HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL– NCC/AREA

Richmond 13 Muncie Central 0..(Richmond: Josiah Sizemore 3-4…7K’s, Brice Brown 2-3, Nick Turner 2-3, Gabe Crowe 2RBI, George Dickman 2RBI, Philip Hobbs 2RBI)

Kokomo 10 Lafayette Jeff 0

Marion 3 Northfield 1

Anderson 21 Anderson Prep 1

Logansport 6 McCutcheon 4

Park Tudor 13 Seton Catholic 9

Tri 7 Centerville 6…(Centerville: Peyton Hobson 2RBI)

Northeastern 12 Cowan 2…..(The Knights picked up a big win by beating Cowan 12-2 in five innings. The Knights offense exploded for 11 hits as a team. Justin Bane went 3-4 with an RBI double, Colton Alexander went 2-3 with a stolen base, and Griffin Bry went 2-3 with 4 RBI’s and a GRAND SLAM!!!! Spencer Benner had 3 RBI’s and a double, and Seth Middleton also doubled with an RBI. Tanner Wilson and Nate Fletcher also added a hit each. Tanner Wilson picked up the pitching win striking out 3 in three innings. Chad Leavell finished the game throwing the final two innings and striking out 4. The Knights travel to Union County for a TEC conference game this Thursday that’s slotted for a 5:00pm start.)

Wapahani 11 Blue River 1

Knightstown 10 Winchester 0

Union County 15 N. Decatur 0..(Union County scored nine runs in the first inning.)

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL– NCC/AREA

Clinton Prairie 10 Lafayette Jeff 5

Harrison 8 McCutcheon 5

Anderson 25 Anderson Prep 2

Tri 9 Wapahani 3

Lincoln 11 Shenandoah 1…(Kaylee Gabbard 3-4 2RBI, Alyssa Messer 3-4 RBI, Emmie Pugh 2-4 2RBI, Jaela Patton 2-4 2RBI, Kaleigh Lamb 2-4 RBI, 7K’s)

Delta 14 Northeastern 0….(Delta remained undefeated and recorded their 4th shut-out of the season with a win over the Lady Knights 14-0. The Knights put runners in scoring position many times but could not get the timely hits. The Lady Knights return to action Thursday at 5:30 against Tri.)

Monroe Central 19 Cowan 8

Connersville 19 Oldenburg Academy 2

Eastern Hancock 4 Knightstown 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF

Richmond 170 Jay County 206… Jake Miller 38, Nathan Steele 46, Alex Brown 47, Jack Weber 47, Hunter Burton 49, Andrew Click 56

Hagerstown 221 – Shenandoah 194  @ Hartley Hills Golf Course (Hagerstown)….Low Scorers: James Cochran (Hagerstown) 44, Daniel Chapman (Shenandoah) 44, Jordan Myers (Shenandoah) 45

Northeastern 173 Tri 206….New season, new focus for the Knights as they battled Tri High at Highland on an unusually warm night in early April, defeating the Titans with a final score of 173-206. Jake Shue led the way for the Knights with a commanding even-par performance of 36 on 9 holes garnering medalist honors for the match.
“Jake went beast-mode for us shooting that low of a score. I challenged him in the off-season to set the goal and expectations for the team, and he is leading the way for this team to have great success. We just have to sustain it and keep that focus throughout, not just this match,” stated 2nd year coach Matt Haynes.
The Knights also had a strong performance from freshman Alex “Chico” Beatty with a 43, good enough for 3rd best overall score for the day. Kyle Woolums and Dylan Goble rounded out the scoring with 47 apiece, while Nick Laird shot a 55.
“We are pleased to get the victory, as we should, but this is one of those moments, as always in golf, where we need to step back and say, where can each of us get back 2-3 shots, and how are we going to improve each match to achieve our goals for the season,” stated Coach Haynes.
Logan Daulton shot a 53 to lead the JV squad, while Nate Irwin shot a 63, and Garrett Abney shot a personal best 58. Bailey Moistner, recovering from an injury, recorded an excellent qualifying score of 43, and should be back in action Thursday against Centerville.
The Knights return to action for an early season epic clash with Centerville 4/11/19 at 4:00pm. Come on out and support your Knights!
NHS-Tri
1 Jake Shue * Medalist 36 45 Evan Murphy
2 Kyle Woolums 47 42 Parker Engle
3 Alex Beatty 43 63 Holden Thomas
4 Dylan Goble 47 71 Dustin Hill
5 Nick Laird 55 56 Isaac Stamper
NHS JV
1 Logan Daulton 53
2 Nate Irwin 65
3 Garrett Abney 58
4 Bailey Moistner * Qualifying 43

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

The Union City track teams were in action last night against Ansonia, Covington and Arcanum.

Next meet is Thursday at Wapahani.

Boys results:

4×800: 3rd Domronglit Shinaver, Maverick Luster, Aaron King, Nick Woodbury

100m: 1st Allan Gonzalez, 6th Daniel Eley

1600m: 4th Nick Woodbury

4×100: 2nd Allan Gonzalez, Daniel Eley, Tanner Spence, Gabe Addington

400m: 3rd Tanner Spence

800m: 5th Nick Woodbury, 9th Domronglit Shinaver

200m: 13th Michael Vore

3200: 1st Maverick Luster, 2nd Collin Perry, 3rd Peyton Bogue

4×400: 3rd Camden Downey, Aaron King, Daniel Eley, Nick Woodbury

Discus: 6th Tabius Reagan, 7th Erik Terriquez

Shot Put: 8th Tabius Reagan, 9th Kyle Buckingham, 10th Erik Terriquez, 11th Antonio Jasso

High Jump: 2nd Tanner Spence (Tied his PR)

Long Jump: 2nd Gabe Addington (PR 18’4) 6th Allan Gonzalez

Girls Results:

4×800: 1st Sophia Spence, Reagan Hoggatt, Chloe Wyatt, Makenna Allen

1600: 1st Reagan Hoggatt, 2nd Chloe Wyatt

400m: 1st Sophia Spence

4×400: 2nd Reagan Hoggatt, Chloe Wyatt, Sophia Spence, Makenna Allen

Team Results for Boys and Girls:

1st Covington

2nd Ansonia

3rd Arcanum

4th Union City

 

The Lincoln boys track team competed in a dual with Tri High this evening 4/9. Lincoln won the meet scoring 83 pts while Tri tallied 34 pts. Individual scoring for Lincoln:

3200 – Dylan McCullum 1st, Blake Smith 2nd, Andon Ross 3rd

110H – Jacob Ervin 1st, Keaton Southerland 3rd

100 – Michael Dalrymple 2nd

400 – Britten West 1st, Dalton Grap 3rd

300H – Keaton Southerland 1st, Michael Dalrymple 2nd

800 – Trenton Bertsch 1st, Ben Ahrens 3rd

200 – Britten West 1st, Josh Miles 2nd

1600 – Dylan McCullum 1st, Blake Smith 2nd

HJ – Braelen Twine 2nd

LJ – Erich Vernon 1st, Jacob Ervin 2nd, Michael Dalrymple 3rd

SP – Nick Anderson 2nd, Darian Bishop 3rd

Discus – Darian Bishop 2nd

4×8 – Trenton Bertsch, Blake Smith, Andon Ross, Dylan McCullum 1st

4×4 – Dalton Grap, Britten West, Josh Miles, Wyatt Lynn 1st

 

The Lincoln Girls competed at home this evening against Tri High. The Lincoln girls won the meet with 69 points to Tri’s 52. Individual highlights for the Lincoln girls included:

Mackenzie Snyder – 1st in 100m dash, 1st in the 200m dash, and 1st in the 400m dash.

