Undefeated Cornwall College a point away from D’Cup semis

first_imgWestern Bureau:Champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the red-hot Cornwall College lead the charge for a place in the semi-finals of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition this afternoon, each needing just a point to cement their spots.In addition, the four to advance will also compete for the Ben Francis Knockout trophy, with STETHS seeking a seventh straight lien on a title they have won six years in a row going back to 2010.They may still, however, be smarting from last Saturday’s sudden death penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s in the FLOW Super Cup, and no better way to get them back in prime form than having their number-one target on the line.STETHS will take on Petersfield in Santa Cruz, and all season head coach Omar Wedderburn has been trumpeting his school’s love affair with the daCosta Cup. Therefore, a strong performance is on the cards, which means the third-place team in Zone R, Petersfield High (3pts), could be in for it this afternoon.Vere Tech (3pts) and Fair Prospect (0 points) will compete in the zone’s other fixture at the Wembley Community Centre.”We want to win all the trophies on offer but we have a special place in our hearts for the daCosta Cup. That is the big one and we intend to defend it with everything we have,” Wedderburn said.Things could get rather interesting if STETHS fail to defeat Petetsfield and Vere manage a win over Fair Prospect, which would mean that goal difference would be employed to select the zone winner.There should be no such issues for the high-flying Cornwall College. They will tackle Manchester in a top-of-the-table clash in the first of two matches at Jarrett Park at 1 p.m. Rusea’s and Lennon will meet in the second match at that venue starting at 3 p.m.Cornwall are still on a high, after beating Clarendon College in the FLOW Super Cup semis, with their leading goal-getter Jourdaine Fletcher on fire approaching 30 goals in all competitions so far this season.They remain undefeated in the season, with head coach Dr Dean Weatherly hailing his charges as mature and confident ahead of the clash.”We are beginning to come into our own. The players are maturing in front of our eyes. I think we can go really far,” he said.Manchester, however, could spring a surprise, but the odds are that Cornwall will book their ticket to the semi-finals at the end of the day.Today’s matchesCornwall College vs Manchester at Jarrett Park 1 p.m.Rusea’s vs Lennon at Jarrett Park 3 p.m.STETHS vs Petersfield at STETHS 3 p.m.Clarendon College vs Spot Valley at Juici Beef Complex 3 p.m.Ocho Rios vs Glenmuir at Drax Hall 3 p.m.Dinthill vs Paul Bogle at Dinthill 3 p.m.Little London vs Steer Town at Frome Sports Complex 3 p.m.Vere Tech vs Fair Prospect at Wembley Community Center 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Yastrzemski family reunion takes place at Fenway, Carl describes emotions of Mike’s arrival

first_img … BOSTON — For 52 years, nothing rivaled the emotions of winning the Triple Crown, the MVP and a Gold Glove all while leading the Boston Red Sox to an American League pennant for Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.Yaz’s 1967 dream season has finally met its match.“The name Yastrzemski hasn’t been announced here since ’83,” Carl said.When the Giants opened a three-game series on Tuesday evening in Boston, Carl’s grandson, Mike, heard his name called over the Fenway Park public address system.last_img read more

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Microsoft-Motorola Wi-Fi Patent Tussle Won’t Stop Xbox Sales

