CENTRAL INDIANA BASEBALL SCORES
BISHOP CHATARD 7 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 4
NORTHEASTERN 18 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 2
KNIGHTSTOWN 10 N. DECATUR 0
WAPAHANI 7 WINCHESTER 6
WES DEL 3 ALECANDRIAN MONROE 2
MISSISSINEWA 11 MARION 0
SHENANDOAH 11 ANDERSON 1
BLUE RIVER 18 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 1
WARREN CENTRAL 8 SCECINA 4
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 14 BROWN COUNTY 3
MONROE CENTRAL 5 ELWOOD 2
FRANKLIN COUNTY 6 LAWRENCEBURG 4
PARK TUDOR 10 MONROVIA 9
WESTERN BOONE 14 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 9
CENTER GROVE 7 BROWNSBURG 1
WHITELAND 6 NEW PALESTINE 3
EASTERN HANCOCK 10 SETON CATHOLIC 0
SPEEDWAY 12 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 2
BATESVILLE 11 RUSHVILLE 3
CENTERVILLE 13 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 4
THRIVAL ACADEMY 14 PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 4
INDIANAPOLIS TECH 14 SHORTRIDGE 3
ZIONSVILLE 3 CARMEL 0
AVON 9 TRI-WEST 3
LEBANON 11 CLINTON PRAIRIE 1
CONNERSVILLE 2 S. DEARBORN 1
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 5 MADISON GRANT 1
BEN DAVIS 10 PLAINFIELD 5
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 7 WESTFIELD 2
INDIANA BASEBALL RANKINGS
1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 17-2 (280)
2)NOBLESVILLE H.S. 16-5 (194)
3)MT. VERNON H.S. (FORTVILLE) 15-2 (172)
3)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 14-2 (172)
3)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 16-3 (172)
6)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 16-3 (152)
7)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 17-3 (124)
8)CARMEL H.S. 10-5 (68)
8)MOORESVILLE H.S. 16-3 (68)
10)PENN H.S 9-6 (34)
BEDFORD N.L. H.S., BLOOMINGTON NORTH H.S., BLOOMINGTON SOUTH H.S., CASTLE H.S., FISHERS H.S., FLOYD CENTRAL H.S., HOMESTEAD H.S., MISHAWAKA H.S.,
1)ANDREAN H.S. 15-4 (200)
2)GUERIN CATHOLIC H.S. 18-2 (190)
3)WESTERN H.S. 17-2 (188)
4)JASPER H.S. 15-3 (154)
5)WEST VIGO H.S. 16-3 (118)
6)NEW PRAIRIE H.S. 14-4 (94)
7)HANOVER CENTRAL H.S. 14-4 (58)
7)YORKTOWN H.S. 15-4 (58)
9)SOUTHRIDGE H.S. 7-2 (50)
10)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 16-6 (38)
CHARLESTOWN H.S., DANVILLE H.S., EVANS. MEMORIAL H.S., F.W. DWENGER H.S., GLENN H.S. (JOHN GLENN), MISHAWAKA MARIAN H.S., NORTH MONTGOMERY H.S., NORWELL H.S., SCOTTSBURG H.S, SILVER CREEK H.S., SPEEDWAY H.S., TRI-WEST H.S.,
1)FOREST PARK H.S. 18-1 (238)
2)PROVIDENCE H.S. 14-3 (188)
3)PARK TUDOR H.S. 17-3 (160)
4)LAPEL H.S. 17-4 (144)
4)MITCHELL H.S. 17-4 (144)
6)HAGERSTOWN H.S. 20-6 (122)
7)ROCHESTER H.S. 13-4 (72)
8)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 15-5 (64)
9)ILLIANA CHRISTIAN HS 13-7 (50)
10)SHENANDOAH H.S. 13-3 (40)
BLACKFORD H.S., BLUFFTON H.S., BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL H.S., CASCADE H.S., DELPHI H.S., EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S., EVANS. MATER DEI H.S., F.W. BISHOP LUERS H.S., NORTH POSEY H.S., PARKE HERITAGE HS, PERRY CENTRAL H.S., UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL,
1)CLAY CITY H.S. 14-3 (184)
2)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 13-7 (182)
3)BARR-REEVE H.S. 14-3 (160)
4)TECUMSEH H.S. 11-5 (148)
5)WES-DEL H.S. 11-4 (104)
6)BORDEN H.S. 11-6 (82)
7)BETHESDA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 14-5 (70)
8)INDPLS LUTHERAN HS 11-7 (64)
9)SHAKAMAK H.S. 8-5 (50)
10)UNION CITY H.S. 4-2 (36)
BLOOMFIELD H.S., DALEVILLE H.S., JAC-CEN-DEL H.S., LOOGOOTEE H.S., NORTH DAVIESS H.S., NORTHEAST DUBOIS H.S., RISING SUN H.S., SOUTH DECATUR H.S.,
CENTRAL INDIANA SOFTBALL SCORES
MADISON GRANT 13 TIPTON 0
HAGERSTOWN 2 KNIGHTSTOWN 1
CENTERVILLE 8 WES DEL 6
NORTH CENTRAL 10 BREBEUF 0
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 19 MUNCIE CENTRAL 6
IRVINGTON PREP 18 RIVERSIDE 4
SOUTHPORT 14 PIKE 1
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 11 RITTER 1
CONNERSVILLE 8 E. CENTRAL 6
CARMEL 8 FISHERS 3
PLAINFIELD 4 CASCADE 0
RISING SUN 15 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0
NORTH MONTGOMERY 15 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 10
ALEXANDRIA MONROE 10 TAYLOR 5
TRI 16 DALEVILLE 3
NORTHEASTERN 19 MONROE CENTRAL 3
SHERIDAN 16 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 9
TRI-VILLAGE 12 UNION CITY 6
LAPEL 16 WAPAHANI 6
FRANKTON 11 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 0
NOBLESVILLE 8 YORKTOWN 5
COLUMBUS NORTH 16 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3
GREENSBURG 6 RUSHVILLE 5
WESTERN BOONE 4 GUERIN CATHOLIC 2
TERRE HAUTE NORTH 6 GREENCASTLE 3
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 23 ANDERSON 0
CATHEDRAL 9 WESTFIELD 2
LEBANON 15 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1
KOKOMO 9 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 6
RONCALLI 6 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1
LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 16 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 8
LAWRENCE NORTH 14 BROWNSBURG 10
INDIANA SOFTBALL RANKINGS
2 COLUMBUS NORTH
4 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
5 CENTER GROVE
6 PENDLETON HEIGHTS
7 NEW PALESTINE
8 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH
9 AVON/LAKE CENTRAL
3 GIBSON SOUTHERN
5 PIKE CENTRAL/CONNERSVILLE
8 HANOVER CENTRAL
9 BOONE GROVE
10 SILVER CREEK
1 N. POSEY
7 EASTERN GREENTOWN/MADISON GRANT
9 ADAMS CENTRAL
10 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN
1 BARR REEVE
3 N. MIAMI
5 MORGAN TOWNSHIP
8 W. CENTRAL
10 W. WASHINGTON
MIAMI 109 NEW YORK 101
LA LAKERS 104 GOLDEN STATE 101
VEGAS 5 EDMONTON 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
DETROIT 6 CLEVELAND 2
TAMPA BAY 3 BALTIMORE 0
NY YANKEES 7 OAKLAND 2
KANSAS CITY 12 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5
LA ANGELS 6 HOUSTON 4
TEXAS 2 SEATTLE 1
PITTSBURGH 2 COLORADO 0
MILWAUKEE 9 LA DODGERS 3
ST. LOUIS 3 CHICAGO CUBS 1
ARIZONA 5 MIAMI 2
WASHINGTON 5 SAN FRANCISCO 1
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
LAKERS RALLY PAST WARRIORS 104-101, TAKE 3-1 SERIES LEAD
LOS ANGELES (AP) Lonnie Walker began the season as a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers, though got injured and slipped all the way out of their rotation after they transformed their roster at the trade deadline.
Walker didn’t sulk or complain. He cheered from the bench. Worked even harder in practice. Waited for his chance to shine.
And when it arrived, the unsung pro with inextinguishable confidence outshot Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter of a playoff win that put his Lakers on the brink of an unlikely trip to the Western Conference finals.
“(It’s) the greatest feeling you could ever imagine,” Walker said with a smile. “As a kid, this is something I’ve been dreaming of.”
Walker scored all of his 15 points in a phenomenal fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied late to take a 3-1 second-round series lead with a 104-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 on Monday night.
LeBron James scored 27 points and Anthony Davis had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who moved one win away from knocking off the champions with their eighth consecutive home victory since March.
Los Angeles overcame Curry’s third career postseason triple-double down the stretch largely because of Walker, who has made a seismic impact in returning to the Lakers’ rotation in this series. He went 6 for 9 in the fourth quarter, starting with a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the period to cut Golden State’s lead to four points.
After sitting out Game 1, Walker contributed nine points in Game 2 and 12 more in Game 3. His emergence in this series is a shocker to most, but not to Walker or his teammates.
“I’m a scorer mentality first,” Walker said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in myself. I know what I’m capable of, and after a lot of sacrifice and a lot of time in the gym, the fruition finally came today.”
Walker eventually hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:53 to play. Curry’s layup with 1:05 left trimmed the Lakers’ lead to one point, but Curry missed a long jumper and a 3-point attempt on Golden State’s next possession before Walker made two free throws with 15 seconds left, and Los Angeles got one last defensive stop to seal it.
“We don’t win this game tonight without Lonnie Walker, that’s for sure,” James said. “As hard as this game was, it’s going to be even harder. We understand that. We know that.”
Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Francisco.
Curry had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in his 13th career triple-double for the sixth-seeded Warriors, who will have to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for only the second time in franchise history to continue their NBA title defense. Golden State also did it in the 2016 Western Conference finals.
The Warriors led by 12 late in the third quarter, but the Lakers chased down the champs and finished them with Walker leading the way in front of even James and Davis, who joined the chorus of congratulations after the buzzer.
“The kid is a beautiful kid,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “He fell out of the rotation through no fault of his own, but he remained professional. He remained high-spirited, positive, and really kept working on his game every day, especially in these playoffs. When your mind is in the right place, your body follows.”
Gary Payton II scored a season-high 15 points in his first start of the season for Golden State, but Klay Thompson had his second straight quiet game in Los Angeles, scoring nine points in 41 minutes. Andrew Wiggins added 17 points for the Warriors, who made just 25 combined 3-pointers in their two games in Los Angeles after making 21 apiece in the first two games in San Francisco.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr switched to a three-guard starting lineup to affect the Los Angeles defense that held the Warriors to 97 points in Game 3, and the changes largely worked: Davis, who blocked 11 shots in the first three games, wasn’t able to protect the rim with the same ferocity when his defensive matchups required him to go out to the perimeter, and the Warriors capitalized with 52 points in the paint.
