Jackets start off fast in road win
In Charleston, S.C., the Augusta GreenJackets jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back in a 7-4 win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday night.
Augusta scored four runs in the first inning and held on to improve to 3-2.
Charles Jones had a home run and Brett Krill added two hits and two RBI for the GreenJackets.
Pacers in 2nd at PBC tournament
In Pine Mountain, Ga., USC Aiken is in second place after two rounds of the Peach Belt Conference Golf Championship at Mountain View Golf Course at Callaway Gardens.
The Pacers are at 3-over-par 582 after rounds of 295 and 287. They are three shots behind UNC Pembroke (288-291–579). Georgia College is in third (293-291–584).
Three Pacers are tied for sixth in the individual standings, with Matt Atkins, Gaines Milliner and Taylor Welborn all at 145. J.P. Solis is tied for 12th at 147 and Hayden Letien is tied for 33rd at 154 for USC Aiken.
Flagler’s Joel Dahlenburg (73-67–140) has the individual lead by one shot over UNC Pembroke’s Jordan Walor (72-69–141).
USC Aiken falls to 11th in poll
USC Aiken, swept in a three-game series by Armstrong Atlantic State over the weekend, dropped to 11th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll.
The Pacers, ranked No. 3 in last week’s poll, had won four in a row before struggling against the Pirates.
• Paine College first baseman William VanWinkle was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s East Division player of the week. He was 5 for 10 with three homers in four games for last week.
Paine’s Tyler Padgett was name the pitcher of the week. He had 10 strikeouts in a win over Benedict.
Georgia State to play in Sun Belt
Georgia State, which didn’t have a football team three years ago, accepted an invitation Monday to become a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.
“For us to be able to move this quickly is something I would have never dreamed of,” Panthers coach Bill Curry said.
Georgia State has played only two seasons in the Football Championship Subdivision. It is 9-13 under Curry, including 3-8 in 2011.
The move is about economics, not success on the field.
“I don’t think we had a choice,” Curry said.
• The judge overseeing the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky issued a gag order that severely limits what investigators and attorneys on both sides can say to reporters.
Top players are keeping bikinis
Top beach volleyball players say they won’t be switching from the beach- and TV-friendly bikinis to the more modest uniforms approved recently by the International Volleyball Federation as a nod to countries where more modest attire is preferred.
“It’s something I really feel comfortable with,” said Kerri Walsh, who with Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal in Athens and Beijing while wearing the standard beach volleyball uniform: a two-piece bathing suit. “It’s something I feel empowered by, not distracted with. I’m not a sex symbol; I’m an athlete. I want to be streamlined out there.”