first_imgTags:#Google#Microsoft#Motorola#Patents#Xbox 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… markhachman Good news for Holiday shoppers — Microsoft’s Xbox game console will continue to appear on store shelves.Judge James Robart, a federal judge based in Seattle, ruled (PDF) late last week that Microsoft owes Motorola some sort of royalty for the patents it owns covering 802.11 Wi-Fi technology and H.264 video codecs, but that those patent royalties would be fair and reasonable, and up to the court to decide. In no way, the court ruled, does Motorola have the right to ban the Xbox from being sold.Taken by itself, the Microsoft-Motorola suit is tangled enough, stretching back to October 2010, when Motorola sent Microsoft a letter offering to license the patents it owned, which were part of the 802.11 Wi-Fi technology. The court had found that the terms Motorola offered, however, were excessive: 2.25% of the price of the end product, plus all of the 802.11 patents that Microsoft itself owned. Put another way, Microsoft’s only real product that incorporates an 802.11 Wi-Fi controller is an Xbox 360. One of the cheapest models is the Xbox 360 with an included 4GB of storage, which retails for $199.99; at that royalty rate, Motorola would be owed about $4.50 for each of those Xbox models Microsoft sold.The Motorola-Microsoft litigation has also sucked in a separate dispute, involving the H.264 video patents that Microsoft incorporated into Windows 7. (You might know H.264 as MPEG-4, one of the more popular video codecs, used today by Blu-ray, Adobe Flash, YouTube, and Microsoft’s own Silverlight, among others.)That royalty rate may not sound like a lot, even taking into account the razor-and-razor blades model console makers employ, where consoles are sold near or even below cost, and profits are made up via software sales, services like Xbox Live and media sales.What is FRAND?But the patents in question fall under the so-called FRAND category, which used to be known as RAND, or reasonable and non-discriminatory. (The term “fair” was tacked on at some point.) The logic is this: For a broadly accepted technology like Wi-Fi, contributions are made from a variety of companies. FRAND assumes that those individual technologies are themselves patented, but contributed to a “patent pool” that is legally shared among the participants.Companies may have to take a license to access FRAND technology, but the idea is to facilitate wide adoption by keeping royalties low. A company with a proprietary technology can charge higher royalties, but also risks alienating customers. A good example of this is Apple’s Lightning connector, which replaced the ubiquitous 30-pin connector used by its previous products. So far, Apple has struggled to find third-party products, such as hard drives, to adopt the new connector.FRAND issues have come up in other cases — involving Motorola, not surprisingly. In November, a judge dismissed a case between Apple and Motorola Mobility that also covered Wi-Fi and video-streaming patents. Motorola had also attempted to set royalty rates at 2.25%, and, like Judge Robard, Judge Barbara B. Crabb in a Wisconsin federal court also ruled that those FRAND terms weren’t fair at all. The problem, unfortunately, was that Apple itself apparently overstepped its bounds, sniffing that it wouldn’t be bound by the court’s ruling if Apple itself decided that the royalty rate wasn’t high enough. “… Apple states that it will not commit to be bound by any FRAND rate determined by the court and will not agree to accept any license from Motorola unless the court sets a rate of $1 or less for each Apple phone … ,” Judge Crabb wrote, as reported by Groklaw. “In other words, if Apple is unsatisfied with the rate chosen by the court, it ‘reserves the right to refuse and proceed to further infringement litigation.’ “Which, as every parent knows, is the legal equivalent of hearing “You’re not the boss of me!” The court’s response — like that of many parents, was to take away the child’s privileges.Putting “Fair Back Into FRANDIn the Microsoft case, Judge Robard’s ruling states that when Motorola offered to provide its 802.11 patents to Microsoft under RAND terms, Motorola was legally obligated to follow through — and at fairer terms than originally offered. Over the past few months, Motorola has attempted to wriggle free; it argued, for example, that Microsoft’s rejection of its offer also freed Motorola of its obligations to provide Microsoft a license at all. The crux of the matter is that Motorola owes Microsoft a patent license, at FRAND terms that haven’t yet been decided. The court is working on this, and will reportedly issue its ruling for the royalty rate early next year.The other major complication to cases like these are foreign rulings, especially from Germany, which has become a power player of sorts in establishing international injunctions. Judge Robard had previously blocked Motorola from enforcing any injunction the German court granted; now, given that he had already ordered Motorola to sign a FRAND license with Microsoft, he lifted the ban — essentially, the order made it a moot point.Patent litigation now seems to be an essential aspect of modern technology — an arms race where the company with the biggest arsenal of patents wins. What Judge Robard and Judge Crabb are doing, thank goodness, is forcefully negotiating some sort of detente.center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Facebook Under Fire For Suppressing Unpaid Content

