USC overcomes Fujiya’s shaky start to top Lions

first_imgLast week, junior pitcher Chris Mezger said the bullpen had to step up. He said the group of relievers had to minimize the damage and avoid the big inning. He couldn’t have pitched any truer to his words Tuesday night in USC’s 9-7 win over host Loyola Marymount at George C. Page Stadium.Relief · After USC senior Shuhei Fujiya was unable to record an out in the first inning, junior Chris Mezger pitched four scoreless innings. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The Trojans (13-12) moved to 5-1 in midweek competitions thanks to Mezger’s ability to come in and quell a Lions’ rally early in the first inning.“Mezger did phenomenal tonight,” USC coach Chad Kreuter said. “I’m extremely excited about how he’s been pitching.”LMU (13-12) chased senior Shuhei Fujiya from his first start as a Trojan before he even recorded an out. Fujiya loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single through the right side before the Lions’ most dangerous hitter, Matt Koch, doubled down the left field line driving in two runs.LMU’s infielder Matt Lowenstein followed with a RBI single that spelled the end of the day for Fujiya. Kreuter made the call to the bullpen for Mezger, his most versatile reliever. The lanky 6-foot-10 right hander was stellar once again, getting out of the jam and allowing only a squeeze bunt to score Lowenstein.Mezger baffled the LMU hitters for four innings, allowing only one single while recording three strikeouts. He picked up his third win in relief, improving his record to 3-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.80 in 20 innings.Juniors Logan Odom and Ryan Cabral and sophomore Brandon Garcia pieced together four innings, giving up single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before sophomore Chad Smith came in to slam the door shut in the ninth inning. Smith struck out two Lions’ batters and then induced a ground ball to third base to earn his second career save — his first this season.“Chad had some really special stuff tonight,” Kreuter said. “We would like to have a defined closer, but right now the defined role in our bullpen is the hot hand.”After scoring only one run in Sunday’s series finale at Stanford, the Trojans wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against the Lions. It took only two batters.Junior second baseman Joe De Pinto was plunked by a pitch to lead off the game, and sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa doubled to the left-centerfield gap to score De Pinto. Oropesa came in to score later in the inning when LMU’s starting pitcher Aaron Griffin uncorked his first of two wild pitches.USC continued the scoring in the second inning with another pair of runs on freshman shortstop Adam Landecker’s first career home run.“We had a hit-and-run play on with a 2-0 count, and he fouled it off,” Kreuter said. “So I put [the hit-and-run] back on and he hit it over the big wall in left field.”The shortstop reached base three times in the contest, scoring a pair of runs.“It’s fun as a coach to watch another young player have success,” Kreuter said.De Pinto also had a pair of runs and a pair of RBI after he drove in two runs in the top of the fourth inning. USC knocked Griffin out of the game and stretched its lead to 8-4 in the fifth inning with a pair of runs, including sophomore infielder Matt Foat’s fifth home run this season.Griffin (2-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and five walks in four and two-thirds innings.Koch, Lowenstein and outfielder Ryan Hawthorne each recorded multi-hit games for LMU.The Trojans will be back in action when they host Oregon State for a three-game series beginning Thursday.last_img read more

Fast reactions from No. 17 Syracuse’s 98-68 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame

first_imgIn front of a season-high 7,568 fans in the Carrier Dome on Monday night, No. 17 Syracuse (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 4 Notre Dame (26-3, 13-2), 98-68. With a chance to defeat a ranked opponent on their home floor for the first time this season, the Orange fell flat and lost by their largest margin all year. Here are three immediate reactions from the game.Where’s Tiana?Notre Dame broke the game open in the second quarter, when it outscored the Orange 22-8. That included a 16-0 run in which many of the points came with Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse’s point guard and best player, on the bench. Backup point guard Kiara Lewis ended up taking eight shots in the first half to Mangakahia’s one and played six more minutes than her. It took until the 2:48 mark in the third quarter for Mangakahia to score her first points of the game, but by that time, Syracuse trailed by 28. Mangakahia scored 17 points in the second half, but in what could be her last game in the Carrier Dome ever, she failed to make an impact until the game was out of hand.Pains in the paintAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the additions of players like Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Emily Engstler in addition to sophomores Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity, Syracuse has had a strong inside presence all season. Against Notre Dame, they were silent. Instead, the Irish’s Brianna Turner (6-foot-3) and Jessica Shepard (6-foot-4) controlled the post. Turner’s 22 points and Shepard’s 17 bolstered UND’s efforts inside, which ultimately resulted in a 60-40 points in the paint advantage.Not-so free throwsSyracuse came into the game fifth in the ACC in free throw percentage, shooting 74.7 percent on the season. That percentage dipped below 50 versus the Irish and quelled any real chances of fighting into the game. The Orange shot 6-for-15 from the line, including a 2-for-7 third quarter in which they made their strongest comeback bid of the game. Notre Dame, on the other hand, made 15 of its 18 free throws. Syracuse cut the Irish’s lead to 20 in the third, the lowest it would be in the second half, but never seriously threatened thanks to missed opportunities at the foul line. Comments Published on February 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers score four times in ninth to complete sweep of Diamondbacks, 5-4

