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Jan
1

US construction forecast down for 2009

first_imgABC FORECASTS DOWNTURNIN 2009 CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY December 3, 2008WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its 2009 economic forecast for the commercial and industrial construction industry. “While the industry experienced a mixed bag in 2008, do not expect the same story in 2009,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.”For more than a year, economists have been discussing how weak the overall economy has been. The ongoing credit crunch began in earnest in August 2007 and the U.S. economy shrank during last year’s fourth quarter,” said Basu. “Because commercial construction typically lags the overall economy by one to two years, the weakness that has pummeled other segments of the nation’s economy has not been as apparent in commercial construction performance.”However, that is about to change in 2009,” added Basu. “One of the most telling signs that we will see a downturn in commercial and industrial construction activity is the dramatic fall of the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the American Institute of Architects. In October, the ABI rating reached a historic low not seen since the rating system was established in 1995.”While nonresidential construction employment was down 4.7 percent on a year-over-year basis in October, this level of job loss pales in comparison to what is likely to emerge over the next twelve months,” added Basu.”ABC expects that the reversal in industry fortunes will be increasingly manifested in the 2009 and 2010 data. It is worth noting that producer prices also will begin to decline more forcefully in the months ahead due to the deflation in key commodities, including copper, steel and oil. However, this will help accelerate the sector’s eventual recovery.”The following table provides year-to-year performance from 2007 through 2008. For the most part, the industry has held up well, with total nonresidential construction put in place rising in every industry with the exception of the commercial segment. As the forecast after the table indicates, the story will not be the same in 2009.Year-to-Date Performance, 2007 – 2008*Indicator2007200812-month% ChangeConstruction Put in Place – (millions, seasonally adjusted annual rate) U.S. Census BureauTotal NonresidentialLodging32,21638,70020.1Office68,26375,0009.9Commercial88,67880,600-9.1Health Care44,49945,4502.1Educational100,606105,9505.3Power58,04767,25015.9Manufacturing51,57668,20032.2Private NonresidentialLodging31,22538,50023.3Office56,10358,2003.7Commercial85,14377,500-9.0Health Care36,01436,5001.3Educational18,61219,0002.1Power46,03956,50022.7Manufacturing51,19367,70032.2Public NonresidentialOffice12,16016,80038.2Commercial3,5353,100-12.3Health Care8,4858,9505.5Educational81,99586,9506.0Power12,00810,750-10.5Construction Employment – (thousands, seasonally adjusted) U.S. Department of LaborNonresidential809.8780.0-3.7Residential951.2845.5-11.1Producer Price Index – (base date of June 1986 = 100) U.S Department of LaborInputs to Construction Industries – Index Value181.4196.18.1*2008 data contain projected fourth quarter dollar valuesThe 2009 OutlookCommercial building, such as retail and restaurants, will be off between 10 percent and 20 percent next year in dollar terms compared to 2008.Lodging will be negatively impacted by both a general decline in new construction activity and a reduction in personal and professional travel. This segment has been one of the leading engines of construction starts, but value put in place may decline 20 percent or more next year.Office construction will be off between 15 percent and 25 percent in 2009 due to ongoing difficulties in the financing environment, as well as waves of job losses in key office segments, such as financial services.Manufacturing will see a sharp decline after registering massive gains during the past several years. With domestic and global demand for manufactured products now falling decisively, expenditures on manufacturing-related buildings will fall in the neighborhood of 25 percent to 35 percent next year, with declines likely to persist into 2010.Institutional construction, such as hospitals, prisons and schools, will also soften due to a combination of state and local fiscal duress and the ongoing turbulence in the municipal bond and similarly situated financial markets. As a result, institutional building construction will slip more than 5 percent next year in terms of dollars expended.Power construction investment, especially in the alternative energy-related segment, will continue to trend higher even as electricity utility construction declines (down 30 percent in 2009) in the face of financing difficulties and retreating energy prices. Alternative energy investment will receive a boost from the incoming administration, which has committed to supporting segments such as wind, solar and biofuels.Conclusion: As 2009 looks to be a challenging year for the commercial and industrial construction industry, the next federal stimulus package being discussed in Washington, D.C., which will likely include a significant infrastructure component, may emerge as a countervailing force. While it will take some time to implement such a program, an infrastructure-based stimulus package may address both issues of short-term economic weakness and longer-term competitive needs. Moreover, investment in infrastructure represents a way for the federal government to take advantage of now declining construction input prices, allowing it to purchase more infrastructure for each dollar spent.####Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing nearly 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 79 chapters across the United States. Visit us at www.abc.org(link is external)last_img read more