first_imgbrian proffitt Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Facebook Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Facebook is Unliking any suggestions that it is actively favoring paid content over unpaid content within its News Feed tool, even as such allegations are gaining more volume within the social media sector.The latest set of accusations come from New York Times blogger Nick Bilton, who noted that over the years, as the number of his subscribers grew to near 400,000 (his numbers at press time are standing at 398k), the number of Likes and Shares of his posted material actually fell dramatically.“From the four columns I shared in January, I have averaged 30 likes and two shares a post. Some attract as few as 11 likes. Photo interaction has plummeted, too. A year ago, pictures would receive thousands of likes each; now, they average 100. I checked the feeds of other tech bloggers, including MG Siegler of TechCrunch and reporters from The New York Times, and the same drop has occurred.”Bilton alleges that the problem here is that Facebook is giving preferential treatment to users who pay to have their content promoted. Which, frankly, you might expect. But Bilton also believes that Facebook is actively suppressing content from users who aren’t paying, especially content generators with large followings – like him.“What changed? I recently tried a little experiment. I paid Facebook $7 to promote my column to my friends using the company’s sponsored advertising tool.“To my surprise, I saw a 1,000 percent increase in the interaction on a link I posted, which had 130 likes and 30 reshares in just a few hours. It seems as if Facebook is not only promoting my links on news feeds when I pay for them, but also possibly suppressing the ones I do not pay for.”Facebook, for its part, emphatically denies the charges. In a blog post of its own yesterday, Facebook flatly denied what Bilton was accusing, though it did not specifically call Bilton out by name.“The argument here is based on a few anecdotes of one post from one year to a totally different post from another year.This is an apples-to-oranges comparison; you can’t compare engagement rates on two different posts year over year.“These anecdotes are taken as representative of what is happening overall.In fact, the opposite is happening overall – engagement has gone up 34% on posts from people who have more than 10,000 followers.”Facebook acknowledges, though, that Bilton may be observing a decline in interaction with his content. But not for any reasons to do with advertising.Instead, Facebook said, changes in the News Feed algorithms “to focus on higher quality stories may have also decreased the distribution for less engaging stories from public figures.”In other words, write better stuff, Bilton, and you’ll get your stuff shared more? Perhaps, though Facebook says it is still working in fixing this issue, too.This is not the first time Facebook’s paid-content policies have rankled notable figures within its community. Last Fall, Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban complained publicly about an offer he’d received from the social media platform to reach 1 million people for $3,000.Cuban would later tell ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons that because of this type of pay-to-play policy, he was reducing the Facebook presence of the Mavericks and the 70-ish companies in which he invests.(See also Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands – Starting With Mine.)“We are moving far more aggressively into Twitter and reducing any and all emphasis on Facebook,” Cuban said via email at the time. “We won’t abandon Facebook, we will still use it, but our priority is to add followers that our brands can reach on non-Facebook platforms first.”Bilton’s observations have added more fuel to the fire that in its quest for more revenue, Facebook, which already relies on the free content provided by its users, is rigging the game against the same users who create the vast majority of the network’s content.If these are bugs to be worked out, Facebook should spend a lot of effort to resolve them, and soon. There are other social networks in the sea, and they would be more than happy to take Facebook’s business. Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

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Ishige proves she’s more than a pretty face as she makes a name in MMA

first_imgHer picturesque appearance doesn’t help her cause either, but with two stoppages under her belt Ishige knows she can break the stereotypical appearance of a fighter.“I always say martial art is my passion and when someone loves to do something, they give every thing to do it,” said Ishige. “Martial arts is my passion, I really give it all.”“It isn’t just me, there’s Angela Lee and Ann Osman they showed the world that girls can’t just do ballet or tennis, we can fight, and our abilities are the same as men’s.”ADVERTISEMENT Gonzales happy with Batangas’ q’finals feat despite exit MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rika Ishige. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMACAU—Rika Ishige walked to the ONE Championship panel at The Venetian Thursday decked in a black Chinese sundress with a white feather boa draped around her neck—a stunning figure in the middle of a crowded hall.Her voice sounded of childish excitement, a stark contrast from what she’s about to do on Saturday at Cotai Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ishige is on her third fight in ONE Championship, this time against Filipina debutante Jomary Torres in the Kings & Conquerors card.An event of such magnitude, especially in Asia, is set to catapult Ishige into greater heights—from an anonymous pretty face from Thailand to being the country’s “face” in female MMA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s an honor because last year nobody knew me,” said Ishige as she giggled from her realization. “But this year everybody knows me, I want to make not only the Thai women proud, I want to make Thailand proud and inspire everyone.”Standing a hair above five feet and weighing 48 kilograms, Ishige doesn’t look like someone who fights for a living. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai trip

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai tripby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United travelled to Dubai to spend time together in order to prepare for the second-half of the season. Due to the hectic festive period, in which United won five consecutive games, Solskjaer hasn’t had significant time to spend with his players.The Red Devils have now spent the majority of this week in the United Arab Emirates at a training facility in preparation for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur and beyond.”There are always great facilities here and we’re always well looked after,” Solskjaer toldMUTV. “I’ve been here with Molde before and I didn’t expect anything else when you’re here with Man United.”The players are working hard and I think it was important to come here. There are a couple of aspects [to it] – it’s the weather, the downtime the boys can have together, and it’s the time we can have on the pitch together. “They don’t have to go back to their wives and kids after training so there is plenty of time for video analysis and to work on some principles of play.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State Made Sure To Remind Recruits Of Its National Championship At Its Biggest Recruiting Event Of The Year Last Night