Bailey Puckett – 1st in the 1600m (mile), and 1st in the 3200m (2 mile)

Marie Gerkin – 1st in the 800m and 3rd in the 1600m

Delanie Russell – 2nd in the 300m hurdles, 2nd in the 100m hurdles, and 1st in long jump

Shayna Morris – 3rd in the discus

Hayley Haskett – 3rd in the shot put

Madison Rader – 3rd in the 100m dash and the 200m dash

Kali Hetisimer – 2nd in the 1600m and 2nd in the 3200m

Addison Sweet – 2nd in the 800m

The Lincoln 4x800m relay team finished in 1st (Addison Sweet, Kali Hetisimer, Marie Gerkin, and Bailey Puckett)

The Lincoln 4x100m relay team finished in 1st (Madison Rader, Kaitlyn Abernathy, Tina Brzognic, and Laura Mosquera)

The Lincoln 4x400m relay team finished in 1st (Marie Gerkin , Addison Sweet, Kenzie Snyder, and Bailey Puckett)

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

LINCOLN                            5

UNION CITY                       0

#1 SINGLES  RACHEL MERIDA (L) DF MORGAN WYMER (UC)  6-0, 6-0

#2 SINGLES  KAMI LAYMON (L) DF ALIYAH ZIMMERS (UC)  6-0, 6-1

#3 SINGLES  EMILY COX (L) DF CHRISTINA SOWINSKI (UC)  6–0, 6-0

#1 DOUBLES  MAKALA HAMMONS & JENNA BERTSCH (L) DF SYDNEY RALSTON & ASHLEY CLINE (UC)  6-1. 6-0

#2 DOUBLES  CLARA TYREE & ARIS VANWINKLE (L) DF MARIA  CASILLAS-ROMERO & HANNAH FISCHER (UC)  6-1, 6-0

LINCOLN 3-0, TEC 2-0  HOSTS WINCHESTER ON THURSDAY.

 

DESMOND BANE TO TEST THE NBA WATERS

Former Seton Catholic star Desmond Bane has decided to enter the NBA Draft. In a statement on Twitter Tuesday:

“After careful consideration with my coaches and family, we feel that it is in my best interest to enter my name into this year’s NBA draft. At this point, we are keeping all options open, making sure we get the most accurate information directly from the NBA”.

Bane averaged a team best 15.2 points per game this past season at TCU.

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

#20 Louisville 11 Northern Kentucky 2

#5 Stanford 11 San Francisco 1

#23 UC Santa Barbara 8 Pepperdine 2

#8 E. Carolina 9 North Carolina Wilmington 1

#21 North Carolina 17 UNC Greensboro 4

#2 Georgia 12 #17 Georgia Tech 2

Jacksonville State 11 #22 Auburn 6

#11 Ole Miss 11 Southern Mississippi 2

#14 Texas 3 Rice 1

UT Arlington 2 #24 Baylor 1 (13)

Texas State 5 #10 Texas A&M 3

Southern 7 #9 LSU 2

#7 Vanderbilt 15 Middle Tennessee 3

#12 Arkansas 15 Oral Roberts 8

Dallas Baptist 11 #19 TCU 6

#15 Texas Tech 10 New Mexico State 5

Oregon 12 #4 Oregon State 8

UNLV 10 #13 Arizona State 9

#1 UCLA 9 #18 UC Irvine 3

Charleston Southern at #16 Clemson canceled

ELSEWHERE

Rose Hulman 3 Earlham 0

Rose Hulman 6 Earlham 1

Cincinnati 2 Xavier 1

Dayton 12 Toledo 9

Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 2

Ball State 12 Butler 5

Maryland 16 William and Mary 10

Indiana State 8 Michigan 7 (10)

Illinois State 7 Illinois 6 (13)

Minnesota 4 North Dakota State 3

Michigan State 3 Notre Dame 2

Ohio State 10 Ohio 8

Penn State 16 Youngstown State 15

Northwestern 6 Milwaukee 1

Creighton 10 Nebraska 2

Western Kentucky 8 Belmont 7

Miami Ohio 7 Wright State 6

Central Michigan 24 Oakland 10 (8)

Illinois Chicago 15 Northern Illinois 10

Canisius 13 Kent State 2

Austin Peay 10 Evansville 2

Chicago State at Valparaiso canceled

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Michigan State 16 Central Michigan 4

Creighton 9 Nebraska 1

Missouri 3 Illinois 2

Missouri 2 Illinois 0

Iowa State 2 Iowa 0

Northwestern 3 Notre Dame 1

Penn State 6 Ohio State 4

Ohio State 12 Penn State 1

Toledo 10 Oakland 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 14 Miami 0

Washington 10 Philadelphia 6 (10)

St. Louis 4 LA Dodgers 0

Atlanta 7 Colorado 1

San Francisco 7 San Diego 2

Minnesota 14 NY Mets 8

Arizona 5 Texas 4

LA Angels 11 Milwaukee 8

Cleveland 8 Detroit 2

Toronto 7 Boston 5

Tampa Bay 10 Chicago White Sox 5

Oakland 13 Baltimore 2

Houston 6 NY Yankees 3

Seattle 6 Kansas City 3

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 Toledo 6

South Bend 6 Great Lakes 1

Fort Wayne 5 Dayton 4

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Charlotte 124 Cleveland 97

Detroit 100 Memphis 93

Boston 116 Washington 110

Miami 122 Philadelphia 99

Golden State 112 New Orleans 103

New York 96 Chicago 86

Toronto 120 Minnesota 100

Dallas 120 Phoenix 109

Utah 118 Denver 108

Oklahoma City 112 Houston 111

Portland 104 LA Lakers 101

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

DC 0 Montréal 0

 

INDIANA SOFTBALL POLLS

4A

Lake Central High School                             133

Decatur Central High School                       115

Leo High School                                              97

Castle High School                                         91

Center Grove High School                           87

Indianapolis Cathedral High School           85

Pendleton Heights High School                  53

Chesterton High School                                49

Roncalli High School                                      46

Noblesville High School                                40

 

3A

New Palestine High School                          44

Bellmont High School                                   40

Yorktown High School                                  35

South Bend St. Joseph’s High School        33

Lebanon High School                                    32

Edgewood High School                                 30

Boonville High School                                   24

Knox High School                                           20

Danville Community High School               15

Silver Creek High School                              14

 

2A

Speedway High School                                 101

Tecumseh High School                                 97

Bremen High School                                      94

Whitko High School                                       64

Tipton High School                                        63

Frankton High School                                    54

Northwestern High School                          52

Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter                         49

Knightstown High School                             34

Milan High School                                          32

 

1A

Pioneer High School                                      45

Frontier High School                                     38

Tri High School                                               36

North Central (Farmersburg)                      34

Morgan Township High School                   30

Cambridge City Lincoln High School          30

Fremont High School                                    22

Indianapolis Lutheran High School            22

Rising Sun High School                                 17

North Vermillion High School                     16

 

EARLHAM BASEBALL

(EARLHAM RELEASE)

SCORE: G1- Rose-Hulman 3, Earlham 0 / G2- Rose-Hulman 6, Earlham 1

LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)

RECORDS: Earlham 11-14, 3-5 HCAC / Rose-Hulman 14-8, 4-0 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball was unable to capitalize on situations where it had runners in scoring position and make of the most of a pair of quality pitching starts, and dropped both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader to Rose-Hulman, 3-0 and 6-1, on Tuesday night at Sadler Stadium. The Quakers stranded 20 baserunners over the two games.

