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Swept again: Iowa silences Wisconsin bats

first_imgDespite a two-hitter by Letty Olivarez, the Badgers lost game one Wednesday, 1-0. They were routed 14-1 in game two, falling to 0-8 in the Big Ten.[/media-credit]Still looking for its first conference win of the season, Wisconsin suffered two devastating home losses Wednesday in a doubleheader against Iowa, as the Badgers were just edged out 1-0 in game one before being demolished 14-1 in the nightcap.UW battled the Hawkeyes throughout the first game, but strong opposing pitching and unlucky hitting wasted a terrific pitching performance by senior Badger Letty Olivarez.Olivarez pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits, one walk and one earned run, while striking out 10.Iowa knocked in its one run of the game in the third inning with some small ball, utilizing infield hits and stolen bases. It turned out to be the difference in the game, and with the same pitchers starting the second, it looked to be another tight matchup.But Iowa jumped on Wisconsin early and didn’t let up, pouring on the offense and stifling the Badgers at the plate.“All in all, the first game was a really good game,” senior shortstop Katie Soderberg said. “I think we battled, we put the ball in play and we took it to the players. It was a good softball game on both sides of the field; it would’ve been nice to come out with a win. I think it was unfortunate not to take that momentum into the second game.“I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but we just spiraled downhill and it was definitely a tough game, the second one.”Olivarez quickly gave up three runs in only 1 1/3 innings in her second start, including a solo home run. Freshman Meghan McIntosh relieved Olivarez with one out in the second, and proceeded to give up two runs of her own in that inning and two more in the fourth before being relieved by No. 3 pitcher Kristyn Hansen.Hansen then gave up four walks, three hits and five runs — two earned — without registering an out. Olivarez returned to relieve Hansen and finished the game, giving up two more unearned runs in the process.The damage Iowa did mostly came in a nine-run fourth inning, as 14 Hawkeyes came to the plate and six reached base in some manner other than getting a hit.Junior right fielder Ashley Hanewich made a great running catch with the bases loaded to saved a few more runs from coming in, but Iowa kept the pressure on the entire game and won the game on the eight-run mercy rule after the fifth inning.Iowa’s Amanda Zust started both games and did not allow a run in her 10 innings. She did so not with overpowering pitching but with good placement and ground ball outs.“She was good. She kept us on the outside. She pitched to our weaknesses,” Olivarez said. “They had scouts on us so I feel like she did her job well, and I think we shouldn’t have chased her as much as we did, but that’s what good pitchers do.”The Badgers did hit the ball on the nose in several at-bats in the first game, but the ball just seemed to go toward Iowa players.“We actually got some good hits, just straight to people, so sometimes the luck doesn’t fall in your hands,” Olivarez continued. “Obviously, it was way different than the second game, but I think if we could’ve squeezed a run in we would have been in better position.”In the second game, Wisconsin was never threatening on offense.UW’s only run of the series came in the last half-inning played Wednesday at Goodman Diamond when freshman Whitney Massey singled in Soderberg.When asked if that run was any sort of consolation for the team, Soderberg responded with a short, “No.”With the losses, the Badgers fall to 10-24 and still winless in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes move to 24-14-1 and 8-1 in conference.The mood in the locker room, the players said, was introspective. They were trying to figure out what went wrong and how their playing can improve. The players took full responsibility for the loss, and intend to make changes before their series this weekend.“I think everyone knows individually what they need to do,” Soderberg said. “We need to come out; we need to work hard, and I have no doubt in our coaching staff that they’re going to push us these next two days before the weekend.“I think we just need to bear down right now.”last_img read more

North Tipp Chairman apologises to Kilruane

first_imgThe Chairman of the North Tipp board has apologised to Kilruane for the controversary surrounding the Under 21 hurling championship nomination. Toomevara had been nominated to represent the North in the County Championship…however, Killruane objected to this and it was decided that the North final would be played…with the winning team to play in the county semi final the following day. But it ended level between Toome and Kilruane last Saturday after extra time…on Sunday then, Toomevara played Carrick Swans and beat them by 11 points.  The North side will now face Thurles Sarsfields in the County Under 21 A hurling final. A meeting of the North County Board was held last night….Chairman Dan Kennedy apologised to Kilruane and it was accepted to put the episode to rest. Speaking to Tipp FM after the meeting, Dan Kennedy said the issues have been resolvedlast_img read more

LeBron James, other Lakers express frustration on social media over death of George Floyd

first_imgAnother death of a black man in police custody has angered people around the NBA, including Lakers star LeBron James.A video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling atop the neck of a man named George Floyd who later died circulated through news and social media circles. James weighed in on Instagram, posting a still from the video of the officer juxtaposed with a picture of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the field in protest, overlaid with the text: “This … Is Why.”“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??” he wrote.James has consistently spoken up about the shootings and killings of unarmed black men by law enforcement and others that have been brought to light in recent years by viral videos. Floyd died Monday after being arrested on suspicion of forgery, then sent to a hospital. The video shows the officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes as Floyd complains that he can’t breathe then appears to lose consciousness. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth officers in the video were fired Tuesday after it was determined the police report did not accurately catalog the incident captured on tape, and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey expressed shock and frustration with how the officers conducted themselves.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James has campaigned for wider recognition of victims of such incidents such as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Earlier this year, James expressed similar frustration on social media about the death of Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery who was shot by armed civilians. He has also expressed support for Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests of law enforcement killings of black men made him a persona non grata on NFL rosters.On the Lakers, Danny Green and Talen Horton-Tucker were among those to express similar messages as James, and assistant coach Phil Handy wrote in an Instagram story: “This BS needs to stop! #senseless.”last_img read more