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May 28, 2017 - 3:30 am

BRAVES-GIANTS

Blach helps Giants snap 4-game skid with 6-3 win over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Blach pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and gave San Francisco's struggling offense a boost with an RBI single during a three-run fourth that helped the Giants snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Nick Hundley homered and drove in three runs and Brandon Belt added a solo shot against Mike Foltynewicz (3-5) as the Giants' bats broke out after being held to six runs during the four-game skid.

Blach (3-2) struck out four of the first eight batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. He allowed six hits and two runs in 7 2-3 innings and didn't allow a runner to reach third until the eighth when Atlanta scored twice to end his night.

Derek Law got the final out in the eighth and Mark Melancon got two outs for his 10th save in 12 chances.

SPARKS-DREAM

Hayes scores 24, Dream edge Sparks 75-73

ATLANTA (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 24 points, including a critical free throw with 12 seconds to play, and the Atlanta Dream handed the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks their second-straight loss, 75-73 on Saturday night.

After Hayes made one of two from the line, Atlanta (3-1) led 75-71. Chelsea Gray was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6.8 seconds remaining and after making her first two attempts, missed the third on purpose. However, Hayes grabbed the rebound and released the ball down court as time ran out.

Layshia Clarendon was the only starter not in double figures for Atlanta. She had nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Gray led Los Angeles (2-2) with a career-high 25 points, 16 in the fourth quarter. Nneka Ogwumike added 15 points.

The Sparks led 32-29 at the half but Atlanta opened the second half with an 11-1 run and led 51-44 after three quarters. Los Angeles had an 11-2 run opening the fourth quarter when the teams combined for 53 points. Clarendon's free throw had the Dream up by five with 25.8 seconds left before Candance Parker's offensive rebound and basket with 13.1 seconds left made it 74-71.

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SEC-LSU-SOUTH CAROLINA

LSU powers past South Carolina 11-0 to make SEC title game

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat South Carolina 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

The game ended after the seventh inning under the 10-run mercy rule.

The Tigers (42-17) will try for their 12th league tournament championship Sunday against the Florida-Arkansas winner. They scored all 11 runs in the first three innings.

Deichmann hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the Tigers' six-run third. He went 3 for 4.

Kramer Robertson also had three hits, including a homer and triple. He drove in two runs and scored three.

Zach Watson added a two-run triple. Jared Poche' (10-3) allowed only two hits in six innings for LSU.

South Carolina (35-25) couldn't capitalize on four LSU errors.

LSU-VALERO GIFT

Valero makes $1 million gift to LSU College of Engineering

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's College of Engineering is getting a $1 million leadership gift from Valero Energy Corporation to support the engineering education and hands-on experiences for engineering students.

Officials say the Valero Fund at the LSU Foundation will acquire cutting-edge equipment for undergraduate education and research labs and offer technology support for research by College of Engineering faculty.

Judy Wornat, dean of the engineering college, says the gift will provide the next generation of LSU engineers with a state-of-the-art learning environment that better prepares them for jobs in the industry.

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products.

SEC-FLORIDA-ARKANSAS

Arkansas blasts No. 1 seed Florida 16-0 in SEC semifinals

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Chad Spanberger homered in each of the first two innings and Arkansas rolled to a 16-0 victory over top-seeded Florida on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Razorbacks (42-16) won after seven innings on the mercy rule and face 11-time champion LSU in Sunday's championship game. LSU beat South Carolina 11-0, also in seven innings.

Spanberger had a two-run shot in the first and added a solo homer in the next inning while scoring three times. Like Spanberger, Dominic Fletcher and Eric Cole also homered, had three hits and scored three runs. Fletcher drove in four runs.

Jax Biggers had three hits and three RBIs.

Kacey Murphy (5-0) allowed two hits in seven innings for Arkansas. He struck out eight.

Jonathan India and Austin Langworthy had the only hits for the Gators (42-16). Florida had advanced with an eight-run 11th inning to rally past Mississippi State.

SEC-MISSISSIPPI ST-ARKANSAS

Arkansas beats Mississippi State 9-2 at SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Blaine Knight gave up one earned run over 6 2/3 innings, Jax Biggers had three hits and drove in three runs and Arkansas beat Mississippi State 9-2 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Arkansas (41-16) advances to face Florida in the semifinals Saturday. Knight (8-4) struck out nine and gave up just five hits and a walk. Chad Spanberger hit two doubles and walked twice.

The Razorbacks broke the game open with six runs in the sixth inning, pushing ahead 7-1.

It was a long day for Mississippi State (36-24), which was eliminated from the tournament after two losses in one day. The Bulldogs fell to Florida 12-3 earlier on Friday.

Mississippi State's Jacob Billingsley (1-3) took the loss against Arkansas, giving up three runs in five innings. Cody Brown had two hits, including a solo homer.

232 PITCHES

232 pitches! UCLA freshman goes the distance — and then some

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia followed a marathon start with a shutdown finish.

A night after throwing a whopping 232 pitches in 11 innings for a complete-game win, the redshirt freshman came back Friday with four hitless innings of relief to put the Bruins softball team into the College World Series with a 1-0 win over Mississippi.

Garcia opened the best-of-three NCAA super regional by going the distance in an 8-7 win over the Rebels on Thursday. She then followed Selina Ta'amilo and threw 50 pitches for the victory in the clincher for UCLA (47-13).

Garcia struck out 12 and walked five Thursday night at Easton Stadium. She also homered in the second inning and hit a two-out single in the 10th, beginning a two-run rally.

Her previous high pitch count was 129.

Her opponent in Game 1 was no slouch, either. Kaitlin Lee threw 191 pitches for the Rebels (43-20).

NASCAR-EARNHARDT'S WISH LIST

Bucket list: Earnhardt seeking Coca-Cola 600 victory

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first childhood memories of Cup Series racing come from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

He remembers watching his famous father Dale Sr. tear up the track. He ran plastic Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough cars down a nearby dusty hill. He recalls his days as a teenager, breaking into the track with buddies and hotwiring golf carts until they were chased off by approaching headlights.

It's the place where he'd finish running an Xfinity race and return to the Campus Connection apartment complex across the street and drink beer with his buddies until late into the night.

It's also the track where he ran his first NASCAR Cup Series race — and won the 2000 All-Star race as a rookie.

But of all of the memories at Charlotte, one is strangely absent — a Cup Series points race victory.

The 42-year-old Earnhardt would like to change that in his final season as a NASCAR driver before stepping away for retirement. In fact, he wants to win the Coca-Cola 600 more than any other race remaining on the docket.

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