GAME 1 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Rose-Hulman plated a pair of runs in the top of the first, which turned out to be all the runs the Fightin’ Engineers would need. Connor Shipley and Davis Robeson reached on back-to-back singles, with an error on Robeson’s base hit putting runners on second and third. Consecutive sacrifice flies by David Burnside and Logan Cody brought home the base runners to give Rose-Hulman a 2-0 lead.

The Engineers tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Robeson opened the frame with a double down the left-field line, and Burnside belted a shot down the right-field line that hopped the fence for a ground-rule double, allowing Robeson to cross.

Earlham’s best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the bottom of the seventh when the Quakers loaded up the bases on a Cameron McCabe hit-by-pitch, Cameron Wissel’s base hit into left field, and a one-out walk drawn by Zach Swearingen. Gendreau grounded back to the Rose-Hulman pitcher, and the Engineers executed the 1-2-3 double play to escape the inning with no damage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Earlham was held to five hits, led by Brian Pincura with two hits. The Quakers stranded eight runners on base, while the Fightin’ Engineers left five base-runners aboard.

Starter Joey Gerbus was tagged with the loss after his seven innings of work, allowing all three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Reliever Jordan Christian came on to start the eighth inning, and struck out two of the eight batters he faced.

GAME 2 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

Starter Colin Greve was perfect through four innings but yielded a walk and a single to open the fifth inning. Brian Pershing then crushed a triple into the gap in right-center scoring both runners, and Greve was lifted in favor of reliever Domanick Michael. A walk and three straight bunts – including Harris Camp’s bunt single to third base – allowed two more Rose-Hulman runs to score, giving the Engineers a 4-0 lead at midway through the fifth.

Rose-Hulman tacked on two more runs on three hits in the top of the ninth, extending its lead to 6-0.

Earlham got runners on second and third in the second and fifth innings but were unable to get any runs across. The Quakers finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth when pinch hitter Michael Medley drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on an Isaiah Shake single. Danny Dopp skyed a ball to second base, but it was dropped allowing Medley to score for Earlham’s lone run of the series.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Earlham managed six hits in game two, with six players recording one hit apiece. The Quakers stranded 12 runners on base, including seven who were in scoring position.

Greve was charged with the loss, despite his outstanding performance over the first four innings. Michael, Kyle Gorman, and Nate Hemmerich finished out the final five innings for the Quakers.

NEXT UP:

Earlham continues its HCAC homestand on Saturday, April 13, when it hosts Defiance College. The doubleheader starts at 1:00 p.m.

 

PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Visits IU for Non-Conference Game on FS1

(PURDUE RELEASE)

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (10-20, 4-4 B1G) at Indiana (19-12, 7-2 B1G)

Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET / TV: FS1

Bart Kaufman Field / Bloomington, Indiana

Probable Starting Pitchers: James Kulak (Fr, LHP) vs. IU’s McCade Brown (Fr, RHP)

All-Time Series: Indiana leads 151-134-2 / All-Time in Bloomington: Indiana leads 84-52-1

2018: Split the 4 Games / Purdue Under Coach Waz vs. Indiana: Purdue leads 4-3 (Since 2017)

2018 Series in Bloomington: Indiana won 2 of 3 (April 6-8; Rubber Game went 13 innings)

2018 in West Lafayette: Purdue 5, Indiana 2 (April 25)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With Indiana among Purdue baseball’s four non-play opponents on the Big Ten schedule this season, Wednesday’s FS1-televised game in Bloomington represents the only regular-season meeting between the two rivals.

First pitch at Bart Kaufman Field is slated for 7 p.m. ET. FS1 is televising Big Ten baseball for the first time this year and will also be carrying next week’s home game vs. Butler.

The Boilermakers continue their stretch of 11 consecutive games against six different teams with winning records, which began the weekend of March 29 to 31 with the series victory vs. Penn State. They’re 2-4 in midweek action this year.

Purdue and Indiana agreed to begin playing a non-conference midweek matchup every year in addition to a traditional Big Ten weekend series. It helps keep the rivalry alive on the diamond in years such as this when they don’t play each other as part of the eight-weekend conference slate. It’s a three-year rotation for the Big Ten schedule. During that three-year period, it’s a home-away-don’t play rotation against the league’s other 12 teams.

Alexander Field and Bart Kaufman Field both opened in 2013. However, due to quirks in the conference schedule due to league expansion, the Boilermakers and Hoosiers did not play weekend series against each other in 2012, 2013 and 2015. That’s part of the reason why Wednesday will be Purdue’s 12th game in Bloomington since 2013 while IU has only played four at Alexander during that same time frame.

The Boilermakers won last year’s series opener at Bart Kaufman Field for their first victory in Bloomington since May 2010. Conversely, the Hoosiers have only one win in West Lafayette since 2010, though they’ve only played seven games on Purdue’s campus this decade.

Both of the Boilermakers’ wins vs. IU last year were part of notable wins streaks. The April 6 victory in Bloomington was their sixth straight and part of the program’s first 4-0 start in Big Ten play since 1985. With Landyn Griffith and ESPNU at Alexander Field 19 days later, Purdue posted its fifth straight victory in what would eventually become a 13-game win streak, matching the program’s single-season record.

HUNTER STILL SWINGING A HOT BAT

  • Along with reaching base safely in 25 consecutive Big Ten games, Skyler Hunter has actually been on base safely in 30 consecutive games of any kind against Big Ten opponents. That includes the April 25 non-conference win vs. IU last year as well as four games of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament. Hunter was last kept off base by a Big Ten rival in the 13-inning rubber game in Bloomington last year.
  • Hunter has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games overall and 19 of 20 games since returning to the lineup in time for the March 9 doubleheader vs. NJIT. He has hit safely in 22 of his 26 games this year.
  • Of Hunter’s 53 career multi-hit games, tops among active Boilermakers, 17 have featured him recording hits from both sides of the plate.
  • Hunter has tripled to begin a game three times this year. His four triples are already the most by a Boilermaker since Stephen Talbott (6) and Kevin Plawecki (4) both had at least that many during the 2012 Big Ten championship season.

TRIPLED IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES SINCE 2005

Skyler Hunter – April 2019 at Nebraska

Kevin Plawecki – June 2012 vs. Kent State, Kentucky at NCAA Regional

Stephen Talbott – March 2012 at Murray State

Sean McHugh – March 2012 vs. Southern Miss, at Murray State*

Tyler Spiller – March 2010 vs. Chicago State^

Kyle Reesing – March 2007 at Western Kentucky

Mitch Hilligoss – April 2006 at Indiana

*McHugh did not play in two of Purdue’s games between the USM and MSU wins

^Spiller had 3 triples total in the March 27 doubleheader with Chicago State

 

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)

Spartans Rally Past Irish, 3-2

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team (12-18) came up just short against Big Ten foe Michigan State (8-22), falling by a final score of 3-2 Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium.

How It Happened

Notre Dame starting pitcher Tommy Vail sat the Spartans down in order in the top of the first inning. In their half of the inning, the Irish got their offense started with a single to right field from outfielder Niko Kavadas. An errant throw from Michigan State’s Jarret Olson after a bunt attempt by Carter Putz left the Irish with men on 2nd and 3rd and just one out in the inning.  However, Notre Dame failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity after falling victim to two consecutive strikeouts.

