HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA

New Castle 12 Richmond 5….Richmond managing just 7 hits…Josiah Sizemore 2-3, Mikey Vance 2RBI, Brice Brown LP 6IP 10R, 7ER, 5K

New Castle 10 Richmond 5…Gabe Crowe 2-4 RBI, Mikey Vance 2-4 RBI

Lafayette Jeff 4 N. Montgomery 1

Kokomo 7 Hamilton Southeastern 3

Kokomo 9 Hamilton Southeastern 3

Avon 5 Logansport 1

Avon 5 Logansport 2

Peru 15 Marion 11

Marion 10 Peru 7

Lincoln 4 Tri 0…. Mason Dick WP, 10K’s, 3H.. Cameron Gwin 2H 3BB

Tri 9 Lincoln 7 (9)

Winchester 8 Union City 5

Winchester 14 Union City 4

Jay County 5 Centerville 3

Jay County 14 Centerville 5

Eastern Hancock 12 Knightstown 11

Knightstown 17 Eastern Hancock 4

Wapahani 11 Northeastern 1

Hagerstown 2 Monroe Central 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Richmond 4 Hagerstown 1

Logansport 11 Hammond Noll 1

Logansport 4 South Bend Clay 1

Marion 24 Fort Wayne South 9

Lafayette Jeff 19 Indianapolis Tech 0

Crown Point 10 Harrison 6

Crown Point 4 Harrison 2

Munster 3 Kokomo 0

Pendleton Heights 9 Anderson 1

Greensburg 7 Lincoln 6…..Emmie Pugh 3-4, Jaela Patton 4RBI, Alyssa Messer 2-4,

Bedford North Lawrence 4 Lincoln 3…Emmie Pugh 2-3 2RBI, Kaleigh Lamb 2-4 RBI, Allison Frost 2-3

Knightstown 17 Blue River 3

Jay County 6 Centerville 5

Centerville 20 Hagerstown 0

Union County 14 Franklin County 8

Union County 7 Franklin County 4

Bluffton 22 Union City 7

Union City 16 Union County 14….Union City Softball On the day:
Carpenter 4-7, 2 BB, 2 RBI, Triple, 4 Runs
Lutz 6-8, 3 RBI, Double 4 Runs
Reichard 3 hits, 2 RBI, 4 Runs
Crowder 2 hits, 2 RBI, Double, 3 Runs
E. Livingston 5-8, 7 RBI, HR, Double, 3 Runs
Green 3-6, 1 Run, Triple, 1 BB
H. Livingston 2-7, 3 RBI
Mays 1 Hit, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 Run
Claywell 1 Hit, 1 BB, 2RBI, 1 Run
Partin Sac Bunt, 1 RBILewis pitched 7 innings for the Win. 3 Ks on 140 pitches.
Gray went 5 1/3 innings on the loss with 3 Ks on 140 pitches.

Indianapolis Lutheran 20 Monroe Central 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF – Joe Moehring Invite

Heritage Christian 319

Muncie Central 323

Westfield 334

Union County 336…. Cody Peters 81, Tyler Osborne 83, Luke Yamashiro 85, Cameron Woods 87, Nick Orr 100

Park Tudor 339

Richmond 350…Jake Miller 79, Jack Weber 86, Alex Brown 91, Nathan Steele 94, Andrew Click 106

Centerville 353… Hunter Morgan 81, Sam Roberts 82, Erin Glover 88, Mike Davis 102, Evan Linde 103

Northeastern 356… Jake Shue 79, Kyle Woolums 91,Bailey Moistner 92, Alex Beatty 94, Nick Laird 102

East Central 395

Franklin County 407… Zach Jewell 91, Austin Hill 98, Cole Erfman 104, Brandon Cowan 114, Austin Bohman 124

Connersville 414… Jonah Graham 91, Hutton Getz 99, Alex Austerman 106, Bayden Shafer 118, Dylan Thomas 122

Lincoln 423… Jackson Reed 95, Devon Brooks 106, Donovan Pennington 110, Eric Castor 112, Shawn Suttles 113

Rushville 435

Hagerstown 444… James Cochran 95, Ryan Hill 111, Nick Habzansky 118, Alex Ramsey 120, Dane Waterman 113

Lawrenceburg 458

Richmond White 469… Hunter Burton 102, Christian Rogan 116, Mark Brunton 118, Connor Drook 133, Andrew Borsdorf 135

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK

The Lincoln boys track team competed at the Small School Invite hosted by Randolph Southern. Lincoln finished 2nd in the meet scoring 82 pts. Individual scoring results for Lincoln:

4×8 – Trenton Bertsch, Dylan McCullum, Payton McGriff, Blake Smith 3rd

100m – Michael Dalrymple 6th

400m – Britten West 1st, Dalton Grap 5th

800m – Trenton Bertsch 2nd, Dylan McCullum 6th

1600m – Trenton Bertsch 3rd

3200 – Payton McGriff 3rd, Blake Smith 4th

110H  Jacob Ervin 3rd, Keaton Southerland 4th

300H – Keaton Southerland 2nd, Michael Dalrymple 5th

4×1 – Jacob Ervin, Alex Bertsch, Keaton Southerland, Josh Miles 4th

4×4 – Trenton Bertsch, Dalton Grap, Michael Dalrymple, Britten West 2nd

Discus – Darian Bishop 6th

HJ – Michael Dalrymple 5th, Braelen Twine 6th

LJ – Jacob Ervin 5th

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Brooklyn 111 Philadelphia 102

Orlando 104 Toronto 101

Golden State 121 LA Clippers 104

San Antonio 101 Denver 96

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Washington 4 Carolina 3

Nashville 2 Dallas 1

Boston 4 Toronto 1

Colorado 3 Calgary 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA Angels 6 Chicago Cubs 5

Baltimore 9 Boston 5

NY Yankees 4 Chicago White Sox 0

Minnesota 4 Detroit 3

Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 1

Kansas City 3 Cleveland 0

Houston 3 Seattle 1

Washington 3 Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 5 Colorado 2

Miami 10 Philadelphia 3

Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 2

Atlanta 11 NY Mets 7

San Diego 5 Arizona 4

Milwaukee 4 LA Dodgers 1

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 9 Charlotte 7

South Bend 6 Lansing 0

Lake County 6 Dayton 2

Fort Wayne at Bowling Green suspended

 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Montréal 1 Columbus 0

Houston 2 San Jose 1

Seattle 3 Toronto FC 2

Minnesota 3 New York City FC 3

Atlanta 2 New England 0

FC Dallas 2 Portland 1

DC 3 Colorado 2

Real Salt Lake 2 Orlando City SC 1

Los Angeles 2 Philadelphia 0

Los Angeles FC 2 FC Cincinnati 0

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TOP 25

#7 Vanderbilt 12 #12 Arkansas 2

#21 North Carolina 13 Notre Dame 6

Notre Dame 4 #21 North Carolina 3

#20 Louisville 14 #3 North Carolina State 10

#20 Louisville 14 #3 North Carolina State 2

Florida State 16 #16 Clemson 2

#17 Georgia Tech 9 Boston College 1

#6 Mississippi State 9 Alabama 1

#14 Texas 10 Kansas State 2

#2 Georgia 7 Tennessee 1

#24 Baylor 7 Oklahoma 3

Missouri 4 #9 LSU 1

West Virginia 4 #15 Texas Tech 3

#23 Cal State Santa Barbara 10 #18 UC Irvine 1

#1 UCLA 8 #8 E. Carolina 5

#1 UCLA 3 #8 E. Carolina 0

#4 Oregon State 6 #13 Arizona State 4

#5 Stanford 3 Washington 2

#22 Auburn 7 #10 Texas A&M 0

Kentucky at #11 Ole Miss postponed

ELSEWHERE

Earlham 9 Defiance 6

Earlham 7 Defiance 4

Cincinnati 7 Central Florida 6

Cincinnati 8 Central Florida 3

Dayton 8 Richmond 7 (11)

Richmond 11 Dayton 3

St. John’s 9 Xavier 8 (14)

Creighton 7 Butler 5

Butler 5 Creighton 0

Northwestern 13 Maryland 7

Maryland 12 Northwestern 10

Rutgers 6 Michigan State 3

Purdue 9 Iowa 5

Iowa 6 Purdue 3

Indiana 5 Evansville 1

Indiana 9 Evansville 3

Ohio State 10 Michigan 4

Michigan 6 Ohio State 2

Nebraska 4 Penn State 2

Nebraska 3 Penn State 1

Illinois at Minnesota postponed

Milwaukee 22 Youngstown State 2

Milwaukee 8 Youngstown State 5

Wright State 16 Oakland 4

Wright State 11 Oakland 3

Illinois Chicago 11 Northern Kentucky 7

Illinois Chicago 6 Northern Kentucky 1

Ball State 11 Eastern Michigan 5

Eastern Michigan 7 Ball State 5

Miami Ohio 10 Bowling Green 8

Miami Ohio 15 Bowling Green 2

Central Michigan 7 Kent State 4

Kent State 12 Central Michigan 4

Western Michigan 10 Northern Illinois 4

Northern Illinois 12 Western Michigan 6

Ohio 5 Toledo 2

Toledo 12 Ohio 8

Indiana State 8 Valparaiso 0

Indiana State 11 Valparaiso 5

Western Illinois 4 Purdue Fort Wayne 2

Western Illinois 10 Purdue Fort Wayne 0

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Ohio 13 Accra 5

Ohio 9 Accra 1

Bowling Green 10 Buffalo 2

Buffalo 5 Bowling Green 4

Georgetown 6 Butler 5

Georgetown 3 Butler 1

Bradley 4 Evansville 2

Omaha 9 Fort Wayne 4

Fort Wayne 6 Omaha 4

Oakland 10 IUPUI 9 (9)

IUPUI 7 Oakland 1

Maryland 4 Indiana 3

Indiana 10 Maryland 1

Illinois 12 Iowa 11

Miami Ohio 16 Cal State 3

Miami Ohio 4 Kent State 3 (14)

Dayton 9 LaSalle 6

Dayton 14 LaSalle 8

North Carolina State 9 Notre Dame 4

Notre Dame 12 North Carolina State 3

Northwestern 8 Wisconsin 5

Northern Iowa 17 Valparaiso 1

Western Michigan 10 Ball State 9 (8)

Ball State 5 Western Michigan 3

Youngstown State 2 Cleveland State 1

Youngstown State 4 Cleveland State 2

 

MEN’S COLLEGE LACROSSE

Earlham 18 Mount St. Joseph 4

 

MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY – NCAA TOURNAMENT

Minnesota Duluth 3 Massachusetts 0

 

TOP HEADLINES

Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters

Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz from Tiger Woods charging up the leaderboard Saturday at the Masters and produced solid golf that looks spectacular only on the scorecard.

Molinari played bogey-free for the second straight round at Augusta National and took advantage of the rain-softened course for a 6-under 66, giving the British Open champion a two-shot lead going into a Sunday like no other at the Masters.

Because of severe storms in the forecast, the final round will start off hours early, teeing off on both sides and with players in threesomes instead of pairs. Officials hope that speeds up the finish to early afternoon, ahead of the rain.

