Morning State Sports Roundup: Stevens Point, Whitewater advance in baseball tourney
WHITEWATER - UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater both won their opening games in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.
The Pointers, the second seed in the Whitewater Regional, edged Benedictine 6-5 yesterday. Third-seeded Whitewater blanked Case Western Reserve 2-0 last night. Tonight, the Pointers and Whitewater will square off in the winners' bracket - and the loser will face possible elimination tomorrow. Also today, top-seeded Saint Thomas will play Benedictine in an elimination game. Case Western Reserve faces possible elimination against Saint Scholastica, which took a 1-0 upset win over the Tommies yesterday. At the Augustana Regional in Rock Island, Ill., Ripon College lost to Webster 7-6 yesterday. Sixth-seeded Ripon faces possible elimination today, when it takes on Wartburg.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering and Saint Norbert College both missed the cut yesterday, and were sent home at the halfway point of the NCAA Division III men's golf tournament. Fifteen teams made the cut at 34-over-par or better. MSOE was at 65-over for its two rounds, while Saint Norbert was at 87-over. On the women's side, three Wisconsin schools are at the bottom of a 21-team leader-board. UW-Stout is 19th at 135-over-par. Carroll is 20th at 175-over. And Concordia-Mequon is at 201-over. Mary Hardin-Baylor and University of Texas-Tyler are tied for the lead at the halfway point of the four-round tournament. Both leaders are at 41-over-par. Catherine Wagner of UW-Eau Claire is the state's top individual after two rounds. Wagner, who won the individual title a year ago, is tied for 20th at 15-over. Laura Lindsey of Texas-Tyler is the leader at even-par. Both the men's and women's D3 tournaments are being played at Destin, Florida.
University of Wisconsin's deputy athletic director will stay where he is. Sean Frazier was passed over yesterday for the AD post at Rutgers, when Julie Hermann was hired. The two were finalists to replace Tim Pernetti, who resigned in April after it was learned that men's basketball coach Mike Rice had abused players. With Rutgers one year away from joining the Big Ten, the 49-year-old Hermann will become only the third female athletic director among BCS football schools - the others being Debbie Yow of North Carolina State and Sandy Barbour of California. Hermann leaves the University of Louisville after 15 years. She was the senior associate athletic director and top women's administrator for the Cardinals, overseeing 20 of the school's 23 sports. Frazier stays at the UW, where he's been since 2007.
Defensive end Billy Hirschfeld of Hartland Arrowhead High School says he'll play his college football at Wisconsin in the fall of 2014. Hirschfield gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers yesterday. He'll be a senior at Arrowhead this fall, and was also given scholarship offers by Nebraska and Michigan State. Hirschfeld said he was uncomfortable considering the Badgers after former coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Eventually, Hirschfeld said he became impressed with the energy and coaching quality of Gary Andersen and his staff. Hirschfeld is the fifth known commitment to the Badgers for 2014. The other five recruits are also from Wisconsin and are considered the state's top players for that class. UW wants to add a sixth in-state player to that list in Somerset tight end Gaelin Elmore, who is being heavily recruited by Big Ten schools and Iowa State.
In the Midwest League...
Quad Cities 9, Wisconsin 4
Clinton 6, Beloit 5 in 10 innings
Cedar Rapids 6, Burlington 5 in Game-One
Burlington 6, Cedar Rapids 4 in Game-Two
Kane County 4, Peoria 0
Great Lakes 4, South Bend 2
Lake County 13, Lansing 4
Fort Wayne 3, Bowling Green 0
West Michigan 11, Dayton 3
At the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament...
--Whitewater Regional, first round
Saint Scholastica 1, Saint Thomas 0
UW-Stevens Point 6, Benedictine 5
UW-Whitewater 2, Case Western Reserve 0
--Augustana Regional, first round
Webster 7, Ripon 6