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DVC Monthly Preview — May 2019

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the May installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. This month, we round up the latest news, including dates for the DVC member cruises. We’ll also take a look at some common DVC owner questions.DVC studio at Boulder Ridge at Walt Disney World.Booking WindowsHere are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in May, you will be able to book for dates in April 2020. For all other DVC resorts (seven-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in December 2019. Bear in mind that we’re now in range for booking in the Halloween and Christmas season 2019 for even the seven-month window. If you’re planning to enjoy the park decor and parties during the holidays, now’s the time to plan.Booking directly through Disney, there are virtually no studio units available at any DVC property in May or June. There are 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas open at Aulani during early May, but there is almost no availability at Aulani in June. There are 1- 2- and 3- bedroom units open at Saratoga Springs at WDW during much of May and June. Scattered large rooms are also available in June at Old Key West and Boulder Ridge at WDW, and there are a few 2-bedroom openings at Hilton Head in June.If you want to expand your options, you may want to explore renting points as an alternative to booking through Disney. (If you rent points through the affiliate link to David’s DVC rentals, TouringPlans receives a commission.)DVC and Disney NewsThe time has now arrived! The new Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge, is opening at Disneyland on May 31, to be followed by the opening at Walt Disney World on August 29. Needless to say, guest interest in these areas is unprecedented. Disneyland visitors with bookings at the Disney hotels have gotten timed tickets to allow them entrance to the new land. Some guests are altering plans to be among the first to experience the new land, while others are altering plans to avoid potential crowds around the Galaxy’s Edge debut. Expect that there will be some some fluidity in room reservation availability during this time. If you’re looking to make a Disney hotel reservation during the rest of 2019 and you’re not finding your preferred room type, keep checking back. We’ll have TouringPlans staff on hand to give us the scoop on these much anticipated new offerings — stay tuned.There continues to be news related to the new Riviera Resort, which is adjacent to the Caribbean Beach resort. The points chart for Riviera is now available. The 2-person Tower Studio rooms have the least expensive points requirements I’ve seen at WDW: just 11 points per night for a weekday stay during Adventure Season. That pricing all but ensures that the Tower Studios will never be available to DVC owners without Riviera contracts. Consider whether that will influence any purchase decision. Points purchased at Riviera are now available to current DVC owners. There are promotions for current DVC owners to save on the cost of points if they purchase prior to May 31, 2019. After that the price per point goes up to well over $200. If you want to add on here, it pays to do so early in the offering.If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World this fall, look out for a new fireworks presentation during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Is that enough of a draw to make you buy party tickets this year?TouringPlans vlogger Angela Dahlgren recently visited the DVC cabins at Copper Creek at the Wilderness Lodge. She got some terrific video of the cabins and now I want to stay there more than ever. Seriously, those cabins are pretty close to my dream home.Big news in the world of DVC discounts: For select sailings, Disney Cruise Line is offering 30% off from the original points chart for guests paying for their cruise with points. Call member services at 800-800-9800 for details.There are also reduced points offerings for DVC members on some upcoming Adventures by Disney trips. I’m happy to go on any Disney vacation, but Adventures by Disney trips are my absolute favorite thing in the world. You get to see the world and somebody else takes care of every detailing of