In the top of the third, Vail again retired all three Spartan batters he faced. Irish lead-off man Spencer Myers reached first base on an error in Notre Dame’s first plate appearance of the inning. Myers stole second base during the ensuing at-bat, and Kavadas followed up Myers’ steal with a walk. Carter Putz’s sacrifice bunt left the Irish with two runners in scoring position, and Eric Gilgenbach cashed in on the scoring opportunity with an RBI, putting Notre Dame up 1-0.

Vail allowed his first base-runner in the top of the fourth inning via a one-out walk by Bailey Peterson, but Vail managed to get the next two Spartans out to keep Michigan state scoreless.

The Irish brought in reliever Andrew Belcik to work the fifth inning, and he kept Michigan State off the score sheet through five frames. Kavadas doubled the Irish lead with a towering blast to right-center field with one out in the fifth inning. The home run was Kavadas’ 10th of the season, doubling his previous career high of five homers.

Michigan State put up its first run of the game via a pinch-hit home run from Adam Proctor to draw the Spartans within one in the top of the sixth inning.

After drawing a lead-off hit-by-pitch in the top of the seventh inning, the Spartans got back on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI-double by Zaid Walker, knotting the score at two runs apiece. An errant throw by the Irish gifted Michigan State another run, giving the Spartans their first lead of the ballgame.

Irish reliever Joe Boyle was able to work around a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to keep the Irish deficit at just one run. Notre Dame could not find its way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, and the Irish headed into the ninth inning trailing 3-2.

Boyle induced three strikeouts in the top of the ninth to prevent Michigan State from adding to its lead, giving the Irish an opportunity to rally. Notre Dame catcher David LaManna cranked a two-out single to keep the Irish’s hope of a comeback alive, but Spartans reliever Indigo Diaz tossed a strikeout to end the game.

Game Notes

Tommy Vail tied a career high with 10 straight batters retired to start the game.

Vail tossed a career high four innings in his second career start. He did not allow a hit, walked just one and had three strikeouts.

Niko Kavadas homered for the second-consecutive game with a solo shot to right field in the fifth inning.

It was his team-leading 10th home run of the season and he stays tied with Eric Gilgenbach for the team lead in RBI with 30.

Joe Boyle tallied three strikeouts for just the second time this season in his 1.1 innings of relief.

Up Next

The Irish will continue their five-game home week with a midweek matchup against Western Michigan Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL

(OHIO STATE RELEASE)

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team rallied to win, 10-8, Tuesday night at Bob Wren Stadium. Down by one in the top of the ninth, junior Conner Pohl tied the game on a two-out RBI single before Dillon Dingler hit a two-run double to give the Buckeyes the late-inning lead. Left-handed reliever Andrew Magno closed the door on the Bobcats with a scoreless ninth to improve to 2-3 on the year. Brent Todys had a three-hit game with a homer and four RBI, while Dingler went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Nolan Clegg also had a multi-hit game with a homer, double and two RBI. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 17-16 overall and the Bobcats drop 8-22 in 2019.

QUOTE FROM COACH

“The story of tonight is the belief factor,” head coach Greg Beals said. “This ball club needed a belief-factor ball game. Three runs in the eighth with two outs and three runs in the ninth with two outs. All with big hits. A two-strike, three-run homer by Brent Todys in the eighth, a two-strike base-hit out of Conner Pohl in the ninth and a smoke double by Dillon Dingler. Offensively, we powered some hard hit balls late in the game and that’s what we’ve been working on, staying offensive. We competed at the end. I’m really hoping a comeback victory tonight is really going to grow that belief factor.”

EARLY LEAD

Ohio State got off to a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer by Nolan Clegg in the second and a RBI single by Todys in the third.

BOBCATS JUMP ON TOP

Ohio rallied with five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. With the bases loaded, an infield single scored the first OU run. A grand slam to right by Cole Revels gave the Bobcats a two-run lead. In the fifth, Rudy Rott homered to left to make it a three-run game. A throwing error allowed a second run to cross in the inning to make it a 7-3 game through five in favor of the Green and White.

BUCKEYES GET ONE BACK

Clegg doubled in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch to put the Buckeyes within three runs through seven.

TODYS TIES THE GAME

The OSU catcher’s third hit of the game was a big one as Todys blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the eighth vs. OU right-handed pitcher Eamon Horwedel to make it a 7-7 game. Dillon Dingler walked and Zach Dezenzo singled before the long ball by Todys.

OHIO REGAINS THE LEAD IN THE EIGHTH

Bobcats’ Cole Revels scored the go-ahead run with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give the home squad the late lead.

ON THE MOUND

Freshman right-handed pitcher Will Pfennig made his second start of the year and worked three innings on five hits, five earned, two walks and four strikeouts in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Thomas Waning came into the game in the bottom of the fourth and pitched two innings and gave up two hits, two runs, one earned with two strikeouts. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root gave up one run with three strikeouts and one walk in 2.2 innings of work to fall to 0-2 on the year. Magno worked 1.1 innings with two strikeouts in the victory.

UP NEXT

Ohio State hosts Dayton in a midweek game at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The contest will be streamed on BTN Plus ($) and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.

GAME NOTES

  • The Buckeyes claim their 12th straight win over Ohio tonight.
  • Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 29 straight games (career-high).
  • Other reached base streaks: Dingler (9), Cherry (7) and Foppe (3).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (6) and Dingler (4).
  • Clegg hit his second homer of the season tonight.
  • Multi-hit games: Todys (7), Dingler (3) and Clegg (3).
  • Multi-RBI games: Clegg (5), Todys (4) and Dingler (1),
  • Todys collected his first three-hit game as a Buckeye. He hit his third homer of the year in the eighth and had a season-high four RBI.

 

 

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.

Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season.

Los Angeles, which is missing the NBA playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James, played well after Johnson’s announcement, but still lost 104-101 to Portland.

“I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said, fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”

Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got his job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.

 

Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki cried near midcourt when the second quarter was about to resume.

The Dallas Mavericks star nearly jumped for joy with a huge smile on his face after a rare dunk prompted thunderous applause from a crowd celebrating the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise.

And then after Larry Bird joked during a postgame ceremony that he was “15 when Dirk came into the league and now I’m 62,” Nowitzki let fly with a realization the 40-year-old said he reached in recent days.

It’s time for the most accomplished European player in NBA history to retire after scoring a season-high 30 points in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

“As you guys might expect, this is my last home game,” Nowitzki said, doing a better job of fighting his emotions than he did at the end of a timeout in the second quarter, after a tribute video showing his holiday visit to a children’s hospital a little more than two years ago.

“This is obviously super, super emotional. Just too many people to really thank. I put you guys on a helluva ride with a lot of ups and downs, and you guys always stuck with me and supported me, so I appreciate it.”

Nowitzki never shared his retirement plans because he didn’t want a farewell tour, but he also said he only began serious deliberations on retirement when his lower body gave him issues late in the season.

 

‘Still amazing’: Dwyane Wade plays his last game in Miami

Dwyane Wade’s final home game was memorable for countless reasons.

All of his children were there. Former President Barack Obama sent a video, one of many tributes. Fans came early and stayed late, chanting his name. His wife slapped his backside in recognition of his making a 3-pointer. He crashed into John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, dousing them with a beverage. He slipped twice as he tried to make his signature leap onto a courtside table postgame.

Oh, and he started.

And he scored 30 points.

And the Miami Heat won, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99.

