INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SEMI-STATE (JUNE 12)
Munster vs. Fishers
Mount Vernon vs. Jasper
Hanover Central vs. Norwell
Brebeuf vs. Southridge
Eastside vs. Delphi
University vs. Providence
Washington Township vs. Cowan
Shakamak vs. Borden
INDIANA SOFTBALL STATE FINALS (JUNE 11-12)
Friday, June 11
Class A | Northfield (19-9) vs. Clay City (22-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
Class 3A | Guerin Catholic (25-2) vs. Boonville (20-6) | 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
Saturday, June 12
Class 2A | Pioneer (34-2) vs. Sullivan (28-4) | 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
Class 4A | Lake Central (31-1) vs. Roncalli (30-2) | 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT
INDIANA BOYS GOLF REGIONAL SITES/SCHEDULE
Dates: Thursday, June 10; Friday, June 11, 2021.
Advancement from Regionals to State Finals: Top 3 teams plus; Top 5 low individuals, excluding those individuals who advance with a team. Ties for 5th place must be played off in order to advance.
1. Lake Central (6) | Sandy Pines Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: Harrison (West Lafayette), Lake Central, LaPorte, Logansport, Valparaiso, Westfield.
2. Plymouth (6) | Swan Lake Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: East Noble, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Northridge, Peru, South Bend Riley, Warsaw Community.
3. Muncie Central (6) | The Players Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Cathedral, Monroe Central, Noblesville, Norwell, Richmond.
4. Washington (6) | Country Oaks Golf Club | Thurs, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Attica, Evansville Mater Dei, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Linton-Stockton, Martinsville, Vincennes Lincoln.
5. Providence (6) | Champions Pointe Golf Club | Thurs, 8 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bloomington North, Franklin Community, Greensburg, Jasper, Madison Consolidated, Providence.
INDIANA ALL-STARS 127 INDIANA JR. ALL-STARS 106
Blake Wesley 24
Caleb Furst 22/13
Trey Kauffman-Renn 22
Jalen Blackmon 17
Leland Walker 24
Jalen Jackson 20
Tayshawn Comer 16
Fletcher Loyer 15
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL
Indiana All-Stars 94
Junior All-Stars 69
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Pacers fire Bjorkgren as coach after just 1 season
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Pritchard hired Nate Bjorkgren to take the Indiana Pacers in a new direction.
They went the wrong way.
A season filled with defensive struggles, missed chances and locker room drama resulted Wednesday in the firing of Bjorkgren after only one season as coach.
“This was my decision,” said Pritchard, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. “This was a really tough decision, one that had a lot of thought behind it. I brought in my management team, something we didn’t do lightly.”
Pritchard expected the 45-year-old coach, who spent the previous two seasons as Nick Nurse’s top assistant in Toronto, to make an impact with his new-age approach and his creativity. When the hiring was announced in October, Pritchard acknowledged he was betting big on a young coach.
It just didn’t pay off.
Indiana went 34-38 before finishing the season with an embarrassing 142-115 loss to Washington in the play-in tournament – a fitting end to an abysmal season. The Wizards averaged 140.3 points in sweeping four games from the Pacers.
Indiana finished 25th in defensive scoring average (115.3 points), blew 17 fourth-quarter leads and produced its first losing record at home in 32 seasons.
Sure, injuries played a part in the results.
Indiana’s top scorer from 2019-20, T.J. Warren, suffered a season-ending foot injury after playing just four games. NBA blocks champion Myles Turner went down with a season-ending foot injury on April 18. And after trading two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo for swingman Caris LeVert in January, LeVert missed the next 24 games because team doctors found a cancerous growth on his left kidney.
“I’ve never really seen anything like it,” potential free agent Doug McDermott said at season’s end.
But there was tumult behind the scenes, too.
While Warren publicly disputed a report that he didn’t want to play for Bjorkgren following the season finale, other confrontations spilled into public view.
The injured Turner helped break up a spat between center Goga Bitadze and assistant coach Greg Foster during a game in early May. Team officials fined Bitadze and gave Foster a one-game suspension.
On May 24, Pritchard even acknowledged that players described Bjorkgren as a micromanager during their annual end-of-season interviews.
“We have a lot of firepower, a lot of guys who can score,” two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis said in May. “But we’re definitely going to have to sacrifice to get as far as we can in the playoffs. We have to come in with a different mindset next season.”
Even then, it appeared Bjorkgren’s future with the Pacers was tenuous at best. Pritchard, who also drew criticism for the team’s underwhelming results, didn’t endorse Bjorkgren and instead explained what he thought went wrong and how it could be fixed.
Then he consulted with former Pacers president Donnie Walsh and had multiple discussions with Bjorkgren before making Wednesday’s announcement.
“There are certain things (traits) that are non-negotiables for me going forward,” Pritchard said. “I hope I’ve learned from this in terms of selecting the right coach. Nate gets let go, but it’s my fault. We’ve got to do better.”
Not all of the problems in this unusual season were Bjorkgren’s fault.
Pritchard said he challenged some current players to become more vocal leaders and that he might add another veteran to help hold the bench more accountable.
The Pacers have now fired two coaches in less than 12 months. Pritchard let go of Nate McMillan in August after a third consecutive first-round playoff exit and just weeks after announcing the coach had received a contract extension.
McMillan has since helped led the Atlanta Hawks into the second round of the playoffs this season after losing his final nine playoff games with the Pacers.
Now McMillan’s successor is gone, too, albeit with next season’s salary guaranteed.
Though Pritchard could move quickly after researching between 12 and 18 job candidates during last year’s abbreviated offseason, Pritchard plans to spend this coaching search looking for someone who can get the Pacers turned around.
Maybe even a more experienced coach such as former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, a high school graduate of Bloomington North, about a one-hour drive from Indianapolis.
“I wanted to take a risk – maybe a lower floor and higher ceiling,” Pritchard said. “Maybe this year we look at something a little different. I have something in my mind, but I don’t want to quite come forward with that yet.”
Chris Paul has another big night, Suns rout Nuggets 123-98
PHOENIX (AP) Chris Paul is a 36-year-old man who can still put together an NBA point guard’s version of a virtuoso performance: Fifteen assists, no turnovers and it led to another blowout playoff victory for his rolling Phoenix Suns.
“I feel good,” Paul said. “I feel really good.”
The ageless Paul added 17 points, Devin Booker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Phoenix routed the Denver Nuggets 123-98 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Mikal Bridges added 16 points for the balanced Suns in their fifth straight victory.
Paul was particularly impressive and it appears his ailing right shoulder – which greatly limited his play against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round – isn’t much of a problem anymore. The 11-time All-Star had 21 points and 11 assists in Game 1.
Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Denver, a day after getting the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. But the Nuggets couldn’t find anyone else to score consistently, leaving them reeling going back to Denver for Game 3 on Friday night.
“This was an embarrassing performance for myself all the way to the last player,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “We are walking out here with our heads held down and rightfully so. There was a reason that their crowd was yelling “Suns in four!” and they are calling for a sweep because if we play like this in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series.”
Later, Malone added he felt the Nuggets “quit tonight, which is something that you never want to see.”
Said Jokic: “They are playing better than us. They are making shots, being more aggressive, finding the open man. It looks real bad out there. We need to change everything.”
The Suns had a 10-point halftime lead and Jae Crowder added a pair of 3-pointers early in the third to make it 60-43. Phoenix took an 86-67 advantage into the fourth. The Suns led by 31 in the final quarter as they relentlessly pushed the ball even as the lead built.
“It’s the NBA – crazy things can happen no matter how big of a lead you have,” Suns forward Torrey Craig said.
Crowder had another good night as the Suns’ long-range shooter and enforcer. He and Denver’s Aaron Gordon were each called for a technical foul after they exchanged words and shoves midway through the third. On the next possession, Crowder coaxed Gordon into committing an offensive foul, much to the delight of the 16,529 at Phoenix Suns Arena.
“It was one of our better defensive halves of the year against a good offensive team,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We were relentless with our effort, our communication and coverages.”
Crowder said he isn’t seeking to be the team’s enforcer but the moments keep finding him. He joked that he’s already given to much money to the NBA in the form of fines during this postseason.
“I got to be smart and protect my money a little,” he added grinning.
Paul pushed the sellout crowd into a frenzy in the fourth, throwing his 15th assist to Craig after criss-crossing around helpless Denver forward Paul Millsap. Paul then hit a pair of 3-pointers and the celebration was on in the desert with the Suns rolling in their first playoff appearance in 11 seasons.
“It got a little loud, then it got really loud, then it got crazy,” Paul said
Phoenix took a 52-42 halftime lead after a sloppy first half where both teams struggled to generate offense. Denver was shaky with its long range shooting, making just 1 of 13 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Booker had 13 points before the break. Jokic countered with 15 points.
Heat’s Riley fined $25,000 for remarks about a LeBron return
NEW YORK (AP) Miami Heat President Pat Riley was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for being too clear that he’d eagerly welcome a reunion with LeBron James.
The league said Riley violated its anti-tampering rule with his remarks during an interview Friday on Dan Le Batard’s radio show.
Riley said he would “leave the key under the doormat” if James called and said he wanted to return to Miami. James led the Heat to two NBA titles and four straight appearances in the finals before returning to Cleveland in 2014.
Riley is the second executive to be fined in three days for tampering. The NBA penalized Philadelphia’s Daryl Morey and the team $75,000 apiece on Monday for a tweet about Stephen Curry.
Utah’s Gobert wins third Defensive Player of the Year award
(AP) — Utah’s Rudy Gobert won his third Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday after helping the Utah Jazz to the best record in the NBA.
Gobert had the most total blocked shots and defensive rebounds in the league this season and became the fourth player to win the award at least three times.
A night after a game-sealing blocked shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, Gobert received 84 first-place votes and 464 points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons was second with 15 first-place votes and 287 votes, while Draymond Green of Golden State was third with 76 points.
Gobert was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace each won it four times and Dwight Howard three.
With Gobert in the middle, the Jazz went 52-20 and earned the overall No. 1 seed for the first time. They limited teams to 44.7% shooting, second-lowest in the league.
