INDIANA HS BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE SOUTH 7 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 6

EVANSVILLE NORTH 3 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 2

GLENN 11 SOUTH-CENTRAL 1

NORTH NEWTON 10 W. CENTRAL 8

WHEELER 3 HEBRON 1

HOBART 7 BOONE GROVE 0

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 9 EVANSVILLE BOSSE

MILAN 3 JAC CEN DEL 2

COWAN 9 SHENANDOAH 4

BOONVILLE 15 TELL CITY 5

DELTA 12 MUNCIE CENTRAL 1

CASTLE 8 EVANSVILLE REITZ 0

JAY COUNTY 6 ADAMS CENTRAL 5

HANOVER CENTRAL 8 HAMMOND NOLL 2

TALAWANDA 3 CTHS 0

HAMMOND CENTRAL 13 CALUMET TECH 3

SOUTH ADAMS 15 SOUTHWOOD 5

WINAMAC 7 CASTON 1

HAGERSTOWN 8 UNION COUNTY 1

MADISON GRANT 9 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 5

MONROE CENTRAL 11 DALEVILLE 0

HAUSER 5 SOUTHWESTERN 0

MISSISSINEWA 13 ELWOOD 2

TECUMSEH 6 PRINCETON 0

MORRISTOWN 4 EDINBURGH 3

LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 16 HARLAN CHRISTIAN 5

PIONEER 16 CULVER COMMUNITY 2

BREMEN 11 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 0

CLAY CITY 6 BLOOMFIELD 2

HENRYVILLE 7 LANESVILLE 2

BLACKFORD 3 EASTBROOK 2

HIGHLAND 8 WHITING 4

DAYTON CHRISTIAN 18 MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN 1

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 9 DELPHI 8

TRI-COUNTY 11 N. WHITE 1

DUGGER UNION 6 N. VERMILLION 0

MORGAN TWP. 2 CALUMET CHRISTIAN 1

MITCHELL 11 ORLEANS 1

GIBSON SOUTHERN 3 HERITAGE HILLS 2

BORDEN 2 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0

SOUTH DECATUR 10 WALDRON 6

SHAKAMAK 2 RIVERTON PARKE 1

FORT WAYNE SNYDER 4 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

UNIVERSITY 4 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 17 SOUTH BEND CLAY 2

OAK HILL 4 FRANKTON 3

GARRETT 23 HAMILTON 0

SHAW MEMORIAL 11 S. RIPLEY 7

WESTVIEW 5 W. NOBLE 1

CASCADE 8 N. PUTNAM 1

JENNINGS COUNTY 9 COLUMBUS EAST 2

KNOX 2 TRITON 1

NORWELL 10 BELLMONT 3

IRVINGTON PREP 15 INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON 7

LOGANSPORT 9 PLYMOUTH 2

LAPEL 22 TIPTON 6

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 20 PURDUE POLY 11

CATHEDRAL 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 2

CARMEL 8 GUERIN CATHOLIC 0

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 7 TWIN LAKES 0

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 19 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0

KOUTS 5 OREGON DAVIS 5

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 1 JASPER 0

BATESVILLE 3 GREENSBURG 0

SALEM 4 N. HARRISON 1

CONNERSVILLE 2 LAWRENCEBURG 0

FRONTIER 12 ATTICA 2

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 2 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 1

