Pacers win opener of important series
In Aiken, starter Steve Dunham got out of a ninth-inning jam and USC Aiken held on for a huge 2-1 victory over Lander in Peach Belt Conference play.
Dunham pitched eight scoreless innings before allowing a run in the ninth inning. Then, with a man on third base and two outs, Dunham retired Ryan Roeder on a ground out to end the game.
The victory improved USC Aiken's postseason hopes.
The Pacers entered the game fifth in the NCAA South Atlantic Region poll. The top four teams make the playoffs.
USC Aiken concludes the regular season today with a doubleheader against Lander.
High School Baseball
Augusta Christian romps in Game 1
In North Charleston, S.C., starter Nolan Belcher pitched Augusta Christian to a 14-0 victory over Northwood in Game 1 of the SCISA Class AAA Upper State series.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is today.
Fork Union player signs with Jaguars
Terrell Dobbins, a 6-foot-5 forward from Radford, Va., has signed a national letter-of-intent to play for Augusta State University, starting with the 2005-06 season.
Dobbins averaged 17 points and 7.8 rebounds as a senior at Radford High before playing at Fork Union Military Academy last year. He helped Fork Union, one of the top prep schools in the country, to a 23-2 record.
- Tracey Paschal was one of four players signed Wednesday by Augusta State's women's team to letters-of-intent.
Paschal is a 5-10 forward who averaged 12 points, six rebounds and three steals per game as a senior. She joins her older sister, Tiffany, who signed with the Lady Jaguars in April.
The other signees are junior college transfers Alena Batovska, Sonya Jackson and Lauren DeCoud.
l Western Kentucky basketball player Danny Rumph died because of a heart condition, the school said.
Rumph collapsed and died Sunday during a pickup game in his hometown of Philadelphia. The 21-year-old junior guard had cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death.
Phillips, two others are signed by Ward
Augusta State University has signed three runners to national letters-of-intent, including Kathleen Phillips, of Stockbridge, Ga.
Phillips set school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at Cherokee High in Canton, Ga.
The other signees are Jenafer Forward, of Canton, Ga., and Dominique Teas, of Chandler, Ariz.
Columbia County finishes unbeaten
John-Adam Wilcox had three goals to lead Columbia County to a 6-5 overtime victory over White Knoll.
Bronson Eldridge, Tim Boner and Brian Thurber had the other goals for Columbia County, who finished the season unbeaten.
Peach Jam tryout scheduled Saturday
Area high school basketball coaches are invited to bring their top juniors and seniors to a tryout for a local Peach Jam team this Saturday.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Riverview Park in North Augusta. For more information, call Rick Meyer at 441-4301.
League to play host to championships
The North Augusta Police Athletic League Boxing Club will play host to South Carolina's Junior Olympic and U19 state boxing championships Saturday.
For more information, call (803) 593-1775.