Trojans undone in ninth inning, lose 5-8 to LBSU

first_imgOn Tuesday, the USC Trojans lost 8-5 to the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Dedeaux Field, after giving up 4 runs in the ninth inning.Freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn takes a swing. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanEntering the game, the Trojans were looking for improvement on the mound. In last weekend’s sweep from UCLA, the Trojans gave up 42 runs in the three games.The pitchers had an opportunity to thrive against a 16-24 Long Beach State team that had hit .230 as a team. While pitching was solid for seven of the nine innings, timely hitting from Long Beach State and fielding mistakes by USC led to a 8-4 victory for the visiting team.The bats on both sides came out slow, as they went scoreless and combined for one hit through the first three innings. Long Beach State came close in the top of the second, when a single, a walk and an error had the bases loaded with two outs. USC freshman pitcher John Beller ended the inning by striking out shortstop Santino Riviera with a swinging strike.The Dirtbags opened the scoring in the fourth inning after a throwing error by freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez. Long Beach State right fielder Joey Sanchez followed up with an RBI single in the next at-bat, giving the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.The Trojans responded in the bottom of the frame. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar hit a single for the team’s first hit of the game, advancing freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn to third after he was walked. Redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb singled with the bases loaded to score both O’Guinn and Nootbaar, tying the game 2-2.Junior first baseman Dillon Paulson scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior second baseman Chase Bushor. The Trojans tacked on another run in the fifth when redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy scored on a Paulson groundout, bringing the score to 4-2 for USC. The team had a nice cushion, but Dubb struck out looking with runners on second and third.USC failed to put the Dirtbags away, though. When Beller fielded a bunt attempt with runners on first and second, his throw to third brought in a runner to cut the Trojans’ lead to one. Beller was then replaced by sophomore Chris Clarke after allowing eight hits and striking out four in a little over seven innings.Long Beach State tied the game with an RBI groundout from pinch hitter Tristan Mercadel. The Dirtbags would take the lead in the top of the ninth when Jones stung a double down the left field line. Jones’ pinch runner Garrett Nelson would score from third on an infield single by left fielder Brooks Stotler, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of Long Beach State. The Dirtbags did what USC couldn’t do earlier in the contest: use their momentum to put their opponent away. Mercadel added two more RBIs with a single into center. Clarke allowed 4 runs in 1.2 innings, and was replaced by sophomore closer Connor Lunn.Down 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, doubles from Ramirez and sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Acosta cut the deficit to 3 with two outs. USC’s best hitter, Nootbaar, was up with a runner on second, so the Trojans had life. After falling behind 0-2, Nootbaar worked back to a 2-2 count, only to strike out looking at a fastball right down the middle.Nootbaar’s final at-bat was representative of the game for USC; a slow start, hopeful middle, but ultimately nothing but disappointment. The Trojans had control of this game in the middle innings, but Clarke’s poor performance sunk their chances. For a team that ranked second in the nation in fielding percentage before the game, four errors (three of which led to 4 runs) is unacceptable. If the defense had played up to its typical high standards, Clarke could have entered the game with a 4-run lead and less pressure.There is no doubt that this was a frustrating loss, especially coming on the heels of last weekend’s disappointing effort against the Bruins. Long Beach State is a below average team in an inferior division. Head coach Dan Hubbs will have to take action to light a fire under his team as the Trojans hit the road for this weekend’s road series against Oregon.last_img read more

