Badgers silence Ramblers 3-0
All Wisconsin needed was two home runs to defeat the Loyola Ramblers Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. Wisconsin (27-23 overall) defeated Loyola (21-27) 3-0, with powerful hitting from junior catcher Boo Gillette and freshman third baseman Athena Vasquez.
Freshman pitcher Eden Brock made sure the long balls were enough, pitching a complete-game, two-hit shutout to improve to 11-10 this season. Brock also pitched a two-hit shutout against Loyola in an 8-0 Badger win April 7 in Madison.
Gillette got Wisconsin on the board quickly with a homer first inning. After junior shortstop Kris Zacher's two-out single, Gillette knocked one over the fence in left to put Wisconsin up 2-0 early on. The blast was her team-leading fifth of the season. It also gave Gillette 34 RBI this season, setting a new school record.
Vasquez stepped up in the third inning and slammed a pitch from Loyola sophomore Lindsey LaChiana over the fence in right center field for Wisconsin's third run. LaChiana also went the distance, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
Brock kept the Ramblers quiet throughout the game, allowing just four base runners. After the first Rambler reached base, Brock sat down 15 straight. With one out in the sixth, two Badger errors gave Loyola first and second, but Brock coerced a double play to end the inning. She allowed a one-out double in the seventh but flyout and a strikeout completed the shutout.
Men's track rated No. 20
The men's outdoor track and field team is the No. 20 team in the nation according to the Trackwire Top 25 ranking. Wisconsin is tied with Brigham Young University and Texas A&M with 13 points.
The Trackwire 25 decides its rankings based on team and individual forecasted finishes and point totals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Wisconsin is predicted to finish with 13 points and earn top-10 finishes from junior Matt Tegenkamp, freshman Chris Solinsky and junior Tim Keller in the 5,000 meters. Trackwire also predicts junior Josh Spiker to finish seventh in the 1,500 meters, freshman Demi Omole to finish seventh in the 100-meter dash and sophomore Simon Bairu to finish sixth in the 10,000 meters.