Nov
18

See how Istria takes care of its tourists: A leaflet has been published on the provision of health services for tourists

first_imgThe Administrative Department for Health and Social Welfare of the County of Istria and the Tourist Board of Istria have issued an information leaflet on the provision of health services for tourists.The leaflet is intended primarily for employees in tourism, as a source of detailed information, in Croatian, Italian, English and German, and the leaflet lists the health services that public institutions in the Istrian County provide to tourists during the summer of 2017.If we want to develop tourism, if so, then we must definitely care about guests. This is just one of the proofs of how a strategic and planned tourist destination, as well as the care of guests. This is an extremely important document that gives a sense of security to tourists, yet they are foreigners in our country and something that is logical to us and generally known to them is not. Also, the document was written in Croatian, English, Italian and German and was excellent, as well as the obligation of all hoteliers and hosts in family accommodation, if we care about guests, to print it out and keep it in their accommodation facilities, in order to each guest was provided with important emergency information.Distribute and print a flyer about providing health services for tourists, guests will be grateful to you, they will feel safer, and you will show how much you care about your guests.Side dish: Leaflet on the provision of health services for touristsImportant tourist information available in 5 foreign languages In addition to leaflets on the provision of health services for tourists, the website of the Tourist Board of Istria (page available in Croatian, English, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch and French) offers a variety of interesting, service and important information for tourists, from informational tips on all services to embassy contacts. Be sure to guide your tourists and introduce them to this important information. See more about important information for tourists hereUnfortunately, for now only the Tourist Board of Istria offers this important information to its guests, but it’s up to the people to copy, in fact, and take care of their tourists. It is no coincidence that Istria is where it is in terms of tourism, it is there because it develops tourism in a planned and strategic way and does not sell only the sun and the sea. Of course, nothing is ideal, but Istria certainly deserves the title of tourist leader with by far the most overnight stays and arrivals. And the proof of that is how it is from January to June most overnight stays were realized in Istria (6.82 million overnight stays), followed by Kvarner (3.92 million overnight stays) and the Split-Dalmatia County (3.88 million overnight stays).I urge you to share this important information with your guests as well as a flyer on the provision of health services for tourists, because ultimately you live off tourism and tourists, right?Let them care about them. Related news: IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS GROWTH OF 22 PERCENT IN ARRIVALS AND 23 PERCENT IN NIGHTSlast_img read more

