Jackets pitchers slow down Drive
In Greenville, S.C., five Augusta pitchers limited Greenville to four hits and the GreenJackets edged the Drive 3-2 on Friday night.
It was Augusta’s second consecutive victory following a five-game losing streak.
Augusta took a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning on Joseph Staley’s RBI single and Eliott Blair's fielder’s choice RBI.
The Drive scored both their runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Pacers beaten by No. 8 Patriots
In Florence, S.C., No. 8 Francis Marion scored three runs in the first inning and held off No. 14 USC Aiken, 5-3.
Will Tankersley had a homer for USC Aiken (30-15, 17-11 Peach Belt).
• In Auburn, Ala., Connor Bright led the way as No. 8 South Carolina pounded out 13 hits in a 12-5 victory over Auburn.
Bright had three hits and three RBI for the Gamecocks (28-11, 9-7 Southeastern Conference).
• In Chapel Hill, N.C., Thomas Smith had four RBI to lead Georgia Tech past North Carolina 11-4 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Jake Davis added two hits and two RBI and Kyle Wren had two hits and an RBI for the Yellow Jackets (23-16, 8-11 ACC).
• In Bloomington, Ind., Georgia Southern dropped the opener of a weekend series with Indiana, 7-2.
The Eagles (22-18) scored their runs in the seventh inning on Tyler Avera’s fielder’s choice and an error.
Lady Jags’ pair are on first team
Two Augusta State infielders were selected to the Peach Belt’s All-Conference first time.
Third baseman Jessica Thornton and shortstop Kacee Camp made the first team and Emily Headrick was a second-team pick.
USC Aiken’s India Kornegay made the second team.
Two area stars head to college
Greenbrier’s Nick Brown and North Augusta’s Rachel Fuller has signed national letter of intent.
Brown, a state champion for the boys 100-yard breaststroke, is headed to Florida State. Fuller signed with King College on Friday.
Journeyman pro Jensen prevails
In Greensboro, N.C., journeyman pro Clint Jensen birdied the 18th hole twice on Friday en route to victory in the eGolf Tour’s Forest Oaks Classic.
The 37-year-old former Tulsa golfer chipped in for birdie on the par-5 18th in regulation to force a sudden death playoff with Lanto Griffin.
After parring the first playoff hole – No. 1 on the course – they played No. 18 again. This time, Jensen (66 on Friday) rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt for the victory over Griffin (64).
Former Augusta State goler Mitch Krywulycz shot 69 to finish tied for 30th at 211. Former teammate Henrik Norlander closed with 73 to finish tied for 51st place at 215.
• In St. Simons Island, Ga., Georgia is in second place, one shot off Alabama’s lead, after the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournamen.
Georgia, which shot 7-under-par 273, was led by T.J. Mitchell’s 3-under-par 67. Former Lakeside golfer Brian Carter had 68, as did, Keith Mitchell.
The Bulldogs also counted 70 from freshman Nicholas Reach.