No. 56 Hoosiers hose No. 75 Badgers 7-0

first_imgUW AthleticsDespite a valiant effort and close matches across the board, No. 75 Wisconsin fell 7-0 to No. 56 Indiana Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.“The losses are never easy,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said after the match. “[Indiana] competed well and they played the important points really well.”Wisconsin (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) fell behind 2-1 in doubles play to give Indiana (16-11, 6-3) the doubles point.The first match to wrap up was court No. 2 doubles, where the Badgers’ duo of freshman Alexander Kokorev and junior Petr Satral lost 8-2 to the Hoosiers’ Daniel Bednarczyk and Josh MacTaggart.On court No. 1, Wisconsin’s best doubles pairing made up of seniors Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov faced the No. 21 ranked doubles tandem in the nation, Indiana’s Sam Monette and Isade Juneau. It was knotted up at 7-7 until the Hoosiers were able to break Bertha’s serve and go on to win the match 9-7, clinching the point for Indiana.UW freshmen Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg were able to come from behind and beat Chris Essick and Dimitrije Tasic 8-7 (7-5) for Wisconsin to avoid the doubles sweep.In between doubles and singles play, Van Emburgh told the team “to compete hard and try to win,” according to Satral, who believed the team still had a chance to come away with a win as six points still remained up for the taking. After all, the team had come back from a deficit just two days ago to steal a win away from Purdue.“We won two other conference matches after losing the doubles point so I told the team that we’ve come back before and I felt that we were even or better in most of these matches,” Van Emburgh said. “We were ready for a long day and I told the guys that we were going to have to fight like we did on Friday night [against Purdue].”The Hoosiers, however, were able to carry over the momentum from doubles and bring it to the court for singles play. First to finish was court No. 2, where MacTaggart beat Satral soundly 6-2, 6-1. The resounding victory was followed shortly after by Essick defeating Wisconsin freshman Frederik Strabo in No. 6 singles 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.After dropping his first set against Juneau in No. 3 singles 6-0, Bertha fought his way back into the match with a 7-6 (8-6) tiebreaker in which Bertha was awarded the second set after Juneau received a point penalty. Juneau, however, kept his composure to win the final set 6-3.For the first time all season, Kostanov found himself playing at the No. 1 position for Wisconsin and competed against freshman phenom and No. 106 Monette. After dropping the first set 7-5, Kostanov pushed the second set to a tiebreak, but came up just short 7-6 (7-3), ending the match in two sets.On court five, Jalalov and Bednarczyk played three extremely close sets, but in the end the Badgers couldn’t hold on to a one-set lead as Jalalov fell 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).For the second time in as many matches, Wikberg played in the final match. After losing the first set, 6-1, the freshman pulled out a second set win, 7-5. In the third set, which lasted over an hour, including a 16-minute final game, Tasic won 7-6 (7-4) after fighting off five match points to secure the 7-0 victory.“Oskar had three or four match points so I’m sure he’s a little upset about that,” Satral said. “But he played extremely well and that was just another example of a great match with a bad ending.”The Badgers will head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes Friday with hopes of finishing the season off strong.“We want to try and have a good couple of days of practice this week,” Van Emburgh said. “Iowa is a good team and even though they’re last in the conference right now, they have good players that are going to try to go out, compete and beat us. We just have to be ready for their best day and we have to make sure that we [give them] our best day.”last_img read more

Rich Hill tests knee with ‘uneventful’ return to the bullpen mound

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco DENVER — Rich Hill had one word to describe his first time on a pitcher’s mound since injuring his left knee.“Uneventful — which is good,” the Dodgers left-hander said after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday afternoon.It was the first time Hill tested his sprained medial collateral ligament by throwing off the slope of a mound since the days after he injured his knee during a Cactus League game on March 17. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t watch the session but was told afterwards that Hill had still felt something in his knee while throwing off the mound.“Felt it a little bit going down the slope but it didn’t limit him,” Roberts said. “There’s a difference between feeling it and pain. There was no pain.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies ONE MORERoberts said Saturday that the plan is for Kershaw to continue his progression following a bout with shoulder inflammation this spring by making another rehab start next week. The location hasn’t been determined yet, Roberts said.“Whether it’s Tulsa or OKC — OKC is on the road I think in Omaha — we’ll let Clayton drive that wherever he feels most comfortable,” Roberts said.Triple-A Oklahoma City plays in Omaha next Tuesday through Thursday. Double-A Tulsa is home through Wednesday. If he pitches on four day’s rest, Kershaw would go again on Tuesday. In his 4 1/3 innings for Oklahoma City on Thursday, Kershaw threw 61 pitches. The next step would likely be to extend that pitch count to 75-80.ALSOReliever Joe Kelly received treatment on his right wrist before Saturday’s game. He was hit by a line drive back to the mound in Friday’s ninth inning and left the game after facing just that one batter. Kelly said the wrist was still sore but he told Roberts he would be available to pitch in the second game of the series.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Chad Bettis, 0-1, 9.53 ERA), 5:30 p.m., ESPN, AM 570center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hill said it wasn’t his knee as much as it was the brace he has been wearing that bothered him.“I’m getting a lot of pressure. The brace is pretty constricting,” he said. “It’s kind of something where we’re still trying to get that right and figure out what is the right kind of adjustments, maybe, that need to be made.“I put it on and it feels right. Then you go out and throw and it slides around or it drops and moves or whatever it does. That’s been one thing we’re trying to make as consistent as possible.”Hill admits he is eager to discard the brace. But he is not sure how long he will have to wear it once he’s ready to come off the injured list.He will be wearing it again in St. Louis next week when he expects to throw another bullpen session, this time increasing the pitch count to over 30. “Yeah, I’d love to (discard the brace) — I’d love to be pitching. That’s the frustrating part,” he said Saturday.“It’s just trying to stress it every time. Stress it, let it heal, stress it again, let it heal then build on that until we can get going.”With Hill still at least two weeks from returning and Clayton Kershaw expected to make a second rehab start in the minors next week, it seems likely that left-hander Julio Urias will stay in the rotation for at least three starts. He will make his second start of the season Sunday at Coors Field. Urias threw five scoreless innings in his first start against the Giants. The Dodgers plan to move Urias to the bullpen in order to limit his innings as soon as Hill or Kershaw is ready to join the starting rotation.Related Articleslast_img read more