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MONDAY. JUNE 19,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B3 North Carolina shuts down Clemson; Georgia Tech eliminated OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Robert Woodard waited a long time to get back on the mound for North Carolina. Appearing relaxed and refreshed, the junior right-han- der was simply dominant in his first outing in more than two weeks. Woodard threw a three-hitter and shut down top-seeded Clemson's potent lineup 2-0 in the College World Series on Sunday night. "He was just masterful," North Carolina coach Mike Fox said. Woodard (7-1), who last pitched in the regionals on June 2 against Maine, pounded the bottom of the strike zone with his fastball, slider and changeup all night. He ended the Tigers' run of four straight come-from-behind victories. It was also the first time Clemson was shut out since a 10-0 loss to East Carolina in February 2005 — a span of 131 games. "I told him coming up here, he's kind of had this building up inside him for a couple of weeks now," Fox said. "He loves this kind of environment, this big a game. And he's, probably as big a competitor as I've ever coached, and you saw that tonight." Woodard, a 46th-round pick in the draft, has been overshadowed on North Carolina's pitching staff by first- rounders Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. On Sunday night, he looked every bit the ace. "I felt great today," Woodard said. "I just told myself, the ERIC FRANCIS / Associated Press North Carolina baserunner Josh Norton, attempts to stretch his RBI double Into a triple but is tagged out by Clemson's Marquez Smith in the third inning Sunday in Omaha, Neb. bigger the stage, I have to slow things down mentally and . physically and focus on every pitch." In the other game Sunday, Cal State Fullerton scored three times in the ninth inning and eliminated Georgia Tech with a 7-5 victory Today, Georgia (47-22) takes on Oregon State (44-15) in an elimination game, followed by a winners' bracket matchup between Rice (56-11) and (42-22). Woodard struck out seven and walked three against Clemson (53-15). Cal State Fullerton 7, Georgia Tech 5 Cory Vanderhook's two-run, pinch-hit infield single keyed the ninth-inning comeback by Cal State Fullerton (49-14). "I'm just happy to come through for the team," the senior backup catcher said. "It wasn't the best hit, but I'll take it." With Georgia Tech (50-18) leading 5-4 and an out away from advancing, Blake Davis singled, Brett Pill doubled and Danny Dorn was intentionally walked by closer Matt Wieters (1-3). Vanderhook, the nephew of Titans third-base coach Rick Vanderhook, slapped Wieters" first pitch up the middle. Shortstop Michael Fisher charged to his left, but couldn't handle the slow-bouncing ball, which took a bad hop and rolled away as two runs scored. "It looked like a routiner," second baseman Mike Trapani said. "That's the worst hop I've ever seen." Brandon Tripp followed Vanderhook's hit with an RBI single that fell in front of left fielder Jeff Kindel, making it 7-5. 3M: Race cut short by 71 laps; Kahne nets fourth victory CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 After being forced to pit under the green flag on lap 47 when debris blocked his radiator, overheating his motor, Kahne suddenly found himself in 38th place, a lap behind the leaders. No problem. "We knew we had a great car and we just started battling back," Kahne said. i A caution for light rain just seven laps later allowed Kahne to re- gain the lead lap and it didn't take long for the 26-year-old youngster to drive back into contention. "We took two tires there once and passed some cars on pit road and then we were able to get past some cars on the track," said Kahne, who started at the pole and got back to the front before a downpour cut the race short by 71 laps on Michigan International Speedway's 2-mile oval. Kahne, earning a series-best fourth victory of the season and his third from the top qualifying spot, said, "It's pretty crazy to win in the rain and be in the right place there at the end. But we did have the best car." Team owner Ray Evernham was most impressed by the maturity Kahne displayed after being pushed to the rear by the overheating motor. "He's definitely grown as a race driver," Evernham said. "He understands what he needs to do. He understands that these races are longer." While Kahne was racing back into contention, Carl Edwards, who had two top-five finishes at Michigan last year in his first full season in Cup, moved to the front in his No. 99 Roush Racing Ford and appeared to be the car to beat. On lap 112 of the race scheduled to go 200 laps, Kahne barely beat Edwards out of the pits in a battle for fourth place under a caution flag — one of a track record-tying nine yellows. That turned out to be the move of the race. After the green flag waved on lap 116, Kahne, who had taken four fresh tires, quickly chased down rookie Reed Sorenson, who had taken the lead under the final caution by putting on only two tires. Kahne drove into the lead on lap 117. Edwards got by Sorenson on the next lap and tried hard to chase down Kahne, but he was still nearly a full second. TMP's Thomas earns award Thomas More Prep-Marian senior thrower Eric Thomas has been named Gatorade's Kansas Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Thomas, who has signed with Kansas State University, has a career-best throw in the discus of 200 feet, 11 inches. His best effort in the shot put is 62-9X. Thomas was ranked first in the nation in the discus and sixth in the shot put to start the season. At last month's Class 4A State Championships in Wichita, Thomas won gold and set records in both the discus and shot