HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

ARGOS 19 SOUTH BEND CAREER ACADEMY 0

NORTH WHITE 8 SOUTH NEWTON 7

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 9 LACROSSE 1

JASPER 12 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0

HIGHLAND 12 HANOVER CENTRAL 8

PORTAGE 16 SOUTH CENTRAL 2

MORGAN TWP. 6 KOUTS 2

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 16 HEBRON 8

WESTVILLE 12 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 6

NORTH DECATUR 9 EDINBURGH 6

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 11 VINCENNES LINCOLN 2

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 6 HAMMOND NOLL 2

LAVILLE 9 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 4

EASTBROOK 7 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 5

ADAMS CENTRAL 5 SOUTHERN WELLS 2

HAGERSTOWN 12 WINCHESTER 1

DEKALB 11 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 5

HOMESTEAD 11 NORWELL 6

WAPAHANI 9 WES DEL 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 1 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 0

WESTVIEW 12 CENTRAL NOBLE 1

SALEM 4 EASTERN 2

MADISON GRANT 9 ELWOOD 3

SOUTH SPENCER 7 TECUMSEH 6

BLUFFTON 6 SOUTH ADAMS 1

PENN 8 MISHAWAKA 0

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 17 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7

HAUSER 1 WALDRON 0

MONROE CENTRAL 4 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 1

EVANSVILLE NORTH 7 EVANSVILLE REITZ 0

WESTERN 19 MACONAQUAH 1

CENTERVILLE 11 NORTHEASTERN 0

TRI-COUNTY 2 WEST CENTRAL 1

SEEGER 16 OAKWOOD 3

FAIRFIELD 11 LAKELAND 0

CARMEL 11 LAWRENCE NORTH 8

LAWRENCEBURG 10 RUSHVILLE 4

CARROLL 14 EAST NOBLE 0

LINTON STOCKTON 6 CLAY CITY 4

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SOUTHPORT 4 NEW PALESTINE 3

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CASCADE 12 GREENCASTLE 0

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HARRISON 6 MCCUTCHEON 4

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LAFAYETTE JEFF 2 LEBANON 1

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FRANKTON 3 BLACKFORD 2

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OREGON DAVIS 13 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0

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BROWNSBURG 11 ZIONSVILLE 6

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CORYDON CENTRAL 7 NORTH HARRISON 6

FISHERS 2 WESTFIELD 1

PERU 9 CASTON 3

WEST VIGO 6 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4

JAY COUNTY 5 WOODLAN 4

WASHINGTON 2 TELL CITY 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

SOUTH CENTRAL 6 HAMMOND NOLL 0

SOUTH NEWTON 8 COVINGTON CHRISTIAN 6

WHEELER 12 MERRILLVILLE 0

CROWN POINT 12 MICHIGAN CITY 1

NEW PRAIRIE 11 KNOX 1

EASTERN 16 CLINTON PRAIRIE 0

ANDREAN 8 KANKAKEE VALLEY 7

MORGAN TWP. 4 KOUTS 3

TRITON CENTRAL 13 IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY 2

CASTON 12 NORTHFIELD 0

ADAMS CENTRAL 28 SOUTHERN WELLS 0

SULLIVAN 21 SHAKAMAK 0

WINAMAC 11 WEST CENTRAL 4

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MUNSTER 6 HIGHLAND 5

NORTHWOOD 16 LAVILLE 6

NORTH NEWTON 14 FRONTIER 0

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 6 CALUMET CHRISTIAN 5

DELPHI 10 TWIN LAKES 0

ALEXANDRIA MONROE 12 EASTBROOK 11

LOWELL 11 HOBART 1

PIONEER 21 LEWIS CASS 1

CHARLESTOWN 23 CLARKSVILLE 4

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WESTVIEW 4 CENTRAL NOBLE 1

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HOMESTEAD 10 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 4

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TRI 18 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 2

ROCHESTER 7 WHITKO 6

SOUTH ADAMS 15 BLUFFTON 2

SOUTHWOOD 3 MANCHESTER 1

MONROE CENTRAL 18 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 3

LOOGOOTEE 8 EASTERN GREENE 7

BOONE GROVE 12 GRIFFITH 2

BENTON CENTRAL 7 SEEGER 3

LACROSSE 6 CULVER COMMUNITY 3

PARKE HERITAGE 7 GREENCASTLE 4

SHELBYVILLE 10 FRANKLIN 3

SOUTH RIPLEY 6 TRINITY LUTHERAN 5

CHURUBUSCO 8 WEST NOBLE 2

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NORTH DECATUR 7 EDINBURGH 4

EASTERN 12 AUSTIN 2

CONCORD 13 SOUTH BEND RILEY 4

TIPTON 15 SHERIDAN 5

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 6 INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 2

FRANKLIN COUNTY 20 MILAN 0

CARROLL 10 BELLMONT 6

FAIRFIELD 11 LAKELAND 9

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 9 LAWRENCE NORTH 4

ANGOLA 6 GARRETT 4

RONCALLI 11 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 2

NORTHVIEW 9 CLOVERDALE 1

SCOTTSBURG 9 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 1

LEO 4 HERITAGE 0

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JENNINGS COUNTY 7 E. CENTRAL 2

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WOODLAN 10 JAY COUNTY 9

MITCHELL 2 WASHINGTON 0

DANVILLE 5 NORTH PUTNAM 2

HUNTINGTON NORTH 14 NORTHRIDGE 2

TECUMSEH 5 JASPER 0

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (8)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 91

• GAME 2: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 105

• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 7 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-0

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (7)

• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114

• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 7:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2-0

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) VS. CHICAGO BULLS (6)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86

• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 1 ET | ABC

• GAME 5: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

SERIES TIED 1-1

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4) VS. TORONTO RAPTORS (5)

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131, TORONTO 111

• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 97

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 104, TORONTO 101 (OT)

• GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 2 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 8 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 6*: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8)

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 110, NEW ORLEANS 99

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS 125, PHOENIX 114

• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 9:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

SERIES TIED 1-1

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7)

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 124, MINNESOTA 96

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS 104, MINNESOTA 95

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 10 ET | ESPN

• GAME 5: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

GRIZZLIES LEAD SERIES 2-1

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DENVER NUGGETS (6)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123, DENVER 107

• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DENVER 106

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 118, DENVER 113

• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 3-0

DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) VS. UTAH JAZZ (5)

• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93

• GAME 2: DALLAS 110, UTAH 104

• GAME 3: DALLAS 126, UTAH 118

• GAME 4: DALLAS VS. UTAH | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 4:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

MAVERICKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

MLB

CLEVELAND 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

DETROIT 3 NY YANKEES 0

TORONTO 3 BOSTON 2

MINNESOTA 1 KANSAS CITY 0

OAKLAND 6 BALTIMORE 4

TEXAS 8 SEATTLE 6

NY METS 6 SAN FRANCISCO 2

ARIZONA 4 WASHINGTON 3

MIAMI 5 ST. LOUIS 0

PITTSBURGH 4 CHICAGO CUBS 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

COLUMBUS 12 INDIANAPOLIS 5

LANSING 2 FORT WAYNE 0

BELOIT 4 SOUTH BEND 2

NHL

PHILADELPHIA 6 MONTRÉAL 3

FLORIDA 5 DETROIT 2

BUFFALO 5 NEW JERSEY 2

PITTSBURGH 4 BOSTON 0

CAROLINA 4 WINNIPEG 2

NY RANGERS 6 NY ISLANDERS 3

TAMPA BAY 8 TORONTO 1

MINNESOTA 6 VANCOUVER 3

CALGARY 4 DALLAS 2

LOS ANGELES 4 CHICAGO 1

ST. LOUIS 3 SAN JOSE 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

Grizzlies claw back from 26 down, beat Wolves in Game 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies arrived in Minnesota, determined to seize control of the series from a young, confident Timberwolves team that looks and acts a lot like them.

The Grizzlies are growing up a lot faster.

Desmond Bane made seven 3-pointers and had 26 points and Memphis overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

“We found a way to get some stops. Our offense started clicking a little bit more,” Bane said, “and the rest is history.”

The Grizzlies tied their franchise record for the biggest comeback victory, down by 26 early in the second quarter. They were also down by 25 late in the third.

Brandon Clarke scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for Memphis, which closed the game on a staggering 50-16 run over the final 15:10.

“That’s why we’re really the deepest team in the league,” said Ja Morant, who had the franchise’s first postseason triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – and told his team afterward he needed to play better.

Tyus Jones hit two dagger 3-pointers against his former team down the stretch to finish with 11 points for the Grizzlies, who seized back home-court advantage from a stunned Wolves team that won Game 1 on the road 130-117 and took an ugly 124-96 loss in Game 2.

Game 4 is on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

“No one said it as going to be easy. We don’t want it to be easy. We want it to be extremely hard, and it was,” said Patrick Beverley, who had 14 points for the Wolves.

The Wolves were outscored 23-12 in the second quarter and 37-12 in the fourth, pitifully putting to waste some superb basketball in the first and third periods.

“When we get too high, it comes back and it haunts us,” said D’Angelo Russell, who had 22 points and eight assists as the key driver of Minnesorta’s third-quarter surge.

Russell went 0 for 3 and was scoreless in the fourth. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota’s other max-contract player, had another clunker on offense with eight points, five fouls and only four shots.

“It’s really tough. We’ve got to regroup,” said Towns, who had five blocks.

After taking a 47-21 lead early in the second quarter with a deafening roar in the 32-year-old downtown arena as the soundtrack, the Wolves were outscored 15-0 over the final 5:45 of the second quarter.

After the NBA’s highest-scoring team made only 30 field goals in Game 2 to match a season low, the Wolves hit only 33 in Game 3. They went 8:34 of game time between the second and third quarters without a basket until Russell made a 3.

Jones, who grew up in the Twin Cities and was drafted by the Timberwolves the same year as Towns, hit a 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies their first lead at 86-85. Memphis never trailed again.

“You think of and dream of those moments,” said Jones, who won a state championship at Target Center for Apple Valley High School in 2013.

SMALL TOWNS

Towns had just six points over the final three quarters of Game 2, and after coach Chris Finch implored him to play a “cleaner game” the two-time All-Star center struggled again. Towns picked up his fifth foul with 9:24 left and spent much of the fourth quarter on the bench.

“They swarm him everywhere,” Finch said.

SAME ENERGY

The Wolves took a 12-0 lead, before Bane finally put the Grizzlies on the board with a 3, as the “Defense!” chants ramped up a few decibel levels for just the third home playoff game here in the last 18 years.

The home team could hardly do any wrong for the first 15 minutes of game time, as evidenced by Beverley’s tip-in of his own miss for a 49-28 lead midway through the second quarter. He slipped as he drove toward the lane, kept his dribble alive from a near-seated position and flung a desperate floater at the basket.

“We seemed kind of shook,” Clarke said, “but it’s a very, very long game.”

HARD SHIFT

The Grizzlies used a 23-4 run over the final 10:28 of the second quarter to make a game of this. Russell was called for a charge with 3:21 to go on his drive and banked-in layup that would’ve given the Wolves a 17-point lead. The challenge by Finch was for naught, and the Wolves missed three 3-pointers and a layup over the rest of the half.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson started for the Grizzlies in place of Steven Adams, who didn’t leave the bench. … Jaren Jackson Jr. scored just six points and had five fouls.

Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards had 19 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes. … Russell went 5 for 22 from the field in the first two games. He was 9 for 21 in Game 3.

OH, DAD

Towns and Morant each had their fathers cheering them on from courtside seats again – and this time the two friends were right next to each other. Tee Morant watched through designer sunglasses beneath a black bucket hat. Karl Towns, who wore a dark blue Timberwolves hat and a black KN95 mask, helped the arena hype men by tossing T-shirts into the crowd during a timeout.

Curry, Poole, Thompson lead Warriors past Nuggets, 118-113

DENVER (AP) Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole scored 27 points each, Klay Thompson made six 3-pointers on his way to 26 points and the Golden State Warriors muscled past the Denver Nuggets 118-113 on Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in the playoff series.

Draymond Green added a key steal from Nikola Jokic, who finished with 37 points and 18 rebounds, in the final minute and the Warriors closed on a 9-2 run to put the Nuggets on the cusp of elimination.

Golden State can wrap up the series Sunday in Denver. Teams facing a 3-0 deficit in an NBA playoff series are 0-143.

The Nuggets were in control for much of the second half but after Jokic’s finger roll layup put Denver ahead 111-109 with 3:20 left, the Warriors tightened up on defense.

The Nuggets went six straight possessions without scoring and Golden State had the game in hand by the time Will Barton’s tip-in with 23 seconds left pulled Denver to 117-113.

Aaron Gordon added 18 points for the Nuggets, who took an 89-87 lead into the fourth quarter but lost for the seventh straight time in the postseason.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone complained before the game that his team hadn’t been aggressive, physical or vocal in the series, so he inserted Facundo Campazzo into his rotation after losing the first two games by an average of 18 points.

“When you’re a little bit undermanned like we are, we have to be ultra physical, ultra aggressive and take the fight to them,” Malone said.

Campazzo wasn’t the answer, but the Nuggets came out of halftime with renewed energy and used a 30-18 third quarter to take an two-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets missed their last four shots of the first half and Curry had a 3-pointer and a three-point play to push Golden State’s lead to 69-59 at the break.

Without max players Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back), the Nuggets knew they had to slow the pace because they cannot keep up with the healthy Warriors.

“We’re in a Pinto, and they’re in a Maserati,” Malone quipped.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr chuckled at the analogy, noting he’s never owned either model.

“I’m somewhere in between,” he said.

There’s no denying his team is turbo-charged, however, after missing the playoffs the last two seasons.

“I think in some ways, we are reinvigorated after the last couple of years,” Kerr said. “We had a long run that started before I got here. Seven straight years in the playoffs and five trips to the Finals and there was a lot of fatigue at that point, emotional, physical fatigue. It was very easy to tell and to feel that so, last couple of years we haven’t been in the playoffs.

“The sense that I get from … the guys who have been here a long time, it’s they are happy as hell to be back. So they’re playing with a lot of a lot of energy, a lot of excitement.”

INJURIES

Green rolled his left ankle midway through the third quarter but stayed in the game. Jordan Poole went to the bench a short time later, grabbing his left elbow. Trainers put a heating pad on his left elbow and forearm but he returned to action.

HOME SOUR HOME

The Nuggets don’t exactly have a homecourt advantage after winning more games on the road (25) than at Ball Arena (23) this season.

“I imagine this place is going to be half full of Warriors fans,” Malone said Wednesday before president of basketball operations Tim Connelly went on the airwaves to implore Nuggets fans not to sell their tickets to Warriors fans.

Yet, a protracted broadcasting dispute has kept Nuggets games off local cable TV for three years, and that’s presumably led to a decline in die-hard Denver fans.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry has at least one 3-pointer in an NBA-best 115 consecutive playoff games. … The Warriors shot 68% from the floor in the first half and six different players combined for a dozen 3-pointers. … Thompson (388) now in sole possession of third on NBA Playoffs all-time 3-pointers list, passing Ray Allen (385).

Nuggets: Denver has been outscored in the second quarter of the series by a combined 99-72. They’ve allowed Golden State to go on second-quarter runs of 16-0 in Game 1, 15-2 in Game 2 and 15-4 in Game 3. … The first sign of the Nuggets’ more aggressive play came in the first quarter when Jokic hip-checked Curry to the floor but didn’t draw a whistle just before Austin Rivers’ 3-pointer from the corner.

Brunson, Mavericks beat Jazz 126-118 to take 2-1 series lead

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jalen Brunson was lying flat and still, watching his Dallas teammates build a 17-point lead before halftime on the monitor in the locker room.

“I saw how hard the team was playing when I was laying back there,” Brunson said. “It gave me a little mojo to come back out there and do my thing.”

Brunson scored 31 points playing with a bruised back and the Mavericks – without the injured Luka Doncic – beat the Utah Jazz 126-118 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

“We’re all on the same page,” Brunson said. “We’re all clicking. We’re all talking and communicating.”

Dallas coach Jason Kidd isn’t satisfied with the road win and the series advantage.

“I just told the guys we haven’t done anything,” Kidd said. “They won at our place and now we won here. We need to put this game behind us and figure out what we need to do better.”

It’s hard to imagine the Mavericks playing much better without Doncic and hope to have him back for the next game.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas, Maxi Kleber had 17 points and Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:56 left for a 10-point lead.

Doncic has missed all three of the games in the series with a strained calf, with signs pointing to his return for Game 4 on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 of his 32 points in the second half for Utah. Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 and Mike Conley had 21. The Jazz had won 11 in a row at home against Dallas.

Conley got the Jazz to 103-102, but Dinwiddie made two baskets and Brunson scored six points on three straight possessions to make it 113-104.

“His shot-creating and shot-making has been amazing all season, but the determination he has coming down the stretch to hit those big shots and the confidence he has is just fun to watch,” Kleber said.

Brunson appeared to hurt his back midway through the second quarter when Royce O’Neale hit him full-speed from behind. He moved gingerly, rubbed his lower back and earned a technical on his way off the court complaining about a cheap shot.

Brunson didn’t want to elaborate on the hit after the game. “I said what I had to say” on the floor.

But he shook it off and toyed with Jazz on a variety of drives to the baskets against several different defenders. Brunson now has 96 points in the three games of the series. He only has one turnover in the last two games.