Wade has played his last game in Miami, and on Wednesday will play his last game in the NBA when the Heat close this season in Brooklyn. There’s no playoff appearance awaiting, no last postseason waltz to cap this season-long “One Last Dance” of his. He wakes up Wednesday as a basketball player for the final time. He wakes up Thursday as a retired basketball player.

“It’s like everything I’ve done has led up to this moment,” Wade said. “It’s like, all a body of work, all the injuries, all the surgeries, all the tough times. It led up to this moment. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to my last game in this arena, to my last season.”

After 16 seasons as an NBA player, after three championships, an almost-annual spot in the All-Star Game, a scoring title, three franchises, four children, an Olympic gold medal and 161 teammates, the end is here. He is ready for whatever comes next.

 

Cousins leads Warriors past Pelicans; Curry leaves hurt

DeMarcus Cousins played a season-high 35 minutes while visiting the city he called home last season, drawing a mix of cheers and boos during a productive performance.

His former teammate, Anthony Davis, sat on the end of the Pelicans’ bench in street clothes for what likely was his last game with the team that made him the face of the franchise when it drafted him seven years ago.

Cousins had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pelicans 112-103 on Tuesday night in a game that also saw guard Stephen Curry leave with a mild foot sprain.

“He’s going to be fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry. “He tweaked it, but we weren’t going to mess around.”

Curry, who played the first nine minutes of the game, did not speak with reporters but also did not appear particularly distressed as he sat at his locker signing basketball shoes and showed no signs of a limp as he left the arena.

Golden State, which already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference, also played without several other prominent players, including forward Kevin Durant, who was listed out with an illness, and guard Klay Thompson, who was given an opportunity to rest his sore right knee.

The likely end of the Davis era in New Orleans arrived unceremoniously. The disgruntled six-time All-Star, who missed his seventh straight game with what the team has listed as back spasms, wore a T-shirt with the famous Looney Toons sign off, “That’s All Folks,” written across the chest. As he walked down the tunnel toward the locker room after the game, he gave one fan a high-five.

 

UCLA hires Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin as basketball coach

Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA’s basketball coach Tuesday, ending a bumpy, months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford.

The university said Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal.

UCLA’s search has been marked by a series of starts and stops since Alford was dismissed on Dec. 31. The school had never before fired a coach during the season.

Cronin wasn’t the first choice of athletic director Dan Guerrero, who headed a search committee that included Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers, a former Bruin.

The Bruins were interested in Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon, but couldn’t reach a deal because of his $8 million buyout. Then they turned to Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, and again couldn’t come to terms.

“Throughout what was a thorough and exhaustive search, those of us on the committee repeatedly discussed and emphasized the importance of bringing in a coach who really wants to be here,” Myers said in a statement.

So Cronin moved to the forefront.

He had a 296-146 record at his alma mater Cincinnati over 16 seasons and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine years. However, they made it past the first two rounds just once during Cronin’s tenure, earning a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2012.

 

St John’s coach Chris Mullin resigns, cites ‘personal loss’

For a second time in the storied history of St. John’s basketball, the Chris Mullin era is over.

The school’s greatest player resigned as coach Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a “personal loss.” And while the program progressed under Mullin during his time on the sideline, the results fell far short of his four sensational seasons on the court.

Athletic director Mike Cragg announced the decision, noting Mullin’s contributions and “deep passion for this program,” but did not detail reasons for the move.

Mullin, however, said in a separate statement he had suffered a “recent personal loss,” without elaborating. His older brother, Roddy, died last month at 58 after battling cancer for years.

Mullin had two years remaining on his contract. The 55-year-old coach was coming off his first winning season and only trip to the NCAA Tournament, an accomplishment he described as a “lifetime memory.” The Red Storm lost to Arizona State in a First Four game last month.

Mullin called it an “extremely emotional decision.”

“I took time to reflect upon my true values and believe this is the right time to make a change,” he said. “I am extremely grateful to the administration, which has supported me and our basketball program on every level.”

Cragg said St. John’s will now pursue an experienced coach “committed to building a championship-level program” and someone who is “ready to build upon the recent successes of our program with integrity by recruiting young men of high character.”

 

Reds end 8-game skid, drub Marlins 14-0 with 5 HRs

Manager David Bell had an unfamiliar vantage point – a booth far away from the field – to watch his struggling Reds end their slump at long last.

Matt Kemp started Cincinnati’s spree of three consecutive homers, Luis Castillo dominated again, and the Reds snapped their eight-game losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Miami Marlins 14-0 shortly after their manager and an outfielder were suspended.

The Reds hit five homers in all as they won for the first time since opening day. Their 2-8 mark matches last season’s start.

“I kept telling people when we break out, it’s going to be a party, and it kind of turned into that today,” said Scott Schebler, who completed the three-homer barrage. “It was a lot of fun.”

The Reds were missing outfielder Yasiel Puig and Bell, suspended for their part in a fracas in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Puig decided to serve his two-game suspension rather than appeal. Bell got a one-game punishment, and bench coach Freddie Benavides took his place for the series opener.

Bell watched the game from the general manager’s booth – an unaccustomed place – as his fill-in ran the show.

“It was really weird,” Bell said. “It was better as the game went along.”

Benavides didn’t have any difficult decisions as the Reds emerged from a deep hitting slump. They batted .167 during the losing streak and were shut out four times. Cincinnati had scored a total of 21 runs in its first nine games.

 

Angels rally for 11-8 win over Brewers after Trout gets hurt

Tommy La Stella homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-8 on Tuesday after Mike Trout departed with a groin injury.

Andrelton Simmons collected three hits as Los Angeles extended its win streak to five games. Jonathan Lucroy had two hits and three RBIs against his first major league team.

Trout left in the fourth inning after he strained his right groin while sliding into second base in the second. The Angels say their $426.5 million center fielder is day to day.

La Stella, who came into the series with 10 career homers, has connected three times the past two nights. His three-run homer off Freddy Peralta in the first inning gave the Angels a 6-0 lead. The Brewers drew within a run in the fourth before La Stella led off the inning with a drive to center.

The Angels went ahead to stay when Alex Wilson (1-1) walked Lucroy with the bases loaded in the seventh. Simmons doubled in a run in the eighth, and Albert Pujols tacked on a sacrifice fly.

Cam Bedrosian (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Cody Allen got three outs for his third save.

Yasmani Grandal homered twice and drove in three runs for Milwaukee. Lorenzo Cain and Ben Gamel each had two hits, and Mike Moustakas went deep for second straight night.

 

DeGrom’s streaks end as Twins hit 6 HRs to rout Mets 14-8

he records set at Citi Field on Tuesday night were for balls clearing the fence with unprecedented frequency, not Jacob deGrom establishing a mark for consistency.

DeGrom’s record-tying string of quality starts ended at 26 when he allowed two home runs to Mitch Garver and one to Eddie Rosario in a 14-8 drubbing by the Minnesota Twins, the worst outing in two years for the New York Mets ace.

“I was bad out there. That’s all there is to it,” deGrom said.

The teams combined for 10 home runs totaling three-quarters of a mile – 3,995 feet, to be exact. Minnesota had six, including a pair by Jonathan Schoop. Rookie slugger Pete Alonso had two for the Mets on a 46-degree night as the teams hit the most home runs in a game at Citi Field, which opened a decade ago.

“The ball’s been flying here more than I’ve ever seen,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “A lot of homers have been hit, and it seems like it’s traveling a long way. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere right now or whatever. But this time of year, the balls don’t usually travel like they are.”

