HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA

Richmond at Pendleton Heights postponed

Westfield 12 Kokomo 3

Harrison 2 Kankakee Valley 1

Northeastern 7 Eastern Hancock 0…KNIGHTS: Quantrell Gammon went 6 and 1/3 innings giving up no runs on only 4 hits while striking out 14. The Knights pounded out 12 total hits with Tanner Wilson going 3-4 all three hits being doubles. Justin Bane had two hits and two RBI’s, Seth Middleton added two hits and one RBI, and adding one hit each was Damian Esquivel, Cade Bray, Zack Jaykoski (1 RBI), Ben Deitsch, and Griffin Bry. Gammon also added a double. Ben Deitsch had three RBI’s.

Hagerstown 5 Knightstown 2…TIGERS: Dom Anderson 3 – 4 RBI, Cody Swimm 2 – 2 3R, Collin Romack RBI, WP Brady McMillan 7.0 IP 5H, 2R 1ER 7K 0BB

Union County 7 National Trail 2: PATRIOTS: Alex Van Winkle 2 – 4 2 RBI 2R, Mook Shepler 2 RBI, Nate Webb 2 – 3 2R, Mason Wicker 2 – 3 RBI

South Adams 11 Monroe Central 7

Greensburg 11 Connersville 1

Franklin County 3 Rushville 2

South Dearborn 9 Batesville 2

Lawrenceburg 9 East Central 6

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Harrison 11 Carmel 2

Union County 8 Centerville 3

Knightstown 6 Tri 3

Lincoln 11 Franklin County 8 Golden Eagles: Emmie Pugh 3 – 4 4 RBI 2R, Kaleigh Lamb 2 – 5 2 RBI 2R, Jaela Patton 2 – 5 RBI, Kaylee Gabbard RBI, Kylee Smith RBI

Connersville 14 Batesville 4

East Central 6 Greensburg 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS SECTIONAL DRAW

  1. Connersville (4)

M1: Union County vs. Rushville Consolidated.

M2: Connersville vs. Franklin County.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

 

  1. New Castle (5)

M1: Knightstown vs. Tri.

M2: Shenandoah vs. New Castle.

M3: Blue River Valley vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

 

  1. Richmond (6)

M1: Northeastern vs. Richmond.

M2: Seton Catholic vs. Hagerstown.

M3: Centerville vs. M1 winner.

M4: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

 

TEC GIRLS TENNIS

Centerville 4 Lincoln 1

#1 Singles: Rachel Merida: Lincoln HS

#2 Singles: Addie Walther: Centerville

#3 Singles: Morgan Guenther: Centerville

#1 Doubles: Sidne Thompson-Bailey Miller Centerville

#2 Doubles: Rieigh Marshall-Lexi King Centerville

Congratulations to Centerville, Winner of the Regular Season and the TEC Tournament.

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF

Union County 168 Randolph Southern 269

UNION COUNTY: Tyler Osborne 38, Cody Peters 40, Cameron Woods 41 Nick Orr 49, Luke Yamashiro 50

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN: Tate Kenworthy 66, Landon Saylor 67, Jake Ridgway 67, Noah Patterson 69 Lucas Perry 70

Union County is now 11 – 0 overall

 

PLACE POINTS
Harrison 1st 316
Logansport High School 2nd 319
Muncie Central High School 3rd 330
McCutcheon High School 4th 332
Lafayette Jefferson High School 5th 362
Kokomo High School 6th 367
Richmond High School 7th 367
Anderson High School 8th 439
Marion High School 9th 500
Richmond struggles on the greens to finish 7th at the NCC Championship Monday at Pebble Brook CC.

Jake Miller earned All-Conference for a 4th straight year as he finished with an 80.

Miller was followed up by Freshman Alex Brown (89), Nathan Steele (99), Jack Weber (99), and Andrew Click (103) for a team score of 367.

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL NEWS

Union City 5th Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Wood Bat Baseball Invitational

Champion: Mississinawa Valley—–Runner-ups: Union City

All Tourney Team

Trent Collins Senior Mississinawa Valley

Ethan Dirksen Senior Mississinawa Valley

Kyler Guillozet Senior Mississinawa Valley

Cameron Shimp Junior Mississinawa Valley

Cameron Luster Senior Union City

Jacob Curry Senior Union City

Hunter Reagan Sophomore Union City

Tanner Johnson Sophomore Southern Wells

Evan Reynolds Freshman Southern Wells

MVP of Tourney

Zac Longfellow Junior Mississinawa Valley

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL NEWS

Union City 3rd Annual Dylan Williams Memorial Softball Invitational

Champion: Randolph Southern—Runner-ups: Union City

All Tourney Team

Hailey McDavid Junior Randolph Southern

Sarah Wissel Senior Randolph Southern

Libby Dalzell Sophomore Randolph Southern

Haylee Pennington Sophomore Randolph Southern

Katie Reichard Sophomore Union City

Jodi Carpenter Sophomore Union City

Skylie Lutz Freshman Union City

Taylor Collins Sophomore Mississinawa Valley

Gabby Rammel Sophomore Mississinawa Valley

MVP of Tourney

Hailey McDavid Senior Randolph Southern

 

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS

4A

1 Crown Point

2 Center Grove

3 Mishawaka

4 Columbus North

5 Columbus East

6 Castle

7 Bloomington North

7 Penn

9 New Albany

10 Jasper

RECEIVING VOTES: Carmel, DeKalb, Fort Wayne Northrup, Homestead, Jeffersonville, Lake Central, McCutcheon, Richmond.

 

3A

1 Andrean

2 Crawfordsville

3 Edgewood

4 West Vigo

5 Guerin Catholic

6 Benton Central

7 New Prairie

8 Western

9 Silver Creek

10 Leo

RECEIVING VOTES: Frankfort, Griffith, Indian Creek, Providence, South Bend St. Joseph, Twin Lakes

 

2A

1 Hagerstown

2 Alexandria

3 Lafayette Central Catholic

4 Monroe Central

5 Linton Stockton

6 South Adams

7 Lewis Cass

8 Wapahani

9 Wabash

10 Southridge

RECEIVING VOTES: Clinton Prairie, Delphi, LaVille, North Posey, South Vermillion, Union County, Westview.

 

1A

1 Rossville

2 Barr Reeve

3 Rising Sun

4 Washington Township

5 Hauser

6 Riverton Parke

7 South Central– Union Mills

8 Covington

9 Southwestern – Shelbyville

10 Tecumseh

RECEIVING VOTES: Daleville, Loogootee, Oldenburg Academy, Shoals.

 

INDIANA GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD POLL

1 North Central

2 Warren Central

3 Hamilton Southeastern

4 Brebeuf

5 Homestead

6 Lake Central

7 Center Grove

8 Pike

9 Zionsville

10 Brownsburg

11 Noblesville

12 Fort Wayne Carroll

13 Carmel

14 Fort Wayne Northrup

15 West Lafayette

16 Chatard

17 Ben Davis

18 Whiteland

19 Lawrence Central

20 Pendleton Heights

 

INDIANA BOYS TRACK AND FIELD POLL

1 North Central

2 Pike

3 Fishers

4 Warren Central

5 Portage

6 Ben Davis

7 Cathedral

8 Brownsburg

9 Crown Point

10 Evansville Central

11 Hamilton Southeastern

12 Lawrence Central

13 Fort Wayne Carroll

14 Kokomo

15 Merrillville

16 Carmel

17 Franklin Central

18 Avon

19 Fort Wayne Snider

20 Zionsville

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL TOP 25

1 UCLA 41 – 8

2 Vanderbilt 40 – 10

3 Stanford 37 – 9

4 Arkansas 39 – 13

5 Mississippi State 42 – 10

6 Georgia 39 – 14

7 East Carolina 39 – 12

8 Georgia Tech 35 – 15

9 Texas Tech 34 – 14

10 Louisville 40 – 12

11 Oregon State 33 – 15 – 1

12 UC Santa Barbara 40 – 7

13 North Carolina State 39 – 14

14 Miami 36 – 15

15 Baylor 32 – 13

16 Oklahoma State 30 – 17

17 Ole Miss 30 – 20

18 Texas A&M 34 – 18 – 1

19 West Virginia 31 – 18

20 North Carolina 36 – 15

21 Missouri 34 – 18 – 1

22 Louisiana State 31 – 21

23 Dallas Baptist 36 – 15

24 BYU 33 – 14

25 Fresno State 32 – 14 – 1

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 4 San Jose 2

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Baltimore at NY Yankees postponed

Houston 8 Detroit 1

LA Angels 5 Minnesota 4

Chicago White Sox 5 Cleveland 2

Seattle 6 Oakland 5 (10)

Philadelphia 7 Milwaukee 4

Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 3

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Great Lakes 3 Dayton 2

Lake County 4 Fort Wayne 3

South Bend 3 Bowling Green 0

 

Warriors Durant, Cousins may miss Western Conference Finals

Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins won’t necessarily return from injuries in time to play for the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Durant is likely to miss at least the first two games of the best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Coach Steve Kerr said after practice Monday a more extensive update on Durant’s status would come Thursday once his calf injury is re-evaluated.

Reserve Portland guard Rodney Hood was listed as questionable for Game 1. The team said Monday an MRI exam showed a bone bruise from the third quarter of a 100-96 Game 7 win Sunday at Denver to clinch the West semifinals. Hood, who had to be helped off the court, has contributed key minutes off the bench to help Portland reach its first conference final since 2000.

Durant, the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP leading all postseason scorers, strained his right calf during the third quarter of Game 5 against the Rockets last Wednesday and didn’t travel to Houston for the Warriors’ Game 6 clincher.

“Everyone needs to slow down a little bit on the Kevin stuff. He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet,” Kerr said. “We’ve tried to remain somewhat vague because the injury is really sort of open-ended in terms of how long he’s going to need to recover. But I think in doing so people have gotten the idea that he’s going to come back and be Willis Reed or something. He hasn’t even stepped on the floor yet, he still has pain. There’s time ahead of him on the rehab process.”

