TCU and Missouri State reflect similarities

first_imgprintWhile TCU is attempting to become the seventh school to earn four consecutive College World Series berths and Missouri State’s sole appearance came in 2003, the Horned Frogs and Bears have more than a few things in common heading into their Super Regional showdown in Fort Worth.Starting Pitching TBAWhile MSU has yet to release their starting rotation plans because of the status of their ace Doug Still, TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said his team has a starting pitching set up in mind, but he is waiting to release the Horned Frogs’ plan until the Bears reveal their arms arrangement.Still is the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year, transferring from Jefferson College, totaling an 8-2 record to go along with a 2.66 earned run average, 85 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 98 innings of work.However, MSU head coach Keith Guttin has said what he plans to do if Still can pitch in Game 1 Saturday.“We don’t know honestly if Still is going to be able to start tomorrow and won’t know until tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on how he feels,” MSU head coach Keith Guttin said. “It will be Still, [Dylan] Coleman or [Jordan] Knutson Saturday and one of them Sunday and whoever is left on Monday.”Still pitched two games in the Fayetteville Regional last week, throwing 5.2 innings on 72 pitches in the round one game against Oklahoma State and 5.0 innings on 70 pitches with two days’ rest against the regional host, the Arkansas Razorbacks.“Tremendous, gritty performance,” Guitton said. “Going into it, honestly, I was hoping to get two or three innings and he just shut them down. He felt fine. Was in command, and we got five. It was a great effort. A gutty effort on his part in two days.”Guittin said if Still doesn’t start Game 1, right-hander Dylan Coleman or left-hander Jordan Knutson would start, and that Still would still be in the mix for Game 2 or Game 3 start.Knutson also carried a heavy workload last weekend for the Bears, pitching in all four regional games. He won in relief in games one and two, as well as recording his first save of 2017 in Game 7.Schlossnagle was less specific when addressing his starting rotation plan, leaving room for speculation.Maybe Schlossnagle decides to roll with his ace, sophomore right-hander Jared Janczak, who’s started and won a Super Regional game on the road against Texas A&M last season and is 2-1 in five postseason starts, including an eight-inning gem against Virginia in the Fort Worth Regional.He has earned the distinction of ace with a 9-0 record and 1.89 ERA season in 2017.From there, it’s anyone’s guess who could come next. Senior right-hander Brian Howard is undefeated in his last four postseason starts against Arizona State, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina, and Dallas Baptist, and is TCU’s first back-to-back 10-game winner.Redshirt senior right-hander Mitchell Traver is 4-2 in six postseason starts and has surrendered one run in four home postseason appearances. In his last three starts this season against Cal, Texas, and Central Connecticut State, he has a 1.12 ERA, 21 strikeouts and just four walks.With those three pitchers starting in the Fort Worth regional, TCU won all three of its games. Janzcak, Howard, and Traver have a combined 15 starts, 10 wins and 98 innings pitched in NCAA Tournament action. But, Schlossnagle is hunting to find innings for left-hander Nick Lodolo in the NCAA Tournament, even if it means bringing his freshman All-American out of the bullpen for the first time. Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ReddIt Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier The TCU dugout celebrates Josh Watson’s first home run of the season against Dallas Baptist. (Photo courtesy of Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ + posts Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Facebook Burger played on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team with Evan Skoug last summer and was one of two players to start all 19 games for Team USA.Both Burger and  MSU shortstop Jeremy Eierman each have hit 22 home runs for their team that clubbed the 13th-most long balls in the country with 78.Skoug’s wingman, with Luken Baker out of the lineup for the rest of the season since a collision at first base resulted in surgery, has been right fielder Austen Wade. He has five home runs as part of a .355 batting average, .523 slugging percentage, and a team-high 45 walks, all while missing five games.“There were times when I felt like moving him down in the order after Luken got hurt,” Scholssnagle said. “Both of these guys handle left-handed pitching, but he’s too valuable at the top of the order. He sets the tone leading off the game. He gives the rest of the lineup a chance to see what’s going on, and he may not get a hit or get on base every time, but you can count on it being at least five, six, or seven pitches in an at-bat, and there’s a lot of selflessness in that.”This season, Wade has gotten on base in nearly every game, reaching in 53 of 56 games he’s played.Wade and his Horned Frog teammates are sixth in the nation with 329 walks drawn. Of those 329, 115 have come all the way to score at a 34.9 percent clip.  Missouri State is fourth in walks drawn with 346.“A lot of our wins correlate with our positive numbers in the free 90 feet battle, so we’re going to take what a pitcher gives us,” Wade said. “If he’s up there throwing strikes, we’re going to try to put good swings on balls, but when guys are competing like crazy and missing a few pitches here and there, you try to take deep counts and deep at bats. If they’re going to give us 90 feet, we’ll take it.”TCU ranks 26th in runs scored with 423. Missouri State ranks 24th with 430.First pitch for Game 1 of the Fort Worth Super Regional is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Lupton Stadium. Garrett Podell Previous articleSoccer gears up for ‘challenging’ 2017 scheduleNext articleSkoug reunites with former USA Baseball teammate as Super Regional opponent Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett Podell Facebook Linkedin Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Lodolo started 14 games in 2017, totaling a 5-1 record with a 4.28 earned-run average. He struck out 69 batters in 73.2 innings.“For the future of our team and our program, I want Nick to have a chance to pitch in this kind of environment,” Schlossnagle said. “That may be a start, that may be out of the bullpen. We got him a good sim game this week, practiced a few situations.”Lodolo pitched the opener of the last four regular-season series for TCU while Janczak missed time with a shoulder strain, and pitched the opener of the Big 12 tournament against Kansas. He finished 2-0 with three no-decisions.However, Schlossnagle said  TCU’s pitching riches may not matter this weekend. “The Super Regional is the one time of year where pitching depth really doesn’t matter,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s about the first four or five or six guys, unless you get an extra-inning game or you’re getting blown out and you want to save some innings on the high-end guys. He’s certainly one of those five or six guys. We’ll see how the games go day to day.”The Horned Frogs utilized just four relievers: Jake Eissler, Cal Coughlin, Sean Wymer, and Durbin Feltman for 5.1 innings in their three-game sweep of the regional. Traver departed with a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning against CCSU. Janczak left with a 4-1 lead against Virginia in the ninth inning. Howard was jogged to the dugout in the seventh with a 14-2 lead. Six relief pitchers plus Lodolo went untouched.MSU has two-headed monster at the back end of its bullpen between junior right-hander Jake Fromson and senior right-hander Bryan Young.Fromson, used primarily in the middle innings, won MVC Pitcher of the Year this season with the second best rate of walks and hits allowed per inning, 0.78, in the nation to go along with an 8-3 record, three saves and 85 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. Young, MSU’s all-time appearance leader, has saved eight games for the Bears this season to go along with a 1-1 record, 1.53 earned run average, 47 strikeouts, 17 walks, and hitters are batting a paltry .118 against him.TCU pitchers are 14th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.3. Missouri State pitchers are 22nd overall at 9.0.Lineups stocked with power and patience “I think we’re pretty similar to TCU’s lineup with some boppers who put the ball over the fence, and some guys who grind out and win at-bats,” MSU All-American third baseman Jake Burger said.Burger compares similarly to TCU catcher Evan Skoug, an All-American in his own right, winning Co-Big 12 Player of the Year honors after hitting 18 home runs and driving in 62 runs.last_img read more