Miami’s Bam Adebayo earned the other first-place vote and finished fourth. Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out the top five.
Antetokounmpo ended Gobert’s reign last year during a disappointing finish to the season for the native of France. Gobert’s positive test for the coronavirus triggered the NBA’s shutdown in March, and after play resumed the Jazz blew a 3-1 lead in the first round against Denver.
But the Jazz powered through this season and took Game 1 in the second round against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday when Gobert blocked Marcus Morris’ 3-point attempt to preserve a 112-109 victory.
Gobert’s third Defensive Player of the Year award broke a tie for the team record with Mark Eaton, who died last month at 64.
He averaged 14.3 points and 13.5 rebounds, tying a career high, in 71 games. His 2.7 blocks per game ranked second in the league.
Islanders beat Bruins 6-2 in Game 6, reach Stanley Cup semis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders got another big second period and ran past the Boston Bruins for a return trip to the Stanley Cup semifinals.
Brock Nelson scored twice in New York’s three-goal second, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night in a front of a raucous home crowd at Nassau Coliseum.
“It was awesome,” Nelson said. “The place was rocking tonight. The fans were feeding us energy. The team played great. One of those nights (coach) Barry (Trotz) touched on after the game, you’ll always remember moments like that. That was a big game, a big team effort from everybody.”
Kyle Palmieri, Trais Zajac, Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders set up a rematch with the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists.
“You need everyone going to beat a team like that,” Bailey said. “I thought from Varly right on out, everyone in the lineup was contributing, playing the way we needed to play to get the win. Certainly happy to move on.”
The Lightning beat the Islanders in six games in the bubble in Edmonton last year.
“We feel we have some unfinished business,” Bailey said. “We’ll enjoy tonight and we’ll start getting ready.”
Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves. The Bruins, who reached the Stanley Cup Final two years ago, were eliminated in the second round for the second straight year.
“They’re a good defensive team,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They manage pucks clearly better than us. We’re not getting those free chances they got in terms of mismanaging pucks. They do play a good game that way, they don’t beat themselves.”
With the Bruins on the power play, Marchand got the puck in front of the net and put a backhander past Varlamov from the right side at 5:38 of the third to cut Boston’s deficit to 4-2. It was Marchand’s fifth of the series and eighth of the postseason.
The Islanders’ stifling defense limited the Bruins to just five shots on goal in the third. With the minutes winding down on Boston’s season, New York hemmed the Bruins in their end of the ice, preventing them from pulling Rask for an extra skater until 1:25 left.
Clutterbuck scored an empty-netter with 59 seconds left to seal it, and Pulock added another 11 seconds later.
After outscoring the Bruins 8-3 in the middle periods of the first five games, New York had three more in the second – for the third time in the series.
Nelson stole the puck from Matt Grzelcyk. took off on breakaway and beat Rask into the top right corner at 5:20 to put New York up 2-1.
Bailey stole an outlet pass from Rask and fed Nelson streaking to net, and Nelson beat the goalie from the right side with 7:23 left in the second for his second of the night and sixth of the playoffs.
With the Bruins trailing 3-1 in the elimination game, Cassidy broke up his Perfection Line of David Pastrnak-Marchand-Bergeron.
However, the Islanders stretched the lead to 4-1 as Adam Pelech sent a shot from the left point that was stopped by Rask. However, Palmieri swooped in, took the rebound and put it in from the right side for his seventh of the postseason.
“They found ways to win, so give them credit,” Cassidy said. “They were much more opportunistic than us.”
The Islanders got on the scoreboard first. After a faceoff in the offensive zone, Noah Dobson fired a shot from the right point that was stopped by Rask. However, the rebound kicked out in front and Zajac grabbed it and put it in at 8:52 for his first goal this postseason.
Rookie Gutierrez wins again as Reds beat Brewers 7-3
CINCINNATI (AP) Vladimir Gutierrez settled down nicely after a tough start.
A conversation with a teammate helped.
Gutierrez pitched seven effective innings, Tyler Stephenson drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds stopped Milwaukee’s five-game win streak with a 7-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night.
Gutierrez (2-1) allowed two runs and six hits in the longest of his three big league starts. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in his second straight win.
“All of my pitches that spin were working really well today,” Gutierrez said through a translator. “I was losing a little bit of confidence with my fastball to start, (but) I was able to mix them in really well with the rest of my pitches.”
The 25-year-old Gutierrez balked home a run in the first, and threw his glove in frustration after he returned to the dugout. Nick Castellanos then approached the rookie and told him he wanted him to go seven innings, and Gutierrez said OK.
“He gave me the confidence right there to get me through this game today,” Gutierrez said after the win.
Cincinnati backed Gutierrez with five runs in the first two innings. Stephenson doubled home Jesse Winker in the first, and Castellanos hit a two-run double in the second.
Stephenson made it 7-1 with a two-run double off Eric Lauer in the fourth, driving in Winker and Castellanos.
Willy Adames had four hits for Milwaukee. Brett Anderson (2-4) labored through three innings, allowing five runs and five hits.
“The first inning I felt really good,” Anderson said. “Got weak contact, some unfortunate events there. Made a terrible pitch to Castellanos (on) 3-2, and that was essentially the ballgame.”
Daniel Vogelbach hit a towering homer to right against Heath Hembree in the ninth. Christian Yelich then doubled, but Hembree struck out Avisail Garcia and retired Manny Pina on a fly ball to right to end the game.
The Brewers dropped into second in the NL Central, a half-game back of the Cubs.
Gutierrez got a standing ovation after inducing an inning-ending ground ball from Garcia in the seventh.
“He was fun to watch,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Came up big for us tonight to help us win the game, first of all to help us win the game, helped out our bullpen, gave them some rest.”
The worst bullpen in the majors needed the break. Five Reds relievers had surrendered all five runs in Tuesday night’s loss to the Brewers.
Brewers: 3B Travis Shaw had to be helped off the field after dislocating his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in the second inning. … OF Lorenzo Cain (strained right hamstring) was working out on the field before the game, but manager Craig Counsell said July 1 is likely the earliest he could return.
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray was put on the 10-day injured list after straining a groin muscle while warming up for the fourth inning Tuesday night. Bell said Gray likely will miss at least his next two starts. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (right shoulder) could be ready for a rehab assignment by the end of the month.
Pederson, Arrieta lead Cubs to 3-1 win over Darvish, Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) Joc Pederson and Sergio Alcantara homered, and Jake Arrieta threw five strong innings for the Chicago Cubs, who beat former teammate Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres 3-1 Wednesday to take two of three.
The Cubs beat the Padres five times in six games in a 10-day stretch, including a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field last week.
Darvish (6-2) retired the first nine Cubs batters before Pederson hit a towering home run to right-center field leading off the fourth to tie it at 1. Pederson mimicked Fernando Tatis Jr.’s stutter step as he approached third base on his trot. It was Pederson’s seventh.
Darvish pitched well but took the hard-luck loss when the Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on Anthony Rizzo’s double-play ball. Darvish opened the inning by walking Ian Happ and allowing a single to right by Patrick Wisdom before Rizzo hit into a 4-6-3 double play to bring in Happ.
Alcantara homered off Emilio Pagan with one out in the eighth, his first.
Arrieta allowed one run and four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one. He finished strong, striking out the side in the fifth after allowing a leadoff single to former Cubs catcher Victor Caratini.
Arrieta allowed Manny Machado’s RBI single in the third.
Rex Brothers (2-0) pitched a perfect sixth for the win. Craig Kimbrel, who was San Diego’s closer in 2015, pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Darvish allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked two.
Darvish was traded from the Cubs to the Padres on Dec. 29, along with Caratini, his personal catcher. Darvish finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting in 2020 while with the Cubs.
Cubs: Haven’t named a starter for Friday night’s opener of a three-game home series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Padres: LHP Blake Snell (2-2, 4.83 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at the New York Mets. He’s coming off his best start with the Padres, a 2-0 win against the Mets last Friday night in which he struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in seven innings. He’s expected to oppose RHP Jacob deGrom (5-2, 0.62 ERA), who dominated the Padres in a 4-0 win on Saturday night, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits in seven innings.
Grichuk homers, Blue Jays beat sloppy White Sox 6-2
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox were rolling along with Lance Lynn delivering another dominant start. Once he left the game, things turned around in a big way.
The bullpen stumbled. So did the defense, and the Blue Jays came away with the win.
Randal Grichuk hit a long home run and Toronto took advantage of a season-high four errors by Chicago as well as a bases-loaded walk to beat the AL Central leaders 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Grichuk hit a 451-foot drive leading off the second. Toronto rookie Alek Manoah threw five solid innings in his third major league start and the Blue Jays won despite another strong outing by Lynn.
“We made those breaks, because of the way we ran,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “When you do that, infielders rush a little bit. And that’s what happened. Credit to our guys.”
The White Sox were sailing along with a 2-1 lead after Lynn struck out nine over seven innings. But a shaky bullpen and poor defense did them in.
BULLPEN, DEFENSE STUMBLE
Toronto scored three runs in the eighth and tacked on two more in the ninth.
Aaron Bummer (0-4) retired the first batter in the eighth before pinch-hitter Riley Adams reached on a wild pitch as he struck out. An infield single by Marcus Semien and a hit to right by Bo Bichette loaded the bases for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He walked to force in the tying run. Two more scored when shortstop Tim Anderson overthrew first trying to complete a double play on Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder against Codi Heuer, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
Toronto added a pair in the ninth, aided by more shaky defense.
Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI single and went to second on right fielder Adam Eaton’s throwing error. Tellez came around when first baseman Jose Abreu missed a throw from second baseman Danny Mendick trying to turn a double play on Semien, making it 6-2.
“It did get sloppy at the end, but there was a lot of rushing,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Errors are errors and you stand up. And we’re accountable.”
Tyler Chatwood (1-2) got the win.
Manoah gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two.
“It’s been really humid,” he said. “A lot of guys were sweating like crazy. I think I went through like three jerseys tonight. At points, my hand was really wet. I was just trying to keep the team in the ballgame and make some pitches.”