That puts Woods in the final group of a major for the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, where he gave up a two-shot lead on the final day to Y.E. Yang.

Woods made three straight birdies on the front and finished with three birdies over his last six holes for a 67, his best score at the Masters since the final round in 2011. Joining them will be Tony Finau, playing this year on two good ankles after a self-inflicted injury a year ago . He was part of a history-making Saturday as one of three players to shoot 64.

Molinari was at 13-under 203, two shots ahead of Woods and Finau.

“Obviously, he’s playing great,” Molinari said of Woods. “But a lot of guys are playing great. I wish I only had to worry about him. I think a few more are going to come out tomorrow and try to shoot a low one.”

Another shot behind was Brooks Koepka, who has won three of the last six majors and had a 69 despite four bogeys.

Woods has won all 14 of his majors when he had at least a share of the lead going into the final round. He brings momentum to this major, having contended in the last two.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in contention here,” Woods said. “But then again, the last two majors count for something. I’ve been in the mix with a chance to win major championships in the last two years, and so that helps.”

Molinari knows what kind of atmosphere Woods brings to a major. He was paired with him in the final round at Carnoustie last year, where Woods briefly took the lead and the Italian never flinched, playing bogey-free to capture his first major.

Augusta National might sound different than a tough links along the North Sea of Scotland.

This is where Woods first captured the attention of the sporting public when he set 20 records in winning the first of his four green jackets. This is the gallery that has longed to see him recapture the past, especially after four back surgeries that only two years ago left him hobbling up the stairs, wondering if he would play again.

Woods looked good as new, even for a 43-year-old who hasn’t won a major in nearly 11 years. Not since 2013 in the British Open as Muirfield has he been within two shots of the lead.

He joined the chasing pack on a day when going neutral meant losing ground on a course in which 65 players combined to go 80-under par, at 70.77 the second-lowest scoring average in Masters history.

When he rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th, and the massive gallery rose to their feet with yet another ear-splitting roar, Woods became the ninth player Saturday who had at least a share of the lead.

Molinari, playing in the final group, kept right on rolling.

When he saved par from a bunker on the 18th hole, it was his 43rd consecutive hole without a bogey. That streak started on the 11th hole on Thursday, and it’s the only bogey he has made all week.

“I hit the ball a little less well than yesterday,” Molinari said. “But I holed some really good putts at 4 and 5 to save par. I can only be happy about today. It will be an exciting day tomorrow.”

No one figures to be as excited as Finau, who last turn grotesquely turned his ankle celebrating a hole-in-one in the Par 3 Tournament, and still managed to tie for 10th. He nearly holed a 4-iron on the par-5 eighth on his way to a record-tying 30 on the front nine that sent him to his 64.

 

1 Francesco Molinari Italy -13 70 67 66 203
2 Tiger Woods USA -11 70 68 67 205
2 Tony Finau USA -11 71 70 64 205
4 Brooks Koepka USA -10 66 71 69 206
5 Ian Poulter England -9 68 71 68 207
5 Webb Simpson USA -9 72 71 64 207
7 Matt Kuchar USA -8 71 69 68 208
7 Dustin Johnson USA -8 68 70 70 208
7 Louis Oosthuizen South Africa -8 71 66 71 208
7 Justin Harding South Africa -8 69 69 70 208
7 Xander Schauffele USA -8 73 65 70 208
12 Adam Scott Australia -7 69 68 72 209
12 Rickie Fowler USA -7 70 71 68 209
14 Phil Mickelson USA -6 67 73 70 210
14 Jason Day Australia -6 70 67 73 210
14 Thorbjørn Olesen Denmark -6 71 71 68 210
14 Patrick Cantlay USA -6 73 73 64 210
14 Justin Thomas USA -6 73 68 69 210
14 Jon Rahm Spain -6 69 70 71 210
20 Bubba Watson USA -5 72 72 67 211
20 Lucas Bjerregaard Denmark -5 70 72 69 211
22 Jordan Spieth USA -4 75 68 69 212
22 Tommy Fleetwood England -4 71 71 70 212
22 Corey Conners Canada -4 70 71 71 212
25 Henrik Stenson Sweden -3 74 72 67 213
25 Hideki Matsuyama Japan -3 75 70 68 213
25 Kevin Tway USA -3 72 71 70 213
25 Cameron Smith Australia -3 70 74 69 213
25 Matthew Fitzpatrick England -3 78 67 68 213
25 Patton Kizzire USA -3 70 70 73 213
31 Marc Leishman Australia -2 72 72 70 214
31 Charley Hoffman USA -2 71 71 72 214
31 Kyle Stanley USA -2 72 72 70 214
31 Kevin Kisner USA -2 69 73 72 214
31 Si Woo Kim South Korea -2 72 72 70 214
31 Bryson DeChambeau USA -2 66 75 73 214
31 Aaron Wise USA -2 75 71 68 214
31 Viktor Hovland Norway -2 72 71 71 214
39 Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland -1 73 71 71 215
39 Gary Woodland USA -1 70 71 74 215
39 Keegan Bradley USA -1 76 68 71 215
39 Takumi Kanaya Japan -1 73 74 68 215
43 Charles Howell III USA Par 73 67 76 216
43 Jimmy Walker USA Par 72 72 72 216
43 J.B. Holmes USA Par 70 72 74 216
43 Kiradech Aphibarnrat Thailand Par 69 72 75 216
47 Kevin Na USA +1 71 73 73 217
47 Patrick Reed USA +1 73 70 74 217
47 Alvaro Ortiz Mexico +1 73 71 73 217
50 Bernhard Langer Germany +2 71 72 75 218
50 Rafa Cabrera Bello Spain +2 73 70 75 218
50 Tyrrell Hatton England +2 73 73 72 218
50 Satoshi Kodaira Japan +2 75 70 73 218
50 Keith Mitchell USA +2 72 74 72 218
50 Andrew Landry USA +2 72 73 73 218
50 Devon Bling USA +2 74 73 71 218
57 Martin Kaymer Germany +3 73 74 72 219
57 Branden Grace South Africa +3 72 75 72 219
57 HaoTong Li China +3 72 74 73 219
57 Eddie Pepperell England +3 74 73 72 219
61 Zach Johnson USA +4 74 73 73 220
61 Emiliano Grillo Argentina +4 72 75 73 220
63 Trevor Immelman South Africa +5 74 72 75 221
63 Billy Horschel USA +5 72 75 74 221
65 Alex Noren Sweden +6 75 72 75 222

 

Masters 2019: Tee times for Sunday, Round 4 TV schedule, how to watch live

The final round of the Masters on Sunday has been moved up due to the threat of afternoon rain. CBS will begin its broadcast at 9 a.m. ET. You can also live stream Round 4 by signing up for fuboTV.

Sunday, Round 4

Time (ET) Hole Pairing
7:30 a.m. 1 Aaron Wise, March Leishman, Si Woo Kim
7:30 a.m. 10 Kyle Stanley, Viktor Hovland, Charley Hoffman
7:41 a.m. 1 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Kevin Tway, Patton Kizzire
7:41 a.m. 10 Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau, Takumi Kanaya
7:52 a.m. 1 Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith
7:52 a.m. 10 Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland
8:03 a.m. 1 Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners
8:03 a.m. 10 Jimmy Walker, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III
8:14 a.m. 1 Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Lucas Bjerregaard
8:14 a.m. 10 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Kevin Na, Alvaro Ortiz
8:25 a.m. 1 Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm
8:25 a.m. 10 Patrick Reed, Devon Bling, Keith Mitchell
8:36 a.m. 1 Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Thorbjorn Olesen
8:36 a.m. 10 Tyrrell Hatton, Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry
8:47 a.m. 1 Louis Oosthuizen, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler
8:47 a.m. 10 Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Eddie Pepperell
8:58 a.m. 1 Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Xander Schauffele
8:58 a.m. 10 Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Haotong Li
9:09 a.m. 1 Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson, Ian Poulter
9:09 a.m. 10 Emiliano Grillo, Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel
9:20 a.m. 1 Tiger Woods, Tony Finau, Francesco Molinari
9:20 a.m. 10 Trevor Immelman, Alex Noren

 

Augustin has 25, hits winning 3, Magic beat Raptors 104-101

D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left, and the Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard got a final shot for Toronto, but missed the rim with his 3-pointer from the top.

Aaron Gordon had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 16 points and Jonathan Isaac had 11 as the No. 7-seeded Magic became the latest team to beat Toronto in the opening game of a playoff series. The Raptors are 2-14 in playoff openers.

Leonard scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 24 and Fred VanVleet had 14 for the second-seeded Raptors, who reclaimed the lead after trailing by 16 points in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch.

Toronto got 13 points apiece from Danny Green and Marc Gasol, but guard Kyle Lowry finished scoreless, missing all seven of his attempts. Lowry did have eight assists and seven rebounds.

Leonard hit a tying 3 with 1:35 left, then put Toronto up 101-99 with a jumper at 1:02. Augustin made a layup to tie it again with 44 seconds left, then connected from long range for the fourth time to win the game.

Augustin’s 3 was the seventh lead change of the final quarter and the 13th of the game.

Augustin made 9 of 13 attempts, going 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

 

Russell, LeVert leads Nets to Game 1 stunner over 76ers

D’Angelo Russell rang up a scoring burst that helped Brooklyn dial up an upset and filled Philly’s home court with a barrage of boos.

All-Star Ben Simmons wants to put the fans on mute – and the Sixers could stand to silence their cellphones.

“If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side,” Simmons said.

Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

“We’ve got the right pieces to keep it going,” Russell said.

Check out this update on a mobile device: A Nets team that got hot late just to make the playoffs has the upper hand on the road over a 51-win team stocked with stars.

“I think earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we’d lose games like that,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Not in April.

Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range (11 of 26) and smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era.

Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn. It came days after Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell on the Nets, resigned. Russell, who scored 19 points in the second half, can safely scroll through his phone to see his Nets are trending.

The 76ers might want to keep their phones on lock.

Sixers benchwarmer Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down big. Johnson showed All-Star Joel Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup pants pocket.

 

Curry’s 38 points lead Warriors to Game 1 win over Clippers

Steve Kerr preached to the Golden State Warriors to not “take the bait.”

The bait being Patrick Beverley.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers for a 121-104 victory in their playoff opener Saturday on a night tempers flared.

Kevin Durant and Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer’s table. They both became enraged again and official Ed Malloy immediately sent them both to the locker room. Durant high-fived fans as he exited and the home crowd went into chants of “Beat L.A.!”

Durant said Beverley has a “different type of grit” coming from Chicago.

“You know what he’s going to bring to the table, just the physicality, mucking up the game a little bit with his physicality, his talking, everything. That’s what he brings to each team he plays on. That’s his identity,” Durant said. “For me, I know that coming into the series. I thought it was fun tonight.”

Like Durant, Beverley said he had fun.

 

AP source: Luke Walton reaches agreement to be Kings coach

A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons.

The 39-year-old Walton was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los Angeles went 37-45. The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because Walton’s next step hadn’t been finalized. A formal announcement is expected in the next couple of days.

Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac fired Dave Joerger on Thursday after the coach helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise’s 13th straight losing season.

The young Kings finished 39-43, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the Western Conference’s eighth seed heading into the final game before the All-Star break.

Sacramento had its most wins since going 44-38 in 2005-06 during coach Rick Adelman’s final season. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn’t been back to the postseason since for the NBA’s longest active drought.

 

Orpik scores in OT, Capitals take 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

A rat falling out of the arena hallway ceiling during the Carolina Hurricanes’ warmup game of soccer was just a precursor to a wacky afternoon of playoff hockey.

Long after the dead rodent was removed, Game 2 between the Hurricanes and Washington Capitals included a questionable ejection for a check to the head, a shot off one goalie’s mask and another that went in off the other goalie’s backside. It fittingly ended with an overtime goal from an unlikely source that sent the defending Stanley Cup champions into a wild celebration around the team’s most popular player.

Veteran leader Brooks Orpik scored 1:48 into overtime Saturday to give Washington a 4-3 victory and a 2-0 lead over Carolina in the first-round series. His fourth goal in his 151st playoff game was his third winner, and Orpik became just the 11th defenseman in NHL history with two postseason overtime goals.

“I’m probably not counted on for too many goals, but I think if you want to have the long runs, you need everybody kind of chipping in and doing things they don’t normally do,” Orpik said. “Always feels good when the team comes out on top.”

The Capitals came out on top thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s two perfect passes, a 5-on-3 penalty kill and a stick shortage by Carolina that allowed Evgeny Kuznetsov to find Orpik for his goal. Afterward, owner Ted Leonsis quipped, “Just like it was drawn up.”

There was no way to script the strange happenings that unfolded on and off the ice. Perhaps it was an omen for things to come when the ball used in the Hurricanes’ pregame soccer ritual knocked a rat down from the ceiling.

“I saw that,” Carolina’s Sebastian Aho said. “First time I’ve seen it. Kind of odd.”

Then the game happened. Just like Game 1, the Capitals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead – this time on goals by Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie – but this time the Hurricanes didn’t wait until the third period to come back.

 

Dietrich, Reds beat Wainwright, Cardinals 5-2 in Mexico

There were fireworks this time, too, after Derek Dietrich homered.

Fortunately for Dietrich and the Cincinnati Reds, it was all in good fun.

Dietrich hit a tiebreaking homer off Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning and added a two-run triple as the Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Saturday night.

The start of the two-game series marked the first time either team had played in the regular season in Mexico. A raucous crowd of 16,886 fans gathered at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey and turned the game into a fiesta that lasted for more than three hours and ended with fireworks.

“Monterrey has done a great job with the stadium and the facilities. We were very impressed because it was a first-class and great field, the fans and the atmosphere, everything,” Dietrich said. “Also, I think that the fireworks at the end of the game were pretty cool, it’s something that I will remember forever.”

Last weekend, Dietrich touched off a different kind of eruption.

After standing in the batter’s box to admire a long home run at Pittsburgh, he came up the next time and the first pitch from Pirates starter Chris Archer whizzed behind his waist. The benches soon emptied, leading to five ejections and three suspensions.

Wainwright hit an RBI single in the second off Tanner Roark for a 1-0 lead. Jesse Winker’s one-out homer in the sixth was the Reds’ first hit off Wainwright (1-1).

 

Brewers hand Dodgers 6th straight loss, 4-1

Zach Davies is off to a strong start for the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 17 2/3 innings so far.

After being limited to 13 games because of shoulder and back injuries last season, Davies has helped the Brewers race to a 10-3 mark against National League competition.

He got support from home runs by Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

“This was more than a steady performance,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “This was Zach at his best and doing what he does really well.”

The Dodgers, who dropped their sixth straight, didn’t have a hit after pinch-hitter Alex Verdugo’s leadoff single in the fifth inning. Davies and Junior Guerra combined to retire the final 14 batters.

“Just attacking hitters, not shying away from that,” Davies said. “Being healthy does help, too.”

Moustakas went deep for his first career homer at Dodger Stadium on Caleb Ferguson’s first pitch in the second. Arcia homered off reliever Dennis Santana to begin the fourth, making it 2-0.

The Brewers managed nine hits and won their second straight on a night when Christian Yelich was hitless in five at-bats. Yelich failed to reach base in a game for the first time this season, snapping his 27-game on-base streak.

Former Dodger Yasmani Grandal had two hits, making him 5-for-8 in the series.

Davies allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Milwaukee turned three double plays.

 

Davis stops record skid at 0 for 54, O’s top Red Sox 9-5

Chris Davis definitely kept the souvenir ball from this most elusive hit.

Davis ended his record slump at 0 for 54 and drew applause from rival fans at Fenway Park, lining a single and two doubles while driving in four runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Saturday to stop a four-game losing streak.

“That’s a long time without getting a hit,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but obviously something special.”

Davis broke into a smile when his bases-loaded, two-run single in the first inning broke the drought.

“It meant a lot to me,” he said.

He tried to make the most of his terrible stretch.

“I said it a couple of weeks ago: `You have to embrace it at some point,'” he said.

Davis walked to the plate in the first to what mostly appeared to be mock cheers when he was announced. But many of those quickly changed when he hit a liner over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia, ending the longest hitless streak ever by a position player.

It was his first hit since Sept. 14 of last season.

Once he safely reached first, Davis tipped his cap to the Orioles dugout and many of his teammates raised their arms and hollered in support. He smiled and made a motion that he wanted to ball, which he got.

“Significant weight lifted off my shoulders,” he said later.

Davis, a two-time major league home run champion, had been 0 for 33 this season.

 

EARLHAM BASEBALL: SCORE: G1- Earlham 9, Defiance 6 / G2- Earlham 7, Defiance 4
(EARLHAM RELEASE)

LOCATION: Richmond, Ind. (Sadler Stadium)
RECORDS: Earlham 13-14, 5-5 HCAC / Defiance 13-10-1, 3-5 HCAC

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College baseball outslugged visiting Defiance College in game one and outlasted the Yellow Jackets in game two and completed a sweep over their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals, 9-6 and 7-4, in a conference doubleheader on Saturday at Sadler Stadium.

GAME 1 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham plated four runs on five hits in the first inning, including an RBI double by Austin Hatfieldand a two-run triple by Isaiah Shakeinto right-center field. Andrew McFadden singled home Shake later in the frame.
  • After a single run by Defiance in the top of the second, Earlham put up three more runs in the second to extend its lead to 7-1. Hatfield keyed the frame with a two-run home run to right field for his first collegiate round-tripper.
  • Defiance got two runs back in the top of the third on Troy Konwinski’s two-run double down the right field line.
  • The Quakers tacked on a single run in the bottom of the seventh to push their lead to 8-3, before the Yellow Jackets rallied with a three-run uprising in the top of the eighth. Jude Neary laced a double into center field for one Defiance run, followed by a Michael Reese double to right that brought home two more Yellow Jacket runs.
  • Cameron Wisseldoubled home Shake to give the Quakers a 9-6 lead, after Shake got aboard with a leadoff single.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Earlham pounded the Defiance pitching staff for 15 hits, led by Dopp, Hatfield, and Shake with three runs hits each. Hatfield had a team-high three RBI for the Quakers.
  • Starter Walter Talcottpicked up the win after lasting seven innings on the mound, allowing one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts. Joey Gerbus earned the save after pitching the ninth inning for the Quakers.

GAME 2 – HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Earlham piled up six runs in the bottom of the first inning in game two, with Andrew Bradleyplating three runs on his double to right-center.
  • Danny Dopp‘s solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second extended Earlham’s lead top 7-1.
  • Defiance trimmed the lead to 7-2 in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of a two-out throwing error to score Grant Vickery.
  • A messy Defiance 8th inning put two more runs in the Yellow Jackets’ half of the scoreboard, cutting the Earlham lead to 7-4. Two singles around a Defiance walk loaded up the bases with none out, with the two runs eventually crossing on a grounder to short and single to right field. Reliever Jordan Christianfanned Lucas Thomeier for the second Yellow Jacket out of the inning, and Aidan Talarek induced a grounder to the pitcher which resulted in a 1-2 putout to get the Quakers out of the frame with three Defiance runners stranded.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Andrew Bradleyfinished the game 2-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in, with five different players accounting for Earlham’s remaining five hits.
  • Spencer Owengot the start and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in the win. He scattered four hits with three walks while allowing just one earned run over his 7.0 innings of work, improving his record to 2-1. Reliever Joey Gerbuspicked up his second save of the day after coming on in the ninth and retiring the Yellow Jackets in order.

NEXT UP:

Earlham baseball is on the road for its next HCAC doubleheader when it travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday, April 16. Start time for the twinbill is 4:00 p.m.

 

INDIANA SWEEPS

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Evansville’s athletic nickname is Aces.

But Indiana was the team that deployed those on the mound.

After Pauly Milto blanked host Evansville out Friday night, 5-0, the series shifted to Bloomington for Saturday’s double-header – but the IU starting pitching success didn’t change during a 5-1 and 9-3 sweep.

Combine the lines for Saturday starters Tanner Gordon and Andrew Saalfrank with Milto’s and here are the numbers IU coach Jeff Mercer got from his three aces in less than 24 hours:

22 2/3 innings pitched.

Just 3 earned runs and only 10 hits allowed.

3 walks.

27 strikeouts.

“Our starting pitching has been tremendous on the weekends for several weeks,” Mercer said following Saturday’s sweep. “Really, really just sets the tone and gives us a chance.”

GAME ONE

Evansville had virtually no chance against IU junior starter Tanner Gordon in Saturday’s opener.

Craig Shepherd managed a one-out double for UE in the first, but Gordon surrounded that with three strikeouts. And after hitting Evansville’s Sam Troyer with a pitch, Gordon proceeded to retire 12 straight hitters carrying through the fifth inning.

“There were a few things that were working today,” Gordon said of his pitch arsenal. “I’d say my curveballs were kind of on and off. But the things that were working were my changeup and my slider, for sure. Then, I was able to locate my fastball. That’s what I had going for me.”

Meantime, Indiana was forging a 3-0 lead.

IU got on the board in the first when, after a one-out single from Matt Gorski, Matt Lloyd laced a 3-2 pitch up the gap in left-center and Gorski, running on the pitch, scored easily.

The Hoosiers plated two more runs in the third. Drew Ashley legged out a leadoff infield single then got to trot home as Lloyd lambasted his 12th homer of the season – and fourth in five games.

The Aces would get Lloyd out just once in both games. His line for the day was six at-bats, five hits, four runs scored, four RBI. He also hit a solo homer Friday night at Evansville.

” ‘Remarkable’ is a perfect word for Matt,” Mercer said of Lloyd. “He’s a terrific player, a terrific worker and an incredible competitor.

“Woven into the fabric of his being is an elite competitor and he doesn’t give any pitches away. He’ll have a game that’s maybe not his best and you just know the next at-bat, he’s going to be back on, and the next day he’s going to be back on.

He is very, very good.”

