SPORTS ITEMS

Fire Ants sweep doubleheaders

Posted 3/13/18

The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team opened its NJCAA Region X schedule in rousing fashion, sweeping a pair of doubleheaders from USC Union on Saturday and Sunday at Riley Park.

The Fire Ants, who are 16-7 on the season, won 12-0 …

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Fire Ants sweep doubleheaders

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The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team opened its NJCAA Region X schedule in rousing fashion, sweeping a pair of doubleheaders from USC Union on Saturday and Sunday at Riley Park.

The Fire Ants, who are 16-7 on the season, won 12-0 and 8-1 on Saturday before winning the final two games 10-0 and 7-0. They outscored USCU 37-1 combined in the four games.

In Friday's opener, Eric McGirt slapped two home runs, drove in five runs and scored three times. He was 3-for-4 overall. Donta Green was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs.

Blake Robinson picked up the win, improving to 4-1 on the season. He tossed a 1-hitter in the 5-inning contest, striking out three and walking one.

McGirt smacked another homer in Friday's second game, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Colton Barbary was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Austin Morris had two hits and two runs. Lindsey Robinson improved to 2-2, allowing five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

In Sunday's opener, Jack Webb tossed a 2-hit shutout in the 5-inning game to improve to 3-0. He struck out two and walked none while throwing just 48 pitches. Donta Green was 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs. Neil Taylor hit a 2-run homer, Vince Hanna had a double and Kyle Kalick was 2-for-3 with a triple.

In the final game of the weekend, Green went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Brett Young had two hits and three RBI and Kaleb Strayer had a double and a run. Matt Deans pitched two scoreless innings to get the win and improve to 1-1.

USC Sumter is scheduled to play Monroe College in a doubleheader today at Riley Park beginning at 1 p.m. Monday's doubleheader was cancelled due to rain. Sumter plays host to USC Lancaster on Saturday and Sunday in a pair of Region X doubleheaders.

Woods finishes second

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Paul Casey closed with a 6-under 65 and won the Valspar Championship after watching Tiger Woods come up one putt short of a playoff.

A highly charged PGA Tour event ended with one player ending a long victory drought, just not the one most fans came to see.

Casey ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine to take the lead, and he closed with tough pars to post at 10-under 274. No one caught him, giving Casey his first PGA Tour victory since the 2009 Houston Open.

Woods charged up the record crowd with a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet on the 17th hole to get within one shot. He laid well back off the 18th tee and hit his approach from 185 yards to just inside 40 feet. The birdie chance to force a playoff was 2 feet short.

Woods closed with a 1-under 70 and tied for second, his highest finish in an official tournament since he tied for second at The Barclays in 2013.

Harvick wins third straight

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick is at his best when he's mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races.

Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. When he finally cooled off Sunday afternoon, he celebrated his third straight NASCAR Cup victory and record-extending ninth at the mile oval southwest of Phoenix.

From staff and wire reports