Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite grabbing an early lead, Syracuse saw its season end Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.The 12th-seeded Orange (8-13, 3-11 ACC) nearly rallied back to win after dropping the doubles point, but fell 4-3 to 13th-seeded Louisville (12-15, 2-10) in Cary, North Carolina.“Today was a little bit more emotional than other days,” head coach Younes Limam said. “… It’s a little bit sad to see and to realize that it was our three seniors’ last match.”Louisville’s doubles tandem of Chloe Willetts and Ariana Rodriguez topped SU’s Valeria Salazar and Komal Safdar, 8-6, while Elle Stokes and Olivia Boesing beat Breanna Bachini and Nicole Mitchell by the same score to secure the doubles point for the Cardinals.Syracuse quickly tied the match when No. 1 singles player Amanda Rodgers made quick work of Stokes, 6-0, 6-3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Amanda played great tennis from start to finish,” Limam said. “She played on her terms.”In the only other match that didn’t go the full three sets, Safdar disposed of Rodriguez at fifth singles, 6-4, 6-3, giving the Orange a 2-1 lead. And when Rhiann Newborn won her match at third singles, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, it looked as if SU was in control.But things started to go downhill when Salazar lost her match at second singles. After winning the first set, she relinquished the lead, falling 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to Manuela Velasquez.Louisville then evened the match as Boesing outlasted Bachini at fourth singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, leaving Syracuse’s fate in the hands of Mitchell at sixth singles.Mitchell dropped the first set but rebounded to win the second set, 6-2. She led the third set, 5-4, before dropping the last three games to lose, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.“This was the first time that Nicole found herself in that position and it’s not a position that is easy to manage,” Limam said. “You’re a freshman and you’re playing to clinch the match. There were a lot of nerves, but I’m very proud of how Nicole handled the situation.”With Mitchell’s loss, SU’s season was over.The Orange will return four of its seven players for the 2015-16 season: Mitchell, Newborn, Salazar and Olivia Messineo. It will lose Bachini, Rodgers and Safdar, all of whom are graduating this spring. Comments Published on April 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harris was pulled in the 71st minute, her first benching at SU. Proulx came on in relief, allowing a goal in a 4-0 loss to the then-winless Crimson. “Lysianne is training really well,” Wheddon said. “I have no problems making a change if we need to.”While Wheddon said Harris had the edge in SU’s goalkeeper competition on Aug. 27, something changed on Sunday. Harris only made one noticeable mistake against NU, a positional error that almost cost the Orange a goal off a corner. Taylor Bennett made the clear to save the scoring opportunity in the 24th minute, and Harris was left unscathed in the first half.Going forward, Wheddon said the goalkeeper is never fully secure. Though she didn’t appear in the team’s first three games and has yet to start, Proulx has thrown her name back into the discussion.“We’re in a luxurious position that if one isn’t getting it done, either one of the two can,” Wheddon said. Comments On Sunday, SU head coach Phil Wheddon made a goalkeeper change at halftime in a scoreless game. Jordan Harris, who has started all five times for the Orange this season, was pulled halfway through SU’s game against Northeastern for sophomore Lysianne Proulx. It was a sudden move: Harris had started for the entirety of this season and was near-perfect against NU, not allowing a goal to eight Wildcat shots. Harris’ replacement, Proulx, only had 105:48 collegiate minutes in goal.It ended up paying off for the Orange. Proulx saved three shots, keeping the game scoreless, and Georgia Allen scored a game-winner in the 83rd minute. The change puts SU in an interesting situation: start the experienced graduate-transfer in Harris or take a chance on Proulx’s potential.“We compete every single day for one spot,” Harris said. “It’s a lot different than everybody else on the field.”Before SU’s summer training camps started, Wheddon assumed Proulx would play in the U20 Women’s World Cup for Canada. SU would go into camp with only one goalkeeper on its roster. Wheddon started to look for a replacement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarris had just finished her redshirt junior season with the Razorbacks, where she allowed 0.77 goals per game, posted eight shutouts and started in the NCAA tournament. The season prior, the Orange had lost its starting goalkeeper of four years, Courtney Brosnan, who graduated as SU’s leader in saves. After three years as Arkansas’ leading goalkeeper, Harris made a decision to leave the Razorbacks.“I hadn’t planned it whatsoever,” Harris said. “To put it lightly, it wasn’t a situation I didn’t think I would be put in.”SU was one of Harris’ last offers. She said she wasn’t sure of the move at first, but was won over during her visit to campus a couple of weeks prior to her decision. Harris was impressed by the training regime and the expertise of Wheddon, who has coached goalkeepers such as Hope Solo prior to his reign at SU. Harris liked the challenge of the ACC Coastal Division , a higher level of competition than her opponents at Arkansas, she said, so she chose the Orange in late June.After Harris signed, SU had three goalkeepers on its roster: Harris, Proulx and freshman Ally Wakeman. Wheddon said it was an open competition for the team’s starting spot, as he said the year before.When evaluating the goalies, he avoided using Harris’ experience as a catalyst for the decision because of the style differences between the SEC and the ACC. Proulx was the only keeper with experience in SU’s system, playing 86:18 minutes of relief in her first season.But Wheddon went with Harris in SU’s season-opener against La Salle.