Morning State Sports Briefs: Admirals swept from playoffsWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Admirals were eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs last night, after losing at Abbotsford, B.C. 4-2.
ABBOTSFORD B.C. - The Milwaukee Admirals were eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs last night, after losing at Abbotsford, B.C. 4-2.
The Heat swept their Western Conference quarter-final series over Milwaukee, three-games-to-none. Penalties plagued the Admirals for the entire series, and they committed seven by the midway point of the third period last night. Dustin Sylvester scored the game-winner on a power play with 11:13 to go. Milwaukee was swept for the first time in a post-season series since 2007.
The Milwaukee Brewers are off today after losing to Houston 7-5 yesterday at Miller Park. Manager Ron Roenicke says the Brewers are giving up too many runs, and their pitching needs to get better. He says too many starts have resulted in 100 pitches by the fifth inning. And somebody in the bullpen needs to step up besides the late-inning specialists Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford. The bullpen cost the Brewers yesterday’s game. Jose Veras took the loss, after giving up the game-winning single to Chris Snyder in the seventh inning which broke a 4-4 tie and put the Astros up by one. In the eighth, Mike McClendon gave up two more runs when J.D. Martinez singled. Martinez had three hits and three RBI’s on the day, and Astros’ rookie Jose Altuve went 4-for-5. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee, and Travis Ishikawa and Corey Hart both hit solo shots. Wilton Lopez got the win in relief, and Brett Myers picked up his third save, as the Astros ended 11 straight losses to Milwaukee. The Brewers are 9-10 overall. They’ll open a weekend series at Saint Louis tomorrow night.
Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann picked up his first win of the year for the Washington Nationals last night, in a 7-2 victory over San Diego. Zimmermann, a former UW-Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale, gave up a run on four hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He also had an RBI-single, as he improved his record to 1-1
The University of Wisconsin softball team set a new school record with 10 straight home wins, after sweeping a double-header from Indiana State yesterday 8-0 and 9-7. Michelle Mueller hit a three-run homer in the opener, and the Badgers survived a late comeback from the Sycamores in the nightcap to improve to 29-13 on the year. Indiana State fell to 18-29.
In the Midwest League…
Beloit 9, Bowling Green 3
Wisconsin 4, Dayton 3
Great Lakes 3, Clinton 1
Lake County 6, Peoria 3
Burlington 3, Fort Wayne 1
Lansing 7, Kane County 2