City fringe offices: Fringed with sadness

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Works set to begin on Scottish offshore decommissioning yard

first_imgWorks on the construction of offshore facilities dismantlement area at what will be the Decommissioning Facility at the Energy Park Fife in Methil, Scotland, are set to begin by the end of the year.According to the Decom North Sea, the planning and development of the Decommissioning Facility at the Energy Park Fife by CessCon Decom in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council has progressed at good pace.Decom North Sea has said that a multi-million-pound sum is being invested to develop “the UK’s most advanced, purpose-built facility with a substantial hard-standing laydown and dismantlement area with an impermeable concrete surface and water collection and treatment facilities, specifically designed for decommissioning and dismantlement operations.”Per the organization, the groundworks and construction of the new dismantlement and processing area is planned to start prior to the end of the year, and the facility is on schedule to accept large topsides, jackets and subsea infrastructure from Q2 2020, creating new employment opportunities in the Fife area.Lee Hanlon, CessCon Group CEO said: ‘The Oil & Gas Authority estimates that 48% of decommissioning spending will take place in the Central North Sea over the next decade. With the Energy Park Fife facility being located on the east coast of Scotland, access to a skilled and experienced workforce, and excellent links to the Fife and central Scotland supply chain, we are in a prime location to service this growing market. Our goal is to decommission and recycle assets at the very same yard at which they were once constructed some 20 or 30 years ago, creating a true circular economy.Hanlon said that the company has been working to expand its services to provide a full turnkey solution from offshore preparation to onshore dismantlement and recycling. CessCon’s in-house services now include all onshore and offshore engineering, welding, burning, fabrication, construction, barge fit-out, seafastening, onshore dismantlement, and recycling.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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DILG: There’s more room for improvement

first_imgThe DILG validators’ criteria were: * related city ordinances, roadinventory, displacement plan for those affected, rehabilitation plan of roads,among others – 50 percent The other day, the Public Safety andTransportation Management Office (PSTMO) claimed having cleared 95 percent ofthe city’s roads and sidewalks. In September, Treñas appealed for thecooperation most especially of sidewalk vendors. This rating is higher than the passingrate set by the DILG itself, 70 percent. Hosenilla also identified some barangaysthat his team would revisit for further road-clearing such as Tabuc  Suba,Cubay, Benedicto, Fatima, and Montinola in Jaro district and Monica-Blumentrittand Muelley Loney in the City Proper, among others. ILOILO City – There is more room forimprovement. Bacolod City DILG director Ma. JoyMaredith Madayag led the validating team that inspected Iloilo City on Mondayand Tuesday. “This road and sidewalk clearing ishappening all over the country as a result of President (Rodrigo) Duterte’sdirective. We cannot do otherwise but follow,” he stressed./PNcenter_img While the rating that DILG evaluatorsgave was lower than PSTMO’s self-rating, the city government still claimedsuccess. Love Joy Hosenilla, head of PSTMO’s Task Force onAnti-Squatting and Illegal Structures that led the clearing operations, saidthe difference may be due to varying parameters. He acknowledged that there areobstructions still to be removed from a few roads and sidewalk, most especiallyillegally parked vehicles. “Sige-sigehonta ini kay it has done so much good to the city,especially to the public nganagalakat-lakat sa Calle Real,” said Treñas. Mayor Jerry Treñas agreed there are stillpublic roads and sidewalks in barangays yet to be cleared. He said he won’t bedisbanding the team tasked to do the clearing. There is still room for improvement,Madayag told DILG Iloilo City director Roy Defiño. The Department of Interior and LocalGovernment’s (DILG) validating team gave the city government a rating of 83percent in road clearing operations. * road-clearing accomplishments – 50percentlast_img read more