“He’s unique in his physical strength and his ability to kind of keep his dribble alive in the lane where he really uses his body. He’s able to play with his feet on the floor, so if you do try to come over and help, he has the ability to find people and spray the ball out,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

SHORT BENCH, BIG RESULTS

Though the Mavericks were short-handed, the bench made a big difference.

“I trust every one of those guys and we just want to put them in a position to succeed,” Kidd said.

Kleber, Davis Bertans (15 points) and Josh Green (12 points) combined to shoot 11 for 17 from behind the 3-point line and scored 44 points.

“It’s just trusting each other. Every single guy, if we take a great look, we’re happy and believe in each other,” Bertans said.

In all, the Dallas reserves outscored the Utah bench 49-24.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: After going 8 for 11 from 3-point range in Game 2, Kleber made three straight in his first two minutes on the court. “I just let it fly,” Kleber said. . Tim Hardaway Jr. (foot surgery) is probably out for the playoffs unless Dallas makes a deep run. . Dirk Nowitzki and Mark Cuban celebrated with the team in the locker room.

Jazz: Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn and boxer Floyd Mayweather sat courtside. . Clarkson made a three-quarter-court shot but it came just after the first-quarter horn. . Eric Paschall only played 10 minutes (at center) but scored six points and Utah outscored Dallas by nine points during that time.

Report: Booker could miss 2-3 weeks with hamstring strain

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker’s hamstring injury could keep him sidelined for two-to-three weeks, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Thursday.

Booker landed awkwardly after contesting New Orleans Pelicans forward Jaxson Hayes’ layup attempt in the second half of Phoenix’s Game 2 loss on Tuesday.

The guard underwent an MRI on Wednesday, which revealed a mild right hamstring strain. The Suns haven’t released an official recovery timeline for Booker.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that Phoenix wouldn’t rule Booker out for the remainder of its first-round series. However, an absence of two-to-three weeks would keep him out of the lineup until at least the second round.

The Suns will look to take a 2-1 series lead over the Pelicans on the road Friday in Game 3.

Bucks say Khris Middleton out for Game 3 in Chicago

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton will miss at least the Milwaukee Bucks’ next game with a sprained medial collateral ligament after getting hurt in the fourth quarter of their Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Bucks announced Thursday that the three-time All-Star wouldn’t be available for Game 3 of the first-round playoff series Friday night in Chicago.

Exactly how much time Middleton will miss remains uncertain. As the defending champion Bucks spoke after the game Wednesday night they braced for the possibility they could be missing Middleton for a significant time.

“You feel for him,” Bucks guard Wesley Matthews said. “Khris is a huge part of this team, this organization, this city.”

Middleton headed into the locker room with 6:49 left in the Bucks’ 114-110 loss. His left leg gave out while he tried to plant on a spin move.

The Bucks’ injury report for the game Friday doesn’t include forward Bobby Portis, an indication he should be available to play after missing most of Game 2 with a right eye abrasion. Portis took a hit to the face from Chicago’s Tristan Thompson late in the first quarter as both players were going after a rebound.

Milwaukee won’t have reserve guard George Hill, who still hasn’t played in this series due to an abdominal strain.

The Bucks have been through this situation before, dealing with a knee injury to one of their top players during the playoffs. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee in Game 4 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals with the Atlanta Hawks.

Antetokounmpo missed the final two games of that series but returned for the next round and was named the MVP of the Bucks’ NBA Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

As he discussed Middleton’s injury Wednesday, Antetokounmpo said he could understand what his teammate is going through.

“It’s tough,” Antetokounmpo said. “I know that feeling. You don’t want to listen to nobody. You don’t want to talk to nobody because you really don’t know what it is. Tomorrow you’re expecting the worst, hope for the best. At the end of the day, he knows that we are by his side. I don’t need to say it to the media. He knows that he’s my brother no matter what. We need him to win. We’re going to pray, I’m going to pray for the best and hopefully it’s not too bad and he can join us, because we need him.”

Report: Simmons set to make Nets debut in Game 4 vs. Celtics

Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons intends to make his long-awaited season and team debut Monday against the Boston Celtics for Game 4, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Simmons’ debut is reportedly contingent on his rehab remaining on course.

The 25-year-old has been out with a back injury since being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline. He sat out the first half of the season in Philadelphia due to mental health concerns.

Nets head coach Steve Nash said before Wednesday’s Game 2 that the team would wait until Simmons, who was just cleared for contact in practice earlier this week, says he feels physically prepared to play again.

“There’s no other way than him to say, ‘I’m ready.’ Especially after an absence this long,” Nash said. “So, whenever he is ready, it’s going to have to be on him to say, ‘I feel comfortable. I feel ready to go. I want to play and I want to contribute.’

“We can’t push him places when you have been out this long. It’s got to be something where he is definitely comfortable and ready to play.”

Brooklyn is down 2-0 in its series to Boston after dropping Game 2 on the road Wednesday. If the Nets lose Game 3 Saturday, Simmons’ reported debut would come with their season on the line.

While he may not have enough time to establish cohesion on offense with the rest of the Nets, the former Rookie of the Year could be a valuable reinforcement defensively against a Celtics squad scoring an approximate 118 points per 100 possessions in the series so far – the third-highest offensive rating among this year’s playoff teams.

Simmons tallied 15.9 points, 8.1 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game across four seasons with the 76ers, racking up three All-Star nominations and two first-team All-Defensive selections.

Boo-ne! Cabrera free pass with 2,999 hits riles Tigers fans

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera was set to stroll to the plate and fans rose to their feet and roared, hoping to witness his 3,000th hit.

Instead, they saw his 236th career intentional walk.

A strategically sound move by manager Aaron Boone and the New York Yankees. A very unpopular decision in Detroit.

The crowd, eager all afternoon to see the milestone, responded with perhaps the loudest boos ever heard at a Tigers game since Comerica Park opened in 2000 and shouted derisive chants at the Yankees.

Cabrera, though, insisted multiple times that he had no problem with Boone’s move because Detroit beat New York 3-0 Thursday.

“That’s the beautiful game of baseball,” Cabrera said outside the clubhouse soon after the game ended.

Cabrera was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts, forcing him and Tigers fans to wait at least another day for him to hit the 3,000 mark, a milestone just 32 players have reached in Major League Baseball history.

Ahead 1-0, the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth against Miguel Castro. Reliever Lucas Luetge got Jeimer Candelario to hit a comebacker that was turned into a double play.

That brought Cabrera to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third. The 39-year-old slugger didn’t make even make it into the batter’s box because Boone held up four fingers to give Cabrera, a former Marlins teammate, a free pass to the unoccupied base.

Boone said the crowd reaction wasn’t a surprise, adding he didn’t necessarily like being in the position to make such a decision.

“It’s a baseball call all the way, but there’s no doubt that there’s a little more feeling to it, understanding the situation,” Boone acknowledged. “In the end, you have to do what you think is right within the context of the game.”

“Obviously, understanding the moment in time,” he said. “A little more gut-wrenching than usual.”

The crowd of 21,529 quickly turned the jeers into cheers when Austin Meadows blooped a two-run double on a lefty vs. lefty matchup to put Detroit ahead by three.

When the inning ended, Cabrera put out his hands as if to tell that crowd he was OK with how things went. He then put up three fingers and gestured toward the scoreboard to indicate the runs his team had on a sunny, 60-degree day in the Motor City.

“They want to see 3,000, but we want to win first,” Cabrera said.

Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said there was “zero doubt,” that Boone would put Cabrera on first to load the bases, giving the Yankees a forceout potentially at each base to get out of the jam.

“Boonie is obligated to his own team and their chances to win,” Hinch said. “I know our fans responded accordingly, but I totally get it. I’m glad Austin came up and got a base hit and we ended up with the win, which is what Miggy was happiest with.”

Michael Pineda (1-0) gave up just three hits over five innings in his Detroit debut against one of his former teams. Jacob Barnes, Wily Peralta, Alex Lange and Gregory Soto, who earned his third save, followed with four innings of scoreless relief.

The Yankees were shut out for the third time this season and their 39 runs are their fewest through 13 games since 1972.

“When you’re struggling to score runs or you’re not hitting the ball in the seats, you got to take advantage of the opportunities you get and we were unable to do that,” Boone said.

New York was limited to four hits over seven innings against three pitchers before Boone put a pair of pinch-hitters in the game in the hopes of providing an offensive spark.

Josh Donaldson hit a double on Lange’s first pitch of the eighth, Gleyber Torres singled on the fourth pitch of the inning and Aaron Judge drew a one-out walk to end right-hander’s brief appearance. Soto got the Tigers out of the bases-loaded, one-out jam by getting Anthony Rizzo to hit a comebacker, leading to a force out at home, and Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to first.

Jordan Montgomery (0-1) became the first Yankee to finish six innings this year. He gave up only one run on three hits while striking out five, but he teammates didn’t provide any help offensively.

“I thought he got into a good rhythm as he went,” Boone said. “I loved his pace. He worked quickly and his stuff got better as the game went along.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (shoulder discomfort) went on the 10-day injured list two days after RHP Casey Mize (elbow sprain) last week and he might be ready to throw a bullpen in a few more days. “Manning is ahead of Mize,” Hinch said.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Plan to start RHP Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.72) to begin a six-game homestand Friday night.

Tigers: Continue a six-game homestand with LHP Tarik Skubal (0-1, 3.72) expected to face Colorado on Friday night.

Naylor, Plesac lead Guardians to sweep of White Sox 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Naylor had two hits and two RBIs, continuing his comeback from a devastating leg injury and helping the Cleveland Guardians complete a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Cleveland took both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Chicago, which has lost four straight.

Naylor hit an RBI single in the fifth and a run-scoring double in the seventh. He was activated Friday after suffering multiple fractures in his right leg during an outfield collision last June. He had surgery and completed a lengthy rehab process that included a stint in the minors to begin this season.

Naylor pumped his fists and pointed toward Cleveland’s dugout following both hits.

“It’s awesome, but it’s about more than me,” he said. “It’s about the team and we did a good job this series.”

Franmil Reyes, who hit his first home run of the season, is happy to see Naylor back on the field.

“He’s my best friend and it’s great to see him there, playing with that big smile and cheering for the team, no matter how he’s doing,” Reyes said. “I remember when he came back he was always like you’ve got this, it’s going to be OK. So, I’m glad to be his teammate every time.”

Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (1-1) allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Emmanuel Clase pitched the ninth for his second save.

Reyes put Cleveland in front with a two-run shot off Dylan Cease (2-1) with two out in the third. Reyes drove in rookie Steven Kwan, who was aboard on a leadoff double.

Cease allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and believes better days are ahead for the White Sox, who have been dealing with injuries to several key players.

“This happens in baseball,” he said. “We dealt with it a lot last season. It’s one of those things where we have to keep stepping up. It’s part of the game.”

Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Chicago’s first run. The first three hitters reached base in the inning, but Luis Robert was thrown out when he tried to score on Jose Abreu’s double.

Reyes, making a rare appearance in right field, played the towering drive off the wall. Robert waited at second base to see if the ball was caught and was tagged out at home by Austin Hedges after the throw from Reyes to second baseman Ernie Clement.

Robert snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a leadoff double. He singled in the sixth but was thrown out trying to steal second. Robert was removed in the eighth with a minor groin strain and could possibly be placed on the injured list, according to White Sox manager Tony La Russa.

Chicago has scored 15 runs in its last seven games, but La Russa is confident the defending AL Central champions will find their groove offensively.

“We were a lot more ourselves today,” he said. “We played better, but they just outplayed us the whole series. That’s what happens. We took care of our business. It wasn’t enough.”

Reliever Trevor Stephan and Clement had throwing errors on the same play in the seventh that allowed two unearned runs. Cleveland got both runs back in the bottom of the inning on Naylor’s double and Andres Gimenez’s sacrifice fly.

Jose Ramirez had two infield singles and has hits in all 12 games this season. He signed a seven-year, $141 million contract last week.

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson committed his fourth error of the series on a wild throw in the first.

SHORT STAY

Cleveland Infielder Gabriel Arias was optioned to Triple-A Columbus after being added as the 29th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader. Arias got his first major league hit in the second game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: Eloy Jimenez returned as the designated hitter after not playing in the doubleheader because of a sore left ankle. … OF AJ Pollock (hamstring) is expected to return Friday.

Guardians: Infielders Owen Miller and Yu Chang and pitchers Cal Quantrill and Anthony Castro remain on the COVID-19 injured list. The four players stayed in Cleveland when the team flew to New York for a series against the Yankees.

“They can’t go with us,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “They can’t come into the ballpark. They’re confined to being away from us.”

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.00 ERA) starts for Chicago in the opener of a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday against RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 3.27 ERA).

Guardians: RHP Eli Morgan (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will start the series opener Friday at Yankee Stadium. RHP Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.72 ERA) will start for New York.

Vogelbach’s HR rallies Pirates past Cubs 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer, Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Thursday night.

The Pirates rebounded from a three-game sweep at Milwaukee with nine hits in the opener of a four-game series at Chicago.

Pittsburgh starter Bryse Wilson allowed Rafael Ortega’s leadoff single in the first, then walked three straight batters. Jonathan Villar added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead, and Seiya Suzuki had an RBI groundout in the second for a 3-0 edge.

Vogelbach homered in the third, and Tsutsugo’s double made it 4-3 Pirates in the fifth. That prompted Cubs manager David Ross to pull reliever Ethan Roberts (0-1) after 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up two earned runs, two hits, two walks and fanned two.

“I was able to get something up, out over (the plate) and was able to put a good swing on it,” Vogelbach said. “That’s pretty much all I was trying to do.”

Scott Effross got Chicago out of the fifth, then Chris Martin struck out three in the sixth, stranding Ben Gamel at third after a leadoff single and a throwing error.

Cubs starter Mark Leiter Jr. gave up three hits and two runs, walking two and striking out three in four innings of work.

Wilson allowed three hits and three earned runs in three innings. He walked four batters and struck out two.

Five Chicago relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings after Pittsburgh inched ahead in the fifth.

Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel had his nine-game hitting streak snapped.

The Cubs (6-7) have now dropped five of seven games to dip below .500 after a series loss to Tampa Bay earlier in the week.

“They didn’t give away any free passes, which we gave away too many, in my opinion, for ourselves,” Ross said. “Those can really bite you sometimes. I think they bit us tonight.”

SWEET RELIEF

Wil Crowe (1-0) fanned five Cubs in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit. Dillon Peters, Heath Hembree and David Bednar stumped the Cubs for 2 2/3 innings, leaving potential tying run Nico Hoerner stranded at third in the seventh.

Peters has now faced 25 straight batters without giving up a hit.

Bednar retired all four batters he faced, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings before Chris Stratton entered to make his first save of the year.

COMEBACK KIDS

All six of Pittsburgh’s victories have been in come-from-behind efforts.

“They keep fighting,” manager Derek Shelton said. “They keep grinding. I mean, it’d be nice if we’d get a lead from the first inning and hold it to the last. It’d definitely help my heart. But they keep going and grinding and it’s a credit to them.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pittsburgh: The Pirates optioned RHP Roansy Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis and called up RHP Chase De Jong on Thursday. Shelton said Contreras will “have an impact as a starter this year” and that he felt the best place to “get him stretched” out was in Indianapolis. RHP Luis Oviedo was designated for assignment.

Chicago: The Cubs dealt RHP Cory Abbott to San Francisco for cash after designating him for assignment on Saturday. … Chicago also acquired LHP Sean Newcomb from Atlanta in exchange for Jesse Chavez and cash Thursday. Ross said he didn’t want to “prejudge” Newcomb before seeing him live, noting that the 28-year-old has had “some major league success” and faced “some adversity.” Newcomb was available after joining the team on Thursday. … Ross said LHP Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) had a “really nice bullpen” on Wednesday. Ross said Miley will get a minor league assignment before returning to the active roster.

UP NEXT

LHP Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the call for Pittsburgh on Friday, while LHP Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Chicago.

Trevor Bauer’s leave extended through April 29 by MLB, union

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by an additional week, through April 29, by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

The decision on the extension was made Thursday, a person familiar with the proceedings said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave last July 2 under the joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy of MLB and the union after a Southern California woman said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier last year.

MLB and the union have since agreed to 13 extensions.

Bauer’s agents, Jon Fetterolf and Rachel Luba, have repeatedly pointed out that administrative leave is not a disciplinary action. Bauer continues to be paid his $32 million salary while on leave.

Bauer did not pitch after June 29. He had a record of 8-2 and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances in his first season with the Dodgers. He was paid his $28 million salary last year.

Los Angeles prosecutors decided in February not to charge Bauer for allegedly beating and sexually abusing the San Diego woman he met through social media.

Prosecutors were unable to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a document concluding their investigation.

After the prosecutors’ decision, Bauer vehemently denied in a seven-minute video posted on YouTube that he abused the woman. He said the two engaged in rough sex at her suggestion and followed guidelines they agreed to in advance. Each encounter ended with them joking and her spending the night, he said.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.

After winning his first Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers.

Jimmy Garoppolo expects to be ready for training camp

(AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo expects his shoulder to be ready for training camp – wherever that may be.