Manaea, A’s hand D-backs 19th straight road loss, 4-0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sean Manaea pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and the Oakland Athletics handed Arizona its 19th straight road loss with a 4-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Mark Canha had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, and Jed Lowrie finished with three hits. The AL West leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Diamondbacks dropped their seventh straight game overall. Their road slide is the longest such streak in major league baseball since 1985.
Manaea (5-2) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second straight win.
“He pitched great,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “They made him throw a few pitches, the first couple of innings especially, but I was really impressed with how he kept his velo up all the way through the end of the game. In the last inning, I think he threw his hardest pitch.”
Added Manaea: “I’d say my changeup was pretty good today. I threw a couple of good sliders, not as many as I would like as far as strikeout pitches, but I think backdoor sliders were pretty good today.”
Oakland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Canha hit a two-run triple and scored on Lowrie’s single.
Arizona center fielder Ketel Marte nearly made a spectacular catch on Canha’s hit, but the ball bounced out of his glove following a collision with the wall. The ruling was upheld by a replay review.
“I had the ball for about three or four seconds, also three or four steps,” Marte said through a translator. “That’s why I think it should have been called an out.”
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo disagreed, giving the umpires credit for the proper call.
“I could see that the ball was never secured in his glove and it was kind of sliding out at a very early point in that contact with the wall,” Lovullo said. “So the umpires got it right.”
Arizona right-hander Matt Peacock left with two out in the second after taking a comebacker off his pitching hand, resulting in a contusion. X-rays were negative.
Peacock (2-3) was charged with three runs and three hits.
The A’s added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Matt Olson, who leads the team with 41 RBIs.
After Manaea departed, Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman each worked a hitless inning for Oakland.
Pillar, McKinney each homer twice as Mets rout Orioles 14-1
BALTIMORE (AP) After a blowout win fueled largely by role players, New York Mets manager Luis Rojas took stock of his division-leading team.
“You couldn’t be any more proud,” he said. “Every single guy that’s put on the Mets’ uni has just helped us along the way.”
Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney each homered twice, and the Mets beat Matt Harvey decisively for the second time this season, routing the Baltimore Orioles 14-1 on Wednesday night. New York has been beset by injuries – and newly acquired star Francisco Lindor has had his struggles – but the Mets extended their lead in the NL East to 3 1/2 games over second-place Atlanta.
Harvey, who helped New York win the National League pennant in 2015, has faced the Mets twice this year, on May 12 and on Wednesday. New York won the May matchup at Citi Field 7-1.
Harvey (3-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in both games. He lasted 4 1/3 innings the first time and three innings Wednesday – when the crowd in Baltimore included plenty of Mets fans making their presence felt as their team poured it on.
“I play for the Orioles. I’m not here for Mets fans or anything like that. I appreciate the Orioles fans that were here,” Harvey said. “I have to be better in front of my home crowd, and I guess I just have to work harder.”
Pete Alonso and Mason Williams also homered for New York. Taijuan Walker (5-2) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings, with a walk and nine strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 2.07.
Pillar had three hits, including his first two home runs since he was hit in the face by a fastball May 17 and missed about two weeks.
“When I started coming back, when I was able to hit in the cage, there were just some things – I feel like it’s hard to kind of recreate your stance and your setup and your feel, when you miss that much time,” Pillar said. “I just got in the box, or in the cage, kind of opened my stance up a little bit, just felt like I gave myself a little bit better visual, kind of tinkered with my hand positioning, and it just felt good.”
Alonso also had a three-hit night, bookending it with a first-inning home run and an RBI double in the ninth. McKinney had three hits as well.
For the second straight night, Alonso started the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. Baltimore answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning by Ryan Mountcastle, but the Mets broke the game open by scoring five times with two outs in the third. James McCann and McKinney hit consecutive RBI singles, and Pillar followed with a three-run shot to left that made it 7-1.
McKinney added a solo homer in the fifth, and Pillar and Williams hit back-to-back solo shots in the eighth. McKinney closed out the scoring with a three-run homer in the ninth.
Harvey has lost six straight decisions.
Cards stop 6-game skid, beat Indians behind Wainwright
ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright allowed two runs in seven innings, Tyler O’Neill homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 8-2 Wednesday night to stop a six-game losing streak.
“I like stepping into that role,” Wainwright said about being a stopper. “I like a little extra incentive for whatever situation. I like pitching on special days and today was a special day that we needed me to go out and pitch well and I’m glad I did.”
O’Neill hit a 451-foot, two-run homer in the third off Phil Maton and a solo homer in the seventh against Trevor Stephan, helping the Cardinals avoid what would have been their first seven-game skid since June 2017. O’Neill, who also had an infield single to keep the first inning alive, leads St. Louis with 15 homers and 32 RBIs.
“It’s a fun sport when you’re hitting the ball,” O’Neill said. “You put balls in play, good things happen.”
Matt Carpenter drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and Paul Goldschmidt had a solo homer for the Cardinals, who won for just the second time in their last 10 games.
Wainwright (4-5), at 39 the oldest active player in the National League, won for the second time in five starts. He also got his first hit of the season with a fourth-inning single to snap an 0-for-20 slump.
“Whether you’re young or old, you’ve got a job to do and that’s perform,” Wainwright said.
He fell behind 2-0 in the first on Eddie Rosario’s RBI double and Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice fly, then followed with six hitless innings, retiring 11 in a row at one stretch. He struck out six and walked none.
“You know, in the first inning he didn’t look like he had his `A’ stuff but like a lot of good veterans, man they got him those runs and he came out and just put on a clinic,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “He threw all his pitches for strikes. He was terrific. We had a really difficult time obviously.”
Wainwright made a vow to himself when he came off the field after the first inning.
“No adjustment was needed. I made good pitches in that first inning and they made some swings,” Wainwright said. “I knew I was making pitches. I didn’t push the panic button. I came to the dugout and said they’re not scoring anymore runs. I’m keeping it right there. Our hitters made sure to put some runs on the board.”
After leading for only 2 1/2 innings during its skid, the Cardinals ahead to stay with a four-run first.
Yadier Molina, who returned to the lineup from a bruised knee, drew two-out walk in a 10-pitch at-bat with the bases loaded. Carpenter, who entered hitting .177, followed with a bases-clearing double..
Carpenter’s hit chased J.C. Mejia (1-1) from his second big league start.
“You have to take this game as a lesson and keep moving forward,” Mejia said through a translator. “The main lesson is to finish each batter and use all my pitches.”
After the first inning, one Cleveland batter reached against Wainwright, Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley.
Mets’ Alonso accuses MLB of manipulating balls to impact free agency
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is in favor of pitchers doctoring baseballs with whatever substance they want and thinks the real story is how Major League Baseball changes the ball from year to year depending on who’s set to enter free agency.
“The biggest concern is that Major League Baseball manipulates the baseballs year in and year out depending on the free-agency class or guys being in an advanced part of their arbitration,” Alonso said Wednesday. “So I do think that’s a big issue – the ball being different every single year.
Alonso remained adamant when asked to elaborate on how the league has tweaked the ball to coincide with free agency.
“That’s a fact,” Alonso said, per SNY.
He continued, “In 2019, there was a huge class of free-agent pitchers, and then that’s (when) the quote, unquote, ‘juiced balls’ (happened). … Now that we’re back to playing in a regular season with a ton of shortstops or position players that are going to be owed, paid a lot of money like high-caliber players, it’s not a coincidence.”
Alonso added that ball manipulation is a problem unique to baseball.
“With other sports, the ball’s the same, like basketball, football, tennis, golf, the ball’s the same. … Maybe if the league didn’t change the baseball, pitchers wouldn’t need to use as much sticky stuff,” he said, per DiComo.
MLB plans to crack down on pitchers who doctor balls during their starts, and hurlers like New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole are facing greater scrutiny for their potential involvement.
Alonso agrees with Cole insofar as ball-doctoring is traditionally a practice that has been quietly accepted over the years, and he thinks pitchers having better grip when throwing is a positive.
“Since the start of the game, pitchers have been using substances,” the slugger said. “I mean, there’s a bag of rosin behind the mound right now to help guys dry their hands and get grip. For me, I think whether they’re using pine tar, rosin, Bullfrog, or sunscreen and rosin, or whatever they want to use to help control the ball, let them use it.
He added, “I go in the box every single day and I see guys throwing harder and harder every day. And I don’t want 99 slipping out of someone’s hand because they didn’t have enough feel for it.”
While grip is one benefit from using the various sticky substances available – approved or otherwise – another has been drastic improvements to spin rate, which is seen as giving pitchers a competitive advantage.
MLB has yet to officially announce a plan to address ball-doctoring or what sanctions will be involved for pitchers found to be in violation of the rules.
Baseball Hall delays induction to Sept 8. to allow crowd
COOPERSTOWN, N,Y. (AP) Baseball’s Hall of Fame is moving this year’s induction ceremony for Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller from July 25 to Sept. 8 so a crowd may attend as coronavirus restrictions ease.
The ceremony will take place outdoors on the Hall’s lawn as a ticketed event with a limit on crowd size, the Hall said Wednesday. Tickets will be available starting July 12.
The inductions were to have taken place in July 2020 but were postponed due to the pandemic. No candidates were elected in 2021.
The Hall’s award presentations will remain on July 24 as an indoor, television-only event. The presentations include the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Awards for 2020 to the late Nick Cafardo and for 2021 to Dick Kaegel, of the Ford C. Frick Awards for broadcasting excellence for 2020 to Ken Harrelson and for 2021 to Al Michaels, and of the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
NFL wants to hold games in Germany, seeks partner city
LONDON (AP) The NFL wants to expand its international series by holding regular-season games in Germany, launching a process Wednesday to identify a partner city.
Germany boasts a strong NFL fan base and is one of the world’s largest economies, making the country an attractive partner.
The NFL has staged 28 regular-season games in London since 2007 and will play two more in October at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. German fans often travel to London to attend games, the league said.
“We are very excited about the development of our German fan base, and the time is right to identify a partner who can execute a game at NFL standards as part of our international growth strategy,” Brett Gosper, the NFL’s head of UK and Europe, said in a statement.
