WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers lose 1-0 to Braves
MILWAUKEE - Both starting pitchers took no-hitters into the seventh inning this afternoon, before the Milwaukee Brewers lost to Atlanta 1-0 at Miller Park.
Brewers' right-hander Matt Garza lost his no-hit bid with two out in the seventh, when Chris Johnson homered into the Milwaukee bullpen in left center for the only run of the game. Braves' starter Aaron Harang lost his shot at history right after the seventh inning stretch, when Logan Schafer singled. Garza went eight innings in his Milwaukee debut, after signing a four-year free agent deal a couple months ago. He struck out seven and walked one, while giving up a run on two hits. Harang got the win, giving up two hits in six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, with a walk and three "K's." Craig Kimbrel picked up his second save of the young season. The Brewers had just two singles from Schafer and Aramis Ramirez. Three Braves only had three hits -- the homer by Johnson and singles from B.J. Upton and Gerald Laird. Milwaukee is now 1-2. They'll hit the road, and will be opposition for Boston's Opening Day on Friday afternoon.
University of Wisconsin men's hockey junior Jake McCabe says he'll give up his final year of college eligibility to sign a pro contract. The defenseman from Eau Claire expects to play in an NHL game tomorrow night, when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Blues in Saint Louis. McCabe has signed a three-year entry-level contract with Buffalo, which drafted him in the second round in the 2012 Entry Draft. He'll join ex-Badger Jamie McBain on the Sabres' blue line. McCabe made the first All-Big Ten team this spring. He led the Badger defensemen with eight goals and 25 total points. This is the ninth straight year that a Badger standout left early to go pro.
Beau Burgert of Concordia University in Mequon has been named to the national Division-Three baseball Team of the Week from D3baseball.com. Burgert, a senior, hit .533 in four games last week as a designated hitter for the Falcons. He drove in nine runs and scored four times. Burgert had five RBI's in a game against Dominican, including a game-tying grand slam.
Dwayne Wade said his alma mater made a "great hire," when Marquette chose Steve Wojciechowski (wo-ju-how'-skee) as its new men's basketball coach. Wade starred at Marquette two coaches ago, helping the Golden Eagles get to the Final Four under Tom Crean in 2003. "Coach Wojo" was an assistant for Team USA when Wade was part of that squad in 2006 and '08. Wade called Wojciechowski a "young, fiery" assistant who's ready try for his success as a head coach. Wade said Marquette would need to be patient, since the 37-year-old Wojciechowski will have growing pains. Wade also said he'd love to sit down with the new coach, and do whatever he can to help. Meanwhile, LA Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers -- a guard a Marquette in the early 1980's -- said he's been preparing for the job for 15 years as an assistant at Duke. Former Milwaukee Bucks' coach Jim Boylan, who played on Marquette's 1977 national championship team, said Wojciechowski is familiar with competing at a high level and quote, "That's what Marquette basketball is all about."
The two-time NBA defending champion Miami Heat seems to be light years ahead of the struggling Milwaukee Bucks. Despite that, it's been nine years since Heat swept Milwaukee in a regular season series -- something which could happen tonight in South Florida. Miami has won four straight over the Bucks, and six of their last seven. That includes last Saturday's 88-67 Milwaukee home loss to the Heat. Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade is expected to miss tonight's game for the Heat with a bad hamstring. Former Buck Ray Allen is also doubtful with flu-like symptoms. Miami has won three straight overall, and is now alone atop the NBA's Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is 14-60, three losses away from setting new team record for the most defeats in a season.
UW-Stevens Point is ranked second in this week's Division-Three baseball poll from D3baseball.com. The Pointers are 10-1, with an eight-game winning streak after sweeping a pair at UW-Oshkosh yesterday 4-0 and 8-3. Stevens Point was also second a week ago behind only Linfield, which still holds the top spot at 21-and-3. UW-Whitewater is No. 9 in the new poll, up five places from last week. UW-Oshkosh also received votes.
Milwaukee Hamilton High School forward Kevon Looney will be Wisconsin's representative in the McDonald's All-American games tonight in Chicago. Looney is among 12 players named to the East squad, taking on 12 from the West. They've been practicing since Saturday. On Monday, Looney took part in a three-point-shooting contest -- but he did not make the finals. The two teams scrimmaged yesterday. Looney will be heading to UCLA this fall for his college play. ESPN will show the McDonald's boys' game tonight at 8:30 from Chicago's United Center. ESPN"U" will show the girls' All-American contest at six o'clock. No players from Wisconsin are on the girls' rosters.