The Lakers compensated: They made all 20 of their free throws, and Austin Reaves added 21 points.
But they won with a gritty, timely effort by Walker, who picked up the Lakers’ slack when D’Angelo Russell scored just four points on 1-for-10 shooting after a strong performance in Game 3.
Curry secured the 13th triple-double of his career early in the fourth quarter, but he missed nine of 10 3-point attempts spanning three quarters. The most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history finished 3 for 14 from distance.
Warriors: Payton’s only previous NBA start this season was for Portland on Feb. 8. He started two playoff games for Golden State last year before signing a three-year deal in the summer with the Trail Blazers, who traded him back to the Warriors in February. … Kevon Looney started Game 1 against Los Angeles, while JaMychal Green started Game 2 and Game 3.
HEAT TAKE 3-1 LEAD, HOLD OFF KNICKS 109-101 FOR GAME 4 WIN
MIAMI (AP) The lead was shaky at times. The shooting went cold. The building got tense. There were moments when the Miami Heat looked like they were about to get themselves into trouble.
And they found a way – again.
The unpredictable ride of the eighth-seeded Heat continues, with Miami on the brink of yet another trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Jimmy Butler had 27 points and 10 assists, Bam Adebayo finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Heat topped the New York Knicks 109-101 on Monday night.
“It was great that we were able to hold home court,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But we know we have a task in New York.”
They’ll take a 3-1 lead into Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday night, one win from wrapping up this East semifinal matchup and returning to the conference finals for the third time in four years.
“We’ve got a job to do,” Butler said, “and I think we’re very capable.”
Max Strus scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry added 15 and Caleb Martin had 10 for the Heat. Miami became only the fourth No. 8 seed in this NBA playoff format – now in its 40th season – to win at least seven games. The 1999 Knicks won 12 on their way to the NBA Finals, while Memphis won seven in 2011 and Philadelphia won seven in 2012.
Jalen Brunson finished with 32 points and 11 assists for fifth-seeded New York, while RJ Barrett had 24 points and Julius Randle scored 20 for the Knicks before fouling out with about three minutes left.
“You’ve got to win four to win a series,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So, all we’re thinking about is win the next game. Go quarter by quarter. Win the first quarter, win the second quarter, win the third, win the fourth. And then the next day we’ll think about the next day.”
Miami missed 12 of its first 15 shots of the fourth quarter, but the Knicks didn’t take full advantage – trimming only three points off the Heat lead in that span. It was nine entering the fourth, and a pair of free throws by Brunson with 4:40 left got New York within 99-93.
But a slam by Martin breathed some life into an antsy building, and the roars got a bit louder about a minute later. With the Knicks down seven, Randle went into the lane but Strus beat him to the spot, drawing contact that became the New York star’s sixth foul with 3:08 left. The Heat held control the rest of the way.
“They got to offensive rebounds, to loose balls, they’ve got some tough guys that get respect,” Barrett said. “I give them credit. They’re working hard. They’ve got guys falling every possession, they’re getting calls, they’re getting rebounds. They’re playing hard. We played hard as well.”
The Knicks never led in Game 3, then held the lead twice in Game 4.
They had a pair of one-point leads in the opening quarter, for a combined 33 seconds, with Miami erasing the deficits with immediate baskets on its next possession.
But unlike Game 3, when Miami’s lead was double digits for nearly the entirety of the final three quarters, this one remained in some doubt much of the way.
The Knicks cut what was an 11-point deficit down to 67-65 on a 3-pointer by Barrett with 7:07 left in the third, but never got all the way over the hump. An 8-1 spurt over a two-minute stretch late in the third restored the 11-point lead, Miami’s cushion was 90-81 going into the fourth, and the Heat held on.
“We’re kind of fighting an uphill battle,” Brunson said. “Didn’t do enough within the 48 minutes.”
A Miami team that was about 3 minutes from getting eliminated in the play-in tournament is now one win from the NBA’s final four.
It might be unexpected to many – but not to the Heat.
“We’ve been tested this year,” Strus said. “And we knew that when the battles would come, we’d be ready for it.”
Knicks: Immanuel Quickley, who sprained his left ankle late in Game 3, was out. His status for Game 5 isn’t clear, and he’s listed as day-to-day. … New York changed its starting lineup, with Quentin Grimes – who was celebrating his 23rd birthday – in for Josh Hart. … The Knicks gave up six offensive rebounds in the first three quarters combined, then gave up seven in the fourth alone.
Heat: Adebayo had seven field goals in the first half. Five were dunks, marking the first time in his 473 NBA games that he had that many before halftime. … The 7-2 start to the postseason matches the fifth-best in Heat history. They were 8-1 in 2005, 2013, 2014 and 2020 – getting to the NBA Finals in the three most-recent instances. … Miami missed four 3s on one possession early in the fourth quarter.
The win was the 103rd playoff victory for Spoelstra. He becomes the third coach with that many playoff wins with one team; Gregg Popovich has 170 with San Antonio, and Phil Jackson had 118 with the Los Angeles Lakers and 111 with Chicago.
Pat Riley – the Heat president, Spoelstra’s boss and his predecessor as Heat coach – won 102 with the Lakers.
The Heat have a chance to reach the East finals on Wednesday – and so does South Florida’s NHL team. The Florida Panthers lead their second-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0, with Game 4 of that matchup in Sunrise, Florida on Wednesday night.
JOKIC FINED $25K BY NBA FOR MAKING CONTACT WITH SUNS OWNER
DENVER (AP) Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was fined $25,000 by the league Monday for making improper contact in the stands with Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia.
No suspension, though. The two-time NBA MVP is all set for Game 5 on Tuesday night in Denver, with the second-round series tied at 2-2.
It was nearly the outcome Ishbia was hoping for in a series where the home team has won every game.
On his Twitter account Monday, Ishbia praised his team’s performance and urged no further disciplinary action for Jokic.
“Great win for the Suns last night in an amazing series so far!” Ishbia posted. “That should be and is the only story. Suspending or fining anyone over last nights incident would not be right. I have alot of respect for Jokic and don’t want to see anything like that. Excited for game 5! Go Suns!”
Jokic was assessed a technical foul in the second quarter of Game 4 on Sunday night when the big man tried to snatch the ball back from Ishbia, who was sitting courtside, and hit Ishbia with an elbow.
The situation set social media ablaze and overshadowed a game in which the Suns won 129-124. One of the topics up for debate was whether it was a flop by Ishbia, a former walk-on basketball player at Michigan State, or excessive contact from Jokic.
“I was hoping they’d give him a flopping charge,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Monday about Ishbia. “That would probably be the only fine I could imagine, but I have no idea.”
Suns standout Kevin Durant figured the incident and resulting fine would be a story, but was glad it’s been resolved.
“None of that can get in the way,” Durant said after practice Monday night at Ball Arena. “We can just focus on basketball.”
The mini-fracas began when Suns guard Josh Okogie crashed into the seats while trying to save a loose ball. He landed in a group of fans on the baseline that included Ishbia, who held on to the basketball.
Jokic was trying to get the ball quickly – apparently so the Nuggets could start getting into their offensive possession – when he attempted to grab the ball away from Ishbia. The ball flew backward into the crowd, and then Ishbia was knocked backward by Jokic’s elbow.
Jokic defended his actions after a game in which he had 53 points and 11 assists.
“The fan put the hand on me first,” Jokic explained. “I thought the league was supposed to protect us. Maybe I am wrong. I know who he is, but he is a fan. Isn’t he?”
“That’s not an owner in the stands. He’s a fan,” Malone said Monday. “We don’t designate who’s in the stands. I just felt after watching that whole incident, Nikola is just trying to get the ball. I felt the embellishment was almost comical, from my standpoint.”
There were a few minutes of confusion as officials sorted out the weird scene, and then Jokic was assessed a technical foul. The Suns made the ensuing free throw.
Devin Booker finished with 36 points and 12 assists. He also gave a shout-out to the Suns owner.
“He got us a point!” Booker said with a grin.
Ishbia has been the Suns’ owner for only a few months, purchasing the team from the embattled Robert Sarver.
Ishbia told The Associated Press at halftime that he was “fine” and more worried about the game than the altercation. He was back in his usual seats in the second half.
The tiff didn’t seem to bother Jokic, either – the MVP runner-up scored or assisted on 78 points Sunday, which was the most in a playoff game by a center in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
MARCHESSAULT, EICHEL LEAD VEGAS TO 5-1 WIN OVER OILERS
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights are used to shuffling goaltenders. When starter Laurent Brossoit had to leave with an injury early in their latest game, Adin Hill came in and led them to a win.
Jonathan Marchessault scored his first two goals of the playoffs, Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist, and the Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Monday night for a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Zach Whitecloud and Chandler Stephenson also scored for Vegas. Brossoit appeared to injure his left leg sliding across the crease and left the game in pain at 11:44 of the first period after turning away three of four shots. Hill stopped all 25 shots he saw in relief.
The Golden Knights started five different goaltenders in the regular season because of injuries before settling on Brossoit as their playoff starter.
“We’ve used a lot of different guys at this position. They’ve all played well,” Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That’s the good part for us. We know the guy going in there is going to make some timely saves. We don’t rely on him to win games for us. It might have to happen here or there, but in general we have tried to play well in front of our goaltender no matter who is in there.”
Warren Foegele scored the first goal of the game for Edmonton before the Golden Knights countered with five. Stuart Skinner was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 23 shots. Jack Campbell replaced him and made nine saves.
The Golden Knights took the series opener 6-4 before falling 5-1 at home on Saturday night.
“Forty-eight hours ago, we played a game we really liked,” McDavid said. “Forty-eight hours later, we’re here talking about not a very good one. So, our game is not gone, it’s not far – we need to bring our best Game 4.”
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is here Wednesday night, followed by Game 5 on Friday night at Las Vegas.
Skinner was removed from Game 4 of Edmonton’s first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings and the Oilers overcame a three-goal deficit to win in overtime with Campbell in net, but there was no similar comeback this time.
Vegas wanted more puck possession in Game 3 and got it. The Golden Knights scored the majority of their goals getting inside defenders and striking from the edge of the crease.
“I just didn’t think we were sharp,” Edmonton head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “I don’t think we skated well. I don’t think our battle level was where it needed to be. … Our team wasn’t good in any area tonight.”
Vegas vowed to spend more time playing even-strength, and not give Edmonton’s vaunted power play running at 56 per cent the minutes it had in Game 2. The Oilers went 0-for-2 with a man advantage in the game, while Vegas was 0 for 4.
“Everyone knows how great their power-play is and it’s important to play as much five-on-five as we can,” Eichel said.
Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl, who came in with 13 goals and four assists in eight playoff games coming in, was held off the scoresheet for the first time Oilers captain Connor McDavid also didn’t record a point for the first time since the series opener against L.A.
They led 2-1 and outshot the Oilers 15-7 after 20 minutes, and then scored three more goals in the second period.
