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May 17, 2013

Local sports in brief 5/17/2013

JOHNSTOWN — NASCAR

Former driver Trickle dead

CONCORD, N.C. – Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.

The sheriff says Trickle’s body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff’s Lieutenant Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.

Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race. He won two Busch Series races.

GOLF

SFU men’s golf in 14th place at NCAA regional

PULLMAN, Wash. - St. Francis University’s men’s golf team ended the first day of NCAA Regionals with a team score of 300, landing them in last place out of 14 teams.

Jeff Chastel hit two birdies on the last two holes, helping him finish one-under par. Also sinking birdies was James Ferguson, who chalked up four birdies on the day, helping him finish at 80, eight-over par.

 Individually, Chastel and Kevin Fawcett are tied at 36th and 73rd, respectively. Ferguson is in 70th place and Shane Crampton is sitting in 75th place. The leader, Sam Smith from Southern California, is 10-under par after the opening round.

The action continues today at Palouse Ridge Golf Club and SFU will try to make up the eight-stroke gap between itself and Princeton.

BASEBALL

Morton pitches four innings for Curve

ALTOONA – The Altoona Curve ended their series with the Trenton Thunder on a high note, winning 6–2 Thursday. The win went to David Bromberg who threw five hitless innings when he relieved Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton. Bromberg took the mound after Morton gave up the Thunder’s only two runs, both being solo home runs.

Bromberg’s relief in the fifth sparked the Curve offense. Going into the inning tied at two, the Curve added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Drew Maggi doubled and Alex Dickerson’s triple brought Maggi home, breaking the tie. Dickerson made it across the plate two batters later on one of Charlie Cutler’s three RBI. Adalberto Santos added to the fifth-inning thrashing with a single that scored Jarek Cunningham, giving the Curve a 5–2 advantage.

After Cunningham’s run, the Thunder staff pulled starter Matt Tracy (4–3), who also took the loss. Frank Lewis came in relief and overthrew to first attempting to pick off Santos. The error allowed Cutler, who was on third, to score the game’s final run.

The Curve have won seven of their last 10 games and are about to begin a seven-game road trip starting tonight against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Curve ended their homestand at 5–2.

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