Originally created 04/16/06


College Baseball

Lander pitches in to sweep USC Aiken

In Greenwood, S.C., Lander's Chris Munn and Jake Hover allowed only five hits in 12-plus innings, leading the Bearcats to a Peach Belt Conference double-header sweep of USC Aiken, 5-3 and 6-2, snapping the Pacers' eight-game winning streak.

Hover allowed only three hits in 5w innings in the opener ,while Munn gave up only two first-inning hits in the nightcap.

Munn (9-2) allowed two runners after the first inning of Game 2, coming on an error and a walk. He struck out five and walked one.

Lander improved to 28-17 overall and 10-11 in the Peach Belt, and the No. 12 Pacers fell to 36-12, 12-9.

- Augusta State scored four runs in the top of the ninth in Game 1 to win just its second Peach Belt Conference game of the year as they split a doubleheader with USC Upstate, 6-2 and 5-3.

Jorge Virguez had the big hit of the ninth inning with a two-run double for the Jaguars (14-30, 2-19).

- In Atlanta, Wes Hodges had a three-run homer and a three-run double to spark Georgia Tech in a 12-3 victory over Clemson.

Hodges set a career-high with his six RBI. His double sparked a four-run fifth inning for the Yellow Jackets (27-9, 9-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) and his homer in the eighth highlighted a six-run outburst against the Tigers (27-9, 10-4).

- In Columbia, back-to-back solo home runs to start the eighth inning turned the tide for South Carolina as the Gamecocks beat Mississippi, 6-3, in Southeastern Conference action.

South Carolina (29-7, 11-3) outhit Ole Miss (20-15, 6-8) but couldn't get anybody home until Michael Campbell doubled to plate a run in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1.


Simons tied for 15th after second round

In Nashville, Tenn., South Carolina improved by 17 shots and is now tied for eighth after the second round of the Southeastern Conference Championship Tournament.

The Gamecocks trail Auburn by 21 strokes and stand at 27-over par.

The team is being led by Aiken's Whitney Simons, who shot 73 on Saturday and is tied for 15th at 4 over for the tournament.

College Softball

Lady Cougars take regular-season title

Columbus State clinched the regular-season Peach Belt Conference championship with a sweep of Augusta State, 6-3 and 6-5.

The Lady Cougars (34-11, 15-3) rallied in the top of the seventh from a 3-2 deficit to take Game 1 and won Game 2 in nine innings.

Columbus State's Randi Rainwater had a hand in both wins, pitching a complete-game three-hitter in Game 1 and scoring the winning run in Game 2.

The Jaguars (27-14, 12-6) got another great pitching performance from Amy Dumas, who struck out nine batters in Game 1.

Augusta State finished third in the conference.


Cheerleaders are told to cover up

In Sydney, Australia, cheerleaders have been banned from baring midriffs by officials of the sport who fear displays of skin might encourage eating disorders.

Gymnastics Australia has ordered cheerleading troupes to find new uniforms by the end of the year.

Nerine Cooper, national cheerleading manager for Gymnastics Australia, said the decision, which followed similar moves in the United States, was needed because cheerleaders often performed in front of family groups.

"We don't want girls to feel under pressure to lose weight because of uniforms," she told Sydney's Sunday Telegraph.

But Lisa Ince, head of Sydney Promotional Dancers, said the order was unfair.

"It's ridiculous really, if the thinking is that a midriff is offensive, then every dance school and athletics club would face the same restrictions," Ince said.


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