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May 25, 2015

La Crosse is one victory away from NCAA Championship round

Fox Cities Stadium

Fox Cities Stadium

Rain wiped out Day 3 of the NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium.

The delay gave the UW-La Crosse Eagles a day of rest, following their 3-2, 12-inning win late Saturday night over Emory College.  That game took 4 hours and 7 minutes to play and didn’t end until about 1 in the morning on Sunday.

La Crosse (35-13) will play the last game of the day today against the winner of an elimination game.

Action this morning is scheduled to start at 9am, weather permitting.

A victory tonight would put La Crosse in the championship round.

Bats go silent in Brewers loss

The Brewers return home to Miller Park today.

The Brewers return home to Miller Park today.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell gave Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez the day off on Sunday and the rest of the team struggled offensively in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the series finale.

Atlanta rookie right-hander Mike Foltynewicz held the Brewers to three-hits and a run in 7 2/3 innings.  Foltynewicz struck out seven Brewers.

The loss goes to Jimmy Nelson.  He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and two runs with five walks and four strikeouts.

The Braves took three of four in the series and the Brewers left Atlanta with a 4-6 record during their 10-game road trip.

Foltynewicz started the day with a 5.32 ERA.  Opponents were hitting .310 against him, but he turned things around against the Brewers.  Milwaukee didn’t get to him until the 7th when Elian Herrera gave the Brewers their only run with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Brewers return home today to open a series against the San Francisco Giants.

NCAA D3 College World Series opens today with newcomer UW-La Crosse seeking first national title

NCAA Baseball Championship logo

Eight teams will continue their pursuit of a national title starting today at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

This year’s field includes a WIAC representative making its NCAA Division 3 College World Series debut in the UW-La Crosse Eagles.

UW-L (33-13) opens pool play against Salisbury (33-4-1) at 7:45 p.m.

Prior to that game, play begins with Frostburg State taking on Ramapo at 10 a.m., then Webster battles Cortland State and Trinity squares off with Emory.

Smith ejected for foreign substance leading to Brewers meltdown

Brewers RHP Will Smith

What was a competitive pitcher’s duel in Atlanta spun out of control for the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday when relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for a foreign substance on his right arm in the seventh inning.

Milwaukee’s bullpen would fall apart after the ejection, allowing six more runs in what amounted to a seven-run inning and led to a 10-1 Braves win to open a four-game series.

Smith entered the game with the Brewers trailing 2-1 and runners at the corners. He then hit the first batter he faced to load up the bases. Atlanta manager Freddie Gonzalez then notified the umpires of a shiny substance on Smith’s right arm a couple pitches into the next at-bat.

The umpires gathered around Smith, checked the substance, and promptly threw the lefty out of the game. Braves hitters then registered five consecutive hits off relievers Neal Cotts and Michael Blazek to blow the game open. [Read more…]

Brewers bullpen blows chance at first series sweep of season

Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse

With a chance to secure their first series sweep of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers fought to stay with the Tigers before the bullpen faltered in a 5-2 loss Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Tied at two in the eighth, Jonathan Broxton entered the game and promptly retired the first two batters he faced. Then he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases, which were ultimately cleared on a Nick Castellanos triple that skipped past right fielder Gerardo Parra.

Milwaukee rallied twice to tie the game. Ryan Braun’s solo home run the fourth evened the game at one. Elian Herrera’s RBI double plated Khris Davis to knot the game at two in the seventh.  [Read more…]