Garoppolo told the AP Pro Football Podcast on Thursday that his rehab is going well and it’s helping him deal with uncertainty surrounding his future with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I feel good. It’s in a good spot right now,” Garoppolo said. “Surgery went really well. I’m about six weeks out from it right now. So we’re still in the beginning process of this whole thing, but we’re not throwing or anything like that. But I’m really happy with where it is.”

As for training camp, he said: “There’s a lot of steps in between now and then but, yeah, I think we’ll be ready by then.”

Garoppolo nearly led the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons. He guided them to two road wins in the playoffs before losing to the Rams in the NFC championship game. But the 49ers are planning on starting Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft.

That means Garoppolo, despite an impressive resume, is the odd man out.

“With rehab, you’ve got to stay so locked in, just every day, focusing on these little victories, trying to get 1% better each day,” Garoppolo said. “And I think it just keeps you focused because there’s a lot of hearsay, a lot of situations that you can create in your own head, and just drive yourself crazy. I try to avoid that and just stay where I’m at right now.”

Garoppolo, who backed up Tom Brady in New England his first 3 1/2 seasons, is 33-14 as a starter in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs. He has a 98.9 career passer rating. His shoulder surgery prevented teams from already trading for him and taking on his $24.2 million salary while he’s recovering, but Garoppolo welcomes competition whether he stays in San Francisco or joins a new team.

“Honestly, I’ve always been a fan of competition,” Garoppolo said. “I think it brings out the best in everybody, myself included. It’s kind of what we did in San Francisco (last) year, and we got some pretty good results from it.

“Whenever there’s competition, I’m always for it. I welcome it. But everybody’s got a unique situation in the NFL. It’s been a crazy offseason for a lot of people, so I’m not the only one in that boat. But you’ve just got to take it in stride. It’s your story, and you’ve got to make it the way you want to be.”

Garoppolo’s dad, Tony, joined him to talk about the growing demand for skilled trade professionals and how vital these careers and future workers are for the economy. Tony Garoppolo worked as an electrician for 40 years. He made it clear his son’s career is still on the rise.

“He’s worked very hard. It’s not like this is handed to him,” Tony Garoppolo said. “He wasn’t the first-round draft pick, the No. 1 pick, came from a small school, and I think that even made it even more rewarding to see it take place and unfold that way. It’s just been a great run and we’re still running. We’re not ready to toss in the towel yet.”

Former Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica dies at age 80

(AP) — Daryle Lamonica, the deep-throwing quarterback who won an AFL Player of the Year award and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance, has died. He was 80.

The Fresno County Sherriff’s said Lamonica passed away at his Fresno home on Thursday morning. The death is considered to be from natural causes.

The Raiders acquired Lamonica in a trade from Buffalo in 1967 and he was immediately the perfect fit for the vertical offense owner Al Davis coveted for his franchise.

Nicknamed the “Mad Bomber,” Lamonica made an immediate impact in Oakland after starting only four games in four seasons with the Bills.

Lamonica’s deep arm teamed up with receivers such as Warren Wells and Fred Biletnikoff and turned the Raiders into a powerhouse. They went 13-1 his first season as Lamonica was a first-team All-Pro and AP AFL Player of the Year when he led the league with 30 touchdown passes.

Lamonica then threw two TD passes in a win over Houston in the AFL title game to send the Raiders to their first Super Bowl where they lost 33-14 to Green Bay.

In his six seasons as a starter for the Raiders, Lamonica was one of the most prolific passers in the game, leading led pro football with 145 TD passes – 24 more than second-place Fran Tarkenton. His 16,006 yards passing ranked third from 1967-72.

Lamonica was an All-Pro again in 1969 when he led the AFL with 3,302 yards passing and 34 touchdowns. The 34 TDs still stand as the franchise’s single-season record more than a half-century later.

Lamonica was at his best during the playoffs, throwing five TD passes in a 41-6 win over Kansas City in 1968 and a record six the following season against Houston. Only Steve Young and Tom Brady have matched Lamonica’s six TD passes in a playoff game and only Patrick Mahomes and Kurt Warner have multiple games with at least five.

Lamonica also played a starring role in one of the most memorable games ever, throwing four TD passes, including the go-ahead score to Charlie Smith in a 43-32 win over the Jets in a game now known as the “Heidi Game” because NBC cut away from the finish on the East Coast before the Raiders comeback to show the children’s movie.

Lamonica was replaced as the starter in 1973 by Ken Stabler and went to the World Football League the following season where he finished his career.

Lamonica finished his career with 19,154 yards passing and 164 TDs. The Raiders went 62-16-6 in Lamonica’s starts for the best winning percentage for any starting QB in the Super Bowl era with at least 75 starts.

Lamonica was born and raised in Fresno before going to college at Notre Dame. He was drafted in the 12th round by Green Bay and the 23rd round by the Bills in 1963 and opted to go to the AFL. He was a backup to Jack Kemp in Buffalo before becoming a star in Oakland.

Texas woman drops lawsuit claiming Jerry Jones is her father

DALLAS (AP) A 25-year-old Texas woman who sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he is her biological father, has dropped her lawsuit.

Alexandra Davis said in court papers filed Wednesday that she now wants genetic testing to verify her claim, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“Alexandra has just decided that she wants to go ahead and proceed with parentage and DNA testing,” said Jay Gray, one of Davis’ lawyers. “She wants to remove any doubts that Jerry’s her father.”

Jones’ attorneys had asked in court filings that the suit be dismissed but did not address the paternity claim. A representative for Jones declined to comment.

The lawsuit alleged that Jones had a relationship with Davis’ mother, Cynthia Davis, who was working as a ticket counter agent for American Airlines in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the time. Alexandra Davis was born in 1996.

Davis and her mother reached a settlement in which Jones would support them financially as long as they didn’t publicly identify him as her father, according to court documents. At the time of the agreement in 1998, Jones denied he was the father.

Jones and his wife, Gene, married in 1963. They have three children, and all have a front office role with the Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team president and general manager.

Cardinals GM Keim: ‘Zero chance’ Murray will be traded

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is ruling out the possibility of trading quarterback Kyler Murray.

“Zero chance,” Keim said Thursday, according to team reporter Darren Urban.

He added: “I am smart enough to know Kyler Murray makes me a better GM.”

Murray, who’s entering his fourth season in the NFL, has been looking for an extension from Arizona this offseason. However, the two sides don’t appear to be close to agreeing on a deal.

Murray’s agent Erik Burkhardt submitted a long-term contract proposal to Arizona in February. However, Burkhardt reportedly pulled his opening offer off the table. He’s yet to receive an extension proposal from the Cardinals.

“The way we have approached it is: We have free agency, we have the draft, and then we will take a deep breath and sort of refocus,” Keim said. “That’s sort of the reason every other player that has been a third-year quarterback has been (extended) in the middle of the summer or late summer. It’s no different for us.

“Nothing has changed in terms of (Murray) being our long-term and short-term quarterback.”

Murray previously fuelled speculation about his future after stripping his Instagram account of all references to the Cardinals in February. The 2019 first overall pick said in March he’s “not really too worried” about his future with the club.

The 24-year-old stated his commitment to Arizona on social media Thursday, hours after Keim’s interview.

Kentucky guard Sharpe to enter NBA draft, keep eligibility

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe will enter the NBA draft and be evaluated while maintaining his collegiate eligibility after not playing last season with the Wildcats.

Several NBA mock drafts have projected the 6-foot-6 Sharpe as a possible top-10 selection this summer despite his absence of playing time with the Wildcats (26-8), who were upset 85-79 in overtime of the NCAA Tournament first round by tiny No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s.

Sharpe practiced with Kentucky and dressed for games after enrolling in January after originally being considered the consensus No. 1 overall prospect of the 2022 class. The NBA draft combine in May 16-22 with a June 1 deadline for the London, Ontario, native to return to school.

Sharpe stated in a release Thursday that while unsure of what lies ahead, he must test the waters and receive feedback. He added, “I pray you all will understand this is not a decision I’ve taken lightly.”

Coach John Calipari noted that Sharpe has already registered for summer and fall classes at Kentucky but said he supports Sharpe’s decision to explore every option about his future.

Sharpe’s decision comes a day after junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe, the consensus national player of the year, announced that he would return for his senior season. Wildcat forwards Keion Brooks Jr. and Jacob Toppin will also go through the evaluation process and maintain eligibility, leaving open the possibility of returning to Kentucky.

Guard TyTy Washington Jr. entered the draft and will forego his remaining eligibility.

Potential No. 1 pick Chet Holmgren declares for NBA draft

Gonzaga freshman and potential top pick Chet Holmgren is entering the 2022 NBA draft, he announced Thursday.

The 7-footer came into the season as the No. 1 recruit in the 2021 high school class and lived up to expectations for the top-ranked Bulldogs, earning consensus All-American second-team honors.

Holmgren put together an impressive all-around season stat line of 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks on 61% shooting from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.

“After a season where we accomplished a lot of great things as both a team and an individual, I feel like I’m in a position to be able to chase my lifelong dream to play in the NBA,” Holmgren told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With big-man length and guard skills, Holmgren has a unique playing style. However, at under 200 lbs, he will need to put on weight in order to withstand the rigors of the NBA game.

Holmgren is one of just two players in college basketball history to record at least 115 blocks and 40 made 3-pointers in a season.

Panthers beat Red Wings 5-2, clinch best record in East

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers are champions of the NHL’s Atlantic Division. They look like a team that’s ready to win even more.

Aleksander Barkov scored his 38th goal of the season and the Panthers tied a franchise record with their 12th straight win, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night.

That, combined with Tampa Bay’s 8-1 win over Toronto later Thursday, locked up the Atlantic title and home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs for the Panthers. It’s the third time that Florida has won a division title in its 28-season history.

“It means a lot. We put a lot of hard work into the season and locking up the division is a big accomplishment for us,” Florida’s MacKenzie Weegar said. “But there’s obviously the bigger picture here and we’ll enjoy that, locking up the division and getting the home-ice advantage for the playoffs here. But other than that, we’re trying to build our game and have fun while we’re doing it.”

Mason Marchment had a goal and an assist, and Sam Reinhart, Noel Acciari and Weegar also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Panthers, who moved two points ahead of West-leading Colorado in the race for the best record in the NHL. Florida (118 points) and the Avalanche have five games remaining.

“We’re taking care of business,” Acciari said.

The Panthers matched the 12-game winning streak they posted from Dec. 15, 2015, to Jan. 10, 2016. Florida has outscored opponents 61-31 in that span, 27-9 in the last six games.

“We kind of just go game-by-game and I’m happy we’re racking up the wins here,” Weegar said. “We’re a great team and it’s obviously shown all year.”

Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists and moved into a tie with Connor McDavid of idle Edmonton for the league lead in points at 113.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for the Panthers.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Sam Gagner scored for Detroit, and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 22 shots.

“They have this many points for a reason,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said of the Panthers. “Overall, we were in the position to win the hockey game. We’ve just got to find a way. One or two less mistakes and make sure to capitalize on our chances.”

The Red Wings closed within 3-2 when Bertuzzi’s shot from the right circle got past Bobrovsky with 13:45 left in the second, but the Panthers moved ahead 4-2 after Weegar poked the puck in from the slot about 10 minutes later.

Reinhart scored a power-play goal early in the third to stretch the Panthers’ lead to 5-2.

“I thought we got a little physical in the second and we seemed to get a little momentum and kind of took over the hockey game,” Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “Our focus hasn’t been on anything other than doing the right things and that will start again on Saturday and that’s kind of been a tribute to the guys. I think we’ve been able to do that all season long.”

The Panthers scored three goals on seven shots in the first period.

After Gagner’s wrist shot went under Bobrovsky’s glove to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 4:08, Acciari tied the score 1-all on a shot from the low slot at 9:19.

Barkov’s power-play goal came on a blast from the high slot with 1:07 left to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Then, Marchment’s shot deflected off a defender and into the net with 21 seconds left to make it 3-1.

“They seemingly can create offense out of nothing,” Gagner said. “You feel like you’re playing well against them, they create odd man breaks and their defensive finds guys up-ice open. Ultimately they found a way to break through.”

DOWN 1-0, AGAIN

Florida surrendered the first goal of a game for the 35th time this season. The Panthers have the NHL’s best record, by far, in games in which they face a 1-0 deficit. Florida improved to 23-8-4 in that situation; St. Louis is second at 19-12-5 entering Thursday.

NOTES: Florida and St. Louis are the only NHL teams to not be shut out this season. … Joe Thornton’s first-period assist on Acciari’s goal made it his fourth game with a point in his five most recent appearances. Thornton hadn’t played since April 3. … Detroit will miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, its longest such streak since missing seven consecutive postseasons from 1971 through 1977. … Detroit’s home finale is Saturday.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Panthers: Host Toronto on Saturday.

Stamkos becomes Lightning’s scoring leader in win over Leafs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season and became Tampa Bay’s all-time scoring leader as the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-1 on Thursday night.

Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, fired a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Nikita Kucherov for the record-breaking 954th point of his career. He moved past Martin St. Louis, who had 365 goals and 588 assists with the Lightning.

A congratulatory video was shown on the scoreboard, narrated by St. Louis.

“To do it at home against the team that I grew up idolizing,” said Stamkos, who is from Markham, Ontario. “Then having, (Kucherov) and (Victor Hedman) assist on a one-time shot. Then my parents were here and my wife was here … to do it at home. Then to have Marty come out and do that. I mean, I don’t really think of myself as an emotional guy, but that really hit me. It was just an amazing, amazing experience.”

Stamkos, who added two assists, has 473 goals and 483 assists in 917 career games, all with Tampa Bay.

“What an accomplishment, and he’s got so much more left in the tank, but, wow,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “Anytime you’re becoming the franchise leader in an organization that’s been around for 30 years and have the guys you’re passing are Hall of Famers, it was a great moment.”

Kucherov collected career point No. 600 on the Stamkos goal and added his 20th goal of the season. Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Ross Colton each finished with three points. Colton and Killorn scored twice. Pat Maroon added his 10th of the season for the Lightning, which set a season high in goals scored and margin of victory.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots and picked up his first win in seven starts, recording his first victory since April 1 in Chicago.

Ilya Mikheyev scored a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs. Erik Kallgren stopped 28 shots for Toronto.

In a potential first-round playoff matchup, the teams combined for 114 penalty minutes, which included five misconduct penalties and a match penalty against Toronto’s Kyle Clifford.

The Maple Leafs allowed a season high in goals.

“It was clear that the game meant more to them tonight than it meant to us,” Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “And it showed in how they played, how they competed.”

Tampa Bay scored four goals in the second period to break the game open after a scoreless first period.

Killorn opened the scoring in the second as the Lightning wheeled the puck around the zone from Victor Hedman to Brandon Hagel to Erik Cernak, who sent a shot from along the right boards that Killorn deflected for his 24th of the season at 3:54

Colton scored his 20th of the season to make it 2-0, tapping in a backdoor pass from Nick Paul at 11:37. Stamkos made it 3-0 on the record-breaking goal, with an assist from Kucherov at 12:38. Kucherov finished off the second-period outburst with a power-play goal at 15:07.

“I really liked the urgency tonight,” Killorn said. “Seems like we came out and we played with a purpose right from the beginning of the game.”

Palat scored his 17th of the season 1:12 into the third period, deflecting a Mikhail Sergachev pass while Killorn scored his second of the game and the third power-play goal for Tampa Bay, tipping a Stamkos shot past Kallgren at 4:33.

Mikhayev ended Vasilevskiy’s shutout bid with a power-play goal at 7:45, but with Clifford ejected from the game due to a match penalty for high sticking Perry, Colton scored his second of the game, tapping in a Palat pass at 8:50. Maroon scored his 10th of the season with 5:49 left.

MATTHEWS MISSING

Toronto played its third game without NHL leading goal scorer Auston Matthews, who continues to be out for undisclosed reasons, though Maple Leafs’ head coach Sheldon Keefe does not appear concerned it will affect his status for the start of the playoffs.

“He’s really close,” Keefe said. “He’s out on the ice, he’s getting his touches. We’re in a similar place to where we were a couple of days ago in terms of it just doesn’t make sense to put him in the lineup at this point.”

Matthews leads the league with 58 goals and needs two more to become just the third player since 1996 to score 60 in a season, joining Alex Ovechkin (2007-08) and Steven Stamkos (2010-11)

NO ON POINT

The Lightning played without top center Brayden Point, who missed the game with what the team deemed a lower-body injury and is listed as day to day. Point missed practice on Wednesday for what the team called “body maintenance”

Point missed 14 games earlier this season with a shoulder injury. He led the league in playoff goals each of the past two postseasons.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Lightning: Host Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Tkachuk scores 40th, Flames beat Stars to win Pacific title

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Matthew Tkachuk scored his 40th goal, Christopher Tanev scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Calgary Flames beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Thursday night to win the Pacific Division title.

The Flames won their division for the eighth time in franchise history but just the third in the last 27 years.

“The team deserves it,” coach Darryl Sutter said. “They’ve been the most consistent team in the division. They deserve to win the division.”

Noah Hanifin and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary, which is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games.

“It’s an accomplishment to win the division,” Mikael Backlund said. “It’s a long season. So the guys have done a great job and I’m really proud of our team.

“We’re not satisfied. We want to do something really big here. We know we can do it.”

Jason Robertson and Luke Glendening scored for the Stars, who lost all three games on their Western Canada trip as they fight for a wild-card playoff berth.

