Trail Mix – January 2019

first_imgThe Trail Mix resolution for 2019 is pretty simple; great music, every month, for the next twelve months.Trail Mix is diving into the the new year with Old News, the brand new release from Southern roots rockers The Steel Woods. A good friend of mine noted that The Steel Woods were his favorite band of 2018. The new record is serving notice that this band will certainly be a fave of 2019 here, too. Check out “All Of These Years” on this month’s mix.The January mix is proud to feature Parker Gispert, of The Whigs, Pierce Pettis, who returns with his first record in about a decade, and John McCutcheon, noted dulcimer player and folk musician, whose latest release is a collection of tunes by folk icon Pete Seeger.Soul Step Records, a boutique label based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that is well known for producing stunningly beautiful vinyl, is on the mix with two different releases this month. Check out the brand new tracks from roots rockers This Pine Box and MOVES, a project that has evolved out of long time Trail Mix friends Holy Ghost Tent Revival.Be sure to check out the new cuts from Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Balsam Range, The Burney Sisters, Melody Guy, Amelia White, The Delines, Doom Flamingo, Clint Alphin, Bob Sumner, Danny Burns, Terry Ohms, and Madisons.And kick your year off right by following the Trail Mix blog this month. On tap are chats with Andrew Alli, a song premiere from Maya de Vitry, and a ticket giveaway to the January Jams concert series in Abingdon.As always, get out and buy this music. The songs featured here are just hints of the goodness on the full releases. Get out and support the artists who have made Trail Mix so good for so many years.Happy New Year, music lovers! Rhythm Of The Rain Amelia White Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Waiting On Something To Give Danny Burns Wouldn’t Change It For The World Pierce Pettis The Willie Song Madisons 4:42 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Mind Blow Terry Ohms Go Tell a Bird Maya di Vitry 2:37 3:28 4:09 3:27 5:27 My Stomp Andrew Alli & Josh Small 3:38 Radio On Low MOVES Out To California Clint Alphin Dance With Me One More Time This Pine Box Where We Stand The Burney Sisters 3:33 3:10 Get Me Gone Balsam Range 2:17 3:04 Too Dumb To Love Anyone Parker Gispert Cheer Up Charley The Delines 4:13 Embed 4:12 All of These Years The Steel Woods Domingo’s Drive Doom Flamingo I Am The Queen Melody Guy 3:22 Riverbed Bob Sumner Audio PlayerThe DelinesCheer Up CharleyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:27 3:30 Guantanamera John McCutcheon 3:44 4:19 2:37 3:42 3:53last_img read more

Rodgers regrets impending departure of ‘special’ Maguire

first_imgMaguire becomes United’s third summer signing following full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, who arrived from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.His arrival — provided he agrees personal terms and passes his medical — should provide United with the leadership and authority that has been missing from their defence.They conceded 54 goals last term, only West Ham and Watford of the top 13 Premier League clubs let in more.Maguire will give manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a surfeit of central defenders in taking the total to seven, although Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is out of action till December with a knee injury.Maguire made 69 Premier League appearances for Leicester and signed a new five-year contract with the Foxes last September.United’s transfer business is unlikely to stop there with a potential swap deal involving Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala joining them from Juventus and Belgian international Romelu Lukaku moving to the Italian champions.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Harry MaguireLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Harry Maguire, described as a “special player” by Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, is set to become the world’s most expensive defender after Manchester United agreed to pay a reported fee of £80 million ($97 million).The 26-year-old central defender –coveted by United since he starred as England reached the World Cup semi-finals — is to undergo a medical at United over the weekend.“The clubs have agreed (a fee) and there’s still some work for it to go through,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.“He’s a special player, he’s not a player that of course we would want to lose.“He’s a top-class player, he’s a good man as well, and everything about Harry over the course of this pre-season, he knows there has been interest over the summer and he’s been super professional.”Maguire’s fee out-strips Dutch international Matthijs van Ligt who in July moved to Juventus from Ajax for a combined fee of 75 million euros plus 10.5 million euros of add-ons.De Ligt’s compatriot Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool £75 million when he moved from Southampton in January 2018.Maguire’s value has soared in five years, costing Hull just £2.5 million when they signed him from Sheffield United in 2014 — Leicester then snapped him up in 2017 for £12 million.last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds Orchard Golf to their Destination Winery Activities

