Area briefs: Westfield doubles team wins state title; FAMU shocks Mercer; Georgia pounds Tech; Mercer golf takes fifth; FPD boys win area title

Telegraph StaffApril 23, 2013 

Westfield’s Stephanie Campbell and Valerie McLure won the GISA Class AAA individual doubles championship Tuesday at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center.

Campbell and McLure defeated Augusta Prep’s Ruthie Owens and Savina Pathega 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals, then they went on to beat Deerfield-Windsor’s Amy Rao and Katerina Mathes 6-2, 6-4 in the championship.

In boys competition, Stratford’s Sarin Khurana lost his semifinal match 6-1, 6-1 to Heritage’s Joe Steery.

Florida A&M shocks Mercer

Florida A&M scored five runs in the sixth and four in the eighth to stun Mercer 11-5 Tuesday night in non-conference baseball in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida A&M improved to 4-37 while Mercer dropped to 32-12 after losing its second straight game, and second in a row a team with a 200 or worse RPI.

The teams play again at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Rattlers lost twice in Macon in late February by a combined 29-4 score, part of their 0-15 start. It was Florida A&M’s first non-conference win of the season.

Mercer led 4-2 after five, but the Rattlers got to relief pitcher Stephen Glaze in the sixth for five runs and a 7-4 lead. Mercer got one back in the seventh, but the Rattlers sealed it with four runs, two earned, against David Teasley in the eighth.

Georgia rolls past Georgia Tech

Seven runs in the second and third innings put Georgia in control en route to a 17-0 thumping Tuesday night of No. 20 Georgia Tech in the annual Spring Classic at Turner Field.

Georgia improved to 16-26 while Tech fell to 27-14.

The Bulldogs led 2-0 and knocked starting pitcher Jonathan King out in the third en route to a five-run inning to blow it open. Georgia kept pouring it on, scoring four in the sixth and five in the seventh. The Yellow Jackets were outhit 23-5.

It was the biggest margin in the series at Turner, topping Georgia Tech’s 12-5 win in 2004. And the last similar blowout in the serise was in 2010 when Tech won 25-6 in Athens.

Tech opens a series at Clemson on Friday while Georgia welcomes Arkansas on Friday.

Mercer men finish fifth at A-Sun

Mercer’s best round was the final one, and the Bears finished fifth in the A-Sun men’s golf tournament at Chateau Elan.

North Florida was 3-over-par on Tuesday for a three-round 881, beating East Tennessee State by 14 strokes. Mercer was 54 shots over for a 918 total, seven strokes behind Jacksonville.

Mercer’s third-round 298 tied Jacksonville for the third-best total for the round.

Hans Reimers finished tied for ninth with a three-round 226, nine strokes behind winner M.J. Maguire of North Florida. James Beale tied for 13th with a 228, and Jeffrey Heinicka and Trey Rule were among those tied for 21st at 232.

FPD boys win GHSA area title

The FPD boys tennis team won the GHSA Area 1-A private school playoffs Monday, defeating Savannah Country Day 3-1.

Daniel Strawn and Miller Durham won singles matches for FPD, and the Vikings also won a doubles match.

FPD (18-0) opens the state playoffs at 3 p.m. on Wednesday with a home match against Holy Innocents.

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