Dec
19

Internet access to double by 2014

first_imgThe fourth factor is the growth of internet access via mobile phones in South Africa – although the report notes that this is not yet as big a factor as the media hype suggests. The mobile web New telecoms licences The third factor is the rapid rate at which smaller South African businesses are migrating from slow dial-up connections to faster ADSL lines. “Four major factors will drive this growth,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement. These networks would be able to take advantage of the new undersea cable, which will allow service providers to buy bandwidth capacity at wholesale prices and repackage and resell it as they wished. The report shows that the number of internet users in South Africa grew by 12.5% to 4.6-million in 2008 – the first time since 2001 it has grown by more than 8%. The increased growth rate is expected to continue for the next five years, taking the internet user population to the 9-million mark by 2014. Small business switches to ADSL “The first and most obvious development is the arrival of a new undersea telecommunications cable at the end of June. It will increase South Africa’s maximum international bandwidth fivefold, and the actual capacity that was available until the end of last year will increase 30-fold. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material This is among the conclusions contained in the Internet Access in South Africa 2008 report, released this week by researchers and consultants World Wide Worx. New undersea cablecenter_img “This means that the new generation of service providers will be able to introduce business models that were never possible before.” 26 March 2009 Goldstuck noted, however, that the arrival of the new cable would bring down bandwidth costs and increase capacity gradually – not overnight. “The cellphone right now is a very crude device for accessing the internet,” says Goldstuck. “We will need to see great improvements in both usability and people’s ability to use advanced features on their cellphones, and that will take another few years.” SAinfo reporter South Africa’s internet population is expected to grow as much in the next five years as it has in the 15 years since the internet became commercially available in the country. “This means that SMEs have taken over from large businesses as the biggest driver of internet access in South Africa.” “The impact of these lines goes much further than merely the number of small businesses that connect,” Goldstuck said. “Our research shows that every small and medium enterprise (SME) using ADSL is connecting anywhere between one and 20 additional individuals to the internet. “While we won’t see even a tenth of the 600 existing ISPs setting up networks, enough of them will emerge from under the radar to give consumers and business a new world of choice,” Goldstuck said. The second factor driving South Africa’s internet growth was the granting of telecommunications licences to all internet service providers (ISPs) who wished to upgrade their existing licences, allowing them to build their own networks.last_img read more

Nov
7

Open Assistant Coach Appointments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to announce the successfully appointed assistant coaches for the National Open Program.The Open Teams will be competing during April 2014 in the Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Mudgee, New South Wales.  The appointed assistant coaches are:Men’s OpenPaul SfeirDave NolanWomen’s OpenSwain RovelliPhil GyemoreMixed OpenMick MoussaJustin CreightonTFA wishes the appointed assistant coaches all the best during their preparation for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Related Filestfa_open_assistant_coach_announcement-pdfRelated LinksNational Assistant Coacheslast_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: I’m bored of van Dijk praise…by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has joked that he’s bored of talking about Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman’s stature continues to grow with each impressive performance for the Reds.But one of his teammates is tired of hearing the noise.”I’m getting bored speaking about how good he is!” said Robertson after Friday night’s win over Wolves.”No, I’m only joking. He was fantastic.”We knew when we saw [Adama] Traore up top that he has got great pace. His pace and direction are a big threat and big Virgil did so well with him. We knew on the counter-attack they were dangerous.”I’m sure he will be disappointed he has not scored more goals but it was a clean sheet and his first Premier League goal – pretty much a perfect day for him.”He’s been brilliant [since joining Liverpool]. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside him for the majority of time on the left-hand side of the defence. He’s just a great lad to have next to you – I’m not sure he will say the same about me!”I think we have had a good relationship, we work together. The whole back four does, whoever plays, his impact on the club has been good. I look forward to it continuing.” last_img read more

Oct
13

Man charged for illegal trapping

first_img“The way it was, was that it was hung about four to five feet off the ground so a wolf would have to run along and jump up to grab it. It’s a particularly disgusting way of trapping,” said Kneller.Kneller says there are certain traps that are allowed to be used.“There are certain traps that have been deemed humane which trappers, through their trapping course, are told what they can and can’t use. So there are certain traps which are regulated and that you have to use to catch a wolf,” said Kneller.The man has been charged $2000 and was issued a two-year probation order which includes no trapping. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A man has been charged in Provincial Court this week for illegal trapping practices.In January 2016, the BC Conservation Officer Service responded to an illegal trapping complaint.Micah Kneller, BC Conservation officer, says upon investigation, the BCCOS found the use of a large treble hook hanging on a tree, a type of trap that is considered illegal for trapping purposes.last_img read more

