HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL– NCC/AREA
Logansport 5 Marion 2
McCutcheon 2 Brownsburg 1
West Lafayette 6 Lafayette Jeff 5
Seton Catholic 21 Union City 2….CARDINALS: Josh Brown 3 – 3 6 RBI 3R, Vincent Falcone 3 – 4 3 RBI 2R, Brandon Chandler 1 – 2 2 RBI 3R, Luke Leverton 2 – 4 RBI 2R, Louie Falcone 2 – 4 RBI 2R, WP Louie Falcone 10K 0H
Lincoln 5 Northeastern 4
Hagerstown 8 Rushville 3
Monroe Central 13 Cowan 0
Wes-Del 14 Muncie Burris 4
Wapahani 7 Shenandoah 3
Frankton 8 Eastern Hancock 5
Yorktown 6 Connersville 5
Greensburg 6 Scottsburg 4
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA
Harrison 21 Lafayette Central Catholic 0
Lafayette Jeff 12 Clinton Central 2
New Palestine 6 Kokomo 4
Winchester 9 Bluffton 1
Lincoln 19 Hagerstown 4…GOLDEN EAGLES: Emmie Pugh 3 – 4 4 RBI 4R, Kaleigh Lamb 3 – 5 3 RBI 2R, Laynie Russell 3 – 5 2 RBI 3R, Kaylee Gabbard 1 – 2 2 RBI, Alyssa Messer 1 – 3 2 RBI, Jaela Patton 2 – 4 2 RBI 3R
East Central 6 Franklin County 5
South Dearborn 18 Madison 1
Eastern Hancock 13 Cowan 1
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL POLLS
1 Lake Central
2 Decatur Central
3 Center Grove
4 Pendleton Heights
4 Crown Point
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Penn, Gibson Southern, Evansville Reitz, Cathedral, Brownsburg, Jennings County, Noblesville, Franklin Central, Bedford North Lawrence, Kokomo, Terre Haute North, Mount Vernon, Hamilton Southeastern.
1 New Palestine
4 Brown County
7 South Bend St. Joseph
10 North Harrison
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Salem, Mississinewa, Delta, Angola, Benton Central, Western, Northview, Jasper, Vincennes Lincoln, Silver Creek, Chatard, Fairfield, Knox, South Dearborn, Lakeland.
3 Indianapolis Ritter
3 South Adams
8 Union County
9 Boone Grove
10 Central Noble
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Northwestern, Lapel, North Posey, South Vermillion, Centerville, Winamac, Adam Central, Eastern Hancock, Alexandria Monroe, Perry Central, Whitko, Cloverdale, Evansville Mater Dei, Oak Hill.
2 Morgan Township
3 Rising Sun
5 North Central
6 South Central
8 Indianapolis Lutheran
9 Washington Township
10 North Miami
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Fremont, Lincoln, North Vermillion, Indiana Deaf, Loogootee, Clay City, Caston, South Newton, Orleans, North Daviess, Lanesville, West Washington, North Decatur, Kouts, Edinburg, Michigan City Marquette.
FINAL INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS POLL – REGULAR SEASON
2 Park Tudor
5 Terre Haute South
6 Evansville Memorial
8 Columbus North
10 Fort Wayne Carroll
11 Center Grove
16 Hamilton Southeastern
17 North Central
20 Franklin Central
23 Lafayette Harrison
24 South Bend St. Joseph
25 Guerin Catholic
29 West Lafayette
30 Indianapolis Chatard
DISTRICT FOUR RANKINGS
3 New Palestine
4 Mount Vernon – Fortville
6 Muncie Burris
7 Alexandria Monroe
7 Madison Grant
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
Franklin County 5 Union County 0
#1 Singles Lindsay Lang UC vs Lilli Stewart FC 0-6 0-6
# 2 Singles Maddie Gaebel UC vs Taylor McCreary FC 0-6 0-6
# 3 Singles Lissie Pitcher UC vs Maggy Brack FC 0-6 0-6
#1 Doubles Amanda Jahosky/Ryleigh Hollen UC vs Meredith Bohman/Allie Routh FC 1-6 0-6
#2 Doubles Ella Reis/Hayley Kottka UC vs Alexis Ball/Kairee Hodapp FC 0-6 0-6
Union County 163 Tri 197 (The Patriots improved 12 – 0)
PATRIOTS: Tyler Osborne 39, Luke Yamashiro 39, Cameron Woods 41, Cody Peters 44, Nick Orr 50
TITANS: Parker Engle 35, Evan Murphy 45, Holden Thomas 58, Dustin Hill 59, Izik Stamper 62
Northeastern 178 Winchester 190
Riding an emotional high from Saturday’s tournament win, the Knights looked listless and mentally unfocused despite winning 178-190 over Winchester.
“You know they say a win is a win, but tonight felt more like a team loss because some of us lacked focus and let our emotions govern our play tonight. Maybe it was us looking ahead to Saturday’s tournament, maybe it was something else, but our hearts and heads were not where they should have been tonight. Good teams rebound (usually in-match) so hopefully this was a one-time deal and we can regroup as a team and get it right before we head into some big matches coming up. We can’t overlook teams, we can’t overlook the details. I’ll chalk this performance up to just having a bad day of golf and a win is a win,” said Coach Haynes.
Jake Shue was medalist with a 41, and both freshmen Alex Beatty and Dylan Goble saved the Knights with scores of 45 each. The Knights round out the regular TEC season with a 6-2 record heading into Saturday’s TEC Tournament at Royal Hylands.
