Minor League Baseball
Augusta wins its fourth in a row
In Greenville, S.C., Clayton Blackburn gave up one run and had 10 strikeouts in seven innings, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to a 4-1 win over the Greenville Drive on Monday night.
Blackburn’s strong outing came a day after Edwin Escobar pitched 8⅔ innings of one-hit ball in a win over Charleston.
Brett Krill hit a two-run homer for the GreenJackets, who have won four in a row and seven of eight.
Lady Jaguars to open up in Tulsa
With four starters returning from last season’s NCAA East Regional lineup, the Augusta State women’s golf team will open the fall season with a trip to the Dale McNamara Invitational in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 17-18.
Other events include the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate (Oct. 8-9) at Greenville (N.C.) Country Club, the Hoosier Fall Invitational (Oct. 13-14) in Florence, Ind., and the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 27-28) in Kiawah Island, S.C., at Cougar Point Golf Club.
• The USC Aiken women’s soccer team was picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason coaches.
Bulldog Club to meet Thursday
The Greater Augusta Bulldog Club will hold its season kickoff meeting on Thursday at Julian Smith Casino.
The meeting will feature a tribute to former Bulldogs quarterback David Greene and special guest Loran Smith.
The dinner and reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
They are available at Rick’s Paint and Body, Somewhere In Augusta, Tudor’s Cleaners, Queensborough Bank locations, Surrey Center Pharmacy or from Bulldog board members.
• The Aiken County Gamecock Club will hold a kickoff party Thursday at the Aiken County Shrine Club.
The event will run from 6-9 p.m. and will feature “Cocky,” the Gamecocks mascot, and the team’s cheerleaders. Admission is free.
Martin’s wreck will be reviewed
NASCAR is ready to take a look at Mark Martin’s scary crash from over the weekend.
Martin’s car went off the track and eventually crashed into the end of a short, narrow barrier on the interior side of pit road at Michigan International Speedway. The side of the car was essentially impaled by the end of the wall, which was exposed because of a gap in the barrier that allows vehicles to enter and exit.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition, says Martin’s team will be consulted, and aerial photos will be studied.
Wozniacki rolls on at New Haven
In New Haven, Conn., Caroline Wozniacki beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 in the New Haven Open, her 18th consecutive victory at the tournament.
Ex-league exec Gourdine dies
Simon Gourdine, who became deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974 and went on to work for and lead the players’ association in the 1990s, has died. He was 72.