The Flames will host the top Western Conference wild card in the first playoff round. Dallas has a precarious hold on the second wild-card spot, two points ahead of Vegas. The Stars play their last four games at home.

“If we’ve got to do it the hard way, well, we’re going to do it the hard way,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “We get back to a great atmosphere in our rink, and we’ve got four home games.

“We still control our own destiny. We just have to take full advantage of it – and we’re going to.”

Jacob Markstrom had 21 saves for the Flames and Jake Oettinger stopped 33 shots for Dallas.

“We would like to have locked up our spot already. This road trip, we kind of gave some other teams some life,” Oettinger said.

Calgary went ahead 2-1 20 seconds into the third period when Hanifin’s point shot eluded Oettinger, who was screened by Backlund.

The Stars answered five minutes later. Fredrik Karlstrom was stopped on a partial breakaway, but in making the save, Markstrom’s momentum carried him to out of the crease. Glendening was right there to deposit the rebound into the vacant net.

The assist by Karlstrom was his first NHL point in his first career game.

Tanev made it 3-2 at 13:05 on a point shot that deflected in off the leg of Glendening, who was battling with Backlund in front. Mangiapane’s goal was an empty-netter.

Calgary scored first for the NHL-leading 50th time. With the Flames on the power play, Tkachuk stuffed the puck in from the side of the net at 10:06 of the second and thrust his arms in the air in celebration as his linemates mobbed him.

“You can tell right away when he entered the league, he was a special player,” Backlund said. “Special, character on the ice, loves scoring goals and a big-time player.

“He’s just been getting better and better every year and this year he’s taken it to another level.”

Tkachuk’s goal also put the 24-year-old winger at 100 points. His previous career highs were 34 goals and 77 points in 2018-19. Johnny Gaudreau reached 100 points last week, giving Calgary two players over the century mark for the first time since 1990-91 when Theo Fleury and Al MacInnis did it.

“I was probably more excited about the 40 to be completely honest,” Tkachuk said. “Coolest part for me was the guys coming in, they were way more excited than I was and I didn’t think that could be possible.”

Robertson tied the game on the power play less than two minutes after Tkachuk’s goal.

NOTES: Tkachuk is Calgary’s first 40-goal scorer since Jarome Iginla had 43 in 2010-11. … The Stars’ five-game winning streak against the Flames was snapped. Dallas had been 9-1-1 in its previous 11 games at the Saddledome. … Tyler Toffoli recorded his 200th career assist.

UP NEXT

Stars: Host Seattle on Saturday night.

Flames: Host Vancouver on Saturday night.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Seven-Run Frame Hands Indians Thursday Loss

INDIANAPOLIS – A seven-run sixth-inning, capped by a bases-clearing triple off the bat of Oscar Gonzalez, boosted the Columbus Clippers to a comeback win over the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday afternoon, 12-5.

After scoring two runs on a double by Rodolfo Castro in the first inning, the Indians (7-7) were held without a hit until Connor Kaiser led off the eighth inning with a single. Travis Swaggerty and Anthony Alford then followed with back-to-back home runs to put three additional runs on the board to cut into a nine-run Columbus lead.

The Clippers (11-4), trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, capitalized on free bases in their big inning. Six consecutive batters reached base safely – including two walks and a hit batter – against Jerad Eickhoff (L, 1-1) and Brad Case to lead to the seven-run frame. They then tacked on three more runs on four hits in the seventh and one in the ninth on a solo homer by Will Benson.

Eli Lingos (W, 1-0) entered the game in relief of Jaime Arias-Bautista’s Triple-A debut and did not allow a hit over 2.0 innings.

The Indians will look to tie the series tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. Right-hander Cody Bolton (0-1, 4.50) will take the mound for Indianapolis while Columbus has yet to name a starter.

FORMER IU GUARD PATBERG WAIVED BY FEVER

The Indiana Fever have waived former Indiana guard Ali Patberg. Patberg was the last of seven Indiana Fever picks in Monday night’s 2022 WNBA draft, No. 34 overall.

She was the 2015 IndyStar Miss Basketball for Columbus North High School.

Baseball Gameday: host Nebraska

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After 10 straight game and 19 days on the road, the Indiana baseball program will return to Bart Kaufman Field for a Big Ten Conference series with Nebraska. The three-game slate will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (April 22) evening.

Indiana (14-22, 2-7 B1G) will spend the next two weekends at home and look to move up the conference standings, starting with the three games versus Nebraska (14-21, 4-5 B1G). The Hoosiers won one game each in the first two B1G weekend series, before dropping three games by a combined four runs at Rutgers last weekend. The Cornhuskers played out of conference last weekend but have swept and been swept in a weekend series already this Big Ten season.

Gameday Info

Friday, April 22 (7 p.m.)

Probable Starters

IU: Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.

NU: Shay Shanaman, RHP, Sr.

Live Video: bit.ly/38hWjCQ

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Saturday, April 23 (2 p.m.)

Probable Starters

IU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, Sr.

NU: TBA

Live Video: bit.ly/36DIfTE

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Sunday, April 24 (Noon)

Probable Starters

IU: TBA

NU: TBA

TV: Big Ten Network

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Quick Hitters

Indiana and Nebraska will meet in Bloomington for a three-game series this weekend. The two teams first met in 1899 and again in 1906, before going over 100 years between games.

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis continues to lead the Big Ten in home runs at 12 longballs on the season. The left-handed hitter has hit some mammoth home runs so far in 2022.

Rookie Josh Pyne is riding the longest reached base streak by an IU freshman in over a decade and is the only true freshman to record a hitting streak of 15 games and on-base streak to 20 games in program history since at least 2005.

The freshman duo of Carter Mathison and Brock Tibbitts are on pace to make some history for the Cream and Crimson as they each close in on double-digit home runs.

Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 7 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score yet on the year.

Indiana has three alums on MLB rosters to start 2022 and saw a school-standard four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 86 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Scouting the Opponents

Nebraska is 14-21 overall and 4-5in the Big Ten coming off a series loss to BYU last weekend. The Cornhuskers won their midweek game, 4-3, over North Dakota State.

In the Big Ten this season, Nebraska dropped a series to Michigan (1-2) at home, swept Ohio State on the road, and were swept by Rutgers in Lincoln.

Nebraska ranks 59th among all of college baseball with triples hit (10).

Griffin Everitt leads the way for the Cornhusker offense with 37 hits and a .291 average. He has nine doubles, seven home runs and 29 RBIs on the season – which all lead the team.

Brice Matthews owns a team best 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts, while Max Anderson leads the team in runs scored at 26.

Right-handed pitcher Shay Schanaman has started nine games on the season and owns a 3.66 ERA with 53 strikeouts and a .201 batting average against in 51 2/3 innings of work.

Series Notes

Indiana and Nebraska will meet for the 26th time on Friday evening at Bart Kaufman Field in a series that dates back to 1899.

In all, Nebraska leads the series 13-11-1 and have won four straight games played in Bloomington.

Of the 25 previous meetings, 23 have come as members of the Big Ten.

The first meeting came in 1899, a 6-4 win for Indiana, before Nebraska evened the series with a 5-0 win during the 1906 season. Both games were played in Bloomington.

Ten of the 25 meetings have come in Bloomington, with six others coming at a neutral site. Four neutral site games have been at the Big Ten Tournament, while the other two came in pod play last season in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The last nine meetings – including one tie – have been decided by three-or-fewer runs. Only two games in the series history have been decided by more than five runs.

3 Game Series Set vs. Michigan State

SERIES INFORMATION

Friday, April 22

vs. Michigan State | 5 p.m. ET | B1G+

Promotions: Earth Day Reuable Bag Giveaway | Faculty & Staff Free Admissions with PUID

Saturday, April 23

vs. Michigan State | 2 p.m. ET | B1G+

Promotions: Service Staff Appreciation Day | Postgame Autographs

Sunday, April 24

vs. Michigan State | 1 p.m. ET | B1G+

Promotions: Sunday Fun Day

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Purdue softball team (19-24, 2-9 Big Ten) is set for a three-game series vs. Michigan State (21-24, 1-13 Big Ten) within the friendly confines of Bittinger Stadium.

The series, which will be streamed on B1G+, is set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET, Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and a 1 p.m. ET start Sunday.

PURDUE IN THE RANKINGS

The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 12 triples this season and are seventh in homers with 28.

Defensively, Purdue boasts 331 assists, fourth-most in the Big Ten. Meanwhile the team’s .967 fielding % checks in at No. 8 in the Big Ten.

Rachel Becker ranks ninth in the league with a .402 batting average and eighth in on-base % at .496.

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS AT A GLANCE

As a team, Purdue owns a .267 batting average while holding opponents to a .292.

Catcher and team captain Kaeley Hallada put the Boilers on the board against Northwestern last Sunday (4/17) with a 2-run homer, her first home run since notching the game-winner at No. 22 USF (3/17).

Becker leads Purdue in multiple categories, including batting average (.402), runs (32), hits (47) and on-base % (.496). Meanwhile, Echazarreta takes the edge in RBI (28) and also leads the team with a .670 slugging % and seven home runs.

The Boilermaker defense has gone errorless in 17 games this season

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS AT A GLANCE

Purdue enters the weekend 17-5 against the Spartans when at home and won the series the last time the Boilermakers went to East Lansing.

As a team, Michigan State is averaging a .263 batting average, while holding opponents to a .223.

Jessica Mabrey has one of the sharpest eyes in the league, ranking third among all Big Ten players with 28 walks this season (three shy of the Big Ten leader).

The Boilermakers are set to face one of the nation’s toughest pitchers in Ashley Miller. As the Big Ten leader and No. 9 in the nation with 159.2 innings pitched, Miller also is third in the league and No. 7 in the nation with 218 batters struck out, all while maintaining a 1.67 ERA (third-best in the Big Ten).

Miller is coming off of a 10-strikeout performance (4/19 vs. Michigan). She is fourth in MSU’s record books for single season strikeouts with 218.

THE UNDERCLASSMEN

The underclassmen have accounted for 51% of Purdue’s runs this season (78 runs).

Freshmen Olivia McFadden (3B), Jade Moy (2B) have each started every game of the season. Together, they average a .255 batting average and a .946 fielding %.

Outfielder Kyndall Bailey has stepped up, playing in all but five games, starting in over half of them (25 of 43 games). Bailey has tallied 10 hits and five runs thus far in her inaugural campaign and owns an on-base % of .309.

Tyrina Jones made her collegiate debut at The Spring Games following a return from injury, and has since started at first base in all but one of the outings. Jones has contributed four runs, 10 hits and three RBI.

Boilermakers Begin Homestand with Belmont Series

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Belmont (23-14, 9-3 OVC) at Purdue (22-10, 4-6 B1G)

Friday to Sunday, April 22 to 24 / Watch B1G+

Series Opener: Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. ET

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. BU’s Andy Bean (So, LHP)

Saturday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. BU’s Joshua South (Jr, RHP)

Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs. BU’s Jalen Borders (So, LHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Belmont leads 2-1

All-Time in West Lafayette: First Meetings

Last Meeting: Belmont 13, Purdue 6 (March 2011 in Nashville)

First Meeting: Purdue 5, Belmont 2 (March 2003 in Nashville)

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

Friday: School Spirit Night – Support your Elementary/Middle/High School along with Purdue

Saturday: Reusable Tote Bag Giveaway to Celebrate Earth Day

Sunday: Bark at the Park – Bring your Dog & Leash Giveaway (First 250 Fans); $12 Family 4-Pack Ticket Special

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The opening series of Purdue baseball’s season-long homestand coincides with the Boilermakers’ open weekend in Big Ten play as Belmont pays a visit to campus as the fourth first-time visitor to Alexander Field this season.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fans are invited to bring their dogs to the ballpark for Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale. The Bark at the Park promotion, which returns for the first time since May 2019, also features a leash giveaway for the first 250 fans.

Purdue’s seven-game homestand is the program’s longest since posting a 6-3 mark on a nine-game homestand in 2019 (April 23-May 7). During the 2021 conference-only schedule, the Boilermakers only played six home games in April and 13 overall.

Idle from Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend, the Bruins were pegged as the OVC’s NCAA Regional qualifier in D1baseball.com’s latest postseason projections this week. In its final season as an OVC member before joining Murray State and UIC as the newcomers in the Missouri Valley Conference next school year, Belmont is battling Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri for a conference title.

The Boilermakers (18-1) and Bruins (10-1) both got off to hot starts and reached 10 wins before losing their second games of the season. Belmont has won each of its first four series in OVC play to open league play at 9-3. The Bruins have the advantage of hosting both SEMO and EIU in the coming weekends after compiling a 16-7 record at home. Belmont is also 7-6 in true road games.

Meanwhile, Purdue aims to right the ship from a rocky 4-8 stretch over the first three weeks of April. The Boilermakers play Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern and Maryland over the final four weekends of the season. If they are to play their way into the Big Ten Tournament, they may need to overtake one of those teams in the standings. With Purdue having two Big Ten games canceled back in March, tiebreakers are only likely to come into play if both teams finish at .500 in the standings.

WEEKEND NUMBER 5 OF BIG TEN PLAY

Conference records in parentheses

• Iowa (6-3) at Rutgers (11-1)

• Maryland (7-2) at Illinois (10-2)

• Ohio State (2-8) at Michigan (6-3)

• Michigan State (2-7) at Northwestern (4-5)

• Penn State (5-7) at Minnesota (1-8)

• Nebraska (4-5) at Indiana (2-7)

• Belmont at Purdue (4-6) – Non-Conference

OPEN WEEKENDS IN BIG TEN PLAY

Non-conference series during Big Ten season since league expanded before 2011-12 school year

• 2012: Lost 2 of 3 at No. 11 UCLA (May 5-6)

• 2013: Swept a 3-get set vs. Southern Illinois (May 3-5)

• 2014: Lost 2 of 3 at Southern Illinois (March 21-23)

• 2015: Lost all 3 games of a split-site series with Butler (March 28-29)

• 2016: Won 3 of 4 vs Cal State Northridge (May 19-22)

• 2017: Swept a 2-game set vs. Saint Louis (April 28-29)

• 2018: Split a doubleheader vs. Lipscomb (March 23)

• 2019: Won 2 of 3 vs. Southeast Missouri State (April 26-28)

• 2020: Was scheduled to play home series vs. Samford (April 17-19)

ACTIVE STREAKS

• Cam Thompson – 32-game on-base

• CJ Valdez – 29-game on-base

• Evan Albrecht – 24-game on-base, 7-game hit, 10-game hit in Big Ten play

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 20-game on-base, scored a run in 11 straight games

• Troy Viola – 13-game on-base, 8-game hit in Big Ten play

• Paul Toetz – 11-game on-base

• Notable: The Boilermakers have had five different players – Mike Bolton Jr. (21) is the fifth – post a 20-game on-base streaks in the same season for the first in the last 20 years. Previously, the 2008 team had five 20-game streaks but one player accounted for two of them.

TOP 10 IN THE BIG TEN ENTERING THE WEEKEND

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 1st in Triples (4), T-1st in Stolen Bases (22), 2nd in Walks (30), T-7th in HBP (10), T-8th in Sac Bunts (3)

• Cam Thompson – 1st in HBP (18), 1st in Sac Flies (5), 2nd in RBI (47), 3rd in SLUG (.687), T-3rd in HR (10), 4th in OPS (1.137)

• Curtis Washington Jr. – T-1st in Stolen Bases (22), T-5th in Runs (41)

• Evan Albrecht – 3rd in Batting Avg (.402), T-3rd in OBP (.489), 4th in Stolen Bases (15), T-6th in Sac Bunts (4)

• Jackson Smeltz – 2nd in Strikeouts (71), T-2nd in Wins (6), 6th in B/Avg (.199), 5th in ERA (2.86), 9th in Innings (50 1/3)

• Troy Viola – 4th in HBP (12), T-7th in Doubles (12)

• CJ Valdez – 6th in Batting Avg (.364), 7th in OBP (.478)

BOILERMAKERS WITH A TWO-HOMER GAME IN THE BBCOR BAT ERA (Since 2011)

• CJ Valdez at UIC – April 19, 2022

• Ben Nisle at Ohio State – May 2, 2021

• Jacson McGowan at Maryland – April 21, 2018

• Ben Nisle vs. Minnesota – April 13, 2018

• Kyle Wood at East Tennessee State – March 5, 2016

• Kyle Johnson at East Tennessee State – March 5, 2016

• Alec Olund vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – April 1, 2015

• Sean McHugh vs. Iowa – May 17, 2013

• Cameron Perkins at Iowa – May 17, 2012

• Cameron Perkins at Nebraska – April 20, 2012

• Cameron Perkins vs. Indiana – May 1, 2011

• Eric Charles at Tennessee-Martin – March 13, 2011

• Angelo Cianfrocco at Morehead State – Feb. 26, 2011

Karlaftis Welcomed Into Purdue’s Den of Defensive Ends

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Thursday, April 21) – Over the course of history, Purdue Football has had a storied tradition of defensive ends that has continued up to the present day. It led to the formation of The Den of Defensive Ends in 2004, which consisted of 12 Boilermakers, until now.

West Lafayette’s own George Karlaftis, a 2021 First Team All-American who is projected to go in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft, has been named the 13th member of The Den of Defensive Ends.

