Softball: Wisconsin falls twice in three-game series on the road to Illinois

first_imgIt was a repeat of Iowa for Wisconsin’s softball team this weekend, after the Badgers lost two of the three game road series at Illinois.The team started off hot this time around, however, winning the first game Friday, but were unable to extend their momentum in the Saturday doubleheader, dropping two to the Illini on the road.Wisconsin (19-25, 4-12 Big Ten) and Illinois (21-22, 10-5 Big Ten) seemed to feel at home right away at the Friday night game.Wisconsin’s bats came alive, as the Badgers outslugged Illinois in an 11-7 victory.Freshman Kelsey Jenkins continued her hot hitting, going 3-of-5 at the plate with three RBIs, including an RBI double in the top of the first inning that put the Badgers on the board first. From that point on, Wisconsin never trailed.Junior Stefanni LaJeunesse also came up big for Wisconsin on Friday, driving in three runs in the top of the third inning that put the Badgers up three runs and in control of the game.Wisconsin was also happy to have their top starting pitcher, Taylor-Paige Stewart whom was rested in their previous series against Green Bay, back on the mound. Stewart pitched a complete game for the Badgers, giving up five earned runs on 14 hits to pick up the win.After scoring 11 runs Friday, Wisconsin’s bats cooled off in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday against the Illini. The Badgers allowed Illinois to bounce back and even the series with a 5-3 win.Despite the loss, the Badgers enjoyed a solid outing from freshman pitcher Mariah Watts, who held the Illini to five runs, three of them earned, and six hits in six innings of work.Jenkins remained red hot in game two going 3-of-3 with a solo home run in the final inning that brought Wisconsin within two runs before eventually losing the game 5-3.Following the loss in game one of the doubleheader Saturday, Wisconsin hit the ball well once again in game three, but it would not be enough to prevent Illinois from closing out the series with a 12-8 win.Stewart started once again for the Badgers, but ultimately struggled in her second start of the series. The Wisconsin ace surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits and walked five in six innings.However, the Badgers were able to pick up their pitcher with their hitting. After being down 5-1 after two innings, Wisconsin erupted for seven runs in the third to put them up 8-5.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, Illinois continued to tack on runs after surrendering seven in the third while the Badgers seemed to be out of juice.The Badgers were unable to score the rest of the game on their way to a 12-8 loss.In the loss, Jenkins continued her tear, homering for the second straight day. Sophomore Chloe Miller helped keep Wisconsin in the game as well, going 2-of-3 with two RBI on the day.With the two losses to Illinois this weekend, Wisconsin has now lost six of its last nine Big Ten games.The Badgers will look to bounce back at home Tuesday when they welcome Western Illinois for a non-conference doubleheader at Goodman Diamond. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.last_img read more

Diversified Kambi delivers on 2019 growth

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Stockholm-listed sports betting platform and systems provider Kambi Group Plc has reported a strong close to 2019 trading, which has been driven by a significant increase in partner wagering volumes recorded across its commercial pipeline.Publishing its full-year 2019 accounts, Kambi posted another consecutive quarter of double-digit growth by recording Q4 2019 group revenues of €27m (Q42018: €22m). Meanwhile, its full-year 2019 revenues have also shown an increase of 21% to €92m (FY2018: €76m).Maintaining its strong revenue performance, supported by an operating margin of 23%, Kambi has declared Q4 2019 operating profits of €6.2m (Q42018: €4.2m), resulting in a 16% increase in full-year group EBIT of €14.7 million (FY2018: €12.7m).Updating investors, Kambi Group CEO Kristian Nylén commented: “I’m delighted to report another strong quarter for Kambi, which rounds off a year in which annual revenues grew by more than 20% and operator turnover by more than a third. 2019 was another great year for Kambi, as we continued to build out a fantastic sports betting product, expanded into multiple new markets, and signed six new partners, all of which leaves us in a great place for 2020.”Closing 2019 accounts, Kambi governance has declared a profit after tax of €10.4m, as the Stockholm enterprise maintains an operating cash-flow of €8.6m.Detailing corporate highlights, Kambi governance has pointed to executing effective new partner launches throughout 2019 to boost its commercial pipeline and diversify its market make-up.In Europe, Kambi delivered on its key retail project for ATG Sweden by upgrading the Swedish state-owned operator’s retail betting systems across its 2,000-shop portfolio.Meanwhile, within the US Kambi has also secured a number of ‘market firsts’, including helping partner Rush Street Interactive take the first legal sports betting wagers in the states of Pennsylvania and New York.Of note, Kambi has detailed that it has fulfilled a key corporate initiative during 2019 by ‘diversifying geographical make-up’ away from saturated European markets, with the US partners contributing 37% of group revenues (Europe 61%).Nylén added: “The evolving nature of the sports betting industry means there will always be challenges to overcome but I know we have built a robust business with the capability and strength to withstand these pressures.“We operate in a fast-growing market, one which continues to embrace regulation and will, therefore, present Kambi and our partners with exciting opportunities for many years to come. Be in no doubt Kambi is well positioned both in the US and globally and I look forward to a prosperous 2020.”last_img read more