Andrew Bogut started in Durant’s place Friday at Houston.

Cousins tore his left quadriceps muscle in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers, just his second career playoff game. He has been running and doing agility work on the court as part of his rehab and shooting in the past week but hasn’t done any scrimmaging.

 

Leap of faith: Cavs sign Michigan’s Beilein to 5-year deal

The Cavaliers went back to college to get a coach.

John Beilein has left Michigan following a successful 12-year run and will take his shot in the NBA, signing a five-year contract with Cleveland on Monday.

The 66-year-old Beilein wasn’t thought to be on the team’s radar, but the Cavs are confident he’s the right choice to continue their rebuild and get them back to relevance following a 19-63 season.

“John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “He has a unique ability to create an outstanding culture that will promote the development of young players and provide a solid structure to the entire program; not to mention the fact that John Beilein wins everywhere he goes.

“We are excited coach Beilein is joining our organization as we continue to build the foundation that any enterprise needs to be successful and competitive year in and year out.”

The deal with Beilein came together quickly in the past 24 hours and was finalized Sunday after the Cavs had spent the weekend in Denver interviewing several NBA assistants.

While Beilein lacks pro experience, he’s long been regarded as one of college hoops’ best minds and has shown an ability to develop young players. His hiring is a bit of a surprise since it was expected the Cavs would hire a younger coach for their growing team. Cleveland is expected to surround Beilein with an experienced staff.

“We could not be more thrilled to name John Beilein as the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” said owner Dan Gilbert, a Michigan State alum who plucked his new coach from his alma mater’s rival. “First, John is a great human being. He cares deeply about his players and others who work for him and around him. … John is a brilliant basketball mind and last but not least, John Beilein is a winner.”

The Cavs were able to lure Beilein away from Michigan, where he was the winningest coach in school history with a 278-150 record in 12 seasons. He had talks with the Detroit Pistons last year when they were in the market for a new coach, but Beilein said he was never offered that job.

Beilein called Cleveland’s job “the perfect fit for me.”

“With hard work and dedication by all of us, we will grow this team day by day and reinforce a culture of success that sustains itself with strong core values,” Beilein said. “Cleveland is a great city with amazing fans and I am really looking forward to calling Cleveland home for years to come.”

The Cavs are rebuilding following a stormy season that followed the departure of LeBron James. Cleveland fired coach Tyronn Lue after six games and then mutually parted ways with Larry Drew after the season.

 

76ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with Brown

Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He’ll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase.

The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand where they’ll discuss their plans for the offseason, and how Brown fits in for the future. ESPN reported Monday night Brown will return as coach next season.

Brown could have his most talented team yet.

But first, the agony of a postseason lingered for one more day at the Sixers complex.

The Sixers – who rebuilt their roster with two blockbuster trades – were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season.

Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history and Toronto struck its biggest dagger in the sports heart of Philadelphia since Joe Carter went deep for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series.

Joel Embiid walked off in tears, his girlfriend cradling the face of the crestfallen 7-footer.

Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick are headed into free agency, a max contract likely looming for Butler.

Brown’s return was the most crucial decision facing ownership, as Harris for the first time put public pressure on Brown to at least reach the East final. And at an impromptu press conference before the start of the playoffs, Harris refused to say if Brown would return and offered only a lukewarm endorsement of his performance.

“What he’s done for this organization is nothing short of remarkable,” Redick said Monday. “I would just say this in general, for any NBA team, when you think about a coach, and potentially replacing that coach, you have to consider what coaches are available. I don’t feel it necessary to defend Brett to anyone. I think his work speaks for itself.”

 

Blues defense fuels offense in 4-2 Game 2 win over Sharks

After the San Jose Sharks relied on a usual suspect to tie the game, the St. Louis Blues took back momentum with a tiebreaking goal from a most unlikely source.

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first career postseason goal late in the second period that helped the Blues overcome another big game from San Jose’s Logan Couture with a 4-2 victory over the Sharks on Monday night that tied the Western Conference final at one game apiece.

“It’s not really my game but it’s something that goes in the back of your mind,” said Bortuzzo, who had scored only 14 goals in 365 regular season and playoff games before breaking through against the Sharks.

“Jaden (Schwartz) will remember, I told him if I do score a playoff goal you’ll like the celebration. You never can plan what you’re going to do. It’s just a rush of emotion. It’s an intense game out there. That’s all it is, emotion coming to the surface.”

After the surprising goal, Bortuzzo pumped his fist, let out a yell, and held his arms out wide for the embrace from his appreciative teammates, who needed the momentum back in their favor after Couture scored twice in a span of less than two minutes to erase a 2-0 deficit for San Jose.

Schwartz, Vince Dunn and Oskar Sundqvist also scored and Jordan Binnington made 23 saves to send the Blues home for Game 3 on Wednesday night tied in the series.

“Pretty solid game tonight,” Binnington said. “We had a good start, we were disciplined. When they tied it up, we stayed composed. That’s really important, this time of year especially. We enjoyed the moment and competed hard until the end.”

Couture scored his goals in a span of 1:59, giving him an NHL-leading 13 this postseason but the Sharks couldn’t get anything else and lost their third straight Game 2 after winning the series opener. Martin Jones made 21 saves.

 

Judge: Kraft’s prosecutors cannot use massage parlor video

Prosecutors cannot use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case against him and others charged with soliciting prostitutes at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

In his 10-page ruling, Judge Leonard Hanser wrote that Jupiter police detectives and the judge who issued the search warrant allowing the secret installation of cameras at the spa did not do enough to minimize the invasion of privacy of customers who only received legal massages. Hanser also ruled that detectives cannot testify about what they saw on the video or when they stopped Kraft.

If upheld on appeal, Hanser’s ruling could lead to prosecutors dropping the second-degree misdemeanor cases against Kraft and other men charged with paying for sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Kraft, 77, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology.

“The fact that some totally innocent women and men had their entire lawful time spent in a massage room fully recorded and viewed intermittently by a detective-monitor is unacceptable,” Hanser wrote. He said the judge should have given the officers explicit instruction for how to monitor the video.

Kraft’s attorneys declined comment. Palm Beach County State Attorney spokesman Mike Edmondson said prosecutors were still reviewing the ruling but would appeal if they found a legal basis. The ruling is similar to one in a neighboring county, where a judge also suppressed video of men allegedly paying for massage parlor sex.

Kraft’s attorneys argued during a recent hearing aimed at throwing out the recordings that Florida law allowing audio wiretaps says they can only be used for serious felonies such as murder or kidnapping, not lesser offenses such as prostitution. They argued video, which is not specifically covered under Florida law, should have a higher threshold.

Hanser agreed, writing “video surveillance is even more invasive of privacy, just as a strip search is more invasive than a pat down search.”

Jupiter was part of a multicounty investigation of massage parlor prostitution and possible human trafficking that resulted in the arrests of about 300 men and the closure of 10 spas stretching 130 miles (210 kilometers) from Palm Beach to Orlando. The spa owners and some employees have been charged with felonies. Prosecutors have conceded they found no evidence of human trafficking at the Jupiter spa and no one has been charged with it elsewhere. Neither Kraft nor the 24 other men charged in the county were specifically targeted.

 

Broncos’ Flacco: It’s not my job to groom Lock

Joe Flacco says his job description doesn’t include grooming his successor, so he suggests rookie Drew Lock sit back and watch him work and ask plenty of questions – of offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.

“Listen, I have so many things to worry about. I’m trying to go out there and play good football. I’m trying to go out there and play the best football of my life,” Flacco said after the Broncos’ first day of organized team activities Monday, when he faced Denver’s defense for the first time since his acquisition from Baltimore.

“As far as a time constraint and all of that stuff, I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that,” Flacco said. “That is what it is. I hope he does it well. I don’t look at that as my job. My job is to go win football games for this football team.”

Coach Vic Fangio concurred, saying the onus is on the rookie.

“That’s on Drew to soak in and learn. Joe’s learning a new system himself,” Fangio said.

Flacco said before the draft that he didn’t want the Broncos to select a quarterback unless he was the unquestioned starter, and general manager John Elway made it clear that was the case when he took Lock with the 42nd overall pick in the second round.

Asked Monday what he thought of that selection, Flacco said, “Listen, I’ve told you guys how I felt about it. There really isn’t much more that needs to be said. I told you that it’s not really in my control.”

Pressed if Lock’s presence served as any sort of motivator, Flacco said, “I think I’ve talked about that before, too. That is probably along the lines of him being drafted, it’s one of those things. There is definitely little things that motivate you every year. At the same time, I have plenty of other things that have kept me motivated throughout my career and will continue to keep me motivated this year. That won’t be the single or the biggest thing.”

Flacco, who lost his starting job in Baltimore to first-round pick Lamar Jackson after getting hurt last season, said Lock needs to watch him do his thing and pepper Scangarello with any questions.

 

Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham dies at 72

Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham, who emigrated from postwar Germany as a child and then dedicated his life to football, has died after a brief illness. He was 72.

Cunningham’s wife, Rene, said in a statement that he died Saturday.

Cunningham spoke no English when his family arrived in the U.S., and he was ridiculed for both his accent and ancestry as a child. But he developed into a standout prep football player in California and earned a scholarship to play linebacker at Oregon.

He eventually coached the Ducks along with Arkansas, Stanford and California before spending time in the CFL. He arrived in the NFL as an assistant with the Colts in 1982, then worked with the Chargers and Raiders before making a name for himself with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He went 16-16 during two years as their head coach.

 

Eagles add QB Cody Kessler as another backup to Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Cody Kessler and brought back offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.

Kessler gives the Eagles insurance behind Carson Wentz along with third-year pro Nate Sudfeld and rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson. Former backup quarterback Nick Foles signed with the Jaguars in free agency after leading the Eagles to the playoffs the past two seasons following injuries to Wentz.

