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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Stingers take two from top-ranked Louisburg

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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 11:58 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FLORENCE — Florence-Darlington Tech scored three runs in the first inning and four in the second on its way to a 9-1 win Saturday over No. 1 Louisburg in local college baseball.

The win gave the Stingers a doubleheader sweep after they won the first game 5-4, which snapped Louisburg’s season-opening 27-game winning streak.

Manny Felix and Clay Keranen each had two hits and two RBI in the second game, while Randon Sandifer and Steven Dawling each added a hit and a pair of RBI. One of Keranen’s hits was a two-run triple.

Gunnar Kines (3-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings to get the win, giving up two hits and a run while striking out eight and surrendering just two walks.

In the first game, Matt Rubino provided what turned out to be the game-winning run when he drove in Dawling on a grounder to second.

Rubino also had a two-run homer in the first inning for his only hit of the game. Nick Lacik was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Felix was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Former South Florence pitcher Jeremy Hatfield pitched four scoreless innings in relief, giving up three hits, striking out two and walking one to improve to 4-0.

Chris Nelson picked up his sixth save.

The teams play another doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today at Legion Field.



Cougars edge Patriots

in battle of ranked teams


COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State claimed a pair of Peach Belt Conference tennis matches in a battle with Francis Marion University on Saturday. The ninth-ranked CSU men beat the 13th-ranked FMU men 6-3, while the seventh-ranked Cougar women rallied from 2-1 down after doubles play to beat 25th-ranked and previously unbeaten Francis Marion 5-4.

The Francis Marion men drop to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Peach Belt, while the Patriots women fall to 8-1 and 4-1.

Both squads will continue their road trip through Georgia as they face Georgia Southwestern State at 11 a.m. today.

In the men's match, FMU junior Alex Caspari continued his unbeaten run in 2012 singles play as he beat 25th-ranked Olivier Simonet in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot. It is Caspari's fifth win over a ranked opponent this season.

On the women's side, junior Mona Blauen continued unbeaten in singles play, while senior Jitka Gavdunova suffered her first singles loss of 2012.  Two of Columbus State’s singles points were three-set decisions.



Alex Caspari (FMU) def. Olivier Simonet 6-4, 6-2; Gordan Divljak (CSU) def. Jack Bishop 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Gavin Davison 7-6, 6-2; Jonathan Hain (FMU) def. Oussama Zoghlami 6-4, 6-3; Martin Shishkov (CSU) def. Tim Ruepke 6-2, 6-3; Danilo Sardelli (CSU) def. Luke Bateup 6-2, 6-3.


Martin Shishkov/Olivier Simonet (CSU) def. Alex Caspari/Gavin Davison 8-2; Gordan Divljak/Quentin Rayniere (CSU) def. Jonathan Hain/Jack Bishop 8-3; Dirk Bair/Tim Ruepke (FMU) def. Michael Trebuhov/Adi Malicbegovic 9-7.



Paola Cigui (CSU) def. Jitka Gavdunova 6-3, 6-2; Mona Blauen (FMU) def. Carolin Weikard 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Tereza Baranova (FMU) def. Milica Tomic 6-3, 6-4; Madeline Johnson (CSU) def. Julia Graf 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Olivera Jokic (CSU) def. Kerry Hall 6-4, 6-0 ;Andrea Redrado (CSU) def. Kimberley Hurter 6-3, 6-3.


Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMU) def. Carolin Weikard/Milica Tomic 8-5; Madeline Johnson/Paola Cigui def. Kimberley Hurter/Kerry Hall 8-2; Tereza Baranova/Julia Graf (FMU) def. Andrea Redrado/Renata Paiva 8-6.



Patriots 10th with Boilermakers

at Furman Intercollegiate


GREENVILLE — Francis Marion University tallied a 7-over-par 295 team score on Saturday to drop back into a tie for 10th place with Purdue University after the second round of the 43 rd annual Furman University Intercollegiate golf tournament. 

The 54-hole event will conclude today with 18 holes on the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.

Clemson University shot a team-low round of 276 score to move from fifth place after Friday’s round into the team lead at 566. The Tigers lead Virginia Tech (572) by six strokes and Georgia State (576) by 10 strokes.

FMU was tied for second place after Friday’s opening-round play.

Freshman John Michael Schaffer paced the Patriots golfers with an even-par 72 on Saturday and is tied for 57th position with a 36-hole score of 148. Junior Sebastian Backlund shot a 73 and is tied with teammate Kenneth Svanum (75 on Saturday) and others at 145. Junior Taylor Banks carded a 77 and is among the group that includes Schaffer at 157, while freshman Lukas Crisp shot his second straight 75 and is tied for 71st position with a 150 total.

FMU freshman Austin Frick, who is competing as an individual, also shot a 75 on Saturday and is tied for 94th place at 153.

 Michigan’s Matt Thompson (-9) followed an opening-round 68 with a 67 on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead on the individual leader board.

The field features three of the top 50 teams in the country in this week’s Golf Week/Sagarin Rankings: Clemson (13), Georgia (22), and Purdue (37). Also in the field are Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Michigan, Temple, and Virginia Tech.

Final round play is set for 8 a.m. today.  The Patriots, playing with Purdue and Samford University, are set to tee off beginning at 1 p.m.

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