Vegas took a 3-1 lead at 7:25 when Whitecloud skated to the faceoff circle to Skinner’s left and wired a shot over the Edmonton goalie’s glove.
Eichel beat Skinner far side with a wrist shot at 12:03, after Edmonton’s Evan Bouchard fell in the neutral zone to give Eichel a lane. That gave the Golden Knights a three-goal lead and ended Skinner’s night.
The Oilers got a goal overturned for goaltender interference, but Vegas struck again within 20 seconds of that challenge when Nicolas Roy charged in from the wing and Stephenson converted the rebound at 17:13.
Edmonton scored off the rush 2:45 into the game when Foegele redirected Derek Ryan’s pass upstairs on Brossoit.
Eichel and Marchessault combined at 4:44 to even the score 1-1. Eichel gloved a pop fly and dropped the puck beside the crease. In the ensuing flurry, Marchessault wrapped the puck around Skinner’s left pad.
Marchessault scored again with 51 seconds left to put Vegas ahead for good. Eichel carried the puck to the side of the crease and backhanded a pass to the slot for Marchessault to bury.
Oilers forward Zach Hyman was played just a few shifts after his leg collided with Vegas defenseman Nicolas Hague’s at 6:36.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Vegas acquired 37-year-old veteran Jonathan Quick at the trade deadline, so he would shift into a backup role behind Hill if Brossoit’s injury is long term, Cassidy said.
The Golden Knights had one of the best road records in the NHL this season at 26-7-8. They’re now 3-0 away from home in the postseason.
“We might play better on the road,” Cassidy said. “First of all, we’re a veteran group so noise or a hostile crowd doesn’t bother us. I think we’re a four-line hockey team and on the road, you don’t have last change as a coach. You have to trust whoever is going on the ice.”
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MLB ROUNDUP: CARDS’ WILLSON CONTRERAS STARS IN RETURN TO CHICAGO
Willson Contreras made his return to Chicago and delivered a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning among his two hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-1 on Monday night.
St. Louis has posted back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly a month. Before a Sunday win at Detroit, the Cardinals had lost eight consecutive games. Chicago lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Greeted with noticeable cheers but several boos, Contreras went 2-for-4 against the Cubs, the team he left to sign a five-year, $87.5 million deal with the rival Cardinals in the offseason.
St. Louis reliever Genesis Cabrera (1-1) threw 1 1/3 shutout innings for the win, and Ryan Helsley recorded the last four outs for his fourth save. Cubs starter Marcus Stroman (2-3) yielded two runs on four hits in six innings.
Pirates 2, Rockies 0
Rodolfo Castro’s two-run home run in the seventh inning backed a brilliant start by Mitch Keller as Pittsburgh downed visiting Colorado to end a seven-game losing streak.
Keller (4-1) produced a four-hit shutout in his first career complete game. He struck out eight and walked one.
Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (3-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings, with four strikeouts and three walks. The Rockies had won two in a row and six of their past seven.
Brewers 9, Dodgers 3
Joey Wiemer and Willy Adames each had a three-run homer and Freddy Peralta allowed one run over six innings to pace Milwaukee to a win over visiting Los Angeles.
Peralta (4-2) allowed three hits, all doubles, while striking out five and walking two. Wiemer knocked in four runs, and Christian Yelich added a two-run single.
Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin (0-1) allowed three unearned runs on three hits in six innings. Chris Taylor connected for a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth.
Tigers 6, Guardians 2
Andy Ibanez singled, homered and scored three times to help visiting Detroit post a win against Cleveland in the opener of a three-game series.
Eric Haase had three hits and scored two runs and Riley Greene added two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, who have won six of seven. Tigers starter Joey Wentz (1-3) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Guardians starter Tanner Bibee (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez homered for Cleveland, which had won two in a row.
Rays 3, Orioles 0
Josh Lowe and Luke Raley each hit solo home runs and Shane McClanahan pitched six shutout innings to lead Tampa Bay to a win over host Baltimore.
McClanahan (7-0) allowed just four hits and four walks while striking out seven as the Rays won for the ninth time in 11 games. Wander Franco went 2-for-3, while Raley went 2-for-4 with his solo homer in the ninth inning to cap the scoring.
The Orioles, who have dropped their past three games, wasted a quality start by Kyle Gibson (4-2). He allowed just two runs on six hits in six-plus innings.
Yankees 7, Athletics 2
Gleyber Torres hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth and DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run shot later in the inning as New York beat visiting Oakland.
Oswaldo Cabrera and Aaron Hicks also belted two-run homers for the Yankees. New York starter Nestor Cortes allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings, and Ron Marinaccio (2-1) got the win in relief.
Athletics starter JP Sears (0-3) yielded five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Royals 12, White Sox 5
MJ Melendez homered and drove in four runs as Kansas City came from behind to beat visiting Chicago in the opener of a four-game series.
The Royals were buoyed by an eight-run sixth, breaking a 4-4 tie by sending 12 batters to the plate. Kansas City loaded the bases with no outs, chasing White Sox starter Dylan Cease (2-2) from the game.
Cease went five-plus innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out six. Jose Cuas (2-0) got the win in relief of Zack Greinke, who allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Rangers 2, Mariners 1
Jon Gray pitched seven strong innings to outduel Logan Gilbert as Texas defeated host Seattle in the opener of a three-game series.
Gray (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. The only run Gray allowed was a solo homer by Ty France in the first inning. Will Smith struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.
Gilbert (1-2) had a perfect game through six innings, but in the seventh, Josh Jung hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score and Jonah Heim added a go-ahead single. Gilbert gave up two runs on three hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. He finished with 10 strikeouts.
Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 2
Christian Walker hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in two runs and Zac Gallen tossed seven strong innings to lead Arizona past Miami in Phoenix.
Gabriel Moreno went 3-for-4 with one RBI as the Diamondbacks won for the seventh time in 10 games. Walker’s tape-measure homer in the sixth inning put Arizona ahead to stay and helped send the Marlins to their sixth setback in seven games.
Gallen (5-1) gave up one run and five hits while winning his fifth straight decision. Miami’s Braxton Garrett (1-2) was charged with four runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Nationals 5, Giants 1
CJ Abrams capped a five-run first inning with a two-run single and Washington opened a three-game road series against San Francisco with a victory.
Washington right-hander Jake Irvin pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first major league win. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five.
Joc Pederson’s solo home run in the ninth provided the Giants’ lone run. San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani (3-2) got through seven innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits.
Angels 6, Astros 4
Brandon Drury’s RBI triple in the eighth inning made the difference as Los Angeles opened a three-game series against Houston with a win in Anaheim, Calif.
With score 4-4 in the eighth, Anthony Rendon drew a leadoff walk off Rafael Montero (0-2). After Hunter Renfroe flied out, Drury blasted a first-pitch sinker to deep center, and the ball caromed off the wall and gave Rendon ample time to advance home from first base.
Los Angeles tacked on another run when Matt Thaiss’ deep sacrifice fly scored Drury, giving Carlos Estevez a cushion to pick up his eighth save of the season. Hunter Brown pitched 4 1/3 innings for Houston, allowing four runs on nine hits.
AP SOURCE: K-STATE CLOSE TO $44 MILLION NEW DEAL FOR KLIEMAN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State and Chris Klieman are finalizing a new contract that would give the football coach a substantial pay raise while keeping him tied to the program for the next eight seasons, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.
The contract will have a total value of $44 million, making Klieman one of the better-paid coaches in the Big 12, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because signatures were still needed on paperwork to make it official. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
Klieman’s previous contract ended after the 2026 season, so the new deal adds four years to it. His average pay will go from $4 million annually to $5.5 million per year, or slightly more than Texas is paying coach Steve Sarkisian.
The 55-year-old Klieman led the Wildcats to a Big 12 championship last season, beating TCU in the title game before the Horned Frogs went on to play in the College Football Playoff. It was the first conference title for K-State since 2012, when Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder was in his second tenure in Manhattan, and a big breakthrough for the Wildcats.
Klieman went 8-5 in his first season before slipping to 4-6 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The Wildcats went 8-5 again the following year, winning the Texas Bowl, before going 10-4 last season with a Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama.
Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor has been aggressively pushed the school forward in its biggest revenue-producing sports. Along with hiring Klieman, Taylor also hired men’s basketball coach Jerome Tang, and negotiations have begun on a new contract for him after leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament during his first season.
Kansas State has also invested heavily in the football program itself. It recently opened a new indoor training facility, and new artificial turf is currently being installed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The Wildcats lost All-American running back Deuce Vaughn and defensive player of the year Felix Anudike-Uzomah to the NFL from last year’s team, but they return all five offensive linemen along with quarterback Will Howard. Their Big 12 title run last year has led to a solid recruiting class of both freshmen and transfers to fill the biggest holes on the roster.
Kansas State opens the season Sept. 2 against Southeast Missouri State.
EX-GIRLFRIEND: TIGER WOODS USED LAWYER TO BREAK UP WITH ME
(AP) — Tiger Woods’ ex-girlfriend said in an August 2017 email her only concern about signing a nondisclosure agreement was losing her job in Woods’ restaurant if the relationship ended and having control of her future in the business.
“I don’t have any problems with what’s in the document because I wouldn’t go public or use anything I know to hurt him or the kids,” Erica Herman wrote in the email to the CFO of Tiger Woods Ventures.
“But with my whole life in his hands now I would want to have some control over my future in the business. If something happened 5-10 years down the road I don’t want to be in my 40’s heartbroken and jobless.”
The email exchange was part of documents filed Sunday evening in advance of a Tuesday hearing. Woods’ attorneys are expected to ask Circuit Judge Elizabeth Metzger to halt Herman’s lawsuit against their billionaire client. They say the former couple’s NDA requires all disputes be settled privately by an arbitrator, not in court.
Herman has filed a lawsuit against Woods, accusing golf’s biggest star of beginning their sexual relationship when she was his employee and threatening to fire her if she didn’t sign the NDA she now wants voided.
Her email to Chris Hubman, the CFO of Woods’ company, was sent Aug. 7, 2017.
“In my mind, your employment by The Woods Jupiter and your personal relationship with TW are two separate items,” Hubman wrote back the next day. “I don’t think the end of one automatically impacts the other … although I admit it could be complicated. It will most likely depend on the terms, condition or reason for the relationship ending.
“The NDA doesn’t address the terms of your TWJ employment … only the dissemination and control of information that you become privy to as a result of your personal and professional relationship with TW.”
She signed the NDA on Aug. 9, 2017, according to documents.
Herman, in court documents filed late Friday, also accused Woods of having his lawyer break up with her at an airport last October after falsely telling her they were going on a weekend trip to the Bahamas. She says the lawyer then evicted her from Woods’ $54 million mansion north of Palm Beach and tried to get her to sign another NDA, which she refused.