Karlaftis found out about his induction when Ryan Kerrigan (2007-10), the last Boilermaker to join The Den of Defensive Ends, surprised him on a Zoom call. What Karlaftis thought was just a conversation between two All-Americans turned into an emotional revelation that one of his dreams had become reality.

“It means a lot,” said Karlaftis. “It was one of my goals coming here. Obviously, the tradition of defensive ends and defensive lineman at Purdue is elite and rivals any other college in the country. To join that fraternity is incredible and such an honor – it’s special.”

As the newest member of The Den, Karlaftis joins a dozen Boilermakers that have been selected over the years: Cliff Avril (2004-07), Akin Ayodele (1999-2001), Rosevelt Colvin (1995-98), Ray Edwards (2003-05), Ryan Kerrigan (2007-10), Lamar Lundy (1954-56), Rob Ninkovich (2004-05), Chike Okeafor (1994-96, 1998),  Shaun Phillips (2000-03), Anthony Spencer (2003-06), Leo Sugar (1949-51) and Keena Turner (1976-79).

Playing in 27 games over his Purdue career, Karlaftis earned All-Big Ten honors following all three seasons as a Boilermaker. He was a second team honoree as a freshman and sophomore before becoming a consensus first team selection during his junior campaign, collecting All-America honors in his final season, as well.

Karlaftis is the second All-America defensive end in Purdue history, joining Kerrigan. During the 2021 season, the West Lafayette product collected First Team All-America accolades from the AFCA to go along with second team honors from a variety of outlets. Karlaftis was one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten all season long, exemplified as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award that is given to the defensive player of the year. He was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in college football.

Helping Purdue accumulate nine wins last year, the second-most ever in a single season, Karlaftis led the Boilermakers in tackles-for-loss (11.5), sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (3), fumble recoveries (2) and quarterback hurries (8). The Purdue defensive end was a consensus First Team All-Big Ten honoree, becoming the first Boilermaker on the defensive side of the ball to be tabbed First Team All-Big Ten in nine years. His 11.5 tackles-for-loss ranked seventh in the Big Ten, as Karlaftis recorded at least 1.0 TFL in eight of nine conference games. The junior was one of only four Big Ten defenders to force at least three fumbles throughout the 2021 campaign. Perhaps his most memorable play of his career was a 56-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Wisconsin (Oct. 23).

The tradition of The Den of Defensive Ends dates to the days of Sugar and Lundy from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s and subsequently Turner in the late 1970s, but it has flourished more recently. While Purdue’s high-powered offense has made headlines under head coaches Joe Tiller and Jeff Brohm, the Boilermakers’ defense made a name for itself principally for the play of its ends.

In the 1998 Alamo Bowl, Colvin and Okeafor were unstoppable, combining for six sacks of Kansas State quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Michael Bishop. Colvin holds Purdue records for sacks in a season (15 in 1998) and a career (35).

Since 1999, 10 Boilermaker defensive ends have been selected in the National Football League Draft, including first-round picks Spencer in 2007 and Kerrigan in 2011. Karlaftis will look to make that 11 following next week’s draft (April 28-30).

Eight members of The Den have gone on to be selected for the NFL Pro Bowl – Sugar, Lundy, Turner, Colvin, Phillips, Spencer, Kerrigan and Avril – while four have played for Super Bowl champions: Turner, Colvin, Avril and Ninkovich.

The term Den of Defensive Ends was coined by Purdue senior associate athletics director for communications Tom Schott in 2004.

THE DEN OF DEFENSIVE ENDS

Cliff Avril, 2004-07

Akin Ayodele, 1999-2001

Rosevelt Colvin, 1995-98

Ray Edwards, 2003-05

George Karlaftis, 2019-21

Ryan Kerrigan, 2007-10

Lamar Lundy, 1954-56

Rob Ninkovich, 2004-05

Chike Okeafor, 1994-96, 1998

Shaun Phillips, 2000-03

Anthony Spencer, 2003-06

Leo Sugar, 1949-51

Keena Turner, 1976-79

Women’s Golf Arrives in Pittsburgh for B1G Championship

PITTSBURGH – Purdue Women’s Golf looks to capture the seventh conference title in program history, teeing it up at Fox Chapel Golf Club for the Big Ten Championship (April 22-24). Six Boilermakers begin 54-holes of stroke play, scheduled for one round per day beginning Friday morning (April 22).

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, April 22: Round 1 (Tee times beginning at 9:24 a.m.)

Saturday, April 23: Rounds 2 (Tee times beginning at 9:24 a.m.)

Sunday, April 24: Round 3 (Tee times TBA)

THE LINEUP

Danielle du Toit – Sr. (11:09 a.m. off No. 1)

Making her 32nd appearance as a Boilermaker, the second most on the team, including her third B1G Championship appearance

Last time out, tied for seventh at the Indiana Invitational (71-78-73—222), her best finish of the season and the fourth top 10 of her career

Has produced the low round four times this season, including a 73 in the final round of the Windy City Classic at the difficult Westmoreland Club (Oct. 6)

One of four Boilermakers to record an eagle this season

Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman during the 2018-19 season

Kan Bunnabodee – Jr. (11 a.m. off No. 1)

Ranked 67th in Golfstat’s national rankings and 73rd according to Golfweek

Leads the team in stroke average (72.67), team-low round (9) and rounds in the 60s (2)

Making her seventh appearance of the 2021-22 season and the 17th of her career

In her spring debut, tied for 16th at the ICON Invitational (Feb. 21-22) with a team-best 2-under 214 (70-74-70)

Finished in the top 10 in two of the four fall tournaments, including a career-best fourth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 29-31)

Tied for seventh at the Samuel P. Golden Invitational (Sept. 13-14) with a career-low 9-under 207 (69-66-72), the third-lowest 54-hole total in school history

Ashley Kozlowski – So. (10:51 a.m. off No. 1)

Making her 15th appearance as a Boilermaker and her 10th of the season

Leads Purdue in birdies (67), pars (275) and rounds in the 60s (2) this season

Last time on the course, paced the Boilermakers at the Indiana Invitational (72-73-75—220) to place a career-best sixth

Tied for 23rd at the ICON Invitational (Feb. 21-22) with an even-par 216 (69-76-71)

Produced the best 54-hole score in three tournaments, while leading the Boilermakers in eight individual rounds

Paced Purdue at the Illini Invitational (Oct. 11-12), tying for sixth with a career-low 211 that featured another personal best, a 4-under 68 in the final round

Inez Wanamarta – Sr. (10:24 a.m. off No. 1)

Making her 45th appearance as a Boilermaker, which includes 119 rounds of stroke play over her Purdue career; both are team highs

Holds a 73.83 stroke average on the season, second-best on the team

Led Purdue at the Columbia Classic (Feb. 13-14), tying for eighth (75-72-73—220) for her best finish of the season

Started the spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up

Two-time All-Big Ten honoree (First Team – 2018, Second Team – 2019), including being named the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Earned medalist honors at the Minnesota Invitational to kick off the 2017-18 season, firing a 206 (-10) to tie the 54-hole school record

Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr. (10:33 a.m. off No. 1)

Is appearing in her ninth event of the year, holding a 76.45 stroke average, after redshirting last season

Last time out, placed 29th at the Indiana Invitational (81-77-76—234) for her best finish as a Boilermaker

Started the spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up

Fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Boilermakers in the final round of the Sam Golden Invitational (Sept. 13-14)

Won the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship in 2018

Daniela Ballesteros – Jr. (10:42 a.m. off No. 1)

Tied for 34th at the Columbia Classic as an individual (79-74—153), the best finish of her career

Making her 12th appearance as a Boilermaker, including her second in the Big Ten Championship, and her sixth of the spring

In between the fall and spring, won at the South American Amateur Open in Ecuador

Played in one tournament during the fall slate, teeing it up in the Windy City Classic (Oct. 4-5)

Competed in two tournaments as a freshman before doubling that to four as a sophomore; both seasons were shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

THE FIELD (Golfstat Rankings)

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Maryland

#18 Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

Northwestern

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

Wisconsin

THE COURSE

Fox Chapel Golf Club is the premier family club in Pittsburgh and one of the finest in the nation.  The par-71 course will play at 6,045 yards when the conference championship is up for grabs. Designed by Seth Raynor, the course opened in 1923. Nearly a century later, Fox Chapel spent 2020 under restoration. The restoration included building 97 new bunkers to shapes as seen on the original 1923 course; sand lines, mowing lines, green shapes, fairway widths were restored to Raynor’s original design. The golf course is consistently ranked among the Top 100 Best Classic Courses in by Golfweek Magazine, Top 10 Courses in Pennsylvania by LINKSmagazine, Golfweek’s Best 2020 Private Courses State by State, The Best Golf Courses in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest, The Top 10 Seth Raynor Courses by LINKSmagazine.com, and in The 100 Most Prestigious Golf Clubs in the world by Links Magazine.  The championship layout served as host of the 2002 Curtis Cup and the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Senior Players Championships.

PURDUE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

The Boilermakers enter the tournament ranked No. 43 in Golfstat’s national rankings, while sitting in 46th according to Golfweek. Purdue is the fourth-highest ranked team in this week’s field behind No. 18 Michigan, Illinois (26th) and Michigan State (34th).

LAST TIME ON THE LINKS

Behind a pair of top-10 finishes from Ashley Kozlowski and Danielle du Toit, Purdue placed third at the Indiana Invitational (300-301-298—899). The Boilermakers matched their best finish in a stroke play event this season, alongside a third-place performance at the Illini Invitational back in October. Kozlowski placed solo sixth, matching her best finish of the season as well as her Boilermaker career. She recorded nine birdies throughout the tournament, the third-most in the field of 68, which included three in her final round. Du Toit fired a final-round 73 that vaulted her into the top 10, a tie for seventh to lock up her best performance of the 2021-22 campaign.

BOILERMAKERS B1G SUCCESS

Purdue has been one of the most successful programs in Big Ten history. The Boilermakers have won six conference championships to go along with nine medalists. All six Big Ten Championships won by Purdue have been under the guidance of head coach Devon Brouse. Purdue captured its six titles in a 14-year span (2000-13), which includes a three-peat from 2008 to 2010. The lowest individual scores in conference championship history have been by Boilermakers. Laura Gonzalez-Escallon holds the 72-hole low with a 280 (71-70-70-69) in 2010. Also that year, Purdue broke the 72-hole team record to capture its third straight Big Ten title (289-292-294-294—1,158) In 2016, August Kim set the best 54-hole mark at 207 (69-71-67). The Big Ten Championship has been decided by a 54-hole stroke play format since 2012.

PURDUE WORLDWIDE

Boilermakers come from all over the world. For this weekend’s Big Ten Championship, the Purdue lineup consists of golfers from five different countries: Indonesia (Inez Wanamarta), Peru (Daniela Ballesteros), South Africa (Danielle du Toit), Thailand (Kan Bunnabodee) and the United States (Jocelyn Bruch, Ashley Kozlowski)

INEZ’S EXPERIENCE

In her fifth season as a Boilermaker, Inez Wanamarta brings veteran leadership to a team looking to return to a seventh straight NCAA Regional. The Surabaya, Indonesia, native has played in 119 rounds for the Old Gold and Black, while totaling 44 tournaments over her career. She started as the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year before earning all-league honors for the second time as a sophomore. With her junior season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing the start of the 2021 season to the spring, Wanamarta was given an extra year of eligibility and looks to make the most of it as her Purdue Golf career winds down.

A SPRING STAPLE

Following a redshirt year, Jocelyn Bruch has become a mainstay in the Purdue lineup. The Carmel, Indiana, native has started for the Boilermakers in eight of the team’s 10 tournaments this season, including all six spring tournaments. Bruch has fired the low round of the day three times, and she is one of four Boilermakers to record an eagle during the 2021-22 campaign. Bruch remains in the lineup for the Big Ten Championship, making her seventh straight appearance.

NEXT ON THE TEE

Purdue hopes to put a bow on its season at the Big Ten Championship, leading to a trip to an NCAA Regional (May 9-11). The Boilermakers are looking to make their seventh straight regional berth. Purdue has qualified for an NCAA Regional in 23 of the past 24 opportunities, only missing in 2014 (2020 championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

BOILERMAKER UPDATES

For updates throughout the tournament, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

Butler Baseball Set to Face St. John’s in Queens

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will play a three-game series at St. John’s this weekend. All three contests at Jack Kaiser Stadium will stream on ESPN 3.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 22 – 3 PM

Saturday, April 23 – 1 PM

Sunday, April 24 – 1 PM

Projected Starters

RHP Derek Drees vs. RHP Joe Joe Rodriguez

LHP Cory Bosecker vs. RHP Brandon Backman

LHP Nick Eaton vs. TBD

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 6-0, 30-7

Creighton 6-0, 21-10

Xavier 3-3, 19-19

Georgetown 4-5, 22-15

Villanova 4-5, 14-18

Butler 2-4, 18-20

Seton Hall 2-4, 10-26

St. John’s 0-6, 14-23

Scouting St. John’s

The Red Storm head into the weekend with a 13-24 overall record that includes a 0-6 mark against BIG EAST competition. UConn swept the Johnnies in Storrs and Creighton claimed three wins over STJ at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

Kevin Michaels, Tate Ballestero, and David Glancy are the top hitters in the STJ batting order. Ballestero leads the club with 46 total hits and Glancy is the home run leader with eight. Michaels has only played in 32 games compared to 36 for both Ballestero and Glancy. He holds the best average on the team at .345.

A pair of right handers will touch the rubber for STJ this weekend.  Joe Joe Rodriguez and Brandon Backman are slated to throw Friday and Saturday while Sunday’s decision is still a mystery. Rodriguez is 1-4 this season with a 7.49 ERA. He will make his sixth start and 11th total appearance on Friday. Rodriguez is currently tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 32.

Backman has been a starter seven times for the Red Storm this season. He is 1-1 on the hill with a 4.44 ERA. Other Johnnies most likely to see time include Chuck Sanzio and Tim Cunningham. Sanzio has a team-best five saves over 15 appearances this season. Cunningham has appeared in 20 of St. John’s 36 games.

Last Series vs. St. John’s

Butler went 1-3 last year vs. St. John’s at Bulldog Park. The Johnnies shut Butler out in the first two contests 9-0 and 4-0, but the ‘Dawgs would pick up a win in game three 4-1. The finale went to the Red Storm 9-4. Butler has never won a weekend series against St. John’s since joining the BIG EAST in 2014. The Johnnies have swept the series three times; 2017, 2015, and 2014.

Hitting Streak

Kollyn All and Kyle Van Liere will each take a four-game hitting streak into the St. John’s series.

Coming In Hot

Kyle Van Liere went 5-for-6 (.833) from the plate this week in games against Northern Kentucky and Dayton. He scored six runs, hit a two-run home run, stole a base and walked three times during the midweek matchups.

Drees is Due for a Weekend Start

Bulldog pitcher Derek Drees will make his first start of the season this weekend at St. John’s. The right-hander threw four innings of relief ball at Villanova (64 pitches) and cruised for a five-inning outing last weekend at home vs. Georgetown (85 pitches). So far this season, Drees is 3-0 on the mound with a 0.74 ERA. Two of his three wins have come against BIG EAST competition. He has 38 strikeouts in 24.1 innings and is also the team leader with four saves.

Galdoni Gaining Confidence

Lukas Galdoni has been great out of the bullpen for Butler during conference games. He has two saves in three appearances and has only allowed two hits in six innings.

He’s Going

Travis Holt ranks third in the BIG EAST with 15 stolen bases. The conference leader has 18 in 19 attempts. As a team, Butler and Xavier are tied for the conference lead with 55 stolen bases each.

Find a Way

Billy Wurch leads Butler with 20 walks and has also been hit by a pitch a team-high 10 times. Wurch leads BU in on-base percentage (.404).

Time to Travel

Butler has played 10 of their last 14 games at Bulldog Park. Home games during that stretch included matchups vs. Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Georgetown, Northern Kentucky and Dayton. The road trips sent BU to Notre Dame and Villanova. BU will still host three more weekends of BIG EAST action. UConn, Xavier and Seton Hall will all visit Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are 11-6 at home in 2022 and 5-13 on the road.

Best vs. the BIG EAST

Dominic Milano, Garret Gray and Kyle Van Liere are playing some of their best baseball against conference opponents. Milano is batting .875 in conference matchups coming up with a hit in seven of his eight at-bats. He has two doubles and a home run for four RBI. Gray is batting .636 with seven hits in 11 at-bats and Van Liere is 4-for-11 in BIG EAST play to post a .364 BA.

Scott Jones Update

Butler right fielder Scott Jones was injured during the Georgetown series and did not see any action for the Bulldogs during midweek wins over Northern Kentucky or Dayton. At this time, there is no timetable for his return.

Up Next

Butler will return to action on Tuesday, April 26 with a game vs. Indiana at Victory Field. Tickets for the 6:30 first pitch are on sale now.

Cardinals Flock to Ohio for MAC Championships

MUNCIE, Ind – The Ball State women’s golf team heads to Holland, Ohio, and the Stone Oak Country Club for the 2022 Mid-American Conference Championships. This will be a three-day tournament with round one set to start on Friday, April 22, at 9 a.m.

