Originally created 02/28/05


College Baseball

Rucker shuts down Catawba for sweep

In Aiken, sophomore Peden Rucker pitched eight scoreless innings to help USC Aiken finish a sweep of No. 23 Catawba, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Rucker (2-0) allowed just five hits and struck out seven.

The Pacers (9-3) got nine hits off of starter Jeff Abdelnour (3-1). Brandon Barenie had three hits in four trips to the plate with a double and RBI. Daniel Quartararo had a home run for the Pacers as well.

USC Aiken is off to its best start in a decade, when the 1995 team opened 10-2.

 •  Francis Marion center fielder Quentin Davis had four hits, including a two-run home run as the Patriots beat No. 11 Augusta State, 7-6 in a Peach Belt Conference contest.

Augusta State was led by Bennett Mayfield, who went 4-for-4 with 5 RBI.

The teams were originally supposed to play a doubleheader but rain forced the postponement of the second game until 3 p.m. today. The teams were tied 3-3 in the eighth inning.

 •  In Columbia, Steve Pearce's second grand slam of the weekend broke an eighth inning tie to give No. 5 South Carolina a 6-2 victory over Niagara and the series sweep.

Pearce has collected eight hits and drove in 10 runs in just 13 at-bats.

The Gamecocks (9-0) end their 10-game homestand Wednesday night against Wofford.

 •  In Athens, Ga., Georgia's Bobby Felmy drove in the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth with a single, then hit a grand slam in the 10th to give the No. 6 Bulldogs a 7-4 victory over Georgia Southern.

Felmy tied the game off Eagles closer Steve Cogswell (1-1), then tagged reliever Thomas Turner for the game-winner after Cogswell had loaded the bases.

 •  In Clemson, the Tigers scored 10 runs in the first three innings to beat California-Irvine, 10-2.

Eleven different Tigers had at least one hit as Clemson (4-2) swept the Anteaters in the three-game weekend series.


Texas Tech reports code violations

Texas Tech acknowledged in a report to the NCAA that it violated regulations by purchasing dietary supplement products that aren't allowed to be given to student-athletes, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday.

The report, which the newspaper obtained from the university under the Texas Public Information Act, acknowledges that 15 supplements that are not allowed were bought over a 30-month period. The report, signed by athletic director Gerald Myers and faculty athletics representative Robert Baker and sent to the NCAA on Feb. 18, says the supplements were bought by the school's former director of sports nutrition, Aaron Shelley.

Shelley was fired by the school last February after pleading guilty to money laundering.

The school does not know what products were provided to student-athletes, according to the report.

NCAA regulations state that schools can provide student-athletes with "non-muscle-building" dietary supplements only.

Several football and basketball players told the school they received only energy bars, protein powders and a recovery drink, the report shows. Many of the athletes said they bought the muscle-building supplement creatine from Shelley, but did not get it free.

According to the report, one of the supplements Shelley bought was Thermo Speed, a product that contained ephedra, a stimulant banned by the government in December 2003 after a series of deaths. Ephedra has been banned by the NCAA since 1997.


Federer continues Dubai dominance

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, top-ranked Roger Federer won his third consecutive Dubai Open, defeating Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3. It was the third time this year Federer has beaten the Croat in a title match.

Federer extended his ATP record streak of finals wins to 16, including three this year. The Swiss star won in Doha, Qatar, in January and last weekend in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


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