first_imgOhio State National Championship banner lit up at their stadium.Ohio State Friday Night LightsThe most important recruiting night of the year took place yesterday for the Ohio State football program. The Buckeyes held “Friday Night Lights,” their annual recruiting event under Urban Meyer that brings dozens of the top recruits in the country to Ohio Stadium for a workout camp that serves as a showcase to OSU’s coaches. The night went well. Ohio State got a couple commitments – a four-star tight end and one of the country’s top kickers – and made sure to remind the high schoolers of what happened this past January. Meyer had the highlights from the inaugural College Football Playoff title game playing on OSU’s jumbotron and unveiled the “2014” championship banner. Ready for an unveiling… pic.twitter.com/L8oS6YpNCF— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) July 25, 2015More of that Urban Meyer testimony #OhioState pic.twitter.com/ycIFS8EBla— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Hype video time https://t.co/8vaaXgAlQw— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015If you’re recruiting a prospect Ohio State wants, well, good luck.last_img read more

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Listen To Hot Takedown Our Sports Podcast Pilot

Some of what we mentioned on this week’s show:Benjamin Morris breaks down Pete Carroll’s call.Nate Silver: Are the Patriots the greatest dynasty ever?Did the Hawks put together the greatest month in NBA history?Grantland’s ode to Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford.(This is part of the prelaunch experimentation for the FiveThirtyEight podcast. We’ll be posting audio of different kinds on SoundCloud and then launching the actual podcast this spring. Stay tuned! And let us know what you think by tweeting our podcast producer/host, @jodyavirgan, or emailing us.) By Jody Avirgan More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Loyal FiveThirtyEight readers: This week we recorded a trial run of our new sports podcast “Hot Takedown,” and we’re eager for you to take a listen. We’re trying to add a little data perspective to the major storylines — and arguments — of the week.This episode, editor Chadwick Matlin, sportswriter Neil Paine and visual journalist Allison McCann discuss the Super Bowl and winning streaks in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight’s Reuben Fischer-Baum also stops by to provide this week’s “significant digit” — a historically bad free-throw performance in Brooklyn.Take a listen or download it below. read more

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Urban Meyer Ohio State enter first game week of 2013

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Ryan Shazier overlooks the sidelines during a game against Michigan State on Sept. 29, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.It is officially game week for the 2013 edition of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, and coach Urban Meyer said football is all he wants to talk about.“I just can’t wait to play football,” Meyer said Monday, deflecting a question asking if he is the same guy he was when he coached at the University of Florida. “All due respect, I just want to answer questions about football.”A constant throughout camp has been talk about how impressive younger players such as freshmen Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliot, Jalin Marshall and Joey Bosa have been performing and how they are expected to contribute right away. Meyer said a few of those freshmen will see the field against Buffalo.“For sure, Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliot will play,” Meyer said. “On defense, Joey Bosa for sure will play.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said OSU would “be foolish” not to let Wilson touch the ball on offense, but doing so is a delicate balance.“I think that you have to be careful with a true freshman that has to play some running back, has to play some wide receiver, has to flex out and run routes,” Herman said. “So the package will be small to start the year off, and let him become an expert at the few things we are asking him to do.”Meyer said Wilson is “going to return the opening kickoff of the 2013 football team,” but is more “anxious” to see how he reacts to being in front of a large crowd at Ohio Stadium.“I think coaches have a tendency to devalue what happens when you jog out that tunnel, especially at a place like Ohio Stadium,” Meyer said. “There will be a lot of deep breaths being taken and you just can’t create that animal until you get that opportunity.”Senior safety C.J. Barnett called the feeling he got when he ran out onto the field for the first time at the Horseshoe “unexplainable,” but has simple advice for Wilson for Saturday’s opening kickoff.“The only thing I could tell him is just take a deep breath and he’s out there for a reason,” Barnett said. “We all have confidence in him that he can get the job done, so just relax.”Another position that younger, more inexperienced players could see time at is running back, due to both senior Carlos Hyde and redshirt-junior Rod Smith being suspended for three and one games, respectively. Meyer, however, said he is not worried about the spot, thanks to the return of redshirt-senior Jordan Hall from the injuries that plagued him in 2012.“Jordan Hall is the best running back on our team right now, and so he’ll have to lose that spot,” Meyer said. “Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball are the next two in, and we want to get Ezekiel (Elliot) in to see how he responds in that kind of environment.”Meyer also said Wilson could see some time at running back, depending on the offensive sets they go with, but for the time being, Hall is the guy.“Jordan is a little smaller but he is arguably one of the toughest guys pound-for-pound on our team,” Meyer said.During OSU Media Day Aug. 11, Meyer spoke about how there were four or five units on the team that were causing him to be uncomfortable as fall camp came to a close. His thoughts on those units have since changed.“Offensive line, I feel very good about (it),” Meyer said. “Quarterback, feel very good about. The receivers (are) probably one of the most improved areas on our team. Running back feel very good about.”There is one position, however, that Meyer believes the team is still lacking at: linebacker.“The area we are still trying to solidify is linebacker,” Meyer said. “Curtis Grant has not really played a whole lot of Mike (middle) linebacker, but he’s catching up quick.”Meyer noted how Grant is behind because he suffered a concussion during training camp, but is doing his best to get on the same level as his teammates before Saturday.Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Luke Fickell said Grant is in a tough position, because even though he is a junior, he has yet to see consistent playing time.“A guy that’s a junior in college maybe wouldn’t miss a beat because he’s been here for two years and had a lot of experience,” Fickell said. “But the reality is he has not had a whole (lot) of game experience.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier echoed his position coach, but said the inexperience goes beyond just Grant.“I feel like the biggest concern right now is because we have a lot of inexperience and a lot of young guys,” Shazier said. “When we get a lot of guys that haven’t played together, it’s kind of a struggle.”Fickell said even though the concussion set the starting middle linebacker back, he still has confidence in him.“The reality is if that was a freshman that missed 10 or so days or 10 practices or something like that, you would be much more worried,” Fickell said. “I’m not worried about Curtis Grant, because his passion and his energy is what’s going to show.”According to Meyer, the team held a meeting Monday afternoon to decide the 2013 captains. An OSU athletics spokesman told The Lantern that the decision has not been made as of late Monday evening.Kickoff against Buffalo is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ohio State baseball stays hot defeats Akron Zips 94

Sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson (4) is welcomed in to home plate by junior infielder Troy Kuhn (5) and redshirt-junior infielder Nick Sergakis (21) before scoring an OSU run. The Buckeyes beat in-state opponent, Akron, 9-4, on March 25 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ethan Scheck / Lantern photographerFor Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals, the 2015 season has been five years in the making. After being named the head coach in 2010, Beals said he dedicated the first five years of his career toward forming a balanced program.“It’s been five years of developing, it’s the idea of recruiting, the idea of talent and having a balanced baseball club,” Beals said.For the Buckeyes, the five-year plan has been a long process, but it all starts with recruiting, Beals added.“When you are developing your program you have 35 guys, and only 11.5 scholarships so you can’t just throw out a bunch of scholarships and build it in a year,” he said. “It takes some time to find that depth and find the right type of guys.”The Buckeyes showed the depth and balance of their team Wednesday night, beating the Akron Zips, 9-4, at Bill Davis Stadium.Akron started the game off strong by scoring the first two runs in the second inning before the Buckeyes tied the game at 2-2 going into the third.After two innings of three up, three down baseball, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.“In the fifth inning, it’s a situation where we figured out their starter,” Beals said. “It was our third at-bat, the lineup had flipped and it was our third line through. That’s when we figured him out and were able to get some extra base hits.”After struggling with their bats in the first few innings, the Buckeyes showed their tenacity to get the win as sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson slammed a two-run homer. After struggling throughout the beginning of the season, Dawson said he feels that he’s gaining some of his confidence back.“I was struggling a little bit, but the coaches have faith in me and talk to me every day,” Dawson said.Dawson said the issue had come from his mentality, feeling like he wasn’t able to relax and be patient at the plate.“I just put a lot of pressure on myself. When I didn’t do so well, I got mad, but as I play more people are going to figure out who I am and how to pitch to me so I just have to patient,” Dawson said. “I’m just starting to relax again.”Along with Dawson, senior outfielder Pat Porter blasted a home run, maintaining his offensive leadership with one double and three RBIs.But the real standout for the night was junior Zach Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The first baseman began the season starting for the Buckeyes, but struggled at the plate with a .185 batting average heading into Wednesday’s matchup.Wednesday was the day to test what Ratcliff could do when given an opportunity, Beals said.“I thought today was a good matchup for Zach to get in there and get his shot back and he took advantage of it,” Beals said. “I’m happy for him. He got the call tonight and answered the bell.”Ratcliff was humble to acknowledge his multiple double performance and grateful for the opportunity presented. But the junior said his mentality is to “just keep working.”Akron was consistent in the batters box, having seven of nine batters with at least one hit on OSU’s junior left-hander, John Havird. The Buckeyes’ starter tossed 84 pitches in 5.2 innings, with nine hits, only allowing one walk, four strikeouts and three earned runs, tallying his third win of the season.“The depth in our pitching staff is something we take pride in. We have multiple guys, we went two midweek games without any of our starting pitchers,” Beals said.The Buckeyes will look to maintain their consistency against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., on Friday at 3:05 p.m., Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

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