Liz Kim, Kiah Parrott, Dylann Armstrong, Hadley Moritz, and Tiegan Taylor will be on the course representing the Cardinals. Ball State looks to improve on a seventh-place finish at last year’s conference championships. Parrott led the 2021 championships as she tied for 21st.

Kim leads the team with three top-5 finishes this season. She tied for fourth at the Ball State Cardinal Classic and the Courtney Cole Invitational. She added a tie for fifth at the Rocket Classic. Her average round score for the season is 76.12.

Parrott has played in three tournaments this season and has averaged 77.00 per round. Her best finish this season came at the Diane Daugherty Invite where she tied for 18th.

Armstrong has appeared in nine events this season and is averaging 80.81 per round. Her best finish was 27th at the Courtney Cole Invitational.

Moritz enters the weekend averaging 81.20 per round. She produced the lowest round by a Cardinal this season with a 70 at the Spring Break Shootout and collected her best finish of the season with a tie for 34th.

Taylor has played 17 rounds in six events for the season. She is averaging 82.35 per round. Her best finish came at the Courtney Cole Invitational where she placed 34th.

Since the 1999 MAC Championships, Ball State has placed second twice, once in 2010 and the other time was in 2012. Katie Sundberg is the lone Cardinal to win an individual title as she won in 2005, while Brittany Kelly produced a second-place finish in 2010.

The Cardinals will be joined by Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan. The Golden Flashes have won 22-consecutive MAC titles dating back to the 1999 Championship.

The Stone Oak Country Club will be a 6,158-yard, par-72 course for the first two rounds and will play 6,109 yards on the final day. All teams will begin from the first hole beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday. The Cardinals will be paired with the Bobcats and will take to the course at 9 a.m. Live stats can be found on Golfstat.com or by clicking here. The final round on Sunday will be streamed on ESPN3.

SERIES PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is gearing up for a big ACC series this weekend as Wake Forest comes to Frank Eck Stadium. Both teams are jostling for position in the ACC standings as the season races past the halfway mark. The series gets underway Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET and the entire series will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

.747        The Irish are 68-23 (.747) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing Tennessee and Arkansas.

.781        The Irish own an 25-7 record (.781) at home under head coach Link Jarrett.

.985        Notre Dame is third in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .985 mark this season. The Irish have committed 18 errors in 842 putout opportunities this season.

1              The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road from April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish have swept a Top-5 team on the road in program history.

1.20        Notre Dame is seventh in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.20 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 215 hits and 122 walks in 280.2 innings pitched.

3.53        The Irish rank 10th nationally and are second in the ACC in team ERA with 3.40. They have given up 106 earned runs in 280.2 innings this season.

6.89        The Irish are fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 6.89 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 215 hits in 280.2 innings pitched this season.

8              The Irish scored eight unanswered runs in the 8-4 comeback win over #17 NC State on March 11. It was the most unanswered runs in a game since Game 2 of the Super Regional when the Irish scored nine unanswered runs to beat #7 Mississippi State.

11.1        The Irish rank eighth in the NCAA and second in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.1. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 345 batters in 280.2 innings this season.

12.0        John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shutout #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings in the 2-0 Irish win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shutout in an extra inning game.

12           John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.

16           Notre Dame is 16-3-1 all-time in regular-season series under Jarrett. The Irish are 5-1-1 in ACC series at Frank Eck Stadium and are 14-3-1 in ACC series over the past two-plus seasons.

18           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 18th time this season in the 12-2 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on April 20. They are 18-0 this season and 44-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

18           The Irish struck out 18 batters in the 2-0 win over #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.

61           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 61 steals in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career steals. He trails Dan Bautch by seven for sixth place in program history.

Irish and Demon Deacons Square Off in Weekend Series

The Irish finish off their five-game homestand with a crucial weekend series against Wake Forest.

The Irish and Demon Deacons are two of five teams in the Atlantic Division that are all separated by two games or fewer in the loss column.

This will be the first trip for Wake Forest to Frank Eck Stadium since the 2018 season.

Wake Forest leads the all-time series between the two schools 16-11 but the Irish have won the last three series against the Demon Deacons.

In 2021, the Irish opened the season against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem and won the final two games to clinch the series.

After losing the first game of the double-header, the Irish claimed a 5-4 win in game two. Alex Brait hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the Irish that carried them to the win.

In the rubber match, the Irish offense exploded for 10 runs while the pitching staff held Wake scoreless to win 10-0.

Christian Scafidi (4.1 IP) and Alex Rao (4.2) combined for the shutout and allowed just four hits in the win.

At the plate over the series, Jared Miller led the Irish with a team-high seven hits and seven runs.

Wake Forest enters the series with a 29-8 overall record and are 10-8 in conference play. They are coming off a 2-2 week after losing two-of-three games against Clemson and won the midweek matchup over Appalachian State.

The Demon Deacons are one of the best offensive teams in the ACC as they rank in the top-three in batting average (3rd – .317), on-base percentage (2nd – .429), runs scored (3rd – 348), hits (3rd – 415), runs batted in (2nd – 333) and home runs (3rd – 66).

The Irish are one of the best pitching teams in the league as they rank in the top-three in ERA (t1st – 3.40), opposing batting average (1st – .211), hits allowed per game (1st – 6.89), runs allowed per game (1st – 3.94) and strikeouts per game (2nd – 11.06).

IRISH WELCOME NORTH CAROLINA FOR ACC SERIES

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame softball team welcomes in the North Carolina Tar Heels for a three-game series this weekend. The 20th-ranked Fighting Irish enter with a 32-9 overall record and are 10-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. North Carolina is 23-22 and 6-12 in league play.

The Irish are coming off of an extra-inning midweek win over Indiana in Bloomington, led by a superb performance from Karina Gaskins. Gaskins finished the game 3-for-4, upping her season average to .450, top in the ACC. She was recently named a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as she’s putting together one of the best seasons in Irish history. Graduate student Abby Sweet is having a tremendous season in her own right, hitting at a .397 clip with a slugging percentage at .651 and leads the team with 16 stolen bases.

Notre Dame’s pitching staff has earned a 2.55 ERA with three integral pieces. Graduate student Alexis Holloway is the current ACC Pitcher of the Week after no hitting Clemson for the first time in that young program’s history. Holloway has a 2.97 ERA in 24 appearances. She’s logged 94.1 innings with 83 strikeouts. Payton Tidd has been a big-time piece for the Irish this season, starting wins over three top 10 teams. She’s thrown seven complete games and leads the team with 107.1 innings. Shannon Becker adds a team-best 1.70 ERA, earning her ninth win of the season against Indiana earlier this week.

North Carolina enters after a five-inning victory over North Carolina Central in the midweek to close their home schedule. The Tar Heels begin a six-game road swing to end the season beginning with their trip to South Bend. The Tar Heels currently are in ninth-place in the ACC with a 6-12 league record.

Bri Stubbs leads the team with a .363 batting average with a homer, scored 36 runs and leads the team with 28 walks. Sara Jubas has started 44 games, hitting at a .360 clip. She leads the team with 16 doubles and has driven in 36. Skyler Brooks leads the Tar Heels with 13 stolen bases in 19 attempts as she hits at a .342 clip.

The Tar Heels have utilized five pitchers in the circle this season, led by 20 starts by Hannah George. George owns a 4.55 ERA in 92.1 innings of work and tallied 65 strikeouts. Lilli Backes has started 18 games and has appeared in a team-best 27 this year. She’s thrown 107.0 innings, the most on the team and has picked up 91 strikeouts.

Tar Heel Tangles

The Fighting Irish and Tar Heels have met a total of 17 times, with the Irish holding the 17-10 advantage. North Carolina has won five of the last eight games, taking the three-game series in South Bend in 2018, and splitting the four-game series a year ago. Notre Dame is 4-4. The Irish took the series in 2017, and split a doubleheader in 2015.

Top 25 Finalist

Karina Gaskins is putting together a season for the record books. For her efforts, Gaskins was named a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She’s one of just five players from the ACC to be named to the list.

Stats – Current ND Ranking – Current School Record

.450 avg. – 4th – .472 (Sadie Pitzenberger – 2011)

.802 slugging – 3rd – .857 (Cait Brooks – 2019)

.575 OBP – 1st – .537 (Abby Sweet – 2021)

Bouncing Back

The Irish dropped two of the three games at Clemson last weekend, suffering their second series loss of the season. After dropping the series at Virginia, The Irish won the next three ACC series, sweeping Pitt and Syracuse, took a single game from then #7 Duke and took two of three from Georgia Tech.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

The catching combination of Shelby Grimm and Carlli Kloss have limited the opponents running game better than any tandem in the ACC. Kloss has thrown out five of 13 attempted base stealers, and Grimm has tossed out eight of 22 attempts. Combined, the Irish have thrown out 13 of 36 attempted base stealers and the .639 stolen base allowed percentage is the lowest in the conference. Grimm also picked off a runner this season.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 54 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 144 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 17-4 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 26-4 on the year. The Irish have hit seven of their 39 home runs in the first inning this season. The only other inning with as many home runs is the fourth inning.

Scoring in ACC Series

Notre Dame scored 36 runs in the three-game series with Georgia Tech. Its the most runs scored in a three-game ACC series in program history, outscoring the 35 that Notre Dame scored in a three-game series in Charlottesville in 2014.

The Irish scored 36 runs in a three-game series against Seton Hall as a member of the BIG EAST in 2010.  The 12 runs per game in the series is the highest average runs per game in a conference series in since 2000 when Notre Dame average 12.5 in a doubleheader with Providence in South Bend.

Pitchers of the Week

Graduate student Alexis Holloway threw her third career no-hitter, and the second of the season to earn Pitcher of the Week honors. It marks the first time that an Irish pitcher has thrown two no-hitters in the same season since 2008.

Senior pitcher Payton Tidd was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, along with Boston College’s Susannah Anderson a week go. In two starts last Week, Tidd earned two wins, and threw a complete game in the 3-2 win over the sixth-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. In the series opener with Syracuse, Tidd threw 6.0 innings, striking out five and holding the Orange to two runs to earn her second win of the week.

National and ACC Player of the Week

Karina Gaskins had one of the most productive weeks in all of NCAA softball, leading the Irish to a 5-0 record and a three-game ACC sweep at Pitt. She finished the week 12-for-16 with a double, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games, four of which were multi-hit and multi-RBI games.

Any Means Necessary

Offensive stand out Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She’s second on the team with a .497 OBP this season. (Gaskins – .575 OBP) Sweet owns a .397 batting average, drawn 11 walks and has been hit by 14 pitches. The 14 hit by pitches in 41 games ranks 15th nationally in HBP per game. Her .651 slugging percentage is second-highest among the Notre Dame regulars. (Gaskins – .802)

Pinch Hit Prowess

The Notre Dame bench has shined when its name has been called. The Irish are hitting .307 in pinch-hit appearances, going 23-for-75. Conversely, the Irish are holding opponents to a .140 average going 6-for-43. Joley Mitchell leads the bench squad, going 5-for-9 in pinch hit appearances. Rachel Allen, Sarah Genz, Mac Vasquez, and Jane Kronenberger each have three hits in pinch-hit appearances this season. Quinn Biggio leads the team with 12 pinch-hit at bats this season, earning a pair of hits. Bryn Boznanski, Allen,  Mitchell and Kronenberger have homered in pinch hit appearances this season.

Working in TRANsistion

Emily Tran has appeared in 30 games this season, primarily as the pinch runner. In that role, she’s scored 13 times, and is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. She’s the primary speedster off the bench for the Irish.

An Extra Run

After averaging five runs per game in 2021, the Irish offense has upped that number to 6.37 per game this season, ranking 19th nationally and third in the ACC. Abby Sweet and Leea Hanks have each scored 43 runs, tied for 24th nationally in runs per game.

Top 25 wins

Against Top 25 teams, Notre Dame has earned a 5-3 record this season, three of those five wins have come against teams ranked in the top 10,

Against #21 LSU, the Irish rallied late, using a fifth inning home run from Payton Tidd to tie it, and Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh. Tidd shut the door as the Irish earned the 8-6 win.

Notre Dame followed that with a 9-2 win over then No. 9-Texas. A 7-run fifth inning paved the way for the first win over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee in 2019.

The Irish added a top 10 win after knocking off No. 7 Duke at home. Notre Dame used a 3-for-3, 4 RBI performance from Karina Gaskins and got a dominant start from Payton Tidd. Tidd worked 7.0 innings and allowed just one hit in the 8-1 victory.

In a midweek matchup with #6 Northwestern, Tidd again shined in the circle. throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits and two earned runs. The Irish offense got a run early with a Kronenberger double and rallied for two in the sixth. Hanks drove in the game-winning run with a double.

The Irish took one of the three-game series with Clemson as Alexis Holloway no-hit the Tigers in the second game of the series. Notre Dame led in all three games entering the bottom of the seventh, surrendering a one-run lead in both the first and last games.

Record Setting Night

In the home opener against Detroit Mercy, the Fighting Irish scored 18 runs, tying a school record for runs scored and the largest margin of victory. The original record was set March 11, 1994 in an 18-0 victory over Robert Morris. Eight of nine starters had a hit and five players who didn’t start the contest registered one of the 18 hits. 15 different players scored a run in the victory.

Key weekend series on tap as Sycamores take on Evansville

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its eight-game home stand this weekend as the Sycamores take on Evansville in a key Missouri Valley series against the Purple Aces. The three-game series is set to begin on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday is set for 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games are set to be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Illinois Recap

Randall Diaz homered and drove in four runs, while Grant Magill doubled twice as Indiana State scored early and often in Tuesday’s 12-6 win over visiting Illinois at Bob Warn Field.

The Sycamores led by double-digits by the midway point of the game after scoring multiple runs in the first, third, fourth, and fifth frames to build the 12-1 lead. Diaz drove in RBI in each of his first three plate appearances to highlight seven different Indiana State players to drive in runs in the game in the midweek win over the Illini.

Brennyn Cutts was dominant in his second consecutive start as the freshman surrendered just two hits while striking out three in a planned three-inning outing. The Sycamore right-hander has allowed just three hits and one run over his last nine complete innings on the mound while adding 13 strikeouts dating back to last week against Indiana.

Josue Urdaneta added his team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season with his 3-for-5 day at the plate to lead the Sycamores, while Ross, Diaz, Aaron Beck, and Magill all posted multi-hit nights. Beck reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances on the evening and added his first two stolen bases of the year.

Jake Ridgway, Jared Spencer, Matt Gauer, Jack Parisi, and Joey Hurth all saw time on the mound on the evening with the ISU pitching staff combining for 13 strikeouts on the evening.

Scouting Evansville

Evansville enters the weekend with a 19-16 overall record, including a 10-10 mark away from German American Bank Field in Evansville, Ind. The Purple Aces started off the season slow in dropping seven of their first eight games, but Evansville has turned the page recently since opening Missouri Valley play. Since March 29, Evansville hast posted a 10-2 stretch with series sweeps over Michigan State (sweep) and Missouri State, while also picking up wins over Austin Peay, Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Butler.

The Aces were scheduled to take on Purdue in a midweek contest that was called due to inclement weather, prior to the focus ahead on the weekend. Evansville currently sits in a three-way tie for second in the Missouri Valley standings through their first two weekends with a 4-2 mark in conference play. The Aces were picked seventh in the MVC preseason poll with 19 total points, while senior right-hander Shane Gray earned preseason MVC honors heading into the year. Evansville currently sits 92nd overall in the NCAA RPI standings in the contest entering the weekend.

Evansville currently sits middle of the pack in the team statistical categories in both hitting and pitching at this point in the 2022 season. The Aces are hitting .275 from the plate and lead the Valley with 80 doubles while adding 44 home runs. On the mound, Evansville has posted a 5.57 ERA while opponents are hitting .289 against the Aces’ staff on the year.

Mark Shallenberger, Brent Widder, and Tanner Craig have been the bats to watch at the plate for Evansville in the 2022 season. Shallenberger is among the Valley leaders with a .389 batting average to go with 14 doubles and eight home runs, while Craig leads the Aces with 11 home runs to go with a .301 average. Widder has added a .322 average and enters the weekend on an eight-game hitting streak.

Shane Gray remains the ace to watch on the mound with a team-high nine starts and a 5-3 mark on the season. Nick Smith has also posted nine starts in 2022 with a 4-2 mark and a 4.20 ERA over his 49.1 innings pitched. Jakob Meyer has been the team’s primary closer late in the contest with four saves to go with a 2.25 ERA, while Drew Dominik (1-1, 3.05 ERA) and Nate Hardman (1-2, 6.00 ERA) have both posted a team-high 16 appearances on the year.

Evansville Top Player

It all starts on the mound for Evansville and senior right-hander Shane Gray will be one to watch in a potential Friday night matchup with Indiana State ace Matt Jachec. Gray has gone at least six innings in six starts in the 2022 season, while adding at least six strikeouts in six different contest, including a season-high 10 against Illinois Chicago back on March 4. Gray is coming off his most recent outing, an 8.0-inning stretch with nine strikeouts, while allowing six hits and four runs (three earned) in Evansville’s 6-4 win over Missouri State.

Opponent History

Indiana State leads the all-time series 110-67 over the Sycamores dating back to the first contest back on May 10, 1911. The Sycamores have won each of the last two series and four of the last five against the Aces at Bob Warn Field. ISU dropped the opener in both contests against Evansville, but rebounded to take the final two games in both 2016 and 2018 to win the series.

