WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Voltz to start at center for UW at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dan Voltz will make his first start at center for the University of Wisconsin football team, when it plays at undefeated Ohio State tomorrow night.
Voltz, a redshirt freshman, was projected to be the starter until he got hurt during the Badgers’ pre-season camp in August. His replacement, Dallas Lewallen, played in all of Wisconsin’s first four games until he injured his right knee last Saturday against Purdue. Lewallen still had a knee brace at the end of the week, and was not expected to play against the Buckeyes. Guard Ryan Groy will be the back-up center. Also, junior inside linebacker Derek Landisch is on track to start. He sat out for three games with an injured ankle. His replacement, Conor O’Neill, is also expected to get a lot of playing time in the middle. O’Neill is third on the Badgers with 18 tackles. Ohio State will play its Big Ten opener, after going 4-0 so far. Wisconsin comes in at 3-1, after winning its conference opener against the Boilermakers six days ago.
Only nine of Wisconsin's Division III college football teams are in action tomorrow. Half of the WIAC's eight schools are off. All Wisconsin teams in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference have byes, before their league schedule begins next weekend. The Midwest Conference again has a full schedule of league games. Four Wisconsin teams are in action in that circuit. Saint Norbert plays in Waukesha against Carroll. Beloit travels to Grinnell of Iowa. And Ripon College hosts Illinois College. Saint Norbert and Lake Forest lead the Midwest standings, each at 2-0. In the WIAC's non-conference games, UW-Stevens Point is at North Central of Illinois, which is ranked fourth by D3football.com. Number-eight Oshkosh hosts Alma. 10th-ranked Pacific Lutheran plays at UW-Eau Claire. And 12th-ranked Whitewater is at home against Waldorf. Also, Carthage plays at home in Kenosha against Adrian of Michigan.
It’s been a decade since the University of Wisconsin or Marquette have hosted a men’s collegiate golf tournament. But that will change starting Sunday. The Badgers will host Marquette and a dozen other schools at the recently-renovated University Ridge course southwest of Madison. The 54-hole Badger Invitational runs from Sunday through Tuesday. Marquette is hosting the Erin Hills Intercollegiate event October 6-8 at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee. That tournament will also have 14 teams – including the Golden Eagles and Badgers – competing in three rounds. Many top amateurs will play Erin Hills again, after golfing there at the U.S. Amateur last year. Erin Hills will also host the U.S. Open tournament in 2017.
Yovani Gallardo followed the same pattern as the Milwaukee Brewers this year. He struggled early on, and recovered nicely the past couple months. Gallardo will make his final start of a forgettable season tonight, when the Crew plays the Mets in New York. The fourth-place Brewers will go for their fifth victory in six games. Gallardo, a veteran right-hander, is 11-10 with a 4.23 ERA. After being out with a strained hamstring, he returned to his old form by going 3-1 in seven starts with an ERA of 2.35 during that stretch. It's what happened earlier that put a black mark on Gallardo's record. He'll end up with the highest ERA in his seven Major League seasons. Gallardo has 138 strikeouts, and he'll end a string of four years of at least 200 K's. He struck out seven in seven innings last weekend in a no-decision at Saint Louis, in which he gave up two runs. Right-hander Carlos Torres will start for New York. He's 4-5 with an ERA of just over three-and-a-third. After winning the National League Central in 2011, the Brewers are locked into a fourth-place finish this year at 15 games below .500. The Mets are not much better at 73-86.
Carlos Gomez returns to the lineup tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Mets in New York. The All-Star centerfielder served a one-game suspension last night, for instigating a bench-clearing brawl in Atlanta on Wednesday. The Brewers didn't need him last night, as they topped the Mets 4-2 to win their fourth game in their last five. Gomez has put on a power display in his last nine contests with four homers, a triple, a double, and eight RBI's. Without the suspended Ryan Braun, Gomez became Milwaukee's leader in homers this year with a career-high 23. He also has a personal-best 71 RBI's. For the Mets, Eric Young Junior hopes to take the National League stolen base lead. The son of former Brewer Eric Young has swiped five bases in his last eight games, including two against the Crew last night. He's now tied with Milwaukee's Jean Segura, each with 44 stolen bases on the year. Segura has missed eight games with a bad hamstring, but he's expected to return sometime during this final weekend of the regular season. Both teams are playing for pride, stats, and auditions for next year, after falling out of the pennant race long ago.
Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth will try to keep first-place in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup this weekend in Dover Delaware. The Triple-"A"-400 is the third of 10 races in the season-ending Chase -- and Kenseth has won the first two. Qualifying takes place this afternoon for Sunday's race. Kenseth has two-thousand-111 points -- 14 more than Kyle Busch, 18 more than third-place Jimmie Johnson. He has won a career-high seven races this year. Also entered in the Sunday's Sprint Cup event are Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil of Janesville, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick. No Wisconsin drivers are entered for the Nationwide Series race at Dover, the Five-Hour Energy-200 that's set for tomorrow. The Camping World Truck Series' drivers are in Las Vegas for the Smith's 350 tomorrow night. Johnny Sauter of Necedah is eighth in the truck standings going into that event.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is playing at Pebble Beach on the senior PGA Champions Tour. He's competing in the Nature Valley First Tee Open on the California coast. The 54-hole tournament is getting underway this morning. Forsman has a pair of Top-10 finishes in 20 events this year. He's ranked 52nd in the season point standings for the Charles Schwab Cup.