USI Starts Post-Season Play Thursday

first_img The 24th-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team starts the 2017 post-season with the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament May 11-14 at U.S. Ballpark in Ozark, Missouri. The Screaming Eagles (32-17), who enter the tournament as the top seed from the East Division, begin tournament action against William Jewell College (21-25), the fourth seed from the West Division, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.Prior to the USI-WJC match-up on Thursday, the first round of the GLVC Tournament features the University of Illinois Springfield (31-18), the East’s third seed, versus Quincy University (17-10), the West’s second seed, at 9 a.m.; Bellarmine University (33-17), the East’s second seed, versus Missouri University of Science & Technology (26-21), the West’s third seed, at 12:30 p.m.; and Drury University (33-17), the West’s top seed, versus the Saint Joseph’s College (32-18), the East’s fourth seed, at 4 p.m.Live coverage of the Screaming Eagles baseball games this week can be found on GoUSIEagles.com, while GLVC Tournament information, including the bracket, ticket information, and directions to U.S. Ballpark, can be found at GLVCSports.com.SCREAMING EAGLES BASEBALL NOTES:USI versus the GLVC Tournament Field. USI is 11-7 against the 2017 GLVC Tournament Field (1-2 vs. Drury; 2-2 vs. Bellarmine; 3-1 vs. Illinois Springfield; 2-1 vs. Quincy; and 3-1 vs. Saint Joseph’s). The Eagles are hitting .277 as a team versus the field, led by senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles‘ .355 average. Junior leftfielder Drake McNamara drove in a team-best 13 RBIs against the tournament field, followed closely by sophomore catcher Logan Brown and junior shortstop Sam Griggs with 12 and 11 RBIs, respectively.On the mound, senior right-hander Lucas Barnett was 4-0 against the field with a 0.84 ERA, while junior right-hander Kyle Griffin struck out a team-best 43 batters in games versus the field.USI in the GLVC Tournament. USI is 41-38 in the GLVC Tournament since 1980, winning the conference tournament championship in 1983, 1985, 1993, and 2010. The Eagles went undefeated in the tournament during 1985, 1993, and 2010.USI climbs national polls. The Screaming Eagles climbed into the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Top 30 at number 24. USI also was ranked 20th last week in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 25.USI on a roll the last 2 weeks. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine games, winning a road game at Kentucky Wesleyan College; sweeping the University of Indianapolis at home; and taking three of four from Saint Joseph’s on the road. Junior leftfielder Drake McNamara led the team with a .429 batting average, while junior shortstop Sam Griggs drove in a team-best 15 runs.Eagles win GLVC East. USI won the GLVC East Division outright by taking three of four from Saint Joseph’s on the final weekend of the regular season. The Eagles, who clinched the East title on the final day for the second-straight year, finished with a two-game lead over Bellarmine.USI perfect at home in the GLVC with third sweep. The Eagles were a perfect 12-0 at home this season in the GLVC that included three conference sweeps.Leading the way in the GLVC, NCAA II. USI ranks first in the GLVC and 10th in the NCAA Division II with a 3.17 ERA. The hurlers also lead the GLVC and are eighth nationally with a 3.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio.The difference of a month. The Eagles went 21-5 in May and April with the team hitting .293 and posting a 2.43 ERA, compared to 11-12 in February and March with a team batting average of .259 and a 3.88 ERA. Senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles has seen the biggest turn around amongst the players, going from .154 (3-19) in nine games during February/March to .388 (26-67) in 22 of the 26 games during April and May. On the mound, junior right-hander Kyle Griffin went from 2-3 with a 5.25 ERA to start the year to 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the last six weeks.Season hitting leaders. Junior designated hitter/leftfielder Drake McNamara (.360), senior designated hitter Jaylen Quarles (.337), junior first baseman Nathan Kuester  (.302), and sophomore infielder Jacob Fleming (.300) are the Eagles hitting over .300  this season. McNamara leads USI with a team-best seven home runs and 42 RBIs.Season pitching leaders. Senior right-hander Lucas Barnett has the Eagles’ best ERA among the starting pitchers with a 2.18 ERA in 12 games, 11 starts, and 70.1 innings of work. Barnett, senior right-hander Colin Nowak, and junior right-hander Kyle Griffin all have six victories, while Griffin recorded a team-high 86 strikeouts in 12 games.Griffin posts single-game high; season record. Junior right-hander Kyle Griffin struck out a season-high 12 batters versus Saint Joseph’s and set a USI single-season record with 86 strikeouts this season. Griffin broke the record of 84 set by Jonathon Wandling during USI’s run to the national championship in 2014.Archuleta at USI. USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is USI’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 410-209 (.662) in nine-plus seasons and is 558-333 (.626) in 14-plus seasons all-time as a head coach. He has been named the ABCA Division II Coach of the Year twice (2010 and 2014) after leading the Screaming Eagles to a pair of national championships and the ABCA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year after leading USI to the regional crown in 2016. Archuleta also has earned a pair of GLVC Coach of the Year awards (2011 and 2014) at USI. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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The art of bread

