RiverHawks fall to Cottonmouths
In Columbus, Ga., goalie Ian Vigier stopped 34 shots as the Columbus Cottonmouths beat the Augusta RiverHawks 3-1 on Saturday night.
Jordan Braid had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Levi Lind and Sam Bowles also had goals for the Cottonmouths.
Branden Kosolofsky had the lone goal for Augusta.
Jaguars doomed by errors in loss
Augusta State committed five errors in a 4-1 loss to Francis Marion at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Patriots sophomore and former Lakeside standout Jeffrey Stoner (3-1) tossed eight innings, giving up only five hits and one unearned run. He walked two and struck out 11, his second consecutive start in which he has fanned double-digit batters.
Kevin Dodson drove in the lone run for the Jaguars
(8-14, 1-9 Peach Belt), who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
• In Columbus, Ga., USC Aiken split its doubleheader with Columbus State, dropping the first game 9-8 before taking the nightcap 3-2
In the first game, Cyle Rasmus hit a grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning for Columbus State (15-7).
In the second game, Wyatt Brown allowed just two runs and had six strikeouts in a complete-game effort for USC Aiken (15-5).
• In Athens, Ga., UCLA took advantage of four Georgia errors as the Bruins (11-3) rallied for a 7-6 win over the Bulldogs.
Kyle Farmer had two RBI for Georgia (11-4).
• In Atlanta, Chris Diaz was 3 for 4 with four RBI as North Carolina State (10-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held off Georgia Tech 8-5.
Mitch Earnest had drove in a pair of runs for the Yellow Jackets (11-4, 1-1).
• In Columbia, Christian Walker was 3 for 4 with two RBI to lift South Carolina to a 6-1 win over Princeton (2-4).
Dante Rosenberg added two hits and an RBI for the Gamecocks (12-1).
• In Clemson, S.C., Parks Jordan was 2 for 3 with two RBI, leading North Carolina (11-2, 2-0 ACC) to a 6-3 win over Clemson (6-6, 0-2).
Augusta State sweeps twin bill
In Pembroke, N.C., Augusta State used a standout pitching effort from Emily Headrick and enjoyed a strong offensive showing in both contests to notch their first two Peach Belt Conference wins of the year against UNC Pembroke.
The Jaguars (17-5, 2-0) jumped all over the Braves (10-15, 0-2) in the first game, winning 8-0. Augusta State took the second game 9-6.
Djokovic opens with easy victory
In Indian Wells, Calif., Novak Djokovic opened his bid for a third BNP Paribas Open championship by topping qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-2.
The top-ranked Djokovic is 23-4 on the slow PlexiPave courts that he said favor his game and will face Kevin Anderson in the third round.
Creative Cause takes Derby prep
In Arcadia, Calif., Creative Cause won the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby prep at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Creative Cause ran 11/16 miles in 1:41.84 and paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.60 for trainer Mike Harrington.
Bodemeister, named for the son of trainer Bob Baffert, returned $3.40 and $2.80, while Midnight Transfer was another 21/4 lengths back in third and paid $6 to show.