1 Jake Shue 41
2 Bailey Moistner 47
3 Alex Beatty 45
4 Kyle Woolums 53
5 Dylan Goble 45
Team Score 178
1 Alex Pegg 42
2 Beman Welch 50
3 Nick Dunica 46
4 Brayton McKnight 52
5 Cooper McCoy 55
Team Score 190
1 Logan Daulton 56
2 Garrett Abney 57
3 Nate Irwin 59
1 Paul Welch 55
2 Dexter Hatzell 61
3 Jacob Cockerill 72
Golden State 116 Portland 94
Boston 2 Carolina 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Colorado 5 Boston 4 (11)
Tampa Bay 4 Miami 0
Toronto 7 San Francisco 3
Baltimore at NY Yankees postponed
Cleveland 9 Chicago White Sox 0
Houston 11 Detroit 4
Minnesota 4 LA Angels 3
Kansas City 11 Texas 5
Seattle 4 Oakland 3
Chicago Cubs 3 Cincinnati 1
NY Mets 6 Washington 2
Milwaukee 6 Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 14 Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 6 Arizona 2
LA Dodgers 6 San Diego 3
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 4 Scranton 2
Dayton 4 Great Lakes 3
Lake County 5 Fort Wayne 4
South Bend 6 Bowling Green 4
#21 West Virginia 9 Pittsburgh 4
#20 North Carolina 7 High Point 0
#6 Georgia Tech 7 Mercer 1
#14 UC Santa Barbara 9 Pepperdine 4
#8 E. Carolina 4 Campbell 3
#9 Louisville 8 #25 Indiana 7 (12)
#12 Baylor 12 Texas Arlington 2
#19 LSU 7 New Orleans 5
#2 Vanderbilt 5 Middle Tennessee 2
#5 Mississippi State 7 Louisiana Tech 3
Arkansas State 6 #15 Ole Miss 5
#11 Oregon State 4 Portland 3
#1 UCLA 7 UC Irvine 0
#3 Stanford 7 Cal Poly 1
Cincinnati 6 Northern Kentucky 5
Morehead State 8 Dayton 5
Southern Illinois 19 St. Louis 8
Notre Dame 12 Northwestern 4
Eastern Illinois 13 Butler 6
Purdue 4 Xavier 3
Central Michigan 10 Michigan State 2
Maryland 6 James Madison 5
Ohio State 7 Youngstown State 4
Penn State 8 Mount St. Mary’s 6
Kentucky 7 Michigan 4
Iowa at Western Illinois canceled
Wright State 7 Kent State 5
Milwaukee 5 Northern Illinois 3
Toledo 13 Purdue Fort Wayne 8
Marshall 10 Ohio 7
Belmont 6 Evansville 4
Valparaiso 4 Chicago State 3
Western Carolina 9 Eastern Kentucky 6
Tennessee 15 Tennessee Tech 10
Tennessee Martin at Memphis canceled
EARLHAM COLLEGE SPORTS NEWS: Scheuers named Earlham head men’s basketball coach
RICHMOND, Ind. – Joe Scheuers, current head coach at Thomas College (Maine) and a former assistant coach at Earlham College, has been named Earlham’s new head men’s basketball coach.
Scheuers posted a 14-13 overall record, 9-5 in the Division III North Atlantic Conference, in his only season at the helm of the Thomas men’s basketball program. Under his tutelage, the Terriers advanced to the NAC championship game for just the third time in program history and knocked off the conference’s top-seeded program, the University of Maine at Farmington, three times during the season including in the tournament semifinals. Thomas also posted a win over arch-rival Husson University for the first time in four seasons.
During his time at Thomas, Scheuers also led the men’s basketball program to achieve its highest semester GPA in program history, aided in sponsoring a high school basketball tournament to support victims of domestic violence and led a group of student-athletes from the various Thomas teams in leadership development.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Earlham as the next head men’s basketball coach,” said Scheuers. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to accept this coaching position. I want to thank Julie Kline (Earlham’s senior director of athletics), the athletics department, and the Earlham administration for putting their faith and trust in me to lead this basketball program in its next chapter. Earlham is second to none with the resources it provides its students to have a great college experience on and off the basketball court. I look forward to getting to work very soon!”
Scheuers was the assistant coach, and later the associate head coach, at Earlham from 2014 to 2018, where he assisted in all facets of the program from scheduling and budgeting, to recruiting and skill development, to serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. During his time at Earlham, the Quakers posted a then-record for conference victories in 2017-18, while charting the most wins in over 10 years. Scheuers helped generate over $40,000 for Earlham men’s basketball through various fundraising initiatives.
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Scheuers and his family back to Earlham College,” said Kline. “It was evident when Joe was on campus during his interview that he made a lasting positive impact on our student-athletes and the Earlham community during his time as the assistant coach for our program. He brings great integrity, energy and passion that will help lead our men’s basketball program to new heights and provide our student-athletes with an exceptional overall educational experience.”
Prior to joining the staff at Earlham, Scheuers was an assistant coach at Illinois College from 2012 to 2014, where he helped take a program that was 6-17 in the year prior to his arrival on staff to 13-10 in his second season with the Blueboys. He led the development of two all-conference players at Illinois College and took over all head coaching responsibilities for one month during the 2012-13 season while the head coach took a temporary leave of absence.
Scheuers began his coaching career at Trine University in Angola, Ind., during the 2011-12 season, where he assisted in the recruitment of two players who went on to earn All-America and Academic All-America honors for the Thunder.
A native of Crescent City, Illinois, Scheuers graduated from Trine University in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, where he played for the Thunder after transferring from Greenville College. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Christian studies from Grand Canyon University in 2014. Scheuers and his wife, Candace, are the parents of two daughters, Noel and Summer.
Earlham men’s basketball finished the 2018-19 season with an 8-17 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference that represents the most wins for the Quakers since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010-11 campaign.
WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST’S NOWAK COMPLETES ROUND 1 AT NATIONALS
OKLAHOMA CITY – Recent Indiana University East graduate Bre Nowak commenced play at the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships on May 14.
Nowak posted a first-round score of 84 on the par-72, 6,050-yard Lincoln Park Golf Club West Course.
* Nowak carded birdies on the par-4 No. 17 and on the par-5 No. 5.
* Nowak is making her third appearance at the national tournament.
* Melissa Eldredge from team leader Oklahoma City University leads the 155-player field with a score of 67.
“It was a rough day, one of the worst I’ve had this season. Plenty of opportunity to improve tomorrow!” – Bre Nowak
“Got off to a tough break right out of the gate this morning on the first hole (with a double-bogey) and never really got on track today. I like the way Bre fought back and made a couple of birdies, but unfortunately, just couldn’t sustain any momentum.
“As disappointed as she was, Bre immediately went to the range after her round to work on a couple of things. I know she is going to fight to put up a good round tomorrow, and I know she has it in her.” – IU East coach Billy Mullin
Nowak tees off from No. 1 at 2:50 p.m. (IU East time) in the second round on May 15.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana (33-19) trailed by six runs early, rallied, but eventually fell to the Louisville Cardinals (41-12) on Tuesday night at Bart Kaufman Field.
- Louisville plated the first six runs of the game over the first four innings. The Hoosiers would rally thought, beginning in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from senior Matt Lloyd. Sophomore Elijah Dunham followed with identical, doubling to the gap to score Lloyd.
- Later in the frame, a wild pitch and two bases loaded walks resulted in three more runs, capping off a five-run frame for the Hoosiers to make it a 6-5 Cardinals lead.
- In the seventh inning, Louisville got the lead back up to two runs on an RBI single, but the Hoosiers rallied with a two-spot of their own to tie it up. It started with an RBI single by sophomore Cole Barr, followed by a sacrifice fly by sophomore Sam Crail to make it seven-all.
- The Cardinals took the lead for good in the top of the 12th on a chopper to first base, resulting in a run scoring from third.
Indiana hosts Rutgers in its final regular season series beginning on Thursday at 6:05 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue catcher Zac Fascia channeled Moses Malone into a memorable night at Alexander Field on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with all 4 runs scored in the Boilermakers’ 4-3 victory vs. Xavier.