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Kansas clippers Gemmill, Sellard score IMCA Modified feature wins at Red River Invasion

first_imgWICHITA FALLS, Texas (Feb. 13-14) – Two drivers from Kansas traveled to Red River Speedway for their first IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature wins of the season. Brendon Gemmill topped Friday’s opening night Red River Invasion feature for his career 39th victory in the division. Clay Sellard showed more of the speed that netted him Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors in winning the Saturday show. Tommy Fain and another sophomore speedster, 2014 national ROY Dean Abbey, rounded out Friday’s top three. William Gould, the 2013 national champ and two-time defending Razor Chassis Southern Region king, was runner-up and Gemmill ran third on Saturday. Chad Wilson was the opening night IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car winner, ahead of Logan Scherb and John Carney II. Carney took the Saturday checkers. Scherb repeated in second and T.J. Michael was third. Modified and Sprint Car features all paid $700 to win.Former national champion Gabe Tucker racked up Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod career win number 74 on Friday. John Webb and Levy Galmor rounded out the top three in the big field.Randy Timms outran 23 other Southern SportMods and matched his win total from his first IMCA season in 2014 on Saturday. Second was Justin Long and Robert Crabtree took third. Kirk Martin notched the Friday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory. Jody York was second and Damon Hammond rounded out the top three.Career win number 79 came in Saturday’s Stock Car feature for two-time defending EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region champion Matt Guillaume. Martin and Cary White were scored second and third, respectively.Southern SportMods chased $600 top checks while both Stock Car features paid $500 to win.Feb. 13 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brendon Gemmill; 2. Tommy Fain; 3. Dean Abbey; 4. Clay Sellard; 5. Jason Schoenberger; 6. Mark Patterson; 7. Jeremy Montgomery; 8. Richard Walp; 9. William Gould; 10. Neal DeBord; 11. Jack Baggerly; 12. Kenneth Graves; 13. Sam Cox. Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Logan Scherb; 3. John Carney II; 4. Brandon Long; 5. T.J. Michael; 6. Brandon Williams; 7. Marcus Thomas; 8. Michelle Melton; 9. Bryson Oeschger; 10. Cody Cothman; 11. Mackenzie Ramey; 12. T.J. Honkomp; 13. Chip Graham. Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. John Webb; 3. Levy Galmor; 4. Terry Baker; 5. Robert Crabtree; 6. Justin Long; 7. David Tanner; 8. Jeff Autry; 9. Damon Hammond; 10. Dustin Robinson; 11. Robert Elliott; 12. Tommy Freeman; 13. Kody McDowell; 14. Trevor Foley; 15. Gene Yates; 16. Raymond Wright; 17. Matt Mueller; 18. Randy Timms; 19. Billy Burt; 20. Kirk Cox; 21. Creed Sherle; 22. Cory Williams; 23. Tanner Stansell; 24. Gene Bryce. Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin; 2. Jody York; 3. Damon Hammond; 4. Cary White; 5. Dustin White; 6. Duain Pritchett; 7. Jason Purvis; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Ronnie Christopher; 10. John Menetz; 11. Trevor Geter; 12. Randy Martin; 13. Calton Pritchett; 14. Robert Barnett. Feb. 14 Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Sellard; 2. William Gould; 3. Gemmill; 4. Abbey; 5. Schoenberger; 6. Montgomery; 7. Patterson; 8. Kevin Rutherford; 9. DeBord; 10. Graves; 11. Eric Miles; 12. Aaron Benedict; 13. Fain; 14. Jack Sartain; 15. Ronny Gould; 16. John Gray; 17. Cox. Sprint Cars – 1. Carney; 2. Scherb; 3. Michael; 4. Thomas; 5. Melton; 6. Ramey; 7. Long; 8. Honkomp; 9. Oeschger; 10. Williams; 11. Cody Whitworth; 12. Wilson; 13. Graham.Southern SportMods – 1. Timms; 2. Long; 3. Crabtree; 4. Tucker; 5. Mueller; 6. Hammond; 7. Galmor; 8. Williams; 9. Glen Gordy; 10. Webb; 11. Foley; 12. Robinson; 13. McDowell; 14. Shawn Jorski; 15. Sherle; 16. Bryce; 17. Stansell; 18. Baker; 19. Tanner; 20. Yates; 21. Burt; 22. Cox; 23. Autry; 24. Freeman.Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume; 2. Martin; 3. Cary White; 4. Brandon Hopper; 5. York; 6. Christopher; 7. Dustin White; 8. Purvis; 9. Calton Pritchett; 10. Barnett; 11. Steven Orebaugh; 12. Geter; 13. Batt; 14. Nemetz; 15. Duain Pritchett.last_img read more

