GreenJackets snap three-game skid
The Augusta GreenJackets used the bats of Peter Ciofrone, Mickey Hall and newcomer Tim Burgess to beat the Asheville Tourists 13-7 and snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday in Asheville.
Starter Billy Simon, who's on a limited pitch count because of an arm injury, gave up no hits in 3q innings. He struck out four and walked none in his best outing of the season.
Meanwhile, the GreenJackets pounded Asheville starter Marc Kaiser (4-5) for 10 runs (eight earned) in 4q innings. The Tourists got to Augusta reliever Argimiro Guanchez for four runs in the eighth, but by that time it was too late.
The GreenJackets used the aid of four-run outbursts in the third and fifth innings to take a 13-3 lead into the eighth. Ciofrone went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and one RBI, while Hall had a home run and four RBI and Burgess had three RBI in his second game with Augusta.
Teenager in lead by two over Augustan
Carmen Bandea, 13, shot 2-under-par 70 to take the lead at the Women's Top 60 Classic on Wednesday. Bandea leads past champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, by two shots.
Shockey might miss opening of camp
Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey is considering having surgery on his right foot, a procedure that could force him to miss the opening of the New York Giants' training camp.
Shockey has gotten three medical opinions on the "hot spot" that has shown up on his bone scan. He was waiting for a fourth from a foot specialist on Wednesday.
The treatment options are to either let the foot heal with time or to insert a surgical screw, a procedure the Shockey said would be done early next week if that's the course of action.
Williams' daughter quits fighting estate
The daughter and son-in-law of the late Ted Williams have ended their two-year fight to have the baseball great's remains removed from an Arizona cryonics lab.
Bobby-Jo and Mark Ferrell spent close to $100,000 battling Williams' estate and his son, John Henry Williams. But when the money ran out, so did their will to keep trying, and a settlement was signed Tuesday.
Peach Belt Conference
Conference leader to begin term July 1
Clayton State President Thomas Harden will take over as president of the Peach Belt Conference on July 1.
Harden follows USC Aiken Chancellor Thomas Hallman into the one-year post. Hallman will remain on the conference's executive committee as immediate past president. Harden is the first Clayton State president to lead the conference since the school joined the Peach Belt in 1995.
Gamecocks guard charged in crash
South Carolina guard Josh Gonner has been charged with driving without a license after a car crash this past weekend.
According to a police report, Gonner was arrested early Sunday morning after the car he was driving hit a "cement pole." He spent two nights in jail before he was released.
Coach Dave Odom said there would be no disciplinary action.
University president Nancy Zimpher announced more details of the suspension in a statement Wednesday. The university had already said that Huggins cannot go to his campus office or talk with athletic recruits during his suspension. Huggins is also prohibited from participating in any activities that involve university reimbursement and will receive only his base salary and benefits.
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