Fascia had all four of his hits while leading off an inning. He doubled twice, hit his fourth home run of the season and finished just a triple shy of the cycle. The junior extended his team-long hit streak to 15 consecutive games and now has six extra-base hits in the last four games, registering a .941 slugging percentage over the last four.
A bases-loaded walk to pinch hitter Johnny Sage plated the go-ahead in the bottom of the eighth. Bo Hofstra worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save of the season. The Boilermakers (21-30) snapped a four-game losing streak in one-run games that dated back to April 3.
- Zac Fascia became just the sixth Boilermaker this decade with a double in four consecutive games. His 15-game hit streak is the longest by a Boilermaker since 2011.
- Fascia joined fellow Ontario native Owen Jansen as Boilermakers with a four-hit game this year. Jansen also had three extra-base hits, all doubles, in his four-hit effort in the season opener.
- Seven Purdue pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts, recording their 23rd double-figure strikeout total of the year. Fascia has been behind the plate for 16 of those games.
- Cole McKenzie’s leadoff single in the seventh inning extended his reached base safely streak to a season-high 19 consecutive games. He has been on base in every game over the last month.
- Ben Nisle and Nick Evarts were both in the starting lineup together for the first time since March 9. Evarts was 2-for-3 Tuesday and has reached base safely in 9 of 16 plate appearances since returning to the starting lineup May 7.
- Matt Moore surrendered the game-tying run on a two-out single in the eighth inning, but earned the victory nonetheless to improve to 5-0 this season. He’s in line to become the fourth Boilermaker in program history to have a flawless winning percentage with a minimum five decisions.
- Purdue posted a 7-5 record in midweek action this season, winning its last five midweek contests over the last month. Xavier (23-28) is in first place in the Big East standings.
Fascia recorded all four of his hits while leading off the even-numbered innings. He doubled in the second, singled in the fourth, homered in the sixth and doubled in the eighth. All three of his extra-base hits were deep drives to right center field. Fascia scored on a two-out single by Tyler Powers in the second, a two-out triple from Ryan Howe in the fourth, and the two-out, bases-loaded walk to Sage in the eighth.
Milo Beam and Powers also walked in the bottom of the eighth to help the Boilermakers plate the go-ahead run.
Howe tripled over the center fielder’s head in the fourth inning, recording his second three-bagger of the season and Purdue’s Big Ten-leading 16th.
James Kulak, Dalton Parker and Hofstra all worked a 1-2-3 inning in the win. Conner Tomasic (3), Andrew Bohm (2) and Hofstra (2) all finished with multiple strikeouts, accounting for seven of the 10 Ks.
The Boilermakers return to action Thursday when they open a three-game series vs. Ohio State. First pitch at Alexander Field is slated for 6 p.m. ET.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL
Offense Carries Irish in 12-4 Win
Irish tally a season-high three home runs against Northwestern
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame baseball team took its three-game winning streak on the road for the final week of the regular season and the offense came alive in the Windy City. The offense exploded in Notre Dame’s 12-4 win over Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon at Bobby and Berenice Miller Park.
Eric Gilgenbach brought in two runs on his first career triple that was part of a four-run first inning to open the game for the Irish. Niko Kavadas and Jack Zyska had back-to-back solo home runs in the second to increase the early lead.
Northwestern (23-25) fought back with four runs in the fifth but the Irish got most of them back in the next inning. Spencer Myers recorded his first career home run to start it off and the Irish (23-26) scored six unanswered runs over the next two innings to take control and seal the win.
How It Happened
The Irish opened the game with a bang, scoring four runs in the opening frame. Daniel Jung plated the first run on a sacrifice fly that scored Myers. Gilgenbach was up next and he smashed a ball into the gap in left center that went all the way to the wall. Kavadas and Zyska scored and Gilgenbach ended up at third for his first career triple. Zack Prajzner continued the offensive output in the first with a RBI single through the left side that scored Gilgenbach from third.
Kavadas added another run to the Irish lead in the top of the second. With two outs in the inning, the sophomore lefty crushed a ball over the wall in right for a solo home run, his team-high 11th of the season. Up next was Zyska and he also crushed a ball, this time over the wall in left for a solo shot and his second home run of the season and the Irish held a 6-0 lead after two innings.
With the Boston College series starting early this week on Thursday, the Irish deployed a staff day on the mound and Belcik got it started against the Wildcats. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the first by ending the inning with a strikeout and kept Northwestern off the scoreboard.
After the first, Belcik settled in and retired the Wildcats in order in the second inning. In the third inning, he faced the minimum after a double-play ended the inning as the lead-off batter reached base on a hit-by-pitch.
Belcik exited after the third and Shane Combs came out of the pen and worked around a hit in the fourth to keep the Wildcats scoreless.
Northwestern finally broke through in the fifth and had a big inning added by a couple of Irish errors. The Wildcats scored four runs in the fifth but Tommy Vail came on and got the final out of the inning with the bases loaded to preserve the Irish lead.
The Irish immediately responded in the next half inning. Carter Putz led the inning off with a single and moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. Myers stepped up and hit a blast over the wall in right for his first career home run. The Irish got another run back in the sixth. Zyska doubled down the line in left and scored on Jung’s RBI single up the middle.
Notre Dame continued to tack on runs in the top of the seventh. Prajzner and Putz hit back-to-back singles after a strikeout began the inning. Jared Millersent them both home after his RBI double to left made it all the wall to the wall. Miller came around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly and the Irish held a commanding 12-4 lead at the end of the inning.
Notre Dame tied a season-high with 12 runs and 15 hits in the win. The score 12 against No. 19 Florida State on March 23 and had 15 hits against Pitt on April 20.
The Irish hit a team-high three home runs in the win, the most in a game since May 15, 2018 at Northwestern.
Notre Dame swiped seven bases in the win, the second most in a game this season.
Eric Gilgenbach recorded his first career triple in his 403rd career at-bat in the top of the first. The extra base hit scored two runs and it was Gilgenbach’s 10th multi-RBI game of the season.
Niko Kavadas tallied his team-leading 11th home run of the season with the solo shot in the top of the second. It was his first home run since April 9 against Michigan State.
Jack Zyska recorded his second home run of the season when he followed Kavadas with a solo homer in the second inning.
Zyska set a career high with three runs on the afternoon.
It was the first time this season the Irish had hit back-to-back home runs.
Spencer Myers ripped a two-run homer to right for his first career home run in the top of the sixth.
Myers finished the game with three RBI which tied a career high.
Daniel Jung singled in the top of the sixth for the 11th hit of the afternoon. Each member of the starting lineup had a hit for the first time this season.
Jared Miller tied a career high with three hits and two RBI against the Wildcats.