Herman, who managed Woods’ Palm Beach County restaurant before and during the first years of their romantic relationship, argues the NDA is unenforceable under a new federal law that says such contracts can be voided when sexual abuse or sexual harassment occurred. Her attorney, Benjamin Hodas, contends that Woods’ alleged threat to fire her if she didn’t sign the contract was harassment.
“A boss imposing different work conditions on his employee because of their sexual relationship is sexual harassment,” Hodas said.
Herman, 39, is separately suing the trust that owns Woods’ mansion for $30 million, saying he verbally promised in 2017 she could live there for at least 11 years, but kicked her out after five.
Woods’ attorney, J.B. Murray, denies that the 47-year-old Woods ever sexually assaulted or harassed Herman, calling her accusations in court documents, “utterly meritless.”
Neither Hodas nor Murray responded to emails and phone calls seeking comment.
It is unknown if Woods will attend Tuesday’s hearing. He had ankle surgery last month stemming from his February 2021 car crash in Los Angeles and is likely to miss the rest of the major championships this year.
In Herman’s lawsuit against Woods, she wants Judge Metzger to either void the NDA or at least give her guidance about what she can say publicly. For example, can she discuss events that happened before their agreement or after their breakup? What about information she learned about Woods from others? She is also arguing the contract covers only her work relationship with Woods, not their personal matters.
In her unlawful eviction lawsuit against the trust, she is basing her $30 million claim on how much it would cost to rent a property like Woods’ mansion for the six years of residence she was allegedly denied.
When Hodas filed Herman’s lawsuit against the trust in October, he checked a box on a standardized form saying the case did not involve sexual abuse. In Herman’s March lawsuit against Woods, Hodas checked the box saying that case does involve abuse. Hodas has not explained the apparent discrepancy.
Herman says in her court filings that their romantic relationship began in 2015 and that in late 2016 she moved into Woods’ nearly 30,000-square-foot (2,800-square-meter) mansion in the ritzy Hobe Sound community.
Woods, in his court documents, says their romantic relationship began in 2017, shortly before she moved in with him that August – about the time the NDA was signed. In March 2017, Woods had placed the mansion into the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, an entity he created that has only himself and his two children as beneficiaries.
Forbes Magazine estimates Woods’ net worth at $1.1 billion.
They were first seen publicly as a couple at the Presidents Cup in late September 2017, and Herman had been a steady presence at the larger tournaments and events, such as the 2019 Masters. She was also with Woods at the White House in 2019 when then-President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Herman says Woods pressured her to quit her job managing his restaurant in 2020, saying he wanted her to spend more time taking care of him and his children.
In another email, Herman wrote on Feb. 17, 2020, that she had spoken with Woods and “we realized it’s best if I remove myself from the daily operations of the restaurant.”
“Our lives have evolved and after 4 years I’ve realized I’m spread to(o) thin and I don’t have the time or the desire to dedicate to the restaurant,” Herman wrote to Hubman.
When Woods’ lawyers returned her personal belongings, they kept $40,000 in cash, “making scurrilous and defamatory allegations” about how she obtained it, she alleges.
BIG 10 SOFTBALL
INDIANA, MARYLAND AND MINNESOTA EARN BIG TEN SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
Player of the Week
Mackense Grieco, Maryland
5th-Yr. – 1B – Aberdeen, Md. – Aberdeen – Major: Biological Science
• Batted .727 with a 1.455 slugging percentage and .786 on-base percentage while pacing Maryland to four wins (including a sweep at Illinois) in the final week of the regular season
• Collected eight hits (including two home runs and two doubles), six RBI and scored eight runs for a Terrapins’ offense that averaged nearly eight runs in its four games last week
• Had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in all four games, as Maryland registered its highest single-season win total (36) since 2011
• Earns her second career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Maryland Player of the Week: Trinity Schlotterbeck (April 3, 2023)
Pitcher of the Week
Autumn Pease, Minnesota
5th-Yr. – RHP – Murrieta, Calif. – Murrieta Mesa – Major: Kinesiology
• Went 2-0 with a 0.00 and a pair of complete-game shutouts last weekend to lead the Golden Gophers to a series sweep of visiting Michigan
• Allowed just seven hits and struck out 14 batters without allowing a walk in 14 innings of work
• Tossed a two-hit shutout in the series opener on May 5 and a five-hit shutout in Sunday’s finale, adding seven strikeouts in each game
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2021, 2022)
• Collects her fifth career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award and fourth this season
• Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Autumn Pease (May 1, 2023)
Freshman of the Week
Taryn Kern, Indiana
Fr. – 2B – San Jose, Calif. – Archbishop Mitty – Major: Undeclared
• Posted a .714 batting average, 1.571 slugging percentage and .800 on-base percentage last weekend as Indiana closed the regular season with a sweep over visiting conference foe Michigan State
• Delivered five hits (including a home run and three doubles), five RBI and scored six runs during the series
• Hit her nation-leading 22nd home run of the season in the middle game of the series on May 6, putting her two away from the Big Ten record set by Illinois’ Angelena Mexicano in 2008
• Captures her sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, good for third in conference history (most since Minnesota’s Kendyl Lindaman earned the award a record-setting eight times in 2017)
• Also a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week selection this season
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Taryn Kern (May 1, 2023)
BIG 10 BASEBALL
ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN AND RUTGERS SECURE BASEBALL HONORS
Player of the Week
Drake Westcott, Illinois
Jr. – 1B – Edwardsville, Ill. – Edwardsville
- Hit .533 (8-for-15) with five home runs and 10 RBI as Illinois swept second-place Michigan State, March 5-7
- Slugged 1.533 and produced an OPS of 2.066 during the MSU series
- Became first Illini player since 2018 to have a three-home run game (on May 6) and followed with a pair of homers the next day
- Receives his first Player of the Week award
- Last Illinois Player of the Week selection: Kellen Sarver (May 25, 2021)
Pitcher of the Week
Jacob Denner, Michigan
Sr. – LHP – Closter, N.J. – Bergen Catholic
- Threw 122 pitches in a complete game effort against Minnesota on May 6
- Became first Big Ten pitcher this season to register a nine-inning outing
- Earned the win after allowing one earned run and five hits while striking out seven; also made a relief appearance against Kent State last week
- Earns first Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Connor O’Halloran (March 23, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Christian Coppola, Rutgers
Fr. – RHP – Galloway, N.J. – Cedar Creek
- Recorded a Big Ten season-high 13 strikeouts as the winning pitcher in an 8-1 triumph of Penn State on May 5
- Retired 16-straight batters in taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning
- Ended all seven of his innings with a strikeout
- Honored for the first time as Freshman of the Week
- Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Trevor Cohen (March 7, 2023)
TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS
COLTS OWNER WARNS NFL TEAMS ABOUT TAMPERING WITH ANDREW LUCK
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts want other NFL teams to know they consider contacting former quarterback Andrew Luck or his representatives to be tampering.
Team owner Jim Irsay made it clear in a Twitter post late Sunday night following a weekend report from ESPN that the Washington Commanders attempted to find out in 2022 whether the four-time Pro Bowler would consider making a comeback.
Luck retired abruptly in August 2019 at age 29 with three years left on his contract. Irsay even allowed Luck to keep the full $24.8 million in bonus money instead of trying to collect some of that money.
So Irsay responded with a warning.
“If any NFL Team attempted to contact Andrew Luck (or any associate of him)… to play for their Franchise – it would be a clear Violation of the League’s Tampering Policy,” Irsay wrote.
A message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from the NFL was not immediately returned.
Luck has shown no indication he wants to play again and when he returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the college football championship game in early 2022, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012 appeared to have slimmed down significantly from his playing weight of 240 pounds.
He’s shown no interest in making a comeback even as the Colts spent years searching for Luck’s replacement.
Whomever starts this year’s season opener will be the seventh different starter in seven years for Indy.
The report came less than two weeks after Indy drafted former Florida star Anthony Richardson with the No. 4 overall pick, hopeful he’ll be the new franchise quarterback.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana freshman Taryn Kern earned her sixth Big Ten honor after she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.
Kern hit .714 with five hits and two walks with six runs scored in the Hoosiers sixth conference sweep against Michigan State. She recorded three doubles while holding a 1.571 slugging percentage with a 2.371 OPS on the weekend.
She broke the single-season RBI record with an RBI double followed by her 22nd homer of the season in game two against the Spartans. Kern is tied for first in the NCAA for the most home runs on the season.
The San Jose, Calif., native leads the Big Ten in eight categories: slugging percentage (1.022), OBS (.605), OPS (1.627), RBI (67), home runs (22), runs scored (65), walks (41), and hit by pitch (20). She is also ranked third in batting average (.438).
Kern has reached base in 47 consecutive games and has 10 multi-RBI games on the season as the leader of Indiana’s offense.
The Hoosiers head to the Big Ten Tournament where they will face the winner of No. 7 Penn State or No. 10 Michigan in the Quarterfinals on May 11 hosted at the University of Illinois’ Eichelberger Field.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three Boilermakers were selected by USA Volleyball for the 2023 Women’s U21 NORCECA Pan American Cup roster. Freshman Chloe Chicoine, junior Raven Colvin and sophomore Eva Hudson will join the 18-player roster at the Anaheim National Training Center later this month.
Following the team’s training from May 14-21, 12 players will be chosen to go on and compete at the NORCECA Pan American Cup, taking place May 23-28 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Chicoine and Colvin were both members of last year’s Pan American Cup gold-winning team, while it is Hudson’s first invite.
Purdue not only leads the Big Ten with its three selected athletes, but ties as the most in the nation (joined by Texas and Florida).
In Hudson’s first year on the collegiate scene, she became the first freshman in program history to receive an All-America nod. The full-rotation outside hitter was also named All-Big Ten First Team and Big Ten Freshman of the Year after leading the league in kills (503) and points (570.5).
Colvin received AVCA Northeast Region and All-Big Ten Second Team accolades for her sophomore season and closed the year ranked sixth in the nation in total blocks (173). Not only did Colvin set the Big Ten rally-scoring era record with 16 blocks in a single match, the middle blocker ranks second in Purdue history for block assists in a single season.
Chicoine, a freshman, was named the Best Spiker at the Pan Am Cup last year, playing a critical role in USA’s gold medal. The outside hitter will be a freshman this fall after being ranked the No. 1 recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball. Over her high school career, Chicoine averaged a .436 attack %. Her awards include AVCA First Team All-America, Under Armour High School All-America, Gatorade Player of the Year in Indiana for the second consecutive year.
PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF
RALEIGH, N.C. – Entering the NCAA Raleigh Regional as the No. 9 seed, Purdue Women’s Golf proved to be able to compete with anyone during Monday’s opening round at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. The Boilermakers fired a 1-under 287 as a team, sitting in fifth place with 36 holes remaining. The top five teams after three rounds of play advance to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Purdue is just one shot back of Arizona (-2), while ahead of ranked opponents in No. 21 Florida (+2) and No. 2 Wake Forest (+4). NC State, the host of the regional, holds the clubhouse lead at 6-under with No. 14 Florida State (-5) and No. 11 Arizona State (-4) lurking closely behind.
