Minor League Baseball


Augusta is swept on road by Rome

In Rome, Ga., Kyle Kubitza’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Rome Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Wednesday.

The Braves completed a three-game sweep of the GreenJackets, who have lost five in a row.

The loss spoiled a solid outing by Augusta starter Clayton Blackburn, who allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He had six strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk.

Greg Ross was sharp for Rome, giving up one unearned run on three hits in six innings. He had five strikeouts.



Pacers add two golfers to hall

Golfers Scott Brown and Dane Burkhart were selected for induction to the USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brown and Burkhart were members of three national championship teams (2004, 2005 and 2006) during their time at USC Aiken.

A three-time All-America selection, Brown (2002-06) was a two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year choice.

Last year, Brown became the first Pacer to earn a PGA Tour card.

Burkhart, the Peach Belt Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2005, is third all-time in USC Aiken career scoring with a stroke average of 73.31 in 130 rounds. He owns the second-best single season scoring average in school history with his 71.74 stroke average in the 2004-05 season.

Burkhart won individual medalist honors during USC Aiken’s 2005 national championship.

Kacee Camp, a shortstop on the Augusta State softball squad, was selected to the Academic All-American team Wednesday.

She is the first student-athlete from the school to earn the honor.

Camp, a biology major from Harlem, has a 3.88 GPA.



Alabama up big in women’s event

In Franklin, Tenn., Alabama grabbed an 11-stroke lead, and Crimson Tide senior Brooke Pancake shot 2-under-par 70 to top the individual leaderboard after the second round of the NCAA Division I women’s golf championship.

The Crimson Tide had a two-stroke lead after the first round at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, and posted 3-under 285 in the second to reach 5-under 571.

Defending champion UCLA, North Carolina and Virginia are tied for second at 6-over.

Pancake is at 6-under 138 total.

Brian Duncan shot 10-under-par 62 to take a three-shot lead at the eGolf Tour’s River Hills Classic.

The event is being split between River Hills Country Club, in Lake Wylie, S.C., and The Palisades Country Club, in Charlotte, N.C.

Roberto Diaz (67) is tied for seventh to lead all players with local ties. Also in the field are Kyle Bradley (71), Stephen Poole (72), Henrik Norlander (71), Alex Hamilton (73) and Mitch Krywulycz (74).



Ex-Bulldog Isner advances in Nice

In Nice, France, former Georgia star John Isner, the top seed, had 13 aces on his way to a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win against Xavier Malisse at the Open de Nice.

Isner will play Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals after the Russian topped seventh-seeded Denis Istomin 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

No. 2 Gilles Simon and No. 3 Nicolas Almagro also advanced to the last eight.

– From staff and wire reports



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