“Urgent action” needed to tackle youths gathering and flouting public health…

first_imgLimerickNews“Urgent action” needed to tackle youths gathering and flouting public health guidelines at scenic Limerick walkwayBy David Raleigh – February 25, 2021 1197 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleMunster defence “coming together nicely” ahead of Cardiff clashNext articleLISTEN: Cian Lynch speaks about maintaining skill level during the lockdown David Raleigh WhatsApp Facebook A Limerick politician has called for “urgent action” to address groups of youths gathering at a scenic Limerick walkway and flouting public health guidelines and intimidating members of the public.Independent Councillor Frankie Daly said groups of youths have been converging at Canal Bank, Limerick, without wearing face masks and causing a disturbance.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People do not feel safe on the Canal Bank, they feel uneasy even just going for a walk, it’s sad to say, but that’s the truth of it,” said Cllr Daly.He has been contacted by local residents complaining after youths have been gathering for the past number of weeks beneath a flyover bridge on the bank, intimidating people.Cllr Daly said a glass bottle was thrown at a female as she cycled along the bank last week and that two females, who were walking along the bank were assaulted and robbed.“It’s not the gardai’s fault, it’s a resources issue, I know a lot of gardai are out doing Covid-19 checkpoints, but urgent action is needed,” Cllr Daly said.A video recorded two weeks ago shows a large group of youths at Canal Bank gathered together not wearing masks and generally causing a disturbance to local residents.“This is causing fear for walkers and joggers an cyclists. There were two young females attacked the other night, it reminds me of the movie Fallen Down when Michael Douglas’ character is sitting by a rock and he’s ordered to pay a toll by two other men who approach him,” Cllr Daly said.“People are afraid to walk freely, there needs to be more garda visibility on the canal bank.”“These are large groups of young teenagers aged from around 14 years upwards, and they are breaking every public health rule under the sun.““It’s a huge problem when the message isn’t getting through, and we could be under lockdown for longer.”Gardai said they are to increase patrols along the walkway in response to the concerns.“Community Policing Units in Henry Street Garda Station and Mayorstone Garda Station will be increasing the number of patrols of the Canal Bank in Limerick City to prevent and detect incidents of anti-social behaviour, ensure compliance to Covid-19 Regulations and to keep the community safe,” a Garda spokesman said. Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Advertisement Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Covid-19 deaths in North reaches 2,000