Electoral triumph will be same as winning gold: Krishna Poonia

first_imgBy Asim Kamal Rajgarh (Rajasthan), Nov 26 (PTI) Having experienced many top of the podium finishes as a champion discus thrower, Congress candidate from Sadulpur Krishna Poonia feels that winning the assembly election will be same as a gold medal triumph on the athletics field.Poonia, who became the first Indian woman track-and-field athlete to win an individual gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has put behind the disappointment of loss in the last assembly polls in Rajasthan and says sports has always taught her to be a fighter with a ‘never say die’ attitude.In the last assembly election, she finished third behind the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates on the Sadulpur seat. She is up against tough opponents once again — former BJP Member of Parliament Ram Singh Kaswan and the sitting BSP MLA Manoj Kumar Nyangali.However, the athlete, who hails from Haryana and is married to Virender Poonia belonging to this Rajasthan constituency, says she is confident that her ‘sasural’ (place of in-laws) will not disappoint her.In an interview to PTI, Poonia said she scripted history in sports and this time the people will back her and ensure the “number one spot” for her in the polls as well.Asked if being a sportsperson has helped her in her political career, she said, “There are a lot of negative thoughts in politics, but I always stay positive.””When I lost election last time, then I did not think that I am a celebrity and I should go back to Jaipur… In the last five years, I have put in a lot of hard work as I had done in sports,” he said.advertisementPoonia said she had been reaching out to each and every section of the society after her poll defeat which has made her stronger. Asked if her ‘never say die’ attitude comes from being a sportsperson, she said, “I can definitely say that. I’ll give you an example, you would have seen that when athletes lose, they wake up the next morning and try harder for winning the next time.Sports not only teaches fighting qualities but also is a way of life, said Poonia, who also has two Asian games bronze and a national record in discus throw to her credit.Poonia’s public meetings show that her connect with the people has certainly grown as women in large numbers cheer for her when she states that woman power will triumph.At a rally in Gagarwas on Sunday, several village elders were seen blessing Poonia and the youngsters were heard chanting slogans like “Krishna aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai (Krishna is like a storm, a second Indira Gandhi)”.Talking to PTI after the rally, Poonia said she chose to take up politics as underdevelopment in the area irks her.Asked if winning on the athletics field was more satisfying for her or will an election triumph be more important, the 36-year-old said sports has given her an identity and therefore will always be close to her heart.”I have chosen politics to serve. The second part of my life is politics in which I want to move forward and serve. Sports was my past and politics is my ‘karambhoomi’,” she said. On whether winning here is at par with getting a gold medal in athletics, she says: Definitely, because I had chosen a ‘hard’ constituency. When Ashok Gehlot and others sat down (in 2013) they had said that this seat was weak. But I had chosen this assembly seat because I come from here and circumstances here are such that there is a need to work for youngsters.Poonia said that when in 2013 she decided to take the political plunge, Congress was the natural choice for her as her family has traditionally supported the party. “The main reason was that when you look at real issues of farmers, small traders, when I see these categories, it is the Congress that works for them. In the last five years, all those who raised questions over my decision (of joining the Congress) now say that I had taken the right decision, she said. She said sometime her simpleton and straightforward approach of a sportsperson gives her trouble in the political arena, but she still refrains from making any false and unrealistic promises.Asked who was her inspiration in politics, Poonia said she has learnt a lot from the life of “iron lady” Indira Gandhi and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.She praises both state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and senior party leader Ashok Gehlot, saying she credits both of them and the Congress team for the party’s turnaround in the state.advertisementOn what would she do to promote sports infrastructure, Poonia said she will strive for building an international-level athletics stadium in her constituency, among other things.Poonia has taken part in three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012) and she is one of the few Indian track and field athletes to have qualified in the final round of any event in the Olympics where she finished sixth in 2012 London Games. PTI ASK SOM BJBJlast_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Brighton Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 14:05 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday Arsenal will be looking to continue their 100 per cent record at Emirates Stadium this season when Brighton arrive in north London on Sunday.The Gunners have picked up a decent run of results in recent matches, including an improved performance to secure a draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Bournemouth.Brighton double chance 11/4Thursday’s Europa League win over BATE Borisov showed promising signs of how strong Arsenal’s squad depth is, and they face a Brighton side who have kept two clean sheets in six games this season.Wenger will hope that Alexandre Lacazette continues to fire on all cylinders with the Frenchman scoring four goals in his opening six games.ARSENAL INJURIES Wenger will make a late check on Mesut Ozil who has missed two of the last three games with a knee inflammation injury.Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers is out for a similar amount of time after sustaining a hip problem against Doncaster.Danny Welbeck is out until after the international break with a groin injury and long-term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first-team matters until the turn of next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Mesut Ozil ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.Arsenal Brighton Dabble BetARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger will bring the likes of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette back into the line-up after playing a second string in the Europa League.Mesut Ozil hasn’t been selected for Germany’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers set to take place next week and it’s unlikely that he’ll be involved in Sunday’s game.With Alexis Sanchez and Lacazette set to return to the XI, Theo Walcott could keep his spot on the right-hand side after scoring twice against BATE Borisov.Arsenal BrightonBRIGHTON TEAM NEWS Brighton forward Tomer Hemed will serve a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct during Sunday’s game against Newcastle.Hemed appeared to stamp on DeAndre Yedlin during the closing stages of the 1-0 victory but the incident was not seen by the match officials at the time.Glenn Murray has returned to training and could be involved on Sunday while Izzy Brown is also back in contention following a hamstring problem, but Sam Baldock misses out.Chris Hughton’s side head into Sunday’s game in 13th place and will play at the Emirates Stadium for the first time.Chris Hughton BrightonBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS This is the first league meeting between the sides since February 1983 – Arsenal won 3-1 at Highbury with goals from Graham Rix and a brace from Raphael Meade. The Gunners have won their last four matches against Brighton in all competitions, with three of those last four wins coming in the FA Cup, most recently a 3-2 win in January 2015 at the Amex. Brighton have never won an away match at Arsenal in all competitions in six attempts (D1 L5), scoring just one goal in those six matches. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 31 Premier League matches against newly promoted sides (W26 D5), collecting 83 points from a possible 93, since losing 1-2 to QPR in March 2012. Indeed, the last newly promoted side to win at the Emirates in the Premier League were Newcastle in November 2010 – then managed by current Brighton boss Chris Hughton. Arsenal haven’t lost a home Premier League match in the month of October since 2002; a 1-2 defeat to Blackburn – since then, they’re unbeaten in 26 matches in the month (W21 D5). Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his opening three league appearances for Arsenal at home – the last player to do this in his first four home league games for the club was Jackie Henderson in 1958 (scored in first five). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on BT Sport 1 and kicks off at 12:00 BST.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more