Badgers ransack Ramblers on home turf

first_imgWhen the UW women’s soccer team plays at home, it’s hard to stop them. Thursday night was no different. Wisconsin defeated Loyola-Chicago 3-0 to move to 4-2 in six home games this year. “We are always happy to get a win at the McClimon,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It is a big confidence booster [to get a victory], especially against a team like Loyola.”Right away the Badgers came out firing on all cylinders, scoring two goals in the first 17 minutes of play off the foot of junior forward Tricia Krombach.”It was fun [to score two goals], but I have to give credit to my team,” Krombach said. “I was just the person who ended up being in front of the goal.”After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Badgers held the Ramblers scoreless in the first half. Further, the Wisconsin defense did not allow Loyola-Chicago to post a shot on goal. In the second half, UW continued its swarming defensive play. It held Loyola-Chicago scoreless once more to extend its shutout streak to two games, but not before junior Sherri Ferron capped the Badgers’ dominant night with a goal of her own in the game’s final minutes. “A two-goal lead is the scariest lead in all of soccer,” Wilkins said. “One goal gives them a momentum change, and then you have to battle back. I was very proud at the end for Sherri to be calm and collected and finish.” While the Badgers scored three goals for the first time since Sept. 7 against UC-Santa Barbara, the key to victory was the team’s defensive play. Wisconsin was able to shut down sophomore Cynthia Morote-Ariza, the Ramblers’ offensive leader and record-holder for goals in a season.”The whole team has been concentrating on it, realizing that we needed to work on our play defensively,” junior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said, who picked up her fifth shutout this season. “We also realized we needed to work on scoring goals, so this week has turned out well so far in both of those categories.”Further, after allowing two quick goals to Penn State late in the first half last Friday, the Badger defense has held its opponents without a goal over its last 232 minutes of play. However, the goal by Ferron was the first second half goal for the Wisconsin offense in its last six games.This weekend, Wisconsin travels to Champaign, Ill., for a Big Ten matchup with the University of Illinois (7-4, 2-2). The Illini, who also will face Northwestern at home on Friday, are currently sixth in the Big Ten standings. The Badgers sit in eighth.Illinois enters the weekend after an impressive 6-0 victory over Iowa at home. Through five games at home this season, it is 4-1 at home.”We just need to stay focused,” Klages said of the upcoming matchup. “It is a hard place to play; they have a lot of people behind the goal and all that kind of stuff. Playing consistent and hard for 90 minutes is what we have to do to come away with a victory.”The keys to victory for the Badgers will be securing a first half lead and scoring two or more goals. The Illini are 6-1 when leading at the half and 7-0 when their opponents score fewer than two goals in the match. Leading the way offensively for Illinois is senior forward Ella Masar with six goals in 11 games. Overall, in 11 games this season, the Illini have outscored their opponents 27-12.”We need a strong collective effort defensively,” Wilkins said. “Illinois has some great attacking personalities with Chichi Nweke and Masar up front. We need to make sure we keep numbers in front and do well one v. one and then get numbers to attack.”last_img read more

Braves’ Mike Soroka leaves game against Nationals early after hit by pitch

first_imgMike Soroka’s outing against the Nationals Sunday didn’t go exactly as planned. The Braves right-hander was hit by a pitch in the top of the third inning off a fastball from Washington’s Austin Voth, forcing him to exit early after just 21 pitches. He was visibly frustrated before taking first base as he immediately slammed his bat.  RHP Mike Soroka was removed from the game as a precaution after being hit on the right arm.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 23, 2019Luckily for Soroka and the Braves, X-rays on his arm came back as negative and could return to the mound as early as Friday.X-rays on Soroka’s forearm were negative. He won’t start in Folty spot Thursday, but could take his regular turn Friday.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 23, 2019Soroka, 21, entered Sunday’s game with a 2.07 ERA, which was the second-lowest among MLB starters. He is now 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 12 starts this season. Josh Tomlin took the mound in relief in the bottom of the third. This HBP forced @Braves right-hander Mike Soroka to exit the game.Stay tuned.— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) June 23, 2019The Braves announced during the game, which was scoreless at the time of Soroka’s departure, that the right-hander was removed for precautionary reasons. Related News Braves send struggling Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A: ‘It’s just tough’last_img read more

