USC Aiken tops Augusta State

In Aiken, No. 10 USC Aiken got to Augusta State starter Kip Custer early en route to a 7-1 baseball victory on Friday night in the first game of a three-game series.

The Pacers (28-8) tagged Custer for five runs in the third inning, including a run-scoring double by Josh Miller, who had three hits.

USC Aiken starter Derek Beasley ran his record to 9-0. He went six innings, allowing two hits, one run and striking out 10.

Augusta State (10-26) scored its run in the sixth inning on Jeff Rice’s homer.

The teams close out the series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. today.

• At Jaguar Field, Lindsey Jones scored on an infield error in the 11th inning to give USC Aiken a 7-6 softball victory over Augusta State in the 11th inning as the Pacers split a doubleheader.

Jones had reached base on a double, her third hit of the game, which lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Jones had two RBI in the game, which saw Augusta State commit four errors.

Augusta State won the first game 2-1 despite being held to three hits by the Lady Pacers’ India Kornegay.

Macy Terry and Kristen Bagley had one hit and one RBI each for the Lady Jaguars. Molly Watson had the other Augusta State hit.

USC Aiken is 21-17-1, 8-8 Peach Belt Conference. Augusta State is 17-25, 6-8 Peach Belt Conference.

• University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt, basketball coach Mark Fox, and president-select Jere Morehead will make a stop in Columbia County on May 9 as part of the UGA Days tour.

It will be held at Savannah Rapids Pavilion,

The event, which is the eighth stop on the 12-stop tour, is open to all Georgia alumni and fans.

• North Carolina State has hired Chattanooga’s Wes Moore as its new women’s basketball coach.

The school announced that Moore would succeed Kellie Harper, who was fired after four seasons in which she reached the NCAA Tournament only once.

Moore spent the past 15 seasons at Chattanooga, guiding the Lady Mocs to the NCAA Tournament nine times in that span.


Pro Golf

Canadian takes eGolf Tour title

In Southport, N.C., Ontario’s Cam Burke overcame a tough start and a worse finish to win the eGolf Tour’s Founders Club Classic.

Burke opened with a double bogey and then closed with four consecutive bogeys to shot 4-over-par 76. He still beat Harold Varner III (74) by a shot for the $14,000 first-place check.

Burke, who opened with a pair of 69s in the 54-hole event, finished at 2-under 214.

Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 72-73-78 to tie for 22nd place at 223.



Williams sisters both win twice

In Charleston, S.C., top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.

Serena won her 13th consecutive match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1.

Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday’s 7 ½-hour rain delay.

Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.