Sand Gnats hold off GreenJackets
In Savannah, Ga., Luis Cessa allowed two runs – one earned – in 6⅔ innings to lead the Savannah Sand Gnats to a 7-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday night.
Cessa gave up seven hits, one walk and posted five strikeouts in his season debut.
Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI for the Sand Gnats.
Mitchell Delfino had an RBI double for the GreenJackets, who lost for just the second time in their first six games.
Jaguars lose for 13th time in row
Augusta State continued its struggles Tuesday, dropping a doubleheader to Erskine at Jaguars Field.
The Flying Fleet won the first game 11-2, then took the second game 7-6 in seven innings.
Brandon Wooten had a home run in both games for Erskine.
The Jaguars have lost 13 in a row and 19 of 20.
• In Salisbury, N.C., Sean Miller was 4 for 4 with a homer, triple and seven RBI as USC Aiken romped to a 15-3 win over Catawba.
Ryan Metzler was 3 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored for the Pacers, who have won four in a row.
• In Athens, Ga. Zane Evans had three RBI as Georgia Tech picked up a 7-5 win over Georgia.
Zack Bowers had a home run for the Bulldogs, who have dropped three of four.
• In Columbia, Joey Pankake homered to left center field in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending South Carolina to a 6-5 victory over The Citadel.
Dante Rosenberg also homered for the Gamecocks, who fought back after the Bulldogs rallied with three runs in the top of the ninth to tie it.
• In Cullowhee, N.C., Jon McGibbon’s RBI single in the ninth inning gave Clemson the lead and the Tigers added two more runs to defeat Western Carolina 12-9.
McGibbon finished 3 for 4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
• Armstrong Atlantic State junior catcher Clayton Miller, a Lakeside High graduate, was named the Peach Belt Conference’s baseball Player of the Week.
Miller hit .632 with multiple hits in all four Pirate games last week.
Press propels US to exhibition win
In The Hague, Netherlands, Christen Press scored twice and the U.S. women’s team beat the Netherlands 3-1 in an exhibition Tuesday that extended the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 31 games.
Tobin Heath put the Olympic champions ahead in the 36th minute. Sydney Leroux went around Kirsten van de Ven and crossed for the 24-year-old Press, who laid off the ball for Heath to curl into the corner for her eighth international goal.
• In Istanbul, Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third consecutive season on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 at Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team.
Madrid needed a double from Cristiano Ronaldo to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but only after conceding three goals in a 16-minute span to raise Galatasaray’s hopes of pulling off what would have been a remarkable comeback.
Verdasco claims win in Houston
In Houston, sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco got a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court championships Tuesday.