Badger softball wins 1 of 4 in home opener

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team finished this weekend with just one win in four games, but they still came away with smiles on their faces.The Badgers (11-28, 1-7 Big Ten) played a doubleheader against Indiana on Sunday, splitting the series 1-1.UW won the second of the two games 3-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from freshman Kristyn Hansen to earn their first Big Ten win of the season.“I had a little bit of butterflies,” Hansen said. “But I stood strong, and by the second inning they were gone and I was ready to go.”Hansen learned that she would be starting the second game only minutes before the opening pitch. Head coach Chandelle Schulte gave Hansen the nod after junior Leah Vanevenhoven threw six innings in the first game of the doubleheader and sophomore Letty Olivarez had given up five runs in the seventh inning of that game.“What a tremendous mental giant,” assistant coach Julie Wright said of Hansen. “She found out literally 10 minutes before the game started. … She was huge for us.”Even though it was just the first Big Ten start of her career, Hansen came out strong and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. She finished the game giving up only three hits and earned the first Big Ten win of her career with a complete game shutout.“My goal is a down ball game,” Hansen said. “The way I pitch, batters tend to hit a lot of ground balls. That is why [the coaches] like me in there, because when we need a ground ball I can usually get one.”Aiding Hansen’s strong pitching performance was a defense that didn’t commit any errors and made several spectacular plays.“That is the best defense I have seen us play in practice or in games all season long,” Wright said. “They told me afterwards, ‘We don’t know what clicked, but we relaxed and had fun together,’ and you can see the result.”Badger hitters only managed to collect four hits for the game, but they made them count as they opened up the scoring in the fourth inning. Alexis Garcia got UW on the board with a solo home run, her fourth of the season. After consecutive singles by Olivarez and Lynn Anderson, Wisconsin tacked on two more runs by taking advantage of a defensive error and a wild pitch.“We capitalized when we got some runners on,” Wright said. “It had been a thorn in our side all season, so it was nice to execute in that situation.”The first game of the twin billing did not go as smoothly as the second, though. UW started the game with an RBI double from Valyncia Raphael, as the Badgers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both pitchers shut down opposing batters to keep the score at 2-0 going into the top of the seventh.It all unraveled in the final inning for the Badgers as relief pitcher Olivarez gave up five runs in one inning of work. Wisconsin could only get one back in the bottom of the seventh for a final score of 5-3.“We were feeling pretty good about it,” Wright said about leading the game going into the seventh frame. “You always want more runs and we hadn’t scored since the first inning, so two runs never feels like enough. We were feeling pretty good still, and they weren’t swinging the bat too well, but then it all fell apart.”The Badgers lost 4-3 to Purdue Saturday with much of the blame falling on the defense. Vanevenhoven got the start for UW, and four runs were scored against her, though none of them were earned.Friday the Badgers struggled to execute on offense and lost their home opener 5-2 to the Boilermakers.last_img read more