first_imgCole found the strike zone more often than Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney, who was handed a three-run lead but didn’t retire any of the six batters he faced. Rodney walked four (one with the bases loaded) and gave up a game-tying two-run single to Corey Seager before being removed. Chris Taylor’s fourth hit of the night, a single off the final Diamondbacks reliever, T.J. McFarland, gave the Dodgers their latest walk-off — but don’t walk away — win.“That was incredible,” Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill said after the team’s fifth walk-off and 22nd comeback win. “I saw some people leaving the ballpark. You’ve gotta stay with this team.”The Diamondbacks must have left the ballpark depleted after the ninth-inning gut punch of a rally completed a three-game sweep and moved the Dodgers 5½ games in front in the National League West.With the win, the Dodgers (58-29) have gone 23-4 over their past 27 games, going from two games down to once again exerting their authority over the division they have ruled each of the past four years.Two weeks ago, the Colorado Rockies came to Dodger Stadium just 1½ games back. They were outscored 22-7 in a three-game sweep by the Dodgers and haven’t been heard from since. LOS ANGELES >> Love was in the air at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.An outpouring of fan support got Justin Turner an invitation to the All-Star Game. Manager Dave Roberts’ daughter, Emme, sang the National Anthem on her dad’s bobblehead night and his son, Cole, threw a ceremonial first pitch to him.Hours later, the Dodgers dispensed some tough love, rallying for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand the Arizona Diamondbacks a 5-4 defeat.“It was a perfect day,” Dave Roberts said. “The way it started with my daughter singing the anthem and my son throwing a strike to me and winning in that fashion — it was a perfect day.” This week, the Diamondbacks brought their hopes to town and got swept, losing three consecutive one-run games.“I think from Day One we knew we were the best team in the West,” Roberts said. “It was just a matter of going out there and playing. You had the Rockies and the Diamondbacks playing good when they came in here. Yeah, we wanted to play well and win games. We took care of business.”Not right away.The Dodgers struck out 13 times in the first seven innings against Diamondbacks All-Star Robbie Ray. They wasted a leadoff double by Taylor in the fourth inning and got nothing out of bases-loaded situations in the first and sixth.With runners in scoring position against Ray, the Dodgers were 0 for 7 and struck out five times. Their only run came on a solo home run by Logan Forsythe in the fifth inning, matching one of the same by Jake Lamb off Hill in the top of the inning.It stayed tied until the eighth when Lamb hit his second home run of the night, lofting a 2-and-1 changeup from Luis Avilan into the right field seats. Two batters later, Ketel Marte drilled a 1-and-1 fastball from Avilan 440 feet deep into the left-field pavilion.In the top of the ninth, Josh Fields balked in a run to make it 4-1. That’s when Rodney went to work.Only three of his first 15 pitches found the strike zone – and one of those was whacked for a single by Yasiel Puig to light the fire.“Obviously, Rodney has a proven track record but he just couldn’t find it tonight,” Roberts said. “We were able to essentially make his own grave there and not kind of get ourselves out and made him make pitches. We put ourselves in a good spot.”Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger came off the bench to pinch hit and walked on a combined nine pitches to load the bases. Neither swung at a single pitch.“Once a guy is struggling a little bit, you don’t want to be too aggressive,” Bellinger said. “You want to make him work.“It’s hard, especially when you have however many people cheering for you to do something.”Those fans that Hill didn’t catch heading for the exits got to see Rodney walk Forsythe on four more pitches then Seager bounce a 2-and-2 pitch through the middle of the infield to tie the score.Taylor sent the rest home with his walk-off single.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Don Stewart II, Wellington: Jan. 9, 1967 – Feb. 27, 2013

