Pacers are selected for the postseason
The 10th-ranked USC Aiken Pacers have been chosen as one of the 48 teams to compete in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, according to an announcement released Monday.
USC Aiken (44-15) is the third seed in the South Atlantic Regional and will play at 11 a.m. Thursday against fourth-seeded North Georgia (41-19).
Top-ranked Mount Olive (N.C.), with a record of 49-5, is the South Atlantic's host squad. Columbus State (40-16) is seeded second.
The berth is the Pacers' fourth consecutive and sixth overall.
Gators lineman shot but likely to recover
In Tampa, Fla., a University of Florida football player is recovering after being shot in the shoulder while at a Tampa-area park.
Florida coach Urban Meyer says he expects defensive lineman Matt Patchan to fully recover.
Patchan was shot Friday, but details are not yet known.
- The Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List has been announced. The award goes to the nation's top defensive player. Several local schools have candidates.
From South Carolina: strong safety Emanuel Cook ; defensive back Captain Munnerlyn ; and linebacker Eric Norwood are candidates.
From Georgia: defensive tackle Geno Atkins ; defensive tackle Jeff Owens ; and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe are nominated.
Also, Clemson defensive back Michael Hamlin was selected.
Ex-Jaguar advances in Open qualifying
In McDonough, Ga., University of Georgia golfer Garrett Phillips , who played previously at Augusta State, advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open.
Phillips shot 7-over-par 78 to finish in a tie for seventh place in local qualifying at Canongate at Georgia National Golf Club.
- In Kennesaw, Ga., Swainsboro's Will Claxton and former University of Georgia golfer Chris Kirk both shot 71 and were among the players advancing from local qualifying at Marietta Country Club to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Richmond Academy's Shepherd Archie , of Augusta, shot 5-over-par 75 to miss out by three strokes. Evans' Jordan Johnstun shot 78.
Mike Keast fared the best among a group of Augusta State golfers. He shot 74 to miss out by just two shots.
- In Eatonton, Ga., a group of local golfers will compete in the 27th Annual Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship, Friday-Sunday at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.
From Augusta: Doug Weiss ; Jefferson Murray ; David Jones ; Ralph Ireland III ; Chris Kuhlke ; Jeff Knox ; and Brad Jones .
Also in the field are Wayne McKenney , of Evans, and Tom Graziano , of Martinez.
- In Mount Pleasant, S.C., a tournament spokesman for the Ginn Tribute says Michelle Wie was not given an exemption into the event as she was a year ago.
That's when Wie, citing a wrist injury, withdrew after 16 holes of her opening round.
Wie denied leaving because she was two-shots shy of a rule that would have banned her from tour exemptions until the following season for shooting 88 or higher.
Minor League Baseball
Bumgarner is superb as Augusta gets win
In Rome, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets began an eight-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Rome Braves.
Madison Bumgarner (4-2) got the win, working six innings and allowing only an unearned run on five hits and striking out seven. Daniel Otero got his eighth save.
After scoring the game's first run in the first inning, Augusta extended the lead to 2-0 with a solo home run from Angel Villalona .
Clemson booster to receive Hall's honor
In Clemson, S.C., George Bennett , a former head of Clemson's athletic booster group, will receive the distinguished service award from the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.