As good as Gordon was, Evansville did manage to get on the board in the sixth. Ben Komonosky spoiled some good pitches to work a walk, then Troy Beilsmith at the top of the order lined a single to left. A groundout advanced the runners, then a Danny Borgstrom groundout scored Komonosky.

But IU responded with a two-run seventh, capped by Cole Barr’s 2-RBI lined double to right, and freshman Gabe Bierman supplied two innings of scoreless relief to nail down the game on the mound.

GAME TWO

Saalfrank was dealing from the get-go, with two Ks in a 1-2-3 first, and the Hoosier offense likewise wasted little time in gaining control of Saturday’s second game.

Ashley’s leadoff double and Matt Gorski’s single, Lloyd’s RBI single, a fielder’s choice, a walk and Justin Walker’s infield RBI single added up to three runs in the IU first.

Evansville scored an unearned run in the second on a passed ball, but Saalfrank struck out four straight hitters from the second to the third inning.

The junior lefty then topped himself by fanning five straight from the seventh to the eighth, finishing the game with 14 Ks.

So Saalfrank posted his third straight start with double-digit strikeouts, reaching that standard in four of his last five games. During that five-game stretch, he has fanned 53 hitters in 29 2/3 innings pitched. His 13 Ks against Penn State were a school record in Big Ten play.

Asked about Saalfrank’s last two or three weeks, Mercer replied:

“I would have to believe he’s really at a different place mentally, emotionally. His stuff’s always been excellent. But (now) just how locked-in he is, how focused he is, how committed.”

Mercer noted how Saalfrank was keeping a pitch chart during Milto’s outing Friday, joining injured catcher Ryan Fineman and Bierman in helping IU pitching coach Justin Parker call pitches.

“At one point, I’m kind of standing there with the coaches, and those three guys are really kind of running the game,” Mercer said of Saalfrank, Fineman and Bierman. “And it was really kind of cool. It was a really cool moment for me, as a coach, when you’re players take control. When they take control of the team. And that’s where you want it.

“You don’t just get to show up when the game starts. Andrew (Saalfrank) doesn’t only have to show up when it’s his time to pitch. His commitment, keeping that chart, the commitment to paying attention to what’s going on all the time in games, allows him to go out there and compete with confidence.

“You can’t just really be good at some things and not at other things. He’s allowed himself to be good at everything, which has allowed him to be good on the mound.”

Indiana (23-12) pretty much put the game away with a four-run fifth, with clutch two-out hitting giving the Hoosiers a cushion.

Gorski reached on a fielder’s choice, took third on Lloyd’s single and scored on Scotty Bradley’s fielder’s choice. Shane Gray came on for UE in relief of starter Alex Weigand but Hoosier freshman Grant Richardson greeted him with a 2-out, 2-strike, 2-RBI lined double to right, followed by Walker’s ground single to right. Richardson then scored on an Elijah Dunham single.

Richardson’s next big blow came in the seventh.

Lloyd led off with a double, took second on Bradley’s lineout to right-center and scores on Barr’s groundout. Richardson followed by leaving the yard to right for a solo shot, his seventh homer of the season, making it 9-1.

“He was able to adjust in the middle of the game as an offensive player,” Mercer said of Richardson, a standout freshman from Fishers. “He just listens. He looked at me and said, ‘I’ll get it done.’

“He walks up, makes an adjustment, gets on fastball timing and hits a double … and the next at-bat, the guy hangs a breaking ball, and he’s able to settle back into his legs and hits a home run.”

Richardson has already earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors twice. Mercer was asked if he’d had any such frosh during his coaching stint at Wright State.

“I think in my five years at Wright State, we had the (conference) Player of the Year three or four times, and so I’ve seen freshmen come in and be good,” Mercer said. “I don’t know that I’ve seen freshmen do, offensively, what he’s done.

” … He’s been able to handle they day-in and day-out grind that he does, and the expectations. He’s earned the right to deal with those things, and it takes a really mature player, not just a talented player. I don’t know that I’ve had a freshman position-player (like him).”

Saalfrank finally exited in the eighth as his 14th strikeout came on a wild pitch that allowed Tanner Craig to reach first, loading the bases with two down. The Aces (17-13) then managed to push across a couple of runs before Cal Krueger induced an inning-ending flyout to right.

Braden Scott then capped the great IU pitching day with a 1-2-3 ninth, including two strikeouts.

The suberb starting pitching has given Mercer the luxury of approaching some matchups, like Sunday’s scheduled 1:05 p.m. start against Evansville, with a very fresh bullpen.

“We’ll likely start with (Tommy) Sommer to give us a short start and see how he goes,” Mercer said of the sophomore hero in relief Wednesday against Purdue. “Tommy is always a guy that can give you five or six and 40 pitches, then we’ll kind of have to work from there. I thought Braden Scott was terrific today.

” … We really are in as good of a position as we could be going into tomorrow in a four-game set.”

 

PURDUE SPLITS WITH IOWA

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue succeeded in playing clean baseball over the course of a competitive doubleheader split Saturday with Iowa, losing the rubber game of the series after an injury changed the scope of the eighth inning of the nightcap.

The Boilermakers (11-23, 5-6 B1G) scored five times in the seventh inning of game 1 to rally for a 9-5 victory, snapping their season-long six-game losing streak. The Hawkeyes’ four-run top of the eighth ended a 2-2 stalemate in the nightcap and the visitors were able to take the rubber game 6-3.

Pitcher Ryan Beard suffered an apparent knee injury while planting his right leg to field a sacrifice bunt comebacker with man on first base and no outs in the second inning. Beard had matched Iowa’s Grant Judkins with seven innings of two-run ball at that point. With Beard out of the game, a two-run single and two-run homer later in the frame provided the Hawkeyes (20-14, 7-5 B1G) their game- and series-deciding inning.

Bryce Bonner and Cole McKenzie both hit a first-inning home run for the Boilermakers. Tanner Wetrich and Ben Norman each connected for a two-run homer for Iowa. Those were the first long balls hit at Alexander Field this season.

Purdue third baseman Tyler Powers turned a trio of 5-3 double plays in game 1, two coming with the bases loaded. The sophomore also posted his second collegiate three-hit game in the win, highlighted by a two-run single to cap the scoring in the big seventh inning.

Zac Fascia’s two-run triple off the wall in right center drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh. Charlie Nasuti also delivered an RBI triple in the second inning of game 1.

Skyler Hunter singled in both games Saturday, extending his overall hit streak to 12 consecutive games and his reached base safely streak against Big Ten teams to 34 straight games. He hit safely in every game of a weekend of at least three games for the 18th time in his career. Johnny Sage reached base safely five times Saturday and also hit safely in all three games.

Bonner’s home run was his second as a Boilermaker, both coming at home in Big Ten play. That gave him an extra-base hit in four straight games. He executed a hit and run single with Evan Albrecht aboard in the eighth inning of game 2, helping to bring the tying run to the plate after McKenenzie followed with a two-out RBI single. Bonner also hit safely in all three games of the series.

Powers turned the 5-3 double plays in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings of game 1. The latter two were of the inning-ending variety. Purdue escaped bases-loaded jams in the sixth and seventh innings. Matt Moore struck out pinch hitter Luke Farley to keep it one-run game after the top of the seventh. The Boilermakers’ produced their game-winning rally in the bottom of the frame.

Beard recorded a trio of 1-2-3 innings and posted five consecutive zeros from the third through seventh innings. He matched his season high with six strikeouts. The senior did not surrender a hit his third time through the lineup.

As the game 1 starter, Andrew Bohm went nine-up, nine-down through the Iowa lineup his first time through, striking out three. But six of the nine Hawkeyes reached base safely the second time through. Bohm struck out five over 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball.

The Boilermakers are back in action Tuesday when they host Butler at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports 1.

  

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Irish Walk-Off Game 2, Split Doubleheader with No. 21 North Carolina

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team saved the dramatics for the second game of the doubleheader when Zack Prajzner hit a walk-off single to win game two 4-3 and earn a split against No. 21 North Carolina.

After dropping the first game 13-6, the Irish (13-21, 8-10 ACC) sent Cameron Junker to the mound and he had another strong performance. He tossed seven innings against the high-powered Tar Heels (27-10, 10-8 ACC) and allowed just two runs, one walk and struck out six.

The Irish took the lead in the seventh after Daniel Jung scored on a wild pitch but the Tar Heels evened the score in the top of the ninth. In the bottom half of the inning, Notre Dame loaded the bases and with two outs and Prajzner roped a single down the left field line for the game-winning hit.

How It Happened – Game 2

Cameron Junker was locked in from the first inning in the second game of the doubleheader. He set the Tar Heels down in order with two strikeouts in the opening frame. Junker had another 1-2-3 inning in the third with two more strikeouts to bring his total to four through three innings.

The Tar Heels got on the scoreboard first in the fourth inning after Danny Serretti singled to score Michael Busch.

The Irish answered right back in the bottom half of the fourth. Niko Kavadas led the inning off with a double to right field. He scored on an RBI single through the left side from Eric Gilgenbach to tie the game at 1-1.

North Carolina regained the lead in the sixth with a solo home run to right from Busch.

In the seventh, the Irish battled back and took their first lead of the game. Gilgenbach worked a leadoff walk and a single from Jung got two runners on. After a sacrifice bunt from Carter Putz to move the runners over, Jared Miller dropped down a sacrifice bunt to score Gilgenbach and tie the game. Jung scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch and the Irish led 3-2 after seven.

In the eighth, Tommy Vail and Joe Boyle entered in tense situations with the Tar Heels threatening. With the tying run on second, Vail entered the game and struck out both batters he faced. Boyle entered the game and after a stolen base, the go-ahead run was just 90 feet away. Boyle got Serretti to strike out swinging to end the inning and keep the Irish in front.

In the ninth, the Tar Heels tied the game at 3-3. With the tying run on second and two away, Ethan Roberts singled up the middle and the run crossed the plate right before Jared Miller’s throw reached home and the game was tied.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Irish had runners at second and third with Jack Alexander at the plate and two away. He worked a full-count walk and loaded the bases for Prajzner. He turned on the 2-1 pitch to left field and it landed fair to clinch the win for the Irish.

How It Happened – Game 1The Tar Heels got out to another hot start in game one of the doubleheader, scoring four runs in the top half of the first. Two two-run homers for the Tar Heels gave them the advantage on the scoreboard before the Irish got to the plate.

North Carolina benefited from the long ball once again in the top of the second. After a leadoff walk, Dylan Enwiller hit the third home run of the afternoon for the Tar Heels, all two-run homers, and they held a 6-0 lead.

The Irish began to chip away at the Tar Heel lead in the bottom of the third. Jared Miller had a leadoff double and came around to score on a Jack Alexander RBI single through the right side. Two more runs came around to score on a Jack Zyska fielder’s choice and throwing error by the second baseman. Daniel Jung capped the inning off with a solo home run to right, his second of the season, and pulled the Irish within two at 6-4.

North Carolina was at it again with the long ball in the top of the fourth. After the inning was extended on an error, Ike Freeman hit the Tar Heels fourth home run of the afternoon and their lead was back up to four at 8-4.

