State Sports Roundup: Team USA one loss away from elimination in the WBCWisconsin Sports
-- At the World Baseball Classic, Team U-S-A lost to the Dominican Republic 3-1 last night in a second-round game in Miami.
At the World Baseball Classic, Team U-S-A lost to the Dominican Republic 3-to-1 last night in a second-round game in Miami. The game was tied at one in the top of the ninth inning when former Milwaukee Brewers’ prospect Nelson Cruz doubled and scored on a single by Erick Aybar. Aybar then scored on a single by Jose Reyes. Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 for the Americans with a strikeout. Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy did not play. The U-S plays Puerto Rico tonight – and the loser will be eliminated. Meanwhile, the rest of the Brewers took a day off from Spring Training yesterday. They’ll play Cleveland this afternoon in a Cactus League exhibition in Phoenix. Left-hander Chris Narveson will start for the Crew.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 14th after the first round of the PGA’s Tampa Bay Championship. Kelly shot a one-under-par 70 yesterday. He’s five strokes behind the leader, Shawn Stefani. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a four-over-75. He’s tied for 114th.
Defenseman Jake McCabe is the only Wisconsin men’s hockey player to make the W-C-H-A All-Conference teams. He was named to the third team yesterday, when the league’s post-season awards were announced. McCabe, a sophomore, was the Badgers’ top-scoring blue-liner in the regular season with three goals and 17 total points. Drew LeBlanc of Saint Cloud State was named both the league’s player-of-the-year and the student-athlete-of-the-year. The Badgers earned a fourth-seed and home ice advantage for the first-round of the W-C-H-A playoffs. They’re hosting ninth-seeded Minnesota-Duluth in a best-of-three series scheduled for the next three nights at the Kohl Center in Madison.