first_imgFrank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Don is preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Stewart; son, Austin Stewart; grandparents, C. W. and Marjory Stewart and Burton and Dixie Zech. Don StewartDonald Ray Stewart II departed this world on February 27, 2013 at 11:43 p.m. at Sumner Regional Medical Center releasing him from a year of pain and suffering as a result of  his auto accident a year ago March 1st.He came into this world feet first and ready to run on January 9, 1967 in Dallas, TX to Donald R. and Ann (Zech) Stewart.  He stayed in Dallas until his mother, brother, and sister moved to Houston.  He married Janice Wick and five children were born to this marriage.  Don moved his family to Wellington, KS in 2004 to be close to his family.  He was a “repo man,” electrician assistant, apartment manager, and maintenance man to name a few.His favorite pastime was doing things with his children, especially being “king of the grill” at home, camping, or anywhere there was a grill.  Don loved the water and took the children boating all summer. Four-wheeling and sledding were their favorite winter activities.  Paint balling was a year around favorite with Ryan. He is survived by his children, Desiree Stewart of Texas, Ryan Stewart of Oxford, KS, and Taylor, Chelsea, and Conner Stewart of Peck, KS; mother, Ann Barnes of Wellington, KS; brother, Christopher Stewart of Wellington, KS; sister, Melissa Ybarra and Brice Marshall of Wellington, KS; uncles and families, Richard (Kathy) Zech of Wellington, KS, Jerry (Sue) Stewart of Dallas, TX and Jim (Joann) Stewart of Allen, TX; great aunt, Mini Thomas of Topeka, KS; cousins, Gretchen Zech-Donaldson of Wichita, KS, Spencer Zech of Idado; nephews, Tyler Ybarra of Lansing, MI and Taylan Ybarra of Hutchinson, KS and Wade Stewart of Wellington, KS; and niece, Jourdan Stewart of San Marcos, TX. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the First Free Will Baptist Church.  Pastor Zane Brooks will officiate. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers).  Contributions can be left at the funeral home. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

World Cup bound juniors meet Kenyan stars

first_img0Shares0000World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri sandwiched by Football for Friendship ambassadors Jadidi Ndambuki and Myles Muriuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – As team Kenya for Gold Coast braved the chilly morning weather for their mandatory training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, two future stars watched awe-struck, perhaps so because of the proximity with the stars of the day.Vigilant  of their surroundings, Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki followed amazed as the athletes put emphasis on pace and speed work in their final official training session before representing Kenya at the quadrennial  Club Games that runs from April 4-15 in Australia. “Tv makes them look really big the lively,” Jadidi weighed in as reigning World 5000m champion Helen Obiri breezed by.Well with the exception of that one, Myles while consulting with his English teacher Shadrack Mwangi, pointed to the centre of the field, at the figure of a hulking Javelin-wielding man, the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver Medalist, Julius Yego, better known as the ‘YouTube man’.Olympics Javelin silver medalist Julius Yego sharing tips with Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki at the Kasarani Stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe youngsters were reaching out to the celebrities to briefly share with them about forthcoming Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament in which they will be the Kenyan ambassadors.The Parklands Baptist Primary school pupils will be part of the sixth edition of the F4F tourney that will precede the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Jadidi as a young footballer and Myles as the young journalist.The International Children’s Social Programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA  and the World Cup, is an Initiative that involves the young generation around the globe in promoting the most important human values among them, friendship, equality, peace and respect  for different cultures and national intrigues.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship will run from  8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will have  the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and  the first match pitting  host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.World 3000m steeplachase champion Conseslus Kipruto encouraging Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muruiki when the two visited the athletes at the Kasarani stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Are you sure you can beat me in football?”Jokes 3000m steeplechase world champion Consensus Kipruto, who is aiming to add a Commonwealth accolade to his bloated medal cabinet“I wish you well in Russia, make sure you represent the country well, you will be our ambassadors out there,” Kipruto, the Rio, Olympics silver medalist added.Yego, who has vivid memories of Russia, having won Kenya her first field Gold Medal in Moscow in 2015, urged the Myles and Jadidi to maintain high level of discipline is great success will be achived.“I wish you guys well, It feels good to know there are stars coming to take our places once we exit the scene,” the CID officer  who will be leaving for Gold Coast on March 31st shared with the youngsters.Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThere was also a rare sight of team Kenya Marathoners led by coach Joseph Kirwa, who was taking them through speed work before they two leave for Australia.“I know the perspective is marathoners can only be found training in the bush, Kirwa who is optimistic for top medal honours noted.“Being the final training session, we thought it wise to work on speed work,” the coach who was flanked by among others Kenneth Mburu, Nicholas Kamakya and Julius Karinga for the Male team and Sheila Jerotichm Shelmith Muriuki and Hellen Nzembi disclosed.Kenya will be seeking to better her performance from the 20th edition of the Club Games that was held in Glasgow, Scotland, were they collected a total of 25 medals.-By Amos Abuga- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more