6 memorable moments from the Scott Shafer era

first_imgScott Shafer was fired Monday as Syracuse’s head coach. He’ll coach his final game for the Orange on Saturday against Boston College. Shafer’s three seasons at the helm were marked with early success and plenty of potential, but his final two seasons on the job have been a struggle. With one game remaining, Shafer has a 13-23 record as Syracuse’s head coach.Here’s a look at some of the key moments of the Scott Shafer era.Jan. 9, 2013: Scott Shafer is officially hired as Syracuse’s head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, who left abruptly to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Shafer brought a sense of excitement to the program at his introductory press conference despite having to replace nearly the entire coaching staff.Dec. 27, 2013: Syracuse wins the Texas Bowl, capping off a 7-6 season to start Shafer’s time at Syracuse. The Orange defeated Minnesota 21-17 for Syracuse’s third bowl win in four years.Oct. 4, 2014: Shafer promotes Tim Lester to offensive coordinator after demoting George McDonald. The move came after Syracuse had scored 20 or more points just twice in its first five games. McDonald said he wouldn’t have taken the offensive coordinator job at SU if he had known he’d be relieved of his duties so soon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNov. 8, 2014: Following a 17-point loss to Duke that eliminated the Orange from bowl contention, Shafer had another impassioned press conference. This time, the coach left the podium chipped after he was asked if the season was a disappointment. Shafer smashed the podium with his fist, saying the goal coming into the season was to win eight games.Sept. 26, 2015: Syracuse loses by 10 points to then-No. 8 LSU. Excitement for the season was arguably at its peak after the Orange started the season 3-0, and followed it with an impressive performance against the Tigers despite playing with a walk-on quarterback.Nov. 7, 2015: Syracuse loses to Lousiville on the road in a blowout, but the bigger story is the health of freshman quarterback Eric Dungey. He was knocked out of the game with a head injury while playing down 31 points with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Asked after the game why he left Dungey in, Shafer said he wanted to go for the comeback. Dungey had previously missed time in the season, and has taken multiple hits to the head since then.Nov. 21, 2015: In what turns out to be his penultimate game as head coach, Shafer and Syracuse lose 42-29 at N.C. State. The loss is the eighth in a row for the Orange on the year, and tempers boil over during the game. Shafer was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for the second game in a row, wide receiver Steve Ishmael was ejected for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and wide receiver Brisly Estime was ejected for fighting. Comments Related Stories Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer fired, will coach final game vs. Boston CollegePoll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer? Published on November 23, 2015 at 11:23 am Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu | @Brett_Samuels27center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFHS 5 for TN kicks off from SRM Institute of Science and

first_imgThe Republic of North Macedonia has proposed an exchange of students and professors with the SRM Institute of Science and Technology to take the bilateral relationship to a new level. Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of North Macedonia, Nehat Emini, recently mooted the proposal in a meeting with SRMIST Founder Chancellor Dr T R Paarivendhar, MP, and President Dr P Sathyanarayanan.Noting that the School of Public Health in SRM is one of the top 10 schools in the country, SRMIST President Dr Sathyanarayan said, “I am happy that Nehat Emini, Charge d’ Affaires is with us today. The sculpture and heritage of North Macedonia is very similar to India and I hope we have pivotal trade and education connection between our countries”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalHe said it was an honour and prestige that SRM School of Public Health has been selected to do the NFHS-5. “Normally it is the government who does such surveys but this has been passed on to a private organisation. This is a privilege for SRM”. “School of Public Health is a multidisciplinary field as it involves Management, Statistics, Biology and several other fields. We have all these under one umbrella in SRM and we have to make use of these facilities for this survey,” he said. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”I would like to invite students from India as well as professors for exchange programmes to my country where we have very good professors with good standing in Europe, as I am deeply convinced that our common aim is to deepen cooperation in areas of our mutual interest,” said the Macedonian official who was the Chief Guest at the launch of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Round 5. The project cost is estimated to be around Rs 9 crore. Dean, SRM School of Public Health, Dr Padma Venkat, said the North Macedonian capital was Skopje, the birthplace of Mother Teresa. Significantly, North Macedonia was highly rated on the human development index and had a rich cultural heritage of music, art, dance and fresco paintings. SRMIST Vice Chancellor Dr Sandeep Sancheti called for timely completion of the survey which would be greatly beneficial to society at large. He said the SRM School of Public Health should excel in carrying out its mandate given by the government to change the perception that societal contribution of educational institutions is not so strong. Among those present were the Registrar Dr N Sethuraman, Deans and Directors of SRMIST besides C Latha, Project Officer, Tamil Nadu, International Institute of Population Studies which is the national nodal centre for implementing the NFHS-5, Dr J Allirani, Deputy Director, Department of Family Welfare, Maternal and Child Health, Puducherry and Dr Venkatramanan, State Bureau of Health Intelligence, Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Health.last_img read more