DeGrom gave up three homers and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning after allowing eight hits and six runs – his most since Sept. 5, 2017. He sat grimly on the bench, head bowed, hands clenched together.

“I was all over the place,” deGrom said. “I missed a lot in the middle of the zone. Even a lot of the outs that they made, the ball was hit hard.”

The right-hander struck out a career-high 14 during seven shutout innings against Miami last Wednesday, when he matched Bob Gibson’s mark for consecutive starts of six or more innings with three earned runs or fewer allowed, set from 1967-68.

 

Yankees ace Severino has lat strain

Yankees ace Luis Severino has a Grade 2 lat strain and will stop throwing for six weeks.

Severino has been out since he was scratched from what would have been his first spring training appearance with right shoulder inflammation. He returned to New York for tests when he wasn’t feeling great and the new injury was diagnosed on Tuesday.

The right-hander played long toss on Saturday and felt fine but manager Aaron Boone said Monday that he “didn’t feel as great” after playing catch, which led to the decision to send him for more testing.

 

Devils draw top pick in NHL draft lottery

Devils general manager Ray Shero has made it clear his team needs to accumulate more talent.

The luck of the draw helped New Jersey take a huge step in that direction Tuesday.

The Devils will pick first at June’s NHL draft after the lottery balls fell in their favor – bumping the franchise up to the top spot from No. 3.

Shero wouldn’t tip his hand after the order was revealed, but presumptive No. 1 pick Jack Hughes was already on everyone’s mind.

“I’ve seen Jack play a long time,” Shero said of the 17-year-old U.S. National Development Team center. “We recognize Jack’s a great young player.

“It’s just an exciting night.”

The New York Rangers will choose second at the draft – the team’s first top-2 selection since 1966 when they grabbed future Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park – after moving up from sixth.

The night’s other big winner was the Chicago Blackhawks, who went from No. 12 to No. 3 despite having just a 2.5 percent chance of securing the top selection.

Speaking with reporters before the lottery order was announced, the five-foot-10, 168-pound Hughes outlined his skillset.

“My biggest things are my inner drive, my competitiveness,” he said. “I want to score every shift and make a play happen.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY – April 10, 1947

Jackie Robinson, 28-year-old infielder, today became the first Negro to achieve major-league baseball status in modern times. His contract was purchased from the Montreal Royals of the International League by the Dodgers and he will be in a Brooklyn uniform at Ebbets Field tomorrow, when the Brooks oppose the Yankees in the first of three exhibition games over the week-end.

A native of Georgia, Robinson won fame in baseball, football, basketball and track at the University of California at Los Angeles before entering the armed service as a private. He emerged a lieutenant in 1945 and in October of that year was signed to a Montreal contract. Robinson’s performances in the International League, which he led in batting last season with an average of .349, prompted President Branch Rickey of the Dodgers to promote Jackie.

The decision was made while Robinson was playing first base for Montreal against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Jackie was blanked at the plate and contributed little to his team’s 4‚3 victory before 14,282 fans, but it was nevertheless a history-making day for the well-proportioned lad. Jackie had just popped into a double-play, attempting to bunt in the fifth inning, when Arthur Mann, assistant to Rickey, appeared in the press box. He handed out a brief, typed announcement: “The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals.” Robinson will appear at the Brooklyn offices tomorrow morning to sign a contract. Rickey does not anticipate any difficulty over terms.

According to the records, the last Negro to play in the majors was one Moses Fleetwood Walker, who caught for Toledo of the American Association when that circuit enjoyed major-league classification back in 1884.

The call for Robinson was no surprise. Most baseball persons had been expecting it. After all, he had proved his right to the opportunity by his extraordinary work in the AAA minor league, where he stole 40 bases and was the best defensive second baseman. He sparked the Royals to the pennant and the team went on to annex the little world series.

Robinson’s path in the immediate future may not be too smooth, however. He may run into antipathy from Southerners who form about 60 percent of the league’s playing strength. In fact, it is rumored that a number of Dodgers expressed themselves unhappy at the possibility of having to play with Jackie. Robinson, himself, expects no trouble. He said he was “thrilled and it’s what I’ve been waiting for.” When his Montreal mates congratulated him and wished him luck, Robinson said: “Thanks, I’ll need it.” Rickey, in answer to a direct query, declared he did not expect trouble from other players because of Robinson. “We are all agreed,” he said, “that Jackie is ready for the chance.”

Jackie Robinson was chosen by Branch Rickey to break the color barrier because Rickey knew he had the strength of character, not just the talent, to over-come the taunts that would come. Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947 and helped lead the Dodgers to seven pennants in the 10 years he played for them. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

ALSO

1896 – Greek runner Spiridon Loues wins first modern Olympic marathon in Athens (2:58:50).

1913 – President Woodrow Wilson throws out first ball, Washington Senators beat New York Yankees 2-1.

1916 – First professional golf tournament held.

1924 – Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play.

1930 – George Headley scores 223 in cricket versus England at Kingston.

1934 – NHL Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1.

1945 – NFL’s Boston Yankees and Brooklyn Tigers merge.

1949 – 13th Golf Masters Championship: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282.

1953 – 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1.

1955 – 19th Golf Masters Championship: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279.

1955 – 9th NBA Championship: Syracuse Nationals beat Fort Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3.

1956 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1.

1960 – 24th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282.

1960 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open.

1961 – 25th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280.

1961 – New Washington Senators loses first regular-season game 4-3 to Chicago White Sox.

1962 – First baseball game at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers lose 6-3 to Cincinnati Reds.

1962 – First major league game in Houston, Texas, Colt 45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2.

1962 – New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle hits his 375th homerun.

1971 – First baseball game at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia Phillies beat Montreal Expos 4-1.

1973 – Kansas City opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Texas Rangers.

1976 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Don Money’s grand slammer disallowed-New York Yankees win 9-7.

1976 – Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA Central Division title.

1977 – 41st Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276.

1977 – Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women’s International Golf Satellite.

1977 – Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inning game (3:17).

1978 – Formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League is announced.

1979 – J R Richard throws major league record six wild pitches in Astrodome.

1982 – Los Angeles Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton Oilers in the third period, win in overtime 6-5.

1983 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

1983 – Baltimore Orioles’ Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit.

1983 – Hennie Kuiper (Netherlands) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race.

1984 – John Long (Detroit Pistons) ends NBA free throw streak of 51 games.

1985 – At 80, Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game.

1988 – 52nd Golf Masters Championship: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281.

1988 – Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic.

1988 – New York Islanders beat New Jersey Devils 5-4 (overtime) first round tied at 2-2.

1990 – Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket versus England at Bridgetown.

1991 – Los Angeles Kings player Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal.

1991 – Martin Zubero swims world record 200 metre backstroke (1:52.51).

1992 – NHL strike ends after ten days.

1993 – BPAA US Open by Del Ballard Junior.

1993 – Ottawa Senators win first road game (New York Islanders) after 38 straight loses.

1993 – Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak.

1994 – 58th Golf Masters Championship: Jose M Olazabal wins, shooting a 279.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913      In a game which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up an unearned run in the first inning of the home opener, but the ‘Big Train’ will not yield another tally for 56 innings. The Senators beat the team now known as the Yankees, 2-1, switching from the Highlanders, the nickname the team had used since the franchise moved from Baltimore to New York for the 1903 season.

1947      During the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league team at Ebbets Field, the Montreal Royals, Dodgers’ president Branch Rickey issues a brief statement to the press. The two sentences will forever change the game when the team announces “The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately.”