Kessler has thrown for 2,215 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions, and has a passer rating of 83.7 in 17 games over three seasons. He was 2-2 as a starter in Jacksonville last year and 0-8 with the Browns his rookie season in 2016.

Wisniewski enters his fourth season in Philadelphia and ninth in the NFL. He started 14 games at left guard when the Eagles won the Super Bowl two years ago.

 

Orange Bowl switched from Jan. 1 to Dec. 30 for primetime

This season’s Orange Bowl is moving to Dec. 30, with a prime-time kickoff, after originally being scheduled to be played the afternoon of New Year’s Day.

The Orange Bowl has traditionally been played at night, but the earlier kickoff was initially planned when it became part of the six-bowl rotation that hosts the College Football Playoff. The Orange Bowl will not be hosting a national semifinal this season. Had it stayed on Jan. 1, the Orange Bowl would have been competing against other traditional New Year’s Day games and kicked off around 1 p.m. EST.

The switch gives it an exclusive television window on Monday night, two days after the CFP semifinals are played on Dec. 28.

The Orange Bowl is the first college bowl game to be played at night, a tradition that started in 1965.

 

Astros extend win streak to 6 with 8-1 win over Tigers

The surging Houston Astros were too much for Matthew Boyd.

Aledmys Diaz, Robinson Chirinos, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman homered for Houston, and the Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Monday night, extending their winning streak to six games. Two of those homers came off Boyd, the Detroit lefty who is off to a fine start this season but lasted only four innings in his shortest start of the year.

“We made him really work,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “I looked up there in the third inning, he had 70 pitches. He got up into the upper 90s after four. We can do that to some pitching when we lock in the strike zone. We had a lot of foul balls.”

Brad Peacock (4-2) allowed a run and three hits in five innings for Houston, which has won nine of its last 10 games. Boyd (4-3) yielded three runs and five hits and threw 96 pitches.

“My stuff was working, but they have a really good approach,” said Boyd, who entered with a 2.86 ERA. “They are patient and they don’t chase, so you have to be in the zone against them.”

Houston got homers from its No. 6, 8 and 9 hitters before Bregman added his 13th of the year. The Astros scored three runs in a three-batter span in the second inning, then added two more in the seventh and three in the ninth.

“It’s nice to see production top to bottom,” leadoff hitter George Springer said. “They pick up the top of the lineup when the top of the lineup doesn’t do its job.”

Diaz hit a two-out solo shot to open the scoring in the second, and after a walk by Tyler White, Chirinos hit a two-run homer . Grayson Greiner hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Tigers to make it 3-1.

Marisnick’s two-run homer in the seventh gave Houston a four-run lead.

 

Ohtani hits 1st HR of season for Angels in 5-4 win vs. Twins

One week into Shohei Ohtani’s return to the Los Angeles Angels, the lineup is looking sharp.

Minnesota ace Jose Berrios bore the brunt of their batting success on Monday night.

Ohtani hit his first home run of the season, a towering two-run shot in the third inning against Berrios, and Tommy La Stella hit the go-ahead homer in the sixth to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Twins.

“I’ve been hitting the ball in the air recently,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I think it showed today that I’m improving.”

The Angels are 5-2 on this nine-game trip that started with Ohtani’s 2019 debut following Tommy John elbow surgery that has shelved the two-way Japanese sensation’s pitching prowess for now.

“We’ve been waiting to get him back. You see how different the lineup is when he’s in there, and hopefully he’s starting to get his timing,” La Stella said.

Ohtani reached base on four of his five plate appearances. His 429-foot drive off the videoboard facade beneath the second deck in left-center field was the highlight of the three-run, five-hit third. The AL Rookie of the Year homered 22 times in 326 at-bats in 2018.

“We all know the power’s there, and that was a no-doubter to the opposite field,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “You don’t see a lot of balls hit the other way from many people in this game that way.”

La Stella hit his team-leading 10th homer of the season, in 36 games, and went 3 for 5. The 30-year-old second baseman, who came to the Angels in a largely unnoticed trade with the Chicago Cubs, had 10 home runs in 396 major league games entering this season.

 

Moncada, López lead White Sox past Indians 5-2

Yoan Moncada admitted he was a little tired, and then chuckled at the whole thing.

“It’s nothing,” he said through a translator. “I’m just 23 years old. I can play.”

No kidding.

Moncada hit two of Chicago’s four solo homers and Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 2/3 effective innings, helping the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Monday night.

Jose Abreu and Welington Castillo also connected for Chicago, which earned its third straight win. The White Sox improved to 4-3 against the Indians this season after they went 5-14 against the Tribe last year.

Chicago played on artificial turf in Toronto over the weekend, and manager Rick Renteria said it took a little out of his team. But Moncada’s second career multihomer game and Lopez’s longest outing of the season were enough to overcome any lingering fatigue.

Lopez (3-4) allowed one earned run and two hits, struck out six and walked two. It was the right-hander’s first win since he fanned 14 in a 4-1 victory over Detroit on April 28.

“I have had good outings but today’s was probably the best for the season,” Lopez said through a translator. “I felt good. All my pitches were sharp today.”

Francisco Lindor hit his 13th career leadoff homer for Cleveland, which lost for the third time in four games. Lindor also hit a sacrifice fly in the third, singled in the sixth and walked in the eighth, but that was pretty much it for the light-hitting Indians.

Lopez retired his last eight batters. Aaron Bummer got one out before Alex Colome finished the two-hitter for his eighth save in eight chances.

 

Pedroia has knee setback, puts injury rehab on hold

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had his minor league injury rehab assignment put on hold following a setback with his lingering left knee injury.

Pedroia was scratched from a game with Double-A Portland on Saturday, and his return from the rehab assignment was announced Monday.

The veteran infielder has played just nine games over the past two seasons since having surgery to replace cartilage in his left knee after the 2017 season. He was 2 for 20 in six games with Boston earlier this season.

Pedroia had played five games with Portland on the rehab assignment, going 4 for 16.

 

Justin Thomas withdraws from PGA with wrist injury

Justin Thomas withdrew from the PGA Championship on Monday, saying he was not willing to risk more pain in his right wrist by returning before it’s fully healed.

Thomas, who won the PGA Championship two years ago at Quail Hollow, will miss a major for the first time since his rookie season in 2015.

He is dealing with a bone bruise first suffered in the Honda Classic when he intentionally struck a tree on his follow-through. He felt he aggravated it during the final round of the Masters, though he said it wasn’t on any particular shot.

“I’ve seen too many people come back too early,” Thomas said from his home in Jupiter, Florida. “I plan on doing this successfully for a long time, and I don’t want a dumb decision to set me back.”

He said he could have played the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black, but without guaranteeing there wouldn’t be a setback.

Thomas, the No. 5 player in the world, was replaced by Kelly Kraft.

Thomas tied for 12th at the Masters, where he made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole in the final round. He had not hit balls since then and withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago to give his wrist every chance to heal.

He started hitting 50 balls a day over the weekend and was up to a 5-iron on Sunday. His plan was to try to driver on Monday, play a full 18 holes at home on Tuesday and then fly up to Bethpage on Wednesday.

“It hurt on a couple of shots and I felt like it wasn’t worth it,” he said.

Thomas believes if his club had snapped in half when he hit the tree at Honda that he would have been fine, but that he felt a shock up his right arm when it didn’t break.

“I guess I should have chipped out,” he said with a laugh. “I still made bogey, which is worse.”

He did not know when he would return and has not ruled out Colonial next week, depending on how his wrist reacts to rest and rehab. He also has the Memorial on his schedule, and the next major is June 13-16 at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open.

In the meantime, he is doing plenty of putting, but not much else.

“I figured out there’s not a lot do in South Florida if you don’t play golf,” he said.

 

Maximum Security rider banned 15 days for Derby interference

Jockey Luis Saez was suspended for 15 days for failing to control Maximum Security and causing interference that resulted in the horse’s historic disqualification as the Kentucky Derby winner.

The decision by the Kentucky stewards was announced by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Saez was cited for failing to “make the proper effort to maintain a straight course” in the May 4 race at Churchill Downs. Country House, a 65-1 shot was elevated and declared the winner. It was the first time the horse finishing first at the Derby was disqualified for interference. Maximum Security was placed 17th of 19 horses.

Saez’s suspension is May 23 through June 14 and covers racing dates. Messages left with the jockey’s lawyer and agent were not immediately returned.

The stewards’ ruling comes a week after the racing commission denied an appeal of Maximum Security’s disqualification by co-owner Gary West. The commission’s swift denial came hours after West announced that Maximum Security would not run in this weekend’s Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.

The commission said that stewards’ decisions are not subject to appeal. It also denied a request to stay the disqualification ruling pending appeal.

West and his wife, Mary, said in a statement Thursday they are evaluating their legal options. They added that with a “just and proper hearing of our case Maximum Security will be restored as the rightful winner.”

Maximum Security led a muddy Derby from wire to wire, holding off Country House down the stretch in a trip that initially appeared to improve the 9-2 second betting choice to 5-0 lifetime.

Stewards instead took the colt down after determining Maximum Security impeded the path of several horses between the far and final turns of the 1 1/4-mile race. Maximum Security was near the rail before veering several racing lanes to his right and making contact with War of Will, who retreated, and Bodexpress.

 

Serena Williams opens clay season with routine win in Rome

Serena Williams looked sharper than her previous match in March as she opened her clay-court season at the Italian Open with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.

In March at the Miami Open, Williams needed three sets to beat Peterson.

“It’s been a while. I haven’t played a ton of matches this year,” Williams said. “Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up.”

Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.

When Williams ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.

In the final game, Williams served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.

Williams finished with 28 winners to Peterson’s eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.

Williams was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Williams played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.

“I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” Williams said. “But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.”

If Venus Williams wins her match against Elise Mertens, the Williams sisters will meet in the second round.

In men’s action, Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric’s one.

Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco also had to come from behind to beat Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Verdasco will next face fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem. Also, Laslo Djere defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4.

