UWF Looking to Stay Perfect at Home Against Montevallo

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – With a 7-0 record at the UWF Softball Complex, the University of West Florida softball team will try to keep its home winning streak alive in a midweek doubleheader against Montevallo. The Wednesday games are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and can be followed with live video and stats on GoArgos.com. The last time UWF won seven straight home games was in 2012, when the Argos won 10 in a row. West Florida also won 12 straight at the UWF Softball Complex in 2010 and posted two seven-game home winning streaks in 2009. Scouting MontevalloThe Falcons rank in the top half of the Peach Belt Conference in several offensive categories. UM sits at sixth in the conference in doubles and home runs, seventh in runs scored, third in on-base percentage and has a large lead with 74 stolen bases.Kelsey Vining is the top offensive threat for Montevallo, leading her conference in runs scored, stolen bases and triples, and she leads the team in batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and walks. Taking NoticeUWF has improved in every facet of the game since last year. The pitching staff has been especially sharp, as the team’s ERA has dropped from 3.57 to 2.83 and opponents’ batting average has dropped 20 points.UWF’s offense has also seen notable improvement. The team is hitting .288 with a .398 slugging percentage through 29 games, compared to a .263 average and a .347 slugging percentage in 2015.West Florida started to gain national attention following the weekend sweep over No. 21 Valdosta State on 2/27-28. UWF picked up seven Top 25 votes in the NFCA Division II Coaches Poll following that weekend.After a mid-week doubleheader sweep over Lindenwood-Belleville, UWF’s winning streak reached 11 games. Though it has since been ended, it was the longest such streak for West Florida since the Argos won 13 straight in 2010. National RankingsCaitlin Steel has been one of the toughest hitters to strike out in the country this year. The junior catcher is one of 60 players in DII who has not struck out, and she has the fifth-most at-bats among those players.Becca Taylor and Kalyn Chapman have made great strides in the circle in 2016. Taylor ranks 35th in DII in walks per seven innings and 19th in wins, while Chapman ranks 24th in total strikeouts and 19th in strikeouts per seven innings. In the CircleTaylor has been the top starter for West Florida, going 90.2 innings across 17 games with a strikeout-to-walk ratio better than 4:1. Her 1.93 ERA ranks fifth in the GSC, while her .252 opponents’ batting average ranks sixth among pitchers with at least 70 IP.Kalyn Chapman ranks fourth in the conference in strikeouts (77). She has posted the best strikeout rate in the conference, averaging 9.6 Ks per seven innings. Miscellaneous NotesWest Florida played opponents ranked in the top 25 of the NFCA Coaches Poll in each of the last three weekends (Valdosta State, North Alabama, Alabama Huntsville).Rhiannon Sassman leads UWF with seven two-hit games and nine multi-hit games overall. Kathleen Smiley has three three-hit games, a team high, while Rachel Wright is the lone Argo to pick up four hits in one game.Jacey Castro leads the team with six-multi RBI games, while Chapman, Sassman and Smiley hold a three-way tie for second with five games. Chapman is the only Argo to put up a five-RBI game, and Sassman has five three-RBI games.Steel is the only qualified hitter in the GSC who has not struck out or walked this season. Steel is the only batter with no strikeouts and one of seven with no walks, and she has more plate appearances than any of those other batters.Emily Pettigrew has reached base in 14 straight games after reaching on an error in Game 1 of the UAH series, singling in Game 2, and drawing a walk in Game 3. Smiley posted the longest streak of games reaching base with 15 that ended against Columbus State, and has started a new eight-game streak since that one ended. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Navy Sports: Weekend Results (10/19-10/22)

