Eight-run inning propels Jaguars
Nate Crown doubled in three runs to highlight an eight-run fifth inning, and Augusta State rallied to beat Carson-Newman 10-6 in its season opener at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Kevin Dodson and Jeff Rice both went 2 for 4 and scored for the Jaguars. Seth Foster scored twice.
Zach Long went 3 for 4 with a run and RBI for Carson-Newman, which committed five errors. Brandon Roberts and Kevin Franchetti had two RBI each.
Kip Custer went five innings to get the win, allowing four earned runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.
Chris Armstrong took the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked three.
• In Aiken, former South Aiken standout Ben Donath went 3 for 3, with a double and a triple, and drove in two runs as 10th-ranked USC Aiken opened the season with a 10-6 victory over Lincoln Memorial at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.
Ryan Metzler and Bryce Baur both had two hits for the Pacers, who overcame five errors. Metzler, Bill Gerstenslager and Ty Barkell had two RBI apiece. Donath and Josh Miller scored twice.
Nick Morabito had two RBI for Lincoln Memorial.
Tyler Stephan got the win, pitching two hitless innings of relief.
Seth Woods took the loss, allowing four earned runs on three hits in one inning of relief.
• Travis Hafner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.
• Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.
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RiverHawks get victory on road
In Lafayette, La., the Augusta RiverHawks outscored the Louisiana IceGators 3-1 in the third period to break a tie and post a 4-2 victory on Friday night.
Nadal to put his knee to the test
In Santiago, Chile, Rafael Nadal arrived in Chile on Friday and will test his injured left knee in competition for the first time next week after sitting out for seven months – the longest break of his career.
The 26-year-old Nadal will head off to the nearby coastal resort city of Vina del Mar, where he will play in his first event since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June.
“My knee is much better, and this is the most important thing now because there’s no risk of a big injury,” Nadal said. “You have to start somewhere. I think this is the right moment and the right place.”
Group is seeking reforms globally
In Zurich, cleaning up world football depends on all 209 member countries and six continental confederations following FIFA’s example, Sepp Blatter said.
The FIFA president challenged football leaders worldwide to create their own anti-corruption courts and financial oversight panels as a necessary step to making his reforms drive a success, following a series of corruption scandals in recent years.
“This will only work if these two committees (ethics and compliance) also will be installed in all national associations and in the confederations,” Blatter said in a video interview broadcast on FIFA’s Web site.
“FIFA alone cannot be the tribunal” for everyone in world football, he said.