The teams traded runs during the fifth inning. North Carolina hit a solo home run in the top half of the inning and the Irish scored a run on an RBI single from Carter Putz. After five innings, UNC held a 9-4 lead.

Four runs was the closest the Irish would get as the Tar Heels tacked on a few insurance runs in the later innings to claim game one 13-6.

Game Notes

Zack Prajzner recorded his first career walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth of game two with a single down the left field line that scored Daniel Jung.

It was the first walk-off hit this season for the Irish and first since Niko Kavadas hit a walk-off single in the 10th to defeat Boston College on April 27, 2018.

Cameron Junker recorded his fifth quality start of the season after seven innings of work and yielded just two runs.

It was the third time this season Junker has pitched seven innings or more.

Notre Dame recorded its fifth ranked win of the season. The Irish had five ranked wins during the entire 2018 campaign.

Joe Boyle tallied four strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work. It is his third outing this season with three strikeouts or more.

Daniel Jung hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, in the bottom of the third during game one.

Anthony Holubecki recorded a season high 3.0 innings pitched in relief during game one.

Up Next

The Irish will close out their current nine-game homestand with a midweek matchup with regional-foe Northwestern. The Irish and Wildcats will square off Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

 

OHIO STATE SWEEPS MICHIGAN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of an electric crowd of 4,841 fans at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, the Ohio State baseball team claimed a series win over No. 24 Michigan Saturday with a doubleheader split vs. the Wolverines. The Buckeyes (20-17, 4-5 B1G) won game one, 10-4, while the Wolverines (24-11, 5-3 B1G) took game two of the twinbill, 6-2. The crowd on hand today at Bill Davis Stadium was one of the largest in 15 years.

QUOTE FROM COACH

“We’re disappointed we didn’t win game three,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I thought we played really clean and really tough those first two games and we weren’t clean there in game three. We had some unearned runs and if we can eliminate those unearned runs, it would keep the game tighter and give us some more offensive options, but that wasn’t the case. At the end of the day, we won the series and we won the rivalry. The thing for me and the thing for our ball club to take away is how we went about it and the energy and focus we had. Our guys were locked in. They’re exhausted right now. Starting with the come from behind victory on the road and into this weekend, hopefully we learned a lot about ourselves and there’s a lot to build on.”

DOM PUTS UP BIG NUMBERS

Junior outfielder Dominic Canzone made a big statement this weekend vs. the Maize and Blue. The OSU captain batted .643 (9-for-14) with four runs scored, one double, one triple, two homers and four RBI against one of the top pitching staffs in the league. He extended his career-high reached base streak to 33 games and now leads the Scarlet and Gray in average (.360), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.446).

GAME 1: NO. 24 MICHIGAN 4, OHIO STATE 10

For the second straight game, the Buckeye batters recorded double-digit hits, while the Scarlet and Gray pitchers combined to strike out 10 UM hitters in the game in a 10-4 win in game one of the doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone continued to give the Wolverines problems as the captain went 3-for-5 at the dish with a double, home run and two RBI, while fellow captain and fifth-year senior Ridge Winand was 2-for-3 with a two runs scored, home run, three RBI and a walk. Freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo also homered and senior left fielder Brady Cherry and junior first baseman Conner Pohl each recorded multi-hit games and drove in a run. On the bump, redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Seth Lonsway improved to 5-3 on the year, working 5.2 innings, while freshman right-handed pitcher Will Pfennig struck out six in 3.1 innings of relief to claim the save.

BATS IGNITE FOR BIG LEAD EARLY

Ohio State powered five extra-base hits, including three homers to take an 8-0 lead through three innings vs. UM right-handed starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann. Zach Dezenzo blasted a 0-2 pitch to dead center in the bottom of the second. In the third, Canzone roped a ball off the scoreboard for a solo homer to make it 3-0. Cherry then ripped a liner to left and it took a tough hop off the UM right fielder for a RBI triple. The big hit in the inning came when Winand launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run homer. It was his first career home run for the fifth-year senior captain.

WOLVERINES GET ON THE BOARD

Michigan emptied the bases in the top of the sixth on three-run double by Jimmy Kerr. Jordan Nwogu homered in the seventh to cut the Buckeye lead to five runs.

BUCKEYES ADD ON

In the sixth, Canzone pulled a 1-1 pitch to right center for his third hit of the afternoon and pushed Winand around for the 9-4 lead. Brent Todys scored the 10th run in the seventh with a sac fly to right.

ON THE MOUND

Lonsway worked 5.2 innings on five hits, three runs, three earned with four walks and four strikeouts in the win. Pfennig struck out a season-high six hitters in 3.1 innings of relief on two hits, one run, one earned, six strikeouts and no walks.

GAME 1 NOTES

  • Ohio State claims its first ranked series win of the year.
  • The Buckeyes have won three straight home series vs. the Wolverines win the win in game one.
  • Canzone extended his reached base streak to 32 straight games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (12), Cherry (10), Foppe (6), Pohl (4) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Hit streaks extended: Canzone (9), Dingler (7) and Dezenzo (4).
  • Winand hit his first career homer today and tallied a career-high three RBI.
  • With three hits, Canzone has combined to register 13 hits in five games vs. the Wolverines in his career.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (16), Cherry (13), Pohl (10) and Winand (5).
  • Multi-RBI games: Canzone (7), Dezenzo (7) and Winand (1).
  • Pfennig struck out a season-high six batters to claim his second save of the season.

GAME 2: NO. 24 MICHIGAN 6, OHIO STATE 2

The Wolverines won, 6-2, in the series finale as right-handed starter Jeff Criswell worked 6.2 innings and limited the OSU bats to two runs, no earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks to improve to 3-1. Canzone led the Buckeyes at the dish with a 2-for-4 game, while Winand also went 2-for-4.

MICHIGAN JUMPS OUT ON TOP

The Wolverines scored a single run in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, respectively, and added one in the eighth. Dominic Clemente homered in the second and Jesse Franklin had a RBI ground out in the third. A RBI triple by Ako Thomas made it a 3-0 run deficit. The Maize and Blue added a fourth in the fifth when Jimmy Kerr singled to plate an unearned run. A RBI grounder in the sixth put the score at 5-2 in favor of the Wolverines.

OHIO STATE CUTS THE UM LEAD

The Buckeyes plated two runs on two hits and one error in the fifth. Winand singled to left field and an error by Jordan Nwogu allowed Zach Dezenzo to cross the plate. A RBI grounder by Canzone pushed Winand around.

ON THE BUMP

Sophomore left-handed sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith tossed five innings on eight hits, four runs, three earned with two walks and tied his career-high with seven strikeouts. He falls to 3-2 on the year. Junior right-handed pitcher Joe Gahm worked 2.1 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno tossed the final 2.1 innings and didn’t allow a run with two strikeouts and no walks.

GAME 2 NOTES

  • The win for the Wolverines in game two of the doubleheader snaps an eight-game home win streak for the Buckeyes against Michigan.
  • Head coach Greg Beals moves to 14-5 as head coach of the Buckeyes vs. Michigan.
  • Hit streaks extended: Dezenzo (5) and Todys (3).
  • Canzone’s reached base streak extended to 33 straight games.
  • Other reached base streaks extended: Dingler (13), Foppe (7), Dezenzo (5), Pohl (5) and Todys (3).
  • Ohio State scored a combined 22 runs in three games vs. the Wolverines this weekend. The Buckeye bats .340 and slugged .560 with three doubles, two triples and five home runs.
  • Multi-hit games: Canzone (17) and Winand (6).

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

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Cardinals Feature Aerial Attack in Annual Spring Game

Plitt, Paddock direct multiple scoring drives, 10 players catch passes

MUNCIE, Ind. — Big plays through the air highlighted the annual Ball State football spring game Saturday at Scheumann Stadium.

A 30-yard touchdown pass from Drew Plitt to Antwan Davis. A 40-yard strike from John Paddock to Yo’Heinz Tyler. A 67-yard scoring hookup between early enrollee Eddie Schott and Hassan Littles. Even a reverse pass from Riley Miller to Justin Hall. Just to name a few.

The offense scored touchdowns on five of the first six possessions of the modified game. There were no kickoffs, no punt returns. Just eight series of offense versus defense.

Plitt ran with the first team, completing 8-of-10 passes over three series for 110 yards and the touchdown to Davis. Caleb Huntley capped that group’s opening possession with a 6-yard touchdown on his sixth carry.

Huntley, Markice Hurt Jr. and Will Jones all ran 10 times on the day and all scored touchdowns. Jones’ came at the end of a 17-play, 99-yard drive for the second unit. Paddock orchestrated that drive, first hitting Trevor Hohlt for 29 yards to get the offense out of its own end zone. He also connected on key third-down plays to Littles and Hohlt to keep the chains moving.

Paddock finished the day 11-for-13 for 142 yards and a touchdown to Tyler. Hohlt caught seven passes for 70 yards, while Littles hauled in four for 116 yards to lead a group of 10 players with receptions.

Littles saved his biggest play for last, hauling in a fourth-down pass from Schott on the final play of the scrimmage and taking it all the way for a 67-yard touchdown.

The defensive group was shorthanded, especially in the secondary, because of injuries, but still managed a few plays of its own.

The defense forced a pair of fumbles, including one on a big hit from linebacker Brandon Martin. Cornerback Gerald Smith picked off a pass on Schott’s first series. And the front seven stepped up to squash a fourth-and-goal play to keep Huntley out of the end zone.

Ball State will conclude its spring practice schedule with 3:30 p.m. sessions Tuesday and Thursday at Scheumann Stadium.

The Cardinals will open the 2019 season Aug. 31 against Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Cardinals will also play six times in Muncie this fall.

 

EARLHAM WOMEN’S TRACK: Women’s track claims three firsts and two records at Indiana D-III meet

MEET: 2019 Indiana Division III Championship

LOCATION: Greencastle, Ind. (DePauw Univ.-Blackstock Stadium)

WOMEN’S FINISH: Third of eight teams, 99 points

THE SHORT STORY: Earlham College women’s track and field picked up points in 12 different events, posted three first-place finishes, and set two Earlham records during Saturday’s 2019 Indiana D-III Championship meet, held at DePauw University.

ON THE TRACK

Earlham senior Aishat Sadiq helped earn a total of 36 points for the Quakers with a pair of first-place results and two other finishes in the points. Sadiq won both the 100m (12.24 seconds) and the 200m (25.35 seconds) – both in meet record times. Her 100m time also keeps her atop the Great Lakes Region performance list, while her 200m time is second in the Region. Sadiq also ran the anchor leg for Earlham’s second-place team in the 4x100m relay, which posted an Earlham record time of 49.63 seconds. Finally, she earned eight points with a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 16-3 1/4 (4.96m).

Sophomore Leilah Hicks was second in the 200m (25.91 seconds) and fourth in the 100m (12.82), and ran in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams for the Quakers which won eight and five points respectively.

Sophomore Ellie Haland also captured a first-place finish for the Quakers when she won the 3000m steeplechase with an Earlham record time of 11:22.67. Haland earned an additional eight points for Earlham in the 800m run when she finished second overall (2:19.85).

