Sports briefs

Monday, October 15, 2007 | 11:26 p.m. CDT; updated 7:13 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

The Columbia College men’s soccer team beat host Harris-Stowe State 3-0 on Monday with two goals from senior Sam Gelven and another from senior Nick Kelly. Gelvin, junior Zak Cobb and sophomore Lloyd Jacobs had assists. The victory was the Cougars’ first shutout of the season. They are scheduled to play three more regular season games. On Wednesday, the Cougars (5-9, 4-2 American Midwest Conference) travel to St. Louis to play Missouri Baptist.

ROCK BRIDGE GIRLS TENNIS: The Bruins beat Glendale 6-0 to win the Class 2 sectional championship Monday at Bethel Park. The Bruins advance to the state quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the Parkway South-Nerinx Hall matchup.

MU VOLLEYBALL: Tigers senior defender Tatum Ailes was named the Big 12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Ailes tallied 6.67 digs per game, 40 total, in sweeps over Big 12 opponents Texas A&M and Baylor. She also maintained a .951 serve-reception percentage.

GIRLS STATE GOLF: Kickapoo leads after the first day of the two-day Class 2 girls state golf tournament Monday at Bolivar’s Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club. Kickapoo shot a 331 and was followed by Notre Dame de Sion (338), Helias (339), Nerinx Hall (350) and Ursuline Academy (353). Hickman and Rock Bridge didn’t make the top 12, but Bruins freshman Megan Mueller was the area’s top individual with 83 for 16th place. Hickman senior Ashlee Daly followed in 24th with an 86, and Rock Bridge sophomore Jackie Davis finished in 89th with a 99.

MU WOMEN’S GOLF: The Tigers lead after one round of play at the Price’s Give’em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M. The Tigers carded an opening round 298 Monday and lead Oklahoma and UC Davis by two shots. MU sophomore Michelle Morgan shot a career best 3-under 69 and leads in the individual competition.

CARDINALS: Joel Pineiro agreed to a $13 million, two-year contract with St. Louis on Monday after pitching well for the Cardinals down the stretch.

The right-hander went 6-4 in 11 starts with St. Louis after being acquired from the Red Sox on the trade deadline, and could have opted for free agency. The deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $5 million in 2008 and $7.5 million in 2009.

“We felt very strongly at the time of the trade that Joel had the ability to improve our starting rotation once he had time to condition himself for that role,” interim general manager John Mozeliak said. “We are extremely pleased to have re-signed Joel and project him to be a steady performer for us, much like he did down the stretch this past season.”

Pineiro is the third pitcher retained since the end of the season, with the Cardinals also picking up an $8 million option on closer Jason Isringhausen and re-signing right-hander Russ Springer.

Pineiro was in Boston’s bullpen before the trade, making 31 relief appearances. He had a 3.96 ERA the last two months with St. Louis, closing out his surge by helping to knock the New York Mets out of the postseason in a 3-0 victory on Sept. 27.

The 29-year-old worked into the sixth inning in seven of his starts, and the team was 7-4 when he pitched.

Pineiro is 65-60 with a 4.47 ERA in 227 games for his career, including 159 starts. He combined for 30 victories for the Mariners in 2002 and 2003.

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