The Irish head east for their final ACC series of the regular season. The Irish will take on Boston College starting Thursday night in Brighton, Mass. with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. All three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL
NILES, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team defeated Youngstown State, 7-4, Tuesday night at Eastwood Field. Junior first baseman Conner Pohl tied the game in the fifth with a grand slam in a three-hit game, while junior right fielder Dominic Canzone blasted the go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the eighth for his team-best 15th homer of the season. Freshman left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim claimed his first collegiate win in the road victory (1-1). With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 28-24 overall, while the Penguins drop to 12-38 in 2019.
“We wanted to come up here and get some momentum with a win as we go into a big weekend in West Lafayette,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We got some big hits from Conner Pohl and Dominic Canzone. We put up 13 hits on the board which is a great thing to see. Dom’s throw to the plate to end the seventh was huge from a momentum standpoint. It was a big-time play. Dom is so much more than just a hitter with the way he plays right field for us. The arm strength is solid and the accuracy is what’s so good. I told the guys after the game, let’s take it to West Lafayette and let’s go take care of business in our conference.”
COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State concludes the regular season at West Lafayette, Ind., for a three-game Big Ten series at Purdue Thursday-Saturday. The Buckeyes (9-12) are 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. The series vs. Purdue will be streamed on BTN Plus and can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.
PENGUINS JUMP OUT ON TOP
Youngstown State scored the first run on a RBI bloop single by Jeff Wehler in the bottom of the first. Lead-off hitter Lucas Nasonti was hit by a pitch and stole second before scoring on the hit by Wehler. In the bottom of the third, Wehler launched a two-out, three-run homer over the wall in left to make it 4-0 in favor of the Penguins.
POHL SLAM TIES IT
Pohl from Arcanum, Ohio, launched a two-out grand slam in the top of the fifth on a 2-0 count off YSU starting pitcher Jon Synder over the wall in right to tie the game at 4-all. It marked the first grand slam by the Buckeyes this season.
DOM CAN DO IT ALL
Canzone showed in the late innings vs. the Penguins why he is in the running for the Big Ten Player of the Year award. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Canzone caught a fly ball in right and fired a strike to catcher Brent Todys at the plate to complete the inning-ending double play and keep the score knotted at four apiece. After an infield single by Erwin, Canzone launched a two-run, no-doubt shot over the wall in right to give the Scarlet and Gray their first lead of the game. The homer was Canzone’s 15th of the year, the most homers by a Buckeye in a single season since Christian Snavely hit 16 homers in 2003. He pushed home the team’s seventh run on a sac fly in the ninth.
ON THE MOUND
Ohio State starting pitcher Jake Vance threw three innings and gave up four runs on three hits with one walk in a no decision. Right-handed reliever Joe Gahm tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief with two walks and one hit. Right-handed reliever Bayden Root tossed 0.2 scoreless inning with one walk. Milheim earned the win to improve to 1-1, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts on two hits. He fanned one in the eighth and got a YSU hitter to roll into a double play to end the frame.
- Ohio State improves to 16-2 all-time vs. Youngstown State. The Buckeyes have won 11 straight games dating back to 1997.
- With a lead-off walk, Dominic Canzone extended his reached base streak to 48 games. He is three games shy of tying Nick Swisher’s reached base streak record of 51 games set in 2002.
- Canzone launched his team-best 15th homer of the year. It’s the most homers by a Buckeye since Christian Snavely hit 16 homers in 2003. Canzone extended his hit streak to six games.
- Dingler extended his reached base streak to 28 games with a walk in the fifth.
- Other reached base streaks extended: Winand (5).
- Pohl launched his third homer of the season.
- The grand slam by Pohl was the first grand slam by a Buckeye in 2019. Pohl drove in a season-high four BRI.
- Multi-hit games: Pohl (13), Carpenter (8) and Erwin (6).
- Multi-RBI games: Canzone (10) and Pohl (9).
- Gahm threw a season-high 2.2 innings tonight on the mound.
- Milheim picked up his first collegiate win tonight.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF
Boilermakers Slip to 10th at NCAA Golf Regionals
PULLMAN, Wash. – On a day with near-perfect conditions, the Purdue men’s golf team couldn’t make a move, slipping to 10th at the NCAA Golf Regional Championships held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club on the campus of Washington State University.
The Boilermakers recorded a 1-over par 281 to fall to a 10th-place tie at 4-under par 556 (275-281) after 36 holes. Purdue fell 19 shots back of leader Texas A&M (-23), but remains just eight shots out of fifth place – the cutline to advance to the NCAA National Championships which begins in 10 days in Arkansas.
Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, BYU and Colorado State (-12) round out the top five. UCLA is sixth (-9) and is followed by South Carolina (-8), Kent State (-6) and Florida (-6).
Ten of the 14 teams posted under-par rounds and the round two scoring average was 70.64, just 0.64 strokes over par.
Head coach Rob Bradley knows the Boilermakers missed a chance Tuesday, but that it’s not over by any means.
“We had our chances today, but our golf wasn’t just good enough. We counted 15 bogeys and a double bogey on a course that is yielding a lot of low rounds,” Bradley said. “I don’t think we have played great golf this week, so that is encouraging. We still have a chance, but we need a special round tomorrow. We need to make less mistakes and more birdies and then get a little help from some other teams. We really need everyone to step up.”
The round wasn’t without highlights.
Senior Timmy Hildebrand remains in the top 10 after a second-round 69 to sit in T-9th at 6-under par 134 (65-69). Hildebrand’s 69 today was his 11th round this season in the 60s, now tied with Lee Williamson (2001-02) for the most in school history in a single year. He has 20 rounds of even or under par this season, good for third in Purdue history.
Cole Bradley also turned in an even-par round 70, and is now in T-26th at 2-under par 138 (68-70). Bradley’s 17 rounds of even-par or better this year are seventh in school history.
Jarle Volden is T-40th at 1-over par 141 (70-71), while Joe Weiler is T-60th at 6-over par 146 (72-74).
Freshman Andrew Farraye was subbed in for round two, shooting a 1-over par 71.
Purdue will tee off at 11:55 AM ET, off hole No. 10, and will be paired with Michigan State and Northern Colorado.
New Orleans wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1
New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson next month.
The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. And the lottery win comes after a season when Davis wanted a trade – something that might not seem so appealing to him now, not with Williamson likely coming to New Orleans.
Memphis will choose second, New York third and the Los Angeles Lakers will pick fourth.
Williamson says he has never been to New Orleans. That might soon change.
“It’s just another positive event for us,” new Pelicans general manager David Griffin said.
The Pelicans were the biggest winners – and the Grizzlies and the Lakers had reason to celebrate as well. They all moved up, much to the chagrin of teams like New York, Cleveland and Phoenix. The Suns, Cavs and Knicks all had the best chance of winning the lottery, and neither even got as much as a No. 2 pick.
Williamson will have an excellent chance at seeing his name added to the list of other No. 1 picks who entered the league with much fanfare in the lottery era, players like LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson and Allen Iverson.