Sophomore Hailey Beel took fifth in the 400m dash (1:04.95), while first years Tsitsi Makufa and Dorothy Ocran-Sarsah finished seventh (1:07.33) and eighth (1:09.71) respectively.

In the 10,000m run, junior Shabham Fayyaz and first year Krishna Cousins combined to pick up 11 points for the Quakers. Fayyaz was third (46:11.52) while Cousins was fourth (47:49.16).

First year Remy Haggerty finished seventh in the 5000m run, hitting the finish line in 19:28.90.

First year Sarah Dickman was eighth in the 100m hurdles, posting a time of 18.02 seconds.

Junior Esther Mano was third in the triple jump with a best effort of 31-10 1/4 (9.71m).

NEXT UP

The Earlham track and field teams will compete at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational next Saturday, April 20, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The meet will serve as the Quakers’ final tune-up before the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, hosted by Mount St. Joseph University.

 

EARLHAM MEN’S TRACK: Burt’s steeplechase performance leads men’s track at Indiana D-III meet

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MEET: 2019 Indiana Division III Championship

LOCATION: Greencastle, Ind. (DePauw Univ.-Blackstock Stadium)

MEN’S FINISH: Sixth of nine teams, 43 points

THE SHORT STORY: The Earlham College men’s track and field team took one first-place finish and had plenty of solid performances on its way to finishing sixth of nine teams at the 2019 Indiana Division III Championship on Saturday at DePauw University.

ON THE TRACK

First year Austin Burt claimed Earlham’s lone first-place finish of the day when he won the 3000m steeplechase (9:39.59).

The Quakers placed three finishers in the points in the 800m run. Ian Shriner was fourth (1:58.76), while Emanuel Faria was sixth (1:59.20) and Michael Grady was eighth (1:59.65). The three combined to claim nine points for Earlham in the one event.

Sophomore Noah Scherf placed fifth in the 5000m run with a time of 15:24.43.

First year Jake Patton was third in the 400m hurdles (57.47 seconds), and also finished in the points in the 110m hurdles in fifth place (16.31 seconds). Patton also garnered three points for the Quakers with a sixth-place showing in the javelin with a throw of 145-6 (44.34m).

In the relays, the Earlham quartet of Grady, Drew Fitzgibbon, Shriner, and Faria claimed fourth place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:28.83.

NEXT UP

The Earlham track and field teams will compete at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational next Saturday, April 20, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The meet will serve as the Quakers’ final tune-up before the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, hosted by Mount St. Joseph University.

 

IU EAST TRACK

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Indiana University East track and field teams established four schools records on the final day of the Ball State University Challenge on April 13.

The Red Wolves also had several athletes attain personal best marks.

Jamal Stephens was a part of two of the new standards as an individual in the 100 meters and then as a member of the 1,600-meter relay squad. He also ran a PR in the 200 meters of 21.092.

SCHOOL RECORDS

* 1,600-meter relay team of Will Mundy, Jordan Maxwell, Stephens, Dustin Reynolds was second (3:18.80).

* Stephens was fifth in 100 meters (10.91).

* Savannah Hart was seventh in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:25.47).

* Mackenzie Neher women’s 1,500 meters (4:58.84).

TOP FINISHERS

* Mundy, second, 400-meter hurdles (55.01).

* 400-meter relay team of Stephens, Maxwell, Mundy, Matthew Paterson, third, (42.32).

* Johnny Fike, sixth, men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:49.91).

The Red Wolves host the River States Conference Outdoor Championships on April 25-26. The meet is at Eaton High School in Ohio.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s golf team is in second place after 36 holes at their annual home tournament, shooting four-over par on the first day of the Lady Boilermaker Classic, hosted at Ackerman-Allen Golf Course on Saturday. Sophomore Inez Wanamarta led the Purdue squad at two-under par, 142, posting back-to-back rounds of 71, and is in second place in the individual standings.

Wanamarta logs her third and fourth rounds of the season at par or better, and recorded Purdue’s top score in each round Saturday. Her first round included three birdies, and she added four more on the second loop, including the par 5’s at No. 14 and No.15 as she finished two under over the last eight holes.

Freshman Danielle du Toit is in fourth place overall at one-over par, shooting 73 in the morning and finishing even par over the second 18 holes. She dropped nine birdies on the day to stay near the top of the field and count a team score in both rounds. Sophomore Lauren Guiao is fifth in the individual standings at three-over par, shooting an opening-round 75 and sinking 16 pars on her way to an even-par 72 in the second round.

Senior Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri accounted for the fourth team score in round one, shooting two-over 74, while freshman RuQing Guan logged the final team score in the second round, making birdie on three of her last four holes to shoot even par. Putri is tied for sixth place at four-over par overall, while Guan is tied for 13th at eight-over par.

Indiana holds the team lead at four-under par, led by the outstanding individual effort of Mary Parsons, who leads the individual standings at eight-under par. Parsons shot a second-round 66, making an eagle on No. 10 and adding six more birdies in the round.

The third and final round will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. ET, as Purdue, Indiana and Xavier will tee off the first hole of Ackerman-Allen.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team is tied for third at 15-over par after 36 holes of the Lady Buckeye Invitational Saturday at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Five Buckeyes are ranked in the Top 25 through two rounds of play.

“I think we have a really solid team and our depth showed today,” Therese Hession, Ohio State head coach and director of golf, said. “We struggled to get some putts to drop to get some really low scores but the team hung in there. Everybody was engaged through both rounds and it was a very solid day from a team perspective.”

Freshmen Aneka Seumanutafa and Lauren Peter are tied for 11th at 4-over as Peter tied for her career low in the opening round with a 1-under 71. Junior Adeena Shears sits tied for 17th at 5-over while senior Niki Schroeder is tied for 21st at 6-over and freshman Skylar Thompson is tied for 23rd at 7-over.

Sophomores Alanis Sakuma and Sofia Seldemirova, both playing as individuals, are tied for 40th at 9-over, while fellow sophomore Yukie Sasaki is tied for 47th at 10-over and junior Alex Wright, also playing as an individual, rounds out the Buckeye lineup in a tie for 63rd at 15-over.

As a team, Ohio State sits third in par-3 scoring at 3-over par and sits third with 111 pars. Individually, Schroeder is tied for second out of the 75-competitor field in par-5 scoring at 3-under par. 

BUCKEYE RESULTS

T-3rd Team 293-298-591 (+15)

T-11th – Aneka Seumanutafa 73-75-148 (+4)

T-11th – Lauren Peter 71-77-148 (+4)

T-17th – Adeena Shears 74-75-149 (+5)

T-21st – Niki Schroeder 75-75-150 (+6)

T-23rd – Skylar Thompson 77-74-151 (+7)

T-40th – Alanis Sakuma (Ind.) 76-77-153 (+9)

T-40th – Sofia Seldemirova (Ind.) 77-76-153 (+9)

T-47th – Yukie Sasaki 80-74-154 (+10)

T-63rd – Alex Wright (Ind.) 85-74-159 (+15)

Final-round play begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

Freshman Davis Tied for 12th At Boilermaker Invitational

Tournament: Boilermaker Invitational

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Course: Kampen Golf Course

Indiana team standing: 13th/15 teams; 589 (292-297; +13)

Top Indiana individual: Mitch Davis (T12th) – 141 (72-69; -3)

Live Scoring: Golfstat.com

TAP-INS

  • Freshman Mitch Davis, who is competing as an individual, had the best day of all the IU golfers on Saturday. He opened with a 72 and then followed that up with a 69 – his best score of the season.
  • In his first round, Davis double bogeyed his second hole but played the final 16 holes in 2-under par. Then in round two, he had five birdies and one double bogey on his card.
  • Junior Brock Ochsenreiter is tied for 22nd at 1-under par after rounds of 72 and 71. After his opening round that featured four birdies and three bogeys, he was able to rebound after a triple bogey with three straight birdies on holes six, seven and eight.
  • Senior Jake Brown is in a tie for 42nd at 2-over par after his scores of 74 and 72 on Saturday. His 27 pars are tied for the fourth-most in the field through 36 holes.
  • Junior Evan Gaesser opened with a 72 and then tallied a 77 in round two to tie for 58th at 5-over par.
  • Freshman Harry Reynolds opened with a 75 and followed it up with a 78 to sit in a tie for 71st.
  • Sophomore Ethan Shepherd is in a tie for 82nd after scores of 79 and 76 on day one.

T22      Brock Ochsenreiter     71        72                    143 (-1)

T42      Jake Brown                  74        72                    146 (+2)

T58      Evan Gaesser              72        77                    149 (+5)

T71      Harry Reynolds            75        78                    153 (+9)

T82      Ethan Shepherd           79        76                    155 (+11)

T12      Mitch Davis*               72        69                    141 (-3)

10th      Indiana                        292      297                  589 (+13)

UP NEXT

  • Round three begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, however that could change as inclement weather is in the forecast for overnight into Sunday and during the day on Sunday.

 

INDY ELEVEN MATCH PREVIEW: Indy Eleven Travel West To Take On Swope Park Rangers

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Indy Eleven Gameday & Match Preview
Indy Eleven at Swope Park Rangers – #SPRvIND
Monday, April 15, 2019 – 8:00 P.M. ET

Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kansas

WEEK 7 | ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Coming off a two-week break, the Boys in Blue take to the road to face Swope Park Rangers on Monday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting between the sides is the first of two matchups in the 2019 USL Championship season, with the return trip to Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19 set to close both squads’ regular season campaigns.

“Swope Park Rangers is a part of Sporting Kansas’ club, so they have quite an interesting history,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “They done well and produced a lot of players for their first team, which I think is a big part of their philosophy. It’s always tricky to know what players you might play against, but we have a good idea of their style and we know that it’s going to be a good game – it’s one that we’re looking forward to.”

Indy Eleven (2W-1L-0D) travel to Kansas City (Kansas, for the record) after back-to-back byes in Week 5 and Week 6, with #SPRvIND technically kicking off Week 7 action. The Boys in Blue defeated Hartford Athletic 1-0 in their most recent match all the way back on March 30. Forwards Dane Kelly and Thomas Enevoldsen nearly netted the opening goal on multiple occasions, but an own goal in the 40th minute from Hartford’s Nikolaj Lyngø ultimately handed Indiana’s Team three points on the evening. Goalkeeper Evan Newton recorded his first clean sheet of the season after strong defensive performances from Alex Crognale, Paddy Barret and Neveal Hackshaw allowed only two on-frame shots. Defender Ayoze Garcia earned a spot in USL Championship’s Team of the Week for Week 4 after a standout performance in his season debut against Hartford.

