Originally created 02/27/06


College Baseball

Paul, Pacers rally to top USC Upstate

In Spartanburg, S.C., Jon Paul pitched a complete game as USC Aiken rallied to defeat USC Upstate, 6-1 on Sunday.

Robert Davis went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run for the Pacers (11-4 2-1 Peach Belt Conference) who pounded out 11 hits in the win.

Paul, who allowed six hits and one run, improved his record to 3-0 on the season.

- In Columbia, Justin Smoak had five hits, scored five times and drove in five runs as South Carolina swept a doubleheader from Duquesne.

The Gamecocks (8-1) won the first game 6-3 and the second game 12-4 to sweep the weekend series from the Dukes (0-3).

The first game started in the fifth inning after being suspended by rain Saturday with Duquesne ahead 1-0.

Andy Lambert (2-0), pitched two innings, earning the win in the first game. Shawn Valdes-Fauli pitched the ninth to earn his third save.

Forrest Beverly (3-0) picked up the win in Game 2.

- In Athens, Ga., Rip Warren allowed one run on three hits in seven innings in the opener and Georgia turned to home run power in the nightcap to complete a sweep of a doubleheader from San Diego 3-1 and 9-8.

In the opener, Josh Morris hit a home run in the second inning to give the Bulldogs (6-0) a 1-0 lead.

Morris also hit a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 2.

- In Clemson, S.C., three unearned runs in the eighth were all Mercer needed to beat Clemson 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Tigers came back with seven doubles to win the second game, 9-4.

In the second game, Andy D'Alessio went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI for the Tigers.

Tigers starter Josh Cribb (2-0) allowed five hits and three runs in six innings to get the Game 2 victory.


Haas claims second consecutive event

In Memphis, Tenn., Tommy Haas won his second straight tournament title and the ninth of his career, beating Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 6-2 in the Regions Morgan Keegan championships.

Haas improved to 17-3 in match play this year, tied with Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia for best on the ATP Tour. The German's only losses have been to world No. 1 Roger Federer - twice - and a five-setter to Richard Gasquet in a Davis Cup tie with France earlier this month.

- In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Radek Stepanek beat Christophe Rochus 6-0, 6-3 to win his first ATP tour title at the ABN Amro tournament.

Stepanek needed only 45 minutes to earn the first trophy of his 10-year professional career. He recorded 17 aces, while Rochus had none.

"It feels great," Stepanek said. "I will remember this day forever."

- In Bogota, Colombia, Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain upset top-seeded Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (3), 6-4 to win the Copa Colsanitas tournament.

Pennetta led 6-5 in the first set, but the sixth-seeded Dominguez rallied and won the tiebreaker, then cruised to victory in the second set at the Club Campestre El Rancho.

"I had nothing to lose and I kept the pressure on her the whole time," Dominguez said.

Horse Racing

Stakes renamed in honor of Bob Lewis

In Aracdia, Calif., the Santa Catalina Stakes, a steppingstone to the Santa Anita Derby, will be renamed in honor of Bob Lewis next year.

The 81-year-old Lewis, who narrowly missed winning the Triple Crown with Silver Charm and Charismatic, died earlier this month.

The race will be called The Robert B. Lewis Memorial, joining the Charles H. Strub Stakes and Frank E. Kilroe Mile as the only races named for individuals in Santa Anita's 71-year history.

- In New York, Regal Engage-ment squeezed through a narrow opening in the stretch to win the $70,655 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Trendy Lady finished second, and Daytime Promise was third in the race.


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