1959      On Opening Day, Nellie Fox, who goes 5-for-7, hits an unlikely two-run homer off Don Mossi in the top of the 14th inning to beat Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 9-7. The White Sox second baseman, called ‘Mighty Mite’ by his teammates, did not homer in 623 at-bats the last season.

1961      In the last opener ever to be played at Griffith Stadium, rookie president JFK throws out the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history as the ball sails over the heads of the players lined up in front of the presidential box. The newly elected Commander in Chief, an avid Red Sox fan, stays for the entire game and sees the ‘new’ Washington Senators, the former team having moved to Minnesota, play their first game, losing to the White Sox, 4-3.

1962      Wally Post hits the first home run in Dodger Stadium history, a two-out, three-run shot in the seventh inning off Johnny Podres that proves to be the difference in the Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory. The left fielder’s round-tripper to center field is a fair ball, unlike some others hit in the ballpark where the foul poles are discovered to be positioned in foul territory, requiring special permission from the National League to be recognized as fair during the first year in the team’s new home in Chavez Ravine.

1962      In front of 52,564 fans, Reds infielder Eddie Kasko doubles off of Johnny Podres in the first ever at-bat at Dodger Stadium, and Duke Snider’s single in the bottom of the second accounts for the home team’s first hit. After playing their first four seasons at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the team drops a 6-3 decision to the Reds in the debut of the new $22 million ballpark in Chavez Ravine, financed with a low two-percent interest loan from the Union Oil Company in exchange for exclusive rights to advertise within the stadium.

1962      At Colt Stadium in Houston, thanks to a pair of three-run home runs by Roman Mejias, the Colt .45’s, in their first ever major league game, defeat the Cubs, 11-2. Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz gets the win for the new franchise on the owner Judge Hofheinz’s 50th birthday.

1968      In the Red Sox’ 7-3 win at Tiger Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski homers twice on the first day of the season, with one being an inside-the-park round-tripper. It will take another 41 years before Emilio Bonifacio hits the next Opening Day inside-the-park poke.

1969      Tommy Agee hits a monster shot into the into the top tier of the stadium in left field, making the blast the longest home run to reach the seats in Shea Stadium history. The Mets place a disc in the upper deck at the Flushing ballpark to commemorate the Mets center fielder’s historic homer.

1971      Despite temperatures in the low 40s, a crowd of 55,352, the largest in the history of Pennsylvania ever to watch a baseball game, witnesses the Phillies’ first game at Veterans Stadium. Jim Bunning throws the first pitch, and Larry Bowa singles for the park’s first hit, in Philadelphia’s 4-1 defeat of the Expos.

1973      A crowd of 39,464 chilly fans watches the first game at Royals Stadium and sees the home team rout the Rangers, 12-1. The ballpark, which will be renamed Kauffman Stadium in 1993 to honor the team’s beloved owner, is recognized as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball.

1976      With the bases loaded and the Brewers trailing the Yankees by three runs, Don Money blasts Dave Pagan’s 1-0 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers for an apparent walk-off grand slam. After the outfielder circles the bases, the home run is nullified when New York manager Billy Martin vehemently charges the field insisting a timeout had been called before the pitch by first base umpire Jim McKean, who initially denies the skipper’s claim, but then admits he had, leading to Milwaukee’s eventual 9-7 heartbreaking loss.

1976      After being granted his free agency in a landmark case which will forever change baseball, Andy Messersmith becomes one of the first major leaguers to use his new status to sign with a team of his choice. The former Dodger right-hander comes to terms with the Braves and will post a 16-15 record during his two-year tenure for his new club.

1977      At Fenway Park, the Indians (13) and the Red Sox (6) established a major league record for the most runs scored by both teams in one inning. The eighth inning barrage proves to be too much for Boston as Cleveland beats the home team, 19-9.

1979      After yesterday’s 10-2 Opening Day rout by the Blue Jays, White Sox owner Bill Veeck offers free admission to fans for tomorrow’s Comiskey Park contest. The outcome will also be disappointing for the Southside fans when the Pale Hose allows six Toronto runs to score in the top of the eighth inning and lose the game, 9-7.

1980      At Arlington Stadium’s season opener, Jon Matlack and Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry match zeroes for nine innings. In the 12th, with his 1978 Opening Day nemesis, Richie Zisk, at the plate, Goose Gossage allows Mickey Rivers to score the game’s only run from third base when his first and only pitch is wild, giving the Rangers a 1-0 victory.

1981      On Opening Day, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, playing the first game of his career while not wearing a Red Sox uniform, makes a dramatic return to Fenway, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. Chicago will tack on two more runs in the ninth and will beat Boston, 5-3.

1982      A crowd 62,443 fans shows up with the game-time temperature 38 degrees with a wind chill of 17 to see the Indians drop the season opener to the Rangers, 8-3. The team removed five hundred tons of snow from the Municipal Stadium field before the game.

1984      Martha and the Vandellas’ iconic hit Dancing in the Streets, which was recorded a couple of miles north of the ballpark twenty years ago at the Motown Studios, finally is played over the public address system at Tiger Stadium. Jim Campbell, the Detroit’s GM who thought the lyrics might cause rowdiness in the stands, finally gives into the wishes of his younger fans, resulting in a ballpark tradition of the crowd cheering when Martha Reeves belts out the immortal words,“Can’t Forget the Motor City.”

1985      Cal Ripken sprains his left ankle during a pick-off play in the third inning of a game (444 of the streak) against the Rangers. The ‘Iron man’ does not leave the game, and X-rays taken later in the day will reveal no fractures.

1989      Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome. The 19 year-old, son of the Reds outfielder with the same name, takes White Sox’s Eric King’s pitch deep on his father’s 39th birthday.

1989      Dave Stieb pitches his third one-hitter in his past four starts when the Blue Jays beat the Yankees in the Bronx, 8-0. The 30 year-old right-hander had also limited Baltimore and Cleveland to a lone hit during his last two starts the previous season.

1990      At the SkyDome in Toronto, George Bush becomes the first U.S. president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in Canada. After the international toss, the Blue Jays beat the visiting Rangers, 2-1.

1990      Wade Boggs is intentionally walked three times, tying a major league mark for a nine inning game. Tiger manager Sparky Anderson’s strategy pays off in preventing additional runs from scoring, but Detroit drops a 4-2 decision to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1992      Dave Eiland hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat and becomes the first hurler to accomplish the feat which also allows a homer to the first batter he faced in the major leagues. In 1988, as a rookie for the Yankees, the Padres right-hander gave up a round-tripper to Paul Molitor, who was the first batter he faced in his big league debut.

1998  “Well I love that dirty water

Oh, Boston, you’re my home

(Oh, you’re the number one place)”

Following the lead of the NHL’s Bruins and the NFL’s Patriots, the Red Sox begin playing Ed Cobb’s Dirty Water, a song sung by the Standells known for its iconic lyrics, ‘Boston you’re my home,’ after the home team wins. The debut of the Fenway Park tradition is memorable when the inaugural use of the team’s victory anthem plays on the PA system as Mo Vaughn is circling the bases following his walk-off grand slam, giving the BoSox, who had entered the frame trailing by five runs, an improbable 9-7 walk-off victory over Seattle.

1998      Trailing Arizona 4-2 at Qualcomm Stadium with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Steve Finley erases the two-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The Padres’ center fielder, who will accomplish the feat again in 2004, hits the game-ending round-tripper off Felix Rodriguez.

