Batesville Bulldogs Varsity Softball Team lost the lead late in a 14-8 defeat to Connersville on Tuesday.The game was tied at eight with Connersville batting in the bottom of the fifth when #9 doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.The Bulldogs collected 13 hits and Connersville had 20 in the high-scoring affair.Connersville got things started in the first inning. #55 homered on a 2-0 count, scoring four runs. Batesville took the lead in the third inning with big hits from Ripperger, Belter, Westerfeld, and Schafer. Connersville evened things up at eight in the bottom of the fourth inning when #9 homered on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.The Bulldogs notched four runs in the second inning, three in the third, and one in the fourth.#9 toed the rubber for Connersville. She went five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits, striking out three and walking one.Westerfeld was on the rubber for Batesville Bulldogs Varsity. She lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing five hits and six runs while walking one. Kara Obermeyer threw five and a third innings out of the bullpen allowing 15 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs.Kara Obermeyer (3 singles), Emma Belter (2 doubles), Kylie Laker (2 singles), and Sarah Ripperger (triple and single) all managed multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Obermeyer led the team with three hits in four at bats. Westerfeld and Schaefer tallied 2 RBIs each.The Bulldogs fall to 3-7 on the season and 1-6 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.
Published on March 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm No. 10 seed Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will square off with No. 1 seed North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in the Final Four in Houston. The Tar Heels beat the Orange in two previous matchups this season, but now they will play for a berth in the national title game.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Sam Blum (21-15)North Carolina 70, Syracuse 60Final GameWho really even knows at this point? Syracuse’s improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was supposed to end against Gonzaga. Then it was supposed to end against Virginia. Now, here we are, with another team that’s supposed to beat the Miracle Orange. It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, but if Pittsburgh can find a way, so too can the Tar Heels. Syracuse will keep this close, but UNC will blast the painted area to grab a late lead. And unless there’s more press magic for the third straight game, SU’s season will end successfully — if not triumphantly — with a Final Four loss.Jesse Dougherty (23-13)North Carolina 73, Syracuse 69The Carolina wayAdvertisementThis is placeholder textI picked North Carolina to win this whole Tournament back before it started (when we all thought Syracuse wouldn’t make it out of St. Louis alive), and the Tar Heels haven’t given me any good reason to deviate that. The Orange has given us all reason to believe that it could go all the way to the national championship game on Monday, but it gets into a shootout with UNC and can’t quite keep up. This doesn’t invalidate SU’s success this season, as it will have far out-reached expectations, it’s just a stinging third loss to a North Carolina team that Syracuse always competes against until it matters most.Matt Schneidman (25-11)Syracuse 73, North Carolina 70Near-perfect 10Because why not? Why can’t Syracuse pull off another upset of a No. 1 seed from its own conference? Sure, North Carolina will be a tougher task than Virginia simply because of how outmatched the Orange is in the frontcourt, but all it takes is a monstrous performance from Tyler Roberson, support from Tyler Lydon and not falling behind by double digits early. If Syracuse can keep it close, and keep Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson in check while not being exploited by the high-low attack that has hurt in the past, SU will head to the national title game. Comments Related Stories Dougherty: Malachi Richardson doesn’t think you can guard him, and he’s probably right10 fun facts about North CarolinaSyracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of No. 1 seed North CarolinaThe shoe still fits for Syracuse basketball and big-play freshman Tyler LydonSyracuse basketball roundtable: How to beat North Carolina, SU’s prior clashes with UNC and how SU impressed against Virginia Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
After a pair of wins over the weekend, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (6-4, 2-0 Big Ten) faces perhaps their toughest stretch of the season with matchups against No. 5 Penn State and No. 2 Nebraska.Both the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2, 2-0 Big Ten) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) pose major threats to the Badgers’ impressive start to Big Ten play. Their combined three losses have all come from ranked opponents.The Badgers will not face another test this grueling until late November when they face the two teams consecutively once again.Women’s Volleyball: Kelly Sheffield shines light on team depth for upcoming seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team recently began their regular season schedule. Hopefully, this season will be one of Read…A successful week will require a few key factors — sustained defensive effort, service aces and the Molly Haggerty who showed up against Indiana on Sunday afternoon.After allowing a .457 hitting percentage against Washington, the Badgers buckled down on defense this weekend holding Purdue and Indiana to a combined .133 hitting percentage.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield pointed to the improved defense in his press conference Monday.“I think we were reading the game a little bit better. I thought our effort in the backcourt was really much better than what it has been,” Sheffield said. “We weren’t getting a ton of stuff blocked at times, but I thought our touches were positives.”Penn State and Nebraska both pose major threats to this goal with their potent offenses hitting .285 and .243, respectively, despite schedules loaded with ranked opponents.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…The Badgers have overcome poor defensive performances this year with their dominance at the service line. To beat teams of this caliber, they will need to balance both.Wisconsin is third in the Big Ten in aces per set with 1.69 thanks in large part to freshman Izzy Ashburn. But middle blocker Dana Rettke and libero Tiffany Clark have combined for 23 sets on their own.Penn State has only allowed four or more aces in two matches this season — those two matches were their only losses on the season.The Cornhuskers have allowed the second-fewest aces per set in the Big Ten trailing only the Nittany Lions.Volleyball: All-American Rettke remains hungry following summer with Team USAJunior Dana Rettke has been one of the most intimidating forces in college volleyball for over two years now. A Read…Lastly, the Badgers need outside hitter Molly Haggerty to complement Rettke with special performances.Haggerty has struggled to return to her freshman season from where she received the Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor. After a back injury forced her to redshirt in 2017, she struggled to regain footing in 2018, but the Molly of old has been seen in flashes recently.The matchup with Penn State is at the UW Fieldhouse starting at 8 p.m. and the Nebraska contest is at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both matches can be seen on Big Ten Network or listened to on 100.9 FM. read more