WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers continue domination of Pittsburgh
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers are now 7-and-1 against Pittsburgh this season, after beating the Pirates 5-to-2 last night at Miller Park. The Brewers went in front for good in the third inning, when catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled home a pair of runs. Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole got booed by the Milwaukee crowd when he hit Carlos Gomez with an off-speed pitch in the third -- but with a runner on first base, Gomez realized it wasn't done on purpose, and he laughed when he got to first. Gomez is still awaiting word on an appeal of his suspension for his lunge toward Cole which emptied the benches the last time the two teams played on Easter Sunday. Jean Segura, Scooter Gennett, and Khris Davis each doubled-and-singled for Milwaukee. Marco Estrada got the win, striking out eight in six innings. He gave up one run, a homer to Neil Walker. Estrada threw his sixth quality start of the year, and he's now 3-and-1. He's also 6-and-0 lifetime against the Pirates. Cole was tagged for three runs in five-and-two-thirds' frames. The loss dropped him to 3-and-3. Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return from the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. He replaced Aramis Ramirez on the roster. Ramirez went on the D-L yesterday with a bad hamstring. The Brewers have now won three straight, and will host Pittsburgh again tonight. Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Pirates' left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Brewers' reliever Tom Gorzelanny will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Class-"A" Brevard County. The 31-year-old left-hander is coming off a shoulder operation last December, to fix a damaged rotator cuff and labrum.
Four college baseball teams from Wisconsin will begin their quests for a national title today, when the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball regionals begin. U-W Whitewater is hosting one of eight double-elimination regionals. The top-seeded Warhawks open this afternoon against sixth-seeded Saint Norbert of De Pere. Tonight, fourth-seeded La Crosse plays Concordia-Chicago. U-W Stevens Point is playing at the Linfield Regional in Oregon. The fourth-seeded Pointers will face Number-three Trinity of Texas late tonight. All eight regional winners will advance to the national finals near Appleton later this month. Whitewater was ranked third in the final regular season poll from D-Three-Baseball-Dot-Com, with a record of 36-and-7. Stevens Point was ranked 16th at 29-and-11.
The Green Bay Packers tried signing a pair of identical twin guards from Central Florida. But Jordan and Justin McCray decided it was finally time to go their separate ways -- so Jordan was signed by the Packers after last weekend's draft, and his twin Justin went to the Tennessee Titans. Jordan McCray said both teams wanted to sign them as a pair, but the two decided it would not be the best thing. He said they'd didn't compete against each other for an N-F-L roster spot -- and both would rather go up against players they didn't know. During their senior years, Jordan McCray played at left guard and Justin at right guard for 10th-ranked Central Florida, which finished at 12-and-1. Jordan will join other Green Bay rookies at their own camp this weekend.
The Wisconsin football team will play its homecoming game at 11 a-m against Big Ten newcomer Maryland on October 25th. The starting time for that contest was announced yesterday by the league. Also, the Badgers' first-ever conference game at Rutgers will also start at 11 in the morning on November first. We won't know where those games will show up on T-V until at least 12 days before they're played.
A guard from Oconomowoc will join the Wisconsin men's basketball team as a walk-on next season. T-J Schlundt announced his commitment on Twitter yesterday. Schlundt averged 16 points a game for Oconomowoc in his junior year. He then transferred to Saint John's Northwestern Military Academy at Delafield for his final year He also played on the academy's post-graduate team. The 6-4 Schlundt was also given the chance to walk on at Marquette -- and he received scholarship offers from U-W's Milwaukee and Green Bay, Northern Kentucky, and Drake.
U-W Eau Claire is 11th going into today's second round of the N-C-A-A Division-Three women's golf tournament. Carthage College of Kenosha is 12th, and Concordia-Wisconsin is 20th among the 21 teams at the national finals in Howey-in-the-Hills Florida. Eau Claire shot a 48-over-par-336 yesterday -- 25 strokes behind first-place Rhodes College. Carthage is 55-over, and the Falcons of Mequon are 125-over. McKenzie Parks of Carthage is tied for fourth among the individuals. She shot a five-over-par 77 yesterday. Parks is two strokes behind front-running Lisa Calcasola of Ithaca. Kate Engler of Eau Claire is tied for 14th at seven-over-79. Nina Puch leads Concordia at 12-over-84.
Madison Edgewood is tied for 31st after the opening round of the N-C-A-A Division-Three men's golf tournament in Greensboro North Carolina. Edgewood, the only Wisconsin team at the nationals, shot a combined 30-over-par-318 yesterday. The Eagles trail front-running Schreiner by 33 shots going into today's second round. Forty-one teams are competing at the nationals, and only the Top-15 will advance to the final two rounds -- so Edgewood has some work to do to avoid being cut. Brian Burt of Hampden-Syndey is the individual leader at five-under-67. Kenny Rucker and Kyle Bruce are Edgewood's top players so far. Both shot five-over-77's yesterday, and are tied for 104th.