Softball struggles in late innings


first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoOne of the nagging problems all year for the Wisconsinsoftball team popped up again Saturday as the team failed to close out a winafter leading for much of the game.The Badgers gave up a lead in each game of Saturday’s twinbill against Ohio State, including a devastating 6-3 loss in game one.With its postseason hopes on the line and a 3-0 leadentering the seventh inning, UW was unable to put the Buckeyes away as pitcherLeah Vanevenhoven allowed six runs in the inning.“Losing that game was so heartbreaking,” freshman Livi Abneysaid. “We thought we had it; we went in with a 3-0 lead and we just weren’table to get it done for some reason.”Similarly, two weekends ago, the Badgers played adoubleheader at Illinois, during which they enjoyed a lead in both games beforeletting the Illini rally back for victories.In the game one, Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead into the bottomof the sixth inning. Unfortunately, Vanevenhoven gave up a two-run home runover center fielder Sarah Bryers, giving the Illini a 3-2 lead they would notrelinquish.The second game was much the same as the first, but theIllini did not wait as long to overtake the Badgers’ lead. With a 3-0 lead inthe bottom of the third, Wisconsin allowed six runs – including a three-runhome run by Bryers, which again knocked Vanevenhoven out of the game.Earlier in the week, Wisconsin had traveled to South Bend,Ind. for a nonconference matchup with Notre Dame. Much like the Illini series,the Irish rallied back from five down in the fourth to crush the Badgers 11-5.“One of the things we’ve needed to work on all year isputting the nail in the coffin,” junior Theresa Boruta said. “It’s alwaysdisappointing and it’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen to ateam.”Two things have occurred often in the Badgers late losses:an inability to keep the ball in the park and significant defensive miscues.One game that exemplified these problems for the Cardinaland White was the April 9 home matchup with Northern Iowa. Although Wisconsinnever led in the game, Vanevenhoven carried a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings.In the seventh inning of that game, an Abney errorcontributed to a Northern Iowa rally. If not for the error, Vanevenhoven likelywould have gotten out of the inning with the no-hit bid intact. Instead, thejunior allowed a three-run home run before recording the third out.“It was disappointing,” assistant coach Julie Wright said afterthe loss. “We played well up until the breakdown with the error. Quite frankly,that lost the game for us.”Another problem in these losses has been the inability ofthe Wisconsin offense to make comebacks. In the previously mentioned losses, UWmanaged to come back in only one game – the second game against Illinois – butstill came up short in that contest.A great example of this is the second game against PennState on April 13. Vanevenhoven pitched brilliantly throughout, allowing onlytwo runs. Yet, after the Nittany Lions scored in the top of the sixth, theBadgers went down in order in each of the last two innings.“We just failed to adjust to what she was throwing,” juniorValyncia Raphael said following the game. “She was throwing us a lot more junkthan we saw in the first game. She threw more stuff off the plate and changedspeeds a lot. We struggled to adjust to the tempo of the game.”Of course, with Saturday’s win in game two, the Badgersfinally were able to overcome the things that had plagued them for much of theseason.This time, rather than succumb to the Buckeyes’ late rally,the Badgers did something they hadn’t done in a long time – make a seventhinning comeback.After giving up two runs in the top of the seventh –something all too familiar to UW – Wisconsin rallied back in the bottom of theinning, scoring three runs to win it on Boruta’s infield single.The win was the first for the Badgers in their last at-batsince Raphael beat Princeton with a walk-off home run on March 23.“It felt absolutely great and we needed it, especiallyconsidering the way the first game went,” Boruta said of the win. “Being ableto bounce back is always a good thing; it’s always a momentum builder.”?last_img read more

Handball: BiH cadets in qualifications for European Championship


first_imgBiH women cadet handball team has gathered yesterday in Sarajevo before the qualifications for European Championship which will be held in Poland in mid-August, reports FENA.After three days of trainings, young BiH handball players are going to Slovakia to participate at the tournament of the Seventh Qualification Group which will be held from 22 to 24 March.BiH is in group with Slovakia, Greece and Norway, and the two best teams will qualify to European Championship.First match will be played on 22 March against Greece, day later against Norway and on 24 March against Greece.Manager of BiH team Mersiha Beganović selected 16 players to play at the upcoming matches:Marta Gudelj (Kosača), Matea Šumelj (Ljubuški), Amina Oputar (Goražde), Josipa Bracić (Grude), Mira Jošanović (Knežopoljka), Edina Demić (Lokomotiva), Matea Nosić (Ljubuški), Ivana Krešić (Katarina), Nikolina Čutura (Kosača), Martina Šumelj (Ljubuški), Sumeja Mujkić (Krivaja), Marija Vučić (Kosača), Jelena Boto (Ljubuški), Semira Bukvić (Bosna), Ivana Sikimić (Leotar) and Lucija Pršlja (Katarina).last_img read more

Klopp says Liverpool dragged into a fight


first_img– ‘He probably has season ticket’ –The frustrations provoked Klopp into his argument with a Swansea supporter around the hour mark and he admitted: “He was shouting at me all the time but I reacted. I am a human being, not just a professional manager.“I am sure I am not the first manager who has a problem. He probably has a season ticket.”Klopp added: “Swansea knew that to win today they needed our help and unfortunately we gave it to them.“They did the right things to deserve to win a game like this tonight and we didn’t deserve it.“We could have equalised at the end, but didn’t have that luck.”For new Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal, this was a tactical triumph as he used a five-man defence to deny Liverpool space and then hit them on the break.The Portuguese likes to use seafood metaphors to describe players as either lobsters or sardines, but this time he was borrowing motor racing analogies as he left Liverpool on the hard shoulder.Carvalhal said: “I talked with my players and said this (Liverpool) is a really strong team.“They are like a Formula One car. But at 4:00pm in London it will be difficult to speed, they would be a car like any other.“We needed to make sure there was traffic, we could not let them have open roads to drive in.”Share on: WhatsApp Swansea, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp blamed his players for becoming embroiled in a fight at Swansea City as they lost their unbeaten 18-match run to the Premier League’s bottom club.Liverpool failed to grab a late draw to extend their lead over fifth-placed Tottenham as they lost to a single goal from Alfie Mawson — and Klopp himself clashed verbally with a home supporter.It was Liverpool’s first defeat since October, but the points were priceless for Swansea, who cut the gap between themselves and those above the relegation places to just three points.He said: “I am more frustrated about the performance than the result.“We were just not good enough, especially in the first half. We didn’t play how we wanted to play.“We didn’t keep the right positions we needed to, to cause them problems and didn’t stretch them.“We gave them the opportunity to score and then we did exactly what Swansea wanted.“They didn’t need to play, they needed to fight and we did exactly what they wanted and their confidence grew.”Liverpool missed plenty of opportunities for their normally clinical strikers Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.They also came up against a goalkeeper at the top of his game in Swansea’s Polish number one Lukasz Fabianski.The only goal came against the run of play in the 41st minute when Mawson swept the ball in at corner and Virgil van Dijk had misplaced a header as he tried to clear.It summed up an awkward league debut for Van Dijk, who had previously only played in one FA Cup tie since his record £75 million move from Southampton.last_img read more