Oct
12

Trump tweets video edited to suggest Omar dismissive of 9/11

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar’s speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” as well as news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the twin towers. Trump tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” Omar’s remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives who say the congresswoman, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, offered a flippant description of the assailants and the attacks on American soil that killed nearly 3,000 people and pointed the U.S. toward war. Neither Trump’s tweet nor the video includes her full quote or the context of her comments. Omar told CAIR in Los Angeles that many Muslims saw their civil liberties eroded after the attacks, and she advocated for activism. “For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” she said in the March 23 speech, according to video posted online. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” CAIR was founded in 1994, according to its website, but its membership increased dramatically after the attacks. Many Republicans and conservative outlets expressed outrage at Omar’s remarks. “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something,'” tweeted Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a retired Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in 2012 in an explosion in Afghanistan. “Here’s your something,” the New York Post blared on its cover beneath a photograph of the flaming towers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to hear from Omar about the comment, but the Minnesota Democrat doesn’t seem to be backing down. Omar tweeted a quote from former President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks, when he said: “‘The people and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!” “Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack?” Omar tweeted. “What if he was a Muslim.” A pair of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates waded into the debate to condemn Trump’s tweet and to stand with Omar. “She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we,” Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted. “The president is inciting violence against a sitting congresswoman and an entire group of Americans based on their religion,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote, also on Twitter. Omar has repeatedly pushed fellow Democrats into uncomfortable territory over Israel and the power of the Jewish state’s influence in Washington. She apologized for suggesting that lawmakers support Israel for pay and said she isn’t criticizing Jews. But she refused to take back a tweet in which she suggested that American supporters of Israel “pledge allegiance” to a foreign country. Her comments sparked an ugly episode among House Democrats when they responded with a resolution condemning anti-Semitism became a broader declaration against all forms of bigotry.last_img read more

Oct
12

NYAY will remonetise economy: PC

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday alleged that the incumbent government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misleading the people with hollow claims as the economy is treading a weak path.Chidambaram further said that the next government has enough work to do so as to repair the damage done by the BJP as several indicators show that the economy is facing a slowdown. While praising the NYAY scheme, he said, “The scheme will help in the remonetisation of the economy.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe people have begun to raise their voices as the elections near an end, he added. The report by the economic division of the Finance Ministry for March is an indictment of the state of the economy, he noted. Taking the stock of a media report on the CSO’ data and GDP series, Chidambaram said that it appears the MCA-21 data, which has not been made public, is faulty as 35 per cent of companies in the data does not exist. There is not even a single parameter which shows the economy is in good shape, he added. According to the March 2019 report, the GDP growth fell from 8.2 per cent to 7 per cent in the last 3 years. The gross fiscal deficit and capital expenditure remain flat and inflation rose from 3.1 per cent to 4.2 per cent, the former finance minister said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe private expenditure, government expenditure and fixed investment rates have also fallen in the last five years, Chidambaram said while dubbing Modi as naukri vinash Prime minister. “The tughlaqi farmans of demonetisation and GST resulted in the country losing over 1.1 crore jobs in 2018 alone. The economy has entered a disastrous phase of a slowdown as reflected by a consistent fall in the quarterly growth of real GDP. A massive shortfall of Rs 1.6 lakh crore in the tax revenues would effectively increase the actual fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent,” he said. In a reply to a question on Hindutva narrative set by PM Modi, Chidambaram said, “However much the prime minister tries to hijack the narrative, ultimately we believe that the people of India will vote on the state of the economy.”last_img read more