planning and executing your trip. Sigh. Again, call member service at 800-800-9800 for the complete scoop.RemindersThere is limited availability on the DVC member cruises on Disney Cruise Line. The member cruises currently available are a 7-night Bermuda sailing from October 5-12, 2019, out of New York on the Disney Magic and a 7-night Alaska cruise out of Vancouver from August 24-31, 2020. In addition to all the fun of a regular DCL voyage, member cruises include loads of perks not available to regular guests, including enhanced stateroom gifts, presentations by Disney-affiliated celebrities, member receptions, and other surprises. Members may book up to four staterooms for these sailings. Call member services at 800-800-9800 for more information. If you decide to book a member cruise (or any other Disney cruise sailing), you may want to kickstart your planning with the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2019, co-authored by yours truly.One of the perkier perks of DVC membership is Moonlight Magic Nights, evenings where members get the run of a park, plus lots of snacks, for freeeeee! Yep, it’s like those big-dollar paid late-night evenings, but at no extra cost. While there is no fee, advance registration is required and availability is limited. The 2019 Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios nights have now passed. The Epcot event are happening this month, on May 13 and 20, 2019. Registration is now open for all members. Animal Kingdom will host three events: July 18, August 8, and August 22, 2019, with registration opening on June 5 for members with WDW hotel reservation, and on June 12 for all members. The last Moonlight Magic event of the year will take place at Typhoon Lagoon on September 18 and October 16, 2019, with registration opening on August 14 for members with WDW hotel reservation, and on August 28 for all members.DVC FAQHere’s where we tackle a frequently asked question or two about Disney Vacation Club.Question: I’ve been reading about Disney Vacation Club, but I’m not yet a member. How do I know if DVC is right for me?Answer: There’s no one right answer. Buying DVC is a likely to be one of the largest purchases you’ll make, depending on how many points you buy. It may be second only in cost to your primary residence. So it’s certainly not something you’ll want to enter in lightly. You may want to consult with your financial advisor and your attorney before taking the plunge. That said, I’m going to answer your question with a bunch of other questions – things you may want to think about as you decide whether to purchase a DVC ownership:Does my job allow me plan my vacation far in advance? If not, how will you feel about limited availability of rooms in your preferred location or of the preferred size?Will you honestly continue to love Disney properties for many years? Picture your vacations with your kids as teens, as young adults, with their own families.What else could you do with the money? Will you want to travel to other locations?Do I have my children’s education and my retirement funded? How will DVC ownership impact these financial commitments?Is my income stable enough to pay the annual dues?How do you feel about not having full housekeeping service every day of your vacation?Do you know about the pros and cons of buying directly from Disney vs. buying resale points?Would I feel comfortable selling my points if needed?Am I good with managing detailed transactions? Will I remember things like banking and borrowing points dates?Do your children interact well together? In the event of your passing, how would they manage your membership? Can you account for this in your will?Do you and your spouse both enjoy Disney vacations equally? How will ownership impact your relationship?Have I priced out stays at other Orlando area timeshares?Do I understand the real costs of using points for things like Disney Cruises?Would I be comfortable with having multiple points contracts?Is having kitchen access important to me?There are certainly many other questions to ask yourself before buying DVC, but this should give you a start.That does it for this month’s wrap-up. Got any DVC questions? Current members, do you have any advice for someone deciding whether to purchase points for the first time? Let us know below.last_img read more