Swope Park Rangers (0W-2L-1D) enter Week 7 after surrendering a 3-1 lead at home to Bethlehem Steel FC in the final 17 minutes of the match last Saturday. An own goal by Rangers’ Mark Segbers saw the sides draw level before a 93rd minute match winner found its way into the back of Swope’s goal, resulting in a shock 3-4 defeat. Those four goals allowed brought Swope Park’s concessions on the season to nine, tied for the second most in the Eastern Conference heading into weekend play. The Kansas City side is on the better half of the scoring chart, netting six times in the first three games of the season. Jerome Ngom Mbekeli leads Swope in scoring having found the back of the net twice in three appearances. Despite netting often, the side is still figuring out the back third as they chase a first clean sheet of 2019. A different ‘keeper has appeared in each of the last three fixtures, but none have been able to keep their net empty through 90 minutes.

“They’re a dangerous team that attacks a lot, but they also do give up chances” Rennie said. “One of the difficult things for them is that their lineup changes a lot. That’s also difficult for the team preparing to play them because they won’t always know who’s going to play. Those are all small factors, but the biggest factor for us is focusing how we play and doing it well.”

Indy forwards Kelly and Enevoldsen will aim to harass Swope Park’s backline throughout the fixture as the pair looks to raise their respective goal scoring tallies. It will be up to Newton to command his backline as he aims to collect his second clean sheet of the season against a strong Swope front third.

INDY ELEVEN PLAYER TO WATCH: DF AYOZE

Ayoze made his first start and appearance of the 2019 season in the club’s home opener against Hartford Athletic. The 33-year-old, now in his 17th year as a professional, recorded a full 90 minutes against Hartford and displayed class up and down the left sideline that earned him a Team of the Week nod.

The Spaniard created four chances throughout the game, one of which led to the own goal that handed the Boys in Blue the 1-0 victory. Ayoze’s inventive play down the left flank reminded fans why the winger was named to the 2018 All-League Second Team in his first season with Indiana’s Team. Against a defense that has been porous early on, expect to find the native of Puerto de la Cruz, Spain creating havoc down the Swope Park flanks come Monday night.

SWOPE PARK RANGERS PLAYER TO WATCH: MF JEROME NGOM MBEKELI

Two players of Swope Park Rangers’ 24-man squad have started and played every minute of the first three games – midfielder Jerome Ngom Mbekeli is one of them. The native of Cameroon made his presence felt by notching a brace in Swope’s and Mbekeli’s third match.

The two goals scored against Bethlehem Steel were the first two of the season for the 20-year-old midfielder – and quickly landed him at the top of the Swope Park goal scoring chart. Despite his goal scoring ability, the MFK Vyskov loanee has struggled to move the ball; on average, he’s completed just over half of this passes while adjusting to life in Kansas City (which, when you’re coming from the Czech third division, we imagine takes more time than usual).

MATCHUP TO MARK: INDY ELEVEN OFFENSE VS. SWOPE PARK RANGERS DEFENSE

One of the highlights of Indy Eleven’s offseason moves was the number of skilled forwards Coach Rennie brought into his squad. The additions of Kelly, Enevoldsen, Ilija Illic, and youngsters Alioune Diakhate and Josh Penn added dangerous firepower to Indy’s final third.

On Monday night, that group of forwards will have the chance to display their explosiveness against a struggling Swope Park Rangers defense. Rangers’ trio of rotating keepers have faced a combined 49 shots, 27 of which have been on target. The Kansas City side has also fielded a different backline in the first three matches of the 2019 season, in addition to fielding a different goalkeeper.

The constant turnover in Swope’s defensive positions has led to 39 shots allowed inside the team’s 18-yard box in three matches, a statistic Indy forwards will surely salivate over as each of the five Boys in Blue goals scored in 2019 have come from inside the opposition’s penalty area. Swope has also struggled defending set pieces, allowing three goals from dead ball scenarios. Odds of a goal from a set piece bode well for Indiana’s Team, who have converted two goals from corner kicks in three games.

Just because you’re not traveling with the team doesn’t mean you should miss any of the action. All USL Championship 2019 regular season matches are available at your fingertips on ESPN+.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- APRIL 14, 1965

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics, forced tonight to put on one of their strongest battles in years, just managed to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-109, and win the Eastern Division championship of the National Basketball Association for the ninth straight season. There was nothing easy to the triumph before the 13,909 fans who filled the Boston Garden for the seventh and deciding game of the playoff finals. Each team botched up a routine toss-in from out of bounds during the last five seconds of play. The failure by the 76ers was the more costly of the bad plays.
As a result, Coach Red Auerbach’s Celtics will be going after their seventh consecutive league title when they meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the N.B.A. final playoffs here.
It was a wild finish tonight. With the score at 110-107 and the Celtics apparently assured of victory-only five seconds remained-Wilt Chamberlain easily made a layup as all the Celtics stepped out of his way to make sure they didn’t foul the big man. This made the count 110-109, Boston. Then Bill Russell tossed the ball inbounds over Chamberlain’s out-stretched hands. But the ball hit the guidewire supporting the backboard and the 76ers were given the ball out of bounds. Now they had one last chance for a winning shot. Hal Greer stepped out of bounds and tossed in toward Chet Walker 30 feet away. John Havlicek of the Celtics rushed between Walker and the ball, slapped it down, took it over and the crowd went wild. Havlicek tossed the ball high in the air, and the Celtics were carried off along with Auerbach on the shoulders of happy fans storming the court. Boston had won the series, 4 games to 3.
It was a particularly sad moment for Chamberlain, the league’s leading scorer, who has failed to pace a team to an N.B.A. title in six great years of professional basketball. He worked hard tonight, possibly harder than he did in any of the three victories the 76ers gained in this series. Sam Jones, the fancy shooter from outside, made 37 points. Havlicek, the Buckeye from Ohio State, got 26 and that important steal late in the game. Chamberlain managed to get 32 rebounds to 29 for Russell tonight, but Russell was credited with a most unusual nine assists. Chamberlain made 30 points, Russell 15.
The raspy radio call “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” by the Boston Celtics’ announcer Johnny Most became one of the most famous sports broadcasts of all time. The Celtics went on to defeat the Lakers and win their seventh of eight consecutive titles.

ALSO

1917 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte no-hits Saint Louis Browns, 11-0.

1921 – NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto Saint Patricks in two games.

1928 – NHL Stanley Cup: New York Rangers beat Montréal Maroons, 3 games to 2.

1931 – NHL Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 3 games to 2.

1946 – Manager Mel Ott of New York Giants hits 511th and final homerun.

1948 – Stanley Cup: NHL Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in four games.

1955 – NHL Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3.

1957 – Leah Neuberger wins her 8th women’s singles ping pong championship.

1957 – Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open.

1960 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in four games.

1964 – Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk.

1967 – Boston Red Sox rookie Billy Rohome comes within one strike of a no hitter at Yankee Stadium, Elston Howard singles on a 3-2 pitch.

1968 – First NBA game at Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks beat San Diego Clippers.

1968 – 32nd Golf Masters Championship: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277.

1968 – Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O’Sullivan Golf Open.

1968 – Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card.

1969 – The first Major League Baseball regular season game is played outside the United States, in Montréal, Québec, Canada, as the Montreal Expos play the Saint Louis Cardinals at Jarry Park. The Expos win 8-7.

1974 – 38th Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 278.

1983 – New York Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a period versus New York Rangers.

1983 – North Carolina State beats Houston for NCAA basketball title.

1985 – 49th Golf Masters Championship: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 282.

1985 – Ahmed Salah wins first World Cup marathon (2:08:09).

1985 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic.

1985 – Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Washington Capitals first playoff penalty shot.

1988 – New Jersey Devils 6-5 over New York Islanders-Devils take first round 4-2.

1991 – 55th Golf Masters Championship: Ian Woosnam wins, shooting a 277.

1991 – Chicago Blackhawks becomes first NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in first round of the playoffs (to Minnesota North Stars).

1994 – New Jersey Devils end best regular season, 47-25-12 record for 106 points.

1995 – India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah.

1995 – Rosie Jones wins LPGA Pinewild Women’s Golf Championship.

1996 – 60th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 276.

1996 – Detroit Red Wings win NHL record 62 games.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1908      Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss offers Honus Wagner a contract with a proposed a salary of $6,000. The third baseman, who won his second consecutive NL batting crown last season, will eventually signed for $10,000, twice the amount of his previous pay, to become the first major leaguer to make a five-figure salary.

1910      At American League Park in Washington, D.C., William Taft becomes the first president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Chief Executive stays to see a great game when Senator legend Walter Johnson one-hits the A’s in the season opener, 3-0.

1911      Shortly after midnight, a tremendous fire breaks out, destroying much of the Polo Grounds, leaving the Giants without a place to play. The Highlanders invite the McGraw men to share Hilltop Park, an offer the displaced National League team accepts for six weeks until temporary stands are completed at their damaged ballpark.

1915      Herb Pennock’s bid to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day is spoiled when he gives up a scratch hit to Harry Hooper with two outs in the ninth inning. The A’s southpaw retires the next batter, preserving his 2-0 shutout of Boston at Shibe Park.

1917      White Sox hurler Eddie Cicotte, who will become better known as one of the eight players made permanently ineligible for professional baseball due to his alleged participation in the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series, no-hits the Browns, 11-0. The 33 year-old Michigan native, called Knuckles by his teammates, will finish the season with a 28-12 record along with a 1.53 ERA, leading the league in victories and earned run average.

1925      The Indians start the season drubbing the Browns, 21-4, to establish the major league mark for the most runs scored by one club on Opening Day. Cleveland tallies 12 times in the eighth inning with the help of five St. Louis errors.

1925      WGN broadcasts the first fully-live regular season baseball game, detailing Grover Alexander and the Cubs’ defeat of the Pirates on a chilly Opening Day, 8-2. Quin Ryan is behind the microphone doing play-by-play from a perch on the Wrigley Field roof.

1930      President Herbert Hoover, continuing the tradition started by William Taft in 1910, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox edge the hometown Senators, 4-3. The Chief Executive, who is historically thought to be a southpaw, will do the honors right-handed six times during his one term in the White House, all four Opening Days at Washington’s Griffith Stadium and two World Series games played at Shibe Park in the 1929 and 1930 Fall Classics.

1931      At Braves Field, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest pitcher to start an Opening Day game. The 47 year-old Robin right-hander gives up six runs on nine runs in six innings of work, taking the loss when Brooklyn bows to Boston, 7-4.

1936      At Sportsman’s Park, Eddie Morgan, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the Cardinals’ 12-7 loss to Chicago, hits a home run in his first major league first at-bat. The round-tripper will be the 21 year-old rookie’s only career homer during his brief stint with St. Louis and Brooklyn.

1949      Bobo Newsom signs as a free agent with the Senators. The 41 year-old right-hander, who will not appear with the club until the 1952 season, becomes the first major leaguer to join the same team on five different occasions (1935-37, ’42, ’43, ’46-47, ’52).

1953      In their first game ever played in Milwaukee, the transplanted Braves beat the Cardinals at County Stadium, 3-2, thanks to Billy Bruton’s walkoff home run off Gerry Staley in the tenth inning. The 27 year-old rookie centerfielder will not hit another home run this season.

1953      Bob Lemon almost throws an Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox, but the attempt is spoiled by Minnie Minoso’s first inning single. The Indians’ hurler almost loses his shutout when fleet footed outfielder Jim Rivera walks, steals second, and goes to third on a grounder, but is thrown out trying to steal home.