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery, known for its innovation as a destination winery, has added golf to its list of free amenities. Winery co-owner, Kim Roberts, calls it “mowing with a purpose.” The nine-hole pitch and putt course is situated within one of Vineyard By-the-Sea’s three orchards. “We have over twenty acres of vineyards, orchards and berries that we farm,” her husband Blain said. “All of these crops demand a maintenance regime that allows them to flourish without undo competition from grasses and weeds, so our team spends a lot of time mowing throughout the summer. Designing the opportunity for our guests to play golf within these crops made sense.”The idea itself came from Kim Roberts’ sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Stan Schwartz. “My sister and her husband have a wheat farm and cattle ranch in Eastern Washington. A number of years ago they created an event center at their place. They had been manicuring one grazing field for what’s called pasture golf. It turned out to be a really fun and popular part of their agricultural destination.”Since the Roberts are not currently raising livestock on their farm, other than chickens and pigs, they will adjust the name of their playing field from pasture golf to orchard golf. Blain Roberts said, “It’s a nine-hole orchard-golf course. There are no long fairways or putting greens. Play is limited to a 9-iron or chipping wedge. And it’s free to play. We just want to have a place that is fun for all ages, all year.”In September, Westport announced the creation of their own brand of cider. Blain said, “Since 2008 we’ve been Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea. The second half of our name is finally creating a stronger presence as our daughter Carrie starts producing By-the-Sea Cider in addition to her responsibilities as our general manager.”Kim Roberts, a former architect and honorary master gardener, designed the course herself which she said posed several interesting challenges. “The design was formed around our existing Shinseiki and Chojuro Asian pears and Jonathan apple trees. They are an integral part of our new cidery, so they are sacred to our agricultural mission. We also have some springs on our farm that create perfect water hazards. Plus we have a nursery so we’re eager to show our guests new design applications of favorite plants. And finally, with our incredibly talented local artists we have created an outdoor sculpture garden. By moving some fences for this orchard golf course we open up great opportunities for our guests to explore and enjoy more of our farm.”The couple’s son, Dana, is the director of winemaking for the family. Part of this job description is managing the vineyards where they grow Pinot Noir and Muscat of Norway. This integration of agriculture and entertainment is not new to him as one of his vineyards is also a grape maze. He said, “We encourage our guests to explore our farm with lots of educational signage and unique experiential learning opportunities. Greater knowledge about what it takes to create food for our country is an important part of preserving the family farm tradition.” Facebook3Tweet0Pin0 Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery and 2011 Washington Winery to Watch, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Under-pressure Allardyce felt ‘nervous’ before West Ham clinched vital win

first_imgUnder-pressure West Ham boss Sam Allardyce admitted he felt anxious prior to his team’s late goals against Fulham.The Hammers, who like their opponents have struggled this season, led and seemed in total control before strikes from substitutes Carlton Cole and Joe Cole completed a 3-0 victory.It meant a fifth consecutive defeat for Fulham, whose manager Martin Jol was again barracked by angry Whites fans.Allardyce said: “My only disappointment is that we didn’t score more goals before the subs came on – something I was getting nervous about.“We all know with the way we are at the moment that one slip and Fulham could have got something they didn’t deserve.“It’s great as a manager to finally get the result we deserved and have been looking for. We scored three and on balance could have scored more.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thrower, Conde Shine as Jacks Top Broncos

first_imgTremendous performances from Alexia Thrower and Isamar Conde guided the Humboldt State women’s basketball team to a 73-65 victory over Cal Poly Pomona, Thursday night in Lumberjack Arena.The Green and Gold improved to 14-6 overall and 12-5 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action with the win.“I’m very proud of our team’s performance tonight. We played with great energy for 40 minutes,” said HSU head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “We had a defensive gameplan heading into the night …last_img