Last Time against Evansville

Indiana State and Evansville split the four-game series in the 2021 season at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium played over the May 20-22 weekend. The Sycamores won the opener against Evansville thanks to an eight-run second inning and a strong outing from Geremy Guerrero in the 14-7 win. The Aces rebounded to take both games in Friday’s doubleheader before the Sycamores rallied back to take the finale. ISU rebounded from an early eight-run deficit to outscore the Aces over the final seven innings thanks to a pair of Max Wright home runs and a strong relief outing from Tyler Grauer (4.1 IP, 3 Ks)

MVC Recap

Indiana State boasts a 5-1 mark in Missouri Valley play and sits atop the conference standings through the first two weekends. The Sycamores took two of the three contests against Illinois State in Indiana State’s opening weekend against the Redbirds over April 1-3. After a midweek win at Purdue, the Sycamores followed up with a three-game sweep at Valparaiso to lead the Valley standings. ISU still has home weekend series against Evansville (Apr. 22-24), Missouri State (Apr. 29-May 1), and Dallas Baptist (May 18-20), while adding road series at Bradley (May 6-8) and Southern Illinois (May 13-15).

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 15-8 overall record in non-conference play following their midweek win over Illinois. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 7-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-3 in true road games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), Purdue, and Illinois.

Friendly Confines

Indiana State improved to 9-3 overall inside the friendly confines of Bob Warn Field this past week as the Sycamores topped the visiting Illinois Fighting Illini on Tuesday night, 12-6. The Sycamores are hitting .296 as a team at home while averaging 6.7 runs and 9.7 hits per game over their 12 home contests. Indiana State has posted 45 extra-base hits with 29 doubles, three triples, and 13 home runs on the year.

Sean Ross (.415) and Aaron Beck (.400) have been lights out at Bob Warn Field this season, while seven different Indiana State regulars are hitting above .300 at home. Ross has been particularly effective with a team-high 17 hits and eight doubles coming at home, while Randall Diaz has come on strong with three home runs and a team-high 12 RBI. Additionally, Josue Urdaneta (15) and Diego Gines (15) are among the team hits leaders in home games this season.

The home field has also been particularly kind to the Sycamores pitching staff with Matt Jachec (3-0, 1.19 ERA) leading the way. The redshirt sophomore has boasted a team-best 22:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his three starts, while Brennyn Cutts (1-1, 2.13 ERA), and Luke Patzner (1-0, 2.45 ERA) have also been effective on the mound. Overall, six different ISU pitchers have reached double-digit strikeouts in home games, while the Sycamores are allowing opponents to hit just .216 from the plate at Bob Warn Field.

Mastodons Hit the Road For Horizon League Series at Robert Morris

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will play at Robert Morris for three Horizon League softball games this weekend.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-31, 6-11 Horizon League) at Robert Morris Colonials (22-13, 11-3 Horizon League)

When: April 22-23

Where: Moon Township, Pa.

Live Stats: Link

Watch: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

Know Your Foe

Robert Morris has the second-best record in Horizon League play this season at 11-3 and a 22-13 record overall. The Colonials’ three league losses came to Cleveland State twice and Northern Kentucky. RMU is riding a four-game winning streak with three wins over IUPUI and one over Northern Kentucky. The Colonials had their doubleheader with Green Bay canceled this week. Jess Matheny is leading RMU at the plate with a .315 batting average. Erika Bell has a .298 average and 21 RBIs this season. Taylor Rhinehart has a team-leading ERA of 1.99 in 31.2 innings pitched. She had three of the team’s wins, with her sister Rachael owning a 7-4 record. As a staff, the Colonials have a 4.36 ERA.

Series History

Purdue Fort Wayne has never played at Robert Morris in the 16-year history of the series. The two teams met three times between 2006 and 2009 in tournaments in Florida, then another in 2018. The ‘Dons and Colonials met for the first time as Horizon League foes last season, which saw RMU win three of the four-game series. The Mastodons took the most recent game 9-5, but RMU leads the series 5-3.

Best When It’s Best

Sonia Solis is batting .478 this season with runners in scoring position. She is also a perfect 4-for-4 when there is a runner on third with less than two outs, and .600 when bases are loaded.

The Complete Pitcher

Jadelyn Johnson threw a complete shutout against Detroit Mercy on Saturday, April 16. Johnson tossed a pair of strikeouts with only one walk in 25 batters. She ran through 25 batters in 1:15.

Speaking of Jade

Johnson was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award this year. She owns a 4.0 cumulative GPA, completed two internships this semester while play softball, which included attending meetings from the road while with the team.

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is seventh in program history with 21 career wins. Eyre is also second in program history in career pitching appearances with 116, behind just Courtney Cronin (122).

1. 63 – Courtney Cronin (2009-12)

2. 59 – Miranda Kramer (2012-14)

3. 40 – Megan Flenniken (2011-14)

4. 24 – Angie Quickery (1992-94)

5. 23 – Rachel Staschuk (2008-11)

6. 22 – Mindy Pomeroy (2001-04)

7. 21 – Shaina Eyre (2018-present)

In League Play…

>> Brooke Wintlend is slugging .683 and has an OPS of 1.123 for seventh in the league in both categories.

>> Alise Hale has scored 13 runs, which is second the league. Emma McMillan is seventh in the league with 11 and Sonia Solis is eighth with 10.

>> Sonia Solis has 16 RBIs, which is a league-best. Brooke Wintlend’s 13 is third in the league.

>> Emma McMillan’s four doubles in eighth in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has four home runs, which is second in the league.

>> Emma McMillan and Brayden Lickey have five and four stolen bases, the sixth- and seventh-most in the league, respectively.

>> Shaina Eyre has struck out 12 batters looking, which is fourth in the league.

>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre are two of the nine players with at least one save in league play.

>> The Mastodons have the second-most runs (68) and RBIs (61) in the league.

>> The Mastodons have the third-most hits in the league with 116.

Streaks

The following Mastodons have a streak of games this season where they get on base:

>> 11 – Brayden Lickey

>> 9 – Sonia Solis

>> 8 – Brooke Wintlend

>> 7 – Thais Uyema

>> 6 – Taryn Jenkins, Emma McMillan

>> 5 – Alise Hale

>> 4 – Taylor Warne, Epiphany Hang

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Butler 3-0 in Indianapolis on Tuesday (April 19).

Next Time Up

The Mastodons will play at Dayton on Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader. The ‘Dons will host Youngstown State at Indiana Tech’s Warrior Field on April 29-30.

NKU and Oakland Visit Mastodon Field This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons (10-24, 7-8 Horizon) will play four games at home this weekend. Two on Friday against Northern Kentucky and two on Sunday against Oakland.

Friday, April 22 | noon

vs. Northern Kentucky (13-21, 7-7 Horizon)

Doubleheader | seven inning game followed by a nine inning game

Weather: High of 68, low of 57 | chance of rain

Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 17-12

Live Stats: Link

Scouting the Norse: Northern Kentucky fell to Butler on Tuesday 6-5 in a non-league game. The ‘Dons won two-of-three from the Norse last week. The Norse are led by Brennan Gick’s .310 batting average. He owns a team-best eight home runs. As a team, the Norse have 144 walks on the season.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP JD Deany (5.97 ERA, 2-1), RHP Mitchell Spencer (5.10 ERA, 2-2)

Norse: LHP Ben Gerl (6.19 ERA, 2-5), RHP Kyle Klingenbeck (9.23 ERA, 2-4)

Sunday, April 24 | noon

vs. Oakland (17-18, 7-5 Horizon)

Doubleheader | seven inning game followed by a nine inning game

Weather: High of 80, low of 53 | chance of rain

Series History: Oakland leads 19-18

Live Stats: Link

Scouting the Golden Grizzlies: Oakland fell 6-5 to Michigan State on Tuesday. Last weekend they took 2-of-3 from Northern Illinois in non-league play. Oakland took 2-of-3 from the Mastodons in a series earlier this season.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: LHP Jacob Myer (6.34 ERA, 2-4), RHP Rex Stills (3.74 ERA, 1-2)

Golden Grizzlies: TBD

Two in a Row: Jacob Myer was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week last week after not allowing any runs in 8.2 innings. He got the win against Michigan and Milwaukee. This week Ben Higgins is the Horizon League Batter of the Week. He went 9-of-13 (.692 batting average) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.154 slugging percentage and a 1.904 OPS. He had two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored.

Over the Last 10 Games: Brendan Reid (1.93), Jacob Myer (2.93) and Justin Miller (3.86) each have an ERA below four with four appearances during this span.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 35.

– The Mastodons’ 35 home runs rank eighth in program history for most home runs in a season and fourth in the Division I era.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– Cade Fitzpatrick, Jack Lang and Ben Higgins are tied for third in the Horizon League in home runs with seven.

Record Time: The Mastodons recorded three triples in game one at Milwaukee on April 9, a new school record for triples in a game.

Cade Recognized: Cade Fitzgerald was selected as one 10 position players in the Midwest having a breakout season by www.DIBaseball.com.

In League Games:

– The ‘Dons lead the league in hits (156), doubles (32), triples (5) and total bases (255).

– Cade Fitzpatrick leads the league in RBIs (22) and is second in slugging (.786).

– Ben Higgins is second in hits (24), walks (12) and runs (16) as well as third in batting average (.400) and on-base percentage (.500).

– Jarrett Bickel is first in doubles (8).

– Mitchell Spencer is third in innings pitched (25.2) and fourth in strikeouts (27).

Jacob Myer of Late: Over Jacob Myer’s last five outings, dating back to March 25 at Oakland, he has allowed just five runs, two walks and recorded 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20). Fitzpatrick was named one of the best hitters of March 20th by D1Baseball.com.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 167 strikeouts, third most in program history. In second place is Samuel Walker with 179 from 2008-11. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Up Next: The ‘Dons travel to Michigan State on Wednesday (April 27).

Hounds Start GLVC Title Defense Friday

WATERLOO, Ill.— The University of Indianapolis women’s golf team begins postseason play this weekend, traveling to Waterloo, Ill., for the 2022 GLVC Championships. The 14-team tournament will take place Friday through Sunday, April 22-24 at Annbriar Golf Club.

Led by head coach Brent Nicoson, UIndy will put its unprecedented streak of GLVC championships on the line this weekend. The Greyhounds have won each of the last nine conference crowns, part of a league-high 14 GLVC titles overall.

The 23rd-annual event will feature a new format this year. Action will start with 54 holes of stroke play which will determine the individual medalist as well as awarding All-GLVC Accolades to each of the top five. The team title, however, will still be up for grabs, as the top four teams will move on to the medal/match play semifinals. Stroke play will take place Friday (36 holes) and Saturday (18 holes), followed by the match play semifinals and finals on Sunday.

The GLVC Championships return to Annbriar this year after a three-year hiatus. The course hosted the league’s premiere tournament eight consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2017, with UIndy capturing the team title on seven of those occasions.

Friday’s tee times will be posted here when available. Follow @UIndyAthletics on Twitter as video and live results links will be posted there Friday morning.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bass Sets Two Program-Records as TU Splits with IWU

UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 24 Taylor University baseball team hosted cross-county rival, Indiana Wesleyan (26-19, 19-11 CL), on Thursday evening, after which the Trojans left the field with a split day-one doubleheader with the Wildcats.

Indiana Wesleyan took game one by a final score of 11-7, outhitting the Trojans seventeen-to-six along the way. Senior ace, Luke Shively (9-1), picked up his first loss of the 2022 campaign, surrendering six earned runs in five innings of work.

As a significant silver lining in game one, however, junior, TJ Bass, established two new TU baseball program-records with a single swing of the bat. While down 9-3 in the bottom half of the eighth inning, Bass stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and his season-home run and RBI-totals at 16 and 67, respectively.

The native of Greenwood, Indiana, then smashed a line drive to dead center, surpassing the reach of the Wildcat centerfielder and the boundary of the centerfield fence en route to his fourth grand slam of the season. Bass’s momentous swing not only made it a 9-7 ballgame, but it also rooted him as the single-season program-record holder for both home runs and RBI.

Bass now boasts a total of 17 home runs and 71 RBI for the year, the former surpassing Jared Atkins’ previous program-record of 16 and the latter surging past Ryne Otis’s previous record of 68 runs-batted-in in a single season. Even more, Bass’s 71 RBI is now the most among any batter in the entire NAIA.

Still, the comeback-bid would not come to fruition, as Indiana Wesleyan tacked on two more in ninth and won game one by a final score of 11-7.

The day ended on a high note, though, as Taylor posted three runs on the board in the first inning en route to a 6-3 game-two victory.

The first four Trojans reached base in the bottom of the first, with Nick Rusche leading it off with a walk. Camden Knepp, Bass, and freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, then followed with three-consecutive singles, the last of which brought Rusche home to score.

Jacob Morris, then, drove the second run of the inning home on a sacrifice-fly to deep center, before the Trojans benefited from a Wildcat error to establish the early 3-0 lead.

Indiana Wesleyan would score three of the game’s next four runs, though, making it a 4-3 game by the sixth inning, the top-half of which ended with a momentous strikeout by Taylor starting pitcher, Noah Huseman.

Huseman (5-3) finished his day on that note, traversing six innings of work while scattering five hits and two walks in the midst of nine strikeouts. The senior righty now has 80 total whiffs on the season, a mark that now sits third in the Crossroads League.

Taylor, then, rode the momentum of Huseman’s big strikeout to transform its one-run lead to a three-run cushion heading into the seventh and final inning.

Kolpien took center stage in each the bottom-half of the sixth and the top-half of the seventh, just about single-handedly securing the game-two win for the Trojans.

The freshman lefty, first, pulled a two-run two-out single through the right side of the infield, driving home Knepp and Rusche, each of whom finished the game with two runs-scored apiece. As if that was not enough, however, Kolpien then took the mound in the seventh and sat the Wildcats’ top of the lineup down one-two-three, earning his sixth save of the season.

Taylor’s game-two winner was especially significant, as it kept the Trojans within one game of first-place Mount Vernon Nazarene in the league’s standings.

No. 24 Taylor (31-15, 21-9 CL) and Indiana Wesleyan are back in action Saturday afternoon, April 23rd, when the two teams complete their four-game series at Winterholter Field with first pitch set for 1:00 pm.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1876       Three thousand fans attend the Philadelphia Athletics’ 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Caps in the first game ever played in the National League. When rain washes out the other scheduled games, the Athletic Park contest becomes the new circuit’s inaugural event by default.

1891       Exposition Park, which opened last year as the home of the Pittsburgh Burghers of the short-lived Players’ League, hosts its first Pirates game, a National League contest that the Bucs lose to Chicago, 7-6. The ballpark located on the north side of the Allegheny River, across from Pittsburgh’s downtown area, will be the team’s home until they move to Forbes Field in 1909.

1898       Today marks the first time two no-hitters occur on the same day when Orioles (NL) right-hander Jay Hughes and Reds southpaw Theodore Breitenstein keep their opponents hitless, beating the Beaneaters, 8-0, and the Pirates, 11-0, respectively. A double no-no on the same date will not happen again until June 29, 1990, when A’s Dave Stewart and Dodger Fernando Valenzuela accomplish the feat with gems against the Blue Jays and Cardinals.

1903       In the first game of franchise history, the New York Highlanders (later to be renamed Yankees) lose their opener to Washington at American League Park, 3-1. Jack Chesbro takes the loss, but the 28-year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 21-15 record (.583) along with an ERA of 2.77.

1912       Similar to the looks of the Pirates, the Yankee uniforms feature pinstripes for the first time. The Bronx Bombers will abandon the fashion statement for the next two seasons, returning to the style for good in 1915, changing the color from black to navy blue.

1914       Babe Ruth, in his first pro game, blanks Providence to give Baltimore a 6-0 International League victory. Eighteen of the 94 major league victories thrown by the future ‘Sultan of Swat’ will be shutouts.

1922       With George Sisler aboard each time, Browns’ left fielder Ken Williams hits three home runs, becoming the first American League player to accomplish the feat in a game. The outfielder’s three round-trippers lead St. Louis to a 10-7 victory over Chicago at Sportsman’s Park.

1925       In their home opener against Cincinnati at Sportsman’s Park, Branch Rickey’s Cardinals collect 12 hits in the first frame to establish a National League mark. The batting barrage accounts for 11 runs scoring in the inning en route to the Redbirds’ 12-3 rout of the Reds.

1947       The Phillies players, inspired by their Alabama-born racist skipper Ben Chapman, repeatedly shout racial epitaphs, throw beanballs, and intentionally spike Brooklyn’s rookie first baseman, the first African-American to play major league baseball in the 20th century. The incident is so severe that Philadelphia’s infielder Jeep Handley will later publicly apologize, and baseball commissioner Happy Chandler will chastise the team’s manager for his bigoted leadership.

1956       New York starter Don Larsen hits a grand-slam off Frank Sullivan in the Yankees’ 13-6 victory over Boston at Yankee Stadium. The 26-year-old right-hander, a good-hitting pitcher, will finish his 14-year career with 14 home runs and a .242 average.

1957       Entering the game as a pinch-runner, John Kennedy becomes the first black to play with the Phillies, the last National League team to integrate. The former shortstop for the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs will bat only twice in the major leagues, striking out and reaching on an error.