The NFL has hired London-based The Sports Consultancy to assist, including working with interested cities to develop their proposals.
“This process is designed to explore potential local partnerships, stadium suitability and game logistics,” Gosper said. “We need engaged and motivated host partners that span the public sector, venue, sport, community and major event spheres and can help us deliver a high-impact event and a long-term partnership. Identifying a preferred host city is a key step in bringing regular-season NFL games to our millions of German fans.”
Weekly television viewership in Germany has grown by more than 20% annually since 2017, the league said.
German viewership of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Feb. 8 set a record.
“Germany is a leading market outside North America for NFL Shop sales, fantasy football participation and sales of the Madden NFL video game,” the league said in its statement.
The NFL staged five preseason games in Germany between 1990 and 1994, and had a professional team presence in Germany between 1991 and 2007 with the Berlin Thunder, Cologne Centurions, Frankfurt Galaxy, Hamburg Sea Devils and Rhein Fire playing at various times in the former World League/NFL Europe/NFL Europa.
NFL regular-season games have also been played in Mexico and Canada.
Brady played through injury for all of 2020 and knew surgery was coming
Tom Brady played through a knee injury during the 2020 season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback revealed Wednesday he knew early in the campaign that surgery would be necessary.
Now the seven-time champion says he can spend the rest of this offseason and training camp focusing on improving instead of just rehabbing.
“It was an injury I dealt with really since last April, May,” Brady said, according to NFL.com’s Grant Gordon. “I knew I’d have to do something at the end of the year, and happy I did it.
“… I feel I’ll be able to do some different things this year than I was able to do last year.”
Brady underwent the procedure shortly after the Bucs beat the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV in February. While it was called a minor cleanup at the time, the signal-caller described the injury as “pretty serious” in May.
The 43-year-old has spent most of the club’s offseason program recovering, but Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Brady was able to practice at “full speed” during mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
“The doctors sent (Brady)” Arians said. “They both said he was good to go, and we’ll still be careful of what we’re doing with him. But trying to stop him from playing is pretty tough.”
Despite his health limitations, Brady was able to throw 40 touchdown passes during his first season with the Bucs.
Though he declined to go into detail about his knee ailment, the veteran is confident he’ll be able to improve on last year’s performance now that the injury isn’t limiting him.
“I feel really good. Every player deals with different things. I never like to talk about injuries,” Brady said. “I’m just a little bit old school in that way in that you deal with them and then you just make the most of them.
“The good part is I’ll be able to commit a lot of time to other parts. I’m sure I’ll be faced with different adversities this year, but I had to spend a lot of time tending to that particular injury, which happens when you have something that you ultimately need to have surgery on to get fixed.”
No. 1 Djokovic, 13-time French champ Nadal to meet in semis
PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic wheeled toward his guest box in a nearly empty Court Philippe Chatrier as midnight neared and let out one yell, two yells, three, four.
Once two points from a straight-set victory and seemingly well on his way to a French Open semifinal showdown against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic had to deal with so much that went awry: consecutive unforced errors that gave away a tiebreaker; a 21 1/2-minute delay while spectators left because of a COVID-19 curfew; a face-down tumble that drew blood from his left palm.
Still, the top-seeded Djokovic held on and moved on, pulling out the quarterfinal victory against No. 9 Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 Wednesday night.
“This match had it all: falls, crowd, break. It was a lot of intensity. I just felt under tension the entire time,” Djokovic said. “The reaction (at) the end was just me liberating that tension that was building up for the entire match.”
Now comes a semifinal Friday against a familiar foe in a rematch of last year’s Roland Garros final, but a round earlier: Nadal, who is 105-2 in the clay-court tournament.
“We know each other well,” the third-seeded Nadal said. “Everybody knows that in these kind of matches, anything can happen.”
Nadal’s French Open set streak ended earlier Wednesday. His pursuit of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title – and what would be a 14th in Paris alone – remained very much intact, however.
Nadal shrugged off dropping a set at his favorite event for the first time in two years by whipping violent forehands punctuated with fist pumps and yells of “Vamos!” en route to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman.
“For anybody, it’s very difficult to play against him. He’s feeling very comfortable on court,” Schwartzman said after falling to 1-11 against Nadal. “He’s Rafa, and he’s always finding the way.”
Nadal reached his 14th semifinal in Paris; Djokovic his 11th. It’s Djokovic’s 40th trip to the final four at any major, Nadal’s 35th. Nadal and Roger Federer share the men’s mark of 20 Grand Slam titles; Djokovic is at 18.
The semifinal will be the superstar duo’s 58th matchup, more than any other two men in the sport’s professional era; Djokovic leads 29-28. But Nadal is ahead 10-6 in Slam meetings, 7-1 at the French Open.
“I’m confident. I believe I can win,” Djokovic said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here.”
The other men’s semifinal Friday is No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 6 Alexander Zverev.
There are four first-time Grand Slam semifinalists left in the women’s bracket, something that last happened at a major during the 1978 Australian Open. On Thursday, Maria Sakkari plays Barbora Krejcikova, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova plays Tamara Zidansek.
Djokovic was so close to advancing when he led the third-set tiebreaker against 2019 U.S. Open semifinalist Berrettini 5-4. But after accumulating merely 14 unforced errors over about 2 1/2 hours up to then, Djokovic committed two in a row – a nervy forehand into the net, then a backhand into the net – and lost that set, drawing roars from a crowd hoping for more tennis.
The number of people allowed in the 15,000-seat main stadium was limited to 1,000 for each of the first 10 days of the tournament because of pandemic-related restrictions, but that limit was raised to 5,000 on Wednesday. The start of play for Djokovic-Berrettini was bumped up an hour to 8 p.m., and the 9 p.m. curfew that had been in place was moved to 11 p.m.
They did the wave, added some atmosphere and kept chair umpire James Keothavong a bit busy – especially when it was time to empty the stadium.
When the curfew arrived, there were jeers and whistles and some slow movers, so Djokovic and Berrettini – who seemed particularly buoyed by the prodding he received from fans – gathered their belongings and left the court until the match could resume.
Berrettini said that when action returned, his legs felt like they were “made of marble.”
“It’s a shame. It’s something that I don’t like,” he said about the delay, adding that he understood the need for special rules during the pandemic.
Berrettini didn’t play a point in the fourth round because the player he was supposed to face, Federer, withdrew with an eye to being ready for Wimbledon. In Djokovic’s previous match, he dropped the first two sets against another Italian, 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
Sure, Berrettini produced a trio of break points in the opening set Wednesday, but converted none and never earned another such chance. But Djokovic needed to do a little extra work to finish the job.
Nadal, meanwhile, entered his quarterfinal with a 35-set run at Roland Garros that began during the 2019 final. That grew to 36, before Schwartzman outplayed him for a stretch.
“I don’t pretend to come here and not (lose) sets. Is not my mindset to come here and just thinking (losing) a set is going to be a disaster for me. I mean, that’s part of the game,” Nadal said. “The thing that matters is how you recover from a set lost.”
At a set apiece and Schwartzman up 4-3 in the third, this is how Nadal sized things up: “That was the moment to make it happen.”
As if wanting something were enough to will it into existence, he won the next nine games, leaving Schwartzman muttering to himself and bouncing his racket off the clay.
Sakkari tops 2020 French champ Swiatek; 4 in 1st Slam SFs
PARIS (AP) When one last forehand from defending champion Iga Swiatek landed wide in the French Open quarterfinals, Maria Sakkari crouched on Court Philippe Chatrier and bowed her head, relishing the moment.
Sakkari is still two wins away from lifting the trophy, but Wednesday’s victory means she’s already in new territory – just like the other three women left in the draw.
Sakkari ended Swiatek’s 11-match and 22-set winning streaks at Roland Garros by beating her 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday to guarantee that there will be a first-time Grand Slam champion when the tournament ends.
On Thursday, the 17th-seeded Sakkari plays unseeded Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals, and No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova faces unseeded Tamara Zidansek. All four are making their Slam semifinal debuts.
“We are four very good players,” Sakkari said. “Players that can win a title, for sure.”
Krejcikova advanced Wednesday by eliminating 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (6), 6-3.
This is only the second time in the professional era that there has been four first-time semifinalists at any major tournament, according to the WTA. It also happened at the 1978 Australian Open.
In the men’s quarterfinals, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal’s streak of sets won at Roland Garros ended at 36 but he quickly recovered to defeat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Nadal’s semifinal foe will be No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who got past Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in a night match delayed for more than 20 minutes in the fourth set while the stadium was cleared out because of a COVID-19 curfew.
Sakkari, who can become Greece’s first Grand Slam singles champion, and Krejcikova, who is from the Czech Republic, are both 25. Each has won only one tour-level title. Neither had been past the fourth round at a major until now.
Sakkari lost her first seven third-round Slam matches, which raised some doubts that have since been erased.
“I thought about it a lot of times – that maybe that was my ceiling, and I could not get any higher in the rankings, playing better in tournaments,” she said. “But this year I proved (to) myself that I’m actually playing really good.”
Both Sakkari and Krejcikova dealt with early deficits Wednesday.
Swiatek, a 20-year-old from Poland who has looked untouchable on clay, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. But then Sakkari took over, winning eight of 10 games. When Sakkari smacked a backhand winner down the line to close a 15-stroke point that claimed the first set, she leaned over and punched the air with her right fist.
That ended Swiatek’s set streak at Roland Garros, which dated to the beginning of last year’s tournament, when she dropped only 28 games in all. She’d only lost 20 games this year through four matches.
But Sakkari used clean strokes – accumulating 26 winners, nine more than her opponent – and a strategy of serving to Swiatek’s forehand to gain control.
“Obviously I know I can play better than today,” Swiatek said. “Everybody has seen that.”
Down 2-0 in the second set, Swiatek took a medical timeout and left the court with a trainer, returning with her upper right leg taped. During the break, Sakkari tried to stay warm by hopping and skipping side-to-side behind the baseline and did not lose a beat when play resumed.
Swiatek said her injury was not serious but did bother her before and during the match.
