Softball Opens NCAA Tournament Thursday against BYU

first_img Drake Game Notes NCAA vs. BYU ESPN3 Joining Newman on the MVC All-Tournament Team was Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Alexander crushed a two-run home run in the title game, Johnson went 3-for-4 in the two games with two runs scored and two walks and Wright went 2-for-3 against SIU and her RBI double scored the game’s first run. Eugene Regional Schedule (all times central)Thursday, May 17Game 1: BYU vs. Drake – 5 p.m.Game 2: Oregon vs. Albany – 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 18Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 5 p.m.Game 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – 7:30 p.m.Game 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner – 10 p.m.Saturday, May 19Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner – 6 p.m. (Elimination)Game 7: Repeat 6 (If Necessary) – 8:30 p.m. (Elimination) Drake received votes in each of the past four ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches polls. Print Friendly Version EUGENE, Ore. – The Drake University softball team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 seasons. Drake (43-10), which swept the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, opens the tournament Thursday against BYU (35-20) at 5 p.m. CST in the Eugene Regional at Jane Sanders Stadium. Host Oregon (47-7), the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, and Albany (30-24), the America East champions are the other teams in the regional and will play at 7:30 p.m. CST. Every game of the three-day regional will be broadcast on ESPN3. The four teams will battle in a double-elimination format with the regional winner advancing to next weekend’s Super Regionals. Live Stats Against the FieldDrake and BYU have previously played twice (2004, 2008) with the Cougars winning both games. Both games were neutral contests with the first taking place in Las Cruces, N.M. and the second in Tempe, Ariz. The Bulldogs and the Ducks have also played twice (2005, 2016) with both games taking place in Las Vegas. Oregon won both games. Drake and Albany have never played before. Tournament Central Page RecapDrake, which has won 28 of its last 29 games, including a program-record 24 game winning streak, is making its third-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after it dominated the MVC regular season with a 24-1 overall record. The Bulldogs then defeated Valparaiso and Southern Illinois on their home field, Buel Field, to win the program’s fourth MVC Tournament title and claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Drake’s 19 road wins are the most by a Division I team this season. The tournament awards added to an impressive hardware haul for the Bulldogs, who dominated the MVC end of season awards. Along with Newman’s top pitcher award, Mandi Roemmich was named MVC Player of the Year, the first time a Bulldog has been named the league’s MVP and the Drake coaching staff of head coach Rich Calvert and Tina DeAngelo and Kasey Griffith was the top coaching staff in the MVC. In addition, 10 Bulldogs were selected to the All-MVC First and Second Teams and the MVC All-Defensive Team as voted by the league’s coaches. Drake in the NCAADrake returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 with the program’s first trip in 1994. Both of those postseason berths where earned by winning the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs are 0-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament as they lost Hawaii and Kansas in 1994 and to DePaul and Western Illinois in 2008. Story Links Drake led the MVC in batting, pitching and fielding holding the top mark in team batting average (.289), earned run average (1.19) and fielding percentage (.971). The Bulldogs rank in the top 5 of nearly all of the subcategories in batting, pitching and fielding. Drake took the most walks (190) and stole the most bases (89), struck out the most hitters (435), held a team ERA that was nearly 1.50 lower than next team and committed the fewest errors (42). Nationally, Drake’s ERA is third behind Oregon (1.19) and Washington (1.15). Quick HitsNicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) dominated from the circle during the MVC tournament, claiming the MVP award. In the semifinals versus the Crusaders, Newman tossed her third career no-hitter and just the fourth-ever in the MVC tournament, striking out 15. She then followed that performance with a complete game against the Salukis where she allowed one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts. Newman, who already has the most strikeouts in Drake history, improved to 21-3 this season and is three wins away from tying the program’s all-time record held by Laurie Bowden (1990-93), who won 66 games. She is one win away from No. 2 in all-time wins as Jenna DeLong (2008-11), who Newman moved past for the top spot in all-time career strikeouts, had 64 victories. Newman, who missed nearly all of the 2017 season due to injury, has collected numerous awards in 2018. She was named MVC Pitcher of the Year for the second time, won eight MVC Pitcher of the Week awards, was selected to the All-MVC First Team by the league’s coaches for the third time and was named one of the Top 25 Finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.last_img read more

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West Nile Virus confirmed in Ohio horses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late August, the Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ohio horses for 2018. Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed and the animals had not been vaccinated. The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal’s vaccine and boosters are up to date.West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30 to 40% in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported positive cases in horses each of the last few years. There were 14 confirmed cases of WNV in Ohio in 2017.“My message to horse owners is simple: vaccinate your animals and you can protect against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their veterinarian to learn how they can easily keep their animals healthy.”In addition to vaccinations, horse owners should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.last_img read more

Tim Derickson sworn in as Interim Director of Ohio Department of Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tim Derickson was sworn in on Oct. 19 as interim director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Derickson, who was serving as assistant director, was named by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to replace Dave Daniels, just weeks before the November elections.Derickson served seven years in the Ohio House of Representatives where he chaired numerous committees, including serving as vice chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. He and his family operated several successful small businesses in southwest Ohio and he is a graduate of Miami University. He and his wife, Kelly, have two children and one grandchild.“As a farmer, businessperson, member of the Ohio House of Representative and as part of our Administration, Tim has always demonstrated the integrity, loyalty and command of the issues that are the hallmark of a natural leader,” Kasich said. “I’m grateful for his willingness to step up, get us across the finish line and hand-off the Department the right way to the next Administration.”last_img read more

BJD’s Rita Sahu secures impressive victory in Bijepur bypoll

first_imgBiju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered an impressive victory in the Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha when results of the bypoll were declared on Thursday. She defeated Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a record margin of 97,990 votes.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had campaigned for two days for the bypoll, congratulated Ms. Sahu for her “huge historic win, breaking all records in Odisha’s electoral history”.While Ms. Sahu polled 1,35,957 votes, Mr. Gartia secured 37,967 votes. Congress nominee Dillip Panda put up a dismal performance by bagging only 5,873 votes.CM vacates seatThe bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who contested from two Assembly seats for the first time in the elections held earlier this year, vacated Bijepur and retained Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha.In fact, Mr. Patnaik was elected from Bijepur by defeating Mr. Gartia by 57,122 votes. He had bagged 1,10,604 votes, while Mr. Gartia had secured 53,482 votes and Congress nominee Ripunath Seth had got 14,344 votes.In the previous bypoll in Bijepur that was held in February 2018 following death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu, she had won as a BJD candidate by a margin of over 41,000 votes.The Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in the three elections held before the February 2018 bypoll, has been gradually losing its vote share in the seat in the last three elections, primarily due to its weak leadership at the State level.Vote share upBut what came as a surprise for many this time was the drastic decrease in the BJP’s vote share within a short span of time. The party’s decline from 53,482 votes in the elections held earlier this year to 37,967 votes in the current bypoll has left many leaders of the party dumbfounded. The bonhomie between the party and the BJD in the aftermath of the general election was said to have been the contributing factor.While the Chief Minister led the BJD’s campaign, the BJP’s effort was led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned for two days. The campaign for the Congress was led by the party’s State unit president Niranjan Patnaik.last_img read more