Morning State News Briefs: UWM nine top Northwestern 10-4Wisconsin Sports
-- The UW-Milwaukee baseball team, the state's only Division I collegiate program, is now 8-16 overall after winning at Northwestern yesterday 10-4.
EVANSTON, Ill. - The UW-Milwaukee baseball team, the state's only Division I collegiate program, is now 8-16 overall after winning at Northwestern yesterday 10-4.
The Wildcats were trailing by one in the sixth inning when UWM scored five unanswered runs to win it. Cole Kraft, Sam Sivilotti, and Jonathan Capasso had three hits apiece for the Panthers. Capasso, a sophomore, drove in a career-high four runs, as Milwaukee tied a season-high with 16 hits. Northwestern fell to 8-17.
The University of Wisconsin softball team got crushed at home by Notre Dame yesterday, 9-1 in six innings. The Badgers committed four errors, as they fell to 17-14 overall. Freshman starter Amanda Najdek gave up just one hit in four innings, and the Fighting Irish did their damage after she left. Notre Dame improved to 22-7.
The Atlanta Braves have not lost two straight games in Milwaukee since May of 2008. But the Brewers hope it will happen tonight, when the two teams play again at Miller Park. Milwaukee earned its first victory of the season last night, when Yovani Gallardo threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 affair. The Brew Crew is now 1-and-4, and Atlanta is 3-2. Left-hander Mike Minor will start for the Braves this evening. He was called up from Triple-“A” after Jair Jurrjens was put on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique muscle he suffered last month. The Brewers had not announced who they’ll start – but they’re expected to go with right-hander Marco Estrada, who would have to be called up from Triple-“A” Nashville. Estrada went 1-1 for Milwaukee at Spring Training, with a one-point-eight-eight ERA in five appearances.
The Chicago Cubs will try to sweep their three-game series with Arizona this afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Cubs improved to 3-2 with a one-run victory yesterday. Ryan Dempster will try to even his 0-1 record for the Cubs today against Armando Galarraga – who debuts for the D-Backs are coming over from Detroit in the off-season. The Chicago White Sox will go for a split of their two-game series at Kansas City this afternoon. Ex-Brewer Jeremy Jeffress got the win in relief last night, when the Royals edged Chicago by one run in 12 innings. Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle will try to go 2-0 against KC’s Jeff Francis.
The Milwaukee Bucks are technically still alive in the NBA playoff race. But they would be eliminated tonight if they lose at Miami in a national telecast on ESPN. And even if they do win, Milwaukee would be eliminated if the Indiana Pacers win at home tonight over Washington. Bucks’ center Andrew Bogut says he doesn’t look at the standings anymore. He says it’s been a frustrating year for everybody. Bogut said nobody on the Bucks had a good year individually, and it’s reflected in the team results. He said they never had a consistent player who excelled all season – including himself – and it affects the team. The Bucks are 31-and-46, and they’re coming off a six-point loss at Orlando last night. Miami has the third seed in the East playoffs at 54-23. The Heat has a three-game winning streak.
The Milwaukee Admirals can clinch the American Hockey League’s West Division title with a win tonight over Grand Rapids at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee needs just one point to secure its fourth division crown in the last eight years. The Admirals are coming off a loss to Peoria last Sunday. They’re 42-20-6-8. Grand Rapids has a five-game losing streak. The Griffins are sixth in the North Division at 35-31-2-8.
Sam Luedtke of Carroll University in Waukesha is the men’s golfer-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference. Luedtke, a junior, shot a hole-in-one on a 180-yard par-three at the Illinois College Spring Invitational. He had rounds of 79 and 76 to finish at 155. Also, Travis Towns of Beloit College is the men’s outdoor field performer-of-the-week. The junior won the javelin event at the University of Chicago’s Ted Haydon Invite.