“I couldn’t even sleep well yesterday. I slept, like, few hours,” she said. “I think I was feeling everything twice as much as I should. It was hard to rationally just see what’s going on.”
In the day’s first quarterfinal, Gauff led 3-0 at the outset, then 5-3, and held a total of five set points in the opener, but failed to convert any. Krejcikova grabbed that set by taking the last four points of the tiebreaker and reeled off 15 consecutive points during one stretch en route to a 5-0 edge in the second set.
Closing out the most important victory of her singles career was not easy, though: Krejcikova needed six match points to do it.
Krejcikova has won two Grand Slam doubles titles with Katerina Siniakova – and they’re into the semifinals in Paris – but is playing in only her fifth major tournament in singles.
“Everybody, they just put a label on me like, `Yeah, you play doubles. You are a doubles specialist.’ But I never thought I just want to be a doubles specialist,” Krejcikova said.
Armond Hill Named Director of Basketball Administration For Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Woodson has announced the addition of Armond Hill as the program’s Director of Basketball Administration. Hill brings close to 50 years of experience as a player and coach at the highest levels to Bloomington and worked with Woodson on the Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff from 2014-18.
“Armond will be a great asset for our staff and players, said Woodson. “He’s an NBA Champion who has worked with great teams professionally and collegiately and helped some of the best players in the world as a coach at the highest level. As a player, he was the MVP of the Ivy League in college and had a very solid NBA career doing whatever he was asked to do to make his team better. I expect his impact will be the same for our program as well.”
Hill returns to the college ranks after spending 15 seasons on the sidelines as an NBA assistant coach. He began that portion during the 2003–04 NBA season, Hill became an assistant coach to Bloomington native Terry Stotts in Atlanta. After one season, he was hired by the Boston Celtics to aid Doc Rivers and spent the next 15 years as part of his staff with the Celtics (2004-13) and with the Clippers (2013-20). The highlight of that time was being a part of the Celtics staff which won the 2008 NBA title and included NBA stars Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The team also went to the NBA Finals in 2010. While with the Clippers, he worked with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George among others.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native spent eight years as the head coach at Columbia University (1995-2003), where his 2001-02 team led the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 57.0 points per game. Hill’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, N.J. in 1985. He became the head coach three years later. He won two Coach of the Year Awards and in 1990, led Lawrenceville to the New Jersey State Prep School Championship. He entered the collegiate ranks as an assistant to Hall of Fame Coach Pete Carril at his alma mater, Princeton, in 1991. In four seasons, he helped Princeton to a 71-35 record over four seasons, winning the Ivy League title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1992.
After graduating from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, Hill attended The Lawrenceville School for a post-graduate year before attending Princeton (1972-76). He was named Ivy League Men’s Basketball Player of the Year as a senior in 1976, averaged 13.7 points in four seasons and posted 1,056 career points with the Tigers. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the ninth pick of the 1976 NBA Draft and enjoyed a solid career in the NBA, compiling 6.9 points and 4.3 assists per game over eight seasons and 468 games. He played for the Hawks from 1976-80 and 1983-84, for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1980-82 and the San Diego Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks in 1982.
After his playing career, Hill returned to Princeton to complete his degree, earning a B.A. in Psychology in 1985. In 2009, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
Indiana Men’s Soccer Adds Nathan Gabris
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced the addition of goalkeeper Nathan Gabris for the 2021 season on Wednesday. His commitment gives Indiana eight in the ’21 Signing Class, a group that is ranked seventh nationally according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Indiana is one of only two Big Ten men’s soccer programs to be ranked inside the top-30 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer recruiting ranks and the only program to crack the top-10.
“Nathan will be a great addition to our program,” Yeagley said. “He has developed into an excellent keeper over the past few years under coach Tim Kelly and the entire staff at Saint Louis FC. Nathan’s relentless work rate and strong technical ability to be a great addition to our goalkeeping corps led by assistant coach Christian Lomeli.”
Fresh off a nation-leading 21st trip to the College Cup, Indiana will bolster another strong team for the fall of 2021. Redshirt senior Spencer Glass announced his intentions to return to the program earlier in June to go along with the top-10 recruiting class. The ranking comes after stacking back-to-back top-five ranked classes in ’19 (No. 1) and ’20 (No. 4).
The Hoosiers reached the NCAA Tournament for the 34th-straight season in 2020 and for an NCAA-record 44th time in program history. The ’20 season also brought home the 17th Big Ten Conference regular season crown and 15th B1G Tournament Championship in program history.
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Made appearances in over 40 matches across U.S. Soccer Development Academy competition in his career, including his most recent stint with Saint Louis FC under the management of head coach Luis Swisher… tallied 13 caps in MLS Next matches… posted 17 career shutouts… graduated Suma Cum Laude with a 4.12 cumulative grade point average… scholar athlete and member of National Honor Society in high school… son of Adam and Suzanne Gabris… has one sister, Mallory, and one brother, Kevin.
Indiana Women’s Soccer Adds Graduate Transfer Sydney Staier
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer head coach Erwin van Bennekom announced the addition of graduate transfer and midfielder Sydney Staier from the University of Maryland on Wednesday morning. Staier comes to Indiana with one year of eligibility left.
“We are very excited to welcome Sydney to Indiana and our program,” said van Bennekom. “She will come in with four years of experience playing in the Big Ten conference, a mindset that aligns with what our program is about and with tactical-technical qualities that will add to the strength and depth of our team.”
In her career with the Terrapins, she played in 61 games, making 46 starts. Staier started 16 games in her freshman season in 2017 with six shot attempts while making an immediate impact for the Terrapins. In her sophomore season, she played in 13 games totaling 592 minutes. As a junior, Staier appeared in 19 games, took 11 shots, and tallied two assists earning her first career points. Last season, she scored her first career goal against Ohio State.
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to use my extra year of eligibility to join the Indiana soccer family and be a part of this program,” said Staier. “I am looking forward to continuing my academic and athletic careers at a university that will push me to be better both on the field and in the classroom. The warm welcome I’ve already received from IU has made me feel at home. Being able to stay in the Big Ten conference and play against some familiar faces is going to be something special. Go Hoosiers!”
Staier, a native of Springfield, Va., played for the Arlington Soccer Association club soccer team under head coach Nicci Wright winning a state cup in 2016 and for West Springfield High School. She was named the Patriot Conference’s best midfielder, second team All-Metro selection and first-team Virginia 6A All-State pick. As a senior at West Springfield, she was named All-Region selection and named a first-team All-Patriot Conference selection as a senior and junior. Staier was also named second team all-conference pick as a freshman and sophomore.
A Kinesiology major at Maryland, she is the daughter of Mikeal and Sharon Staier. She has one brother, Corey who rows crew at the University of Mary Washington. Her father ran track and played basketball at the Coast Guard Academy while her mother played soccer at Virginia Tech.
Stone Captures All-American Status on Day One of NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – Under the lights of Hayward Field, Indiana Track & Field kicked off its time at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday.
Nathan Stone captured his first outdoor All-American accolade after clearing a height of 5.15m (16′ 1.75″) and placing 13th in the pole vault. Stone is now a two-time indoor All-American Second Team selection in the pole vault.
Parker Raymond ran in his first career 800m national semifinal on Wednesday where he placed 17th overall in a time of 1:48.95.
The Hoosier women will get their first crack at the championships on Thursday starting at 6:46 p.m. ET.
Indiana Thursday Schedule
Kelsey Harris – 1500m Semifinal – 6:46 p.m. ET
Anna Watson – Pole Vault Final – 7:00 p.m. ET
Leah Moran – Long Jump Final – 8:00 p.m. ET
Khayla Dawson – Shot Put Final – 8:40 p.m. ET
Maddy Pollard – Shot Put Final – 8:40 p.m. ET
Five Hoosiers Advance to Individual Finals
INDIANAPOLIS – A total of eight with Hoosier ties competed on the third day of the 2020 Olympic Diving Trials concluded with preliminary and semifinal rounds on the men’s 3M Springboard and the women’s 10M Platform at the IUPUI Natatorium on Wednesday.
Hoosier graduate Mike Hixon lit up the scoreboard in the semifinals. He totaled 70 points or more on five dives, including an 83-point and 91-point effort on his on final two attempts. He will enter the finals in third place. The 2016 Olympian totaled 406.80 points in the six-dive set of the prelims and entered the semifinals in fifth place. He closed out the round with a monster effort of 85.50 points to keep himself in striking distance of a top-2 seed.
Rising redshirt senior Andrew Capobianco finished the day in sixth place with a score of 825.50. He nailed three dives over 85 points, including a 91-point effort on his third attempt. The 3M NCAA Champion threw down three dives over 80 points in the preliminary round to place third heading into the semifinals. He was one of six divers to score north of 400 points in the prelims.
Indiana signee Quinn Henninger secured a spot in the finals with a seventh-place finish and 747.15 points out of the semifinals. After a slow start, he ripped off a run of four-straight dives over 60 points. The turning point for his round was his third-round dive that scored 78.75 points. He advanced to the semifinals after finishing seventh in the prelim round with a point total of 386.75. His performance was very consistent with all six dives over 58 points, including three efforts over 66 points.
Incoming freshman Carson Tyler finished 16th in the semifinals with a 12-dive score of 648.35. In his first Olympic Trial event, he hit five dives over 50 points and saved his best for last. He scored a 68.25 on his final attempt. He turned in an up-and-down preliminary heat but qualified for the semifinals with a 12th-place finish. He hit two dives over 70 points to secure 354.35 points in the initial round.
Senior-to-be Cole VanDevender placed 23rd out of the preliminary heats with a final tally of 311.45 points, missing the semifinal round by only 23 points. The Fishers, Ind., native turned in a 63.55-point dive on his final attempt of the morning.
Recent graduate Mory Gould finished out his IU diving career with a 26th-place finish in the preliminaries of the 3M Springboard with a score of 280.30 points. His best two dives came in the second and third round when he hit 64.60 and 68.40 points, respectively.
The event will conclude with the finals at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13.