“You’re looking for a goalkeeper to have a good day more often than not,” Wheddon said. “And that was the case with Jordan leading up to that first game.”Harris played all 90 minutes in the Orange’s first three games, allowing two goals across the three contests.“It’s hard,” Proulx said. “I try to tell myself there’s time for me to come back. Obviously, you work harder, but at the end of the day I tell myself I’m going to do it because I love it.”On Thursday, SU began to experiment. Harvard and SU were squared at 0-0 in the first half, but the Orange’s backline started to collapse. A 52nd minute penalty kick opened up the scoring for the Crimson. In the 63rd Harris mishit a clearance to make it 2-0 and in the 69th minute Harvard senior Leah Mohammadi knocked in another penalty to increase the lead. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:57 pm Contact KJ: email@example.com | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+
The Brewers did not see enough to warrant a contract offer to the arbitration-eligible Nelson. The Dodgers – looking for “upside plays,” as Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman put it – bought the lottery ticket for a modest $1.25 million salary in 2020 plus bonuses and an option for 2021 that could make the contract worth as much as $13 million over two years.“In 2017, in our opinion, he was one of the better starters in the National League. Then obviously the injuries set in,” Friedman said. “He came back at the tail end of ’19 and his stuff looked a little bit different which you would expect after that amount of layoff.“Right now, it’s just about getting him out there, making sure he’s healthy, building him up. We’ll kind of see where we are at the end and whether it’s a top-starter-in-the-National-League potential or a Brandon Morrow-type bullpen ace. I don’t know. A lot will be determined over the next month.”The Morrow comparison is a good one. He was also a formerly exceptional starter waylaid by injuries when he signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in 2017. After opening the season in Triple-A, Morrow joined the Dodgers in late May and became a key piece of their bullpen the rest of the way.Nelson says his priority is on getting and staying healthy – a sore groin muscle limited him early in camp. But he insists his pitch mix is “all the way back.”“I’ve shown last year, with all the data we have nowadays and with the spin rates and perceived velos and your movement profiles and all that, from cleaning up some of my arm action from the shoulder, I actually think and there’s proof that I actually increased some of my spin and some of my movement profiles on certain things,” Nelson said. “So my stuff is a little bit different now but I think it can be different for the better. I think that this organization saw that as well – even though it was a smaller sample size last year.”Nelson said he specifically signed with the Dodgers because of their support system both to maintain his health but also to make the most of his current abilities. If that means a bullpen role – so be it.Related Articles “I had full tears of the labrum, the (rotator) cuff, the capsule. There was some bone and nerve stuff going on. … It was very, very extensive.”Nelson actually went back out to the mound for the bottom of the fifth. With his shoulder essentially shredded, he hit a batter, walked a batter and threw a wild pitch. But he put up another zero. He wouldn’t throw another pitch in a major-league game for 21 months.“It was tough,” Nelson said of the road back, delayed by elbow problems. “It was kind of one of those things where there wasn’t much literature on it. There wasn’t really a path that was paved for the rehab process of what I did.“A lot of dark days. But (I had) a lot of resources, a lot of good people surrounding me as far as from the organization, from your fellow teammates and obviously my family, my wife and just close friends and family. I could lean on them.”When Nelson finally returned to the Brewers’ rotation last June, he was not very good. In three starts he gave up 14 runs in 12 innings then went back on the Injured List with a sore elbow. A rehab assignment and September spent in the bullpen wrapped up his comeback season. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “The last two years I was watching the playoffs from the bench. That was tough. That was really tough for me,” he said.“I don’t care what my role is. I’ve said before I’ve been watching from the bench too much for the last two years. A lot of it was out of my control and dealing with injuries and rehab and all that stuff. But it is very tough. So at this point in my career, I know where I’m at and I want to just be a part of it, you know, I just want to be on the mound competing in whatever capacity.”ALSOOutfielder Joc Pederson is still limited in workouts by a sore right hip. He has not been cleared to swing a bat for four days now. “He’s on a slow program because you just can’t turn seven to 10 days into four weeks,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We can always kind of make up the at-bats as we go forward.” … Pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make his spring debut Friday in Maryvale against the Milwaukee Brewers and pitcher Walker Buehler will go on Saturday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error GLENDALE, Ariz. — In early September 2017, Jimmy Nelson was one of the better young starting pitchers in the National League, a sturdy 28-year-old about to be 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers.And then, he wasn’t.Nelson was spinning a shutout four innings into a Sept. 8 start at Wrigley Field. With one out in the top of the fifth, Nelson lined a base hit into left field, rounded first base hard then thought better of it and scrambled back to first base, diving with his right arm reaching for the bag.“When I went into the bag, I knew I had dislocated my shoulder,” Nelson said. “I dislocated it out and it popped back in. But it was essentially like three or four separate full injuries.