Six-run seventh propels Jackets
In Savannah, Ga., Matthew Duffy doubled in two runs to highlight a six-run seventh inning, and the Augusta GreenJackets held on to beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-5 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.
Brandon Farley got the win, despite allowing two earned runs in 1⅔ innings. Stephen Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.
Pacers’ Beasley honored by PBC
USC Aiken junior pitcher Derek Beasley was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
The former Harlem standout pitched six strong innings Friday in the opening game of USC Aiken’s three-game sweep of Augusta State. He allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out 10.
Beasley (9-0) is tied for the conference lead in wins and is sixth in strikeouts (60).
• USC Aiken moved up one spot to ninth in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II poll released on Monday.
Jag squads earn split on the road
In Young Harris, Ga., Augusta State split matches with Young Harris on Monday, with the men winning 7-2 and the women falling 5-4.
The 14th-ranked Jaguars (11-9, 6-4 Peach Belt) took a 2-1 lead after doubles and won five of the six singles matches.
The 33rd-ranked Lady Jaguars (14-7, 7-6) fell behind 2-1 after doubles and split the six singles matches.
• In Casablanca, Morocco, Tommy Robredo and Blaz Kavcic won first-round matches at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Monday.
Rutgers reviews all sports videos
Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men’s basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday.
The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review.
University President Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town hall meeting on the school’s Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
Barchi also reiterated that he wished he had viewed the video where Rice – whom Gov. Chris Christie on Monday called an “animal” – shoved players and called them gay slurs when it first surfaced in November, saying he would have fired Rice then.
Former Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is getting $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement.
Manchester City upends top team
In Manchester, England, Manchester City delayed the surrender of its Premier League title to Manchester United on Monday, beating the runaway leaders 2-1 thanks to substitute Sergio Aguero’s stunning late goal.
The striker slalomed through United’s defense and arrowed a finish high into the net in the 78th minute, cutting second-place Manchester City’s deficit to 12 points with seven rounds remaining.
The result ended United’s 4½-month unbeaten run in the league.
– From staff and wire reports