Indiana alumnus Jessica Parratto is well within striking range of a spot on Team USA for the 2020 Olympics as she stands in fourth place with 640.05 points heading into the finals. She laid down three separate 70-point dives during the semifinals to punch her ticket to the final round. The Hoosier All-American started fast out of the gates, hitting 63-plus points on her first three dives. She ended the preliminary rounds with a five-dive score of 305.15 points and the fourth seed.
Former Hoosier Amy Cozad Magana held steady in the fifth position on the leaderboard after scoring 602.35 points on her 10-dive set. She registered four-straight 60-plus point dives to open her semifinal set to advance to the finals. She finished fifth out of the preliminary heat with a score of 293.25 points. All five of her attempts scored at least 52 points, including her final two dives that each topped 60 points.
The event will conclude with the finals at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 13.
MEN’S 3M SPRINGBOARD
3. Mike Hixon – 873.55 pts.
6. Andrew Capobianco – 825.50 pts.
7. Quinn Henninger – 747.15 pts.
16. Carson Tyler – 684.35 pts.
23. Cole VanDevender – 311.45 pts.
26. Mory Gould – 280.30 pts.
WOMEN’S 10M PLATFORM
4. Jessica Parratto – 640.05 pts.
5. Amy Cozad Magana – 602.35 pts.
The 2020 Olympic Diving Trials will continue on Thursday evening with the finals of the women’s 3M Synchro event. The next events with Hoosier representation will be the finals of both the men’s 3M Synchro and women’s 10M Synchro on Friday evening. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
Purdue Announces 8 Games of Non-Conference Slate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team unveiled eight games of its 2021-22 non-conference schedule Wednesday with six contests at Mackey Arena and a pair away from home.
Head coach Sharon Versyp will open her 16th campaign at Purdue on the road at Western Kentucky on Nov. 10, following a Nov. 7 exhibition against Findlay at Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers will make their home debut Nov. 14 against Western Michigan, before a road game at Illinois State on Nov. 17. Purdue will then host back-to-back games against Daytona and Marshall on Nov. 20 and 22, respectively.
The final three announced non-conference matchups at Mackey Arena will be Dec. 12 against Denver, Dec. 19 against Miami University and Dec. 21 against North Alabama
The Boilermakers will also play a tournament in Florida during the week of Thanksgiving with opponents, dates and location to be announced later.
The Big Ten Conference will announce Purdue’s matchup in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at a later date.
Purdue returns two of its top three scorers in Brooke Moore and Madison Layden, as well as seven other letterwinners. Jayla Smith, the 2021 Indiana Miss Basketball, Ava Learn and Skye Williams will join the roster as the No. 22 signing class in the nation. Transfers Jeanae Terry (Illinois), Abbey Ellis (Cal Poly) and Mide Oriyomi (Northeastern) will look to make their impact in West Lafayette this season.
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• Purdue is 123-55 in the Versyp era against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
• The Boilermakers are 1-2 all-time against Western Kentucky, winning the only matchup with the Lady Toppers in the last 43 seasons back in 2019, a 67-50 decision at Mackey Arena.
• The Nov. 14 home opener against Western Michigan will be the first contest between the two clubs since 2005. Purdue is a perfect 6-0 against the Broncos.
• Purdue will face Illinois State for just the second time in the last 30 years with Redbirds holding a 5-3 all-time series lead.
• Dayton leads the series with Purdue 7-5, despite a 61-58 Boilermaker win in 2015.
• Purdue and Marshall will meet for the first time on Nov. 22.
• In their only previous meeting with Denver, the Boilermakers won 65-51 on Dec. 20, 2014.
• Purdue leads its series with Miami University 6-2. The two clubs last met in 2017, a 75-66 Boilermaker win, before the 2019 contest was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.
• Purdue opened the 2020-21 season with an 80-69 win over North Alabama, the first meeting between the two programs.
• The Boilermakers will play their eighth non-conference tournament in Florida in program history, last finishing as the runner-up at the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero.
Martin, Colebrooke and 4×100 Open NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – The Purdue track & field team opened the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with three events on Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Sophomore Isaiah Martin began competition in the decathlon, where he is in 11th place through five events. Additionally, the men’s 4×100 relay finished 19th and senior Samson Colebrooke placed 22nd in the 200-meter dash.
Martin, the school record-holder in the decathlon, has 3,941 points after five events. In 11th place overall, he is just eight points shy of a spot in the top-10. Under sunny skies at 1 p.m. PT, the day began with the 100-meter, and Martin finished in 11.16 seconds, the third-fastest time of his career, to place 16th.
The next event was the long jump, where Martin posted his best finish of the day. On his third and final jump, he earned a mark of 7.18 meters, good for fifth overall. In the shot put, Martin was 17th with a throw of 12.86 meters, which came on his first attempt.
In the high jump, Martin cleared a personal-best 2.01 meters. He eclipsed his previous best of 1.94 meters and cleared 2.01m on his third attempt. The first male Boilermaker to clear 2.00 meters indoors or outdoors since 2018, Martin’s mark came as a rainstorm descended on the Eugene area.
In the 400m Martin was 14th in 50.61. The race, which came at 7:30 p.m. PT to cap the day for the decathletes, was held on a wet track following the rain, though the weather did not delay the events on the track.
In the 4×100, Purdue placed 19th in 39.68. Junior Tamar Greene, Colebrooke, sophomore Justin Becker and freshman Marcellus Moore finished just shy of a top-10 time in program history and will collect Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
In the 200, Colebrooke was 22nd overall in 21.01. The senior from Exuma, Bahamas, earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the event. Like Martin in the 400, Colebrooke’s race came on a wet track after the rainstorm.
The decathlon concludes tomorrow for Martin, as the Hillsboro, Missouri, native competes in the 110 hurdles (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3), discus (1:20 p.m. ET, ESPN3), pole vault (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3), javelin (5 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and 1,500 meters (8:56 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
On Thursday night, the women’s 4×400 races in the semifinals at 9:48 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Freshmen K’Ja Talley, Cierra Williams and Saran Kouyeth and senior Samara Miller race for the Boilermakers for a spot in Saturday’s final.
On Friday, Greene, from Nassau, The Bahamas, competes in the triple jump at 8:20 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
A complete schedule of the NCAA Championships is available here. The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, and fans can follow all the action with live results. Direct links are available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField and on the NCAA’s website. Additional updates can be found by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Wednesday was the final NCAA collegiate meet of Colebrooke’s career. A multiple-time All-America honoree, today was his fifth NCAA event as a Boilermaker and second outdoor championships. Becker, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Moore, from Plainfield, Illinois, concluded their 2021 seasons today. Colebrooke, Becker, Moore and senior Malcolm Dotson won the Big Ten title in the 4×100 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 39.06, the second-fastest time in school history.
Boudia Leads on 3-Meter Entering Sunday’s Final at Trials
INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue alumnus David Boudia has the lead while competing on 3-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the first time and has put himself in position to qualify for the Olympic Games for the fourth time.
Boudia posted a two-list score of 889.70 Wednesday. He leads the competition by 15.5 points and has a 16.15-point lead on third place. The top finishers earn Olympic bids for Team USA. The scoring is cumulative over three lists of action, culminating with Sunday’s 3-meter final at 6:35 p.m. ET live on NBC.
Incoming Boilermaker Tyler Downs is in fourth place with a two-list total of 869.90. Grayson Campbell (874.20), Michael Hixon (873.55) and Downs are all in position to qualify for the Olympics on Sunday. Downs also qualified for Saturday’s 10-meter final, an event in which Boilermaker Brandon Loschiavo built a 50-point lead Tuesday.
Two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten medalist Maggie Merriman qualified for the women’s 10-meter final, which is also set for Sunday. She posted a two-list score of 508.35 Wednesday in her debut at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, placing 12th. Merriman was very consistent with list scores of 253.30 in the prelim and 255.05 in the semifinal.
Boudia won the morning prelim (434.50) and registered the fourth-best score of the semifinal (455.20). More importantly, he improved on his prelim score by 20.7 points. He excelled with his consistency throughout the day. Only one of his 12 dives produced a score lower than 65 points (57.8 in round 3 of the prelim). He closed his semifinal list with a pair of 80-point dives.
Boudia is in position to become the first American diver since Troy Dumais (2000-2012) to be a four-time Olympian. Dumais was a springboard specialist who qualified on 3-meter all four times. Boudia is aiming to become the first American to be an individual Olympic qualifier in both 10-meter and 3-meter during his career since Mark Ruiz represented Team USA in both events in 2000.
Big Ten champion Greg Duncan (18th on 3-meter) and incoming Boilermaker Sophie McAfee (16th on 10-meter) advanced to the semifinal rounds of their events Wednesday. Duncan and Campbell are also in second place in the 3-meter synchro competition, which concludes with Friday’s 7 p.m. ET final live on the Olympic Channel.
Butler MBB Announces 2021-22 Season Opener and Exhibitions
Butler will open the 2021-22 regular season at Hinkle Fieldhouse against IUPUI Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Bulldogs’ season slate will also feature two home exhibition contests in advance of the IUPUI contest.
Butler will host Tiffin Saturday, Oct. 30 and the University of Indianapolis Friday, Nov. 5 in exhibition games.
Game times for all three contests and the television designation for the IUPUI match-up will be announced at a later date.
Butler is 6-0 all-time against IUPUI with the teams last meeting in the 2019-20 season opener.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2021-22 Butler men’s basketball season are on sale now. Additional non-conference games will be announced in the coming weeks. Butler will also host all 10 BIG EAST opponents as part of its home schedule.
Coach LaVall Jordan enters his fifth season guiding the Butler program. The Bulldogs return their top 11 scorers from a season ago.
Keane Posts Personal-Best as part of Historic NCAA Championships 10,000 Meters
The opening night of the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene did not disappoint.
Butler’s Barry Keane was part of the fastest 10,000 meters in NCAA Championships history. Keane’s time of 28:28.18 was a personal-best, six seconds better than his previous top performance. His time is second in Butler history, trailing only Erik Peterson’s mark of 28:11.02 from 2017.