NEW PRAIRIE 10 CULVER ACADEMIES 0

WOODLAN 3 BLUFFTON 0

FOREST PARK 10 WASHINGTON 1

LEO 7 NEW HAVEN 5

LAKELAND 5 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 3

DEKALB 3 E. NOBLE 1

WAPAHANI 7 EASTERN HANCOCK 1

YORKTOWN 4 NORTHEASTERN 3

SCOTTSBURG 8 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 2

KNIGHTSTOWN 6 LEBANON 4

SOUTH-CENTRAL 10 SPRINGS VALLEY 9

SOUTH RIDGE 6 PIKE CENTRAL 1

FISHERS 8 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 1

BROWNSBURG 11 AVON 3

HERITAGE 16 SOUTHERN WELLS 5

COLUMBUS NORTH 9 SEYMOUR 3

NOBLESVILLE 8 WESTFIELD 6

EAST CENTRAL 13 RUSHVILLE 1

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 4 HORIZON CHRISTIAN 0

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 14 FORT WAYNE NORTH 1

INDIANA HS SOFTBALL

JAY COUNTY 2 ADAMS CENTRAL 1

KNOX 15 LACROSSE 5

NEW PRAIRIE 11 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0

BELLMONT 11 FORT WAYNE NORTH 9

PIONEER 9 N. JUDSON 0

VALPARAISO 5 WHEELER 0

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 7 S. NEWTON 6

LOWELL 8 HIGHLAND 5

BARR REEVE 15 PRINCETON 0

WEST CENTRAL 8 TRI-COUNTY 0

HOMESTEAD 10 DEKALB 0

NORTH WHITE 7 FRONTIER 6

JAC CEN DEL 13 MILAN 7

EASTERN HANCOCK 10 WAPAHANI 0

EASTBROOK 20 BLACKFORD 6

DAYTON CHRISTIAN 32 MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN 13

CASTON 13 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 3

MONROE CENTRAL 8 DALEVILLE 2

EAST CENTRAL 10 HARRISON 8

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 17 PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 0

CALUMET TECH 25 HAST 12

SILVER CREEK 15 N. HARRISON 1

COVINGTON 5 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 3

ELWOOD 7 MISSISSINEWA 1

NORTH POSEY 2 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0

CLINTON CENTRAL 23 UNIVERSITY 4

HAMMOND MORTON 13 LAKE STATION EDISON 0

NORTH DAVIESS 16 SHAKAMAK 8

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 4 MUNSTER 0

LINTON STOCKTON 17 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 2

MORGAN TWP. 20 WHITING 0

MADISON GRANT 2 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 0

NORTHFIELD 16 MARION 13

HAGERSTOWN 11 TRI 3

WES DEL 16 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 3

RIVERTON PARKE 12 N. CENTRAL 5

EASTERN GREENE 18 BLOOMFIELD 4

FRANKTON 8 OAK HILL 1

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 3 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 0

SPRINGS VALLEY 7 PAOLI 1

CLAY CITY 4 OWEN VALLEY 0

NORTHEASTERN 4 LINCOLN 3

HENRYVILLE 5 PROVIDENCE 1

CASTLE 15 EVANSVILLE REITZ 1

LAWRENCEBURG 4 TAYLOR 3

GIBSON SOUTHERN 18 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0

ANDERSON 12 MUNCIE CENTRAL 2

BORDEN 7 ORLEANS 2

CHATARD 18 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0

HOBART 9 GRIFFITH 3

EDINBURG 18 MORRISTOWN 11

WESTVIEW 11 W. NOBLE 1

LAWRENCE CENTRAL 12 BREBEUF 5

PERU 11 NORTHWESTERN 10

PIKE CENTRAL 12 SOUTHRIDGE 5

RITTER 8 HERRON 5

DECATUR CENTRAL 10 CENTER GROVE 9

COLUMBIA CITY 14 WARSAW 0

HANCOCK COUNTY 9 PERRY CENTRAL 1

NORWELL 16 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 0

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 4 NOBLESVILLE 1

FRANKLIN COUNTY 7 RUSHVILLE 6

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 19 SPEEDWAY 4

TRINITY LUTHERAN 11 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0

TECUMSEH 5 MOUNT VERNON 0

TWIN LAKES 6 W. LAFAYETTE 5

CARROLL 15 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 13 W. WASHINGTON 1

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 7 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 5

