Sports Digest: Duncan's late homer gives VU softball team sweep

2013-03-30T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:28:08Z Sports Digest: Duncan's late homer gives VU softball team sweep nwitimes.com
March 30, 2013 9:15 pm

College softball

DUNCAN'S LATE HR GIVES VU SWEEP: Brittany Duncan's two-out, three-run home run in the ninth capped a Horizon League doubleheader sweep for Valparaiso on Saturday.

Duncan finished the day 4-for-6 with two homers, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored in 11-3 and 5-2 wins over Green Bay.

Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) was 4-for-8 with two runs scored for the Crusaders (15-12, 2-1). Also, Lindsey Norway hit a two-run home run in the opener, and Amanda Wisniewski added a solo blast in the nightcap.

 

College baseball

SJC SHUTS DOWN SOUTHERN INDIANA: St. Joseph's College got excellent pitching from Brian Bayliss, who threw seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 11 to help give the Pumas a 6-1 win over the Screaming Eagles on Saturday.

In the second game, Brett Maus threw seven innings and struck out six, while Jake Roberts went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Pumas to a 4-2 win.

PNC SPLITS WITH TRINITY CHRISTIAN: Kevin Gates (Chesterton) was 3-for-8 combined with two doubles and three RBIs as Purdue North Central split a doubleheader with Trinity Christian.

The Panthers (9-9, 5-6 CCAC) lost 5-4 in the opener, but rallied for three eighth-inning runs to take the nightcap 4-3. Ched Gaskin was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

HOLY CROSS SWEEPS CALUMET COLLEGE: Calumet College's Matt Pruneau was hit hard Saturday, giving up six runs and eight hits as Holy Cross defeated the Crimson Wave 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Highland grad Andrew Fletcher gave the Crimson Wave a chance to win in the second game, pitching six innings with three earned runs, but a lack of offense led to a 3-2 Holy Cross win.

 

Women's basketball

GEORGIA KNOCKS OFF TOP-SEEDED STANFORD: Jasmine Hassell scored six of her 13 points in the final 3 minutes and fourth-seeded Georgia (28-6) beat top-seeded Stanford 61-59 on Saturday night to reach the NCAA women's regional finals for the first time since 2004.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points to lead Stanford (33-3), which had its hopes of reaching the Final Four for the sixth straight year ended.

UCONN RUNS PAST MARYLAND: Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points, leading top-seeded Connecticut over Maryland 76-50 on Saturday in the Bridgeport regional semifinals.

Stewart got help from fellow freshmen Moriah Jefferson, 10 points, and Morgan Tuck, eight points, in sending the top-seeded Huskies (32-4) to their eighth straight NCAA regional final.

KENTUCKY HOLDS OFF DELAWARE: Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points and A'dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off Delaware 69-62 Saturday in the Bridgeport regional semifinals, bringing to an end the stellar career of Elena Delle Donne.

It's the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final.

Delle Donne had 33 points for Delaware (32-4) and finished her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. She passed former stars Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Maya Moore on Saturday.

 

Pro golf

CINK, HAAS TIED FOR HOUSTON OPEN LEAD: Even as the clouds rolled in at the Houston Open, Stewart Cink started to see some light in his game.

Cink saved par from the bunker on the 18th hole Saturday at Redstone Golf Club for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Bill Haas going into the final round. Cink is winless in 75 starts since the 2009 British Open. This is his first time with at least a share of the third-round lead in nearly five years.

And it doesn't figure to be easy.

One week after he shared the 36-hole lead at Bay Hill, Haas made seven birdies over his last 13 holes for a 67 and was tied with Cink at 11-under 205.

Twenty players were within four shots. Only three of them — Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley and John Merrick — have won on the PGA Tour in the last year. And 12 of them can earn a trip to the Masters by winning.

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