Microsoft Dos and Don’ts For The Post-Ballmer Era

first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Steve Ballmer’s impending exit as Microsoft CEO creates a fantastic opportunity for his company to transform itself. Say goodbye to the stodgy establishment figure desperate to remain relevant; welcome a vibrant enterprise headed for the technological frontier! (Or, at least, a maker of things people actually want.) Simple, right?Of course, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it will be easy. Reinvention involves risk, and course-correcting requires humility—which does not come easily to anyone associated with Microsoft. But inflection points like this for big tech companies are few and far between, and Microsoft shouldn’t waste this one. Here’s what Microsoft should, and shouldn’t, do if it wants to stand any chance of getting its mojo back.DO Remember Your UsersSee also: After Ballmer: One Microsoft Or Many?For the past several years, the Xbox gaming console has stood as a successful, dynamic counterpoint to the dead hand of Microsoft’s Windows and Office legacy. The only problem is, the company is still spinning its way out of a self-created quagmire with its latest incarnation, the Xbox One.This console focused too heavily on streaming and other services at the expense of delivering value for its target audience of gamers. The company has since rethought its strategy and reversed game-lending restrictions, constant check-ins and region locks, but it was still a major misstep.We’ll have to see how it all plays out in the market, but so far the buzz on the Xbox One remains fairly dismal, all because Microsoft huffed its own vapors a little too much and lost sight of the features its core user base considered important. Microsoft can’t let this happen again.DON’T Pull Any More BallmersSee also: Agony And Ecstasy: Steve Ballmer’s Years At MicrosoftWhatever his merits, Steve Ballmer will always be remembered for his knack of getting important technology trends spectacularly wrong. Whether he meant them or not—and there’s certainly a case to be made that he repeated some of these lines solely in hopes of stirring up FUD for Microsoft competitors—it’s still hard to believe he could utter any of these lines with a straight face. To wit:“Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.““Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.““There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.“In the soon-to-be-former-exec’s honor, let’s agree to call statements like these “Ballmers.” To pull a Ballmer, then is to make an observation so astonishing that it takes your audience’s breath away, leaving most uncertain if you’re lying or just stupid.So, whoever ends up leading Microsoft’s recovery: Tell it to the world straight. Don’t pull any more Ballmers.DO think like a startupSee also: The Best Bet For Microsoft’s Next CEO Is Now Running NokiaMicrosoft is a large corporation, so it could make sense to split up the company to make it a leaner, more nimble operation. But there are other ways to invoke the creativity and energy of a nascent business. Google employees devote 20% of their working hours on side projects. Apple executives are known for being extremely hands-on with software and hardware development and design. Microsoft would do well to cut through layers of bureaucracy wherever it can, and stay focused on innovating and differentiating. DON’T bury your head in the sandIn many consumers’ minds, Microsoft is synonymous with Windows. And although it’s unquestionably a success—according to NetMarketShare, the various versions account for more than half of the desktop operating system market—PCs are dying.See also: Ballmer’s Microsoft: All MBA, No Developer SoulToo bad the company hit the snooze button on mobile. What’s even worse is that it actually had a leg up on the market before Apple or Google, thanks to Windows Mobile. But that branch of the company was largely ignored and then forgotten. Ballmer even scoffed at the Apple iPhone when it released in 2007.Learning lesson: Stifle Microsoft’s knee-jerk reaction to dismiss and deny emerging technologies.DO court developersBy the time Microsoft caught onto mobile in 2010, it was too little, too late. I’m referring