Sports Digest: RailCats capture series win in Lincoln

2014-06-15T21:30:00Z 2014-06-16T19:22:13Z Sports Digest: RailCats capture series win in Lincoln nwitimes.com

Pro baseball

RailCats capture series win in Lincoln: The RailCats rallied from a deficit as big as five runs to earn an 11-10 win against the Lincoln Saltdogs on Sunday.

Cody Bishop, in his third game after opening the season in the disabled list, hit a two-run home run as part of a three-run eighth inning. Zac Mitchell hit a triple later in the inning to give the RailCats an 8-7 lead at that point.

Lincoln scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to regain the lead, but the RailCats used a two-run single from pinch hitter Wally Backman Jr. to tie the game in the ninth and Backman scored on a single by Bishop as the game-winning run.

The RailCats retain their lead at the top of the American Association's Central Division.

College baseball

TCU SPOILS TEXAS TECH'S CWS DEBUT: TCU showed again that it knows how to win close games.

The Horned Frogs beat Big 12 rival Texas Tech 3-2 in the College World Series on Sunday for their fifth win in six one-run games in the NCAA tournament.

This time Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run against Tech closer Jonny Drozd in the bottom of the eighth inning after TCU had fallen behind in the top half.

TCU (48-16), the No. 7 national seed, advanced to a game Tuesday against the winner between Virginia and Mississippi on Sunday night. Texas Tech (45-20), in the CWS for the first time, will play the Virginia-Ole Miss loser in the afternoon.

Big 12 pitcher of the year Preston Morrison made TCU's 1-0 lead hold up until the eighth inning, striking out a career-high 10 and allowing five singles. Schlossnagle called on closer Riley Ferrell (3-1) after Morrison gave up a sharply hit single to Stephen Smith. Anthony Lyons followed with a pinch-hit single, and Tyler Neslony tripled to the right-field wall for a 2-1 lead.

VANDY BEATS LOUISVILLE IN CWS OPENER: Vanderbilt was happy to get runs any way it could against Louisville.

The Commodores scored their first one on a wild pitch and their last one on a passed ball in a 5-3 victory in the College World Series on Saturday night.

The Commodores (46-19) won a grinding, 3-hour, 40-minute game to advance to a meeting with UC Irvine on Monday night. Louisville (50-16) will play Texas in an elimination game in the afternoon.

Dansby Swanson doubled in two runs, and Bryan Reynolds tripled in another and made a fabulous catch in left field to help the Commodores beat Louisville for the first time in four tries.

Carson Fulmer (7-1), who got the start instead of first-round draft pick Tyler Beede, worked six innings for the win. Adam Ravenelle retired seven of the last eight Louisville batters for his first save.

Pro basketball

CAVS, BLATT TO MEET WEDNESDAY: David Blatt reached the coaching pinnacle in Europe. He hopes to make a similar climb in pro basketball's top league.

Blatt, who resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv last week to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA, will interview with the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Blatt stepped away from his job with the European champions, saying he will accept an unspecified job in the NBA. The 55-year-old will meet with the Cavs about their vacancy, said the person who spoke Sunday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing its plans.

Yahoo! first reported the timing of Blatt's meeting.

Blatt also is believed to be contemplating a job as an assistant with Golden State under new coach Steve Kerr.

Pro golf

GOLF CART DRIVER CHARGED AFTER RUN-IN WITH TROOPER: The man who drove NBC Sports analyst Roger Maltbie's golf cart during the third round of the U.S. Open is facing four charges after an incident with a state trooper on the course, a North Carolina State Police spokeswoman said Sunday.

According to a police report, Tommy Lineberry was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, driving while impaired, and resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer.

Spokeswoman Pam Walker said the 59-year-old Lineberry, from Wilmington, was released from the Moore County jail Saturday night after posting bail.

Lineberry didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The trooper said Lineberry ignored instructions to stay put, then hit the officer with his golf cart.

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