NEW ALBANY 3 JENNINGS COUNTY 2

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 9 E. NOBLE 6

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 11 MITCHELL 0

WOODLAN 11 BLUFFTON 0

BEN DAVIS 7 BROWNSBURG 6

SCOTTSBURG 11 EASTERN 2

HERITAGE 15 SOUTHERN WELLS 0

GREENSBURG 6 BATESVILLE 1

FOREST PARK 16 CRAWFORD COUNTY 0

WHITELAND 10 GREENWOOD 3

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 10 LAKELAND 0

PENN 1 LAKE CENTRAL 0

YORKTOWN 24 TIPTON 3

CONNERSVILLE 14 KNIGHTSTOWN 9

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 14 PIKE 4

COLUMBUS NORTH 15 PERRY MERIDIAN 0

SOUTH RIPLEY 7 N. DECATUR 5

MOUNT CARMEL 6 CASEY WESTFIELD 5

BENTON CENTRAL 1 N. NEWTON 0

SHELBYVILLE 7 NEW PALESTINE 5

AVON 4 CATHEDRAL 2

FRANKLIN CENTRAL 13 SOUTHPORT 11

KOKOMO 19 LAFAYETTE JEFF 0

FISHERS 5 MOUNT VERNON 4

FAIRFIELD 16 FREMONT 2

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 10 BROWN COUNTY 3

WESTERN 18 MANCHESTER 5

PARKE HERITAGE 10 W. VIGO 6

CORYDON CENTRAL 3 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 2

NFL DRAFT: FIRST ROUND

1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS | TRAVON WALKER, EDGE, GEORGIA

2. DETROIT LIONS | AIDAN HUTCHINSON, DE, MICHIGAN

3. HOUSTON TEXANS | DEREK STINGLEY JR., CB, LSU

4. NEW YORK JETS | SAUCE GARDNER, CB, CINCINNATI

5. NEW YORK GIANTS | KAYVON THIBODEAUX, DE, OREGON

6. CAROLINA PANTHERS | ICKEY EKWONU, OT, NC STATE

7. NEW YORK GIANTS (FROM CHICAGO) | EVAN NEAL, OT, ALABAMA

8. ATLANTA FALCONS | DRAKE LONDON, WR, USC

9. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (FROM DENVER) | CHARLES CROSS, OT, MISSISSIPPI STATE

10. NEW YORK JETS (FROM SEATTLE) | GARRETT WILSON, WR, OHIO STATE

11. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (FROM WASHINGTON) | CHRIS OLAVE, WR, OHIO STATE

12. DETROIT LIONS (FROM MINNESOTA) | JAMESON WILLIAMS, WR, ALABAMA

13. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (FROM CLEVELAND VIA HOUSTON) | JORDAN DAVIS, DT, GEORGIA

14. BALTIMORE RAVENS | KYLE HAMILTON, S/LB, NOTRE DAME

15. HOUSTON TEXANS (FROM MIAMI VIA PHILADELPHIA) | KENYON GREEN, OL, TEXAS A&M

16. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS VIA PHILADELPHIA AND NEW ORLEANS) | JAHAN DOTSON, WR, PENN STATE

17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS | ZION JOHNSON, OL, BOSTON COLLEGE

18. TENNESSEE TITANS (FROM NEW ORLEANS VIA PHILADELPHIA) | TREYLON BURKS, WR, ARKANSAS

19. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (FROM PHILADELPHIA) | TREVOR PENNING, OL, NORTHERN IOWA

20. PITTSBURGH STEELERS | KENNY PICKETT, QB, PITT

21. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (FROM NEW ENGLAND) | TRENT MCDUFFIE, CB, WASHINGTON

22. GREEN BAY PACKERS (FROM LAS VEGAS) | QUAY WALKER, LB, GEORGIA

23. BUFFALO BILLS (FROM ARIZONA VIA BALTIMORE) | KAIIR ELAM, CB, FLORIDA

24. DALLAS COWBOYS | TYLER SMITH, OL, TULSA

25. BALTIMORE RAVENS (FROM BUFFALO) | TYLER LINDERBAUM, C, IOWA

26. NEW YORK JETS (FROM TENNESSEE) | JERMAINE JOHNSON, DE, FLORIDA STATE

27. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (FROM TAMPA BAY) | DEVIN LLOYD, LB, UTAH

28. GREEN BAY PACKERS | DEVONTE WYATT, DT, GEORGIA

29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (FROM SAN FRANCISCO VIA MIAMI AND KANSAS CITY) | COLE STRANGE, OL, UT CHATTANOOGA

30. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS | GEORGE KARLAFTIS, DE, PURDUE

31. CINCINNATI BENGALS | DAX HILL, DB, MICHIGAN

32. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (FROM LA RAMS VIA DETROIT) | LEWIS CINE, DB, GEORGIA

NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

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: ATLANTA 111, MIAMI 110
• GAME 4: MIAMI 110, ATLANTA 86
• GAME 5: MIAMI 97, ATLANTA 94
HEAT WIN SERIES 4-1