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook The number of Covid-19 related deaths in the North has reached 2,000.It’s after a further 4 deaths were confirmed.234 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours in the North.There are 477 patients with the disease being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland.59 people are in ICU. Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Covid-19 deaths in North reaches 2,000 Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – February 15, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleBreaking: LYIT to become vaccination centreNext articleDerry security alert ends News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Do part to reduce trash to landfills

first_imgI would like to respond to Ken Kimball’s Nov. 19 letter [“Offer solutions to Colonie landfill issue”].Local landfills are, indeed, close to being full. There are many problems and many solutions that our governments will have to deal with. In the meantime, I would challenge Mr. Kimball and all people to do what they can to help.I recently took a wonderful course through Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, to become a Master Composter and Recycler.I thought I was doing a great job already, but I learned how much more I can do. So check out your local services (including Cornell Cooperative Extension) and see what you can recycle in your area.Reduce your garbage by composting and buying items with less packaging or packaging that can be recycled. Bring your own container to a restaurant for your leftovers, take reusable bags to the grocery store, and write letters to companies to encourage them to have eco-friendly packaging and practices. These practices won’t solve the problem, but they are a good start.By reducing your waste, the landfills will last a little longer and more permanent solutions can be found.Maggie BrownSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Michael Gbinije carries Syracuse offensively in 63-60 victory over Gonzaga

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 3:06 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 “We just try to keep winning in our mindset,” Gbinije said. “And at that point you kind of dismiss whatever other distractions is there. Mentally, you just block it out.”Boeheim called a timeout in the second half and told him to start getting to the basket more. Of the 16 shots he took after the break, 14 were from inside the arc. He wasn’t nearly as aggressive in the first half and Syracuse’s offense struggled.Before Syracuse found any rhythm there was a Gbinije that took two straight step-back jumpers. He watched both clank off the right side of the back rim. There was a guy whose corner 3 didn’t rim, net or anything but the air and the hardwood court.“Mike made up his mind that he was going to attack, he was going to get to the rim,” assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “We weren’t making shots and we had to find other ways to manufacture points. Every time we needed a big play … Michael’s making it.”Malachi Richardson was 3-of-14. Tyler Lydon was 1-of-5. Trevor Cooney was 5-of-9, but he was completely neutralized from behind the arc. Each made big plays. Richardson connected on a late 3 to slice a six-point lead in half. Lydon made a game-saving block. Cooney was the star of a late defensive press that proved extremely effective.But the offense, it came from Gbinije. It had to. He was the run-stopper, the playmaker and the scorer all rolled into one.He stood in the Orange locker room, a full and inescapable grin on his face. He laughed through questions that wouldn’t even warrant it. He said that walk-on Christian White had ran into a “physical specimen” when their chest bump early in the second half left White flat on the United Center court. He boasted that he always believed Syracuse would be in the Elite Eight, even if no one else did.And on a night when his points were hard fought and the offense from anyone else a blessing more than an expectation, somehow that last, game-winning basket was simpler than all the rest. And it got his team to a place that maybe only he believed it would be.“We had to tough out a lot of games this year, especially in this Tournament,” Gbinije said. “But we’ve got another chance to play basketball.” Comments The ball was loose on the ground and Michael Gbinije had a game winning shot right there for him to make. All he wanted to do was pick the ball up, and get it out of his hands as quickly as possible.He’d missed a contested layup just a couple ticks before. There was a scramble on the boards, a fight for the Orange’s season. Gbinije had put his head down all second half and taken to the basket with the likes of Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis waiting there to disrupt his shot. He’d battled for every point.Then, as if out of nowhere, there was the ball and an open shot to make. It was all so simple.Defenders tried to close in. But by the time they did, Gbinije’s 20th and final point was rolling in the front part of the cylinder and through the basket.Syracuse had almost lost the lead for good. Now it had one it wouldn’t give up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At the end, we just let Mike take it and try to get to the basket,” Jim Boeheim said. “He’s a strong guy, and he did it. He won the game for us.”Gbinije scored four of the first six points in the second half and assisted on the other two. They turned a one-point deficit to a five-point lead. His next two points unlocked a tie game after a 5-0 Gonzaga run. He gave his team the lead again with 10:30 left on a pull-up jumper. Then his final basket was the game-winner.Half of his shots in the second half gave the Orange the lead. And because of him, Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) had the final lead, 63-60, over Gonzaga (28-8, 15-3 West Coast) when time had finally expired. And amid the hoopla of SU’s successful press defense and Tyler Lydon’s last-second block was Gbinije, who carried the team offensively when nearly everyone else struggled to score.MORE COVERAGEDougherty: Ignorance is bliss (or something like that) for Syracuse’s three freshmenGallery: Syracuse advances to the Elite Eight with a 63-60 win over GonzagaStorify: Syracuse fans rejoice as No. 10 seed SU advances to Elite 8 with win over No. 11 GonzagaSyracuse escapes nail-biter with 63-60 win over Gonzaga in Sweet 16Syracuse-Virginia basketball Elite Eight game time set for 6:09 p.m. Sunday Related Stories Dougherty: Ignorance is bliss (or something like that) for Syracuse’s three freshmenGallery: Syracuse advances to the Elite Eight with a 63-60 win over GonzagaStorify: Syracuse fans rejoice as No. 10 seed SU advances to Elite 8 with win over No. 11 GonzagaSyracuse escapes nail-biter with 63-60 win over Gonzaga in Sweet 16Syracuse-Virginia basketball Elite Eight game time set for 6:09 p.m. Sunday Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more