Pacers rally to win in opener
In Aiken, Jose Bonilla’s two-run walk off single in the ninth inning lifted USC Aiken to a 2-1 victory over Lincoln Memorial in the season opener for both teams on Friday.
Three USC Aiken pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters, with starter Zach Rafuse notching eight of them in five scoreless innings of work.
Lincoln Memorial pitchers fanned 13 Pacers.
Logan Taylor had a homer and four RBI as West Georgia rolled past Augusta University 16-2 on Friday at Lake Olmstead Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
Augusta University had 11 hits, but couldn’t string many of them together. Mason Robertson and Caleb McElwaney had RBI singles for the Jaguars.
Bakari Gayle and three hits, including two doubles for Augusta University, which plays host to the Wolves in a doubleheader starting at noon today.
In Milledgeville, Ga., Georgia College had 19 hits, including a homer by Cassius Young, as the Bobcats routed Paine College 21-0.
The Lions had four hits, all singles, in the seven inning game.
Aussie Open champ ousted
In St. Petersburg, Russia, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki’s lost to Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Kasatkina came back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker before speeding to a 3-0 lead over the top-ranked Wozniacki in the second set.
The eighth-seeded Kasatkina, the last Russian left in the draw, will face France’s Kristina Mladenovic in today’s semifinals. Mladenovic defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 6-3.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic continued her strong wild-card run with a 6-0, 6-2 win over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Kvitova’s will face Julia Goerges of Germany, who defeated Russian qualifier Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6-3.
In Albertville, France, Richard Gasquet leveled the score for defending champion France by defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group.
Earlier, Adrian Mannarino was upset by a player more than 300 places below him in the rankings. Thiemo de Bakker, ranked 369th, beat Mannarino 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3.
Gasquet had beaten Haase in six of their previous seven matches. He broke the 42nd-ranked Dutchman in the ninth game for 5-4 and clinched the first set on serve.
Whalen decides to step aside
Lindsay Whalen has decided to retire from USA Basketball.
She still plans to play in the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx for a few more years.
“I felt like it was a good time to step away from USA Basketball,” Whalen told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I never imagined I’d be on the 2012 and ‘16 Olympic teams and have it end with that in Rio. I felt good about that. Obviously, I went back and forth a lot. I love USA Basketball and the culture around it. I loved the time I had with the other players you get to play with.”
Whalen won two Olympic gold medals and two at the world championships. Last fall, she was picked for the 2017-20 national team pool, but decided after long consideration to stop playing for the U.S. The 35-year-old felt that she wouldn’t be able to fully commit the time necessary to be part of the 2020 Olympic team and felt it was time to give someone else a chance.
“If I had played in worlds (this year), and a year or two from now had said I’m ready to be done playing, that wouldn’t be fair to them,” Whalen said.