The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 30, 1998 · Page 11
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS MONDAY, MARCH 30. 1998 B3 BRIEFLY Morris, Pendleton lead Royals past Twins, 7-5 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hal Morris had three of Kansas City's 17 hits, and Terry Pendleton drove in two runs, leading the Royals over the Minnesota Twins 7-5 Sunday. Twins' ace Brad Radke, who had made three straight solid starts, was tagged for four runs — three earned — and nine hits in five innings. Winner Jim Pittsley allowed one hit in one scoreless inning. With the score 4-all in the eighth, Johnny Damon sparked a three- run inning with an RBI single off Ritchie. Kansas City took advantage of errors by center fielder Otis Nixon and shortstop Denny Hocking in the inning. Paul Molitor had three hits for the Twins, and Alex Ochoa and Pat Meares had two hits each. Texas A&M completes sweep of K-State, 9-5 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Steve Scarborough went 2-for-4 with three RBIs Sunday, leading Texas A&M in a 9-5 victory over Kansas State and a three-game series sweep. Scarborough's sacrifice fly in the third inning put the Aggies (26-10, 10-5 Big 12) ahead for good at 3-2. His two-run homer in the fourth put Texas A&M ahead 8-3. Eric Sommerhauser went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Kansas State (11-15,3-7). KU loses to OU, plays game under protest LAWRENCE — A disputed balk call led to the winning run Sunday as Oklahoma defeated Kansas 14-11 Sunday in 10 innings. Kansas played the game under protest after Willy Hill of Oklahoma led off the 10th with a single and was waved to second on a balk call against Jayhawks pitcher Pete Smart. Hill then scored on a single by Derek Wathan. Corey Hart hit a two-run homer, his third, later in the inning for the Sooners. Smart (1-1) took the loss. Oklahoma (20-7, 6-4 Big 12) had taken a 6-1 lead, but Kansas rallied with a five-run fourth. Brett Kappelmann and Andy Juday had two-run singles in the rally for Kansas (14-12, 3-6). Kappelmann hit his second homer in the seventh with a man .on for a 11-9 Kansas lead, but the Sooners scored twice in the eighth to tie the game. Jayhawks' designated hitter Shane Wedd hit his fifth home run, all of them this week. BMC Softball defeats Garden, falls to Cloud Brown Mackie emerged 1-1 from Sunday's junior college softball triangular at Bill Burke Park. The Lions edged Garden City 3-2, but lost 2-0 to Cloud County. Against Garden City, the Lions scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and made it stand up. Brown Mackie sandwiched two walks around a strikeout, executed a double steal and Johnnetta Brackman followed with a two-run single. A groundout and an error led to the Lions' third run. Brackman went 2 for 3 and Liz Reyes 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks to lead the Lions. Jodi Dale scattered a dozen hits and received solid defensive support to even her record at 3-3. Cloud County received a shutout performance from former South- > east of Saline standout pitcher Megan Troutfetter in its victory over the Lions. "We had opportunities in several innings," Flax said. "That's been the story of our year so far. We're just stranding too many runners and can't get the hit at the opportune time. And (Cloud) made some good plays." Now 6-7, Brown Mackie plays host to Butler County on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Bill Burke Park. From Staff and Wire Reports T AUTO RACING T COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MVP Holdsclaw does it all Star 'the Michael Jordan-type player of our game' By RON LESKO The Associated Press K ANSAS CITY, Mo. — This wasn't just an historic night for Tennessee, it was a coronation for Chamique Holdsclaw. Say hello to Her Airness. Already secure as the nation's best college player before Sunday's awesome 93-75 victory over Louisiana Tech, Holdsclaw dominated just like Michael Jordan, the man whose uniform number she shares and whose reputation she is earning. Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore even called his old college coach, Miami Heat assistant Scotty Robertson, on Sunday morning looking for tips on how the Heat deal with Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. "Holdsclaw is certainly the Michael Jordan-type player of our college game," Barmore said. "She's going to do what it takes." Holdsclaw had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to earn her second straight Final Four MVP award and lead the Lady Volunteers (39-0) to an unprecedented third straight national championship, their record sixth overall. She had 12 points in the game's first 6:39 as the Lady Vols bolted to a 21-8 lead. She scored in traffic and on jump shots, using the familiar fade- away that also has drawn comparisons to Jordan. She took command of the game and opened up' opportunities for the rest of her talented teammates. Holdsclaw finished the first half with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Tennessee led 55-32 then, and never was seriously challenged in the second half. "That's what Coach (Pat Summitt) expects me to do, is come out with a lot of intensity," Hold- .sclaw said. "She told me my role before the postseason started, and stressed it throughout, to look to get the ball up. Once I get it up, it filters through the team, and everyone else goes out and starts making plays." Freshman Tamika Catchings finished with 27 points and Kellie Jolly had a career-high 20 for the Lady Vols. But it was Holdsclaw who took control to turn a game many believed would be The Associated Press Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw towers over the Louisiana Tech defense while scoring two of her 25 points Sunday. The Lady Vols' junior also contributed 10 rebounds and six assists. close into a blowout from the start. "She's the best of the best," said Lady Vols' Kristen Clement. "That's all you can say." Holdsclaw went to the bench