Sep
28

Yogi Berra Was One Of A Kind

Long after he retired, Berra remained one of the most quotable and beloved figures in baseball’s considerable history. Measured by the frequency with which his name is mentioned in books, Berra is more prominent by a large margin than any of the four catchers who produced more total WAR in their careers. Instead, Berra’s name appears in books at a frequency closer to that of historic greats like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Berra’s outsize popularity is a testament to his special character and likability, which came to overshadow his no-less-impressive or -unusual accomplishments on the field.CORRECTION (Sept. 23, 5:17 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described comparisons of Berra’s strikeout rate and home runs with those of other players. In the text, we compared Berra’s strikeout rate with that of players who have hit more than 350 home runs since 1940, and, in the chart, we compared his strikeout rate and home run total with those of players who have had more than 2,000 plate appearances since 1940. None of those comparisons were with all players with more than 350 home runs or more than 2,000 plate appearances. Yogi Berra, the ever-quotable former catcher and manager, died Tuesday at the age of 90. By quality, he was one of the best catchers ever, amassing the fifth-most total wins above replacement at the position and the 11th-most WAR per game.1I applied a minimum of 1,000 games played at catcher. By quantity, he played in 13.2 percent of all of the Yankees games in history and more World Series games than any other single player. But more than the obvious accolades — the three Most Valuable Player awards, the 10 World Series wins — Berra was exceptional by virtue of his improbability.As a 19-year-old, Berra participated in the D-Day invasion as a member of the U.S. Navy, fighting from a boat at Omaha Beach, where there were some 2,000 casualties. He was later injured in Marseilles and earned a Purple Heart. After he returned to baseball, he played in just 77 minor-league games before advancing to the majors. Because of his service, Berra didn’t begin his career in earnest until he was 21 years old.Berra was unlikely even as a baseball player: All of 5 feet 7 inches tall, he launched 358 home runs during his career, 90 more than anyone his height or shorter.2Here I am using the Lahman database numbers. The runner-up is Joe Morgan (5 feet 7 inches, 268 home runs). The shortest player who hit more home runs than Berra is Mel Ott (5 feet 9 inches, 511 home runs). Berra was an unusually disciplined batter, striking out in only 4.9 percent of his plate appearances. That combination of power and plate discipline is exceptionally rare in MLB history. Sluggers tend to strike out at higher-than-average rates because they are often selective and waiting for a pitch to drive. Players with more than 350 home runs since 1940 have struck out, on average, in 15.8 percent of plate appearances, more than three times Berra’s rate. No one else with a strikeout rate below 5.5 percent hit more home runs than Berra did during that period. When you add up his position, size, power and plate discipline, Berra is unique in all of baseball’s history. read more

