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GreenJackets blank RiverDogs

In Charleston, S.C., three pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as the Augusta GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs 3-0 Thursday night.

Joan Gregorio (2-0) went the first six innings and struck out eight to get the win. Derek Law pitched the next two innings before Tyler Mizenko came on in the ninth to close it out and record his second save.

Mitchell Delfino had two hits and an RBI for the GreenJackets. Travious Relaford and Charles Jones each drove in a run.

• In Gainesville, Fla., Florida scored an unearned run on a throwing error in the fourth inning to break a tie and held on to edge eighth-ranked South Carolina 3-2 Thursday night in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series.

Jonathon Crawford (2-5) got the win for the Gators (17-18, 6-7), allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 6⅔ innings.

Former Greenbrier standout Nolan Belcher (5-3) took the loss, allowing one earned run on seven hits in eight innings for the Gamecocks (27-8, 8-5).

College Hockey

Yale wins in OT, reach semifinals

In Pittsburgh, Andrew Miller scored 6:59 into overtime to lift Yale to a 3-2 victory over Massachusetts Lowell in the NCAA men’s hockey semifinals Thursday night.

The senior captain raced around a pair of River Hawks defenders then slipped a backhand shot between the legs of Massachusetts Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Bulldogs (21-12-3) will play Quinnipiac or St. Cloud State in the final Saturday.

Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere gave Yale an early two-goal lead and the Bulldogs controlled play for long stretches but couldn’t finish off the top-seeded River Hawks in regulation.

Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza scored 14 seconds apart in the second period for Massachusetts Lowell (28-11-2) and Hellebuyck nearly made it stand up. He stopped 44 shots but had no answer when Miller zipped to the net.

Jeff Malcolm made 16 saves but didn’t even see a shot in overtime.

Tennis

Top-seed moves into third round

In Houston, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro overcame a slow start to beat Gael Monfils 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships.

Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey, the top ranked American at No. 20 in the world, withdrew before his match against Rhyne Williams because of a strained right pectoral muscle.

Fifth-seeded John Isner, a former Georgia standout, beat fellow American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3).

Soccer

Chelsea, Basel make final four

In Manchster, England, Chelsea stumbled into the semifinals of the Europa League despite losing to Rubin Kazan on Thursday, while Basel beat Tottenham in a penalty shootout to also reach the last four.

Fenerbahce and Benfica were the other teams to advance after holding on for 1-1 draws at Lazio and Newcastle, respectively, in their quarterfinal second legs.

Chelsea lost 3-2 in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – the scene of its defeat to Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final – but progressed 5-4 on aggregate to once again fly the flag for England in Europe, the season after becoming European champions for the first time.

– From staff and wire reports


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