Pacers advance into match play
In Hershey, Pa., USC Aiken easily made it into the match-play portion of the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship at Hershey Country Club on Wednesday.
The Pacers, behind Matt Atkins, who lost in a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors, finished in a tie for fourth place after the 54-hole stroke-play portion of the event. The top eight teams from the 20-team field advanced to match play, which begins today.
USC Aiken will take on Lynn, the other team that tied for fourth place. The match will consist of five points, with one point being awarded for each individual match.
On Wednesday, the Pacers shot 14-over-par 298, counted 1-over-par 72 by Atkins, 74s by JP Solis and Taylor Welborn and 78 by Mark Dickson. Hayden Letien had a noncounting 80. For the 54 holes, Welborn tied for 37th place at 226, Letien tied for 41st at 227, Solis tied for 59th at 230 and Dickson tied for 64th at 231.
Atkins finished at 2-under 211, along with Florida Southern’s Tim Crouch (69 on Wednesday) and Western Washington’s Jake Webb (65).
Crouch ended up winning the playoff on the second hole of sudden death, beating Webb after Atkins was eliminated on the first hole. Atkins and Webb still finished tied for second place.
Florida Southern shot 4-under-par 280 to be the top seed entering match play. Barry finished second at 876.
• In Athens, Ga., Southern California shot 12-under-par 276 in the second round to build a 12-shot lead in the weather-delayed NCAA Division I Women’s Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The Lady Trojans are at 16-under 560 for 36 holes, 12 shots ahead of Alabama.
Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow is the individual leader after rounds of 69-67–136.
• In High Point, N.C., former Georgia State golfer Jonathan Fricke, of Covington, Ga., birdied the first three holes en route to 8-under-par 64 and the first-round lead in the eGolf Tour’s Willow Creek Open.
Chip Lynn, of Lillington, N.C., is in second place after 65.
Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz shot 67 and is tied for fifth. Augusta’s Brad Arrington shot 73. Taylor Floyd and Derek Chang, both former Augusta State golfers, had 75s. Rob Bennett, of Augusta, shot 77.
Bulldogs, Gators will start at 3:30
The Georgia-Florida game on Nov. 2 will be televised by CBS Sports, the network announced on Wednesday.
The game in Jacksonville, Fla., will kick off at 3:30 p.m. as the SEC Game of Week.
Minor League Baseball
Homers by Cain ignite Augusta
In Rome, Ga., Andrew Cain hit two homers, including one to open the game, as the Augusta GreenJackets pounded Rome pitching for the second consecutive day, winning 12-6 on Wednesday.
A day after Augusta had 13 hits in 7-4 victory over the Braves, the GreenJackets banged out 16, including three by Matt Duffy.
Cain’s other homer came in the eighth inning. Trevor Brown also homered for Augusta (26-19).
American makes the quarterfinals
In Nice, France, American Sam Querrey reached the quarterfinals of the Nice Open, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.