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

• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114
• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107
• GAME 3: BOSTON 109, BROOKLYN 103
• GAME 4: BOSTON 116, BROOKLYN 112
CELTICS WIN SERIES 4-0

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

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86
• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110
• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 111, CHICAGO 81
• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE 119, CHICAGO 95
• GAME 5: MILWAUKEE 116, CHICAGO 100
BUCKS WIN SERIES 4-1

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: TORONTO 110, PHILADELPHIA 102
• GAME 5: TORONTO 103, PHILADELPHIA 88
• GAME 6: PHILADELPHIA 132, TORONTO 97
SIXERS WIN SERIES 4-2

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 114, NEW ORLEANS 111
• GAME 4: NEW ORLEANS 118, PHOENIX 103
• GAME 5: PHOENIX 112, NEW ORLEANS 97
• GAME 6: PHOENIX 115, NEW ORLEANS 109
SUNS WIN SERIES 4-2

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: MINNESOTA 119, MEMPHIS 118
• GAME 5: MEMPHIS 111, MINNESOTA 109
• GAME 6: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 9 ET | ESPN
• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | 3:30 ET | ABC
GRIZZLIES LEAD SERIES 3-2

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: DENVER 126, GOLDEN STATE 121
• GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE 102, DENVER 98
WARRIORS WIN SERIES 4-1

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: UTAH 100, DALLAS 99
• GAME 5: DALLAS 102, UTAH 77
• GAME 6: DALLAS 98, UTAH 96
MAVERICKS WIN SERIES 4-2

= IF NECESSARY

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | 1 ET | ABC
• GAME 2: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | TUESDAY, MAY 3 | TBD | TNT
• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | TBD | ABC
• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE MONDAY, MAY 9 | TBD | TNT
• GAME 5*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | TBD | TNT
• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | NETWORK TBD

= IF NECESSARY

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | MONDAY, MAY 2 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 7 ET | ESPN
• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | TBD | NETWORK TBD
• GAME 5*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | TBD | TNT
• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | NETWORK TBD

= IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. GRIZZLIES/TIMBERWOLVES

• GAME 1: SUNDAY, MAY 1 OR TUESDAY, MAY 3 | TBD
• GAME 2: TBD
• GAME 3: TBD
• GAME 4: TBD
• GAME 5*: TBD
• GAME 6*: TBD
• GAME 7*: TBD

= IF NECESSARY

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | MONDAY, MAY 2 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 2: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 9:30 ET | ESPN
• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | TBD | NETWORK TBD
• GAME 5*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | TBD | TNT
• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | NETWORK TBD

= IF NECESSARY

MLB SCOREBOARD

NY YANKEES 10 BALTIMORE 5

MINNESOTA 7 DETROIT 1

TAMPA BAY 2 SEATTLE 1

HOUSTON 3 TEXAS 2

KANSAS CITY 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2 (10)

TORONTO 1 BOSTON 0

LA ANGELS 4 CLEVELAND 1

SAN DIEGO 7 CINCINNATI 5

MILWAUKEE 3 PITTSBURGH 2

MIAMI 3 WASHINGTON 2

PHILADELPHIA 7 COLORADO 1

ATLANTA 5 CHICAGO CUBS 1

ST. LOUIS 8 ARIZONA 3

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

IOWA 7 INDIANAPOLIS 3

FORT WAYNE 4 DAYTON 0

QUAD CITIES 5 SOUTH BEND 3

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 5 BUFFALO 0

FLORIDA 4 OTTAWA 0

CAROLINA 6 NEW JERSEY 3

COLUMBUS 5 TAMPA BAY 2

MINNESOTA 3 CALGARY 2

NASHVILLE 5 COLORADO 4

EDMONTON 5 SAN JOSE 4

VANCOUVER 3 LOS ANGELES 2

NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp

****TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES****

JAGS TAKE ‘ATHLETIC FREAK’ WALKER WITH TOP PICK IN NFL DRAFT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Travon Walker “had a good feeling” he might be the top pick in the NFL draft when he visited Jacksonville earlier this month.

He was way ahead of just about everyone else – maybe even the Jaguars.