What’s a Snuggle Snapper?

first_imgThese are priced at $19.99 each. We’ve seen versions with Mickey, Minnie, Baymax, Lotso, Dumbo, Marie, Yoda, and an Ewok. Which one would you choose?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!We’re seeing a lot Snuggle Snappers in the theme parks these days. What’s a Snuggle Snapper you ask? Well, it turns out that a Snuggle Snapper is cross between a plush (the snuggle part) and a snap bracelet (the snap part). Basically its for the kid (or the adult, we do not judge) who can’t decide what kind of souvenir they want so is excited to find an item that fits more than one category.last_img read more

Emirates gets US nod for biometric boarding

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Emirates is talking with authorities from other countries about biometric boarding after receiving approval to offer the technology on flights to the US.The approval came after a successful trial on services from Dubai to New York and Los Angeles.READ: More than 150,000 stranded after Thomas Cook collapses.The Dubai-based airline says it is the first carrier outside the US to receive approval for biometric boarding from US Customs Border Protection (CBP) and expects to implement for all 12 of its American destinations by year-end.It has also started rolling out biometric boarding for passengers on the US end with the system in place on its Washington-Dubai flights with more to come.The airline says the process reduces the time for identity checks to two seconds or less and does not require pre-registration.Customers who choose not to use the technology can simply approach the gate desks.Emirates does not store any biometric records of its customers and says the data is managed securely by CBP.The pilot program through the July to August peak period involving the New York and Los Angeles services saw some flights achieving 100 percent biometric boarding.The system clicks the passenger’s photo at the boarding ate and this is then matched against CBP’s gallery in real-time to verify the person’s identity in two seconds or less.Emirates cautions that the system may not work for those who haven’t traveled to the US. for a long time or whose images are not in CBP’s gallery.“Our ultimate aim is to help our passengers travel paperless, without the need for passports and IDs,’’ Emirates Group Security divisional vice president Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi said.“Biometric boarding is one more step in streamlining processes at our hub using digital technology, saving our customers time and giving them peace of mind.“We are talking with authorities of several countries to make security using facial recognition technology more acceptable and accessible.”The announcement came as global aviation security symposium AVSEC Global 2019 was being held in Dubai.Emirates currently flies to New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Web Office Week

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office This week Read/WriteWeb will be featuring a series of posts about the Web Office. Let’s start by summarizing what exactly is a Web Office. In a June post we mentioned that a Web Office suite should have, at the least, the following apps in it: email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. These are the core products of Microsoft Office, the dominant office suite package. You could also make a case for apps like contacts manager, task manager or even project management to be in the core products, but we’ll keep things real simple. Here’s how the main Web Office contenders shape up:Web Office Suite: Core Products Note: Zimbra and Microsoft Office Live don’t have separate names for their appsIt’s certainly over-simplifying, but it helps to get a sense of where all the main players are in creating a basic Web Office suite. Google Apps has everything but Presentations, but that is rumored to be here soon after recent acquisitions in that space. Zoho has the most complete offering so far, including many other apps not listed (Meeting, Wiki, etc). Zimbra also has an impressive offering – like Google it is only missing Presentations. ThinkFree has the main productivity apps, but it doesn’t have email or calendar.A note about Microsoft. Currently it has a number of different offerings, all under the ‘Office Live’ banner – there are 7 products listed on this page, including Office Live Premium and Office Live Groove. But as yet, no sign that Microsoft will risk its massive desktop Office revenues, by offering an online office suite. Indeed, that may never happen – as Microsoft attempts to create a desktop/online hybrid around its ‘services’ strategy. There are signs though that Microsoft is at least experimenting – earlier this month they announced a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite. However it isn’t a browser-based office offering, as was rumored last year.Here’s this week’s poll: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Indo-Pak series sees largest influx of Pakistani citizens to India in search of friends