Others advancing on the women’s side included Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Katerina Siniakova and Yulia Putintseva.

 

Eight Big Ten Softball Teams Selected For Postseason Play

Six earn NCAA Tournament berths with three receiving top-16 seeds

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented in this year’s softball postseason, with eight of its programs earning a spot in either the NCAA or National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) tournaments after the brackets for both events were announced Sunday night. Highlighting the announcement, six Big Ten schools were chosen for the NCAA Tournament, with three receiving top-16 seeds and the opportunity to play host to regionals this weekend.

Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin all earned NCAA Tournament berths, with Minnesota the No. 7 overall seed, Michigan seeded 15th and Northwestern seeded 16th. The last time the Big Ten had three top-16 NCAA seeds was 2009 (Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State, but NU was unable to host that year) and the last time the conference had three regional hosts was 2008 (Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern).

In addition, the NISC selected Purdue and Rutgers to represent the Big Ten in this year’s tournament. Michigan State was the first conference representative in the tournament, reaching the regional finals during the event’s inaugural year (2017).

Sunday’s announcements represent the most postseason softball qualifiers the Big Ten has ever fielded and the most NCAA Tournament participants for the conference since 2016, when it also had six schools chosen. The Big Ten had a record-setting seven programs selected for NCAA Tournament play in 2003 and six in 2009, not including current conference member Nebraska, which received a berth both years.

Illinois (32-23) will compete in its seventh NCAA Tournament, earning a berth for the third time in four years (also 2016 and 2017). The Fighting Illini will head to the Lexington (Kentucky) Regional and begin their postseason slate against Virginia Tech at noon (ET) Friday live on ESPN3.

Michigan (43-11), the Big Ten Champion and Big Ten Tournament winner, heads to the NCAA Tournament for the 27th time in program history, having advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series on 12 occasions and earning the 2005 national championship. The Wolverines will be playing host to regional action for the 21st time (first since 2016) and will begin this year’s postseason journey at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, taking on Saint Francis (Pa.) live on ESPNU.

Minnesota (41-12), the Big Ten Tournament runner-up, earned its second national seed (after a No. 16 seed in 2014). The Golden Gophers will be playing host to regional games for the third time in program history (also 2002 and 2014) and will make their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance overall, as well as their seventh in a row. The Golden Gophers will begin regional play at 9:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, welcoming North Dakota State to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in a game that will air live on ESPN3.

Northwestern (43-10), which finished second in the Big Ten this year, will be playing host to NCAA regional games for the first time since 2008 and earned their first top-16 seed since 2009 (when the Wildcats were seeded 12th). NU will also be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in eight seasons and the 18th time in program history. The Wildcats will start their postseason run at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday against Detroit Mercy live on ESPN3.

Ohio State (34-16) earned its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and 11th in program history. The Buckeyes are bound for the Knoxville (Tennessee) Regional and an opening-round matchup against North Carolina at 11 a.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN2.

Wisconsin (40-12) will compete in its eighth NCAA Tournament, earning a berth for the third second year in a row. The Badgers will head to the Norman (Oklahoma) Regional and begin their postseason slate against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN.

The 64-team NCAA Tournament field is divided into 16, four-team double-elimination regionals, which begin Thursday. The 16 regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals (to be played May 23-26 on the campus of the higher-seeded school), with the eight remaining schools competing May 30-June 5 at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, Purdue (31-27) received its third postseason berth and first since back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. The Boilermakers will travel to the NISC Ames (Iowa) Regional and will face South Dakota in their first game at 11 a.m. (ET) Thursday.

Rutgers (28-24) also secured its third postseason bid and first in 1994, when the Scarlet Knights earned their second NCAA Tournament berth. RU will head to the NISC Lynchburg (Virginia) Regional and opens tournament play at 10 a.m. (ET) Thursday against Appalachian State.

The NISC will feature 19 participants this year, divided into four double-elimination regionals, which also begin Thursday. The four regional winners advance to the championship round, which will be played May 24-26 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Indiana To Play in 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Against Baylor, South Carolina and Washington State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Basketball Travelers, Inc. has announced the field and opponents for the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam that will include the Indiana Women’s Basketball team. The tournament runs over the Thanksgiving holiday from November 28-30, 2019 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

The Hoosiers will play in the Paradise Jam Reef Division against defending national champion Baylor, South Carolina and Washington State. Indiana will face the Gamecocks, who advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, to open up play on Thursday, November 28. Day two on Friday, November 29 will have the Hoosiers matchup against the defending national champion Lady Bears while tournament play wraps up against the Cougars on Saturday, November 30.

IU returns to the Paradise Jam for the first time since 2007-08 and will make their third appearance overall. It also competed in the event in 2003-04.

The rest of the 2019-2020 schedule will be announced at a later date.

 

UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS: UIndy Earns Eighth Straight GLVC All-Sports Trophy

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis has earned its eighth straight Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy, the league office announced Monday. The Greyhounds totaled 193.5 points for the 2018-19 academic year.
UIndy earned its 11th All-Sports Trophy in program history by 47.5 points over Bellarmine University. The Greyhounds have now captured the GLVC All-Sports Trophy in the 1978-79, 1994-95, and 2002-03 seasons, as well as the past eight dating back to 2011-12.
The GLVC All-Sports Trophy is presented to the institution that demonstrates the best all-around performance in the league’s 22 sponsored sports. Points are allocated based on overall finish in the league standings and finish in the respective sport’s Conference tournament.
Led by Dr. Sue Willey, the school’s Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Indianapolis captured a league-record nine GLVC Championships this season to earn first-place points in women’s cross country, golf and tennis, as well as football, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, tennis, and lacrosse on the men’s side. Additionally, the UIndy men posted a runner-up finish in golf and wrestling, while the women placed second in softball, swimming and diving, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field.

Bellarmine picked up its second straight runner-up finish after finishing third in each of the previous three years.  The Knights totaled 146 points this year, thanks to GLVC titles in baseball and men’s basketball, as well as runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s basketball.

After tying the University of Southern Indiana for third place last year, Drury University edged out Lewis University for sole possession of third this season.  The Panthers totaled 143.5 points from GLVC Championships in women’s basketball, swimming and diving and volleyball, while the Flyers – winners of a GLVC-record 13 All-Sports Trophies – were a close fourth at 142 points, highlighted by league titles in women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
Southern Indiana secured fifth place by the slimmest of margins over Maryville University and McKendree University.  Led by a GLVC title in men’s cross country, USI totaled 120.25 points to edge out Maryville and McKendree with 120 points each.  The Saints’ season was highlighted by GLVC crowns in men’s golf and soccer, while the Bearcats scored their second straight wrestling title.

The All-Sports Trophy was first instituted in the GLVC during the 1978-79 season and seven different institutions have claimed the award.

 

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF

Purdue In the Hunt at Pullman Regional After 18 Holes

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Purdue men’s golf team overcame a slow start to finish round one in a tie for sixth at the NCAA Golf Regional Championships held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club on the campus of Washington State University.

The Boilermakers totaled a first-round score of 5-under par 275 to finish round one just six shots off the lead and two shots out of fifth place. Texas A&M leads at 11-under par and is followed by Oklahoma (-10), Georgia Tech (-9), BYU (-8) and Michigan State (-7). Purdue is tied for sixth with UCLA, Florida and South Carolina, while Kent State is 10th at 4-under par 276.

“I really like the way we responded after a tough start today. The guys stayed patient and got it turned around in the middle part of the round,” head coach Rob Bradley said. “Timmy (Hildebrand) played an outstanding round and really kept us in it, and I thought Cole (Bradley) and Jarle (Volden) played solid. They figured out how to get it to the clubhouse when they didn’t have their best. We’re really looking forward to tomorrow and how we will respond.”

Purdue’s 275 is the lowest, 18-hole score ever recorded by the Boilermakers in NCAA play, while the 5-under par is third in relation to par. The 275 is the seventh-lowest 18-hole score in school history.

Purdue’s counting team started the day 4-over par through the first four holes of the day, but then played the next 11 holes in 10-under par to push up the leaderboard. Three players shot even or under par on a day when the individual scoring average was slightly under par and 11 teams finished 279 or lower.

Leading the charge was senior Timmy Hildebrand, who sits tied for fourth after a sensational round of 5-under par 65, one shot off the lead. His lone blemish was a bogey on his 17th hole, which he quickly erased with a 12-foot birdie putt on his 18th hole to push the Boilermakers into the top six.

His 65 is tied for the lowest round by a Boilermaker in NCAA action in school history and is tied for the fifth-lowest, 18-hole score in school history.

Sophomore Cole Bradley played his last eight holes in 3-under par to overcome a bogey on his first hole of the day to shoot a 2-under par 68, good for T-19th.

Jarle Volden is tied for 37th after shooting even-par 70, in a round that wasn’t without highlights, including a sensational par on the par-5 5th hole after hitting into a hazard on his third shot. His approach from the red-staked hazard came to rest about four feet from the hole, where he tapped in for par. He also made a big birdie putt on his 17th hole (No. 8) after suffering a bogey on his 16th hole (No. 7).

Joe Weiler is tied for 58th after a whirlwind 2-over par 72. Weiler was 2-over par through eight holes, but then recorded four straight birdies to move to 2-under par. He would then bogey four of his next five holes for his opening-round 72.

Jason Hong is tied for 66th at 5-over par 75.

The Boilermakers will be paired with Florida and South Carolina in round two, teeing off hole No. 1, beginning at 11:25 a.m. ET.

 

MGOLF: Ramirez and Voetsch Lift Buckeyes into Second After Day One of NCAA Regional

MURRELLS INLET, S.C.—Seniors Caleb Ramirez and Will Voetsch each dropped four-under 68s to lift the Buckeyes into second place at two-under par after one round at the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional. The number eight seed Ohio State came out of the gates on a roll, getting as low as five-under at one point, before settling at two-under through 18 holes at TPC Myrtle Beach.

Ramirez shot 32 on the front nine, carding four birdies, and 34 on the back, adding another couple birdies to finish the round with a four-under 68. The California native tied his career low 18-hole score to position himself one shot off the top of the leaderboard in a tie for second place.

Voetsch played a flawless front nine as well, draining a birdie and his first eagle of the season to make the turn at three-under. He carded three birdies against two bogeys on the back nine to tie his low round of the season with a four-under 68 and take a share of second place with two rounds to play.

Will Grimmer and Daniel Wetterich each closed out their rounds with four pars and two birdies to stay within striking distance of the lead in a tie for 35th place.

Laken Hinton carded 75 to move him into a tie for 48th place through his first 18 holes.

BUCKEYE RESULTS

2 – TEAM 284 (-4)

T2 – Caleb Ramirez 68 (-4)

T2 – Will Voetsch 68 (-4)

T35 – Will Grimmer 74 (+2)

T35 – Daniel Wetterich 74 (+2)

T48 – Laken Hinton 75 (+3)

The second round of the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional tees off tomorrow morning at 9AM.

 

Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State Claim Baseball Weekly Accolades

Spartan’s Ando named Player of the Week; Buckeyes’ Lonsway claimed Pitcher of the Week recognition; Hoosiers’ Bierman tabbed Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week
Royce Ando, Michigan State

INF – Sr. – Mississauga, Ontario – John Fraser Secondary – Kinesiology

  • Helped the Spartans to their second-straight Big Ten road series victory with a pair of wins over No. 24 Iowa, their first wins against a ranked opponent this season
  • Hit .556 on the week with 10 hits, five RBI, two doubles and two runs scored
  • Registered a .636 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage as MSU snapped Iowa’s six-series win streak, dealing the Hawkeyes their first home series loss of the season
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Big Ten Player of the Week: Dan Durkin (Feb. 20, 2017)

 

Pitcher of the Week
Seth Lonsway, Ohio State

P – Fr. – Celina, Ohio – Celina – Consumer and Family Financial Services

  • Struck out a career-high 13 batters in eight scoreless innings to help the Buckeyes defeat Penn State, 2-0, in game one of the doubleheader
  • Improved to 6-4 on the season and ranks second in the league with 96 strikeouts
  • Records his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor and first since April 1, 2019
  • Last Ohio State Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Griffan Smith (April 22, 2019)

 

Freshman of the Week
Gabe Bierman, Indiana

P – Jeffersonville, Ind. – Jeffersonville – Sport Management and Marketing

  • Made two appearances on the week, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief at Kentucky, before tossing 3.0 perfect innings of relief on Friday night at Michigan to pick up the save
  • Retired all nine Wolverine batters faced on Friday, striking out the final eight hitters to earn the save
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Grant Richardson (April 1, 2019)

 

 

EARLHAM Baseball places three on All-HCAC teams

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College baseball placed three individuals on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference team, which was unveiled Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Joey Gerbus was Earlham’s lone representative on the First Team All-HCAC squad, while junior infielder Danny Dopp was a Second Team All-HCAC honoree. Sophomore infielder Austin Hatfield was an Honorable Mention selection.

Gerbus was arguably the Quakers’ most effective pitcher during the 2019 season, posting a team-leading 2.38 earned run average over a team-high 68.0 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 4-2 record over 15 appearances including eight starts. Gerbus recorded 59 strikeouts over the course of the 2019 season, with a season-best 11 strikeouts in a 9-0 complete game victory at Mount St. Joseph (4/16).

Dopp led Earlham with a .347 batting average over 124 at bats in 33 games played in 2019. He led the Quakers with six multiple RBI games and 11 multiple hit contests, and of his 43 hits a total of 14 went for extra bases with seven doubles, four triples, and three home runs. Dopp paced the Maroon and White with 25 runs batted in to go with 22 runs scored, and drew 13 walks on his way to a .411 on base percentage.

Dopp is a repeat all-conference selection, after earning Second Team All-HCAC honors in 2018 as a sophomore.

Hatfield charted a .276 batting average in 127 at bats over 35 games in his sophomore campaign for the Quakers, with 20 RBI and 19 runs scored. He was third on the team with six doubles and was hit-by-pitch a total of six times – tied for the team lead. Hatfield was second among Earlham leaders with five multiple RBI games, and was tied for third with eight multiple hit performances. In HCAC contests, Hatfield’s batting average shot up to .313, second-best on the team, with 21 hits over 67 at bats.

Sophomore Marc Gendreau was Earlham’s selection for the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship Team. Gendreau, who missed the first 13 games of the season due to injury, finished the 2019 season with a .273 batting average in 88 at bats over 25 games. He still managed to record six multiple hit games for the Quakers with 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Earlham finished its 2019 season with a 16-21 overall record, 8-10 in the HCAC, under ninth-year Head Coach Steve Sakosits.

 

Irish Hit The Road to Close the Regular Season

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame baseball team will take its three-game winning streak on the road for the final week of the regular season. After the first series sweep of the season over Canisius, the Irish will battle Northwestern Tuesday afternoon in Evanston prior to heading to Boston to face Boston College in the final ACC series of the year on Thursday.

Know the Opponent: Northwestern Wildcats

The Irish will face off with the Wildcats for the second time this season after their previous matchup at Frank Eck Stadium in April.

Notre Dame defeated Northwestern 6-2 on April 16 after a strong pitching performance on the mound and some timely hitting.

Tommy Vail pitched a career-high five innings and allowed just one hit to earn the win. Andrew Belcik came on for the three inning save and did not allow a run across the three frames.

Spencer Myers scored the first two runs for the Irish after a Daniel Jung sacrifice fly and a two-RBI single from Jack Zyska.

Zyska broke the game open in the eighth with his first career triple scoring Myers and David LaManna. Zyska ended the game with a career-high four RBI.

Last season, the two teams split the series with both teams winning on the road.

The Irish had their highest scoring output of the season against the Wildcats in their 19-10 win in Evanston.

Eric Gilgenbach, Nick Podkul and Alex Kerschner all have five RBI in the win.

The combo of Tommy Sheehan and Andrew Belcik held the Wildcats to just three hits and no runs over the first six innings of the game.

The 19 runs were the most for the Irish since they hit the same number against Purdue on Feb. 19, 2011.

Know the Opponent: Boston College Eagles

The Irish will finish the regular season with a three game series against Aoki’s former club in Boston College.

Notre Dame holds a 32-15 advantage all-time against Boston College and won two-of-three against the Eagles last season.

Niko Kavadas won the first game of the series in the 10th inning after his walk-off single gave the Irish a 5-4 win.

The Irish clinched the series with a 5-4 comeback win in the series finale with two runs in the eighth to regain the lead. Eric Gilgenbach and Kavadas drove in the tying and go-ahead runs and Cole Kmet earned his second win of the weekend after pitching the final 2.2 innings.

Irish Arms Have Continued Success

The Notre Dame pitching staff has continued to be the story throughout the season and this past weekend against Canisius was no different.

All three starters pitched at least six innings in a series for the fourth time this season (at Clemson 3/15-17; vs. Florida State 3/23-24; at Pitt 4/20-21). Tommy Sheehan tallied 7.2 IP in the opener, Cameron Junker went 6 IP in the second game and Cameron Brown tossed 7.1 in the series finale.

The starting trio still own some of top marks in the ACC with just one week remaining in the regular season.

Notre Dame as a team ranks first in the ACC with a 4.22 ERA in conference games.

Junker ranks fifth with a 3.23 ERA in conference games, fifth in innings pitched with 53.0 in conference games and eighth with a .215 batting average against in conference games.

Sheehan continues to lead the conference with two complete games, second in innings pitched with 59.0 in ACC games and 17th with a 4.06 ERA in all games this season.

Brown is tied for second in the league with one complete game, sixth in strikeouts with 81 overall and seventh in innings pitched with 71.0.

Irish Complete Post-Finals Sweep of Canisius

The Irish hosted their last non-conference series this past weekend at Frank Eck Stadium as ACC teams are not allow to play conference opponents the week of final exams.

The Irish aced their post-final series as they earned their first series sweep of the season and the first sweep since 2017 against Georgia Tech.

The Irish came from behind in game one, erasing a 4-1 deficit over the final two innings.

Notre Dame scored twice in the eighth to make it a one-run game and tied the score on a bases-loaded infield single from Spencer Myers in the ninth.

Niko Kavadas came up next and earned a full-count walk for the walk off walk as Jack Zyska scored the winning run to win 5-4.

In game two, Cameron Junker and Tommy Vail combined for a four-hit shutout as the Irish won 3-0. It was the third shutout of the season and Junker has been the starter in all three.

In the series finale, the Irish held a 2-0 lead into the eighth after a strong start from Cameron Brown.

The Griffs tied the game in the eighth and stayed 2-2 up until the 11th inning.

The Irish had runners on second and third with Jared Miller at the plate and a walk off balk brought home Daniel Jung for the game-winning and sweep-clinching win.

 

BASEBALL: Ohio State Travels to Youngstown State Tuesday for Final Midweek Game

Buckeyes (27-24) and Penguins (12-37) square off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eastwood Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team travels to face Youngstown State at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eastwood Field in its final midweek game of 2019. The Buckeyes (27-24) return to the diamond after going 3-1 last week, including a series win over Penn State in Columbus. The Penguins (12-37) begin a four-game homestand Tuesday night vs. the Buckeyes.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

A link to live stats is available on the Ohio State baseball schedule page. There will be no OSU radio or video stream for the game at Youngstown State.