The Georgia pass rusher rose up draft boards following an impressive combine and ended up being the No. 1 selection Thursday night. It wasn’t a total shocker since he was the betting favorite in Las Vegas, but few saw it coming a month ago.

Placing more emphasis on pro potential than college production, the Jaguars chose Walker to pair with Josh Allen in hopes of turning a mediocre pass rush into one of the best in the league.

“I was hoping it was the Jaguars from the get-go,” said Walker, who grew up about four hours north in Thomaston, Georgia.

Jacksonville took the 6-foot-5, 272-pound “athletic freak” over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson, who set a school record with 14 sacks in 2021 and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. The team traded its second-round pick (No. 33 overall) plus Nos. 106 and 180 to move back into the first round and draft inside linebacker Devin Lloyd from Utah at No. 27.

Lloyd becomes an immediate replacement for Myles Jack, who was cut earlier this month in a cost-savings move. He will join Walker as plug-and-play starters for a defense that is undergoing a major overhaul.

General manager Trent Baalke had been leaning toward Walker for weeks, maybe even months, and new coach Doug Pederson insisted he was totally in agreement on selecting the former Bulldogs defender at No. 1.

“This thing was never split,” said Pederson, who reportedly wanted North Carolina State left tackle Ickey Ekwonu. “It’s out (there). I just want to go on record and say it was never that way. I don’t know where that came from. One of the things I loved about our process was the communication and us being on the same page.”

Picking Walker wasn’t close to the slam dunk drafting quarterback Trevor Lawrence was a year ago. Critics argued that Hutchinson was the more polished product and pointed to Walker’s limited college numbers. He had 9+ sacks in three years in Athens, Georgia, including six during last season’s national championship run.

But Baalke and Pederson see a more versatile player in Walker, who logged snaps at defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker in Georgia’s vaunted defense last fall. His highlights include more than sacks; he stops the run, tackles speedy receivers in the open field and tips passes that lead to interceptions.

“He’s an athletic freak,” Georgia defensive coordinator Will Muschamp told The Associated Press. “I swear to God he could line up at middle linebacker and go be fine. I would take him at No. 1 and not even blink.”

The Jaguars did just that.

Once a two-sport star with NBA dreams at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia, Walker eventually settled on football and quickly became one of the most sought-after recruits in talent-rich Georgia. He signed with the Bulldogs and played college ball a little more than 100 miles from his hometown.

He bided his time as a backup for two years at Georgia and started to blossom as a junior. He started all 15 games in 2021, finishing with 37 tackles, including 7+ for a loss, and two pass breakups.

“There’s not a single red flag,” Muschamp said. “He’s the real deal now.”

Added Baalke: “He checked all the boxes throughout the process.”

The Jaguars plan to take it slow with Walker, letting him learn the outside linebacker position before shuffling him to other spots along the defensive front.

Jacksonville is the fourth NFL franchise with back-to-back No. 1 picks and is hoping to become the first for both to work out. Tampa Bay (1976-77, 1986-87), Cincinnati (1994-95) and Cleveland (1999-2000, 2017-18) all failed to find success both times.

The Jaguars believe Lawrence is on the verge of becoming a star and just needs more help around him.

Jacksonville signed tight end Evan Engram and receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency to help Lawrence. They also brought in five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to help revamp an offensive line that allowed Lawrence to be sacked 32 times.

Ekwonu and fellow left tackle Evan Neal were under consideration at No. 1 but improving the team’s pass rush proved to be a more pressing priority. The Jags still expect to use at least two of their now 10 total selections to bolster Lawrence’s protection and potentially his receiving corps.

But for now, they feel like they took a big swing at improving a defense that ranked 20th in the league in yards allowed in 2021 and gave up nearly 27 points a game.

“I’m definitely prepared for it, being the No. 1 pick,” Walker said. “I have to say there’s a lot of expectations behind that, but it’s just the game of football to me.”

LIONS TAKE HUTCHINSON AT NO. 2, TRADE UP TO TAKE WILLIAMS

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Aidan Hutchinson surprised his mother with a gift on draft day and then the Detroit Lions made his wish come true.

The Lions grabbed the talented Michigan defensive end with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, barely using its allotted five minutes to address a desperate need with a hometown star who was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this past season.