first_imgSprint Football (4-1, 3-0 CSFL South)Beat Chestnut Hill, 31-0, holding the Griffins to just 31 yards of total offense and zero first downs in the second half of the game.Notable Performance: Dean Rye (senior, Fairfax, VA) took his interception 35-yards for a defensive TD. Gavin O’Donnell (senior, Greenfield Township, PA) recorded 2.5 sacks for 15 yards in the 4th quarter. He finished the game with 3.5 tackles for loss and the team lead in tackles with nine.Men’s GolfFinished third out of 13 teams at the Lehigh Invitational. The event closed out the men’s fall season.Notable Performance: Charlie Musto (sophomore, Sterling, VA), the reigning Patriot League Individual Medalist, posted a 2-over par 74 in the final found. He finished the tournament in fifth place overall 5-0ver par.Women’s GolfFinished third out of ten teams at the Lehigh Invitational. The event closed out the women’s fall season.Notable Performances: Shannon Gould (freshman, O’Fallon, MO), Tori Smith (freshman, Arlington, TX) and Morgan Frazier (junior, Mechanicsburg, PA) finished third through fifth, respectively.Rifle (4-1, 3-0 GARC)Swept their first road trip of the season with a 4,668-4,656 victory at #16 Ole Miss, which followed a 4,660-4,639 win at #15 Memphis.Notable Performances: Gabriella Mayes (freshman, Rio Rancho, NM) had the highest score (591) of both teams in air rifle in the victory over Memphis. Kestrel Kuhne (junior, Everett, PA) led the field at Ole Miss with a 593 in air rifle and the second best score in smallbore (580).Rowing (Heavyweight and Lightweight)All four boats racing on the three-mile Charles River course at the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta placed in the top-10 of their respective events.Notable Performance: The lightweight first varsity boat finished fourth in the Men’s Lightweight Eights event, posting a 16:10.362 result.Intercollegiate SailingCompeting in four regattas over the weekend, the team took home two second-place finishes (at the Truxton Umsted Regatta and at the weather-shortened Central Late Fall Regatta).Notable Performances:  Connor Bayless (sophomore, Annapolis, MD), Sarah Barkley (senior, New York City, NY) and Sean Linden (sophomore, Brightwaters, NY) won the B division at the Truxton Umsted Regatta.Men’s Soccer (2-11-1, 1-5 PL)Beat Boston University, 2-1, at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Saturday night. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Mids.Notable Performances: Bayne Bentley (freshman, Austin, TX) scored a goal to tie the game in the 71st minute. Jacob Williams (freshman, Millersville, MD) scored in the 85th minutes to take the lead. Williams was selected the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his performance.Women’s Soccer (10-5-3, 6-2 PL)Lost to Colgate, 1-0, in double overtime Saturday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The game matched up the first and second place teams in the Patriot League.Notable Performance: Karli Sottung (senior, Westfield, NJ) recorded four shots, one on goal.Swimming & Diving (Men and Women) (both are 5-1)The women recorded 13 event wins, while the men picked up 7 victories over Johns Hopkins, Towson and William & Mary Friday night at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis.Notable Performances: Lauren Barber (senior, New Wilmington, PA) won the 100 breast, 200 breast and 100 IM races for the women. Bradley Buchter (junior, Hickory, NC) posted wins in the one-meter and three-meter events for the men.Men’s TennisTotaled seven wins at the ITA Atlantic Region Championship. Both of the Mids’ doubles tandems and three of four of their singles entries posted main draw victories.Notable Performances: Andrew Ton (sophomore, Milpitas, CA) won two matches in the 128-player singles draw and teaming with Derrick Thompson (freshman, Towson, MD) won two matches in the 64-team doubles draw.Women’s Volleyball (17-6, 9-1 PL)Beat Lehigh 25-10, 25-13, 25-20 on Friday night and grabbed another victory from Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The Mids beat the Bison (6-14, 1-8), 31-29, 25-14, 25-14.  Navy has now won seven straight home-league matches and six straight league-matches overall.Notable Performance: Katie Patrick (senior, Aurora, CO) broke the school record for career blocks when she recorded no. 363 on Saturday afternoon against Bucknell.Water Polo (12-9, 4-3 MAWPC)Lost to #20 George Washington, 14-8, on Friday night. The Mids missed 21 shots on the night and couldn’t contain GW’s offense.Notable Performance: Andrew Shashin (sophomore, Buffalo Grove, IL) scored three goals and led Navy with three ejections drawn.We’ll see you next week with more Navy Sports: Weekend Results!Please follow and like us: Here’s a look at how the Naval Academy’s teams fared the third weekend of October. Also included are “Notable Performances” from each event. Congratulations to all the athletes. Raise the Sail!Football (2-5, 1-3 AAC)Lost to Houston, 49-36, Saturday afternoon in Annapolis. (Click here for full RECAP)last_img read more

Tommy Wright: Ticket fiasco example of how SPFL treat smaller clubs

first_img“If you do that, people on the outside and people that are involved might respect you a bit more.”The club were also upset at an SPFL video that showed St Johnstone star Michael O’Halloran, the subject of failed transfer bids from Rangers, in a picture mocked up to portray him in a Rangers kit.That incident, along with the ticketing issue, left Wright bemused and he claimed that the league “wouldn’t dare” to act in the same manner with “bigger clubs”.“It’s something that we’re getting used to,” he said. “We know our place and we’re well down the pecking order.“We’re quite adapted to proving people wrong on the pitch and playing to a level that’s perhaps not equal to the size of the club.“We will use every means that we can to motivate the players.“There’s two things that have happened this week: the ticket thing and you have Michael O’Halloran being superimposed on a Rangers kit. I don’t think that’s very fair on St Johnstone.“But it’s ok to do it to a small club. It wouldn’t happen to any of the bigger clubs. They wouldn’t dare do that to any of the bigger clubs.“It’s not just football, in all walks of life when you’re down the ladder a little bit you tend to get trampled on at times.” Tommy Wright has voiced his displeasure with the SPFL, saying bigger clubs than St Johnstone would be treated better by the league governing body.The club learned that they would not be granted further tickets for the League Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Tynecastle just five days before Saturday’s fixture.The Perth club had originally been told they would receive around 500 tickets for Tynecastle’s Main Stand should they sell their allocation for the ground’s Roseburn Stand. However segregation issues have led to those tickets to be handed to Saturday’s opponents Hibernian instead.St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown called the SPFL’s decision “outrageous” and manager Wright added to the criticism. “The chairman’s put a very strong statement out this week and I totally back that statement,” he said.“I think it’s unfortunate that when a promise is made it’s not kept. “The timing of it, if it wasn’t going to happen, the information should have been out earlier. I think it’s another example of the smaller clubs getting the rough end of the stick and it’s something that shouldn’t have happened.“A promise was made and it wasn’t kept. I think in situations like this it should have been dealt with quicker and also, sometimes it’s quite good if someone comes out and says ‘sorry, we’ve made a mistake here’ and hold your hand up.last_img read more