1959       Although it takes extra innings, Whitey Ford ties the Yankees’ record for strikeouts, fanning 15 batters when he beats the Senators in 14 innings, 1-0. ‘Slick’ equals the mark established by Bob Shawkey in 1919, when the right-hander defeated Philadelphia in a nine-inning game, 9-2.

1959       Bill Skowron homers to deep left field off Chuck Stobbs in the top of the 14th inning, accounting for the lone run in the Yankees’ victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. Whitey Ford goes the distance for the win in the longest American League 1-0 game to be decided by a home run.

1959       In the seventh inning of a 20-6 rout of Kansas City, the White Sox score 11 runs on just one hit. The other Municipal Stadium baserunners get on thanks to two errors, ten walks, and one hit batsman.

1969       Rollie Fingers, best known as a reliever with the Athletics, Padres, and Brewers, throws a complete-game shutout in his third major league mound appearance, his first as a starter. The 22-year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, who will compile two shutouts and have four complete games in 37 career starts, limits the Twins’ to five hits in Oakland’s 7-0 victory at Metropolitan Stadium.

1970       On the day he is presented with his Cy Young Award, Mets’ fireballer Tom Seaver whiffs 19 batters, tying the major league mark set last season by Cardinals’ southpaw Steve Carlton. Tom Terrific’s dominant performance includes striking out the last ten Padres he faces, establishing a new major league record in the team’s 2-1 win at Shea Stadium.

1973       Designated hitter Ron Lolich, Mickey’s cousin, hits the third of his four career home runs, a two-out walk-off grand slam, giving the Indians an 8-7 comeback victory. Boston had scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 deadlock.

1976       Taking two days to accomplish the feat, Tim Foli becomes the first Expo to hit for the cycle when he homers in the eighth inning of a suspended game. Before the umps halted the Wrigley Field contest yesterday because of darkness, the Montreal shortstop had stroked a single, double, and triple in the club’s eventual 12-6 victory over Chicago, in that order, for a rare ‘natural cycle.’

1988       Two weeks into the season, the World Champion Twins deal their reliable right fielder Tom Brunansky to the Cardinals for second baseman Tommy Herr. Minnesota had hoped their newly acquired switch-hitting infielder would be an ideal No. 2 hitter in front of Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, but the 32 year-old will hit .263, playing in only 86 games due to injuries.

1991       During the first night game in the new ballpark, Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run in Comiskey Park, contributing to Chicago’s 8-7 victory over Baltimore. In the south-side stadium debut three days ago, Jack McDowell surrendered the park’s first homer to Cecil Fielder in a 16-0 rout of the home team by Detroit.

1993       Mariner right-hander Chris Bosio walks the first two batters he faces in the Kingdome but is perfect the rest of the way, throwing the second no-hitter in franchise history when he beats Red Sox, 7-0. The 30-year-old Seattle’s no-no is kept intact by several outstanding plays from his infielders, including shortstop Omar Vizquel’s barehanded play on a chopper hit by Ernest Riles for the game’s final out.

1996       The Mariners surpass the 1984 White Sox record for home runs hit by a team in April with their 39th round-tripper when Alex Diaz takes Paul Quantrill deep in the team’s 11-7 loss at the Kingdome. Seattle will extend the major league mark to 44 homers by month’s end.

1996       Although he participates in 4 of the 5 of the team’s double plays, Shawon Dunston commits four errors in San Francisco’s 11-8 loss to the Astros at 3Com Park. The 33-year-old shortstop’s miscues, including an errant throw, is the most by a Giants’ fielder since Bob Brenly’s infamous game at the hot corner in 1986.

2000       After being hit by a pitch thrown by White Sox starter Jim Parque, Dean Palmer charges the mound, beginning a series of brawls that continue to erupt during the beanball-filled game at Comiskey Park. When the dust settles in Chicago’s 14-6 victory over the Tigers, Frank Robinson, baseball’s new disciplinary czar, suspends 16 individuals for a total of 82 games, fining 24 different players, coaches, and managers for their roles in the brawl.

2000       Homers by Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis help establish a National League record for the most team home runs in April when the Cardinals go yard 42 times. The Braves had hit 41 home runs in April of 1998.

2000       Angels Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Troy Glaus all go deep in the fourth inning against Devil Rays’ hurler Dwight Gooden, and then they again all homer off Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. It is the first time in major league history that the same three players homered in the same inning twice in a game.

2001       A new number, 455, will be added with 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, and 42 on the second deck in right field. The three-digit number will join the other previously Indian retired numbers to honor the fans for setting a sellout streak record, which lasted for 455 games over five years at Jacobs Field.

2006       Bill Hall, Damian Miller, Brady Clark, J.J. Hardy, and Prince Fielder all go deep in the bottom of the fourth frame at Miller Park, making the Brewers the fifth team to hit five home runs in one inning. Milwaukee joins the 1966 Twins, 1939 Yankees, 1949 Phillies, and the 1961 Giants to establish the major league mark.

2007       The Red Sox become the fifth big-league team to hit four consecutive homers in an inning when Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek go deep with two outs in the third inning at Fenway off Yankee starter Chase Wright. J.D. Drew was also part of the quartet of the 2006 Dodgers, who were the fourth major league team to connect for four straight round-trippers in one frame.

2008       In a scheduling oddity, both New York big-league teams play in Chicago, with the Mets playing the Cubs in a matinee and the Yankees taking on the White Sox in an evening tilt. This unusual occurrence marks the first time in 11+ years that two teams from one city have played as visitors in the same town on the same date, a quirk necessitated due to the Pope’s appearance at Yankee Stadium two days ago.

2008       Striking out Nationals second baseman Felipe Lopez on his signature split-finger fastball, John Smoltz becomes the 16th pitcher in big league history to achieve 3,000 career strikeouts. In the 6-0 Braves loss to Washington at Turner Field, the Atlanta ace fans ten batters for the 45th time in his 20-year career.

2010       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Yankees turn their first triple play in 42 years when Alex Rodriguez steps on third to start a 5-4-3 around-the-horn play that results in three outs in the 4-2 loss to the A’s. The team’s last triple killing occurred in June of 1968, on a 1-5-3 ground ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro, a play started by pitcher Dooley Womack, continued by third baseman Bobby Cox, and finished by Mickey Mantle, who was playing first base.

2010       The Brewers, with a 20-0 rout at PNC Park, hand the Pirates their most-lopsided loss in the 124-year history of the franchise. The victory completes a three-game sweep of the Bucs in which the Brew Crew outscored their opponents, 36-1.

2014       Albert Pujols blasts his 500th career homer, after hitting his 499th, both off right-hander Taylor Jordan, to become the 26th and third-youngest major leaguer, trailing only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx, to reach the milestone. The LA slugger’s offensive outburst, which drives five runs, contributes to the Angels’ 7-2 victory over Washington at Nationals Park.

2018       Brandon Belt works the most extended at-bat in major league history when he sees 21 first-inning pitches from LA’s Jaime Barria in the Giants’ 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The San Francisco first baseman’s 12 minute and 45-second plate appearance, in which he fouls off 16 balls – including 10 in a row – surpasses the 1998 duel between Indians right-hander Bartolo Colon and Astro infielder Ricky Gutierrez by one pitch.

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN4:00PMBTN
NC STATE AT LOUISVILLE8:00PMACCN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT VIRGINIA4:00PMACCN
AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE6:30PMSECN
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA8:00PMESPNU
CLEMSON AT FLORIDA ST.8:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:30PMGOLF
LPGA: LA OPEN6:30PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT NY YANKEES7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
MILWAUKEE AT PHILADELPHIA7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON7:05PMNBCS-BAY
MASN/2
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
COLORADO AT DETROIT7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT MINNESOTA8:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
TORONTO AT HOUSTON8:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
BALTIMORE AT LA ANGELS9:38PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT ARIZONA9:40PMSNY2
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT SEATTLE9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:00PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: MILWUAKEE AT CHICAGO8:30PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: PHOENIX AT NEW ORLEANS9:30PMESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
OTTAWA AT COLUMBUS7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA8:00PMNHLN
ROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT EDMONTON9:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA10:30PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SUPER LIG: RIZESPOR VS FENERBAHÇE1:30PMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: WOLFSBURG VS MAINZ 052:30PMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS BARNSLEY2:45PMESPN+
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: KILMARNOCK VS ARBROATH2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: COLÓN VS ESTUDIANTES7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: PUEBLA VS NECAXA8:00PMTUDN
LIGA MX: JUÁREZ VS MAZATLÁN10:00PMTUDN
USFLTIME ETTV
MICHIGAN VS. NEW JERSEY8:00PMUSA

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY12:00PMSECN
MISSISSIPPI ST. AT MISSISSIPPI4:30PMESPN2
VIRGINIA TECH AT BOSTON COLLEGE6:00PMACCN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CLEMSON AT FLORIDA STATE2:00PMACCN
LSU AT GEORGIA2:00PMESPNU
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA2:30PMESPN2
NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA7:00PMBTN
ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M7:00PMSECN
TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA ST.7:30PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC1:00PMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:00PMCBS
LPGA: LA OPEN7:00PMGOLF
LACROSSETIME ETTV
NLL: GEORGIA AT PANTHER CITY8:30PMESPNU
MLBTIME ETTV
CLEVELAND AT NY YANKEES1:05PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON1:05PMNBCS-BAY
MASN/2
COLORADO AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
CHI. WHITE SOX AT MINNESOTA4:05PMFS1
SPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
MILWAUKEE AT PHILADELPHIA7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT HOUSTON4:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT ARIZONA8:10PMSNY2
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO8:40PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT LA ANGELS9:07PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT SEATTLE9:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
ARCA MENARDS SERIES: GENERAL TIRE 2001:00PMFS1
AMA SUPERCROSS3:00PMNBC
XFINITY: AG-PRO 3004:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO2:00PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: DALLAS AT UTAH4:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: BOSTON AT BROOKLYN7:30PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MEMPHIS AT MINNESOTA10:00PMESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
CAROLINA AT NEW JERSEY12:30PMMSG
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO12:30PMMSG+
MSG-BUF
PITTSBURGH AT DETROIT12:30PMNHLN
ATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
NY RANGERS AT BOSTON3:00PMABC
ESPN+
NASHVILLE AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
MONTREAL AT OTTAWA7:00PMSPORTSNET
TORONTO AT FLORIDA7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT SAN JOSE8:00PMNBCS-CHI
NBCS-CA
SEATTLE AT DALLAS8:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
VANCOUVER AT CALGARY10:00PMSPORTSNET
ANAHEIM AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED7:30AMUSA
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: LUTON TOWN VS BLACKPOOL7:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: VENEZIA VS ATALANTA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: TORINO VS SPEZIA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: GREUTHER FÜRTH VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS HOFFENHEIM9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: RB LEIPZIG VS UNION BERLIN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: KÖLN VS ARMINIA BIELEFELD9:30AMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS FULHAM10:00AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS WATFORD10:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA10:00AMCNBC
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS MONTPELLIER11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: INTERNAZIONALE VS ROMA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: BAYERN MÜNCHEN VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND12:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR12:30PMNBC
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SAN LORENZO VS PATRONATO1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GIMNASIA LA PLATA VS UNIÓN SANTA FE1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: SAINT-ÉTIENNE VS MONACO1:00PMBEIN SPORTS
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT1:00PMCBS
SERIE A: HELLAS VERONA VS SAMPDORIA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: PSG VS LENS3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
MLS: DALLAS VS HOUSTON DYNAMO3:00PMUNIVISION
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ROSARIO CENTRAL VS INDEPENDIENTE3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: RB BRAGANTINO VS SÃO PAULO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS FLAMENGO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA DEL REY: REAL BETIS VS VALENCIA4:00PMESPN+
MLS: PHILADELPHIA UNION VS CF MONTRÉAL5:00PMESPN+
MLS: MINNESOTA UNITED VS CHICAGO FIRE5:00PMESPN
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: CENTRAL CÓRDOBA SDE VS BOCA JUNIORS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: PACHUCA VS MONTERREY6:00PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS INTERNACIONAL6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: PALMEIRAS VS CORINTHIANS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NJ/NY GOTHAM FC VS ORLANDO PRIDE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: DC UNITED VS NEW ENGLAND7:30PMESPN+
LIGA MX: TIGRES UANL VS AMÉRICA8:00PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS CORITIBA8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BARRACAS CENTRAL VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS TALLERES CÓRDOBA8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: AUSTIN VS VANCOUVER WHITECAPS8:30PMESPN+
MLS: SPORTING KC VS COLUMBUS CREW8:30PMESPN+
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS CHARLOTTE9:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: GUADALAJARA VS PUMAS UNAM10:00PMTELEMUNDO
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: SAN DIEGO WAVE VS OL REIGN10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: PORTLAND TIMBERS VS REAL SALT LAKE10:00PMESPN+
MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC10:00PMESPN+
MLS: LA GALAXY VS NASHVILLE SC10:30PMESPN+
USFLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH VS. PHILADELPHIA12:00PMFOX
BIRMINGHAM VS. HOUSTON7:00PMFS1

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO85.6154 – 24 – 34 – 30 – 04 – 26 – 4W 2
NY YANKEES76.53814 – 33 – 35 – 52 – 10 – 05 – 5L 1
TAMPA BAY76.53814 – 33 – 33 – 01 – 21 – 34 – 6W 2
BOSTON67.46223 – 43 – 32 – 44 – 30 – 05 – 5L 2
BALTIMORE49.30843 – 31 – 62 – 40 – 01 – 34 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CLEVELAND75.5833 – 34 – 20 – 05 – 20 – 07 – 3W 3
CHI WHITE SOX66.50014 – 22 – 42 – 12 – 42 – 15 – 5L 4
KANSAS CITY56.4551.55 – 50 – 10 – 05 – 50 – 04 – 6L 1
DETROIT57.41723 – 62 – 12 – 43 – 30 – 04 – 6W 1
MINNESOTA58.3852.52 – 43 – 42 – 21 – 22 – 24 – 6W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS85.6153 – 35 – 20 – 00 – 06 – 57 – 3W 2
OAKLAND86.5710.53 – 15 – 57 – 40 – 00 – 06 – 4W 1
SEATTLE76.53814 – 23 – 40 – 03 – 44 – 25 – 5L 1
HOUSTON66.5001.51 – 25 – 40 – 00 – 05 – 54 – 6L 2
TEXAS39.2504.51 – 52 – 41 – 20 – 02 – 53 – 7W 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS104.7145 – 25 – 25 – 20 – 05 – 27 – 3W 1
ATLANTA68.42943 – 43 – 41 – 22 – 23 – 44 – 6L 1
MIAMI57.41744 – 31 – 43 – 11 – 21 – 24 – 6W 1
WASHINGTON69.4004.53 – 53 – 43 – 41 – 32 – 24 – 6L 2
PHILADELPHIA58.3854.53 – 32 – 52 – 50 – 01 – 23 – 7W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS74.6363 – 14 – 32 – 14 – 30 – 06 – 4L 1
MILWAUKEE85.6155 – 23 – 30 – 06 – 40 – 07 – 3W 4
CHI CUBS67.46223 – 43 – 30 – 03 – 32 – 24 – 6L 3
PITTSBURGH67.46224 – 22 – 53 – 13 – 60 – 05 – 5W 1
CINCINNATI211.15460 – 22 – 92 – 20 – 00 – 71 – 9L 9
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS93.7506 – 13 – 22 – 14 – 01 – 28 – 2W 1
COLORADO84.66716 – 42 – 02 – 12 – 22 – 17 – 3L 1
SAN DIEGO95.64315 – 24 – 32 – 23 – 04 – 36 – 4W 4
SAN FRANCISCO85.6151.54 – 24 – 33 – 40 – 02 – 16 – 4L 1
ARIZONA58.3854.52 – 43 – 43 – 40 – 01 – 34 – 6W 2

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS77561561185332522233-6-023-9-610-0-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES78502081084926019228-8-422-12-45-5-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS78512161084930124529-8-222-13-47-2-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS78512161084724419426-8-425-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING77472281024526121725-8-622-14-24-4-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS78442311994125821522-12-522-11-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS7747255994523620923-13-224-12-35-5-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS77432311973826622919-15-524-8-66-3-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS77353210803321321919-14-516-18-54-5-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7735366763124728519-15-416-21-23-6-1
11 BUFFALO SABRES79303811712722428015-18-615-20-55-5-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS78303810702722029918-15-712-23-34-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7729417652721025113-21-416-20-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7727437612423628516-18-411-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS78244311592320428613-20-611-23-53-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS78204711511720030310-25-410-22-72-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE77551661165129821231-5-324-11-38-2-0
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES784820101064627919524-9-724-11-38-1-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD77492171054428923828-7-221-14-57-1-2
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES784720111054529322326-9-521-11-69-0-1
EDMONTON OILERS7745266964126923725-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS79422710943822822820-16-422-11-66-4-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7744285934124722725-14-019-14-55-4-1
DALLAS STARS7843305913922523624-10-319-20-24-4-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7842315893825023222-15-320-16-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS78382911873523622318-14-720-15-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS78353211813323725219-15-316-17-82-7-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS78303414742622025517-18-513-16-93-4-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS77303512722819924617-17-513-18-71-5-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS78264111632120928012-21-614-20-52-7-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7626446582320026215-21-311-23-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7722496502118929610-26-212-23-41-8-1
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE