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

Fast Reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 55-53 win over Michigan State


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Commentscenter_img DETROIT — Syracuse will keep on dancing.Even without its starting point guard over the final 6:39, Syracuse went on a big run to close out the game and beat No. 3 seed Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.Less than 48 hours after playing lockdown defense against high-powered No. 6 seed Texas Christian, Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-5, 16-2 Big 10), 55-53. A ferocious defensive effort by SU sent the Orange to the Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska, next week.The Spartans entered the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25, has never been ranked lower than No. 9 and has been ranked outside the top-five for just two all weeks all season. MSU ended the year ranked No. 5 and, by some accounts, should have received an even higher seed than No. 3.But Syracuse’s strong defense prevailed. Tyus Battle led the Orange with 17 points and Oshae Brissett added 15 in the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are three quick takeaways from the game.Key stretchSyracuse went off on a 7-0 run over a 1:20 period late in the game, even with starting junior point guard Frank Howard out because he picked up his fifth personal foul on a questionable 50-50 ball near midcourt. MSU didn’t make a single field goal over the final 5:40 of game time.Brissett worked chaos way inside a crowd of white jerseys and converted a layup. Marek Dolezaj made two free throws. Former-walk on Braedon Bayer held his own at the top of the 2-3 zone and defense to keep SU in the contest and keep dancing on.Meat and potatoesAt points, Michigan State’s 21 second-chance points sucked the life out of Syracuse, elongated possessions and gave the mostly MSU-backed arena something to cheer about. The deep, well-balanced MSU offense had trouble all game against SU’s 2-3 zone. But collecting offensive boards — sometimes three on a single time down the floor — provided ample opportunities to maintain a lead until the closing minutes.The Spartans front line is no taller than that of Syracuse, but they are muscular and physical inside. They crashed the glass hard. But Syracuse’s defense mounted nearly every Spartan first-chance and maintained the gridlock defense that powered it past high-powered offenses in Arizona State, Texas Christian and now Michigan State.Twenty-six offensive rebounds weren’t enough for the Spartans because SU’s defense didn’t allow space and forced MSU to shoot 17-for-66 from the field.Brissett vs. BridgesArguably the two most talented players on the court, MSU sophomore Miles Bridges and SU freshman Oshae Brissett, matched up in several one-on-one situations. Both clearly indicated they were the alpha male of their respective team. Brissett took command of the SU offense, knocking down contested shots and maneuvering inside.With just over a minute left, Brissett grabbed a defensive rebound to set up a Battle step-back jumper that pushed SU’s lead to three. Brissett also had nine rebounds and played the whole game.last_img read more

Tipp footballers confident in panel abilities


first_imgManager Liam Kearns says the team are looking to be progressive again this year… The Tipp senior footballers are confident in the abilities of their panel ahead of the opening National League game against Cork.January 27th will see their first game in Division 2 for 2018 – after they won Division 3 last year.The Premier comprehensively overcame CIT in a challenge game at Dr Morris Park last night 2-17 to 8 points – and they’ve two more challenge games coming up in the next 2 weeks – against the Garda College, and UCC.last_img read more

Marathonbet announces the UK launch of its Casino Mobile site


first_img StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share Marathonbet has announced the UK launch of its Casino Mobile site, which gives players access to a range of online card, table and slot games.Customers can now play slot favourites including Jungle Jim, Dragonz and Huangdi The Yellow Emperor, plus casino classics including Live Roulette and Blackjack.Additionally, the company will also roll-out a host of new mobile-friendly games each month, giving players more chances and more ways of winning.To celebrate the launch, Marathonbet is giving away a free £5 cash bonus when players deposit just £10 and play in the mobile casino.Christian Melin, Head of Gaming Research and Development at Marathonbet, said: “Our aim was to provide a product that could be customised to individual player needs whilst ensuring we were giving the best gaming experience possible. Our new mobile casino meets the criteria, giving an experience that is truly driven by its users.”As a global betting partner of Manchester United, Marathonbet launched the club’s first ever branded online live casino last October, which is open for business 24/7 and allows United fans worldwide to play on live roulette while immersed in a Manchester United-themed environment. The operator also has shirt sponsorship deals with Hibernian FC and Málaga CF. Related Articles Submit Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Inter Allies reaches semis in FA Cup


first_imgInter Allies progress to the MTN FA Cup semi-final by defeating Hasaacas 1-0 in an exciting encounter at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. The win will serve as a big boost for the Premier League debutants who are struggling to survive relegation.Sherrif Mohammed’s first half header from a corner kick put the Tema-side on course as the Cup competition produced yet another upset.Hasaacas will rue the many missed opportunities as they hit the post twice and also saw a penalty wasted.After many missed chances, Hasaacas were unable to redeem themselves as their only hope of silverware came crushing at the Tema Stadium.last_img read more