first_imgShehzada Shahrukh, Pakistani Olympian met old friend and former Indian hockey captain Balbir Singh (right) in ChandigarhRana Khurshid Alam looks out of the window of the car on a road flanked by endless wheat fields and wipes tears from his eyes.Spotting the signboard which reads Institute of Engineering and Technology,,Shehzada Shahrukh, Pakistani Olympian met old friend and former Indian hockey captain Balbir Singh (right) in ChandigarhRana Khurshid Alam looks out of the window of the car on a road flanked by endless wheat fields and wipes tears from his eyes.Spotting the signboard which reads Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, he says, “Our village has become famous.” This is Alam’s first visit to Bhaddal, a small, farming village in Ropar district, an hour’s drive from Chandigarh.But for this 53-year-old jeweller from Kassowal in Pakistan’s Sahiwal district, it is a homecoming of sorts. His forefathers, hereditary goldsmiths, left this village for Pakistan during Partition.Alam grew up on nostalgic reminiscences of Sonaron di Kothi (the house of goldsmiths), the ancestral home which his grandfather longed to return to but never could. Today, Alam stands in the pillar-lined courtyard, caresses its walls like he would his children and reaches out to the past.Pakistani cricket fans cross the Wagah borderIn the village of Mehmoodwal Yusuf pur on the outskirts of Jalandhar, Darshan Singh, 75, squints through his spectacles at the visitor from Pakistan: “Aren’t you Ghulam Nabi’s son? You look exactly like him.”It has been over 50 years since Abdul Majeed Khan’s father crossed the border. Now, the 53-year-old audit officer with the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation Ltd hugs the villager and weeps at the memory of his father. Alam and Khan weren’t alone. Such poignant scenes were replayed across Punjab’s countryside as nearly 4,000 Pakistanis used their short-stay cricket visas to fan out into the countryside, to home in with salmon-like instincts on the land of their forefathers.Cricket was merely an excuse, an afterthought. At the PCA Stadium in Mohali, as Pakistan played its first Test in India in six years, white-bearded Abdul Jalil “Chacha Cricket”, Pakistan’s best known cricket fan, and his cohorts swathed in green clothes filled the near-empty Pakistani stands with chants of “Jivey Jivey Pakistan”. advertisementRana Khurshid Alam, Jeweller at his ancestral house in Bhaddal, Ropar, which his forefathers left during PartitionFor the past 12 months, cricket, once the stress-generator between India and Pakistan, has become a bureaucracy-booster. Over 8,000 Indian fans crossed the border last spring for India’s first tour of Pakistan in 14 years. A year later, the largest influx of Pakistanis in recent memory has made a new passage to India.Some belonged to a generation that knew India only through family stories. Others knew the pain of fleeing home first-hand. Fifty-eight years after he left as a distraught refugee, Syed Athar Hussain, 72, stepped across the old Radcliffe Line at the Wagah border. He now lives near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore but had never bought a match ticket-until last month when he paid $35 (Rs 1,575) to come home. Once in India, Hussain didn’t need directions to find his way to Ropar. “It was out of sight but never out of mind,” he says.For Shehzada Shahrukh, an 82-year-old Pakistani hockey Olympian, India was home turf. In Chandigarh, this Olympic vice-captain was reunited after two decades with an Indian hockey legend-Olympic gold medallist and former captain Balbir Singh. The duo, sporting foes-turned friends, relived a friendship that went back to the 1940s when Balbir played in Amritsar’s Khalsa College team, captained by Shahrukh’s brother Khurram.Shahrukh rolls his dentures and demonstrates Balbir’s flick to score a winning goal in an old Punjab vs Punjab hockey match. Balbir chuckles, “Is that why I was the first person you asked for at Wagah?”Fans at Mohali stadiumShahrukh-who would have you believe that the Bollywood superstar was named after him, after a chance encounter with King Khan’s father in Bombay in the 1950s-says he doesn’t have much time left and has many friends to meet. There is Pran Nath, a school buddy from Lahore, now a gold trader in Kolkata. Three years ago, Nath came to Lahore looking for him but the two could not meet. “Please tell Pran,” he says, as tears begin again, “His friend Shahrukh is alive.”At the Mohali stadium, the only reminder of conflict was a few hundred feet above the pitch- the steady stream of Indian Air Force transport aircraft taking off from Chandigarh air force base with belly loads of supplies for soldiers in Kashmir. But outside, India’s Track II diplomacy over whelmed Pakistani fans.The Nada Sahib Gurdwara ran a non-stop langar and the Chandigarh Club hosted a dinner for every Pakistani. The Chandigarh administration laid out a week-long carnival-from halal meat burgers and prayer mats in hotel rooms to special screenings of Veer-Zaara and Mughal-e-Azam. Shops often dispensed with the formality of seeing the Pakistani passport before granting 10 per cent discount. “I had to force shopkeepers to accept money,” grins Ammad Arshad from Lahore.Meanwhile, Shahrukh was hosted by Arun Bakshi, a 43-year-old marketing executive. In the past decade, Bakshi had twice tried to go back to his father’s village in Pakistan but his visa applications were turned down. This week he did, however, persuade Sajjad Shah and his family to vacate their hotel room and be his guests. The Bakshis sleep in the drawing room.Only half of 7,000 tickets the Punjab Cricket Association sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been sold but no one cares. This is not about filling stadia. “Cricket is the new goodwill multiplier. It will put people-to-people ties on a stronger wicket,” says Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Perhaps it is time for Bakshi to apply for that visa.- with Ramesh Vinayakadvertisementlast_img read more