“The whole draft process, I wanted them to pick me,” he said.

When Hutchinson’s name was called in Las Vegas, Hutchinson hugged his parents and two sisters before going on stage. His father, Chris, was a Michigan captain and Big Ten defensive lineman of the year in 1992.

Earlier in the day, Hutchinson carried out a sweet surprise for his mother, Melissa, by giving her a Leo Frost-designed necklace with a dog tag to honor her grandfather and World War II veteran.

“That was cool to have that moment shared with her,” he said.

Detroit went into the draft with eight picks, including No. 2 and No. 32 at the end of the first round. It used all the assets to make an aggressive trade with an NFC North rival to move up and take Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams at No. 12, which they acquired from Minnesota in a swap for Nos. 32, 34 and 66 overall.

“It wasn’t going up just to get a receiver, it was going up to get him,” general manager Brad Holmes said.

Detroit gave up a lot and landed the No. 46 selection overall in addition to the former Crimson Tide star.

“It showed I’m a wanted player,” Williams said.

Williams gives veteran quarterback Jared Goff a big-play threat, but the speedster may need time to get healthy after tearing a knee ligament in the national championship game. Williams said he is pushing to be ready by training camp.

Williams transferred to Alabama from Ohio State, where he played behind Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave for two years. Wilson was drafted No. 10 overall by the New York Jets and New Orleans took Olave one pick later.

“We always knew we had the talent,” Williams said. “We competed with each other and got each other better.”

Goff is surrounded by solid players on the line, at tight end and running back, but they definitely needed help at receiver. The Lions seem to have more needs on defense.

Until recently, the Jaguars were expected to select Hutchinson at No. 1 but went with Georgia defensive end Travon Walker instead. That gave Holmes a chance to draft Hutchinson, the best player on the team’s board, in his second draft with the franchise.

“We had no idea if Aidan was going to be there or not,” Holmes said. “It was a very unpredictable first half of the draft.”

Hutchinson has drawn comparisons to a pair of former Ohio State defensive ends, Nick and Joey Bosa. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound pass rusher is relentless, fitting the mold of players coveted by second-year coach Dan Campbell.

“He’s so much of a culture fit,” Holmes said.

The Lions certainly can use his help, slowing down offenses and firing up fans tiring of their losing ways. The Lions lost their first eight games last season and went 0-2-1 over the next three before finally winning a game under Campbell and closing with three wins over the last six games.

Detroit averaged just 1.8 sacks last year, ahead of only Atlanta. The Lions gave up 5.9 yards per play and 27.5 points per game, two more categories at the bottom of the NFL.

“He’s going to change the dynamic of this team just by his presence and how he plays,” Detroit defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said of Hutchinson. “He’s a true fit in every way.”

Detroit’s rebuilding plan included trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Goff and the two first-round picks along with a first-rounder next year.

First up in that haul was Hutchinson, who set a single-season school record with 14 sacks for the Wolverines last season. He is the highest-drafted defensive player in Michigan history, and the highest pick Detroit has invested in an edge rusher.

“I don’t feel a whole lot of pressure,” he said. “It’s great to come back to home.”

The Lions have had mixed results with its top picks of late. Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, picked by Detroit at No. 7 last year, has helped the line become one of their strengths. Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick in 2020, has not panned out so far due to injuries.

EAGLES TRADE FOR A.J. BROWN AFTER DRAFTING JORDAN DAVIS

(AP) — A.J. Brown got the new contract he wanted from a new team when the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in with another first-round trade.

The Eagles acquired Brown from Tennessee after swapping picks with Houston to move up and select Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis at No. 13 in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.

Philadelphia gave the Titans the 18th overall selection and a third-rounder (No. 101) for Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowl pick who has 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons.

“A.J. was somebody we spent a lot of time on, had a lot of love for A.J. in that (2019) draft. Really excited to get him,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.

Brown gives quarterback Jalen Hurts another playmaker at receiver, joining 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith. The Eagles also have Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor, a 2020 first-round pick who hasn’t lived up to his potential. Brown and Hurts are close friends.

“We’re really excited to have him on this team,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “He’s a strong man, he’s quick for a big guy and he catches everything. There is no projection. You’ve seen him do it in the NFL for three years now.”

