SPORTS ITEMS

Fire Ants win 3 of 4 in Softball Spring Training; Clemson, USC pick up victories on diamond

From staff and wire reports
Posted 3/11/18

MYRTLE BEACH - The University of South Carolina Sumter softball team won three of its four games in the Softball Spring Training at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach, winning two on Friday and splitting two on Saturday.

In Friday's opening game, …

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Fire Ants win 3 of 4 in Softball Spring Training; Clemson, USC pick up victories on diamond

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MYRTLE BEACH - The University of South Carolina Sumter softball team won three of its four games in the Softball Spring Training at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach, winning two on Friday and splitting two on Saturday.

In Friday's opening game, the Fire Ants hammered Henry Ford Community College 20-4. USC Sumter racked up 19 hits and eight stolen bases, and it broke the game open with a 9-run fifth inning.

Kristen McKenzie went 4-for-4 for USCS, which was 6-4 on the season heading into its two games on Saturday. Jayla Cowell, Brooke Ward, Ashton Rogers, Alexis Lyles, Emily Holmes and Hailey Carter all had multiple hits. Rogers had three stolen bases

Lyles and Carter had doubles in the 9-run inning and Ward had a triple.

Megan Phillips worked five innings to get the win. She struck out 10 and walked one while allowing four hits and four runs.

In the second contest, Sumter defeated Lackawanna College 7-4. Rogers picked up the win, allowing three runs over five innings. She allowed six hits, but walked none and struck out six.

The Fire Ants had 15 hits. Carter, Rogers and Ward each had three hits, while Lyles and Holmes both had two.

USC Sumter and Lackawanna met again on Saturday, with Lackawanna winning 9-2.

Rogers was had two hits, both of them doubles and an RBI. Holmes had two hits, including a double, while Cowell had two hits and Lyles a double.

The Fire Ants beat Ocean County College 11-3 in its final game. Ward was 3-for-4 with a home run, Leslie Shaw had two hits, three RBI and two runs, Lyles had three hits, including a double and three RBI and Phillips had three hits and two RBI. Holmes had two hits, including a triple, two runs and two RBI.

Lyles pitched four innings to get the win.

Clemson 7

Georgia Tech 3

CLEMSON - Clemson won its Atlantic Coast Conference series against Georgia Tech, beating the Yellow Jackets 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. They won the opening game of the 3-game series 3-2 on Friday.

Drew Wharton had two doubles and drove in two runs for Clemson. Patrick Cromwell and Chris Williams were both 3-for-4 with two runs. Seth Beer hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

Spencer Strider got the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief. Carson Spiers worked 2 innings for his third save.

GT fell to 9-5 and 0-2.

USC 7

Princeton 3

COLUMBIA - South Carolina won its series over Princeton with a 7-3 victory on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Founders Park.

The Gamecocks won 9-2 on Friday in the first game of the 3-game series.

TJ Hopkins, LT Tolbert and Madison Stokes each had three hits for USC. Hopkins had a home run, three runs, two stolen bases and three RBI. Tolbert had a homer and two RBI and Stokes had an RBI.

Cody Morris got the win, working six innings. He allowed five hit and two walks while striking out six.

UConn fires Ollie

The combination was too much for UConn: an NCAA investigation and a second straight losing season.

All of which left coach Kevin Ollie out of a job. He was fired Saturday four years after leading the Huskies to the NCAA basketball title.

The university said in a statement it has "initiated disciplinary procedures" and is dismissing him for "just cause." The school says it would have no further comment until its disciplinary process and the NCAA inquiry are complete. The scope of the investigation is not clear.

Ollie spent six seasons at UConn and was an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun on the 2011 NCAA title team. The team went 14-18 this season, including 7-11 in the American Athletic Conference. Ollie's career record at UConn is 127-79.

From staff and wire reports