Cleveland will pick fifth, Phoenix sixth, Chicago seventh, Atlanta eighth, Washington ninth, Atlanta again at 10th, Minnesota 11th, Charlotte 12th, Miami 13th and Boston 14th. That pick was conveyed to the Celtics by Sacramento as part of an earlier trade.
UCF center Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 draft hopeful, played against Williamson in the second round of the NCAA tournament – a 77-76 Duke victory that went down to the very last moment, a game where Williamson scored 32 points. Fall was asked Tuesday who he would take with the No. 1 pick in this draft, and he did not hesitate for even a second before answering.
“Zion,” Fall said. “He’s a once-in-a-generation player. I’d seen him on TV a lot, but when you play against this kid, you just see it. He’s different.”
Williamson was watching the lottery result unveiling from a stageside seat, along with Murray State’s Ja Morant, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Indiana’s Romeo Langford and more. Williamson was one of three now-former Duke starters at the lottery – R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish were among the invited players as well.
“For three of us to be here, it’s crazy,” Williamson told NBA TV before the event started. “I don’t think you usually see anything like that.”
Curry, Warriors take Game 1 of Western Conference finals
Stephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll. Portland’s defenders were too far back in the paint or a step behind all night.
“Practice shots,” Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said of Curry’s wide-open chances.
So far, the Warriors are showing they can keep winning until Kevin Durant gets healthy.
Making it look easy again, Curry knocked down nine 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, leading the two-time defending champions past the Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
“I know what I’m capable of on the floor. The situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive and hopefully that’ll continue,” said Curry, who came in shooting 37.1% on 3s this postseason. “Obviously it’s nice to see the ball go in. I didn’t shoot the ball well for 4 1/2 games the last series and got off to a good start tonight. I want to maintain that. Every game is different, you’ve got to re-establish yourself. That’s my perspective no matter how I play.”
Curry shot 12 for 23 in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, finding far more open looks than he had in the last round against Houston. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31 against a strong Golden State defense.
“It’s good to see Steph have a game like that at a time that obviously we need him most,” Draymond Green said.
Klay Thompson had 26 points, including a late one-handed slam. Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.
NCAA to consider allowing athletes to profit from names
The NCAA is looking at how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.
NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced Tuesday that Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will head a new working group on the topic.
“This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership – from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes – that will examine the NCAA’s position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education,” Ackerman said in a statement. “We believe the time is right for these discussions and look forward to a thorough assessment of the many complexities involved in this area.”
The NCAA said a final report from the working group is due to the Board of Governors in October.
NCAA rules forbid athletes in most circumstances from receiving benefits or compensation for their names, images and likenesses from a school or outside source. For example, college athletes cannot take part in commercial advertising or sign autographs for money – which infamously got Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel into trouble with the NCAA in 2013.
“While the formation of this group is an important step to confirming what we believe as an association, the group’s work will not result in paying students as employees,” Smith said. “That structure is contrary to the NCAA’s educational mission and will not be a part of this discussion.”
The NCAA’s amateurism rules have faced several legal challenges in recent years and threats from lawmakers. A federal antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon in 2009 challenged the NCAA and its member schools’ right to use athletes’ names, images and likenesses without compensation.
Bruins beat Carolina 2-1, take 3-0 series lead
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins stood tall during an early deluge of shots and penalties, patiently waiting for their chance to take over the game.
Then one big burst put them on the brink of another trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final after Chris Wagner and Brad Marchand scored 5:07 apart in the second period.
“The moral of the story is, we got through the first period – however you want to describe it – and off we went after that,” coach Bruce Cassidy said.
Rask stopped 35 shots for the Bruins, who have won six straight postseason games for the first time since 1978. They are one victory away from their third Stanley Cup appearance in nine years.
Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.
“This year, I feel like we really have each other’s backs,” Rask said. “We’ve been in some tight games, and then our depth comes in, and we score some goals and we take over the games.”
Calvin de Haan scored and Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves for the Hurricanes while starting in place of Petr Mrazek, who allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the series.
This one was closer, but it still wasn’t enough to keep alive Carolina’s postseason perfection at home – where a pig named Hamilton looks on from behind the corner boards.
“There’s no way around it. There’s no way to sugarcoat it,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. We got kicked in the you-know-where.”
Hendricks has 2-run 2B, pitches into 9th; Cubs top Reds 3-1
Kyle Hendricks had as many hits as he allowed in his latest gem.
Hendricks had a career-high three hits, including a two-run double , and worked into the ninth inning Tuesday night, leading the surging Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs are 10-2 in May, their best start to the month since 1977. Chicago has won 22 of 28 games for the NL’s best record at 25-14. In this one, Hendricks (3-4) did it all .
He’s found his stride in May, winning all three starts while allowing only one earned run in 25 innings. He gave up a pair of singles and Joey Votto’s homer in the fourth inning, Cincinnati’s only hits.
Shockingly, Hendricks also had a two-run double and a pair of singles.
“When I took him out, I said way to swing the bat,” manager Joe Maddon said.
A .090 career hitter heading into the season, Hendricks spent time on his swing hoping to avoid being removed for a pinch hitter late in games. Still, he never expected anything like Tuesday night.
His RBI double put the Cubs in line for yet another win over Cincinnati. The liner over Nick Senzel’s head in center field – only Hendricks’ second hit of the season – made it 2-0 in the second inning. He added two more singles and lined out.
“It’s something I really need to get better at,” Hendricks said. “Honestly, I don’t know what happened today.”
The double came on a hanging slider by Tanner Roark (3-2), who lamented allowing the opposing pitcher to get a two-out hit that decided the game.
“You don’t want to let those guys beat you,” Roark said. “Tonight, I let it happen to me.”
Sale strikes out 17 in 7 innings, Rockies top Red Sox in 11
Chris Sale pleaded but did not push when manager Alex Cora told him his day was done.
Cora was not about to risk the health his ace left-hander, even after he struck out a career-high 17 over seven innings. Sale may have righted whatever went wrong during an 0-5 start, but Cora still went to the bullpen for the eighth, costing Sale the chance to chase the major league record of 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game.
Even after the Rockies rallied to a 5-4 win in the 11th, Cora and Sale seemed comfortable saying the skipper made the right call.
“AC’s got two handshakes, and you get one or the other. And you know which one is the `done’ one,” Sale said. “I’d love to have gone back out there, but as I said, I’ll never question anything he does.”
Sale became the first pitcher in major league history to fan 17 in a start of no more than seven innings. Boston pitchers combined to strike out 24, but the Red Sox had their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Sale, who isn’t the most cheerful guy in the clubhouse even after a win, couldn’t help but smile a little after this one.
“I love this game and to be able to have a chance at doing something like that is special,” Sale said. “But at the same time, it’s still a close game. You’ve got a job to do and you just try to hold it down when you can.”