NFL Network reported the Eagles immediately agreed to give Brown a $100 million, four-year contract with $57 million guaranteed. Brown had been very active on social media wanting a new contract, and he was recently caught on video talking with Deebo Samuel, making it clear the Titans weren’t going above $20 million a year. Brown was the 51st pick overall out of Mississippi in 2019, and he had been the best receiver drafted by the franchise since moving to Tennessee in 1997. Brown played a full season only as a rookie.

“It was getting tight,” Roseman said about negotiating a contract extension during the draft. “We had a very detailed plan.”

The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Davis has unique athleticism and speed for a massive athlete who can anchor the middle of the defensive line. Davis ran a 4.78 in the 40 at the combine. He’ll join six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave on the interior line.

“You have guys like Hargrave and Fletch, and those are (some) of the best people,” Davis said. “Those are guys I watched growing up. So, to be an addition and to help the team, I just want to do anything I can to help.”

Davis played four seasons at Georgia, helping the Bulldogs win the national championship last season. He had seven sacks and 91 tackles in 47 games, and also had one rushing TD. Davis is known more for his ability to stop the run than rushing the passer.

“My get-off is getting faster,” he said. “I’m getting after the QB, I’m working bags, and I’m just willing to learn. You have great guys in the defensive room that can teach you little tools and can teach you a lot of things. Schematically, we’re similar to what we were doing in Georgia. So, it’s like going into the same place with the same playbook, it’s just different terms. It’s definitely going to be a smooth transition. I just have to get in that playbook and learn the nuances of the game.”

The Eagles moved up two spots to get Davis, sending a fourth-round pick (No. 124) and two fifth-rounders (Nos. 164 and 166) to the Texans. They already shook up the first round earlier in the month, sending picks Nos. 16 and 19 and a sixth-rounder (No. 194) to the Saints for the 18th overall pick, a third-rounder (No. 101), a seventh-rounder (No. 237), a 2023 first-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder.

“He is unique,” Eagles vice president of personnel Andy Weidl said. “There’s not a lot of guys who come around with his size, athleticism and explosion, and ability to run.”

After entering the night with 10 picks, the Eagles head into the second day with four picks remaining, a second (No. 51), third (No. 83), fifth (No. 154) and seventh (No. 237).

CARDINALS PULL OFF TRADE, ADD WR MARQUISE BROWN FROM RAVENS

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) If the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray are still fighting these days, it’s awfully hard to tell.

The Cardinals pulled off a draft-day trade Thursday night to help their star quarterback, acquiring receiver Marquise Brown from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the No. 23 overall pick. Brown and Murray were college teammates at Oklahoma and will now be reunited in the desert.

The move shores up one big area of need for the Cardinals, who were hunting for a No. 2 receiver to pair with three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. Brown caught 91 passes, including six touchdowns, for 1,008 yards last season for the Ravens.

“I had a very strong feeling the board was going to fall the way that it did,” Arizona GM Steve Keim said. “And I’m awfully glad that we made this trade.”

Keim said Brown was a quality receiver that the team wanted regardless of his relationship with Murray. But the fact that Brown – whose nickname is “Hollywood” – should have immediate chemistry with Arizona’s quarterback is certainly a bonus.

Keim looked at his phone as he described Murray’s positive reaction to the trade.

“Texts of fireballs,” the GM said grinning.

Arizona also received Baltimore’s third-round pick in the deal. Keim also said that the Cardinals have picked up Brown’s fifth-year option, meaning he’s under contract for the next two seasons.

The Cardinals came into the draft with several needs, though they weren’t desperate at any one position. Arizona did lose a couple key pieces in free agency, including franchise all-time sack leader Chandler Jones and receiver Christian Kirk.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown seems like a logical replacement for Kirk, who is now with the Jaguars. Brown was the No. 25 overall pick in 2019, which is nearly the exact same pick that the Cardinals gave up three years later to acquire him.

“The more playmakers we can have, the better,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

Brown and Murray played together in college for the Sooners in 2018 when Murray won the Heisman Trophy. They’re now together in the NFL on a team that’s built to win now.