Kan Bunnabodee fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Boilermakers in the opening round. The senior parred the first three holes before a birdie at the short, par-4 fourth. After a bogey at No. 5, Bunnabodee rattled off a trio of threes. In between pars on a pair of par 3s (Nos. 6 and 8), she eagled the par-5 seventh by reaching the green in two and draining a 30-foot putt. It was her first eagle of the season. Balancing two birdies with two bogeys on the back side, Bunnabodee was even par on the final nine to secure her 2-under par round. The Boilermaker is tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard, three shots behind the leaders.
Ashley Kozlowski battled back from a tough start to card an under-par round of her own. A double bogey on her opening hole did not deter the veteran Boilermaker. She rattled off five consecutive pars before nearly chipping in for eagle at the seventh. Tapping in for birdie, Kozlowski made it back-to-back birdies with a deuce at the par-3 eighth. Making birdies on both par 5s on the back nine, she moved into red figures and stayed there. Kozlowski is tied for ninth individually with two rounds left to play.
Momo Sugiyama added an even-par 72, making 14 pars to go along with two birdies and two bogeys. The Second Team All-Big Ten golfer played a bogey-free front nine, which included a birdie at the fourth. Her other birdie came at the par-5 15th, and pars on each of the last three holes kept her even for the day.
Jocelyn Bruch matched Sugiyama with a team-high 14 pars on her way to a 74 (+2) to contribute to the team total. After carding a 38 (+2) on the opening nine, she birdied No. 10 to start the back. Bruch bogeyed No. 13, something each Boilermaker did on the difficult hole, but made pars the rest of the way to conclude a solid round to start the regional.
Purdue begins the second round Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. ET alongside Arizona and Florida. For updates throughout the rest of the tournament, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.
T5: Kan Bunnabodee: 70 (-2)
T9. Ashley Kozlowski: 71 (-1)
T19: Momo Sugiyama: 72 (E)
T34. Jocelyn Bruch: 74 (+2)
T50. Danielle du Toit: 77 (+5)
1. NC State: 282 (-6)
2. #14 Florida State: 283 (-5)
3. #11 Arizona State: 284 (-4)
4. Arizona: 286 (-2)
5. Purdue: 287 (-1)
6. #21 Florida: 290 (+2)
T7. #2 Wake Forest: 292 (+4)
T7. TCU: 292 (+4)
9. Nebraska: 296 (+8)
10. Campbell: 297 (+9)
11. North Texas: 308 (+20)
12. Richmond: 310 (+22)
INDIANAPOLIS – Former Butler wide receiver Tyler Adams signed with the Indianapolis Colts today as an undrafted free agent. Adams was one of four players to officially make the roster on Monday after impressing the Indianapolis coaching staff at this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Adams posted impressive Pro Day Numbers after the 2022 season and had NFL tryouts in April with the Colts and New England Patriots. The Colts chose to invite Adams to their three-day rookie minicamp and would sign the local product to a deal just one day later.
As a Bulldog, Adams caught 39 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns after transferring to Butler from Harvard. He ranked third in the PFL in yards per catch (17.7), fifth in yards, eighth in touchdowns and 10th in receptions to end the season as All-PFL honorable mention. Adams also landed on the 2022 Phil Steele All-PFL Third Team.
INDIANAPOLIS – The last two midweek games of the 2023 season are on deck for Butler as the Bulldogs travel to Northern Kentucky on Tuesday and face Dayton early on Wednesday before resuming BIG EAST action. Tuesday’s tilt in Highland Heights will feature a traditional start time of 3 PM. Wednesday’s game at Dayton will get started at 11 AM.
Tuesday, May 9 at NKU (Live Stats)
Wednesday, May 10 at Dayton (ESPN+ / Live Stats)
Scouting Northern Kentucky
The Norse were swept at Wright State over the weekend, moving their overall record to 26-20. Tuesday’s contest is the last home midweek game for NKU and the beginning of four-straight at home. Northern Kentucky is 15-6 this season when playing at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex, however they lost 10-7 last Tuesday to Eastern Kentucky. Aiden Bradbury got the start vs. Colonels, which makes him a candidate to take the mound against Butler. Noah Fisher, Manny Vorhees and Liam McFadden-Ackman all hit home runs for NKU on May 2. Fisher leads the club with 14 home runs this season and McFadden-Ackman is tied with Vorhees with 10 each. Fisher and Colton Kucera each enter the Butler game with 58 total hits. Kucera has the best batting average on the team at .387.
The Flyers will play at Wright State on Tuesday before hosting Butler on Wednesday. 10 of Dayton’s 18 total wins this season have come at Woerner Field. They did however lose their last home midweek matchup against Toledo (9-3) on April 25. Ryan Steinhauer tossed 5.1 innings in that game and left the mound with no decision. Steinhauer is a strong candidate to start one of Dayton’s midweek games. He is 1-5 overall this year over 11 starts. The senior has 33 strikeouts in 36.1 innings. At the plate, Ben Jones, Carlos Castillo and Marcos Pujols are the players to watch. Jones is the teams hit leader with 61 in 43 starts. Pujols is Dayton’s RBI and home run leader and Castillo is a speedster with 13 stolen bases and a .299 batting average.
Recent History vs. the Competition
Northern Kentucky defeated Butler in Indianapolis earlier this season on April 18. The Norse scored three runs in the fourth, three more in the sixth and a final two in the ninth to win 8-3. All three BU runs came in the ninth inning. Zach Byron got the win on the mound and Shane Kilfoyle took the loss. Joey Urban led BU with three hits and an RBI. The Norse found the win column despite coming up with just four hits. Every hit came from a different player.
Butler’s last meeting against Dayton came on April 20, 2022. The Bulldogs posted a 7-2 win over the visiting Flyers by scoring five runs after the fourth inning. Aaron Barokas got the win and Austin Brush took the loss. Dominic Milano had a two-RBI single in the sixth for BU and Kyle Van Liere would add a two-run home run for the ‘Dawgs in the seventh.
BIG EAST Standings
#9 UConn 11-3, 35-11
Xavier 11-4, 30-17
Creighton 9-6, 22-18
Seton Hall 7-8, 25-22
Georgetown 8-9, 25-23
Villanova 7-10, 13-32
St. John’s, 4-10, 23-23
Butler 4-11, 11-36
Upcoming BIG EAST Schedule
Xavier at St. John’s
Creighton at Seton Hall
Butler at UConn
The Bulldogs went 2-2 last week and won the BIG EAST weekend series against the Georgetown Hoyas. Scott Jones hit .385 with five hits in 13 at-bats and led the team with five runs scored. Carter Dorighi had six total hits and scored four runs for BU. Power at the plate was delivered by Joey Urban and Kollyn All. Each student-athlete had three doubles over the four-game stretch to push their slugging percentages over .500. On the mound, Cory Bosecker and Ben Whiteside recorded wins at Georgetown. Bosecker struck out six over five and limited the Hoyas to just one hit. Clay Holzworth was also impressive throwing three scoreless innings in relief in D.C.
Butler scored 20 runs at Georgetown on May 7 to win the weekend series against the Hoyas. It was just the third time for Butler to score 20 runs since joining the BIG EAST in 2014. BU defeated Saint Francis in 2022 by the final score 22-4. They beat Saint Peter’s 21-7 in 2019. Their highest scoring game against a BIG EAST opponent before last weekend came in 2019 when the Bulldogs defeated the Villanova Wildcats 17-0 on May, 5 2019.
– Butler set season-high marks in runs (20), hits (18), RBIs (20) and doubles (6) at Georgetown
– Joey Urban has 15 multi-hit games and has more than one RBI in nine games
– Urban came up with his first four-game hit at Georgetown
– Scott Jones is on a four-game hitting streak
– Jones scored a season-high four runs at Georgetown on Sunday
– Garret Gray has reached base safely in four-straight games
– Gray set a new season-high total with three RBI in Sunday’s win at GU
– Ryan O’Halloran hit his second home run of the season at Georgetown
– O’Halloran set new season-high totals with four RBIs and three runs scored vs. the Hoyas
– Carter Dorighi had a 4-for-5 games at GU with three runs scored
– Kollyn All had two doubles in his last game
– Jake DeFries recorded three RBI in his last game tying his season-high total
– Clay Holzworth has only allowed one earned run over his last five appearances
– Holzworth has only walked one batter over his last nine innings
– Cade Thune has tossed three full innings in back-to-back appearances
– Billy Wurch went 3-for-5 in his last game with two RBI and two runs scored
– Butler only won one BIG EAST weekend series in 2022, they have now won two in 2023
– BU will attempt to win three-straight games for the first time this season on Tuesday
– The Bulldogs have won seven games on the road this year after winning just five the year prior
The final BIG EAST road trip of the 2023 regular season will send the Bulldogs to #9 UConn. The three-game series opens up on Friday, May 12 at 6 PM. UConn+ will stream all three games. Start times for Saturday and Sunday are slated for 1 PM.
BALL STATE BASEBALL
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team is back on the road for a midweek non-conference matchup with nationally ranked Indiana State on Tuesday. The Cardinals and Sycamores are scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.
The Cardinals are coming off a 2-1 series win at Ohio over the weekend. Ball State enters Tuesday’s contest with a 30-16 record, while Indiana State boasts a 32-13 record. The Sycamores are ranked No. 9 in the RPI and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Gold Glove Peltier
At the conclusion of last season, Ryan Peltier was honored as the best defensive third baseman in the NCAA and received an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove. After being named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons, Peltier was awarded the first Gold Glove in BSU history. He was a 2023 Preseason All-American honoree from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Peltier is first on the team with a .385 batting average, which is tied for 61st in the NCAA and third in the MAC. He has pelted a team-best 14 homers and has a team-high 51 RBIs. His 14 home runs are tied for 85th in the NCAA and are tied for fifth in the conference. He has a slugging percentage of .733, which is 44th in the country and first in the MAC. Peltier has scored 60 runs, which is tied for 20th in the NCAA and is first in the MAC. He leads the team in doubles with 17 and he has added three triples. His 17 doubles are tied for 52nd in the NCAA and are tied for fourth in the conference. His three triples are tied for 109th in the country and are tied for third in the MAC.
What Can Brown Do for You?
Ryan Brown was named the No. 49 prospect in college baseball by D1 Baseball. Brown was the only Mid-American Conference player selected to the top-100 list. He was also tabbed as one of the top mid-major prospects for the 2023 season. Brown also landed on the 2023 MLB Draft: Rising Righthanded Pitchers watch list. Last season, Brown earned recognition as a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American along with the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He also earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team.
Brown currently has 54 strikeouts, which is second on the team. He his 4-1 on the year and has thrown 27 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .170 against him for the season. He has a 4.88 ERA.
