Sand Gnats rally to beat Augusta
In Savannah, Ga., Stefan Sabol’s two-run double in the fifth inning lifted the Savannah Sand Gants to a 6-5 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday night.
Augusta (26-21) had built a 5-3 lead through four innings, thanks to homers by Mitchell Delfino and Rafael Rodriguez.
But behind Sabol, Savannah struck for three runs in the fifth to close out the scoring in the game.
Kevin Plawecki had four RBI for the Sand Gnats.
USC Aiken trio named to teams
Three USC Aiken baseball players have made Daktronics All-American teams, headed by Bill Gerstenslager.
Gerstenslager, a designated hitter, made the first team, closer Taylor Grover made the third team and outfielder Bryce Baur was an honorable mention selection.
• USC Aiken sophomore first baseman Ty Barkell has made the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Southeast Region’s Gold Glove second team.
Barkell had a Peach Belt Conference-best 478 putouts last season. He owned a .990 fielding percentage.
• In Athens, Ga., Annie Park shot 1-under-par 71 to win the medalist title and help Southern California take its third NCAA women’s golf tournament title with a record-setting team performance Friday.
Southern California finished at 19-under 1,133 – 15 strokes better than the previous tournament mark set by UCLA in 2004 – to beat second-place Duke by 21 strokes.
Ex-Gopher takes eGolf Tour title
In High Point, N.C., former University of Minnesota golfer Josh Persons rallied from four shots back to win his first eGolf Tour title on Friday.
Persons, who is from Fargo, N.D., closed with 7-under-par 65 to win by one shot . He finished at 12-under 202.
Seamus Power, who shared the 54-hole lead, shot a final-round 70 to finish second.
Former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz, who was one shot off the lead going into the final round, closed with 75 and tied for 14th place.
Wolfpack player joins NAIA team
James Toombs, one the Greenbrier soccer players kicked off the team for drinking on a school-sponsored trip in March, signed to play for Georgia Gwinnett, a NAIA school, this week.
• Former U.S. national team winger Robbie Rogers has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy, making him the first active openly gay male athlete to compete in an American professional team sport, USA Today Sports reported Friday.
Surprise check nabs ex-champ
Cycling’s first major race since the end of the Lance Armstrong case was rattled by another high-profile positive doping test Friday.
Former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca tested positive for EPO in a surprise check at his home before this year’s race, organizers said.
If confirmed in a backup “B’’ sample, Di Luca risks a lifetime ban since this is his third offense.
It’s the second doping case from this year’s Giro, after French rider Sylvain Georges tested positive in a urine sample after the seventh stage. The 28-year-old AG2R La Mondiale rider was withdrawn from the race.