to the odd little social-oriented smartphone, the Microsoft Kin, which briefly blipped in and right back out of the market. It was followed by Windows Phone 7, but that went by the wayside too, in favor of Windows Phone 8.Now Windows Phone 8 is finally starting to show some signs of life. But its rise to prominence is more like a limping walk. A big part of that has to do with apps. Had the company stuck to one mobile platform, Microsoft’s app store might not be so sparse today.Ballmer made a big deal about how the company was courting developers at the Windows Phone 8 launch last year. This summer, he even claimed the store has 160,000 entries, which sounds like a lot—but it’s puny compared to Google Play and the Apple App Store, which each feature a million apps or so.You could argue that Microsoft did what it could, from throwing cash incentives at developers to slashing the annual registration fee for WinPho devs, from $99 to $19. But what it needed to do was convince them that they’d stay profitable on this platform.DON’T confuse the publicThe Surface tablets are a case study on how disaster ensues when you confuse consumers.Microsoft unveiled two different tablets with similar names—the Surface RT and the more powerful, laptop-worthy Surface Pro—with two different, similarly named Windows OSes, Windows 8 RT and Windows 8. Unfortunately, mainstream shoppers didn’t understand the difference.Samsung may be able to get away with a “pray and spray” approach to launching a vast array of different devices, but it’s important to note that it only employs that strategy once it had bona fide hits on its hands. In the case of its Galaxy and Note lines, people latched onto one phone or tablet, and once they understood what that was, other versions followed. The Microsoft Surface RT may be a casualty of poor planning here. Had it stood alone—and sold for an affordable price—it could have paved the way for the Surface Pro. Now, it’s just an almost-billion-dollar footnote in the annals of Microsoft tech fails.That may be a blessing in disguise. Microsoft can now focus on a single tablet, and if it can bring down the cost of the Surface Pro and market its features clearly and succinctly, it might be far more effective at attracting customers.DON’T take potshots at competitorsThose ads slamming Apple don’t make Microsoft look better. Ditto for the “Scroogled” campaigns against Google. Whatever ephemeral gains they offer aren’t remotely offset by the effort it takes to produce them and the bad will they spread with some consumers. At the end of it all, those negative advertisements don’t emphasize the features or usefulness of Microsoft products. They only serve to make the company look petty, mean … and desperate.DO take trends seriouslySo the company missed the boat on mobile. That doesn’t mean it’s condemned to repeat history in other markets.The trends on everyone’s radar are wearable technology, in-car integration and even the Internet of Things. The last one should be particularly intriguing for Microsoft, considering it has been showcasing innovations in its “Home of the Future” for years now.The model space is effectively one huge smart home, complete with interactive bedrooms, digital walls, sensors that can tell when plants need watering and kitchen surfaces that can call up and read recipes out loud. While we’re still years—maybe decades—away from seeing these type of smart homes become mainstream, Microsoft does have a lot of experience in this space. That means it’s well-positioned to usher in the early technologies that could make the Internet of Things a reality.Microsoft doesn’t lack for ambition or even innovation. What it doesn’t have is vision and a willingness to play well with others. In the fast moving and ever-more heterogeneous world of technology—and particularly when you’re cast in the come-from-behind role that Ballmer’s stewardship has left Microsoft with—both are key.Which may be why no one seems to be shedding many tears over Ballmer’s upcoming departure. Perhaps that’s because it’s just what Microsoft needs to finally see the future clearly.  adriana lee Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft#Steve Ballmer 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