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AVB loath to make Bale comparisons

first_img Spurs sold Bale to Real Madrid in a world-record £86million deal in August, and despite them spending more than £100million on new players, former trainee Townsend has looked equally likely to fill the void. Villas-Boas said: “It is early beginnings for Andros with his life at the club. “Gareth’s influence grew to be immense in the last season. It is early days for Andros. “But I think it was a great performance. Alongside the team, it grew in the second half, and he really improved his performance. “He gives us so many attacking options because he is able to take the team forward with his driving ability and link-up play, crossing, assisting. “It was another great performance, like we saw for his country. It was great to see.” Townsend’s performances in this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland have seen his profile soar. Villas-Boas said: “He has to cope with the amount of attention he gets but he is very grounded and down to earth. Press Association “I don’t suppose he will have any problems. Before he went to England his confidence was high. “What he has been doing for Spurs he did for England and now he is continuing for his club.” Townsend spent the second half of last season on loan at QPR, one of nine such temporary moves in his career. Villas-Boas said: “I think the loan really worked for him. He came with the right frame of mind to grab the opportunity. “I think he has shown all his drive and motivation to stay at Spurs this season and we are glad to have him.” Spurs completed victory with a second goal from Roberto Soldado in the 69th minute. The result lifted the north Londoners to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and was the perfect response after a shock 3-0 loss to West Ham last time out. Villas-Boas said: “It was difficult in the first minutes to get hold of the ball because Villa kept putting long balls behind us. “When we managed to get more control, from the 20th minute onwards, we managed to score and the goal gave us the confidence to play our game. “In the second half that really showed, in a better way. We started playing much better, lots of attacking options. “I think 2-0 is what we deserved.” Villa boss Paul Lambert felt the result was harsh on his team. The hosts had the better chances before Townsend struck and had been threatening an equaliser when Spurs broke to claim their second. Lambert said: “I didn’t think there was much in that. “The last couple of times Spurs have come here they have left pretty convincing winners. Today was a different game. “There wasn’t much in it in the first half and then we lost a goal. I think it is a cross and everyone has missed it and it went in. “In the second half I thought we were in the ascendancy. “I thought we looked like the team that was going to get it back. “Sometimes you can come away from a game thinking you haven’t given it a go, but I can’t fault the lads for the way they went about it.” Villa’s threatened second-half revival was prompted by the introduction of Christian Benteke from the bench on the hour. The Belgian had missed the previous two games through injury and he had two good chances before Soldado killed the Villa challenge. Lambert claimed he had never considered starting with Benteke. He said: “Christian has only trained four days in a month. It is unfair on him to ask him to go straight in. “He has trained with us a couple of days and a couple with Belgium. “That wasn’t enough to throw him into a game of that magnitude. It was never an option.” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed it was too early to start comparing Andros Townsend to Gareth Bale despite another superb performance from the winger. Townsend, the recent hero of England’s World Cup qualification, shone again with an inspirational goalscoring performance in a 2-0 win for Spurs at Aston Villa. The 22-year-old, rewarded with a new contract this week, opened the scoring – albeit with a cross-cum-shot – in the 31st minute and tormented Villa thereafter in a rampant display. last_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019 auction: Eoin Morgan, four other players included as late entrants

