The Buckeyes give a shout out to the crowd after they defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a series win against Maryland and a road win against Pittsburgh, Ohio State (22-10, 6-1 Big Ten) continued its winning ways Friday, beginning a three-game home series against Rutgers (16-19, 0-7 Big Ten) with a 2-0 victory.Ohio State sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice earned her 13th win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless softball, allowing four hits and two walks. Senior Morgan Ray finished the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, earning her second save of the season.With five hits heading into the fifth inning, Ohio State added a run to the scoreboard. Until the Senior left fielder Bri Betschel singled through the right side, scoring freshman center fielder Meg Otte scored for the first run of the game.Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was impressed with the performance of Otte, who recorded two hits in three at bats, scoring one of Ohio State’s two runs. “As a freshman, she figured [out] a lot. I think she is putting all together now,” Schoenly said. For Betschell, this win means more than just the performance of one player. It shows the consistency of the team as a whole. “It’s always good to have a Big Ten win,” Betschel said. “I didn’t have a great game in the middle week. So, coming into today, I was just trying to keep it simple, and that’s exactly what I did.”The Buckeyes soon extended their lead an RBI double to center field from senior second baseman Emily Clark, scoring Betschel.Schoenly said the game tonight was very competitive, taking advantage of Rutgers senior pitcher Whitney Jones for nine runs on two hits in six innings. With games on Saturday and Sunday, chances to extend Ohio State’s winning streak, Clark said the Buckeyes will keep doing what they can do. “Coming off a win, I think we are just trying to be intentional what we do and control what we can control,” Emily said. Ohio State will take on Rutgers in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m.
Recommended Link — • Volatility has come storming back… You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) since the start of last year.The VIX, or what most people call Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” measures how volatile investors expect the market to be over the next 30 days.A high VIX generally means that investors are fearful. A low VIX generally suggests that investors are complacent.You can see that the VIX stayed below 16 for pretty much all of last year. It also dipped below 10 several times. This is extremely rare. In fact, last year was one of the least volatile years on record. Nothing could faze investors.It’s been a much different story this year. As you can see above, the VIX has exploded higher this year.This tells us that investors have woken up. They care about bad news again. That means we could see even more volatility going forward.And that’s a huge deal. According to Jeff, volatility soars just before major bull markets roll over and die. It happened during the final innings of the dot-com bubble, and again just before the 2008 financial crisis.• In short, the recent explosion in volatility could mean that the market’s about to tumble…And given how low volatility’s been, Jeff says that “there’s a potential for a very powerful move.” And after that, “most investors will be screwed.”Still, it’s not time to hit the panic button. Jeff thinks we’ll see one more major rally before the market tops out six to seven months from now.In other words, we still have a chance to make a killing in U.S. stocks.Sadly, most investors will let this opportunity sail right by them. They’ll either panic sell or hold their stocks through the coming crash. Neither is a good strategy.If you really want to juice your returns in the months ahead, you’ll want to learn how to trade options. But the good news is that Jeff can help. You see, Jeff says that the best time to be an option trader is when volatility is rising, like it is right now.Jeff will be keeping a close eye on the VIX as we head into the week, and especially as he puts together his next Delta Report trade recommendation. To take advantage of this opportunity, you should consider signing up for his Delta Report advisory today. But first, check out this video presentation. It details another of Jeff’s favorite indicators to use when searching for short-term, high-upside opportunities in the options market.Regards, Justin Spittler Buenos Aires, Argentina April 16, 2018Reader MailbagToday, a couple readers share their thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on “offensive words”…The Associated Press is a cowardly, spineless, Sharia-compliant, and unprincipled organization and should be told to go get stuffed with the rough end of a pineapple. I will write “pro-life,” “migrant,” “refugee,” “Islamist,” “terrorist,” “Islamic terrorist,” “Muslim migrant,” “Muslim rapist,” “The Associated Press are liars and scum,” and other words to my heart’s content. —Rob • He was talking about the death of the bull market… Specifically, the bull market in U.S. stocks. Yes, the one that just turned nine years old last month.Now, I know many investors can’t imagine this bull market ending. That’s because U.S. stocks have rallied despite sky-high valuations, weak economic growth, and record debt levels.Nothing could get in its way. As a result, many folks think this bull market will run forever. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.As you’re about to see, this trader thinks that this bull market is running out of steam fast. In fact, he believes the market could top out in “six to seven months.”I’ll tell you why in a second. But let me first introduce this mysterious man.• I’m talking about Jeff Clark… Jeff is a master option trader. He used to manage millions of dollars for investors in Silicon Valley.He also has an incredible track record. You see, Jeff’s generated 389 winning trades since 2004, which is when he started sharing his trading ideas with the public. That includes 82 triple-digit winners and 296 double-digit gainers.As if that weren’t impressive enough, remember that this track record covers 2008 and 2009, which were two of the most volatile years ever for stocks.You see where I’m going with this. In short, it pays to listen to Jeff, especially when the market gets turbulent.And right now, he’s saying that the U.S. stock market is wobbling on one leg. The warning signs are everywhere.Unfortunately, I don’t have time to share all those warning signs with you. But I can tell you one of the biggest reasons he’s turned bearish… — Recommended Link