AES: NHRC notice to Health Ministry, Bihar government over increasing deaths of children in Muzaffarpur

first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday sent notices to the Union Health Ministry and the government of Bihar over reports of increasing deaths of children due to encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, a senior official said. Nearly 100 children have died of suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar, where doctors strike has paralysed the medical and health services. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about the rising number of deaths of children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar in the past few days,” a senior official said. The Commission has issued notices to the secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Chief Secretary of Bihar, seeking a detailed report, including on the status of implementation of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Japanese Encephalitis Virus/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (NPPCJA) and other steps taken to deal with the painful situation, the NHRC said in a statement. “The Commission would also like to know about the status of the treatment being provided to the children, who are currently hospitalised, and the relief or rehabilitation provided by the State to the aggrieved families,” it said. The response is expected within four weeks, the NHRC said. The Commission has observed that despite reported measures taken by the government agencies, deaths of children in such a large number indicate towards a “possible flaw” in proper implementation of the vaccination and awareness programmes.last_img read more

What Would Happen If The English Premier League Had Playoffs

Wimbledon00.00.0 Leicester City10.20.1 CHANCES OF … TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDERPLAYOFF SYSTEMEXPECTED UNDERXG SIMULATIONS Manchester United137.5-5.5 West Ham United00.00.0 Newcastle00.9+0.9 SEEDTEAMMAKING SEMISMAKING FINALWINNING FINAL Tottenham Hotspur00.6+0.6 Queens Park Rangers00.00.0 Aston Villa00.4+0.4 Southampton00.1+0.1 The final weekend of the English Premier League is upon us and the league has scheduled all 10 matches simultaneously on Sunday in order to maximize excitement. The problem is that there’s not much excitement left — and there hasn’t been for awhile. Chelsea has been the runaway favorite to win the title for a few months now, and the team officially clinched a week ago. This isn’t uncommon. Even Leicester City’s shocking run to a league title last year, one of the most exciting outcomes in league history, was clinched two weeks before the end of the season. And in the 2014-15 season Chelsea clinched the title a full three weeks before their final match. Awarding the EPL trophy to the team atop the table at season’s end eliminates most of the debate about England’s best team, but it also can eliminate fun.It doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine for a moment that after this weekend’s mostly meaningless matches,1 we were headed for the inaugural round of Premier League playoffs to decide the league champion. What would happen if more than a century of English soccer tradition was thrown out in favor of a shamelessly Americanized format?As an experiment, I set up a mock six-team playoff for the Premier League and forecasted the results using our SPI ratings. There are a variety of playoff formats that could be used, but six teams feels right; it’s a small enough number that teams would have to compete to get in, but big enough that it would widen the pool of potential champions. Also, to reward teams that do well during the regular season, the top two teams in the table would be awarded byes. The next four teams would be seeded and would play one other team in a home-and-home aggregate, similar to the Champions League. From there the semifinals would follow the same format. Also similar to the Champions League, the final would be played as a single match at a neutral site such as Wembley.If you applied that playoff set-up to this season’s standings, the playoffs would give us two more Manchester Derbies in the first-round and would pit Liverpool against Arsenal. Chelsea and Tottenham would be waiting to play the winners.Chelsea would still be favored to win the playoffs — their first round bye and top seed helps quite a bit — but every team would have a reasonable shot at the title. Here’s how it would look: Ipswich Town00.00.0 Arsenal01.11.4 TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDER PLAYOFF SYSTEMCHANGE Liverpool00.40.6 Nottingham Forest00.1+0.1 Chelsea54.4-0.6 Bolton00.00.0 Arsenal34.8+1.8 6Manchester United36146 Leeds United00.6+0.6 Impact of playoff system on league titles, 1992-93 through 2016-17 TITLES Assumes the order of the top six teams will not change during the final weekend of matches. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes. Tottenham Hotspur00.50.3 Newcastle00.00.0 Expected titles under playoff system vs. xG simulations, 2010-11 through 2016-17 Southampton00.10.1 1Chelsea✓70%38% NUMBER OF TITLES 4Liverpool58198 5Arsenal42114 Chelsea21.51.3 Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 1992-93. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, James Curley 2Tottenham Hotspur✓5226 Manchester City22.1+0.1 3Manchester City64%3418 Everton00.2+0.2 Liverpool02.6+2.6 Norwich City00.00.0 Manchester City22.02.6 Mock 2016-17 Premier League playoff forecast Blackburn10.5-0.5 Leicester City10.2-0.8 Everton00.10.0 Chelsea’s chances of winning the league would drop from 100 percent to 38 percent, and the five other teams that have been eliminated from the title race would still have hope.I also set up playoff forecasts to see how our system might have affected the number of titles won by each Premier League club since 1992-93. Liverpool and Arsenal would likely have benefitted the most, while Manchester United likely would have won fewer than their league-leading 13 titles in that time span. Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 2010-11.This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, Opta Manchester United21.20.7 Playoffs, of course, inject luck into a championship but there are indications that a team still needs a significant amount of luck to win the league outright.You can see how luck infiltrates league titles by looking at teams’ goal tallies. Goals scored and conceded will get a team to the top of the standings but they aren’t necessarily the best indicator of a team’s underlying talent, nor are they the most predictive of future performance. Expected goals, a metric we use in our SPI ratings, are a better gauge of each team’s quality of play. We can also use expected goals to approximate how likely each team was to win the league based on the shots it took over the course of the entire season.2These expected goal simulations indicate that Manchester City have been unlucky not to win the title this year; if we rerun the season thousands of times, they win the league 61 percent of the time given the shots they took and conceded. Last year’s Leicester City team was fortunate to win the league according to these simulations; they only had a 9 percent chance of winning the league based on their expected goal numbers.Finally, if we look at the projected number of titles won over the past seven seasons3 based on these expected goal simulations, the number of titles each team is projected to have won is quite similar to the number of titles we expect them to have won if the league had playoffs. In other words, this implies that there may be just as much luck involved in winning the league outright as there would be in a playoff system. Players have incredibly busy schedules already with some juggling league and cup play, the Champions League and their international team responsibilities, so any playoff system probably shouldn’t add more matches to their already packed schedules. Perhaps the size of the league could be reduced by a team or two, or some regular season matchups could be a single match on neutral ground rather than home-and-away to allow for the extra playoff matches.I don’t know if playoffs are the right thing for the Premier League. I do know that I haven’t watched many matches during the second half of the season, but I’d watch these playoffs.Check out our latest soccer predictions. read more