first_imgNew Delhi: Eoin Morgan, the current skipper of the England cricket team, has been included as one of the late entrants in the Indian Premier League 2019 auction that will be held in Jaipur. Morgan, along with other players like South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen, Mayank Dagar, Pranav Gupta and Australia’s Riley Meredith has taken the auction numbers to 351. The auction will be conducted on December 18 and 19. The England skipper will be priced at the elite base price of Rs 2 crore, becoming the 10th foreign player to be priced in this elite bracket along with his fellow England counterpart Sam Curran. Morgan has had previous experiences of playing in the IPL, featuring for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.Rassie van der Dussen, the South African batsman, has played two Twenty20 Internationals against Zimbabwe in October and hit a solid 56. In the recent Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa, van der Dussen hit three consecutive fifties, including 59* in the final as his team Jozi Stars beat Cape Town Blitz to clinch the title for the first time. Van der Dussen’s base price is Rs 50 lakh and he can be a valuable buy for a team looking for stability in the middle order.Read More | IPL 2019 Auction: Lack of hype, uncertainty major factorsRiley Meredith, a 22-year-old from Tasmania, has played a couple of Twenty20s for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. He is a right-arm fast bowler who made his debut in First Class and List A cricket in 2017. Pranav Gupta, who is playing for Jammu and Kashmir, has played 11 Twenty20s ever since his debut in 2015 while Dagar, who is currently playing for Himachal Pradesh and is the nephew of Virender Sehwag, has had previous experience having been picked by Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL Auctions.Read More | IPL 2019 Auction: Five overseas players who might fetch big bucksThe 2019 IPL could mostly be played in the period of March to first week of May as the teams gear up to play the World Cup which will be held after the tournament in May. The tournament could mostly be played overseas as it might clash with the General Elections which could be held in the country from April to May. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News We can’t bring lives back, says helpless Vaas on Lankan blasts

first_imgHearth has 433 Test wickets.Sri Lankan authorities arrested 24 people in connection with the blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in the island nation on Easter Sunday, killing over 290 people and injuring around 500 others.Vaas and his former teammate Herath were in the city to inaugurate a local T20 cricket tournament organised by Jwala Singh.Herath, one of the best left-arm spinners of his time, said his country needs to stay strong during such times. “We need to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences. As Chaminda said, we are a united country. We kind of have a panic situation but (we are sure that) we(will) become a strong country,” he added.Vaas expressed confidence that the situation would be normal again in Sri Lanka.”This attack can happen anywhere in the world. We saw in New Zealand recently as well. These people don’t have simply one place (and) they can attack anywhere in the world. I am pretty sure that things will go back to normal,” Vaas remarked. Mumbai: “We cannot bring lives back,” said an utterly helpless Chaminda Vaas Tuesday as thoughts of the multiple blasts that killed nearly 300 and  shattered Sri Lanka’s tranquility, crossed the former cricket star’s mind. Yearning for normalcy, Vaas and his colleague Rangana Herath said the need of the hour is to stay strong and united.”So sad to see. We never thought these kind of things will happen in Sri Lanka.It is a lovely country and hospitable. People are very friendly. It is so tragic to see such things happen,” Vaas told reporters here.”We need to rebuild. We can rebuild churches or hotels but we can’t bring lives back. I am sure the Sri Lankan government and the people will be very united this time and make sure that we stick together,” said the former left-arm pacer with 400 ODI and 355 Test wickets. We cannot bring lives back said an utterly helpless Chaminda Vaas.Chaminda Vaas expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the families affected. Sri Lanka blasts took place on Sunday.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Chase, Dowrich rescue West Indies on day one