Mark Reynolds, whose fifth-inning double was the first runner allowed by Sale, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 11th against Ryan Brasier (2-2).
“You never know what’s going to happen. So I think all of us who were here tonight witnessed two walks, 24 strikeouts, but a Rockie win,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We just stayed at it. Man, it was a hell of a game.”
Sale struck out the first six batters and fanned eight through three innings. He dominated the Rockies with a firm fastball and sharp slider, topping his previous best of 15 strikeouts, which he had done three times.
Astros rout Tigers 11-4, extend winning streak to 7
The Houston Astros are making these games pretty enjoyable for their starting pitchers.
Carlos Correa started another Houston onslaught with a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Astros routed the Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to seven games. Wade Miley won his third straight start. This was the fourth time this season Houston has scored at least 10 runs in a game he pitched.
“It’s like I’m a fan,” Miley said. “It’s like they should charge us a ticket price to sit where we sit and get to watch this.”
The Astros, who have won 10 of 11, scored in each of the first six innings against a depleted Detroit pitching staff. George Springer hit an inside-the-park homer in the fifth, and Aledmys Diaz went deep in the third for Houston.
Miley (4-2) allowed four runs in six innings for the Astros. Houston led 7-0 after its half of the third.
Ronny Rodriguez homered for Detroit, but the Tigers are up against it this week. Not only are they facing the team with baseball’s best record, but they also have a rotation beset by injuries. Tyson Ross and Jordan Zimmermann are on the injured list, and Michael Fulmer and Matt Moore are out for the season.
So Ryan Carpenter (0-2) took the mound for his second start of the season and allowed seven earned runs in four innings. After Correa’s homer opened the scoring, Michael Brantley added a two-run single in the second. Diaz’s solo shot made it 7-0.
Springer circled the bases in the fifth when his drive bounced off the wall and past center fielder JaCoby Jones. It was the first inside-the-park home run of his career, and Houston led 9-2.
Guerrero Jr. hits 2 HRs, Blue Jays beat Giants 7-3
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received some advice from his Hall of Fame father after hitting the first two home runs of his career. In return, the younger Guerrero plans on sending his father a few mementos from his historic night.
Guerrero homered twice to become the third-youngest player to hit his first two major league homers in the same game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Tuesday night.
Guerrero, who finished with three hits and four RBIs, became the youngest in franchise history to go deep as the Blue Jays won the opener of a six-game trip after losing five of six on a homestand in which they totaled eight runs.
“He just said like he always told me, `Don’t look for home runs. They’re going to come,'” Guerrero said through a translator. “I’m going to give both balls and the bat to my dad. I’m going to keep using everything that I used today except the bat that I really want to give to my dad.”
The touted 20-year-old Guerrero homered in the first inning against Giants opener Nick Vincent (0-2), his first in 14 big league games. His drive to straightaway center was measured at 111.3 mph and traveled an estimated 438 feet.
“He was talking about it during batting practice and he did it,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “We knew that was coming. He’s that good. He could carry a team if he gets hot. He can do stuff like that.”
The Toronto slugger had a hard-hit single in the second then added an even more impressive blast in the sixth off Reyes Moronta, a three-run drive estimated at 451 feet.
The crowd at Oracle Park let out a collective gasp as the ball sailed over the wall in left-center. Winning pitcher Trent Thornton even got caught up watching.
Dodgers’ Julio Urias arrested in domestic battery case
Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball following his arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery.
Urias was taken into custody Monday night in the parking lot of a shopping mall, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said. No details were released.
MLB subsequently placed the left-hander on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest. The leave was effective Tuesday and can last up to seven days. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended while the probe continues.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before LA’s game against the San Diego Padres that the team will let the process run its course and that they hope to know more information in the coming days. “Obviously it’s not ideal in any sense of the word. It doesn’t behoove me to make any further comments until I know more,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he didn’t know how long the investigation would last.
MLB and the players’ association agreed to a domestic violence policy in 2015, giving the commissioner the right to investigate and impose discipline. If discipline is warranted, a paid leave can be converted to a suspension without pay. Players cited previously under the policy include Jose Reyes, Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig, Hector Olivera, Jeurys Familia, Steven Wright, Miguel Sano and Addison Russell.
There was no immediate response Tuesday to an email sent to Urias’ agent, Scott Boras.
The Dodgers said in an earlier statement that they learned Tuesday morning about what happened and had no immediate comment while they gathered information.
King Felix likely sidelined for a month with lat strain
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is expected to miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a lat strain in his right side.
Seattle manager Scott Servais said Tuesday an MRI revealed the extent of the injury. Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday and was originally diagnosed as having a shoulder strain. Servais and Hernandez said the injury is similar to the lat strain suffered by closer Hunter Strickland early in the season, just not as severe.
“(It’s) grade 1, so it’s not a big deal,” Hernandez said before Tuesday night’s game with the Oakland Athletics.
Hernandez landed on the injured list a day after he pitched 2 1/3 innings against Boston, giving up six hits and seven earned runs in his second-shortest start of the season. Hernandez lasted only one inning in April against Kansas City, but left that game because of an illness.
The news comes as starter Wade LeBlanc prepares to return to the rotation. LeBlanc was in the clubhouse Tuesday after completing a five-inning, 60-pitch minor league outing Monday in Las Vegas. Servais said LeBlanc likely figures into the rotation in the near future but that nothing is set for the series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend. With a day off Wednesday, the team could move other pitchers around, as well.
LeBlanc, who was placed on the injured list April 14 after straining his right oblique, said he has felt no pain during his rehab and is ready to return to the rotation.
“I’m always ready to go,” LeBlanc said. “Whenever they want to give me the ball, I’ll take it.”
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan signs 6-year extension
Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has signed a six-year contract extension through 2024-25.
Since the Toronto native took on the role with the team in April 2014 – the beginning of the so-called “Shana-Plan” – the Leafs bottomed out in the standings before a resurgence that has seen the franchise make the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.
Under Shanahan’s watch, Toronto hired Kyle Dubas as an assistant general manager in 2014 before adding head coach Mike Babcock and GM Lou Lamoriello in 2015.
Toronto drafted Mitch Marner in 2015, won the draft lottery in 2016 for the right to select Auston Matthews, and convinced John Tavares to sign with the Leafs in free agency last summer.
Dubas replaced Lamoriello, the man who originally drafted Shanahan as a player with the New Jersey Devils in 1987, as GM last spring.
The Leafs, who lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games for the second straight spring last month, have failed to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2004. The team’s Stanley Cup drought is also the longest in the NHL at 52 years.
“When (Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment) approached me several months ago to discuss an extension, I told them this would be quite simple as I’ve had no desire to leave what we’ve started here with the Maple Leafs,” Shanahan, 50, said in a statement.
“I’m thankful to the board of directors, our coaches, trainers, management and office staff, and especially our players for the professionalism and dedication they display every day.”
