Minor League Hockey
RiverHawks lose key road contest
In Fayetteville, N.C., Augusta couldn’t stay with fast-starting Fayetteville on Tuesday night, losing 6-1 as the RiverHawks’ playoff hopes took a hit.
Fayetteville led 6-0 in the third period before Augusta scored at the 8:59 mark. Jason Price scored the goal with assists from Joe Schiller and Matt Auffrey.
With the loss, Augusta
(19-29-5) remains three points behind eighth-place Huntsville with three games to go in the race for the final SPHL playoff spot.
Huntsville, which also has three games remaining, didn’t play Tuesday, but will be at Knoxville on Thursday. Augusta plays host to Columbus that night.
• Augusta defenseman Drew Baker was named the SPHL Player of the Week for his three-game performance last week.
Playing three consecutive nights, Baker totaled five goals, one assist and was plus-10, leading the RiverHawks to five points in the three games. He scored two goals each in Thursday’s and Saturday’s wins.
Baker bumped his season total to seven goals, one away from matching his career SPHL total set last season.
Pacer golfers tie for second place
In Eatonton, Ga., USC Aiken finished in a tie for second place in Georgia College & State’s Bobcat Invitational, six shots behind winner Lynn.
The Pacers closed with 6-over-par 286 at Cuscowilla. They counted 71s by Matt Atkins and JP Solis and 72s by Kyle Godsman and Mark Dickson. Taylor Welborn had a non-counting 76.
Atkins (73-66-71) tied for third overall, Solis (70-73-71) tied for eighth, Godsman (78-71-72) tied for 37th and Dickson (75-75-72) and Welborn (73-73-76) both tied for 46th place.
• In Aiken, Ty Barkell and Tyler Moore led USC Aiken’s baseball team to a 19-3 victory over Chowan University of Murfreesboro, N.C.
Barkell had three hits, including a homer, and two RBI. Moore had a three-run double as the Pacers improved to 21-5.
• At Lake Olmstead Stadium, Hunter Boose had four hits and three RBI as Augusta State beat Anderson University 9-5.
Nate Crown added three RBI for the Jaguars, who are now 10-17.
• In Atlanta, Georgia Southern scored two runs in the first inning and went to beat Georgia Tech 5-4.
Georgia Tech is now 17-3 while Georgia improves to 13-7.
• In Charleston, S.C., Grayson Greiner, LB Dantzler and Joey Pankake all had homers as South Carolina beat Furman 9-5.
The Gamecocks are now 18-3.
• In Clemson, S.C., Garrett Boulware’s three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning as Clemson beat Morehead State 10-5. Clemson is now 12-7.
• In Athens, Ga., Furman scored three runs before making its first out and went on to beat Georgia 7-5.
It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Bulldogs (7-5).
• In Anderson, S.C., the Augusta State women’s tennis team won its ninth consecutive match, stopping Anderson 5-3. The Lady Jaguars are 12-3.
The Augusta State men won their match 5-0 over Anderson to move over the .500 mark at 8-7.
Pennetta opens with easy victory
In Key Biscayne, Fla., Flavia Pennetta of Italy won her first-round match 6-4, 6-1 over Johanna Larsson of Sweden at the Sony Open.
Pennetta has reached the third round on five occasions in this event.