The Tampa Bay Rays have been the laughing stock of Major League Baseball since the first season of their existence. The team has never won more than 70 regular season games in the past 10 years, and last season, the Rays had the worst record in the MLB with a compounded 96 losses. However, they have transformed into an almost unrecognizable team, one that has actually had a winning season. Not only did the Rays record 97 wins, they also won a division dominated for the past several seasons by the world famous New York Yankees and the current defending champions, the Boston Red Sox. Yet, the Cinderella story for Tampa Bay continues as they soundly defeated the Chicago White Sox 6–2 to win in the first round of the playoffs.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team defeated the University of Chicago Maroons Saturday, improving the team’s record to 10–1–1 overall and 1–1–0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans dominated the Chicago side, and although they led by three goals for the majority of the second half, they continued to create scoring opportunities and take chances in their offensive third.
The Carnegie Mellon volleyball team prepared for its second University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin, coming up this weekend, with a home match versus Geneva College Thursday.
The Carnegie Mellon football team hit the road to Meadville, Pa. to take on Allegheny College Saturday and returned to campus with an impressive 41–14 victory over the Gators. The win improves the Tartans’ record to 4–2.
Last Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams returned home to host the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at Schenley Park. The men’s team took first overall among 13 teams with 41 points, while the women’s team finished third out of 14 teams with 82 points. On a beautiful and sunny day, numerous alumni, parents, and friends attended the meet to cheer on Carnegie Mellon. Despite the warm conditions, the Tartan runners took advantage of the home field to deliver some of their best performances so far this season.
Carnegie Mellon golf, led by senior Alex Timmons and junior Christopher Lee, took second place at the Westminster Invitational held at the New Castle Country Club last Monday. The Tartans shot a team score of 310, two shots more than the first-place Saint Vincent College. Timmons won the tournament shooting two under par at 70, and Lee placed fourth overall, carding a 76. First-years Michael Cheng and Terence Einhorn both shot an 82, and senior Joshua Chen shot an 83. Despite a high team finish, there is still an understanding among the players that this team has a higher potential to reach.
Last weekend, the Carnegie Mellon tennis teams finished out fall play strongly. The men had a strong showing at the ITA Southeastern Regional Championship, while the women demolished Oberlin 9–0.
After traveling to Chicago this past weekend, the Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team returned to Pittsburgh with a devastating 3–0 loss against the University of Chicago Maroons on Saturday. The defeat marked the Tartans’ second University Athletic Association (UAA) fall in their first two conference games, dropping the team’s record to 5–4–2 overall and 0–2–0 in the UAA.
As a sophomore, fullback Anthony Ruzga has scored in the past five games for Carnegie Mellon and has played a key role for the winning football program so far this season.
The Tartan spoke with Ruzga about living in Pittsburgh and his outlook on the rest of the football season.