Don’t Mess with Tex
Trennor O’Donnell leads the team with a 3.24 ERA. His ERA is tied for the 87th best in the country and is third in the MAC. His 71 strikeouts are tied for 110th in the NCAA and ninth in the MAC. He has a 4-2 record and has thrown 66 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .232 against him.
Scouting the Cardinals
Decker Scheffler is second on the squad with .379 batting average, which is tied for 81st in the NCAA and is fourth in the MAC. He has 37 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, four homers, and three triples. His three triples are tied for 109th in the country and tied for third in the conference. Scheffler is tied for 64th as the toughest player to strikeout in the NCAA and is first in the MAC. Adam Tellier is third on the team with a .328 average. He has 45 runs scored, 30 RBIs, 22 walks, 10 doubles, six home runs, and three triples. His three triples are tied for 109th in the NCAA and are tied for third in the MAC. Justin Conant rounds out the .300 hitters with a .311 average. He has 22 runs scored, 18 walks, 15 RBIs, five doubles, two triples, and one home run. Nick Gregory might only be hitting .259, but he leads the team with 40 walks. His 40 walks are tied for 54th in the NCAA and are tied for third in the MAC. He has scored 40 runs and driven in 18 runs. Blake Bevis is second on the team with 10 home runs and is hitting .270 for the year.
Ty Johnson is second on the team with 55 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings of work. He has a 4-2 record with a 3.30 ERA and has two saves. Logan Schulfer is tied for second on the team with 54 strikeouts. He as a 3-2 record with a 6.10 ERA. Ty Weatherly has 52 strikeouts on the season and is fifth on the staff. He has a 7.47 ERA in 47 innings of work and a 1-3 record. Tanner Knapp has 42 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. He is 2-2 on the season with a 6.35 ERA. Sam Klein has 31 strikeouts. He is 5-1 on the season with a 4.18 ERA. Jacob Hartlaub is the remaining pitcher with more that 20 strikeouts, with 25. He has a 3-2 record with a 6.35 ERA and has one save.
Ball State vs. Indiana State: The Series
Ball State and Indiana State will meet for the 144th time on Tuesday. The Sycamores hold a 92-51 record against the Cardinals. ISU has won the last eight meetings, including a 10-6 victory in Muncie on April 25, 2018. The Cardinals are 16-47 against the Sycamores in Terre Haute.
Scouting the Sycamores
Seth Gergely is the only player above .300 with a .321 average. He has scored a team-best 34 runs. He has 28 RBIs, 23 walks, nine doubles, and five home runs. Mike Sears paces the squad with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. Randal Diaz leads the team with 12 doubles and is tied for the team lead with 34 runs scored.
Matt Jachec leads the pitching staff with 78 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings. He has team-best 3.13 ERA with a 5-2 record. Connor Fenlong is second on the team with 51 strikeouts and a 4.05 ERA. He has a 7-2 record in 80 innings.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State returns to Bob Warn Field to begin their final home stand of 2023 as the No. 11-ranked Sycamores host Ball State on Tuesday evening. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Cardinals is set for 5 p.m. ET.
Tuesday night’s game will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend. Live stats will also be provided on GoSycamores.com.
Game Day Promotions: Tuesday’s game is Local Heroes Day as the Sycamores invite all active and retired military, first responders, and health care workers to get in free with proof of ID. Family & Friends can get in at a discounted $4 rate.
The Sycamores enter the week remaining one of the hottest teams in the nation as winners of 20 of their last 21 games following their three-game weekend sweep at Bradley. ISU’s trio of wins over the Braves marked the Sycamores’ seventh conference series win in 2023 and second road conference sweep of the season.
It all started on the mound for ISU this weekend as both Matt Jachec and Connor Fenlong posted complete game wins on both Friday and Saturday afternoon at Dozer Park. Jachec’s third complete game of 2023 came in a 6-1 win that featured the ISU ace allowing five hits while striking out seven. Fenlong posted his second shutout over his last three starts in a 2-0 complete game scattering six hits while striking out four.
The power bats came to play in Sunday’s finale as Randal Diaz and Seth Gergely both homered and Josue Urdaneta drove in three RBIs in support of a strong relief outing from Cam Edmonson (4.0 IP). The Sycamores knocked out 10 hits in the 8-3 win to improve to 19-2 in MVC play.
The Sycamores remain in the national postseason conversation heading into the second week in May. ISU was recently mentioned as a potential regional host site by both D1Baseball and Baseball America over the last two weeks.
ISU is sitting among the top 25 in four major polls for the first time in the 2023 season following Monday’s announcements. ISU clocked in at No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 19 on Perfect Game, No. 25 in USA Today, and No. 30 in the NCBWA poll. ISU continues to receive votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the NCBWA poll.
ISU also boasts one of the nation’s top RPI sitting in the top-10 for the third consecutive week as the Sycamores clocked in at No. 9 according to WarrenNolan.com and the NCAA. The Sycamores have been in the top-35 in the rankings over the last two months and remains the MVC leader in RPI. Evansville (72) and Missouri State (75) are also among the top-100 in the rankings after the weekend.
Key to ISU’s high RPI mark has been the strength of schedule for the Sycamores. ISU remains second in the NCAA in the non-conference strength of schedule behind Liberty. Coastal Carolina (3), Charlotte, and Florida State (5) round out the top-five in non-conference strength of schedule.
ISU has played or is scheduled to play against top-50 RPI opponents in Kentucky (1), Vanderbilt (6), Miami (15), Indiana (34), Northeastern (35), Iowa (41), and Missouri (47). Additional top-100 schools on the schedule include Florida Gulf Coast (59), Michigan State (80), and Illinois (88).
Indiana State enters the week tied for the second-longest current home winning streak at 12 consecutive games. The Sycamores are tied with Southern Miss (12) with both schools trailing Kent State (14) in the column. ISU’s six-game winning streak is tied for the seventh-longest current stretch in Division I.
The Sycamores are 12-2 at Bob Warn Field in 2023. ISU’s lone home losses came back on March 19 in the Sycamores’ home opening weekend against Michigan State. ISU fell in both games of the doubleheader against the Spartans. Since then, the Sycamores have swept home weekend series against Valparaiso, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois, while adding midweek home non-conference wins against Indiana, Purdue, and Illinois.
Overall on the season, Seth Gergely remains ISU’s top hitter. The redshirt senior entering the week hitting a team-best .321 from the plate and is currently on his third double-digit on-base streak of the 2023 season having reached safely in 43 of the 45 games this season. He leads the Sycamores in hits (54), runs (34), and walks (23).
Adam Pottinger (.299), Keegan Watson (.292), and Luis Hernandez (.289) are are also among the team’s leading hitters on the year heading into the final month of the season. Randal Diaz (12), Hernandez (11) and Watson (10) all have posted double-digit doubles on the season, while Pottinger leads the team in slugging (.520) and on-base percentage (.455).
Sixteen different Indiana State pitchers have seen time on the mound this year with the Sycamores boasting a team 3.95 ERA and a 390:149 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Connor Fenlong became the first Sycamore to seven wins on the mound, while Lane Miller and Matt Jachec both have five in 2023. Cameron Holycross (1.26 ERA) continues to be a name to watch out of the bullpen on the year while Jachec (78 strikeouts) is among the Valley leaders in strikeouts.
The Sycamores boast the nation’s top defense in the NCAA with a .985 fielding percentage in 2023. Two players boast perfect 1.000 percentages with at least 75 chances, while four more players are fielding at a .988 clip or better on the year.
Scouting the Opposition
Ball State Cardinals
Ball State enters the Tuesday night contest with a 30-16 overall record including a 17-7 mark in MAC play this season. The Cardinals won back-to-back weekend series at Bowling Green and Ohio to improve to 13-13 overall on the road in 2023.
Ryan Peltier leads the Ball State offense with a .385 batting average, while Decker Scheffler (.379), Adam Tellier (.328), and Justin Conant (.311) are all among the team leaders. The Cardinals are hitting .287 as a team in the 2023 season. Peltier has been the offensive force at the plate with team highs in hits (72), runs (60), doubles (17), home runs (14), and RBIs (51). Blake Bevis is also among the team’s power threats with 10 home runs on the year.
Fifteen different Ball State pitchers have combined for a 5.73 ERA in the 2023 season. Trennor O’Donnell headlines the staff with a 4-2 record and 3.24 ERA, while seven different pitchers have recorded multiple starts on the year. Ball State’s staff has combined for a 438:255 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Opponents are hitting .243 against the Cardinals this season.
Ball State was selected as the 2023 MAC preseason league favorite receiving 115 points and five first-place votes. The Cardinals returned preseason All-Americans Peltier and Sam Klein, as well as two of their three weekend starters in O’Donnell and Ty Johnson.
Ball State and Indiana State have lined up against two common opponents in 2023. The Cardinals have faced both Purdue (0-1) and Indiana (0-2) this year in non-conference action.
Indiana State – Ball State History
Indiana State leads the all-time series between the two teams with a 92-51 mark all-time against the Cardinals dating back to the inaugural contest between the two teams back in 1919. The Sycamores won the inaugural contest against then Muncie Normal by a score of 28-5 in the first contest. Indiana State has won the last eight games in the series dating back to their last matchup in 2018.
The series in Terre Haute has been rather one-sided with the Sycamores holding the 47-16 edge all-time at home against the Cardinals.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State’s Zach Davidson became the third Sycamore to earn Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week honors in 2023 as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
Davidson earns the honor for the games played over the week of May 1-7, joining teammates Matt Jachec (Apr. 10) and Connor Fenlong (Apr. 24). His award also marks the first time ISU has had three different pitchers claim the conference’s weekly honor in the same season since 2018 when Ethan Larrison (Feb. 26), Triston Polley (Apr. 16), and Tyler Ward (Apr. 23) received the recognition.
The Hartsburg, Mo. native had a night to remember in the Sycamores’ extra-inning win over Illinois at Bob Warn Field on Tuesday night. The left-hander went 3.1 innings allowing one hit and striking out eight in a dominant showing as ISU completed the season sweep against the Illini.
Davidson entered the game with two outs in the top of the 10th inning with the Sycamores trailing the Fighting Illini. After allowing a single, Davidson struck out the next Illinois hitter to limit the damage in the frame.
After ISU rallied to tie the game up in the bottom of the 10th, Davidson returned to the mound in the 11th and put his mark on history with an immaculate inning against the Illinois lineup. The junior left-hander utilized nine fastballs in striking out the side to send ISU back to the dugout.
Davidson followed up with two more strikeouts in both the 12th and 13th innings on his way to recording the win.
The Sycamore left-hander struck out eight of the final 10 batters he faced to give him an incredible 21.6 K/9 inning ratio. His eight strikeouts in relief are the most by a Sycamore reliever in 2023.
For the game, Davidson combined with Brennyn Cutts, Cameron Holycross, Jared Spencer, and Simon Gregersen to record what is believed to be an Indiana State record 23 strikeouts in the game.