first_imgFancy yourself as a bread artist? The non-profit Grain Foods Foundation – set up in 2004 to promote the benefits of grain-based products in the US – has teamed up with charity Feeding America to provide food for those in need. You can create a personalised piece of bread art at no cost by uploading a drawing or photo, or even design your own on the website – breadartproject.com – which also features a walk-around virtual bread art gallery. For each piece of bread art created, the Grain Foods Foundation has pledged to donate $1 to Feeding America. The impressive site also cites the health benefits of bread throughout.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: British Baker speaks with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer

first_imgFollowing the launch of the Ridiculously Rich by Alana brand, British Baker spoke with Apprentice 2016 winner Alana Spencer.Spencer was crowned winner of the 12th series of The Apprentice in December last year, securing a £250,000 investment and a 50/50 partnership with business magnate Lord Sugar.She told British Baker multimedia reporter Ashley Williams how incredible it was for the company to be finally up and running and the advice she would give to entrepreneurs looking to start their own bakery business.You’ve completed your transition from Narna’s Cakes to Ridiculously Rich by Alana in January 2017 and you have now officially launched the business. Is this a dream come true for you?“It was a big deal for me to launch the brand and I knew it would be a step in the right direction. It’s incredible; I never felt like I would get to this point and it has just been a world of craziness really.”What has the reaction been like since winning The Apprentice? And what discussions have you had with Lord Sugar about the plans for the business?“We’ve been talking every day in the run-up to the launch. He does like to be on top of everything, which is really good. However, he doesn’t get heavily involved in the details of the business; he would never want to invent a recipe or anything like that.”How have you managed to get your head around going into a 50/50 partnership with one of Britain’s richest men?“It was kind of hard to get used to at first, because you are used to just doing what you want in a business sense. Now there are two of us, I felt a bit more under pressure and it did seem daunting, but after getting to know him better, he is incredibly helpful and he’s great to work with.”What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start their own bakery business?“You don’t really need a huge investment in a bakery business, really; if you just start selling at local food markets then you can grow from there. The brand almost comes second and just make sure you are strong-willed to succeed.”Why do you think your products stand out from any others around?“There’s a big trend at the moment towards healthy eating. However, while I’m obviously not asking people to indulge all the time, my products are purely indulgent stuff and I think there’s not much of that around anymore. For example, the peanut butter fudge cake is just the best thing ever – it’s very rich and very delicious.”How important is the provenance of ingredients to your business?“It’s massively important to me. When I started, my parents had chickens in their garden, so I would use their eggs and Welsh butter. We still use free-range eggs, but we have outgrown using my parents’ eggs now. We also only use Belgian chocolate in all of the cakes; when I went out sourcing for ingredients that was something that I was absolutely never going to sway on.”From looking at your Twitter account, you said you have some exciting changes to come over the next few months. Could you tell me what those changes are?“After leaving The Apprentice, I sat down with Lord Sugar to set up a business model, and this was something that was all new to me. I just thought, well, we will try to sell more cakes. But we actually decided on a business model, where we will have ambassadors. So they will be self-employed people working not just on the sales, but for the Ridiculously Rich brand. They will be selling at farmers’ markets, food festivals and they will also be able to sell in cafés and delis, which is incredibly exciting.”I know you have just started out your business, but do you have any major refurb works in the pipeline for the brand?“We have ordered new packaging and that should be arriving by next week, hopefully. The old packaging was just a quick adaptation of the Narna’s brand and we did this to get the cakes out as soon as possible – for people to try them and see what they thought. The packaging really needed updating and to become Ridiculously Rich rather than Narna’s. The website will also be fully ready at the end of April. That is going to have a clever feature where the ambassadors can log in and see what other ambassadors are up to – what they are doing, where they are going? Then they can order all their stock. There is also a wholesale page where cafés and delis can order directly.”What’s your vision for the business? How big do you expect it to be in the future?“I really want the business to improve the luxury cake market, and I think it absolutely can do that. There is a lack of really indulgent luxury cakes out there. That’s my goal for the brand in the next five years.”last_img read more

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Also, with only 14 players from the first team: Vidal stays out

first_imgThe first call of Quique Setién after the end of the winter market makes it clear that the staff that counts is taken with pins. At the first setback in the form of injury or sanction, seams are seen everywhere. This Sunday, after the morning session, the Cantabrian coach has given the list for tonight’s game against Levante (21 hours) at the Camp Nou where The absence of Chilean Arturo Vidal stands out above all, which on Saturday no longer exercised with the team because of a strong bruise on the left leg. The loss of Vidal in the call must also be added by the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé, who has not yet received a medical discharge even though his return is already imminent adventure, and that of the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, which is still recovering from a sprained left ankle. In addition, that of striker Luis Suarez, operated on the external meniscus of his right knee, and that his return is set for three and a half months.So that, Setién has only been able to summon fourteen players from the first team, so he has had to use the subsidiary, calling in total four players: goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, midfielder Riqui Puig and strikers Ansu Fati and Alex Collado.The list of 18 players called for the match against Levante is as follows: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, De Jong, Rakitic, Griezmann, Messi, Ansu Fati, Peña, Riqui Puig and Collado.last_img read more

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