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Hendrix takes lead from Floyd

In Hilton Head Island, S.C., former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd slipped down the leaderboard in the eGolf Tour’s Palmetto Hall Championship, but another player with local ties took his place at the top.

Floyd, who shared the first-round lead with 66, followed that with 74 and is now tied for 15th place in the
72-hole event.

He’s chasing Aiken native Matt Hendrix, who leads the tour’s season opener at 68-67 for 9-under 135.

Of the other area players, David Robinson and Kyle Bradley have both shot 71-71 and are tied for 31st place at 142.Brad Arrington is tied for 44th place after rounds of 74-70–144 and Jake Amos (71-75–146) made the cut on the number.

Area players missing the cut were Mitch Krywulycz (72-78–150) and Rob Bennett (72-79–151).

Colleges

Dog has homer, save in opener

In Statesboro, Ga., sophomore right fielder Jared Walsh homered in the second inning and then earned the save in the ninth inning as Georgia beat Georgia Southern 6-5 in the first meeting between the teams since 2005.

In the season opener for both teams, Walsh struck out the first two hitters in the ninth before allowing an infield hit.

Then, he battled back to strike out Hunter Thomas for first career save.

“It was Jared Walsh day; he did a bit of everything for us,” Georgia coach David Perno said.

• In Aiken, Bill Gerstenslager had two hits and two RBI to lead fifth-ranked USC Aiken to a 3-1 victory over Shepherd.

Gerstenslager was the only player with multiple hits for the Pacers (6-1).

• In Atlanta, Buck Farmer struck out 14 in eight shutout innings as Georgia Tech opened its season with a 3-0 victory over Akron.

Sam Dove had two hits, including a double, and two RBI for the Yellow Jackets.

• In Clemson, S.C., Shane Kennedy’s two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Clemson a 2-0 victory over William & Mary in the Tigers’ season opener.

• In Decatur, Ala., Augusta State remained winless in softball this season, falling to 0-7 after losing twice in the Charger Chillout.

The Lady Jaguars lost the first game 11-1 in five innings to tournament host Alabama-Huntsville, then was edged 2-1 by Barry University.

In the first game, Augusta scored its run in the fifth inning on a double by Brooke Stephens, who brought home Casey Rowland, who had also doubled.

In the second game, Barry scored single runs off Augusta State starter Haley Birkle in the first and third innings. Augusta State scored its run in the fourth, on a Stephens RBI single.

• In Aiken, the USC Aiken tennis teams swept Queens in nonconference matches.

The men’s team (2-1) won 6-1 while the Lady Pacers (4-1) claimed a 5-2 victory.

Playing No. 1 singles for the Pacers, Kevin Zerath beat Joshua Bloch 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

He also teamed with Patrick Stiebinger for an 8-0 win over Queens’ Ole-Jacob Meum and Andre Bafume.

• Two Paine College baseball players earned Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference East Division honors for their play last week.

Junior second baseman Chris Johnson was named player of the week and Jerek Wright, a freshman, was named pitcher of the week.

In five games, Johnson, who is an Augusta native, batted .386 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and four stolen bases.

Wright pitched a complete game, while striking out 10 in Paine’s 12-4 victory over Voorhees College.


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