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – High quality half-centuries from Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich averted catastrophe for West Indies and helped the Caribbean side make a strong finish to the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan here yesterday.Slumping at 71 for five in the first over after lunch, the Windies battled their way back to end on 244 for seven, with Chase carving out 63 and Dowrich getting 56.Together, they put on 118 for the sixth wicket, limiting Pakistan to the single wicket in the post-lunch session and repairing an innings which threatened to come apart at the seams after the untested batting line-up found itself exposed.Even when Chase and Dowrich perished in successive deliveries on the stroke of the final hour, captain Jason Holder arrived to stroke a breezy 33-ball unbeaten 30, in an entertaining, unbroken 55-run eighth-wicket stand with Devendra Bishoo, which allowed West Indies to dominate the back end of the day.The left-handed Bishoo chanced his hand in an unbeaten 23 from 35 balls, a knock that has so far included a four and a six.Vishal Singh receives his Test Cap on debut from West Indis director of cricket Jimmy Adams.Left-arm fast bowler Mohammed Amir was the best bowler, using friendly swing conditions early on to finish with three for 28 while leg-spinner Yasir Shah picked up two for 91.On the occasion of the 50th Test at the historic venue, West Indies made a nightmare start, crashing to 53 for four half-hour before lunch as Amir sliced through the top order.His new-ball partner Mohammad Abbas struck with only his second ball in Test cricket in the second over of the morning when he removed Kraigg Brathwaite without scoring to a catch by Younis Khan at second slip with a single run on the board.Debutant Shimron Hetmyer struck two boundaries in scoring 11 but never settled and lost his off-stump to one from Amir that jagged back in the ninth over at 24 for two.Shai Hope fell for two in similar fashion to leave West Indies in deeper trouble, playing back to one from Amir that also came back sharply and losing his off-stump spectacularly.Left-hander Vishal Singh, also handed a debut with hometown boy Jermaine Blackwood dropped, failed to impress and spent 20 deliveries over nine before clipping an innocuous ball from left-armer Wabab Riaz low to square leg where Azhar Ali took a simple catch.Kieran Powell, who made a patient 33 off 71 balls with two fours, then paired with Chase to steer West Indies to the safety of lunch at 71 for four.Amir, however, stunned West Indies in the first over following the break when he got the leaden-footed Powell to spar at a wide ball and edge to Younis Khan at second slip, without any addition to the score.Staring down the barrel, West Indies were rescued by Chase and Dowrich, both of whom played positively to take the embattled side to tea at 143 without further loss.The right-handed Chase, who scored his maiden Test hundred at Sabina Park nine months ago, faced 151 deliveries and counted seven fours and a six while Dowrich, who was more sedate, struck nine boundaries off 130 balls.Chase played positively against both pace and spin and took a particular liking to leg-spinner Yasir Shah, stroking him for a couple of off-side boundaries before lifting him straight for six.Unbeaten on 47 at tea, he raised his second Test half-century, 17 minutes after tea when he worked Abbas to backward square for a single.Shimron Hetmyer receives his Test cap on debut from West Indies director of crickryt Jimmy Adams on the first day of the first Test aty Sabina Park.Fellow Barbadian Dowrich, on 27 at tea, brought up his fifth half-century in his ninth Test – 50 minutes after the break – when he slammed Amir to the ropes at extra cover.Both perished in the next over, however. Chase tried to clear the ropes at long-off and was brilliantly held in the deep by Wahab Riaz running back and diving. And off the very next ball, Dowrich missed a casual drive and was bowled, leaving the Windies to start over.But any hopes Pakistan had of running through the tail were scuppered as Holder and Bishoo scored quickly to put them on the back foot. WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Y. Khan b M.Abbas 0K. Powell c Y. Khan b Amir 33S. Hetmyer b M. Amir 11S. Hope b M. Amir 2V. Singh c A. Ali b W. Riaz 9R. Chase c W. Riaz b Y. Shah 63S. Dowrich b Y. Shah 56J. Holder not out 30D. Bishoo not out 23Extras: (lb-17) 17Total: (7 wkts, 81 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-24, 3-32, 4-53, 5-71, 6-189, 7-189.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 19-9-28-3, Mohammad Abbas 17-4-42-1, Wahab Riaz 21-4-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2.last_img read more

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The Latest: German soccer club Schalke apologizes to fans

first_imgThe Latest: German soccer club Schalke apologizes to fans ___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16. Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 June 4, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

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Badgers fall to pair of ranked Big Ten powers

