Jag players off to solid starts
In Tallahassee, Fla., Augusta State’s Maverick Antcliff shot 3-under-par 69 and Alex Wennstam had 1-under 71 on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
Antcliff is in a six-way tie for 14th place. Wennstam is among six players tied for 30th.
North Florida’s MJ Maguire shot 7-under 65 and leads Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson and Florida State’s Chase Seiffert by one.
In the team standings, North Florida shot 16-under 272 and leads Washington by four. Georgia Tech is tied for fourth at 280 with Oregon and South Florida.
• In Charlotte, N.C., former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot a second consecutive 5-under-par 67 and is tied for fourth after Thursday’s second round of the eGolf Tour’s Palisades Classic at Palisades Country Club.
Krywulycz trails leader Andy Bare by five. Bare had 66 on Thursday.
Major Manning, another former Jaguar, shot 72 and is tied for 26th at 139. Jay Haas Jr., another ex-Jaguar, shot 73 and is tied for 38th at 141. Taylor Floyd, another former Jag, missed the cut at 149.
• Entries will close at 5 p.m. today for this weekend’s Regions Bank Amateur Series event at Houndslake Country Club in Aiken.
The First Tee of Aiken Invitational, the second Regions event of the season, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Entry fee is $135. To enter, call Houndslake at (803) 648-6805.
Pacers post win on slam in ninth
In Mount Olive, N.C., Josh Miller hit a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give No. 3 USC Aiken an 11-7 win over No. 25 Georgia College on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
The Pacers (42-11) will face Coker (35-14), which defeated Armstrong Atlantic State 11-6, at 7 tonight.
Ryan Metzler led off the USC Aiken ninth with a single through the left side and Tyler Moore, an Evans graduate, reached on a bunt single. Sean Miller then reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. One out later, Josh Miller homered to left field to win it. The homer was his sixth of the year and third of the game for the Pacers. Metzler and Ty Barkell also went deep for USC Aiken.
Reliever Taylor Grover, a former Midland Valley standout, pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win and improve to 5-0.
• USC Aiken’s Bryce Baur is a semifinalist for the inaugural Josh Willingham Award, which honors NCAA Division II college baseball’s “most valuable player” – an individual who excels on the field, in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well and leads his team to national title-caliber status.
Nadal rebounds to notch victory
In Rome, six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams routed 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-1.
US routs Russia in quarterfinals
In Helsinki, Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists, and Craig Smith added five assists to help the United States beat Russia 8-3 in the world hockey quarterfinals.