first_imgZhao Lim / The Badger HeraldIf Wisconsin softball head coach Yvette Healy was looking for a signature win this season, the Badgers found her one in splitting a weekend doubleheader with tough Big Ten foe Northwestern. The Badgers rallied for an incredible 9-8 win in the first game but fell short of the sweep in a 2-0 loss.In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats drew first blood, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead when Jordan Wheeler hit a single up the middle to score Marisa Bast from second.In the third, the Wildcats chased Badger freshman Amanda Najdek (2-2) off the mound as Najdek struggled with control, walking three Northwestern batters, including one across the plate.“I needed to focus on my mechanics,” said Najdek. “It’s all about trusting myself; I was doubting out there. I need to focus on never letting up.”Healy opted to remove Najdek for sophomore Meghan McIntosh, who came into the bases-loaded jam and in two pitches forced a Wheeler fly to left, which was easily caught to end the inning.“I just really looked at hitting my spots,” McIntosh said. “I focused on jamming them to start, and then I worked outside. I got those ground balls today I was looking for.”McIntosh continued her string of recent strong outings, giving Wisconsin a four-inning stretch where zero Wildcats crossed the plate.“Even though Meghan didn’t get the win, it was one of her best performances of the year,” Healy said. “We’re so proud of her; we just need to keep her focused in on continuing her success.”It was an inning that Northwestern saw replayed throughout the game, as the Wildcats proceeded to leave 12 runners on base.“I think Randy Schneider, our assistant, put together a terrific gameplan against them,” Healy said. “It was a lot of preparation. Northwestern is a great team who’s played a great schedule.”Offensively, the Badgers struggled to get a read on Northwestern pitcher Sammy Albanese (5-4), as the right-hander breezed through the Badger lineup, spreading out three hits across seven shutout innings“We were moving around in the box a little bit trying to break her rhythm up,” Healy said. “We were trying to put some bunts down. We didn’t have an answer to her today; if we could have found one it would have been a different outcome.”The Badgers rallied in the first game from an 8-2 deficit in the fifth inning with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tying the record for the biggest comeback in program history, the Badgers came from behind once again to snatch a 9-8 victory.It looked ugly for Wisconsin early. Freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah felt the bite of the Wildcat bats as Northwestern pounced on the Badger ace for six runs in the first two innings. Down 6-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, Najdek took the reigns to guide the Badgers the rest of the way.“We just kept battling,” Najdek said. “We went after the batters early, and I was able to get ahead in the count. I’m happy Coach has the trust in me that I can perform in those situations.”As Najdek turned in a solid five innings, the Wisconsin bats slowly but surely began to heat up.It began with a sixteen-pitch at bat for Badger third basemen sophomore Shannel Blackshear, who blasted the last pitch out of the park for a solo home run to make it 6-1. Junior Karla Powell responded with a home run of her own in the fourth to make it 7-2. Freshman Michelle Mueller ripped a triple in the fifth, scoring on a past ball to make it an 8-3 game.Then the floodgates opened.The bottom of the sixth proved disastrous for Northwestern, as Wisconsin scored an unprecedented six runs in the frame to take the lead for good, 9-8.“We might be their only unranked team they’ve lost to this season,” Healy said. “It just shows if you keep playing hard and working, you’ll find ways to get breaks sometimes, so I’m very excited for our team.”With two runners on, Stephanie Peace loaded the bases on a sharply hit ball off the third baseman for a single. In another big situation, Blackshear played the role of hero again, hitting a single up the middle that scored the first two Badgers of the inning.With the bases loaded again two batters later, Healy opted to pinch-hit senior Dana Rasmussen. Rasmussen had not batted the entire game, but the Madison native came through with the biggest hit of her career, smashing a three run triple to tie the game at eight apiece.“That was a huge source of pride for her; she’s worked really hard these last three years,” Healy said. “She was having a hard time deciding if she would be able to play this year with how much work it is, with how demanding her major is. She put the work in and she deserves every bit of success she gets, so that was a fun thing to see.”After Rasmussen tied the game, junior second baseman Jordan Skinner put down a bunt that was thrown erratically by the Northwestern infield, allowing Rasmussen to score the eventual game-winning run, giving the Badgers their twentieth win on the season.last_img

