Evening State Sports Briefs: State D-3 baseball teams split regional gamesWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin's NCAA Division III baseball teams split their games this afternoon in regional tournament play.
Wisconsin's NCAA Division III baseball teams split their games this afternoon in regional tournament play.
UW-Stevens Point was the first state team eliminated from tournament play as they lost to St. Scholastica 3-2 in the regional at Whitewater. Meanwhile the host Warhawks stayed unbeaten as they downed Hamline 7-6. Carthage knocked No. 1 seed Coe out of the tournament, winning 5-3 in the regional at Bloomington, Illinois. Also there, Thomas More College of Kentucky downed Ripon 5-3. Regional play continues tomorrow and through the weekend.
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team will host Boston College in their annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge game. It will be played November 30th at the Kohl Center in Madison. The leagues announced the pairings for the challenge today, a couple days after the games for the men’s challenge were announced. Bo Ryan’s Badger men will play at North Carolina. Wisconsin’s new women’s coach, Bobbie Kelsey, said she welcomed the chance to play a quality ACC opponent. This will be the fifth year of the women’s challenge, and Wisconsin is 2-2 in those contests. The Badgers lost to Duke in the event last December.
A shooting guard from Minnesota will stick to his original plan to walk-on with the Wisconsin men’s basketball team this fall. Jordan Smith says he has turned down a scholarship offer from Saint Louis and its coach, Rick Majerus. The former Marquette University coach called Smith last week to offer the scholarship. But Smith decided to stay at Wisconsin, after his parents said they would help pay his tuition. Smith averaged 21-and-a-half points last season with Orono High School in Minnesota – the same school that former Badgers’ star Jon Leuer attended. Orono won the Minnesota Class Triple-“A” state title in the spring.
For the second night in a row, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host a double-header with Beloit in the Midwest League. The back-to-back twin bills were forced by several rainouts in April. The first double-header ended up in a draw, as Wisconsin won last night’s opener 1-0 and Beloit took the nightcap 4-2 in an extra eighth inning. Elsewhere, there are two day games. Peoria is hosting Quad Cities, and Kane County is at Cedar Rapids. Tonight, Clinton plays at Western Division-leading Burlington. Bowling Green will finish a suspended game at home against West Michigan before they play their scheduled contest. East leader Great Lakes plays at Dayton. Lansing is at South Bend. And Lake County hosts a double-header this evening against Fort Wayne.