiken has won five straight and eight of nine.

  • In Fort Mill, S.C., the annual game between the No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks and the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels has been postponed due to rain.
  • The game has been reschedule to early May, although no date has been set.

    South Carolina returns to Southeastern Conference action at 8 p.m. Friday against Vaderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

    Softball

    Baker's home runs drop Lady Jaguars

    In Milledgeville, Ga, Aundrea Baker's pair of inside the park home runs led Georgia College & State University to a doubleheader sweep over Augusta State University on Wednesday.

    Bakers second shot was a walk-off homer that won the second game 3-2. The Lady Bobcats took the first game 4-0.

    Kristi Davis and Stephanie Miller had three and four hits for the Lady Jaguars in Game 2, and Michelle Weirauch and Jessica Martin both drove in runs.

    Olympics

    Officials optimistic about construction

    A top IOC executive inspected one of the most troubled construction sites in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday and expressed fresh hope that Olympic delays will be overcome.

    "It looks like they will be able to keep the deadlines," said Denis Oswald, the IOC official overseeing preparations for the Athens Games.

    Workers managed in two days to maneuver the 4,000-ton roof into position over the oval-shaped stadium by pushing it 443 feet along two tracks.

    Oswald, however, again warned the government that the steel-and-glass dome roof designed by Calatrava for the main Olympic stadium must be ready by the end of June - weeks ahead of its promised July 20 delivery date.

  • In Colorodo Springs, Colo., Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore R. Boehm was appointed to head a group charged with selecting a new U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors.
  • The four-person panel will choose members for an 11-person USOC board of directors as part of a restructuring plan put in place last year after months of turmoil surrounding the organization.

    The nominating committee also includes U.S. soccer star Julie Foudy, Dr. Samuel L. Guillory of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Robert S. Rollo, vice chairman of international executive search firm Highland Partners.

    The USOC's restructuring plan, which was approved in October, calls for the board to be trimmed from 123 members to a group with four independent members and four nominated by sports and athletes.

    High School Basketball

    East blows out West in McDonald's play

    In Oklahoma City, two days after beating a group of All-American boys in an all-star slam dunk competition, Candace Parker hit the rim on a dunk attempt in her West team's 91-66 loss to the East in the McDonald's All-American girls game Wednesday.

    Parker broke free on a fast break and slammed the ball into the front rim with one minute left in the first half.

    Parker, who led the West with 19 points and 10 rebounds, repeatedly pointed at the rim when she flashed open for a moment.

    Alexis Hornbuckle, the South Charleston, W.Va., guard who has committed to Tennessee, scored a record 22 points to lead the East.

    She broke the record held by Shanna Zolman, now at Tennessee, and Ann Strother, who plays for Connecticut. Both scored 21 in the 2002 game.