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first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Nkrumah Bonner’s third first class hundred underscored a dominant opening day for Jamaica Scorpions in their seventh round clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes.The 31-year-old right-hander hit an unbeaten 131 as Scorpions, opting to bat first, reached 285 for three at the close at the National Stadium here.Bonner’s hundred was his second of the season and second against Volcanoes, following his unbeaten 100 in Kingston in January.He faced 237 balls in just short of 5-¼ hours and struck a dozen fours and two sixes in an excellent career-best effort.Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, meanwhile, struck his fourth half-century in as many matches with 68 while Paul Palmer returned to form with an unbeaten 65.Volcanoes appeared to have the upper hand when left-arm pacer Preston McSween (2-48) knocked over both openers cheaply in successive overs to leave Scorpions tottering on 16 for two in the morning’s eighth over.Skipper John Campbell (13) drove a full length delivery to mid-off in the sixth over before Alwyn Williams (1) dragged on a defensive stroke at a wide ball.Bonner then combined with Blackwood in a 112-run, third wicket stand which carried the visitors to lunch without further loss.Blackwood, with five previous half-centuries this season, counted 10 fours off 102 balls in a shade over two hours before falling caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge in the second session.Any hopes of running through the Scorpions middle order were then dashed as Bonner and Palmer added a further 157 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand.Palmer has so far struck seven fours in a patient knock, spanning 160 balls in just over 3-¼ hours at the crease.Unbeaten on 74 at tea with Scorpions on 184 for three, Bonner reached his hundred in style deep in the final session, smashing leg-spinner Keron Cottoy to the mid-wicket boundary.last_img

first_imgPlaying the seventh-ranked team in the nation in front of an opposing crowd of more than 2,700, the No. 8 USC women’s soccer team wilted in the Texas heat, losing their season opener 3-0 to Texas A&M on Saturday in College Station.With temperatures at kickoff hovering in the mid 90s and humidity around 40 percent, the Women of Troy started strong by creating several good opportunities in the first half. However, they were unable to capitalize and the game turned in the Aggies’ favor near the end of the opening period.Not this time · Goalkeeper Kristin Olsen, pictured here making a save last season, was not so fortunate Saturday against the Aggies. – Pierson Clair | USC Sports Information Freshman midfielder Mary Grace Schmidt gave the Aggies the lead with only 22 seconds to go in the first half when she headed sophomore Becca Herrera’s corner kick past USC goalkeeper senior Kristin Olsen. Junior forward Whitney Hooper doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, capitalizing on a bad pass by the USC defense by sliding the ball inside the far post past a diving Olsen. In the 87th minute, with Olsen caught more than 30 yards upfield, senior Amber Gnatzig beat redshirt senior Meagan Holmes to a loose ball and shot it into an open net to complete the score line.“I just think the whole thing was a bit much for us the first time out, playing such a good team and in such a hostile environment,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “You’ve got to give A&M a lot of credit for the pressure they put us under and they forced us to make some mistakes.”The Women of Troy were the ones applying the pressure in the opening 30 minutes. Junior forward Megan Ohai forced A&M keeper Kristin Arnold to make two saves in the early going, including one from point blank range in the 13th minute.Fifth-year midfielder Marihelen Tomer also had a great chance to give USC the lead in the 15th minute, but put her shot wide of the far post. The best chance of the game for the Women of Troy came in the 34th minute when junior midfielder Ashli Sandoval cracked a shot from the top of the 18-yard box off of the crossbar.