for good with 39 seconds remaining, pumping three fingers in the air before hugging teammate Kellie Jolly as Tennessee's orange-clad fans briefly chanted "Three-peat" for the first time. It was the seventh straight title for Holdsclaw, a loping 6- foot-2 forward with long arms and a smooth gait. She won four straight state championships at New York City's Christ the King High School, and now is 3-for-3 in college. "Everyone is saying, 'Meek, you're not really excited,' " Holdsclaw said. "I guess I've kind of been there and done that. I was excited to be here and win this with this team. But I've been there, so I'm not going to be crying or anything like that." Holdsclaw finished her junior year seven points short of the tvICAA tournament career scoring record of 388 held by former Tennessee star Bridgette Gordon. VGOLF Kentucky / Reaches finals again FROM PAGE B1 cused Utah's Britton Johnsen of calling him a racial slur during an argument in the game, and Johnsen accused Ndiaye of spitting on him. Both players denied the accusations. Utah coach Rick Majerus was so sure Johnsen didn't use the slur he said he would resign if it turned out to be true. North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge said he believed it was "just a heated exchange." As for the game itself, Utah's win over the Tar Heels may have been an even bigger surprise than its 25-point laugher over No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Regional final a week before. But the common thread was excellent defense; the Utes lead the nation in field goal percentage allowed at 38 percent. "We look to go out and keep teams under 60 points, and if we can do that we have a great chance of winning the game," Utah junior guard Andre Miller said. Even though this is Kentucky's third straight championship game — the first team to do that since Duke from 1990-92 — the Wildcats (34-4) may have changed more than the Utes (30-3). Gone to the NBA are Antoine Walker, Ron Mercer, Tony Delk and Derek Anderson. Even with the loss of All-American Keith Van Horn, the Utah roster with Doleac, Miller and sophomore forward Hanno Mottola may have more future NBA players than Kentucky. And the Wildcats, who beat Stanford 86-85 in overtime Saturday, have a new coach in Smith, a former assistant to Rick Pitino. "There was no doubt in my mind we could back to the Final Four because I know how hard our guys work," Kentucky junior center Nazr Mohammed said. And the work got even harder when Smith started making changes to Pitino's style of pressure defense and 3-point shooting. The Wildcats still do those things but not at the same level, although they did use the tactics to come back from a 17-point second-half deficit against Duke. "Kentucky was the number one defensive team in the Southeastern Conference last season and was number one again this season," Smith said. "I thought their halfcourt defense was out- standing last year and I think it outstanding this year. It helps when you have players that understand the game and play together and are willing to sacrifice." These teams have a lot in common on the defensive end but little in common in the trophy case. Only UCLA's 11 titles are more than Kentucky's six, while Utah's only title came in 1944 in its only other trip to the championship game. The coaches are as different as the school's tournament success. Smith is quiet and rail-thin and got his name as a child for how much he liked to sit in the bath tub. Majerus is outgoing and rotund and has been known to have the media eating out of his hand. "He has had an outstanding career in developing players and building programs and I think those have been some of the areas I feel strong in from Tulsa and Georgia," Smith said, referring to his earlier head coaching jobs. "I don't know him as well as I'd like to know him but I've always been a fan of Rick Majerus in the way he had coached. He is a much funnier guy than I am." Quick pit stop sparks Gordon By JOE MACENKA The. Associated Press BRISTOL, Tenn. —Of his31 career victories, Jeff Gordon estimates as many as half are the direct result of good work by his pit crew. Sunday's triumph in the Food City 500 definitely fits that scenario. "I'm real excited about pulling this one off. We certainly didn't show the strength to do it," said Gordon, who was unable to put his car up front until a late-race pit stop gave him his first and only lead of the afternoon. "I knew that last pit stop was a good one," Gordon said. "I could tell. It was like, 'Wow, these guys are jamming. 1 " After his crew refueled his car, changed its tires and got him out first, Gordon took over from there, holding off teammate Terry Labonte over the last 59 laps to win his fourth consecutive spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "You've got to have a good pit crew," Gordon said. "I count on those guys an awful lot. They certainly were awesome today." Gordon, the defending Winston Cup champion, finished about five car-lengths ahead of Labonte and became the first repeat winner in the circuit's six races so far this year. The first short-track race of 1998 featured plenty of bumping and banging, leading to 14 cautic-n periods and one brief red-flag period to clean up the debris on Bristol's .533-mile, high-banked oval. The most serious crash sent Hut Stricklin to a local hospital for X- rays of his neck and back. No broken bones were detected, and Stricklin was released. It was a difficult day for Rusty Wallace, who came in leading the season driver standings by 54 points over teammate Jeremy Mayfield after top-five finishes in each of the first five races. Wallace dominated the first half of the race and led six times for 220 laps before fading from contention when his Ford Taurus developed engine trouble. He fell one lap off the pace on lap 423, and 13 laps later, he ran over a chunk of debris and slammed into the first-turn wall, ending his day. Wallace finished 33rd, shrinking his lead over Mayfield to a single point. Gordon, 15th in the points after the season-opening Daytona 500, moved into third with Sunday's victory, 41 points off the lead. "Forty-one back from first? Cool," Gordon said. "I would have been content today with a third- or a fourth-place finish." The Associated Press Justin Leonard hugs caddie Bob Rlefke after winning The Players Championship Sunday at Sawgrass In Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Leonard charges to victory at TPC Last year's British Open champion comes from five shots back for win By RON SIRAK The Associated Press The Associated Press Jeff Gordon raises his arm In victory after winning Sunday's Food City 500. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Players Championship proved once again that the scariest thing a pro golfer can see in his rear view mirror these days just might be Justin Leonard. For the third time in less than a year, Leonard came from five strokes off the pace on Sunday to win, shooting a closing round 67 on the dangerous Stadium Course to top Tom Lehman and Glen Day by two strokes. "There wasn't a lot of pressure on me, being five back," Leonard said matter of factly after claiming the $720,000 first prize. "I'm a member here and I got a lot of member bounces." The 25-year-old Leonard now has four victories on the PGA Tour, including his win at the British Open last year. While Leonard was able to draw on his experience under fire to hold up down the stretch, Len Mattiace and Day — two guys who have never won — faltered under the pressure. At one point on the back nine, Leonard, Day and Mattiace were tied at 9-under par. But consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 did in Day, and a quintuple bogey 8 by Mattiace on the island-green 17th hole sank his chances. Leonard finished at 10-under 278 with Tom Lehman, who closed with a 68, at 280 along with Day, who had a 71 on Sunday. Tiger Woods, who insists his game will be ready for his title defense at the Masters in two weeks, closed with a 72 and finished in 35th place. Leonard knows all about coming from five strokes back in the final round. He was five behind last year at the Kemper Open going to Sunday and shot a 67 to win. A month later at the British Open he started five back and shot a 65 to win. While Leonard took home the largest paycheck on the PGA Tour, Mattiace cost himself $286,000 with his 8 — the difference between the $432,000 second-place money and the $146,000 he got for finishing tied for fifth. Mattiace made $315,656 all of last year on tour. Leonard's 67 in the final round proved once again that Leonard is a closer and makes him someone to watch at the Masters, even though no one has ever won this tournament and the Masters in the same year. "It's a lot of fun to be able to shoot a great round on Sunday," Leonard said. "Sometimes you get so involved in shooting low that you forget about winning the tournament." Starting his day with a 10-foot eagle putt on No. 2, Leonard surged into the lead with five birdies in seven holes beginning on No. 9. "Right there in the middle of the round I got hot," he said. He curled a 30-foot birdie in the side door on No, 13 to take the lead alone and stretched the advantage to two strokes on the next hole with another 30-footer for birdie. Still, with the dangerous closing stretch of Nos. 16, 17 and 18 wrapping around the water, potential disaster lurked. Leonard made a good par on No. 15 after he hooked his drive into the trees, laid up in front of the green and chipped to 4 feet and made the putt. At virtually the same time, Mattiace rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 16, and Leonard's lead was only one stroke. But the drama was decided on No. 17 when Mattiace got over his tee shot on the 132-yard hole, backed off once then hit the ball over the green on a fly into the water. After a penalty drop, Mattiace hit into the pot bunker then hit his HURST Hurst wins 1st major Ex-NCAA champ holds off Dobson at Dinah Shore By KEN PETERS Me Associated Press RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Pat Hurst's golf shoes were sopping wet, a clue that she was a champion and had broken a vow. After winning the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Hurst was finally coaxed into the lake by the cheering gallery on the 18th green Sunday. A day earlier, she .promised that if she won,'she would forego the traditional winner's dip into the murky water surrounding the green because she couldn't swim. Shortly after rolling in a 4-foot par putt to hold off the charging Helen Dobson by one shot, Hurst nervously waded into the lake. Moments earlier, Hurst was beaming and wiping away tears at the same time as she won for just the second time in her career. The victory was very significant because it came in the Dinah Shore, the LP- GA's first major of the year and the tournament the women golfers equate to the men's Masters. "I'm feeling pretty good," said Hurst, who described herself as "one of the quiet ones out here." "After making that putt on 18, the pressure is off, I've won a major, and I just couldn't ask for anything more right now." A 28-year-old former NCAA champion at San Jose State, Hurst was a model of consistency during the Dinah Shore, outlasting a throng of international challengers. She shot a closing 71 to finish 7-under-par. shot thin out of the bunker and into the water again. "When I hit the shot I thought! hit the shot I needed to hit," Mattiace said. "I guess I was a little- pumped up. Obviously, I should, have hit one less club." Seniors : 'SAN ANTONIO — Lee TrevinoC captured his first title since 1996, winning the $1 million Southwestern Bell Dominion PGA Senior. Tour tournament Sunday by two strokes. Trevino shot a 5-under-par 67 to) finish at 11-under 205 on the par-72^ 6,835-yard Dominion Country Club course. It's his 28th Senior Tour title overall. SHOOT For The BEST TTnm leam & Early Bird Discounts lulu Ash yuur coach or call /Hb-B2J b22S

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