1955      Elston Howard, who will be named the American League’s MVP in 1963, becomes the first black to play for the Yankees. The former Monarchs’ catcher will appear in nine All-Star Games and 54 World Series games, compiling a .274 batting average during his 14-year playing career.

1960      Andre Rodgers becomes the first Bahamian to play in the major leagues when he grounds into a 6-4 force play facing Bob Friend in the top of the second inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The 22 year-old shortstop’s roommate and fellow Caribbean, Valmy Thomas, entering the game in the sixth to replace catcher Wes Westrum, also becomes the first native of the Virgin Islands to play in a big league game.

1961      Frank Lary tosses a one-hitter on Opening Day, beating the White Sox at Tiger Stadium, 7-0. Chicago’s lone hit comes in the fifth inning when Jim Landis singles off the glove of shortstop Chico Fernandez.

1965      Willie Mays hits his 455th career home run, a third-inning two-run shot to left field off future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, in the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The round-tripper surpasses Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle’s current total, a lead the Say Hey Kid will not again relinquish to his rival center fielder.

1967      In the home opener at Yankee Stadium, southpaw Billy Rohr, making his major league debut, is one out from pitching a no-hitter when Elston Howard singles on a 3-2 pitch, ruining the 21 year-old rookie’s shot at immortality. A heartbroken six year-old fan sitting near the Boston dugout named John has to be consoled by his mother, Jackie Kennedy, although his beloved Red Sox beat the Bronx Bombers, 3-0.

1968      Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to collect a thousand strikeouts in both leagues when he whiffs eight Dodgers during his first win for the Pirates, a 3-0 complete-game victory in Chavez Ravine. The 37 year-old right-hander, acquired from the Phillies in December, sent 1,406 American League batters back to the bench with a bat in their hands for nine seasons while pitching for the Tigers at the start of his Hall of Fame career.

1969      In the first regular season game played outside the United States, the Expos play their first home game, treating 29,184 fans at Jarry Park to an 8-7 win over St. Louis. Montreal moundsman Larry Jaster throws baseball’s first international pitch to Cardinal left fielder Lou Brock.

1976      On the north side of Chicago, Dave Kingman launches a homer down the left field line that hits a house 530 feet from home plate. The Cubs, as well as the home, survive the right-fielder’s blast, defeating the Mets in the Wrigley Field contest, 6-5.

1978      The largest Opening Day crowd ever, 45,777, attends the Wrigley Field opener against Pittsburgh. Although the team gives up an early 3-0 lead, the hometown fans will not go home disappointed when Larry Biittner, leading off in the bottom of the ninth inning, homers giving the Cubs a 4-3 walk-off victory.

1982      At Watt Powell Park, the home of the International League’s Charleston Charlies, Toledo’s Randy Bush hits a home run that travels over 200 miles. The Mudhens’ utility player, not known for his power, hits a ball over the right field wall that lands on a moving coal train.

1990      Cal Ripken begins a streak which leads to the major league record for the most errorless games [95] and total chances [431] by a shortstop. At the end of June, the O’s infielder appeared to have made an error before the record was set, but official scorer Bill Steka changed his mind the next day, deciding to give Birds’ center fielder Mike Devereaux the error instead.

1993      After establishing the all-time career major league record last night with his 358th save, Cardinal reliever Lee Smith breaks the National League mark, recording his 301st in the Senior Circuit when he tosses a perfect 15th frame in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The right-handed reliever will extend the big league mark to 478, pitching for the Cubs (1980-1987), Red Sox (1988-1990), Cardinals (1990-1993), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995-1996), Reds (1996), and Expos (1997).

1998      Diamondback third baseman Matt Williams knots the score at 4-4 when he hits the first-ever grand slam in franchise History. The fourth-inning blast off southpaw Kent Mercker proves to be of little consequence in the expansion team’s 15-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Our thanks to M. Blake for suggesting this entry.)

1999      Tampa Bays’ designated hitter Jose Canseco becomes the 28th player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he takes Kelvim Escobar deep down the left-field line in the top of the third inning in the Devil Rays’ 7-6 loss to Toronto at the SkyDome. The controversial slugger will finish his 17-year career in 2001 with 462 round-trippers.

2001      The Reds beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 1-0, to set the modern National League mark for not being shut out by an opponent, scoring in their 175th consecutive game. Ironically, the record-breaking contest comes against the last team and pitcher to blank the franchise, a 5-0 defeat at Cinergy Field in a playoff game to determine the NL Wild Card.

2001      A total of eleven one-run games (six in AL and five in NL) breaks a 1967 record set on May 30 when there were a combined 10 one-run contests in the major leagues.

2002      Mascots from all the major league teams as well as Sandy the Seagull, of the near-by farm team Brooklyn Cyclones, attend a birthday party held for Mr. Met at Shea Stadium. The Amazins’ 38 year-old bobble-headed good luck charm, believed to be the first live mascot in big league history, appeared in the flesh, so to speak, in 1964 after being an illustration on the cover of scorecards the season before.

2004      Joining Johnny Lucadello (1940 Browns), U.L. Washington (1979 Royals), Bret Barberie (1991 Expos), and Brian Simmons (1998 White Sox), Aaron Miles becomes the fifth player in history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. In a 14-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, the Rockies’ switch-hitting second baseman hits a solo homer in the first inning batting lefty off Elmer Dessens and then goes deep in the fifth inning with two on as a right-handed batter off southpaw Stephen Randolph.

2004      In the game played after teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th career victory, Kevin Brown, who was obtained from the Dodgers for Jeff Weaver and two minor-leaguers in an off-season trade, reaches the same plateau, beating the Devil Rays, 5-1. It is the first time in baseball history members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th career victory in consecutive starts.

2006      At the Mets Team Store beginning today through the April 17 tax deadline, fans can have their taxes done for free by Gilman Ciocia. The Shea TAX-TEAM will also prepare an automatic extension for those who are not ready to file.

2017      Hank Aaron, who also did the traditional toss for the Braves in the first and last contests at Turner Field, throws the ceremonial first pitch, with former long-time team manager Bobby Cox serving as the catcher, prior to the inaugural game at SunTrust Park. Atlanta’s center fielder Ender Inciarte records the first out, first hit, first run, and first home run in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Padres at the new ballpark.

2017      The first time in baseball history that a team starts three fly-chasers with the same surname in the same game occurs when left fielder Willy Garcia, center fielder Leury Garcia, and right fielder Avisail Garciaare appear in the Twins’ lineup at Target Field. In the 1960’s, the three Alou brothers, Felipe, Jesus, and Matty, patrolled the same outfield on three occasions, but the trio of siblings never started the contest at the same time.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

  • 1870 – Birth of Syd Gregory; cricket player (Australian batsman in 58 Tests 1890-1912).
  • 1876 – Birth of Murray Bisset; cricket player (South African wicket-keeper 1899 and 1910).
  • 1892 – Birth of Giorgio Cesana in Italy; coxswain, (Olympics-gold-1906).
  • 1901 – Birth of Alfred West; champion cyclist/record hair splitter (17 splits).
  • 1904 – Birth of Lionel Birkett; cricket player (West Indies vice-captain on Australian tour 1930-31).
  • 1905 – Birth of Holmesdale Charles “Slinger” Nitschke; cricket batsman (South Australia and Test).
  • 1916 – Birth of Commandur Rajagopalachari Rangachari; cricket player (India 1947-48).
  • 1925 – Birth of H G Kischenchand; cricket player (5 Tests for India 1947-52).
  • 1934 – Birth of Bruce Pairaudeau; cricket player (West Indies opening bat in 13 Tests, 115 on debut).
  • 1936 – Birth of Robert Herman Nichols in Louisville, Kentucky, USA; PGA golfer (1986 Showdown).
  • 1941 – Birth of Pete Rose in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; baseball player/manager (Cincinnati Reds, Charlie hustle, most hits in majors).
  • 1945 – Birth of Uwe Beyer; German Democratic Republic shot-putter (Olympics-gold-1976).
  • 1947 – Birth of Bob Massie; cricket player (Australian swing bowler, 16 wickets on debut versus England 1972).
  • 1958 – Birth of Michael Patrick Hulbert in Elmira, New York, USA; PGA golfer (1989 British Columbia Open).
  • 1960 – Birth of Pat Symcox; cricket player (South African off-spinner 1993-).
  • 1962 – Birth of James Carpenter in Canton, Connecticut, USA; fencer-epee (Olympics-1996).
  • 1963 – Birth of Cynthia Cooper; WNBA guard (Houston Comets/Olympics-gold-1988).
  • 1963 – Birth of Meg Mallon in Natick, Massachusetts, USA; LPGA golfer (1991 US Women’s Open).
  • 1964 – Birth of Allen James in Sacramento, California, USA; 50km walker (Olympics-24th-1992, 1996).
  • 1964 – Birth of Greg Battle; Canadian Football League linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers).
  • 1965 – Birth of Craig McDermott; cricket pace bowler (tireless Australian since 1984).
  • 1965 – Birth of Stan Humphries; NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers).
  • 1966 – Birth of David Justice; baseball player (Atlanta Braves) / husband of Halle Barry.
  • 1966 – Birth of Greg Maddux in San Angelo, Texas, USA; pitcher (Atlanta Braves).
  • 1966 – Birth of Greg Myers in Riverside, California, USA; catcher (Minnesota Twins).
  • 1966 – Birth of Ricky Andrews; WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire).
  • 1967 – Birth of Jeff Finley in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets).
  • 1967 – Birth of Steve Chiasson in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames).
  • 1968 – Birth of Andrew Trim in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; canoeist (Olympics-1996).
  • 1968 – Birth of Jesse Levis in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA; catcher (Milwaukee Brewers).
  • 1969 – Birth of Brad Ausmus in New Haven, Connecticut, USA; catcher (Detroit Tigers).
  • 1969 – Birth of Brad Pennington in Salem, Indiana, USA; pitcher (California Angels).
  • 1969 – Birth of David Archibald in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada; NHL center (Ottawa Senators).
  • 1969 – Birth of Mark Macon; NBA guard (Detroit Pistons).
  • 1969 – Birth of Tim Roberts; NFL defensive end (New England Patriots).
  • 1970 – Birth of Brian Stablein; NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts).
  • 1970 – Birth of Steve Avery in Trenton, Michigan, USA; pitcher (Atlanta Braves).
  • 1971 – Birth of Antonio London; NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions).
  • 1971 – Birth of Gregory Zaun in Glendale, California, USA; catcher (Baltimore Orioles).
  • 1972 – Birth of Jason Mallett; Canadian Football League safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders).
  • 1972 – Birth of Zev Lumelski; WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals).
  • 1974 – Birth of Mike Allen Lambert in Honolulu, Hawaii; volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-1996).
  • 1975 – Birth of Petra Begerow in Germany; tennis star (1996 quarter Hilton Head).
  • 1976 – Birth of Baedon Choppy; Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-1996).
  • 1976 – Birth of Jason Wiemer Kimberley; NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning).
  • 1984 – Birth of Kyle Coetzer, Scottish cricket player.