“We had some clear chances in the first half that if we put away early on, it’s a completely different game,” Khosroshahin said.Buoyed by their vocal crowd, the Aggies began to take control of the game in the final five minutes of the first half. Freshman forward Kim Castleberry and junior midfielder Rachel Shipley forced Olsen to make two saves, followed quickly by the opening goal.“The ball kind of slid out and I got tripped by one of the Texas A&M players,” Olsen said. “There was a girl open at the back post and we didn’t match up well on that and she was able to head it into the back of the net.”The second half was almost completely dominated by the Aggies. They extended their lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute when a bad pass by a USC defender was turned into a goal by the speedy Hooper. Nora Skelton intercepted the pass and played a nice through ball for Hooper, who beat Olsen for the score.The defeat could have been much worse for the Women of Troy had it not been for Olsen, who made five of her eight saves in the second half. In one sequence in the 83rd minute, Olsen made a diving save on a Castleberry shot and was able to punch away the follow-up attempt by Hooper with one hand from her knees.Olsen was, however, caught out near the midfield line in the 87th minute and her attempted clear was headed by a Texas A&M player onto the path of Gnatzig, who found the empty net for the game’s final goal.If there was a bright spot to the opening match, it was the fact that three USC players earned their first career starts and three freshmen played in their first match for the Women of Troy.“The first game is always rough, especially with new players coming in,” Olsen said. “If we’re going to lose 3-0, we might as well do it at the beginning of the season because we can learn from it.”“The mistakes we made [Saturday], we don’t make those type of mistakes,” Khosroshahin added. “Those are things we’ll be able to correct.”The Women of Troy are in action this Friday at McAlister Field against the Mexican national team in an exhibition match.last_img

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Haryana Steelers are all set to take on UP Yoddha in the opening game of the 11th leg of the ongoing Vivo Pro Kabaddi League season. The 11th leg, set to be scheduled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, will now be hosting the season seven matches till October 4. The match is scheduled to be played on September 28, 2019. The match will begin at 7:30 PM IST. The first clash between the team took place in Ahmedabad where Steelers defeated Yoddha 36-33.Also Read l Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan: Jaipur bag first PKL home winUP YoddhaUP Yoddha ended their Jaipur leg by defeating Tamil Thalaivas and reaching the sixth spot on the PKL points table. UP Yoddha recently qualified for the playoffs, with nine wins and eight losses. Star raider Shrikant Jadhav scored eight points for his team. Surender Gill also shined in the match by snatching seven raid points. Defender Sumit successfully claimed his fifth High 5 of the season.UP Yoddha probable playing seven: Nitesh Kumar (C), Shrikant Jadhav, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Amit, Ashu Singh, Monu Goyat, and Sumit.Also Read l PKL: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans Dream11 predictionHaryana SteelersAfter losing to Bengal Warriors, Haryana Steelers made an incredible comeback by defeating Patna Pirates 39-34. They are three spots above UP Yoddha with 59 points. Their star raider Vikash Khandola gathered 13 raid points against the Patna Pirates and his teammate, Prashanth Kumar Rai took seven points. It was a crucial victory for the team as it took their score higher on the points table. This team will look to recreate history by defeating UP Yoddha as they start their Panchkula leg on Saturday. Also Read l Dream11 PKL: U Mumba vs Bengaluru Bulls match predictionHaryana Steelers probable playing seven: Dharmaraj Cheralathan (C), Vinay, Sunil, Vikas Kandola, Naveen, Ravi Kumar, and Vikas KaleHaryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha Dream11 prediction: Shrikant Jadhav, Vikash Khandola, Surender Gill, Prashanth Kumar Rai, R.Devadiga, Chand Singh, Sumit.Also Read l Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans: PKL match preview, updates SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 27th September, 2019 22:18 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 27th September, 2019 22:18 IST Dream11 PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers Vs UP Yoddha Match Prediction Haryana Steelers are all set to take on UP Yoddha in the opening game of the 11th leg of the ongoing PKL. The match is scheduled to be played on Sept 28, 2019 Adil Khan LIVE TV Written Bylast_img

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