Indiana State Outlasts Cowboys in Regional Opener

first_imgTofteland sent a hanging pitch by McLemore over the left field wall to give the Sycamores a 6-4 lead. NASHVILLE – It came down to one crucial swing of the bat, and unfortunately for the McNeese Cowboys, that swing came from Indiana State first baseman Dane Tofteland when his two-out, two-strike home run in the bottom of the fifth inning erased a top of the inning rally by the Cowboys and helped lift the No. 2 seeded Sycamores to a 6-5 win over McNeese in the opening game of the 2019 NCAA Baseball Nashville Regional here Friday. The Sycamores were led at the plate by Means, Wright and Luke Fegen who each had three hits. McNeese (35-25) got the first two outs of the bottom of the fifth with reliever Bryan King on the mound, but then a single by ISU’s Max Wright forced Cowboy head coach Justin Hill’s hand to bring in the righty Peyton McLemore against the right-handed hitter in Tofteland. Dion threw three straight zeroes on the board in his 3 1/3 innings pitched and gave up just one hit while striking out three. Nate Fisbeck followed with a two-run triple to close the gap to 4-3 and then tied the game when he scored off a Clayton Rasbeary sacrifice fly to right field. “I thought the offense of Indiana State had a really good approach against Aidan,” said Hill. “For him to come out and throw 3 2/3 innings and them get 10 hits and no strike outs, it’s a tribute to their approach. Polley (8-1) picked up the win for the Sycamores, who will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the winner’s bracket game. He threw five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out six. Cowboy reliever Will Dion, who relieved McLemore in the sixth after the Sycamores got the home run, double and then a walk, and pitched the Cowboys out of the threat by striking out ISU’s Jake Means to end the inning. Both teams’ starting pitchers – McNeese’s Aidan Anderson and ISU’s Triston Polley – entered the game with sub-3.00 ERAs so a pitcher’s duel was somewhat expected. McNeese will next play the loser of the No. 1-seed Vanderbilt/No. 4 Ohio State game at noon on Saturday in an elimination game. “I thought the story of the game was that they made one more play than we did.” The Cowboys went down in order in the ninth to end the game. McNeese chased ISU’s starter after Jake Dickerson led off the sixth by getting hit by a pitch. The Sycamores (42-16) brought in Tyler Grauer who pitched the final four innings, allowed just four hits, no runs and struck out five to pick up his ninth save of the season. However, both teams’ bats popped the rawhide pretty well, Indiana State finishing with 14 hits while McNeese totaled 12. “I think they had a little bit better bullpen than we did.” McNeese attempted to mount a two-out rally in the seventh when Shane Selman and Didkerson posted back-to-back singles before Carson Maxwell popped out for the third out, then in the eighth, Bourque reached on a two-out walk, stole second and then third and was left stranded when Harden grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat. Offensively, Fisbeck, Selman, Dickerson and Duhon each collected two hits in the game. “To open up the tournament, that was a pretty entertaining college baseball game,” said Hill. “There was a little bit of everything. I think there was some good pitching, especially late in the ball game; some really good offense, base running, defense and no errors by either team. Trailing 4-1 going into the fifth inning, McNeese responded with three runs to tie the game 4-4. The rally was started by a lead-off single by catcher Dustin Duhon then followed by a one-out single from left fielder Payton Harden. The Cowboys closed the gap to 6-5 in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. Dickerson scored off a Reid Bourque RBI fielder’s choice but the tying run would be left stranded on third after Harden’s infield grounder rolled into a forced third out at second base.last_img read more

HC seeks govts reply on transgenders plea for name change

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 14 (PTI) A transgenders plea for change of name and gender from male to female in the official records has led the Delhi High Court to seek the Centres response.Justice Manmohan issued notice to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Controller of Publications seeking their replies on the petition of the city-based transgender who has alleged discrimination by the authorities on ground of her sexual identity and has sought “disciplinary enquiry” against them.The court also directed its registry to redact the trans -sexual petitioners name from the cause title of the case and refer to her as A. It listed the matter for further hearing on August 16.The petition claims that “that petitioner is a MtF (male to female) trans-sexual who due to duality between petitioners appearance, voice, mannerism, dressing style and her male ID, faces discrimination in the society”.The petitioner through her lawyer told the court that the department officials have refused to consider her application for change of name without a certificate stating that she had undergone Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS).Advocate Harsh Ahuja, appearing for the central government, told the court the issues raised by the petitioner might be covered in the The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015 which is pending in the Parliament.The plea said the petitioner was diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 2005 and has since been on hormone replacement therapy. It also claims that she has been living as a woman from the time she turned 19 years old.advertisementThe petitioner has sought directions to the department of publications “to allow and publish in the gazette, name change of petitioner without requirement of any SRS, if needed, subject to certification of board/committee constituted for the purpose”. (More) PTI HMP PPS ARClast_img read more