COLLEGES

Heath hits three homers to lead Maine in doubleheader sweep over UMBC

Maine’s baseball team swept the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 17-0 and 8-4, in a Friday doubleheader at Orono.

The Black Bears (24-26, 10-10 America East)amassed 21 hits in the first game, with Scott Heath leading the way with four hits and seven RBI. Luke Morrill added four hits and four RBI.

Heath belted his grand slam in the bottom of the third and Morrill hit a three-run shot in the sixth. Starter Tommy Lawrence pitched six shutout innings for the win.

Heath added two more homers in the second game and also earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits over four innings to improve to 3-2.

TENNIS

ITALIAN OPEN: Second-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a stiff challenge from David Ferrer before grinding out a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win to reach the semifinals at Rome.

On the women’s side, top-ranked Serena Williams rolled past Zhang Shuai of China 6-1, 6-3.

FOOTBALL

NFL: San Francisco signed sixth-round cornerback Kenneth Acker of SMU to a four-year deal.

CYCLING

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: Colombia’s Esteban Chaves won the hilly sixth stage in 100-degree heat at Wrightwood, California, while Britain’s Bradley Wiggins increased his overall lead by 2 seconds.

GIRO D’ITALIA: Nacer Bouhanni of France sprinted to victory on the seventh stage at Foligno, Italy, while Michael Matthews retained the overall lead.

PREP SCHOOLS

SOFTBALL: Layne Patry scored on a walk-off single by Juliet Moore to lift Berwick Academy (5-5) to a 7-6 win over Newton Country Day at South Berwick in their final game of the season. Taylor Lyman and Anna Costentino each had RBI for the Bulldogs; Lyman was also the winning pitcher.

SWIMMING

CHARLOTTE GRAND PRIX: For the first time since his supposed farewell at the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps was atop the podium again – cruising to victory in the 100-meter butterfly at Charlotte, North Carolina. Phelps’ longtime rival Ryan Lochte was on hand, a brace on his left knee.

— From staff and news services