ON THE MOUND

Wednesday: RHP Jake Vance (3-2, 5.92 ERA) vs. RHP Jon Snyder (1-2, 11.27 ERA)

QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State is 27-24 overall and 9-12 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are 8-11 on the road this year.
  • The Buckeyes are 5-1 in midweek contest this spring.
  • Ohio State is led by ninth-year head coach Greg Beals. He is 288-227-1 overall at Ohio State and holds a 531-429-1 career coaching record. Beals has guided the team to NCAA Regional appearances in two of the last three years.
  • Ohio State is hitting .267 as a team with 84 doubles, 13 triples and 50 homers.
  • The OSU pitching staff has combined for a 4.81 ERA with 471 strikeouts in 466.1 innings of work.
  • The staff is 24 strikeouts away from trying the OSU record for strikeouts in a season set in 2016 (495).
  • Dominic Canzone leads the Big Ten in hits (74) and total bases (133). He is second in runs scored (51) and average (.357). He leads the Buckeyes with 14 homers. It’s the most homers by a Buckeye in nine years.
  • Canzone is currently on a career-high 47-game reached base streak. It’s the third-longest active streak in the country (as of May 8). Dillon Dingler is on a career-high 27-game reached base streak.
  • Andrew Magno is 3-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 25 appearances out of the bullpen with a team-high 10 saves. He has fanned 51 in 42.1 innings.
  • Jake Vance will be making his ninth start of the season Tuesday night vs. the Penguins. He has fanned 34 in 38.0 innings of work. Last week, Vance struck out six in two innings vs. Wright State.
  • Ohio State is 15-2 all-time vs. Youngstown State. The Buckeyes have won 10 straight games dating back to 1997.

SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE

The Penguins are hitting .234 as a team with 69 doubles, eight triples and 24 homers. Jeff Wehler leads the bats with a .281 average, eight doubles and five homers. Youngstown State has stolen 102 bases of 126 attempts led by Wehler with 28 steals. On the mound, the YSU pitching staff has combined for a 7.87 ERA with 295 strikeouts in 416.1 innings of work. Jon Snyder is making his seventh start of the season and has struck out 36 in 30.1 innings.

PENN STATE RECAP

Ohio State concluded the 2019 home schedule with a series win over Penn State last weekend. The Buckeyes won game one, 4-2, and shut out the Nittany Lions, 2-0, in the middle game. Penn State won the finale, 10-6. Brady Cherry and Dominic Canzone each hit .300 on the weekend with a double and home run. Will Pfennig claimed his first collegiate win on Friday night, while Seth Lonsway struck out a career-high 13 in eight scoreless innings in game two. Andrew Magno recorded two saves on the weekend with a combined 3.2 scoreless innings of relief with seven strikeouts.

LONSWAY NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Seth Lonsway was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. The redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher claimed his second weekly award of the season. Ohio State has now collected seven Big Ten weekly awards on the year, the second-most in the conference in 2019. Lonsway, from Celina, Ohio, was dominant on the mound vs. Penn State in game one of a doubleheader last Saturday at Bill Davis Stadium. He fanned a season-high 13 hitters in eight scoreless innings and limited the PSU bats to five hits with one walk.

COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE IN THE BIG TEN

Ohio State (9-12) currently sits in ninth place in the Big Ten standings behind Rutgers (9-11), Northwestern (10-11) and Iowa (12-9) with one weekend of play remaining. Behind the Buckeyes are Maryland (9-12), Michigan State (7-13) and Purdue (7-13). The Top 8 teams in the league will punch their ticket for the 2019 Big Ten Tournament May 22-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Click here to see the full league standings. Ohio State concludes the regular season at West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game Big Ten series at Purdue Thursday-Saturday.

 

OHIO STATE MSOC: Men’s Soccer Releases 2019 Schedule

Ohio State to play eight regular season matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer team announced its 2019 schedule on Monday. The fall schedule include eight home matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 2019 slate features seven teams which competed in last season’s NCAA Tournament. Head coach Brian Maisonneuve enters his second season at the helm of the Ohio State program. The Buckeyes are coming off a successful spring season, winning the inaugural Columbus Crew SC College Spring League last month.

“Our 2019 schedule is loaded with very talented teams,” Maisonneuve said. “We start out playing against a very tough west coach opponent in Cal State Northridge and then battle a UIC team that has a strong tradition of NCAA tournament appearances. The Big Ten Conference is always one of the best in the country. We had three teams make the College Cup last year and the league will be even tougher this year. We have eight homes games at the Jesse against some of the most dynamic and entertaining teams in college soccer.”

Ohio State will play three exhibitions during its preseason. The Buckeyes will host Xavier Aug. 17 and Mt. Vernon Nazarene Aug. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team will hit the road once during preseason with an exhibition at Butler Aug. 24.

“Our group has grown a lot over the last year and is looking forward to testing themselves against some of the best programs in the country,” Maisonneuve said. “2019 will be an extremely exciting year.”

The Buckeyes open the 2019 regular season, hosting the 14th-annaul Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gray face CSUN in their home opener nightcap Aug. 30 before wrapping up the classic with a match vs. 2018 NCAA Tournament participant UIC Sept. 1.

Ohio State will then begin a four-game road swing with two matches at the Dayton Classic the following weekend. The Buckeyes play tournament-host Dayton in the nightcap Sept. 6 and finish the tournament with a neutral-site match vs. EIU Sept. 8. The Scarlet and Gray continue their non-conference schedule with a road match at Bowling Green Sept. 13 before flying south to face South Florida Sept. 17 in Tampa, Fla.

The Buckeyes kick off Big Ten play with a home game vs. Penn State Sept. 21. Following a non-conference matchup at home vs. West Virginia Sept. 24, the Scarlet and Gray travel to Evanston, Ill., to play Northwestern Sept. 28.

Ohio State faces conference-rival Michigan Oct. 2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team travels to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers Oct. 6 and returns home the following week to host Cleveland State Oct. 12. The Buckeyes will then face four straight NCAA tournament teams from a year ago, including three College Cup teams, with road matches at Kentucky Oct. 16 and at Michigan State Oct. 19, a home contest vs. defending national champions Maryland Oct. 25 and a road league game at Indiana Oct. 30. The Buckeyes conclude the regular season vs. Wisconsin Nov. 3 in Columbus.

The Big Ten Conference Tournament will begin Nov. 9 with a play-in game at the No. 1 seed site before the quarterfinals Nov. 10 with the Top 4 seeds as hosts. The semifinal matches and championship match will be hosted at a neutral site Nov. 15 and 17, to be announced. The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 21 with the College Cup scheduled Dec. 13-15 in Cary, N.C.

A FEW NOTES ON THE 2019 OPPONENTS

CSUN: Finished with a 9-8-1 overall record and 3-3-1 mark in Big West play.

UIC:  Won its third straight conference tournament championship in the Horizon League and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Michigan State, 2-0, in the first round. Posted a 12-6-2 overall record.

Dayton: Finished the year with a 9-6-4 overall record.

EIU: Posted a 3-11-4 overall record and 1-2-2 record in the Summit League.

Bowling Green: 6-7-4 in 2018 and advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals.

South Florida: Finished the 2018 season with a 7-8-2 overall record and advanced to the American Conference quarterfinals. This will be the first trip in school history to Tampa, Fla., for the Buckeyes.

Penn State: Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament and finished the year with a 6-9-2 overall record.

West Virginia: Went to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history after winning its first MAC regular-season title in 2018. Finished the year with a 14-6-0 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern: Posted a 6-9-5 overall record and 1-5-3 mark in Big Ten play.

Michigan: Advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling in penalty kicks to Notre Dame, 11-10. Finished the year with a 12-5-4 record and 4-2-2 record in Big Ten action.

Rutgers: Went 4-13-1 overall in 2018 with a 2-6 record in Big Ten games.

Cleveland State: Finished 4-8-3 overall and 1-4-3 in the Horizon League.

Kentucky: The Wildcats ended the season with a 19-2-1 overall record with a 5-1 record against Top 25 teams. Kentucky fell to Maryland, 1-0, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, snapping a 10-game win streak for the Wildcats.

Michigan State: Returned to the NCAA College Cup for the first time since 1968. The Spartans fell to Akron, 5-1, in the semifinals. Finished the year with a 14-5-4 record, tying the record for single-season wins.

Maryland: Claimed their fourth national championship in school history after defeating Akron, 1-0, in the NCAA final. Finished the year with a 13-6-5 overall record.

Indiana: The Hoosiers finished the year with a 20-3-1 overall record and won both the Big Ten regular season championship and tournament title. Indiana advanced to the College Cup for the second straight season before falling to Maryland, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Wisconsin: Finished the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and held a 6-2 mark in Big Ten games.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

MIAMI [Wednesday]-It got wild in Miami tonight. And suddenly, a series that the Knicks looked as though they controlled had spun out of control. A melee with less than two minutes left in the game turned a 96‚81 Miami victory into a controversy. There will be fines. There could be suspensions.
After the game, one of the referees, Dick Bavetta, said in a statement that all but two Knick reserves left the bench during the melee, making all of those players subject to a possible one-game suspension. Bavetta added that none of the Heat players left the bench. “We will review the tape,” Bavetta said. “There were two players from New York who did not come off. We’re not sure which two, but we will see that from the tape.”
Nobody can predict how the Game 5 madness in the Eastern Conference semi- finals will affect Game 6 Friday night, when the Knicks and Heat resume their battle at Madison Square Garden. But while the Knicks still lead the four-of-seven- game series, 3‚2, it is clear that they could be severely shorthanded for Game 6.
This is why it pays to end a series as quickly as possible. Wild things happen in the playoffs. If the Knicks had won Game 5, they could have moved on right away and prepared for the Chicago Bulls in the conference finals. Instead, Miami remains a serious problem. Pat Riley is actually looking forward to making a return trip to the Garden, boos and all.
“It’s a pressure game for them, they’ve got to win it,” Riley said after tonight’s game. “We’re going up there to win.”
But there will be more talk about what happened near the end of the game than about basketball. With 1 minute 53 seconds to play, Charlie Ward of the Knicks and P.J. Brown of the Heat tangled with each other as Tim Hardaway was taking a free throw, Brown picked up Ward and threw him out of bounds like a rag doll, John Wallace of the Knicks jumped on Brown, and the melee started, with players on both teams piling out of bounds trying to separate each other for nearly a minute.
Rod Thorn, the National Basketball Association’s vice president in charge of handing out discipline, will be watching this tape very closely. Asked if he was concerned about the possibility of any of his players being suspended, Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy said: “Certainly, we will be very concerned.”
John Starks was ejected after the melee for making an obscene gesture to the crowd. As security officers led Starks to the locker room, spectators threw debris at him, but fortunately he continued on his way to the locker room.
So a series that was already physical took on a truly nasty tone. Even before the final melee, Charles Oakley was ejected with 1:55 left for needlessly shoving Alonzo Mourning. It was one of the few times in the series that the Knicks showed frustration, realizing that the series would not end in Game 5. And the Knicks had no one to blame for that but themselves.
The N.B.A.’s review of the game tape showed that Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston and three others left the Knicks’ bench to join the melee. Jeff Van Gundy himself was nearly trampled trying to keep his players off the floor. With Ewing, Houston and Charlie Ward suspended from Game 6, New York lost, 95‚90. Back at Miami Arena on May 18, the Knicks, who once led the series, three games to one, were eliminated under a deluge of Tim Hardaway 3-pointers.

