State Collegiate Sports Notes: UW-Milwaukee to play ASU in NCAA tourneyWisconsin News
- UW-Milwaukee will play at Arizona State on Friday night in their opening game of the NCAA Division-One baseball tournament. The pairings were announced yesterday for the 64-team tournament
UW-Milwaukee will play at Arizona State on Friday night in their opening game of the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. The pairings were announced yesterday for the 64-team tournament.
Milwaukee is seeded last in Arizona State's four-team regional, with the host Sun Devils have the nation’s overall top-seed at 47-8. The Panthers are 33-24, winning 30 games for just the seventh time in UWM history. They earned their berth after winning the Horizon League tournament for the first time since 2002. The other two teams in the regional are second-seeded San Diego and number-three Hawaii. They’ll open against each other in a double-elimination regional that's scheduled to run through next Monday. The Panthers went 4-and-1 in the conference tournament. Junior starter Chad Pierce was the tourney’s MVP, going 2-0 with a one-point-eight-oh ERA. Senior Dan Buchholz hit .535 with seven RBI’s.
UWM makes its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament after winning the Horizon League title this past weekend. The Panthers upset top-seeded Wright State 6-3 in Gary, Indiana's U.S. Steel Yard.
Heidelberg pitching shut down UW-Stevens Point, sending the Pointers home from the NCAA Division III baseball tournament at Fox Valley Stadium in Grand Chute. Starter Nathan James and reliever Sylvester Nino held the Pointers to just eight hits in an 8-3 elimination win. A three-run rally in the second inning put the Student Princes ahead to stay. They added four more runs in the fifth inning. Sam Spurney was the top hitter for Stevens Point. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.
The numbers seem to favor Marquette's Lazar Hayward as preparations continue for the NBA draft. The Golden Eagles forward was a little shorter than the 6-6 he was listed by the university, but he has a wingspan of more than seven feet, produced a maximum vertical leap of 36 inches and had the second-best time in the agility drill among 46 players testing for that draft. Only Kentucky's John Wall bettered Hayward's 10-point-87 effort in the agility drill and Wall is expected to be the number-one pick. He also finished 10th in the bench press, showing good strength to the teams which might take him.
Former Wisconsin Badger hockey star Brendan Smith will make a court appearance next Tuesday to answer for his part in a fight earlier this month in Madison. Prosecutors say Smith kept punching a man who had tried to get into a party May 6th. Smith was charged with disorderly conduct last Friday. The 21 year old defenseman signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings last week. He was that team's first round draft pick in 2007. He led the nation in defense scoring last season with 52 points for the Badgers.