Sep
28

Ohio State softball completes perfect week vs Big Ten teams with sweep

OSU sophomore Taylor White (21) makes a catch during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team swept its third Big Ten opponent of the season this weekend, taking down Rutgers (18-23, 2-7) in a three-game series.The Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) scored at least 10 runs in each of the three matchups, and seven players hit home runs, including three each by freshman Emily Clark and redshirt junior Alex Bayne. Bayne is now three home runs away from breaking the program’s single-season home run record, which has stood at 19 since 2009.Bayne hit .615 over the three games, while Clark hit .545, and eight of the nine OSU starters hit above a .300 clip.Game 1OSU set off on a destructive path on Friday, taking the 17-8 win after a tight game through the first four innings. The Buckeyes had their third eight-run inning of the year in the fifth inning, where five players brought in runs. Five players — Bayne, senior catcher Cammi Prantl, redshirt senior first baseman Erika Leonard, sophomore outfielder Taylor White and Clark — sent balls over the fence, thus sustaining the team’s now 13-game home run streak.Freshman Katya Duvall made only her fourth appearance of the season but earned her third win on the mound, combining with junior Shelby Hursh for eight strikeouts. Duvall, one of seven California natives on the team, held the Scarlet Knights to one earned run in the final three innings of the chilly evening matchup.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly utilized 16 members of her 22-player roster in Friday’s game, including redshirt freshman Alex Vargas, who collected her first hit and RBI of her career with the Buckeyes.Like 19 other games this season, OSU scored first on Leonard’s sixth home run the year, but Rutgers responded with senior Melanie Slowinski’s homer of her own to take the lead. Sophomore catcher Sierra Maddox later stole home to give the Scarlet Knights another run.Rutgers held the narrow lead until the top of the fourth, but solo shots by Clark and Prantl tied the game. The Scarlet Knights’ top hitter, senior Stephanie Huang, sent a long ball over the left-field fence to restore her team’s lead.If the Buckeyes’ bats had been warm in the first four innings, they caught fire in the top of the fifth, starting with redshirt junior Jess Machovina’s single to center field. Sophomore Ashley Goodwin brought in the first run of the inning after junior Anna Kirk stole second to situate herself in scoring position.Clark scored on a passed ball, and Bayne and Prantl advanced runners with singles to the outfield. White’s home run brought OSU’s lead to six, and Kirk’s deep double marked the team’s sixth hit of the inning.The Scarlet Knights timidly responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, one scored on a fielding error by McIntyre and one on a walk. The Buckeyes then lengthened their lead to 14-7 on Bayne’s 15th homer and Machovina’s 12th RBI of the year.Still, OSU was not content, adding three runs on Leonard’s and Vargas’ hits. Rutgers’ last chance in the bottom of the seventh inning produced one run on a late home run from freshman Allie Yoffee, but the Scarlet Knights fell for the 21st time this season.Game 2Inclement weather cut Saturday’s game short, forcing OSU and Rutgers to pick up play on Sunday morning, when the Buckeyes sealed an 11-9 win. On what was her 16th home run of the year, however, Bayne battled the cold and rain in the top of the third to send the Buckeyes’ lead to 4-1.In the previous inning, Clark’s blast over the fence brought the game to 2-1, after the Scarlet Knights scored first on a sacrifice bunt.Rutgers left three on in the bottom of the second inning to make way for redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre’s leadoff single and Bayne’s homer. Machovina continued her three-game hit streak with a single to bring pinch runner Cassidy Clough home.The bottom of the third, just as the Scarlet Knights were heating up, was stalled by the weather. Rutgers brought the game to 5-3 on senior Elizabeth Adams deep double before the umpires suspended the game.When the matchup resumed Sunday, Goodwin’s quick single tacked on another run to OSU’s lead, but Rutgers third baseman Jordan Whitley notched a two-run home run to make the game a tight 6-5.OSU reliever Morgan Ray, who took over for sophomore right-hander Shelby McCombs, allowed a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the sixth, but the freshman nabbed the last out with a groundout.Clark sent her second home run of the game to center field in the top of the final inning to bring in White, who recorded an RBI with a single in the previous at-bat. Sophomore Becca Gavin followed suit with a two-run shot of her own, giving the Buckeyes an 11-5 lead.For the first time this season, Gavin saw action behind the plate, allowing Prantl to take to left field, where she spent a handful of games in her previous three seasons.The Scarlet Knights attempted to shorten their deficit in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs in a late rally. Three of the runs were scored on passed balls, and the fourth was on one of Ray’s four walks of the day. Ray recorded three of her four strikeouts in the seventh inning, sending the Buckeyes to the final game of the series with the series win in hand.Game 3OSU took advantage of its 2-0 weekend lead and sunnier weather to bounce out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the final matchup. That score stood until the top of the fifth inning, when Machovina recorded her second home run of the year to take OSU’s lead to three.The Scarlet Knights went down in order in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings at the hands of junior Lena Springer and the OSU defense. Springer, a transfer from Central Florida, struck out seven in her ninth start of the year.While Springer pitched a complete game, Rutgers used three pitchers in the circle and went for six combined strikeouts.The game was a clash of defenses, as both teams struggled to move runners around the bases. The Buckeyes opened up in the sixth inning with Machovina’s home run and doubles by Kirk and Clark, expanding their lead to five.As if 16 home runs were not enough for Bayne, she drove another long ball over the left field fence in the top of the seventh inning. Prantl, Leonard, White and Clark followed with singles to give OSU two more runs. With the bases loaded, junior Aubrie Levine hit McIntyre with a pitch, bringing in White. Bayne, in her second at-bat of the inning, then snapped a quick single to the pitcher and beat out the throw to send Clark home.OSU’s offense solidified its fifth shutout of the year in the bottom of the final inning, where Rutgers put three infield groundouts into play. The Scarlet Knights suffered their second Big Ten sweep of 2016 and their seventh shutout.Up nextOSU is set to return to Buckeye Field on Wednesday in a game against Dayton, before heading to No. 1 Michigan for a major Big Ten weekend series. The matchup against the Flyers is slated to begin at 6 p.m. read more