Fifteen of the 23 runners who finished the race registered personal-bests, led by champion Patrick Dever of Tulsa. Dever sprinted by three competitors in the final stretch to take the NCAA crown in a time of 27:41.87. His time set a new meet record.
Keane’s 10k was the first final of the championships on the track. Earlier in the evening, the track competition focused on men’s semifinals in a number of events.
Remi Schyns clocked a time of 8:43.23 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which put him outside of the 12 qualifiers for Friday’s final. Schyns’ time was 19th among the 24 runners who qualified for Eugene out of the NCAA Regionals.
Bennett Pascoe of Arkansas State was the top qualifier with a time of 8:31.72 Wednesday night. Pascoe won the first of the two heats. Stanford’s Ky Robinson won the second heat, featuring Schyns, at 8:36.29. The top five finishers from each heat plus the next top two times advanced to the finals. The 12th qualifier, Ahmed Jaziri of Eastern Kentucky, was in Schyns’ heat and qualified in a time of 8:37.83. Schyns was eighth in his heat.
In the first third of the race, Schyns moved into second place just off the pace of early leader Alexander Korczynski. Schyns lost ground when he fell on the next to last water jump.
The championships continue Thursday with a day of women’s events. Included will be Butler’s Angelina Ellis in the semifinals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (Eastern). Butler’s Euan Makepeace will toe the line for the men’s 5,000 meters Friday night.
NUGUSE SETS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL RECORD IN THE 1,500M
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EUGENE, Ore. – Three Irish men’s track and field athletes got the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships underway on Wednesday night at the historic Hayward Field.
Yared Nuguse continued his season of record-breaking performances, finishing with the fastest NCAA Championships semifinal time ever in the 1,500m with a mark of 3:37.36 to qualify first for Friday’s final. The qualification for the final earns Nuguse another First Team All-America honor.
The 1,500m final is set to start at 8:11 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 11 and will air live on ESPN2.
In the 800m semifinal Samuel Voelz placed 10th overall, finishing just .02 seconds shy of the final qualifying spot for the final. Voelz recorded a time of 1:47.91 in the third and final heat of the event. The 10th place finish earned the senior Second Team All-America status for the event.
Michael Shoaf closed out the first night of the championships for the Irish in the shot put. The sophomore finished 22nd in the event with a throw of 17.35m to pick up All-America Honorable Mention honors.
The Irish women kick off their portion of the championships on Thursday, as four Notre Dame athletes are set to compete. Rachel Tanczos gets the action underway at 4 p.m. ET with the hammer throw. Coverage will be on ESPN3 and ESPN2 on Thursday.
Hannahs Named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American
Valparaiso University baseball freshman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) capped a stellar rookie season with another high honor as he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday.
Hannahs also earned the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year award and Second-Team All-MVC honors for his play this spring. He becomes the third Valpo player to achieve Freshman All-American status, joining shortstop Spencer Mahoney (2012) and pitcher Jon Tieman (2017).
Hannahs was one of two Valpo players to start all 51 games this season and led the team in batting average (.296), hits (55) and on-base percentage (.389). He also had 10 extra-base knocks, three home runs, 22 RBIs, 72 total bases and a .387 slugging percentage. The third baseman became the first Valpo freshman to lead the team in batting average since Spencer Mahoney in 2012.
After starting the season with a .200 average over his first 11 games, Hannahs hit .336 over his last 36 regular-season contests while posting a .434 on-base percentage in that time. He finished the season with a 20-game on-base streak. Hannahs earned MVC Player of the Week on May 3 after posting a slash line of .556/.636/.667 over five games against Illinois State and Notre Dame.
Mclear Advances to Finals on Day One of NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – The stellar sophomore season of Finley Mclear continues at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships as he represented the Miami track & field program Wednesday in Eugene.
Mclear stepped onto Historic Hayward Field against the top athletes in the country in the semifinal round of the 800m. After sticking with the front pack for the first half of the race in his bid to advance to Friday’s national final, Mclear placed second in his heat (second overall) with a time of 1:46.92 to advance to Friday’s final round.
While Mclear continues to prepare for Friday’s finals, Olivia Bechtel will compete tomorrow for the Red and White in the women’s 400 meter event, with her event’s semifinal scheduled for a 5 p.m. (PT) start at Hayward Field.
ALL FOUR BUCKEYES EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – All four Ohio State Buckeyes who competed Wednesday evening at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, taking place at Hayward Stadium on the Eugene, Ore., campus of the University of Oregon, earned second-team All-America honors for their efforts as part of the 4×100-meter relay team.
In addition, Tyler Johnson, the senior from Dayton who has won Big Ten Conference indoor and outdoor titles this year in the 400 meters, qualified for the finals Friday night in his specialty. Johnson won his 400 heat – heat No. 2 – from Lane 9 in 45.33 to qualify second overall. He’ll run for a national championship at 9:02 p.m. EDT Friday evening.
The 4×100 was clean, quick and with all four sprinters a part of a concerted effort. Kainnan Ramsey led off, handed the baton to Eric Harrison, who forwarded it to Adrian Curry and then Johnson was the anchor. The Buckeyes finished 12th overall with a time of 39.32.
Harrison also qualified for the national championships in the 200. He finished 19th overall with a time of 20.86.
The championships continue Thursday with the women’s semifinals. Seven of the eight Buckeyes who qualified for the championships will be competing.
KADE KERN NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN BY COLLEGIATE BASEBALL
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Kade Kern had a great first season for the Buckeye and was rewarded by being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The Archbold, Ohio, native’s consistency was impressive for a freshman as he led the team in hitting at .325 and collected 52 hits. Kern burst on to the scene with a five-hit game in his collegiate debut and hardly slowed his pace. He was second on the team with 14 multi-hit games to go along with 10 doubles, two homers and 30 runs batted in.
Kern was named a second team All-Big Ten honoree and was also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Defensively, he was equally as impressive, starting all 42 games in the outfield and committing just one error in 87 chances in centerfield.
ALL-AMERICAN! MILLER FIRST IU EAST MEN’S GOLFER ON ELITE LIST
RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana University East’s Jake Miller made the cut for the men’s golf NAIA All-America team.
Miller made the third-team NAIA All-America list, announced June 9 by the NAIA Men’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee.
Miller is the first IU East men’s golfer to earn All-America honors. A total of 45 players make the first, second and third teams (15 golfers per team).
“It’s a really big honor for me, especially being from Richmond, to get that award playing for my hometown university,” Miller said. “It’s been a long road, starting at Ohio State (in the fall of 2019) and ending up at IU East, which has to be the best decision I’ve made for my golf career. I want to give a special thanks to my strength trainer, Nate Flannery, and swing coach, Tim Lambert.
“I’m excited for next year, and the goal is to bring a national championship to IU East!”
Miller likely caught the attention of the selection committee with his No. 19 national individual ranking in the GolfStat NAIA Player Ranking.
He set multiple school records during his first full season at IU East:
* Lowest 18-hole average for the full school year (71.95).
* Lowest 18-hole average for the championship season (72.08).
* Lowest score for a 54-hole tournament (211 at the River States Conference Championship in late April).
Miller also was the RSC Newcomer of the Year and made the all-tournament team at numerous events.
“Jake’s talent is always front and center. What people don’t see is Jake’s dedication to becoming a better golfer every day,” said IU East coach Jeff Williams. “Every award and accolade he’s accumulated this past season has been earned by doing things the right way. He’s a special player and young man that represents Red Wolf Nation at the highest level.”
Nine Nashville Runs Stun Indians In Wednesday Loss
NASHVILLE, TENN. – The Nashville Sounds paired a two-hit performance by their pitching staff with nine runs on 10 hits to defeat the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night, 9-4.
A pair of RBI doubles off the bat of Derek Fisher quickly put the Sounds ahead of the Indians in the first two innings. With a 2-0 lead entering the second frame, Fisher drove in Luke Maile and Jake Hager for his second and third RBI of the night. Consecutive singles following Fisher’s second double extended Nashville’s lead, 6-0, with just four outs recorded by Indy.
The Sounds (22-9) plated three more in the fourth with back-to-back two-out home runs by Jamie Westbrook and Tim Lopes to extend their lead, 9-0.
In his first game back in the Indians lineup after being optioned by Pittsburgh on Sunday, Cole Tucker roped a two-out double to drive in the first two Indianapolis runs of the game. The Indians (16-15) then cut Nashville’s lead to 9-4 after loading the bases with two walks and an error in the bottom of the eighth.
Steven Wright (L, 2-2) exited the game through 1.1 innings and was charged with six Nashville runs on six hits and three walks. Shea Spitzbarth, Nick Mears and Kyle Keller held the Sounds hitless through the final four innings of the game after Blake Weiman surrendered the back-to-back long balls.
Former Indians pitcher Josh Lindblom held the Indians to one hit through 4.0 innings. Aaron Ashby (W, 3-1) allowed two runs on one hit and two walks in 2.0 innings.
The six-game series at Nashville continues on Thursday night at 8:05 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (2-2, 5.18) will take the mound for the Indians vs. RHP Bowden Francis (1-1, 3.60).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the manager of the Giants just 44 games into the season. The 51 year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered in New York for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame hurler Christy Mathewson, a sophomore pitcher who won 20 games in his rookie year, into a position player.
1930 After seven consecutive victories from the start of the season, A’s right-hander Lefty Grove loses in eleven innings to the White Sox, 7-6. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season 28-5, along with a 2.54 ERA for the eventual World Champion club.
1937 The Senators trade Bobo Newsom (3-4, 5.85) and outfielder Ben Chapman (.262, 0, 12) to the Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes (3-6, 7.61) and Rick Ferrell (.308, 1, 4), as well as outfielder Mel Almada (.236, 1, 9). Rick, the catcher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, but his brother Wes, the pitcher, will hit more career home runs.
1938 With his team trailing Chicago, 13-1, at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22 year-old southpaw from Natick, RI, who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn’t fare as well on the mound when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance this season.
1944 Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century, beginning a 60-year tenure with the Reds organization that includes becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15-year-old high school southpaw retires the first batter he faces but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.