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin softball team fell short against Northwestern in both games of a doubleheader Sunday, falling 8-7 and 3-2. With the losses, Wisconsin drops to 12-17 on the season and 3-5 in the Big Ten.After suffering a sweep at the hands of the nation’s No. 1 team, Michigan, Friday and Saturday, Wisconsin was hoping to bounce back against No. 18 Northwestern, in arguably its toughest weekend of the season.Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the second inning of Sunday’s first game thanks to a two-run single with the bases loaded by sophomore center fielder Sam Polito.Northwestern struck back in the top of the third when Wildcat right fielder Erin Mobley hit a two-run homerun off UW sophomore pitcher Eden Brock to make the score 3-2.Wisconsin answered with a two-out rally in the fourth inning. With two down, Polito came up with senior left fielder Anastasia Miller on third and drove her in with an infield single that went no further than four feet in front of the plate. Freshman first baseman Katie Hnatyk then laced a single to right, and both runners advanced one base on an error. Senior shortstop Kris Zacher then drew a walk, as ball four got past the catcher, allowing Polito to scamper home. Senior catcher Boo Gillette then walked, but not before Zacher stole second. Northwestern’s pitcher then balked before throwing her next pitch, allowing Hnatyk to score and giving Wisconsin a 6-2 lead.But the Wildcats quickly responded with a three-run fifth inning, before tying the score in the sixth, despite the defensive play of the game by Wisconsin. With a runner on second, Wildcat shortstop Stephani Churchwell crushed a double that hit off the top of the wall. The Wildcat runner attempted to score on the play, but Miller made a great relay throw to freshman third baseman Joey Daniels, who fired a perfect strike to Gillette at home to throw out the runner at the plate. Mobley drove in Churchwell, however, to make the score 6-6.Wisconsin managed to get runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom half of the inning, but the rally stalled, and Northwestern took the lead in the seventh, when a pair of UW errors, their third and fourth of the game, led to a pair of two-out runs in the inning.“Four errors in the first game, when you know the ball is going to put in play, you just have to get yourself up mentally and do a better job defensively,” Badger head coach Karen Gallagher said.Wisconsin closed the gap to one in the bottom of the seventh when Miller homered to right-center, her fifth blast of the season, but would draw no closer, falling 8-7.In game two, Wisconsin fell behind early, giving up a two-out, two-run single to Churchwell, who ended the day 7-for-8 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs. Churchwell’s lazy fly down the right-field line allowed the runners on second and third to score easily.Wisconsin answered the next inning, with Polito drawing a one-out walk to bring up Hnatyk. The freshman took the first pitch she saw and deposited it beyond the wall in left center for her third homerun of the season, tying the score at 2-2.With the game knotted up, the contest quickly became a pitchers duel. Wisconsin senior Katie Layne and Northwestern’s Eileen Canney combined to allow only five hits through the rest of the game. Layne cruised after giving up the two runs in the second, striking out six and only allowing three hits.Wisconsin was equally unable to get to Canney after Hnatyk’s blast, managing only two hits the rest of the game.A crucial play came in the Northwestern half of the fifth inning, when the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs. Catcher Jamie Dotson blooped a single to left, allowing a run to score. However, a base-running error by Northwestern allowed the Badgers to throw out a runner at the plate as part of a double play, keeping the Wildcat damage to just one run.That one run would be the difference, however, as UW failed to create a threat in the final two frames, dropping their fifth game in a row and suffering a sweep on the weekend.“Eden Brock and Katie Layne did their job today, and all weekend,” Gallagher said. “Eden gave up a lot of hits, but they weren’t hits that hurt us. What hurt us was not playing solid defense behind them.”Gallagher was disappointed with the four losses, but was encouraged that UW played the top competition in the conference very tough and potentially could have gone 3-1 on the weekend.“When the luck is with you, it’s with you, and it wasn’t for us this weekend,” Gallagher said. “You look at who is stepping up; it is the younger players. All in all, I thought we played very competitive ball. When you are losing one-run ball games to the No.1 and No. 18, you have to take what you can out of that. I feel good about the rest of the year; we just have to get back on a roll.”last_img read more

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