put. He finished his prep career with three state gold medals in each event. Tiger softball hires assistant Fort Hays State University softball coach Tbnja Hadley announced the hiring of Kristina Schmallen as assistant coach for the 2006-2007 season. A native of Avondale, Ariz., Schmallen currently plays in the National Pro Fastpitch for the Arizona Heat. Schmallen is a 2006 graduate of the University of New Mexico where she was All Mountain West Conference first team pick and All West Region second team her senior year. She led the Lobos with a .395 batting average, 12 home runs and 52 RBI. Schmallen will not start until August and will begin working towards a master's degree in sports administration. She replaces Kim Lemmens, who announced her resignation earlier this month after accepting the head coaching position at Montana State University at Billings. FINALS: Wade sets FT record CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 "Pretty much most people who have ever been involved in the NBA for 20, 30 years, know we wouldn't want one anyway with only one timeout," he said. "So we were pretty dumbfounded , that that couldn't get relayed." Because they were out of timeouts, the Mavericks couldn't inbound the ball in the front- court after a made free throw. Afi ter Wade, who set a finals record 'by making 21 foul shots, made . shot was a desperation heave from halfcourt by Devin Harris that wasn't close. As the Heat celebrated their final game of 2006 at Ameri- canAirlines Arena and the biggest win in franchise history, Cuban charged onto the floor, complaining about a non-call against Wade and a few others. Wearing a blue jersey bearing the name of suspended Dallas reserve Jerry Stackhouse, Cuban stood with his hands on his hips in disbelief and stared at league officials as his steaming team bolted. All the Mavericks were hot, especially Dirk Nowitzki, who first punted the ball into the stands and then kicked a stationary bike in a hallway before turning his anger on anything in his way. ,' r ' ,, NoWifaki's jumper with 1 9.1 : ' seconds to go gave the Mavericks 100-99 lead, but Wade, who averaged 40.3 points in the three games in Miami, first caught an inbounds pass that was dangerously close to being a backcourt violation. HOLE: Golfers make poor decisions "I had it right in my hands and I let it go," he said. "I just can't believe I did that. I am such an idiot." Poor decision-making fueled both collapses. Mickelson's problem began when he pulled the driver on the tee and sent a slice so far left it nearly careened off the golf course. From there, he tried to CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 carve a 3-iron around a tree and sliced that shot too far left, too. He dumped his third into a bunker and, needing two shots to get down ' iin five and force a playoff, he took iithree. While some players might have selected a shorter club off the tee for accuracy, Mickelson said he didn't have that option. "I carried only a 4-wood," he said. "I felt like if I hit 4-wood and missed the fairway, I'd be too far ,,back to be able to chase one down .'there." The drive was about the only good shot Montgomerie hit on 18. After making a 75-foot birdie putt on the par-417th to tie for the lead, his drive landed right-center in the fairway, 172 yards from the hole with a perfect stance, a perfect lie and a perfect angle into the green. With Mickelson listing behind him, all the Scot needed to do was MICHAEL CONROY / AP Phil Mickelson waits to putt on the 18th hole Sunday in the final round of the U.S. Open. hit what should have been a routine shot into the green, two-putt, get out with par and wait a while, maybe for a win, almost certainly no worse than a playoff. But then Montgomerie had second thoughts about club selection. "I switched from a 6 to a 7.1 thought the adrenaline would kick in and I'd hit it about 10 yards further," he said. "I caught it slightly heavy and it went slightly right. It was a poor shot and I put myself in a poor position, there was no question about that." Roethlisberger to be cited after crash PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be cited for not wearing a helmet and not having a motorcycle license after an accident last week left him with a concussion, broken jaw and nose. s Roethlisberger and the driver of the car he crashed into on ,jJune 12 both had the green light, but the driver of the vehicle will be cited for failing to yield, police .isaid Monday. Only licensed cyclists can ride "without a helmet in Pennsylvania. e Roethlisberger was traveling ,i38 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, said officer Dan Connolly. There were no mechanical problems with Roethlisberger's Suzuki Hayabusa or the Chrysler New Yorker, he said. Police Chief Dominic Costa said the woman driving the car received some threatening phone calls, which police were investigating. Roethlisberger had seven hours of surgery to repair his broken jaws and other facial bones. Doctors have said tests showed no brain injuries, although there was a mild concussion. He also lost two teeth and chipped several others. <& sftfcc^. £*•] m LT*^V SB How? Every few months we send you a "bill" for the delivery of your Hays Daily News. That means you have to keep track of the bill, find your checkbook, write out the check, make sure you have a stamp and mail it off. Whew! With EZ PAY, you don't have to do any of that. When you sign up for this cost-saving, convenient service, a flat monthly subscription fee will automatically be deducted from your bank account or billed to your credit card. Call us at 628-1081 or 800-657-6017 or fill out the attached form to sign up for EZ PAY. BEST RATE! 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