Jackets capture opener in series
In Greenville, S.C., the Augusta GreenJackets scored four runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Greenville Drive 6-3 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Jesus Galindo went 2 for 4, with a double and a triple, scored three times and stole two bases for the GreenJackets.
Matt Duffy, Shayne Houck, Ben Turner, Trevor Brown and Rafael Rodriguez each drove in a run.
Winning pitcher Chris Stratton (3-2) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. Tyler Mizenko pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save.
No. 1 USC Aiken gets eliminated
In Greenwood, S.C., the NCAA Division II top-ranked USC Aiken baseball team was bounced out of the Peach Belt Conference baseball on Thursday with a 14-3 loss to No. 16 UNC Pembroke in an elimination game.
The Pacers (41-11) had dropped their opener, 7-4 to Montevallo, on Wednesday night.
USC Aiken will have to wait and see if it earns an at-large bid to the Division II Baseball Championship. The Pacers are currently ranked second in the Southeast Region.
Six teams from the region will receive invitations to the tournament.
The selection show is scheduled for 10 p.m. Sunday.
• In Auburn, Ala., Augusta State junior Casey Kennedy shot 3-over-par 75 and is tied for 54th place after Thursday’s first round of the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.
Teammate Natalie Wille, a senior, opened with 79 and is tied for 95th.
The two earned at-large bids to the 54-hole tournament.
Arkansas’ Emma Lavy, Tennessee’s Erica Popson and Alabama’s Emma Talley are tied for the lead at 67.
Alabama shot 11-under 277 to open a six-stroke lead over Arkansas and Tulane.
Josey’s Wells is state champion
In Albany, Ga., LaPorscha Wells, of Josey, won a state title in the Class AA shot put on Thursday with a throw of 41 feet, 31/2 inches during the first day of the Georgia High School Association girls state track and field meet.
Dirt Track Racing
Series to stop at Screven complex
Bobby Piper’s Southern Outlaw Super Street Series makes its third stop of the season at Screven Motorsports Complex on Saturday night.
The race named the Sam Sommers Trucking/McBride Body Shop 25 features drivers from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama in a 25-lap shoot-out paying $1,500 to win.
The complex is located 8 miles south of Sylvania, Ga., on Georgia Route 21. Admission is $15 to view all four tracks of racing.
Federer stunned in Madrid event
In Madrid, Roger Federer lost to Kei Nishikori 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday, leaving Rafael Nadal as the clear title favorite.
Nadal cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova also reached the quarterfinals in straight sets.