Indiana State opens up its final home stand of the 2023 season on Tuesday evening as the Sycamores welcome Ball State to Bob Warn Field for a midweek matchup against the Cardinals. First pitch of the game is set for 5 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville baseball team will begin its final homestand of the 2023 season on Tuesday night, as the Purple Aces will try to complete a season-series sweep of the Bellarmine Knights at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. and Tuesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.
The Purple Aces (28-19 overall) won the first meeting of the season against Bellarmine, 14-2, on March 15 in Louisville, Kentucky on the strength of home runs from senior infielder Brent Widder, sophomore outfielder Ty Rumsey, graduate utility player Eric Roberts and fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug. The home run has been a big part of UE’s attack this year, as Evansville has launched 62 home runs on the season. The Purple Aces have gone back-to-back games without a home run for just the fourth time this year entering Tuesday’s contest, and UE has not gone three game without a home run so far this season.
Leading Evansville’s home run parade this year is Roberts, who still leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 17 home runs. Roberts’ 17 home runs rank fifth-best all-time at UE in a single-season, and he has closed to within three home runs of Ed Kothera’s 1987 school record of 20 home runs.
Overall, Hug leads UE in hitting with a .332 average, with junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse second on the squad with a .298 average. Fougerousse has been UE’s hottest hitter over the last month, hitting .404 (23-for-57) with three doubles, four home runs, and 17 RBI over the last 16 contests. He has hit safely in five-straight games and in 15 of the last 16 games overall entering Tuesday night’s contest.
Bellarmine will enter Tuesday’s game at 11-37 overall. The Knights are trying to snap a 10-game losing streak, as Bellarmine’s last win was a 5-4 win at Lipscomb on April 21. Senior infielder Dylan Byerly is the Knights’ top hitter on the year with a .341 average this season. Two-way player Casey Sorg is second on the team with a .288 average, five home runs and 18 RBI, while also posting a 1.50 ERA on the mound.
Evansville will send graduate RHP John MacCauley (1-1, 7.58 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night in his second start of the year. MacCauley has not allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings of work over his last two appearances. He tossed three perfect innings last Wednesday in UE’s 4-1 win over Butler to open the month of May.
Tuesday’s game will open up the final homestand of the year for UE, as the Purple Aces will also host Bradley this weekend in a three-game Valley series to wrap up the 2023 home schedule.
SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Softball will head into this week’s Ohio Valley Conference Championship Tournament as the No. 3 seed.
The Screaming Eagles’ postseason berth comes in their first season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and first year as an NCAA Division I program.
USI went 20-21 overall and 13-9 in the conference season. The Screaming Eagles finished two spots ahead of their projected fifth-place finish in the 2023 OVC preseason poll.
The OVC Tournament starts Wednesday and will take place at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama. The championship round will be Saturday. The first round, which features the 5-8 seeds, is single elimination. The following rounds will be double elimination.
As the No. 3 seed, USI gets a first-round bye and will play Wednesday at 3 p.m., awaiting the winner of the 6/7 matchup between Tennessee State University and Lindenwood University on Wednesday morning.
Championship tournament coverage from Oxford, Alabama can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+. USI Softball radio coverage can be heard on The Spin 95.7 FM. Additional coverage links are on the USI Softball schedule page on usiscreamingeagles.com.
Western Michigan (16-27, 13-10 MAC)
at Valparaiso (17-21, 8-13 MVC)
Emory G. Bauer Field (500) | Valparaiso, Ind.
Tuesday, May 9, 3 p.m. CT – RHP Kaleb Krier
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: After locking up the program’s highest win total in five years this past weekend, the Valparaiso University baseball team will look to continue its solid season on Tuesday afternoon as Western Michigan comes to town for a midweek matchup. This will mark the final nonconference game of the season before the squad closes the regular season with six straight Valley showdowns prior to the upcoming MVC Tournament in Terre Haute.
Last Time Out: Valpo won the series opener over Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Southern Illinois 9-8 before dropping the remaining games 7-3 and 10-6 in a three-game weekend series at Emory G. Bauer Field. A go-ahead grand slam by Ryan Maka changed the complexion of the series opener, and Maka sustained his recent stretch of success by hitting .500 in the series.
Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s game will air on ESPN+ with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Leo Staudacher (analyst) on the call. Links to live video and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com. For all the latest in Valpo Baseball, followed @ValpoBaseball on Twitter and Instagram.
Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (185-288) is in his 10th season in charge of the program. He ranks third in program history in seasons coached and games coached as he entered 2023 having skippered 435 Valpo games. He entered the season with 168 victories, one of four coaches in program history with over 150. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.
Series Notes: Valpo is 15-33 all-time against Western Michigan in a series that started in 1947. This will mark the first matchup between the two teams since 2019, an 11-1 Valpo victory at Emory G. Bauer Field. The teams have been scheduled to face off multiple times since then, but all of those scheduled meetings have been rained out, including one last week in Kalamazoo. The Beacons own a four-game head-to-head winning streak against the Broncos.
In the Other Dugout – Western Michigan
Picked seventh of 11 in the MAC preseason poll.
Swept by No. 23 Kent State this past weekend, but had won six straight prior to that with sweeps of Bowling Green and Toledo.
Led offensively by Will Morrison, who is hitting .307.
Valpo currently has 17 wins, recently surpassing the team’s win total of 16 that was reached each of the last two seasons.
With the 9-8 victory over Southern Illinois on May 5, Valpo secured its highest overall win total since the 2018 campaign.
If the season ended now, Valpo’s current overall winning percentage would mark the program’s best since 2017.
Valpo needs one more conference win to match and two to surpass its highest conference win total since joining the league.
Valpo is on pace to secure its highest conference-only winning percentage since joining the league.
Maka-ing Good Things Happen
Ryan Maka has hit safely in his last 11games, and has recorded multiple hits in eight of those 11 contests.
Of the eight multi-hit games during that stretch, five of them have been three-hit outputs.
Entering the second game of the doubleheader on April 15 at Bradley, Maka was hitting .268 for the season. Since then, he is hitting .545 to go along with a .580 OBP and .932 slugging percentage, leading the team in all three slash-line categories in that stretch.
Of his 24 hits during those 11 games, nine have gone for extra bases, including four home runs. He has totaled 41 bases and driven in 18 runs while scoring 14.
Maka has suddenly made his way onto the league-leaders page in batting average, as his team-best average of .355 ranks third in The Valley.
Grand Salami Time
Valpo has three grand slams this season, with Ryan Maka owning two of them.
Maka’s first slam came on April 2 vs. Murray State and his second was May 5 vs. Southern Illinois. Brady Renfro also has a grand slam, which occurred on March 10 at No. 22 Southern Miss.
Prior to Renfro’s bases-loaded big fly, no Valpo player had turned the trick since 2019 (Sam Shaikin).
There have been 11 grand slams since Brian Schmack took over as Valpo head coach in 2014, and Maka in the first player with two in that time.
Maka is the first Valpo player since at least 2006 with two career grand slams.
This marks the first time since at least 2006 that Valpo has slugged three grand slams as a team in the same season.
Back on the Bump
In the top of the ninth of the May 7 game vs. Southern Illinois, Trent Turzenski logged his first inning of the season.
The right-hander saw his first action since April 1, 2022 at UIC, when he went down with an elbow injury. He went over 13 months in between game action after undergoing Tommy John UCL reconstruction surgery.
Turzenski, who was the Friday starting pitcher last season at the time of his injury, faced the minimum with help from a double play and worked a scoreless frame in his return to the bump against SIU.
Notes Wrapping Up Southern Illinois (May 5-7)
Valpo’s 9-8 win over the Salukis on May 5 helped the team improve to 9-0 when scoring nine runs or more this season.
Valpo played its ninth one-run game of the season and improved to 6-3 in such contests.
The win in the series opener helped Valpo improve to 7-1 all-time against SIU at Emory G. Bauer Field, but the Salukis rallied to win each of the next two games.
The win in the series opener was Valpo’s first against the MVC preseason favorite since 2018. Valpo had dropped 13 straight against teams picked to win the league since beating DBU during the 2018 campaign.
Alex Thurston and Alex Ryan both had a season-high four hits in Sunday’s series finale. For Ryan, the four hits represented a career high.
U OF I WOMEN’S GOLF
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The UIndy women’s golf team is well positioned after Monday’s opening round of the NCAA DII East Regional. With sophomore Anci Dy topping the individual leaderboard, the Greyhounds combined for a two-under 286 – two strokes back of of team-leader Findlay and seven ahead of third-place Wayne State.
Dy fired a three-under 69 as one of 10 golfers to finish day one at par or better. She found herself at +1 after six holes but finished on a bogey-free tear over the final 12 holes to set a collegiate low.
Senior Catharina Graf also hung a red number of the board, as her one-under 71 is good for a share of sixth place. Elyse Stasil and Katelyn Skinner are tied for 11th at +1, while freshman Ava Ray (+8) sits at T-40.
Play continues tomorrow with the second of three rounds. Tee times are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. ET, with the Hound starting at 11:20 a.m.Live results will be available here.
The top six teams plus the top two individuals not on an advancing team will advance to the NCAA DII Championships May 16-20.
U OF I SOFTBALL
INDIANAPOLIS—For the 15th consecutive season, the UIndy softball team will be among the 64-team field at the NCAA Division II Softball Championship. The Greyhounds (50-8) earned the top seed in the Midwest and will host the first of two Midwest Regionals this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 11-13.
The Hounds will open the regional Thursday versus the champions of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, eighth-seeded Hillsdale. On the other side of the bracket is the 4/5 match-up featuring an all-GLVC matchup of Lewis and Illinois Springfield. For the complete schedule of the Midwest Regional 1, click/tap here.
All seven games of the regional will be streamed at GLVCSN.com/uindy, as well as on the GLVCSN iOS and Android mobile apps and GLVCSN OTT apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV.
The other Midwest regional will be hosted by No. 2-seeded Grand Valley State (40-6). The Lakers will be joined by GLIAC-champ Saginaw Valley, Ohio Dominican and Missouri-St. Louis.
Both double-elimination Midwest Regionals will be played concurrently this week, with the winners facing off in a best-of-three showdown at the Midwest Super Regional May 18-19 for the right go to the NCAA DII Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., May 25-29.
MARIAN WOMEN’S GOLF
LACONIA, Ind. – The Marian women’s golf team got off to a good start at the Crossroads League Championships, holding the lead through the first two competed rounds. Marian leads Taylor by 10 strokes entering the final round and hold two golfers in the top-five.
On the opening day, teams played 36 holes, with Marian and Taylor separating themselves as the top-two teams in the Crossroads League. Marian carded a 300 in the opening round, four strokes ahead of Taylor to hold the lead after round one. In round two, the Knights shot six strokes better than the Trojans to hold the 10-stroke lead to sit +14 with 590 score after the first two rounds.