MLB’s Non-Stars: Seven big names who haven’t been Cleveland-worthy in 2019

first_imgHarrison Bader, OF, CardinalsWhy he’s here: There were times last year when Bader looked like the team’s next superstar — flashing power, speed and defensive wizardry in center field. He finished 2018 with 12 homers, 15 stolen bases and a 3.8 bWAR in 427 plate appearances, and the stage was set for his emergence on a national stage. Instead, he’s struggled at the plate, batting .203 with an OPS+ of 83. He’s in an especially deep funk at the moment, with just two hits in his past 39 at-bats (.051 average). As Cardinals fans know, too, the team traded Tommy Pham to the Rays last summer in part to give full-time at-bats to Bader. In 117 games with Tampa Bay — 39 in 2018 and 78 this year — Pham has a .303/.406/.519 slash line and 5.2 bWAR and 149 OPS+.Brandon Crawford, SS, GiantsWhy he’s here: The longtime Giants shortstop finished 12th in the NL MVP vote in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2018, but his offensive numbers are full-season career lows, pretty much across the board. He’s batting .223 with a .289 on-base percentage. His OPS+ of 69 is by far the worst for any MLB shortstop with at least 200 plate appearances, and that -0.1 bWAR isn’t like Crawford, either (his career low is 2.0). For today’s All-Star conversation, we’re going to talk about players who won’t be making the trip to Cleveland for baseball’s annual Midsummer Classic. But we’re not going to talk about All-Star snubs.No, these are big names who have produced seasons — so far, let’s point out — that have not been even close to deserving of spots in the All-Star game. It’s not a list of the worst players in the sport, but more of a look at seven of the more disappointing seasons so far.  MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThese guys reside — for the first half of 2019, at least — at the intersection of lofty expectations and disappointing production, if that makes sense. Let’s jump in. Jose Ramirez, 3B, IndiansWhy he’s here: Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP vote in 2017, and he was third again in 2018. In 2019, though? His production through the 81 games he’s played has dropped off the table. His OPS+ is 68, down from 151 in 2018. He has just five homers, after blasting 39 last year. His on-base percentage is .310, down from .387. He has just 21 extra-base hits this year, after 81 last year. It’s a shame, too, because it would have been great to see Cleveland celebrate another great season from Ramirez at the hometown All-Star Game. Bryce Harper, OF, PhilliesWhy he’s here: At that aforementioned intersection of expectations and production, it’s not a stretch to say no player has produced a more disappointing season to this point than Bryce Harper. The Phillies gave him a 13-year, $330-million deal early in spring training, hoping he’d be the final piece to take the franchise into the postseason and on to a World Series championship. The results — for the player and team — have been mixed, at best. Harper hasn’t been awful, but he hasn’t been great, either. For example, he leads the Phillies in plate appearances (371), but he’s seventh among position players in bWAR (0.8). Well, he’s tied for seventh with Jay Bruce, who has 85 plate appearances with the squad. Chris Archer, SP, PiratesWhy he’s here: The Pirates surprised many people in the industry last summer when they traded for Rays starter Chris Archer, a high-ceiling right-hander who had been the subject of trade rumors for years. He was good-not-great for the Pirates in 10 starts after the deal, posting a 4.00 FIP and 10.3 K/9 rate, with 3.1 walks per nine. This year has been rough. Through 14 starts, Archer has a 5.50 ERA and 5.80 FIP. His strikeouts per nine are similar (9.8), but his walks per nine number has skyrocketed to 4.6; that ranks 101 of 105 big league starters with at least 70 innings this year. He’s lasted at least six full innings only five times in 14 starts. His HR/9 number is up, but that’s mostly because of one particularly ugly start in Atlanta when he allowed five homers in six innings of work; aside from that start, he hasn’t allowed more than two in any game. It didn’t help that the two players the Pirates traded have looked like stars for the Rays. Tyler Glasnow had a 1.86 ERA in eight starts this year before he was sidelined by a forearm strain. Austin Meadows, the other piece, has cooled off lately but was just named to the AL All-Star squad. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, CardinalsWhy he’s here: From 2013 to 2018 with the Diamondbacks, Goldschmidt produced a .301/.406/.541 slash line, with a 150 OPS+ and 6.1 bWAR. He averaged 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. The Cardinals traded for him this offseason and gave him a five-year, $130 million extension before he played his first regular-season game for the franchise. And Goldschmidt started his Cardinals career with a bang, blasting three home runs in just his second game wearing the uniform. Since then, though? His production has been decidedly non-Goldschmidtesque. His slash line sits at .247/.337/.404 and his OPS+ is 97, below league average. And, yes, RBIs are a flawed statistic, but I don’t think anyone imagined a scenario in which Goldschmidt led the team in plate appearances but was fifth in RBIs, behind Kolten Wong and Yadier Molina. The Cardinals are 12th of 15 NL teams in runs scored, and though Goldschmidt isn’t the only issue — Matt Carpenter has an OPS+ of just 88 — he’s not helping much. Robinson Cano, 2B, MetsWhy he’s here: I could almost copy/paste part of what I just wrote about Goldschmidt. The Mets traded for Cano this offseason, after a year in which he hit .303/.374/.471 and produced an OPS+ of 135, despite being suspended for 80 games (OK, that part’s different than Goldschmidt). And he started his time with the Mets with a bang, homering in his first at-bat (off Max Scherzer) and delivering an eighth-inning RBI single in a 2-0 win on Opening Day. Since then he’s looked like an aging veteran in his Age 36 season. Cano has a .243/.293/.372 slash line and an OPS+ of 80. He’s still under contract through 2023, at $24 million a season (the Mariners are paying $3.75 million of that each remaining year).  last_img read more

Katie Walker Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

first_imgBefore her season at Notre Dame, she served two seasons as an assistant coach at Seattle University. In addition to her on-court duties specializing with the team’s defense and serve/receive, she was the Redhawks’ recruiting coordinator and helped maintain the program’s budget.  Print Friendly Version “I am pleased that Katie has decided to join our program,” McBroom said. “She checked every box of what we were looking for to fill this position. She comes highly recommended to us with a wealth of experience, most recently at Notre Dame and she will be a great addition to our staff.” DES MOINES, Iowa – Katie Walker has joined the Drake University volleyball program as an assistant coach, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Friday, Jan. 25. Walker brings six years of NCAA Division I coaching and recruiting experience at various programs to Drake. Walker comes to Drake after a season as a volunteer assistant at Notre Dame where she actively assisted with the program’s defense and serving. She also aided in organizing the Fighting Irish’s recruiting efforts and team travel.center_img Walker joined the Seattle staff after a season as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State and two seasons as a graduate assistant at Northern Kentucky. She also accumulated tremendous experience as a club and high school coach in Kentucky, Idaho and Washington. “Katie is a very eager and ambitious young coach who is not afraid to put in the time and effort to achieve great things,” McBroom added. “She will bring a lot of great experience to our program, having served on several staffs and having served in a variety of capacities on those staffs.” A native of Kent, Wash., Walker played collegiately at Idaho State where she was a member of the Big Sky All-Academic Team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human exceptionality from Idaho State and her master’s degree in education from Northern Kentucky.last_img read more