2000      Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he goes deep into the left-field seats off Rolando Arrojo in the fourth inning of the Reds’ 7-5 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. Thirty year-old ‘Junior’ reaches the milestone 107 days younger than Jimmie Foxx, who accomplished the feat in 1938 playing with the Red Sox.

2003      Astros’ outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record when he hits his 31st career leadoff homer, a shot off Cincinnati’s Danny Graves in Houston’s 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Rickey Henderson holds the major league mark, homering 80 times as the first batter for his team.

2003      In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.

2006      During the Devil Rays’ home opener, a snippet of More Cowbell, a skit from Saturday Night Live, originally aired in the spring of 2000, is shown at Tropicana Field. The use of the video clip, suggested by the team’s new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, will inspire the Tampa Bay fans to start the tradition of clanging bells at the ballpark during games.

2006      Rather than exploit the free-agent market next season, David Ortiz agrees to a $52 million, four-year contract extension with the Red Sox. The deal, which keeps the popular designated hitter in Boston until 2010, also contains a team option for 2011.

2007      After four days of weather-induced postponements, including blinding snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the Cleveland Indians play their home opener on the road, beating the Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee, 7-6. The last time a series changed venues, the games were played in U.S. Cellular Field when the Marlins hosted the Expos in Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan hitting Miami in September of 2004.

2012      The Marlins suspends their manager Ozzie Guillen five games after he praises Fidel Castro in a magazine interview. The comments of the outspoken skipper deeply offend the large Cuban exile community living in Miami, many of whom were victimized by the dictator.

2012      Vin Scully misses the Dodgers’ home opener for the first time in 35 years when doctors order the 84 year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster to rest as he recovers from a bad cold. The last time the team’s play-by-play announcer was absent from the season’s first home game he was calling the first round of the Masters in 1977.

2013      The Red Sox sellout streak comes to an end when the less-than-capacity crowd of 30,863 fans watches the team drop an 8-5 decision to Baltimore at Fenway Park. The streak of the 820regular season and postseason games, which began on May 15, 2003, surpasses the Portland Trailblazers’ mark of 814 consecutive sold-out contests, making the span the longest in major professional sports.

2014      Twenty-four year-old sophomore hurler Danny Salazar strikes out ten White Sox batters in 3.2 innings during the Indians’ loss at U.S. Cellular Field, marking the first time since 1914 that a starting pitcher whiffed ten batters without finishing the fourth frame. The right-hander gives up five earned runs and six hits and gets all his outs via the strikeout, except for Adam Eaton, who is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch a single into a double for the first out in the third inning.

2015      Mound opponents Cubs Travis Wood and Tyler Matzek of the Rockies each hit eighth in their team’s lineup, marking just the 12th time in major league history that both pitchers have not batted ninth in the same game. The last time this occurred was in 2008 when the Cardinals, led by Tony La Russa, who frequently employed his hurler in that slot, played the Pirates.

2015      Mark Buehrle becomes the 113th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when he hurls six solid innings in Toronto’s 12-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has also played for the White Sox and Marlins, is the second pitcher to reach the milestone while wearing a Blue Jays uniform, joining Roger Clemens, who accomplished the feat in 1997.

2015      At Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a 101 mph fastball by Matt Holliday to get the last out in the team’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis, making the fireballer the leader in saves by a Cuban-born player with 115. The 27 year-old Holguin native surpasses Pinar del Rio’s Danys Baez, who, beginning in 2001, closed for six teams during his ten-year tenure in the major leagues.

2015      The Red Sox take six hours and 49 minutes to beat New York at Yankee Stadium, making the contest the longest game in franchise history. The 19-inning victory lasts 14 minutes longer to complete than a 2001 loss to the Rangers in Texas.

2017      Wil Myers completes the second cycle in Padres’ history when he triples in the top of the 8th inning of team’s 5-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 26 year-old first baseman joins Matt Kemp, who accomplished the feat two seasons ago after the franchise had gone 35 years without one.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

1907 – Birth of Pete Desjardins; US platform/springboard diver (Olympics-gold-1928).

1912 – Birth of Clarke Hinkle; NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers).

1914 – Birth of E A V “Foffie” Williams; cricket player (West Indies all-rounder 1939-48).

1914 – Birth of Jack Badcock; cricket player (Tasmania Australian batsman of 1930s).

1923 – Birth of Floyd M Simmons; actor/decathlete (Olympics-bronze-1948, 1952).

1923 – Birth of John Watkins; cricket player (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57).

1930 – Birth of Shuja-ud-Din; cricket player (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62).

1932 – Birth of Mae Heriwentha in Faggs Starr, New Jersey, USA; 4×100 metre runner (Olympics-gold-1952).

1936 – Birth of John Madden; NFL coach (Oakland Raiders)/sports commentator (CBS, FOX).

1938 – Birth of Don Meredith in Mount Vernon, Texas, USA; NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), sportscaster (Monday Night Football).

1939 – Birth of Alan Rothenberg; US Soccer president (1990-).

1945 – Birth of Vera Misevich in the USSR; equestrian dressage (Olympics-gold-1980).

1951 – Birth of Mark Roth; bowler (4-time PBA Player of Year).

1954 – Birth of Jouko Törmänen in Finland; 90 metre ski jumper (Olympics-gold-1980).

1955 – Birth of Cary Middlecoff; golfer (Masters).

1962 – Birth of Cathy Turner in Rochester, New York, USA; short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994).

1962 – Birth of Jukka Tammi; hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympics-bronze-1998).

1962 – Birth of Steve Tasker; wide receiver (Buffalo Bills).

1963 – Birth of Claire Smith in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; equestrian three day event (Olympics-1996).

1963 – Birth of Kirk Lowdermilk; NFL center (Indianapolis Colts).

1963 – Birth of Marvin Freeman in Chicago, Illinois, USA; pitcher (Colorado Rockies).

1963 – Birth of Mike Devereaux in Casper, Wyoming, USA; outfielder (Baltimore Orioles).

1964 – Birth of Manon Bollegraf den Bosch in Netherlands; tennis star (semi-1996 Australian doubles).

1965 – Birth of Karen Booker; WNBA center (Utah Starzz).

1966 – Birth of Neil Smith; NFL defensive end (Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).

1967 – Birth of Donald Dufresne in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada; NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers).

1967 – Birth of Kay Whitmore in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; NHL goalie (New York Rangers).

1969 – Birth of Dennis Vial in Sault Ste-Marie, Quebec, Canada; NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators).

1969 – Birth of Wayne Lammle; WLAF kicker/punter (Scotland Claymores).

1970 – Birth of Enrico Ciccone in Montréal, Québec, Canada; NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks).

1970 – Birth of J J McCleskey; NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals).

1970 – Birth of Sean Gilbert; defensive tackle (Washington Redskins).

1970 – Birth of Wesley Barnett in Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA; Olympic weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987).

1971 – Birth of Karl Williams; wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

1971 – Birth of Mihai Bagiu in Timisoara, Romania; US gymnast (Olympics-1996).

1971 – Birth of Nana Miyagi in Seattle, Washington, USA; tennis star (1995 final Surabaya doubles).

1972 – Birth of Maurice Harrell; NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers).

1972 – Birth of Richard Wearne; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).

1972 – Birth of Sue Merz in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA; ice hockey defense (USA, Olympics-1998).

1975 – Birth of Eric Den Besten in Bettendorf, Iowa; rower (Olympics-1996).

1975 – Birth of Steve Washburn in Ottawa, Canada; NHL center (Florida Panthers).

1978 – Birth of Jessica Davis in Greenbrae, California; rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-27th-1996).