1952 A few hours after he fires Roger Hornsby as the manager of the team, Browns’ president Bill Veeck is given a 24-inch silver trophy by his players with the engraved inscription,” …for the greatest play since the Emancipation Proclamation”. After hurler Ned Garver makes the presentation in the Fenway visiting locker room, the team takes the field under their new skipper Marty Marion.
1953 Against five different pitchers, Jimmy Piersall ties a major league record, going 6-for-6 when Boston bombs the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-2. The Red Sox right fielder is held hitless in the Sportsman’s Park nightcap and is sent sprawling to the ground by Satchel Paige, a pitcher he had infuriated during a game in his rookie season by mimicking the right-hander’s every move.
1954 At County Stadium, Bill Taylor’s pinch home run in the 10th inning off Gene Conley gives the Giants an eventual 1-0 win over Milwaukee. Taylor’s first major league home run accounts for all of the scoring, making it the first time a solo pinch-hit round-tripper is the only tally of the game.
1954 Reds’ southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance, blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. ‘Lefty,’ a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.
1959 In Baltimore, Rocky Colavito becomes the sixth player to hit four home runs in one game, helping the Indians defeat the Orioles, 11-8. The New York City native joins Lou Gehrig as the only ones to accomplish the feat with four consecutive shots.
1966 Indian hurler Sonny Siebert throws the only no-hitter of the season, defeating the Senators, 2-0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem.
1966 In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24 year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.
1967 In front of his family and friends, Astros’ outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon’s monstrous shot off the right-hander, Mel Queen in the team’s 9-4 loss to the Reds, clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.
1969 The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record. Later in the season, the Amazins will also a post a ten-game (Sept. 6-13) and a nine-game winning streak (Sept. 21-Oct. 1).
1972 Hank Aaron passes Willie Mays, moving into second place on the all-time home run list. The Braves outfielder connects for a grand slam, his 14th, to tie Gil Hodges’ NL mark, against the Phillies for his 649th career homer, 65 shy of Babe Ruth’s total.
1974 Mike Schmidt collects one of the longest singles in big-league history when the ball he hits off Astros hurler Claude Osteen caroms of the public address speaker hanging 117 feet in the air and 329 feet from home plate is ruled in play due to the ballpark’s ground rules. The Rice University mathematics department calculates the Astrodome blast would have traveled 550 feet if left unimpeded.
1979 Trailing by a run, Orioles right-hander Dennis Martinez induces Ranger third baseman Buddy Bell to line into a 5-4-3 triple play to end the sixth inning. Baltimore’s triple killing, their eighth since moving to the Charm City, contributes to the team’s 5-4 walk-off victory at Memorial Stadium.
1992 A’s first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 200th career home run when he goes deep in the second inning off Chris Bosio in the team’s 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The 28 year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers, en route to a career total of 583.
1995 Jeff Manto hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, equaling Johnny Blanchard’s mark established in 1961. The Orioles’ third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off the Mariners’ Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning during Baltimore’s 6-2 victory over the Halos at Camden Yards.
1997 Marlins’ hurler Kevin Brown no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The right-handed sinkerballer, who faces 28 batters, just misses a perfect game when he barely grazes Marvin Benard with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.
2000 A pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals commemorates David Glass’s new ownership of the team. The former Wal-Mart executive, who became Kansas City’s interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York-based attorney Miles Prentice.
2000 Darin Erstad’s second-inning two-run double off Arizona’s Omar Daal is the Angels’ leadoff hitter’s 100th hit of the season. The hit, coming in the Halos’ 61st game, makes the 26 year-old left fielder the fastest major leaguer to reach the milestone since Hall of Famer Heinie Manush accomplished the feat with the Senators in 1934.
2002 Former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other when the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. The Safeco Field contest marks the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.
2002 In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
2003 In a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Sammy Sosa becomes the target of a man who runs onto the field throwing corks. Last week, the umps discovered the Cubs’ slugger used the illegal substance after breaking his bat in a game against the Devil Rays.
2005 The document, believed to be the precursor to the ‘Curse of the Bambino,’ is acquired for $996,000 when Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York. The cost to purchase the five typed pages is nearly ten times the value the soon to be ‘Bronx Bombers’ paid to get the emerging ‘Sultan of Swat.’
2005 For the first time in nearly 90 years, the Red Sox play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The two teams which have had the fates influenced by curses last met in the 1918 World Series, won by Boston behind the solid pitching of Babe Ruth.
2006 Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy-duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial “First Cast” from the pitcher’s mound before the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.
2006 Reggie Sanders, in the Royals’ 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, hits his 300th career home run off Chad Harville. The Kansas City outfielder becomes just the fifth player in major league history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
2007 🇯🇵 Masumi Kuwata becomes the first Japanese player in Pirates’ history, making his major league debut in the team’s 13-6 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx. The 39 year-old Osaka native, the oldest person to start a big-league a career in the post-World War II era except for Satchel Paige and Diomedes Olivo, gives up two runs in two innings when Alex Rodriguez takes him deep.
2007 In addition to the Reds wearing a dark patch with the word “NUXY” printed in white on their uniform, the team honors broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, along with Marty Brennaman and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones to hung on the wall near the radio booth. The recognition commemorates the 63rd anniversary of the ‘ol’ left-hander’ becoming the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.
2008 Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later, and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.
2010 White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel, who made his major league debut in 1989, becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43 year-old Venezuelan infielder, who made his major league debut in 1989, joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the shortlist of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.
2011 Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th major league game, a disappointing 8-0 Cardinal loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The 66 year-old skipper, whose 33-year managerial career includes stints with the A’s and White Sox, is the second manager to reach the milestone but remains far behind Connie Mack’s record of 7,755 contests.
2011 Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets a chance to manage the team for a day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. An episode of ESPN SportsCenter’s “My Wish” series features the testicular cancer survivor’s big day at Target Field.
2012 The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday’s 12-inning win, breaks the team’s previously twice-accomplished record of eight.
2012 Bobby Abreu, tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.’s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38-year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits playing for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.
2012 The Red Sox pass the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, which has featured an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team’s new ownership bought the Boston ball club.
2019 The Diamondbacks (8) and Phillies (5) hit the most combined home runs in a single game, collectively going deep 13 times in Arizona’s 13-8 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The previous mark of 12 was set by the Tigers and White Sox, who accomplished the feat twice, first on May 28, 1995, and then on July 2, 2002.
|Tampa Bay||39||24||.619||–||16 – 14||23 – 10||16 – 10||4 – 2||11 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|Boston||37||25||.597||1.5||17 – 15||20 – 10||15 – 6||7 – 4||7 – 13||5 – 5||L 2|
|NY Yankees||33||29||.532||5.5||17 – 16||16 – 13||14 – 21||11 – 4||5 – 2||4 – 6||W 2|
|Toronto||31||28||.525||6||13 – 13||18 – 15||10 – 11||4 – 5||6 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|Baltimore||22||39||.361||16||11 – 21||11 – 18||8 – 15||4 – 9||8 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||37||24||.607||–||24 – 11||13 – 13||7 – 6||21 – 12||6 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||32||27||.542||4||14 – 12||18 – 15||3 – 7||21 – 12||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Kansas City||29||31||.483||7.5||16 – 15||13 – 16||5 – 5||15 – 20||4 – 5||5 – 5||L 5|
|Detroit||25||36||.410||12||14 – 16||11 – 20||4 – 5||11 – 21||7 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||24||37||.393||13||12 – 19||12 – 18||5 – 7||12 – 15||4 – 12||3 – 7||L 2|
|Oakland||37||26||.587||–||19 – 17||18 – 9||11 – 9||9 – 1||10 – 13||6 – 4||W 2|
|Houston||35||26||.574||1||20 – 13||15 – 13||12 – 6||0 – 3||21 – 12||8 – 2||W 3|
|Seattle||31||32||.492||6||17 – 14||14 – 18||6 – 5||7 – 8||15 – 12||5 – 5||W 1|
|LA Angels||30||32||.484||6.5||18 – 16||12 – 16||3 – 7||10 – 6||14 – 17||7 – 3||W 3|
|Texas||24||39||.381||13||15 – 16||9 – 23||11 – 10||4 – 6||8 – 14||2 – 8||W 1|
|NY Mets||30||24||.556||–||15 – 5||15 – 19||13 – 8||2 – 5||12 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Atlanta||29||30||.492||3.5||17 – 17||12 – 13||14 – 15||10 – 4||3 – 3||5 – 5||L 1|
|Philadelphia||29||31||.483||4||18 – 12||11 – 19||16 – 17||9 – 4||2 – 4||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||25||33||.431||7||13 – 15||12 – 18||9 – 13||6 – 10||4 – 6||4 – 6||W 1|
|Miami||26||35||.426||7.5||13 – 13||13 – 22||10 – 9||4 – 9||10 – 9||2 – 8||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||35||27||.565||–||21 – 10||14 – 17||8 – 6||16 – 14||9 – 4||6 – 4||W 2|
|Milwaukee||34||27||.557||0.5||17 – 15||17 – 12||7 – 9||13 – 10||12 – 3||8 – 2||L 1|
|St. Louis||32||30||.516||3||16 – 15||16 – 15||10 – 10||13 – 11||7 – 6||2 – 8||W 1|
|Cincinnati||29||30||.492||4.5||13 – 15||16 – 15||3 – 2||16 – 11||6 – 14||7 – 3||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||23||37||.383||11||13 – 18||10 – 19||4 – 4||7 – 19||7 – 9||4 – 6||L 3|
|San Francisco||38||23||.623||–||18 – 9||20 – 14||6 – 4||11 – 4||16 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||36||25||.590||2||19 – 10||17 – 15||6 – 3||6 – 9||17 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|San Diego||37||27||.578||2.5||21 – 14||16 – 13||2 – 2||10 – 13||17 – 11||3 – 7||L 2|
|Colorado||25||37||.403||13.5||20 – 14||5 – 23||5 – 7||3 – 7||11 – 21||6 – 4||W 1|
|Arizona||20||43||.317||19||11 – 16||9 – 27||8 – 15||6 – 8||6 – 16||2 – 8||L 7|