Indiana Wesleyan is not too far behind the leaders with a 609, while Bethel is in fourth with a 617 and Grace in fifth with 622.
Individually, Marian had great performances from all five players on the opening day, with each Knight placing in the top-10 or better through the first 36 holes. Ava Hedrick leads Marian in first place overall, shooting a 72 in the opening round and a 73 in the second for a 145 score, holding in a tie for the top spot.
Not far behind Hedrick is Sidney Parmer, who holds in fourth place after two rounds. Parmer carded a 75 in round one before improving in round two by shooting a 72 to finish with a 147 score.
MacKendzie Dresbaugh and Elizabeth Hedrick were in a tie for seventh after the two rounds, totaling a 149 score. Dresbaugh finished with a 77 in the first round and a 72 in round two, while Hedrick scored 76 and 73. Keara Eder sits in a tie for ninth after day one with her 152 score, shooting a 79 in round one and 73 in round tow.
Marian will aim to win the Crossroads League Championship tomorrow, as play resumes with the final round on Tuesday morning.
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|LA DODGERS||21||15||.583||–||12 – 6||9 – 9||4 – 2||8 – 6||9 – 7||8 – 2||L 1|
|ARIZONA||20||15||.571||0.5||11 – 7||9 – 8||4 – 3||4 – 2||9 – 8||7 – 3||W 1|
|SAN DIEGO||18||17||.514||2.5||10 – 11||8 – 6||5 – 5||4 – 6||9 – 6||6 – 4||L 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||15||19||.441||5||9 – 9||6 – 10||3 – 5||5 – 2||1 – 4||4 – 6||L 2|
|COLORADO||14||22||.389||7||7 – 9||7 – 13||5 – 6||4 – 6||3 – 6||6 – 4||L 1|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1871 Esteban Enrique ‘Steve’ Bellán becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a major league game. The 21-year-old Cuban plays the infield for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in a 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Stockings.
1888 Colonels’ right-hander Elton ‘Icebox’ Chamberlain, a natural right-hander, throws left-handed for the final two innings during his complete-game victory against the visiting Kansas City Cowboys. Louisville wins the American Association contest in Eclipse Park, 18-6.
1901 Indians’ rookie hurler Earl Moore holds the White Sox hitless for nine innings before giving up two hits in the tenth inning to lose, 4-2. ‘Crossfire’ will compile a 16-14 record in his first year in the big leagues.
1937 Reds’ starter Peaches Davis gives up 15 hits but goes the distance in the Reds’ 21-10 rout of Philadelphia. The right-hander’s batterymate, Ernie Lombardi, goes 6-for-6 in the Baker Bowl ballgame, collecting five singles and a double.
1943 Due to the poor grade of rubber cement used to make baseballs because of wartime rubber shortages, a different type of ball is put into play today, with dramatic results. In eight games, six home runs are hit, compared to nine homers tallied in the season’s first 72 games.
1947 Philadelphia manager Ben Chapman, admitting he had been ‘kinda loud’ leading his team in verbally abusing Jackie Robinson with racial slurs, asks to make amends by posing with the Dodger first baseman for the newspaper photographers. The orchestrated gesture, which Robinson agrees to, admitting later that it was one of the hardest things he ever had to make himself do, is prompted by the bad press created by the Phillies manager’s intolerance and the wrath of Commissioner Chandler.
1950 In a 10-5 victory over Brooklyn at Forbes Field, Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits two home runs, including his second grand slam in four games. The future Hall of Famer, who will collect eight career homers with the bases juiced, also cleared the bases with a round-tripper on May 6 off Giants’ right-hander Clint Hartung.
1961 In a 13-5 victory over the Twins, Jim Gentile becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Orioles’ first baseman, the first to accomplish the feat in consecutive at-bats, goes deep in the first two innings of the contest.
1967 Wearing his familiar uniform #9, Roger Maris hits his first National League home run on the ninth day of the month in seat 9 of section 9. The right fielder’s sixth-inning round-tripper off Woodie Fryman contributes to the Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.
1971 A gathering of 43,307 fans watches the Orioles drop a twin bill to the A’s at Memorial Stadium, 6-2 and 2-1. The unscheduled doubleheader draws a record walk-in crowd of 31,626 (73%), the largest in Baltimore’s history.
1973 For the second time in his career, Johnny Bench hits three homers off Steve Carlton. The Reds’ backstop’s seven RBIs help Cincinnati beat the Phillies, 9-7.
1977 At Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 10-4, when the two new American League teams meet for the first time. Toronto will win their inaugural season series with Seattle, taking six of the ten games against their West Coast rival.
1979 Substitute umpire David Pallone ejects the entire Cardinal bench when the players throw helmets and bats onto the field to protest a call. Due to the umpire strike, the minor league arbitrator works second base in the Astrodome contest.
1984 The first eight-hour major league game, which started last night before being suspended in the 17th inning because of a curfew, finally ends when Harold Baines homers with one out in the 25th inning, giving the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. Tom Seaver, who will also start and pitch 8.1 innings in the nightcap, gets the win by pitching one inning of relief.
1986 The Phillies release 29-year-old Dave Stewart after the right-hander compiles a 6.57 ERA appearing in eight games as a reliever. At the end of the month, the free-agent signs with Oakland, where he’ll average 21 victories each season from 1987 to 1990.
1987 Eddie Murray becomes the first major leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he connects off left-handed Bob James in the sixth inning of the Orioles’ 9-6 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. In yesterday’s contest, the Baltimore first baseman also homered off southpaw Ray Searage and righty Jose DeLeon.
1988 With the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 38-year-old Jerry Reuss becomes the 86th pitcher to record his 200th major league career win. The southpaw joins Milt Pappas as the only other hurler to reach the milestone without the benefit of a 20-win season.
1993 During the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to the Padres at Wrigley Field, Mark Grace becomes the tenth play in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The 29-year-old first baseman, sometimes called Amazing by his teammates, accomplishes the feat when he blasts a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom ninth inning off Rich Rodriguez.
1995 The Indians tie a major league record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before making an out. Seven of the tallies are the results of home runs, including Kenny Lofton’s leadoff round-tripper, Paul Sorrento’s grand slam, and Carlos Baerga’s two-run blast.
1999 In the Florida State University 26-2 win over the Maryland Terrapins, 22-year-old college junior Marshall McDougall hits six home runs in his next six at-bats after singling in the first inning. The Seminole’s second baseman, who plays his brief 18-game major league career with the Rangers, finishes the College Park (MD) contest 7-for-7 with six homers, 16 RBIs and 25 total bases, all NCAA single-game records.
1999 After 552 relief appearances, Mike Stanton starts a major league game, breaking Gary Lavelle’s record for most appearances before starting a game. The southpaw shuts out Seattle for four innings, giving up two hits in New York’s 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.
2002 Mariano Rivera establishes a new franchise record when he saves his 225th game, preserving the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever hurls 1.1 innings to surpass the previous mark set in 1990 by Dave Righetti.
2006 After 1,914 games behind the plate, Ivan Rodriguez plays first base, making it the first time in his career he is at a position other than catcher. Later in the season, ‘Pudge’ also appears at second base, filling in for injured Tiger infielder Placido Polanco.
2006 Delmon Young, the brother of Tiger star Dmitri Young, is suspended for fifty games by the International League for throwing a bat, which hit a replacement umpire in the chest. The Devil Rays’ top prospect was selected as the minor league player of the year by Baseball America in 2005.
2010 Dallas Braden, recently made infamous due to his words with Alex Rodriguez when the Yankee third baseman cut across the diamond via the pitcher’s mound, throws the 19th perfect game in baseball history, a 4-0 victory over the Rays in Oakland. In attendance for the 26-year-old left-hander’s Mother’s Day gem is his grandmother, who raised him after his mom died of melanoma during his senior year at Stagg High School in Stockton, California.
2011 The Mariners cut Milton Bradley, who is still owed the remainder of his $13 million deal for this season from the team, the eighth club he played for since his 2000 Expos debut. Although no one incident prompted the decision, the outfielder was recently suspended one game after bumping an umpire, ejected from another for contesting a third strike, and a few days ago became the target of the Seattle fans’ wrath for their perception of his lack of hustle.
2015 With runners on second and third, the Pirates turn the first recorded 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history, recording all three outs entirely on the left side of the infield. The oddity occurs when Yadier Molina lines out to second baseman Neil Walker, who throws to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubling up Jhonny Peralta of the third, and then fields the third baseman’s return throw to triple up Jason Heywood at second base.
2019 Albert Pujols, with a solo homer in the top of the third inning in the Angels’ 13-3 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park, joins Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez in becoming just the third player in baseball history to record 2,000 career RBIs. Babe Ruth and Cap Anson also reached the plateau, but the runs batted in did not become an official statistic until 1920.
The Newspapers.com Football History Headline of the Day comes from the Lawrence Daily Journal on May 8, 1900. “President Jordan of Leland Stanford Gives his Opinion of the Coach.” The article explains that the first person to publicly offer an opinion of the hiring of Coach Yost was none other than Stanford’s President of the day Dr. Jordan. Jordan explained that the hiring was a bit of a surprise to him as well as the Cardinal fans because he came from what was described in the article as a secondary school of Kansas University. Please remember that is a full year before Yost was hired as the Michigan Wolverines head coach where he really made his mark in American Football History. Yost compiled a college football career record of 198–35–12. During his 25 seasons as the head football coach at Ann Arbor, Yost’s Michigan Wolverines won six national championships, captured ten Big Ten Conference titles, and amassed a record of 165–29–10. From 1901 to 1905, his “Point-a-Minute” squads had a record of 55–1–1, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 2,821 to 42. The 1901 team beat Stanford, 49–0, in the 1902 Rose Bowl, the first college football bowl game.
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HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY FOR MAY 9
May 9, 1958 – Detroit, Michigan – Brad Budde the dominant guard from the University of Southern Cal was born. The National Football Foundation selected Brad Budde for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Budde played pro with the Kansas City Chiefs 1980-87.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
4 – 5 -19
May 9, 1901 – Cleveland Blue’s rookie pitcher, Earl Moore threw a no-hit ballgame for a full nine innings, however the Chicago White Sox scored four in the 10th, to hand Moore and company a 4-2 loss.
May 9, 1961 – Baltimore Oriole hitter, Jim Gentile, Number 4 smacked not just one, but two grand slams in a game against the Minnesota Twins at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium. The slugger drove in a grand total of 9 runs during the game. The Orioles won the game 13-5.
May 9, 1973 – Cincinnati Reds catcher, Johnny Bench, Number 5 hit three Home Runs in one game for the second time of his career at Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia. The Big Red Machine needed darn near every bit of Bench’s production too in the 9-7 triumph over the Phillies. The first time Bench knocked three over the wall was also against the Phillies in 1970 at Riverfront Stadium and the Phils had ace Steve Carlton on the mound then!