WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW-Whitewater wins first game in College World Series
APPLETON - Day one of the NCAA Division III College World Series in Appleton is in the books, with UW-Whitewater securing a spot in the winner’s bracket.
The Warhawks won its first-round game with Southern Maine yesterday. In other action, SUNY-Cortland squeaked by Salisbury, Baldwin-Wallace did the same with Emory, while St. Thomas of Minnesota easily dispatched Linfield. Whitewater will face SUNY-Cortland this evening.
Milwaukee first baseman Mark Reynolds hit a pair of home runs, as the Brewers won a 9-5 slugfest over Miami last night. Khris Davis also added a homer in the sixth inning. Both teams combined for seven home runs, the most since the Marlins opened the new stadium in 2012. Ryan Braun was a scratch from today’s game due to an oblique strain. He is expected to go on Sunday. With the win, the Brewers are 17-5 against the Marlins since 2011.
Brewers’ starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo is not expected to go on the disabled list, despite suffering from a left ankle sprain. Team officials say the pitcher will not make his start on Sunday. Instead, the team has recalled Jimmy Nelson from AAA Nashville to start in his place. Gallardo holds a 2-3 record this season, throwing 41 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.51.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke takes full responsibility for a miscommunication with his bullpen in Thursday night's 5-4 Brewers' loss at Atlanta. That's despite the fact that Roenicke was without his pitching coach and bullpen coach -- and he refused to point the finger at either of their replacements. With one out in the seventh, the skipper approached plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth about a double-switch he wanted to make, bringing in left-hander Will Smith. The problem was, there were no left handers warming up in the bullpen. Smith was supposed to warm up when Brandon Kintzler did earlier, but that didn't happen. So when Roenicke pointed to the pen for a left-hander, Zach Duke volunteered -- and the skipper told him to go back, because he told the ump that Smith was coming in. Smith -- without his usual warmup -- went on to give up the Braves' game-winning hit, a two-run single by Ryan Doumit. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell were both gone at family graduations. Minor league pitching coordinator Rick Tomlin handled Kranitz's duties, and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel was left to run things there.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman was tied for sixth place yesterday at the Senior PGA Championship. Forsman shot a two-over-par 73 during his second round today in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Forsman began the day in second place -- and by mid-afternoon, he remained just one stroke off the lead. Forsman is at three-under-139 at the halfway point of the major. Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Kiyoshi Murota, and Colin Montgomerie were all at four-under-138.
Chicago State athletic director Dan Schumacher was named today as the new AD at UW-Eau Claire. He'll replace Scott Kilgallon, who recently took a new job at Webster University in Missouri. Schumacher has been at Chicago State for two years. Among other things, he oversaw the school's entry into the Western Athletic Conference. His last day at Chicago will be June 13th, and he'll take his new post at Eau Claire two days later. Eau Claire chancellor James Schmidt said Schumacher has a proven background in building and improving school athletic programs while maintaining a strong academic focus for the athletes. Before going to Chicago State, Schumacher was a director of the Division I and II athletic program at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois for six years.
University of Wisconsin men's basketball program assistant Katherine Vosters was named today as the school's director of basketball operations. She graduated from the UW about a year ago. Since then, she has been a program assistant after being a student manager for the Badgers during her four years at school. Among other things, Vosters handled administrative duties for the Badgers' Final Four appearance at Arlington, Texas almost two months ago.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey schedule has been finalized, after the Big Ten announced a 20-game schedule for this fall and winter. The Badgers recently unveiled their non-conference schedule. Now, lots of fans can circle mid-to-late January on their calendars. That's when Wisconsin will play two series in three weeks against top-ranked Minnesota, which won the inaugural Big Ten title this past season. The Gophers and Badgers will play their first two-game series either January 15th or 16th in Minneapolis -- and the rivalry will be repeated two weeks later in Madison, where the Badgers surprised the Gophers with identical 2-1 victories on back-to-back nights this past February. Wisconsin will open its season October 10th at a tournament in Anchorage, Alaska. The first home Big Ten series will be played against Penn State December 5th and 6th. Wisconsin will defend its inaugural Big Ten Tournament title at a three-day event in Detroit March 19th through 21st.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth will start in the 12th position in Sunday night's Coca-Cola-600 in Charlotte. The Cambridge native had a qualifying lap of 192-point-898 miles an hour last night. Once again, Kenseth will try to move into the season points' lead in NASCAR's top circuit. He's currently in second, 15 points behind first-place Jeff Gordon. Jimmie Johnson won the pole for NASCAR's longest race, with a one-lap speed of 194-point-567. Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start 21st. Danica Patrick, who was born in Beloit and raised at nearby Roscoe Illinois, earned the Number-four spot with a qualifying speed of 193-point-334. In her second round, she led a 10-minute session at 194-point-595 -- the fastest qualifying lap ever by a female driver at a one-and-a-half mile intermediate speedway. The Nationwide Series will also be in action at Charlotte, with the History-300 tomorrow afternoon. Kenseth is also entered in that event, and was eighth in his second practice session. Truck series' driver Johnny Sauter of Necedah is also entered in the Nationwide event. He placed 19th in his last.
Former Green Bay Packers' receiver Sterling Sharpe was named today to the College Football Hall of Fame, for his accomplishments at South Carolina. The 49-year-old Sharpe was among 14 players and two coaches selected. They'll be inducted December 9th at a banquet in New York. Sharpe set virtually all school receiving records at the University of South Carolina, and was a first-time All-American in his senior year in 1987. The Packers drafted him that year with the seventh overall pick in the first round. He played seven seasons in Green Bay before a severe stinger ended his career near the end of the 1994 season. Sharpe is currently a studio analyst for the NFL Network.
Apparently, Wisconsin soccer fans have quite an interest in a foreign pro match. Over 20-thousand tickets were sold in the first few hours yesterday, for a July 16th match at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Chivas of Mexico and Swansea City of Wales will square off. The Brewers are sponsoring the contest. Spokesman Tyler Barnes said the demand was strong, but tickets remained available. Chivas is one of the top soccer clubs in Mexico, while Swansea City is the first Wales team to play in the English Premier League.
Milwaukee 9, Miami 5
Detroit 7, Texas 2
San Francisco 6, Minnesota 2
Chi. White Sox 6, NY Yankees 5
San Diego 11, Chi. Cubs 1
Wisconsin 5, Beloit 4
DIVISION I – HORIZON CONFERENCE TOURNEY
Youngstown State 11, UW-Milwaukee 5
DIVISION III – WORLD SERIES
UW-Whitewater 8, Southern Maine 1
SUNY-Cortland 4, Salisbury 3
Baldwin-Wallace 5, Emory 4
St. Thomas (Minnesota) 10, Linfield 0
(Warhawks face SUNY-Cortland in today’s winner bracket)
DIVISION III – WORLD SERIES
Salisbury 5, UW-Whitewater 0
(Warhawks face Eastern Texas Baptist in elimination game tonight)