Survey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth


first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states.The report issued Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to 52.6, compared with 49.1 in September. The August figure was 49.3. The index had remained above growth neutral for 32 straight months.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says trade disagreements and the global economic slowdown have slowed regional growth.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more

PNG netball U21 squad to be named next week


first_imgPNG Netball presidentJulienne LekaMaliakitoday said selectors were still finalizing the squad that will be selected from last month’s 2015 Digicel national netball championships.She said the focus of the championships was to select the strongest team for the championships in Auckland, New Zealand.The last championships were held in 2013 in Glasgow, with New Zealand taking the title after beating Australia.The eventfor strictly only national U21 teams is held every four years.Maliaki said a lot of raw talent had been identified at the Alotau Championships which she was very impressed with.last_img read more

Nicotine is just one of them: these are the most addictive substances in the world


first_imgNicotine and alcohol are a number of of the most widespread substancesHeroin is categorised as the most addictive and harmful drug in the world Picture: iStock Though tobacco and particularly nicotine, is thought-about one of the most addictive substances in the world, the reality is that there are others that exceed it. Usually linked to the world of medicine, there are a number of the reason why they turn out to be so dangerous to folks, from their signs, by way of the way it impacts dopamine.We have now to return to 2007, when a bunch of researchers determined to charge, on a most of 3, the most addictive substances in the world. As you could be imagining, a big half of the checklist is accomplished by medicine, these being for numerous causes categorised as harmful and addictive for people. center_img Nicotine. What makes smoking so addictive? Nicotine This is the factor, absorbed by the lungs, that triggers the ranges of dopamine in our physique. It is one of the substances that, in the phrases of WHO, will kill greater than eight million folks yearly throughout this newly began decade. Alcohol. This is what is undoubtedly the most widespread substance in our occasions, much more so than tobacco. It is not troublesome to search out an individual who drinks alcohol, however doesn’t smoke. In the research performed by Nutt researchers, he achieved a ranking of 1.9 out of 3 in phrases of ranges of dependancy. Barbiturates It is no information to say that there is a big group of folks, more and more, who are hooked on medicine, each centered on nervousness and sleep. Categorized as the fourth most addictive drug by researchers, they identified that the most important core of the dependancy lies in its low doses and in which it might trigger euphoria. Cocaine. Categorized as the second most addictive drug. In small doses, the euphoria takes over the particular person and from this is when the dependancy begins, needing larger doses over time. The consequences, with its consumption, range by way of paranoia or irritability. Heroin. In accordance with Nutt researchers, they categorised heroin as the most addictive drug in the world, but additionally the most harmful. A classification of Three out of Three on the scale of dependancy, immediately linked to the danger of dying that may trigger the particular person. An extra of heroin in the quantity required to position us may be lethal.last_img read more

Jayson Castro upbeat despite TNT loss to Ginebra in opener


first_imgJasmine Alkhaldi raring for SEA Games gold at home Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title TNT’s main problem in the game, however, was its stroke from the three-point area wherein it converted just nine of its 41 attempts for a 22 percent shooting clip.“We’re more confident with those kinds of plays and we don’t have big guys so that’s our advantage,” said Castro. “We will live and die by the three.”Castro was one of team’s top performers with 17 points, 10 assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The KaTropa employed lineups that featured just one legitimate big with three wingmen and one point guard surrounding him—a gamble considering the Gin Kings have 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar.“If you can see we are effective with a small lineup because the ball was moving and we were getting open shots to Don (Trollano), Mike (Miranda), and our small guys,” said Castro in Filipino Sunday at Philippine Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The only thing was the shots weren’t falling, but those were the shots we want.”Despite having a smaller lineup, the KaTropa were able to have a 50-50 rebounding matchup with the Gin Kings and even had more offensive boards, 21-12. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA IMAGESBULACAN, Philippines—TNT may have absorbed a disappointing 90-79 season-opening loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup, but Jayson Castro sees positive things for his team.Castro said they’ve got the system that’s perfectly suited for the players and it was just a matter of knocking down shots.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Truck driver shot, injured at Buck Hall


first_imgPolice ranks on the Essequibo Coast were on Tuesday hunting possible suspects for the brazen shooting of a 26-year-old truck driver, who hails from New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop.The truck driver, Osafa Roberts, is currently listed in serious but stable condition at the Suddie Hospital in Essequibo.According to information disclosed by Police, Roberts was leaving his employer’s business place just after midnight at Jamakie, Buck Hall, Essequibo River when he was reportedly confronted by a male who shot him to the abdomen. He was rushed to the medical facility, where he is currently nursing his injuries.Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) disclosed that on Tuesday afternoon, detectives were on the scene seeking clues and conducting interviews to solve the crime as the investigations into the matter continue.last_img read more