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 after a 21-season career on the ice, Shanahan moved into the NHL’s offices after retiring, eventually becoming the league’s director of player safety.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C…..The buzzer sounded, an achievement Dean Smith called his “so-called record” was secured and Serge Zwikker took off across the basketball court. An instant after North Carolina’s 73‚56 victory over Colorado today increased Smith’s career total to 877, one more than Adolph Rupp of Kentucky, Zwikker, the Tar Heels’ 7- foot-3-inch center, took the basketball from the hands of a Colorado guard, held it over his head and carried it into history until he was stopped by security. It was the first time the Tar Heels were stopped all day.
North Carolina had advanced to the round of 16 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament for the 15th time in 17 years. It had overcome a first-half groin injury to Vince Carter, its third-leading scorer. It had held Colorado’s dangerous Chauncey Billups to 11 points. It was energized, once more, by Ed Cota, the freshman who has become the latest in Smith’s succession of New York point guards.
Before March 7, Cota had made two 3- point shots this season. He made 2 of 2 today, including one that started a 13‚2 Carolina spurt after Colorado remained within a point early in the second half. With Cota’s calm direction, the Tar Heels continued to move forward until their tallest player started to leave the floor with the historic ball. A tournament official stood in his path. “She wanted the ball pretty bad,” Zwikker said. “She said, We’re going to give it to him later.’ We said, We’re going to give it to him now’.”
An achievement even Smith once thought was unreachable this season an opinion that was not disputed when the Tar Heels lost their first three Atlantic Coast Conference games was followed by an understated presentation in a small dressing room. “I just said, Coach, here’s the ball,'” Zwikker remembered. “He said, Thank you very much. This ball represents a lot of history.'”
The sense of history tonight could be felt throughout Joel Coliseum. A collection of former Tar Heels, which included stars such as Bobby Jones and role players such as Warren Martin, sat near the Carolina bench. “And there were a lot more who wanted to come,” said Bill Guthridge, Smith’s longtime assistant. “But we couldn’t get tickets for them.” Smith carefully listed nine assistants, from Ken Rosemond and Larry Brown through his current staff members Dave Hammers and Phil Ford. “I’ve named all the assistants,” he said. “I can’t name all the players. I could, but it would take me a while.”
Dean Smith retired in 1997 with a record 879 victories and a 36- year legacy that transcended triumphs and defeats. Because of the coaches and players they trained or taught, he and John Wooden of U.C.L.A. are widely considered the greatest coaches in their sport in the past half-century.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1862 The Union Grounds, the new home of the Eckfords, opens in Brooklyn. The Williamsburg ballpark is the first baseball facility to be enclosed entirely by a fence, thereby allowing paying customers only to view the games.
1901 Watty Lee throws the first shutout in American League history when the visiting Washington Senators blank the Americans at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-0. The 21 year-old southpaw, who will finish the season with a 16-16 record, will be the author of two of the eight shutouts thrown in the Junior Circuit’s inaugural season.
1912 After days of taking verbal abuse from Highlander fans at Hilltop Park, Ty Cobb, jumps into the stands near the Tigers dugout and pummels Claude Lueker, who has no fingers on one hand and only two fingers on the other, due to an industrial accident. The “Georgia Peach’ lands at least a dozen punches to the head of the heckler, knocking his victim down, before kicking the hapless fan in the lower body with his spikes.
1918 In a game that takes only 2 hours and 47 minutes to play, Senators’ legend Walter Johnson goes the distance in an 18-inning contest, defeating Larry Williams, who also tosses a complete game, and the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Eddie Ainsworth, who advances to third base on the ‘Big Train’s’ single, scores the winning run on a wild pitch.
1919 After 12 scoreless innings at Ebbets Field, the Reds score ten runs in the 13th inning to beat Al Mamaux and the Dodgers, 10-0. Cincinnati starter Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his previous start, is the beneficiary of the blowout.
1941 Joe DiMaggio begins his 56-game hitting streak with a hit against White Sox pitcher Edgar Smith. The Yankee outfielder will collect at least one hit in every game until July 17, when his unrivaled accomplishment, which captures the attention of a nation, is stopped in Cleveland with the help of outstanding defensive plays by third baseman Ken Keltner.
1944 In front of just 1,014 fans at Crosley Field, Reds’ hurler Clyde Shoun, in his first start of the season, no-hits the Braves, 1-0. Chuck Aleno’s only home run of the 1944 season accounts for the game’s lone run.
1952 Virgil Trucks throws the first of his two no-hitters this season, blanking the Senators, 1-0, thanks to a two-out, two-strike ninth-inning home run by Vic Wertz. Due to a parade honoring war hero General Douglas MacArthur in downtown Detroit, a sparse crowd of only 2,215 fans is in attendance at Briggs Stadium to witness the second no-no in franchise history, the first since George Mullin accomplished the feat in 1912.
1956 Sal Maglie, obtained on waivers by Cleveland last season from the Giants, is shipped to the Dodgers for a hundred dollars after impressing Brooklyn in an exhibition game. The ‘Barber’ will post a 13-5 record along with a 2.89 ERA for the eventual NL Champs, finishing second to teammate Don Newcombe in the balloting for both the Cy Young and MVP awards.
1960 After being traded from the Phillies, Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his Cub debut. Thanks to three outstanding defensive catches, including Walt Moryn’s game-ending grab, the Winston-Salem, NC native becomes the first pitcher to keep the opponents hitless in a first start after being traded.
1961 Teammates Felipe and Matty Alou both homer in the Giants’ 14-1 victory over Chicago at Candlestick Park. Felipe’s grand slam in the first inning scores the first four runs of the game, and his younger brother’s puts on the finishing touch of the rout with an eighth-inning round-tripper.
1961 The American Basketball League’s Cleveland Pipers, owned by George Steinbrenner, hire John McLendon, Jr. as the franchise’s head coach, making him the first African American to be named to a top leadership position in any major professional sport. The well-respected college coach, leaving the post midway through the 1961-62 ABL season, will become the first of many of the future Yankee owner’s employees to resign over the years due to interference from the front office.
1968 Hoping to fill the void created when the Braves moved to Atlanta, the White Sox play the first of nine games in Milwaukee. A crowd of 23,403 fans watches the Pale Hose lose to the Angels, 4-2, in the first American League contest to take place in Milwaukee since 1901.
1968 “If they think we’re stupid for playing this game, how stupid are they for coming out to watch us.” – DENNY McLAIN, commenting about the small crowds at Tiger Stadium at the start of the season.
At Tiger Stadium, the biggest crowd since Opening Day greets Denny McLain with a chorus of boos, showing their displeasure about comments he made on a local radio station where he called the fans “the biggest front-runners in the world.” The right-hander, who will label the same fans the best in the world when they howl their approval after his 30th victory, was critical of the fans because of the lack of attendance at the ballpark at the start of the season.