Mahrez saga now over, says Leicester boss Puel

first_imgTransfers Mahrez saga now over, says Leicester boss Puel Sacha Pisani 12:17 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RiyadMahrez-cropped Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Riyad Mahrez FA Cup Leicester City v Sheffield United Sheffield United The Foxes manager tried to put the controversy behind him after his team’s star man was denied a deadline-day move to Man City Claude Puel insisted the Riyad Mahrez saga is in the past after the Manchester City target helped Leicester City progress in the FA Cup.Mahrez was absent from Leicester for 10 days after his proposed move to runaway Premier League leaders City failed to materialise on transfer deadline day.AdChoices广告The Algerian made his first start since January 20 and received a warm welcome from the supporters at King Power Stadium Friday as Leicester edged Sheffield United 1-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mahrez provided the assist for Jamie Vardy in the 66th minute, which was enough for Leicester to reach the quarter-final.”It’s behind us,” said manager Puel. “Riyad came back with high quality and it is a good feeling for us of course.”It was good support from the fans to Riyad and important to remain a good feeling for the future.”I said before it was important to remain united after this situation but it was good in the end to see the good feeling.”The most important thing was to win the game and to see again Jamie and Riyad play together is a good feeling. Riyad was a little frustrated at the end of the game because he wanted to score, but that is good.”last_img read more

Support Our Sponsors This Summer

first_imgWith summer seasons getting ready to start across the country, it’s time to make sure you are in the right gear for the season. Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) sponsors, X-Blades, KooGa, Hyper-Active and BodyScience have all the equipment you need for the summer season. X-BladesX-Blades is the official footwear supplier of TFA and has a large range of boots for both children and adults. To visit their online shop, please visit – www.bladesfootball.com.auKooGaKooGa is the uniform supplier of TFA and have a wide range of styles for team uniforms. To visit their website, please click on the following link – www.kooga.com.auHyper-ActiveHyper-Active is the merchandise supplier for TFA and have been involved with Touch Football for over 25 years. To view their range, please visit their website – www.hypertouch.com.auBodyScience TFA compression supplier, BodyScience, has all your needs when it comes to compression gear. Through their Club Direct program, BSc can personalise your club’s compression gear to have your logos and colours. For more information about this, please contact Ryan Brustolin at BSc by emailing ryan@bodyscience.com.au. Stay tuned to the TFA website for more information in the coming weeks. Related LinksSummer Touch Gearlast_img read more

5 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward eager to mend Neville relationship

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward eager to mend Neville relationshipby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chief Ed Woodward is eager to rebuild his relationship with Gary Neville for the good of the club.Woodward and the influential former United captain haven’t spoken for five months with Neville increasingly strident on television in blaming the executive vice-chairman for the slump in form at Old Trafford.He’s also reached out to the Class of 92 with Nicky Butt working at the club, but has been estranged from Neville, says the Daily Mail.Keen to utilise former United stars in the same way that Liverpool have done, Ferguson favourites Darren Fletcher and Patrice Evra have been invited to the training ground at Carrington.Woodward would like to employ a former big-name player to work as a media ambassador and talk to British and overseas media to reflect the club’s standpoint. last_img read more

Mens volleyball Topranked Ohio State knocks off No 6 Lewis for 35th

OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Ohio State baseball splits 4 in Snowbird Classic loses 2 against Indiana

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. read more