WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers go extras, beat Mets in 13 innings
NEW YORK -- The Milwaukee Brewers scored four runs in the 13th inning last night to beat the Mets in New York, 5-to-1. Jonathan Lucroy had the deciding hit, a two-run homer just inside the left field foul pole off Carlos Torres. Mark Reynolds then singled a run home, and Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded. Aramis Ramirez belted a solo homer for Milwaukee's only run prior to extra innings. Bobby Abreu hit a sacrifice fly for New York's only tally. Zach Duke improved to 4-and-0, pitching a perfect 12th frame. That was after Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse gave up one unearned run in eight innings. Torres gave up all four Milwaukee runs in the 13th for the loss. He's 2-and-4. There was a short rain delay in the top of the 11th. The umpires waved everyone off the field with one out, but play quickly resumed after a conference with the grounds crew. New York loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th, but Wilmer Flores hit a grounder that resulted in a force-out at the plate -- and Anthony Recker was ejected after complaining about the third strike pitch he saw to end the inning. The Mets have now lost eight of their last nine. The Brewers took the series at Citi Field two-games-to-one. The Crew extended its National League Central lead to five-and-a-half games, and will host Cincinnati tonight. Right-hander Matt Garza faces Reds' righty Homer Bailey.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker and Pewaukee native Mark Wilson are both tied for 16th after the opening round of the U-S Open. Both shot even-par 70's yesterday at Pinehurst Number-Two in North Carolina. Stricker birdied two of his first three holes while starting on the back nine, but he ended up with three bogeys on the day. Wilson had a pair of birdies and a pair of bogeys in his round. He and Stricker are both five shots off the pace. Martin Kaymer, who won the 2010 P-G-A Championship near Sheboygan, is the first-round leader at five-under-par 65.
Both returning champions won their opening games yesterday at the state high school softball tournament in Madison. Division-One titlist Westosha Central advanced to tonight's semi-finals with an 8-to-4 win over Racine Case. Defending Division-Two champ New London will go for back-to-back crowns tomorrow, after eliminating New Berlin Eisenhower 4-to-3 in a semi-final last night. Westosha Central will play Hortonville in tonight's Division-One semis. Hortonville advanced with a 5-1 quarter-final win over Verona. Kimberly and Germantown will be in the other semi. Kimberly eliminated Stevens Point 6-to-4, while Germantown topped Menomonee Falls 5-2. In Division-Two, Mosinee advanced with a 6-nothing semi-final win over McFarland. Mosinee will play New London in tomorrow's title match-up. The state softball tournament resumes this morning with the Division-Four semis starting at 9 a-m. Oakfield takes on Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, and Cochrane-Fountain City plays Ithaca. The Division-Three semi-finals are up this afternoon. Laconia goes against Mishicot. And Grantsburg faces Arcadia.
Wisconsin's Michael Lihrman took third place in the hammer throw yesterday at the N-C-A-A track finals in Eugene Oregon. The junior broke his own Big Ten record with a toss of 233-feet, nine-inches. Also, the Badgers' Zach Ziemek placed fifth in the decathlon with 79-hundred-84 points. Ziemek had been second going into the second-and-final day of competition. Wisconsin is now fourth in the team standings with 16 points. Also, Durell Busby of U-W Milwaukee advanced to tomorrow's finals of the 110-meter hurdles. He placed fourth in his semi-final heat last night, and eighth overall. On the women's side, Badgers' freshman Georgia Ellenwood is in eighth place after the first day of the heptathlon. She has 35-hundred-51 points, highlighted by a personal best in the high jump. Also, Wisconsin sophomore Molly Hanson advanced to tomorrow's final of the 15-hundred meters by placing fourth in her semi-final heat.
The Green Bay Packers have signed all nine of their draft picks. Second-round receiver Davante Adams and third-round tight end Richard Rodgers both agreed to four-year rookie contracts yesterday. Adams was the 53rd overall pick out of Fresno State. The National Football Post says he's getting just under four-million dollars. Rodgers' contract is reportedly worth almost two-point-eight million. He's been one of the standout receivers so far at the Packers' off-season practices. Rodgers was the 98th overall pick in the May draft.
Former Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward has signed a four-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Falcons. He was taken in the third round of last month's draft as the 68th overall pick. Southward set a Wisconsin school record by playing in 54 games, never missing one, during his four-year career. However, he did miss the N-F-L Scouting Combine in February after doctors found wrist and cervical spine concerns. Southward said a team red-flagged him and wanted to see his neck -- and a doctor later cleared him to play football. Southward started the final 28 games of his college career with the Badgers. He had two career interceptions at Madison, along with four forced fumbles, eleven-and-a-half tackles for losses, and eleven pass breakups. The Falcons have an opening at safety after Thomas DeCoud was released. Atlanta also signed veteran safety Dwight Lowery.
Wisconsin native Colin Kaepernick and two other N-F-L players will not face charges in a reported incident involving a woman in Miami in April. The Miami-Dade County State's Attorney's office said there was not sufficient evidence against the San Francisco 49'ers quarterback, Niners' receiver Quinton Patton, and Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette. They were named in an incident reported April third. That was when a woman told police she may have been sexually assaulted two days earlier at Miami's Viceroy Hotel. Kaepernick, who was raised in New London and Fond du Lac, denied any wrongdoing as soon as reports of the woman's complaint hit the media.