Last OSU womens lacrosse player set to leave hospital

The last of six Ohio State women’s lacrosse players hospitalized for a rare but potentially dangerous muscle disorder is set to be released from the hospital at noon Wednesday, Christopher Kaeding, the head team physician for OSU’s athletic department, told The Lantern in an email.  OSU assistant director of athletic communication Alissa Clendenen was not sure whether the six athletes would play in the team’s next game, scheduled for Sunday, but she did say in an email, “once released, players are not expected to miss any time because of their condition.”  On Friday, six OSU women’s lacrosse players were admitted to the Wexner Medical Center at OSU to be evaluated after showing symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, OSU assistant director of athletics communication Alissa Clendenen confirmed to The Lantern. Rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder that causes a breakdown of muscle fibers and releases a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, can cause kidney damage and in extreme cases, kidney failure. Trainers evaluated the team for symptoms after one athlete complained of not feeling well, according to the release. None has kidney damage, according to media reports. The names of the six players have not been released. In January 2011, 13 football players at the University of Iowa developed the disorder after overexertion during a squat-lifting workout. A report cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers for wrongdoing but recommended the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training. All 13 players made full recoveries. The women’s lacrosse team did not have games this past weekend. They next play at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Ohio State baseball takes 2 of 3 in weekend series against Penn

Redshirt-junior 1st baseman Josh Dezse celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during a game against Penn State April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-0. Credit: Lauren Weitz / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State.The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense.“When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.”Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping all over the Nittany Lions’ sophomore pitcher Nick Hedge.After scoring a run in the first on an RBI single from sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse led off the second with a deep home run to straightaway center to put the Buckeyes up two.Sophomore third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a single and junior catcher Connor Sabanosh brought him home with a stand-up triple to center.With no outs in the inning and Sabanosh on third, the Nittany Lion coaching staff had seen enough and pulled Hedge in favor of senior Ian Parvin before Hedge could allow any more damage.The pitching change didn’t stop redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis from scoring Sabanosh with a sacrifice fly to center.Dezse continued his onslaught on the Nittany Lion pitching staff with another bomb to center in the third to put the Buckeyes up by five.“I’ve always thought I’ve had a good swing. I just think that circumstances are starting to line up. Couple sliders, wind was blowing out and was just able to square a couple up,” Dezse said Sunday. “I’ve always known that I got a decent swing if I make contact. I’m just not really thinking too much. Just going up and see ball, hit ball.”The Nittany Lions began mounting a comeback and tied things up by scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.The Buckeyes took the lead right back in the bottom half of the fifth, though, on a bases-loaded ground ball from Bosiokovic.They broke it open again in the seventh with four runs, including RBIs from Sergakis and Dezse, giving them a total of five and seven, respectively, for the weekend.“It’s really been the same approach that I’ve had all year. It’s just falling in my favor lately,” Sergakis said. “Every at-bat I go up there and I try and fight the pitcher. I don’t want him to beat me on a pitch and I want to put my best swing on it.”The Nittany Lions got one run back in the eighth, but the Buckeyes got two more in the bottom half to end the scoring and give them the series-clinching 12-6 win.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post earned the win and redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came on in the sixth to allow only the one run in the eighth before freshman Travis Lakins came in to close it out.Saturday’s tilt was all Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and walking just two.Despite his strong performance, Greve said it was just another game for him.“I try to approach the game the same each way. I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win,” Greve said afterward. “You try to do too much as an individual player, that’s when you start getting in trouble. Win as a team, lose as a team. Defense made some great plays for me and the offense really came alive, so that made my job easier.”Offensively, home runs by Dezse and Sergakis and three errors by the Nittany Lions gave the Buckeyes a much-needed 7-0 win.“This was very important for us after losing seven straight conference games,” Beals said. “We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out today.”Friday night, the Nittany Lions took the lead early and pulled out a 5-4 win.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play on the road against West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., Tuesday at 6 p.m. read more