1970 After going 0-4 on Opening Day, Rico Carty proceeds to get a hit in 31 straight games. This season’s batting champ’s sixth-inning RBI single at Crosley Field sets the record for the longest hitting streak for the Braves since the franchise relocated to Atlanta.
1973 Nolan Ryan, who lasted just one-third of an inning in his previous start, throws the first of his seven career no-hitters, including another one in two months. The ‘Ryan Express’s 3-0 gem is the first no-hit game to be played in Kansas City’s Royals Stadium.
1976 In his first major league start, rookie right-hander Mark Fidrych throws a complete game two-hitter in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over Cleveland. ‘The Bird’, who holds the Tribe hitless for the first six innings, amuses his teammates and delights the Detroit fans with his unorthodox antics, which includes talking to the ball.
1978 The Twins, after the team’s owner overcomes his misgiving about Mike Marshall’s demeanor, sign the All-Star retired right-handed reliever, who will lead the league in saves next season with 32. Minnesota wins seven of its next eight games, with their new closer picking up four saves and win during the span.
1981 At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, the Indians’ Len Barker pitches the 11th perfect game in major league history, defeating the Blue Jays, 3-0. Catfish Hunter was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat, hurling a perfecto for the A’s in 1968.
1989 After several well-publicized run-ins with the team’s star, the 12-24 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams, replacing him with hitting coach Cito Gaston. George Bell had made it widely known he did not want to be Toronto’s designated hitter, despite his skipper’s insistence he fill that role for the club.
1991 England’s Queen Elizabeth is President George Bush’s guest at the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium. The O’s, who play in a city named after a British Lord, drop a 6-3 decision to Oakland.
1991 The Red Sox and White Sox play a contest which lasts 4 hours and 11 minutes, setting a new record for the slowest game ever played in nine innings. Boston’s 9-6 victory at Fenway Park features ten pitchers who throw a total of 352 pitches.
1997 In an 8-2 win over San Diego, the Cubs score half their runs when Brian McRae, Doug Glanville, and Sammy Sosa all triple in the bottom of the seventh inning off Friar right-hander Tim Scott. Chicago third baseman Jose Hernandez also chips in with a run-producing three-bagger during the fourth inning of the Wrigley Field contest.
1998 On the day the Marlins trade Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile, the team hangs on to beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 8-7. In the first inning, the Fish connect for nine consecutive hits, a franchise record, and score seven runs, all without the help of their recently departed teammates.
2002 Astros’ bench coach Tony Pena is named manager of the Royals, replacing interim skipper John Mizerock, who had taken over the reins when the team released Tony Muser on April 29. Buck Showalter and Bucky Dent were rumored to be candidates for the position.
2005 The White Sox drop a 6-2 decision to the Orioles, marking the first time this season the team never had a lead in a game. The streak of being ahead in 37 straight games establishes a major league record from the beginning of a season and ties the 1934 Yankees and the 1942 Cardinals for the third longest span in major league history.
2006 For the first time in baseball history, teams meet in a day-night, home and away interstate doubleheader. The Sioux Fall Canaries (SD) and Sioux City Explorers (IA) of the American Association (Independent) split the twin bill, with the I-29 rivals each losing its home game.
2008 Ryan Braun, National League’s Rookie of the Year last season, and the Brewers come to terms on a $45 million, eight-year deal, the richest and longest in franchise history. The generous contract for a “zero-plus” player (less than one-year major league service) replaces the $455,000, one-year renewal the team gave him during spring training.
2010 Owasso High School junior Dylan Bundy, needing his team to win both ends of a doubleheader to stave off his team’s elimination from the state tournament, throws the final five innings of the opener and the first five innings of the nightcap. The future first-round pick (4th) of the Orioles, who will throw 181 pitches over the two games en route to striking out 20 batters in 10 innings, helps the Rams beat Jenks, 10-7 and 5-4, advancing his teammates to the Oklahoma state championship game. (Our thanks to Rick Heaton, sports editor/associate editor of the Owasso Reporter, for his help in providing details of this entry.)
2013 Royals TV honors longtime broadcaster Fred White, who died today due to complications from melanoma, with a half-inning of silence to start the game. The Homer (IL) native, an employee with the organization for the past 40 years, was the team’s play-by-play announcer for 25 years, covering a span from 1973 to 1998.
2015 At Target Field, Jose Bautista hits home runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, contributing to the Blue Jays’ 11-3 victory against Minnesota. The Toronto right-fielder, last season’s homer leader, has clouted four round-trippers in a span of five at-bats, including his last plate appearance in yesterday’s game.
2015 Mariner right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth-youngest hurler to record his 2,000th career strikeout when he whiffs Sam Fuld in the fifth inning of the team’s 4-3 victory against Oakland at Safeco Field. Bert Blyleven, Walter Johnson, and Sam McDowell are the only three pitchers to reach the milestone faster than King Felix.
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|Philadelphia||24||17||.585||–||15 – 8||9 – 9||15 – 9||3 – 2||1 – 3||6 – 4||L 1|
|Atlanta||21||21||.500||3.5||10 – 11||11 – 10||7 – 6||4 – 3||8 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|NY Mets||20||20||.500||3.5||9 – 8||11 – 12||14 – 8||4 – 9||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 3|
|Washington||16||25||.390||8||7 – 12||9 – 13||8 – 10||2 – 8||6 – 7||3 – 7||L 2|
|Miami||10||30||.250||13.5||6 – 16||4 – 14||5 – 16||1 – 9||2 – 2||1 – 9||L 6|
|Chi Cubs||25||14||.641||–||15 – 6||10 – 8||6 – 4||9 – 4||6 – 3||8 – 2||W 3|
|Milwaukee||25||19||.568||2.5||16 – 8||9 – 11||9 – 2||11 – 8||5 – 6||7 – 3||W 1|
|St. Louis||23||19||.548||3.5||14 – 9||9 – 10||7 – 4||11 – 13||5 – 2||3 – 7||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||21||18||.538||4||9 – 9||12 – 9||2 – 1||9 – 6||3 – 9||7 – 3||W 1|
|Cincinnati||18||24||.429||8.5||9 – 9||9 – 15||7 – 3||3 – 12||7 – 7||5 – 5||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||28||16||.636||–||18 – 6||10 – 10||5 – 2||11 – 9||12 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|Arizona||23||20||.535||4.5||9 – 11||14 – 9||4 – 3||7 – 5||6 – 8||3 – 7||L 1|
|San Diego||22||20||.524||5||10 – 11||12 – 9||6 – 4||3 – 4||11 – 12||4 – 6||L 2|
|Colorado||20||21||.488||6.5||9 – 11||11 – 10||9 – 7||2 – 2||7 – 10||6 – 4||W 2|
|San Francisco||17||24||.415||9.5||8 – 12||9 – 12||1 – 2||4 – 6||9 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|