ALSO

1874 – Harvard beats University of McGill (Montréal) in football, 3-0.

1885 – 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25.

1886 – 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.5.

1888 – 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.25.

1890 – 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45.

1905 – Second official international soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0.

1906 – Flagpole at the Chicago White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising.

1913 – Washington Senators’ player Walter Johnson ends record scoreless streak at 56 innings.

1914 – Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Jim Scott no-hits Cleveland Naps, gives up two hits in 10th and loses 1-0.

1918 – Cleveland Indians’ Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19).

1918 – Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington DC.

1919 – 45th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53.

1920 – New York Giants inform New York Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season.

1920 – Washington Senators’ Walter Johnson wins his 300th game versus Detroit Tigers.

1927 – 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06.

1938 – 64th Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8.

1938 – English soccer team beats Germany, 6-3.

1940 – Boston Bees’ Jimmie Foxx’s homerun goes over Comiskey Park’s left field roof.

1949 – 75th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56.

1950 – Pittsburgh Pirates’ Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including two homeruns.

1961 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open.

1972 – In Willie Mays’ first game as a New York Mets player, his homer beats the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.

1975 – Dynamo Kiev wins 15th Europe Cup II.

1977 – English football international’ Bobby Moore retires.

1977 – Kansas City Royals’ Jim Colborn no-hits the Texas Rangers, 6-0.

1977 – Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in four games.

1978 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic.

1980 – Valencia wins 20th Europe Cup II.

1980 – Bucky Dent hits an inside the park homerun, Kansas City Royals walk 14 New York Yankees including five with bases loaded, New York Yankees win 16-3.

1981 – 35th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2.

1983 – Rosa Mota runs female world record 20km (1:06:55.5).

1986 – Reggie Jackson hits his 537th homerun passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place on the Major League Baseball all-time homerun list.

1988 – First non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he and Saint Louis Cardinals lose to the Atlanta Braves 7-5 in 19 innings.

1988 – Wimbledon wins the English FA Cup after beating Liverpool 1-0 at Wembley.

1989 – First Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta, Georgia, USA).

1989 – First time since 1948 a Major league baseball player hits six consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett).

1989 – Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic.

1990 – 46th time opposing pitchers hit homerun, Valenzuela (Los Angeles Dodgers)/Gross (Montreal Expos).

1992 – WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll.

1994 – Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617.

1994 – FA cup final at Wembley Stadium London.

1995 – 41st McDonald’s LPGA Championship won by Kelly Robbins.

1995 – Eddie Murray of Cleveland Indians hits his 463rd career homerun (ties for 18th).

1996 – New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0.

1997 – Baseball’s Exec Council suspends New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

2002 – At the Latino-American Stadium, former US President Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. In warming up, Carter is coached by one-time big league pitching prospect, Fidel Castro.

2008 – In Manchester, England, the final game of the UEFA Cup of soccer is held. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg defeats Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers 2-0.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883      The Phillies, known as the Quakers at the time, win their first game in franchise history when they rout the White Stockings, later to be known as the Cubs, at Chicago’s Lake Front Park. Philadelphia had lost their first eight games of the season before today’s 12-0 victory, and will finish the season in last place in the eight-team National League with a dismal 17-81 (.173) record.

1904      The Senators establish a major league record by starting the season 0-13 when the team drops a 6-3 decision to New York at Hilltop Park. Washington will be 11 games out of first place before the club wins its first contest this year.

1918      With the anticipation of crime rates decreasing in the city, officials in Washington D.C. lift the prohibition on playing baseball on Sunday in the nation’s capital. In five days, 17,000 enthusiastic fans, the largest crowd in the history of Griffith Stadium, will be treated to a dramatic, 1-0 extra-inning victory against Cleveland in the first contest played on a Sunday in the District.

1920      The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, their lease to play at the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, which later will decide to continue sharing their home until the Yankees’ new stadium is completed in 1923, may have been reacting to the team’s recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.

1920      Beating the Tigers in relief at Griffith Stadium 9-8, 32 year-old Senator right-hander Walter Johnson registers his 300th victory. Although the ‘Big Train’ hurled for mostly losing teams during his 21-year career, he will compile 417 victories, including winning 20-games or more for ten consecutive seasons (1910-1919).

1927      In the top of the seventh in the Phillies’ game against St. Louis, a section of the right field stands of the Baker Bowl collapses, causing hundreds of fans to fall on the patrons below. Although there are many injuries, the only death is caused by the stampeding crowd.

1939      During the Indians’ 9-4 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park, a woman, sitting in the stands near the visitor’s dugout, is injured when Marvin Owen’s foul ball strikes her just above the right eye. The Indians’ starting pitcher, her 20 year-old son Bob, threw the pitch that resulted in Mrs. Feller needing seven stitches on Mother’s Day.

1950      Pirates’ first baseman Johnny Hopp helps his team crush the Cubs, 16-9, when the Nebraska native goes 6-for-6, including a pair of homers. The All-Star infielder is called ‘Hippity’ by his teammate.

1956      The Orioles, taking a gamble, purchase sore-armed Billy Loes from the Dodgers for a reported $25,000. The 26 year-old right-hander, who will be selected for American League All-Star team next season, will post a 21-30 (.412) record during his four years with Baltimore.

1965      At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski drives in five runs, hitting for the cycle with an additional home run. Yaz’s effort, however, still falls short when the seventh-place Red Sox lose to Detroit, 12-8.

1967      Keeping a promise to his wife Merlyn, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, a shot into the lower deck into the right field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium. The ‘Commerce Comet’, now the sixth big leaguer to reach the milestone, hits the historic homer off Stu Miller, helping New York defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

1972      After twenty-one seasons with the Giants, 41 year-old Willie Mays makes a dramatic return to New York in his debut with the Mets when he hits a game-winning home run off Don Carrithers to defeat his former team, 5-4. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ 647th career homer in the fifth breaks a 4-4 deadlock.

1976      In an unusual promotion, visiting player Mike Schmidt makes many of the fans attending the game in Houston very happy. The crowd is promised free beer if the Philadelphia slugging third baseman strikes out, which happens in the fifth inning of the 5-1 Phillies victory at the Astrodome.

1977      The first no-hitter is thrown by a Kansas City pitcher at Royals Stadium when Jim Colborn blanks the Rangers, 6-0. California’s fireballer Nolan Ryan recorded the first no-hitter in the ballpark during its inaugural season in 1971.

1977      In an 18-2 rout of the Indians, White Sox first baseman Jim Spencer collects a two-run single, a two-run homer, and his first major-league grand slam, driving in eight runs before being lifted in the fifth inning of the Comiskey Park contest. The 29 year-old infielder’s eight RBIs ties a franchise single-game record established by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920.

1981      With a 3-2 win over Montreal in front of the largest Dodger Stadium crowd in seven years, rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela improves his record to 8-0. The 20 year-old southpaw, who has started the season with five shutouts and a miniscule ERA of 0.50, gets the victory when right fielder Pedro Guerrero hits a lead-off game-ending home run off Steve Ratzer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chavez Ravine.

1986      Angel’s’ DH/outfielder Reggie Jackson homers off Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens to surpass Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list with 537. The future Hall of Famer will retire next season, finishing his 21-year career sixth on the all-time list with 563 round-trippers.

1988      Jose Oquendo becomes the first non-pitcher to get a major league decision, losing to the Braves in nineteen innings, 7-5. After pitching three scoreless innings in an extra inning marathon against Atlanta, the Cardinals’ utility man gives up a two-run double to Ken Griffey in the nineteenth to suffer the loss at Busch Stadium.

1989      In his first at-bat as a Cub, Lloyd McClendon hits a three-run homer in a 4-0 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field. The 30 year-old utility player, obtained in an off-season trade from Cincinnati for Rolando Roomes, plays an important role for the division champs, hitting .286 and 12 home runs in 259 at-bats.

1995      In upstate New York, 11-year-old Katie Brownell, the only girl enrolled in the local Little League, throws a perfect game in front of an astonished crowd of about 100 parents and friends. The shy sixth-grader strikes out every batter she faces, allowing only three foul balls in the six-inning contest at Oakfield Town Park.

1996      Dwight Gooden becomes the eighth Yankee to hurl a no-hitter when he throws 135 pitches, beating the Mariners at the ballpark in the Bronx, 2-0. The 31 year-old right-handed ‘Doc’, who hadn’t won a game in nearly two years, was almost released last month after starting the season poorly.

2000      Although Sammy Sosa gets five hits, Henry Rodriguez drives in seven runs, and Eric Young steals five bases, the Cubs still manage to lose to the Expos, 16-15. Young’s accomplishment on the bases is the most by a Cubs player since 1881, when George Gore stole seven bases.

2002      At Latino-American Stadium, 77 year-old Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. Warming up, the former U.S. President is coached by one-time big league pitching prospect Fidel Castro.

