WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badgers now 20th in AP poll, 18th in coaches
The Wisconsin football team moved up one place to 20th in yesterday's new A-P media poll. They also jumped three spots to 18th in the U-S-A Today coaches' poll, after the Badgers crushed F-C-S opponent Tennessee Tech 48-to-nothing on Saturday. It was the first time since 1958 that Wisconsin opened the season with back-to-back shutouts. New coach Gary Andersen is now 2-and-0. The Badgers' next game is Saturday night at Arizona State.
The U-W Platteville football team moved into the national Top-10 after winning their season opener on Saturday, 42-to-17 victory over Buena Vista. Platteville jumped two places to ninth in the new NCAA Division-Three poll from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. U-W Oshkosh also leaped into the Top-10. The Titans rose two spots to 10th after their 24-20 win over Central. U-W Whitewater dropped from 9th in D-Three's pre-season poll to 14th in the first regular season survey. That's after the Warhawks beat Washington of Saint Louis 17-to-7. Mount Union remains at Number-One.
The Milwaukee Brewers took 2-of-3 from the Chicago Cubs this weekend, with a 3-1 win yesterday at Wrigley Field. Pinch-hitter Jeff Bianchi broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run single, and the Brewers improved to 5-0-and-2 in their last seven road series. Yovani Gallardo is now 3-and-0 in his last six starts, after striking out six Cubs in seven innings. He gave up three hits including the Cubs' only run -- a solo homer by Junior Lake in the fifth. Gallardo added a run-scoring single to help his cause. He' s now 11-and-9 on the year. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth and earned his 24th save. Scott Baker made his first start in the Majors in almost two years, after having Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery. He gave up just two hits in five innings. To make room for Baker, the Cubs designated ex-Brewers' shortstop Cody Ransom for assignment. Justin Grimm took the loss in relief. He's 0-and-1. The Cubs only had three hits in the game, and they've now lost four-of-their-last-six. The Brewers are now 14-and-8 in their last 22 road contests. Fourth-place Milwaukee is two games ahead of last-place Chicago in the National League Central. The Brewers are off today, and will play at Saint Louis tomorrow night.
The Beloit Snappers stayed alive in the Midwest League playoffs last night with a 4-to-3 home victory over Quad Cities. Chris Bostick hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Beloit never trailed after that. The Snappers tied their best-of-three Western Division final series at a game-apiece. The third-and-deciding game will be played tonight in Beloit. The winner will advance to the league title series, and will face either Fort Wayne or South Bend. Those two teams are tied at a game-apiece in their East Division finals. That series will be decided tonight.
In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon helped the U-S win the Walker Cup yesterday in Southampton New York. The Americans scored a 17-to-9 victory over a team of young players from Britain and Ireland. Niebrugge won his final match over Jordan Smith of England, 6-and-5. The 20-year-old Niebrugge has just begun his sophomore year at Oklahoma State. The Americans now lead the Walker Cup series 35-8-and-1.
On the PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 17th at the Montreal Championship in Canada. Forsman shot an even-par 72 in his third-and-final round yesterday to finish at even-par-216. Esteban Toledo won the tournament in a three-hole playoff over Kenny Perry. Both had completed regulation at five-under-211.