Published on April 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MikeJMcCleary In the seventh inning, AnnaMarie Gatti slumped her shoulders as the Niagara runner trotted to first base. The next pitch, she threw a ball and quickly called time. Confused, redshirt junior catcher Olivia Martinez, ran up to meet her in the circle. Gatti stood with her for a second, took a breath and sent Martinez back to the plate.Gatti took care of the rest.“She came up to me and asked why I called time,” Gatti said. “I told her I just walked a batter and I wanted a break. I just picked up some dirt and tossed it and she said, ‘Alright, let’s just attack this next batter.’”Gatti, a junior right-hander, shut out Niagara (12-18, 3-5 Metro Atlantic) Tuesday night at SU Softball Stadium. Syracuse’s (25-16, 6-9 Atlantic Coast) 7-0 victory marked Gatti’s first shutout of the year. She struck out seven — one short of her season high. Gatti improved to 7-5 and lowered her ERA to 3.25. It’s her fourth complete game this season.“We needed this win, now more than ever,” Gatti said. “After the loss, I did everything in my power.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFaith Cain homered in the second inning and that was all that the Orange needed to secure the victory.Martinez mentioned that Gatti has been working on changing her windup as the season progressed. Gatti worked on perfecting the timing of her delivery. Her goal coming into the game was to make sure that she attacked batters and walked few.Freshman left-hander Alexa Romero, who started the first game of the double header for the Orange, quietly played a role of her own in Gatti’s performance. Gatti acknowledged that Romero’s dominant play this season has motivated her to elevate her own game in moments like this.“I was talking to her in the dugout, I told her this game is because (Romero) pushes me and makes me want to be better,” Gatti said.Martinez has seen first-hand how Gatti has developed as the season has progressed. Her style of catching plays into Gatti’s strengths as a down-ball pitcher. Gatti said her ball was biting a lot more on Tuesday than it has this season.Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch saw a different player in Gatti. On Monday, Bosch told Gatti what pitches she’s thrown, her strike percentages for each and what pitches she need to work on. It worked.“She took it to heart,” Bosch said. “That was her first shutout in a while. That’s something to look forward to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
After a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Gophers Friday, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves knew his team needed a shake-up.So Brett Bennett was given the start in-net for the Badgers Saturday, replacing Scott Gudmandson, who owned the WCHA’s top marks in goals against average and save percentage heading into the weekend.The switch paid off.Bennett made 28 saves and played one of his best games of the year to lead the Badgers to a much-needed tie with the rival Gophers.“Scott Gudmandson in his last few games has given up four goals and five goals and probably wasn’t as good as he had been, and with the effort that we had last night, it was time for a change. It was just, pure and simple, time for a change,” Eaves explained. “And the other ingredient in that decision was that [Bennett] has been good in practice. He deserves it based on the way he’s looked in practice, and he played terrific.”In the game’s critical moments, Bennett was at his best.Late in the second period, the Badgers took two penalties in quick succession, giving Minnesota just over one minute with a 5-on-3 power play.With the game tied at two-a-piece, the Gophers poured on the pressure with the two-man advantage, firing shots from all angles, but Bennett stood tall.“Without his effort, especially on the 5-on-3, I don’t know if we would’ve survived,” Eaves said.Bennett’s best save of the night came during that pressure-packed penalty kill as the senior netminder slid from post to post to make a diving save, preventing what appeared to be a wide-open scoring chance.“He definitely gave us a boost, especially in the second period when we were down a couple of guys for almost 1:30,” sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz said. “When he came flying across the crease and stopped that one, it was a huge part of the game. He played unbelievable tonight and I give a lot of credit to him.”Bennett was the Badgers’ best penalty killer during the 5-on-3 and throughout the game, but he was quick to praise the teammates in front of him who laid out to block some shots of their own.“Especially on that 5-on-3, guys were blocking a lot of shots. That goes a long way in the game,” Bennett said. “That puck might hit me, and then maybe a guy taps in a rebound or I don’t see it and it goes in. It’s just a team effort, and it’s huge on the penalty kill.”It’s been a tough season for Bennett, who has started only 10 games as a result of Gudmandson’s consistently effective play between the pipes. But in a game the Badgers couldn’t afford to lose, Bennett made a positive impact.There was a playoff atmosphere in the packed Kohl Center Saturday, and he rose to the challenge.“It was a good game. I wish I had a few back, of course, like every goalie that gets scored on,” Bennett said. “But it was too bad we couldn’t come out with the win. The guys really worked hard tonight, and it was a pleasure playing in front of the crowd. It was awesome.”
“I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the four years we’ve spent together.“I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you.”Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer with 68 posted his comments on Instagram from Los Angeles where he is on holiday with now United team-mate Paul Pogba.United’s pre-season tour is in serendipitous fashion beginning in Los Angeles.Lukaku added: “To the staff at the the stadium and training ground thank you for making me feel home from the first day I walked in.“To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and I’ll take your advice throughout the rest of my career.“Thank you Everton football club.”Lukaku — who Everton made a tidy profit on having bought him in 2014 from Chelsea for £28m — joins United after turning down the most lucrative contract offered by the Merseyside club at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer with 68 goals after joining the Goodison Park side in 2014 © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 10 – Romelu Lukaku bid a fond farewell to Everton as he contemplated life with Manchester United following his move for a reported £75 million ($97m, 85.5m euros) transfer record deal between British clubs.“I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton,” the 24-year-old Belgian international striker said.