2003      Kendall and Jake Burnham become the first husband-and-wife team to appear in a professional baseball game when the newly-weds play for the San Angelo Colts of the independent Central League. With her husband Jake starting at third base, the former fast pitch softball star, with two out in the bottom of the ninth, strikes out looking at three pitches in the 8-1 loss to Amarillo.

2004      Chone Figgins, going 5-for-6, collects a triple, a grand slam, and six RBIs in the Angels’ 10-9 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The Anaheim third baseman/outfielder, who drives in the game’s winning run in the 10th inning with a single, joins Buck Rogers as one of the two players in franchise history to hit their first career round-tripper with the bases loaded.

2006      On Mother’s Day, with his Mom in the stands, Bill Hall hits a walk-off home run to beat the Mets at Miller Park, 6-5. The Milwaukee center fielder, joining many other major league players, uses a pink bat in MLB’s effort to raise public awareness of breast cancer.

2008      After making an outstanding catch of Kevin Millar’s line drive near the Camden Yards warning track, Boston’s left fielder Manny Ramirez high-fives a fan before throwing the ball back to the infield to complete a 7-4-3 double play. Randy Dunning, a 24 year-old Red Sox fan attending the Orioles game with his mom and dad, a going-away present from his parents before he leaves Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade, is the glad-hand recipient of ‘Manny being Manny’.

2008      Trailing 6-0 to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Marlins score six times in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Florida, however, loses the game in the tenth as Paul Janish, in his second major league at bat in his first major league game, gets his first big league hit, a game-winning RBI single.

2009      The Mets collect a franchise-record seven stolen bases in their 7-4 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. Ironically, the team sets the club mark without the help of a sidelined Jose Reyes, New York’s all-time career leader in thefts.

2010      Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones both collect five hits, including a home run for each, in the Pirates’ 10-6 victory over Chicago. The last time two Bucs enjoyed a five-hit game on the same day happened when Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson accomplished the feat against Atlanta in 1970.

2011      For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.

2011      Jorge Posada, claiming a stiff back and then the need for time to clear his head, asks not to play after learning he has been slotted to hit ninth in manager Joe Girardi’s lineup. The DH’s decision to sit out the game causes controversy when Yankee GM Brian Cashman refutes his player’s injury to the media during the nationally televised game against Boston.

2012      At the age of 19 years and 211 days, Nationals’ rookie Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run, breaking the mark established by Gary Carter, who was 20 years and 173 days old when he went deep as an Expo before the team left Montreal to play in Washington. Harmon Killebrew remains the youngest to homer for a Washington team, accomplishing the feat with the Senators in 1955 at the age of 19 years and 88 days old.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAYS

1881 – Birth of Ed Walsh; pitcher, whose lifetime ERA of 1.82 is the lowest ever.

1918 – Birth of Arthur McIntyre; cricket wicket-keeper (England three times early 1950s).

1933 – Birth of John Mortimore; cricket player (England off-spinner 1959-64).

1937 – Birth of Dick Howser; shortstop (Kansas City Athletics), manager (Kansas City Royals).

1941 – Birth of Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricket player (Pakistan left-handed all-rounder 1958-73).

1947 – Birth of Dick “Dirt” Tidrow; baseball pitcher (New York Yankees).

1948 – Birth of Bob Woolmer; cricket player (England batsman mid-1970s).

1948 – Birth of Dave LaRoche; baseball pitcher (New York Yankees).

1953 – Birth of Bill Meek in Upland, Pennsylvania, USA; prone rifle (Olympics-1996).

1955 – Birth of Peter Kirsten; cricket player (South African middle-order batsman).

1955 – Birth of [Jose] Dennis Martinez in Nicaragua; pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians).

1959 – Birth of Mike Quick; NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles).

1960 – Birth of Carlyle Best; cricket player (West Indies batsman late 1980s).

1960 – Birth of Frank Nobilo in Auckland, New Zealand; Australasia golfer.

1963 – Birth of Pat Borders in Columbus, Ohio, USA; catcher (California Angels).

1965 – Birth of Curt Harnett in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; sprint cyclist (Olympics-bronze-1992/1996).

1965 – Birth of Dave Widell; NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars).

1965 – Birth of Joey Cora in Caguas, Puerto Rico; infielder (Seattle Mariners).

1965 – Birth of Kelvin Martin; NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles).

1966 – Birth of Leroy Blugh; Canadian Football League defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos).

1966 – Birth of Mark Jackson; NBA guard (Indiana Pacers).

1966 – Birth of Pooh Richardson; NBA guard (Los Angeles Clippers).

1967 – Birth of Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown in Des Moines, Iowa, USA; 400 metre runner.

1967 – Birth of Shaun Creighton; Australian distance runner (Olympics-1996).

1967 – Birth of Tony Siragusa; NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens).

1967 – Birth of Valeria Marini in Rome, Italy; sports commentator (Italian Soccer).

1968 – Birth of Hiroshi Matsuura; hockey forward (Team Japan 1998).

1970 – Birth of Sylvester Stanley; WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire).

1972 – Birth of Chad Cascadden; NFL linebacker (New York Jets).

1973 – Birth of John Davis; WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

1973 – Birth of Voshon Lenard; NBA guard (Miami Heat).

1974 – Birth of Ken Belanger in Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario, Canada; NHL left wing (New York Islanders).

1975 – Birth of Carmen Klomp; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).

1976 – Birth of Terrance Cauthen in Trenton, New Jersey; lightweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-1996).

1977 – Birth of Anca Barna in Cluj, Romania; tennis star (semifinals 1995 ITF Poland).

1977 – Birth of Jayna Hefford; ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics-1998).

1978 – Birth of Heather Brink in Lincoln, Nebraska; gymnast (Olympics-1996).

1982 – Birth of Ai Shibata; Japanese swimmer.

1984 – Birth of Michael Rensing, German football player.

1987 – Birth of Francois Steyn; South African rugby player.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 24 15 .615 12 – 10 12 – 5 8 – 8 7 – 3 3 – 1 5 – 5 L 1
NY Yankees 24 16 .600 0.5 13 – 9 11 – 7 8 – 3 7 – 6 6 – 5 7 – 3 W 1
Boston 22 19 .537 3 11 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 8 5 – 3 8 – 6 8 – 2 W 5
Toronto 16 24 .400 8.5 8 – 13 8 – 11 3 – 5 6 – 12 7 – 5 2 – 8 L 2
Baltimore 14 26 .350 10.5 6 – 15 8 – 11 9 – 12 3 – 9 2 – 5 4 – 6 W 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 25 15 .625 13 – 8 12 – 7 11 – 5 8 – 3 4 – 4 6 – 4 L 2
Cleveland 21 19 .525 4 11 – 7 10 – 12 4 – 0 6 – 10 8 – 5 4 – 6 L 1
Chi White Sox 19 21 .475 6 9 – 10 10 – 11 8 – 11 10 – 8 1 – 2 5 – 5 W 3
Detroit 18 21 .462 6.5 9 – 9 9 – 12 6 – 5 10 – 10 1 – 3 4 – 6 L 1
Kansas City 14 27 .341 11.5 9 – 13 5 – 14 4 – 7 7 – 10 2 – 8 3 – 7 L 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 27 15 .643 16 – 4 11 – 11 4 – 3 8 – 7 15 – 5 9 – 1 W 6
LA Angels 20 21 .488 6.5 11 – 9 9 – 12 6 – 4 5 – 2 5 – 14 6 – 4 W 1
Seattle 21 23 .477 7 8 – 11 13 – 12 4 – 7 7 – 6 10 – 6 3 – 7 W 1
Texas 17 21 .447 8 12 – 7 5 – 14 2 – 1 0 – 0 11 – 15 3 – 7 L 4
Oakland 19 24 .442 8.5 14 – 10 5 – 14 6 – 11 2 – 1 8 – 9 5 – 5 L 2

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Philadelphia 24 16 .600 15 – 7 9 – 9 15 – 9 3 – 1 1 – 3 7 – 3 W 3
Atlanta 21 20 .512 3.5 10 – 10 11 – 10 7 – 6 4 – 2 8 – 11 6 – 4 W 3
NY Mets 19 20 .487 4.5 9 – 8 10 – 12 13 – 8 4 – 9 1 – 2 4 – 6 W 2
Washington 16 24 .400 8 7 – 11 9 – 13 8 – 9 2 – 8 6 – 7 3 – 7 L 1
Miami 10 29 .256 13.5 6 – 15 4 – 14 5 – 16 1 – 9 2 – 2 2 – 8 L 5
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Chi Cubs 24 14 .632 15 – 6 9 – 8 6 – 4 8 – 4 6 – 3 8 – 2 W 2
Milwaukee 24 19 .558 2.5 16 – 8 8 – 11 8 – 2 11 – 8 5 – 6 7 – 3 L 3
St. Louis 22 19 .537 3.5 14 – 9 8 – 10 6 – 4 11 – 13 5 – 2 2 – 8 L 3
Pittsburgh 20 18 .526 4 9 – 9 11 – 9 2 – 1 9 – 6 2 – 9 6 – 4 L 1
Cincinnati 18 23 .439 7.5 9 – 8 9 – 15 7 – 3 3 – 11 7 – 7 5 – 5 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 27 16 .628 17 – 6 10 – 10 5 – 2 11 – 9 11 – 5 7 – 3 W 1
Arizona 23 19 .548 3.5 9 – 10 14 – 9 4 – 3 7 – 4 6 – 8 4 – 6 W 1
San Diego 22 19 .537 4 10 – 11 12 – 8 6 – 4 3 – 4 11 – 11 5 – 5 L 1
Colorado 19 21 .475 6.5 9 – 11 10 – 10 9 – 7 2 – 2 7 – 10 6 – 4 W 1
San Francisco 17 23 .425 8.5 8 – 11 9 – 12 1 – 2 4 – 6 9 – 10 5 – 5 W 1