WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Davis' triple in the 12th wins it for Milwaukee
ST. LOUIS -- Khris Davis belted a run-scoring triple in the 12th-inning last night, to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-to-3 victory at Saint Louis. Two pitches before that, Jonathan Lucroy was on third when Davis flied down the left field line. Cardinals' outfielder Matt Holliday made a heads-up play when he let the ball drop in foul territory, so Lucroy couldn't score on a sacrifice fly. Davis broke the tie game soon after, with his three-bagger into the right field corner. Mark Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly to give Milwaukee its two-run victory margin, after the Crew overcame a 3-nothing deficit with three runs in the seventh to tie it. Seth Maness took the loss in relief. He's 0-and-2. Zach Duke got the win, giving up a hit and a pair of walks in two scoreless innings. Duke is now 2-and-0. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 12th save. Yovani Gallardo had a quality start for the Crew, giving up three runs on seven hits in six innings. The Brewers were again without the injured Ryan Braun and Jean Segura. Also, Aramis Ramirez left in the seventh inning with a bruised left elbow after he was hit by a pitch from Cardinals' reliever and Madison native Pat Neshek. X-rays were negative, and Ramirez is day-to-day. The Brewers will play the Cardinals again tonight at Busch Stadium. Right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Redbirds' righty Lance Lynn.
Ryan Braun may have gotten a break with the injury in his right rib-cage area. An M-R-I yesterday showed that the Brewers' right-fielder has an oblique strain -- not the more complex inter-costal strain between the ribs. Braun says the M-R-I will determine a more exact course of treatment -- and he's getting those treatments twice a day for now. Meanwhile, shortstop Jean Segura looked better yesterday as he gets over a severe cut under his right eye suffered when Braun accidentally hit him in the head with a bat in the Milwaukee dugout on Saturday night. There's still no timetable for either player to return. Jeff Bianchi is starting in Segura's place at short. Elian Herrera is taking Braun's spot in right. For now, the Brewers have no other outfield options for their 25-man roster. Logan Schafer is due to return this weekend from a bad hamstring, and he's on a rehab assignment at Class-"A" Brevard County. Caleb Gindl is the only other outfielder on Milwaukee's 40-man roster, and he's at Triple-"A" Nashville for now.
Wisconsin could benefit from a proposed N-C-A-A rule change that would give 65 schools more freedom in providing assistance for its athletes. A committee endorsed the plan last week, and it goes to the full NCAA board in August. It would give schools in the Big Ten and four other large conferences autonomy in deciding how to pay for scholarships, providing help for athletes who leave school and want to return to get their degrees, and cover lingering health issues for athletes after they leave their schools. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the Badgers already use an N-C-A-A-funded account to help athletes return to complete their degrees, if they cannot afford to do so. He said the injury coverage would be a tough issue, especially for problems that crop up long after a player's college career ends. But basically, Alvarez says he favors whatever schools can do for their athletes.
The Green Bay Packers have released running back Orwin Smith. He had been on the team's practice squad since November, after playing his college ball at Georgia Tech.
Former North Carolina State point guard Justin Gainey has been named Marquette's new director of basketball operations. Gainey was an assistant coach at Appalachian State for the last four years. He's also been on the staff at N-C State and Elon College. Gainey played for the Wolfpack in the late 1990's, and was an all-A-C-C honorable mention.
Wisconsin is one of 72 teams to compete in the N-C-A-A Division-One women's golf tournament. The Badgers were given the 16th-seed in the West Regional last night. They'll compete against 23 other teams May 8th-through-10th at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Washington. Six standout individuals from other schools will also take part. The top eight and two individuals from each regional will advance to the national finals May 22nd-and-23rd in Tulsa Oklahoma. This is the sixth time Wisconsin will compete in the N-C-A-A women's golf tourney. A year ago, the Badgers made the nationals, where Kris Yoo of Wisconsin finished 11th.