Minor League Hockey
RiverHawks lose to Cottonmouths
In Columbus, Ga., the Cottonmouths jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went on to defeat the Augusta RiverHawks 4-1 Saturday night in the SPHL regular-season finale for both teams.
The win helped the Cottonmouths clinch second place in the league.
The regular-season champion RiverHawks open the playoffs at home on Wednesday against the Huntsville Havoc.
Former Jaguar finishes second
In Kannapolis, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz had his best finish as a pro, coming in second in the eGolf Tour’s Irish Creek Classic on Saturday.
Krywulycz closed with 3-under-par 68 and finished two shots behind winner David May.
May, a former Clemson golfer, had a final-round 65 and finished at 18-under 267. He won $28,000 while Krywulycz pocketed $14,005.
Aiken’s Stephen Poole tied for 22nd place after a 71 brought him home at 277. Henrik Norlander, a former teammate of Krywulycz, tied for 31st place. He closed with 68 and finished at 279.
• Craig Stadler, the 1982 Masters Tournament champion, will be conducting a free clinic on April 2 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.
The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon.
USC Aiken splits DH with Lander
In Aiken, 10th-ranked USC Aiken split a doubleheader with No. 2 Lander on Saturday, and the Pacers won the three-game series.
The Pacers, who 10-6 in the series opener on Friday, lost the first game of the twin bill 8-7 but rolled to a 10-2 victory in the nightcap.
In Game 1, USC Aiken had a school-record 10 stolen bases, five by Josh Miller, who also had three hits.
Miller also had three hits in Game 2, including a homer in a five-run first inning.
USC Aiken is 22-8, 12-6 in the Peach Belt.
• Seth Foster and Wilson Taylor helped Augusta State earn a split in a doubleheader with Columbus State.
Foster had two RBI and Taylor pitched seven shutout innings as the Jaguars won the opener 3-0.
Columbus State took the nightcap 6-2.
Augusta State is now 9-23, 2-15 in the Peach Belt Conference.
• In Columbia, Nolan Fontana’s two-run triple in the ninth inning lifted top-ranked Florida to a 5-4 victory over sixth-ranked South Carolina.
• In Chestnut Hill, Mass., starter Dusty Isaacs gave No. 14 Georgia Tech five solid innings, and freshman Cole Pitts finished off a 2-1 victory for a doubleheader split with Boston College. Boston College won the opener 4-3.
• In Nashville, Tenn., Vanderbilt scored three unearned runs in the ninth inning to beat Georgia 5-4.
• In Charlottesville, Va., junior righthander Branden Kline tossed a two-hitter to lead Virginia to a 5-1 victory over Clemson.
Montevallo falls in the title game
In Highland Heights, Ky., John Allen led five players in double figures with 14 points, and Western Washington won its first NCAA Division II title on Saturday, beating Peach Belt Conference member Montevallo 72-65.
Canada blanks U.S. men’s team
In Nashville, Tenn., Doneil Henry and Lucas Cavallini each scored as Canada beat the United States 2-0 in the CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying tournament.
The U.S. could have clinched a berth in the semifinals on March 31. Those winners qualify for the London Games. Instead, they now must beat El Salvador to advance.