Arizona has been a team on the rise – for the most part – since it drafted Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

The Cardinals had a 5-10-1 record in Murray’s rookie season and improved to 8-8 in 2020. They started last season with seven straight wins and improved to 10-2 before losing four of five games to end the regular season. The eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams easily beat the Cardinals 34-11 in the wild-card round.

The Cardinals struggled on offense during their late-season swoon after Hopkins got hurt. Brown gives them another high-caliber option should Hopkins miss any time in the upcoming season.

Arizona’s late-season collapse caused some franchise friction. Murray and the team have been in a passive/aggressive contract spat as the two-time Pro Bowler seeks a lucrative long-term deal.

The two sides seem to be on better terms as of the past few weeks. Adding Brown probably won’t hurt.

The Cardinals took linebackers with their first-round pick in each of the past two years: Isaiah Simmons was the No. 8 overall selection in 2020 while Zaven Collins was No. 16 in 2021. Simmons has grown into a key piece of Arizona’s defense while Collins had an up-and-down rookie season, though the team is still encouraged about his long-term future.

RODGERS SAYS HE HAD EXPECTED ADAMS TO STAY WITH PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers acknowledged Thursday that he decided to return to the Green Bay Packers believing he would still have All-Pro receiver Davante Adams as a teammate for the upcoming season.

The Packers announced on March 15 that Rodgers had agreed to a contract extension. Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders later that week, reuniting him with former Fresno State teammate Derek Carr.

“Obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” the four-time MVP quarterback said on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube show. ‘”‘I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. It didn’t obviously turn out that way but I have so much love for `Te and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best in Derek in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

Adams’ exit leaves the Packers with a shortage of proven receivers as they chase their first Super Bowl berth since their 2010 championship season, though they have won an NFC title in each of Matt LaFleur’s three seasons as coach.

Green Bay lost two other wideouts to free agency when Marquez Valdes-Scantling joined the Kansas City Chiefs and Equanimeous St. Brown signed with the Chicago Bears, though the Packers did add veteran receiver Sammy Watkins.

The Packers’ top returning receiver is Allen Lazard, who had 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“It’s a tough business, it’s a wonderful profession,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of things that happen that surprise you, even still. I thought that based on the number that we offered Davante and being able to play with me for a few more years would make a difference, but in the end I think he was ready to move on and wanted my help in making that happen.

“It was a tough position to be in, for sure, because I love him and I care about him and I want him to be happy, and he’s definitely going to be missed.”

The Packers didn’t use either of their two first-round draft picks Thursday on a wide receiver and instead boosted their defense by signing a pair of Georgia teammates, taking linebacker Quay Walker 22nd overall and tackle Devonte Wyatt with the 28th pick.

Green Bay hasn’t used a first-round pick on a receiver since taking Florida State’s Javon Walker 20th overall in 2002. The Packers have nine draft picks remaining, including two second-round picks.

Rodgers said the Packers had six wide receivers rated as first-rounders and that all of them were taken among the first 18 picks, Rodgers said. “At this point, you’ve just got to have some faith in the organization and faith that whoever we bring in tomorrow and the rest of this draft, I’m going to put in the time to make it work with those guys and we’re going to find a way in Matt’s offense to be successful like we always have.”

Rodgers reiterated comments he’d made earlier by saying his relationship with Packers management has improved quite a bit since last year, when he skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp and talked about how he wanted a voice in the decision-making process.

He also praised the Packers’ decision to bring back Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach. Clements previously worked for the Packers from 2006-16

“I’m excited to get back there and get things going,” Rodgers said. “We’ve got a lot to play for, a lot of exciting things.”

PERFECT PAUL, TOP-SEEDED SUNS FINISH OFF PELICANS IN GAME 6

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Chris Paul has accomplished so many things in his 17 NBA seasons that it’s nearly impossible to rank his Mount Rushmore moments.

Short of a title, perfection, however, might be hard to beat.

Paul was 14 for 14 – the most field goals without a miss in an NBA playoff game – in the Phoenix Suns’ 115-109, series-ending victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.

“I had no clue,” said Paul, the former Pelican who finished with 33 points and eight assists. “I think maybe at halftime I said I might have to shoot a little more. But throughout the game, I was literally managing the game. I wasn’t taking heat checks. I don’t shoot enough to have heat checks.”

The top-seeded Suns overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to finish off the Pelicans in six games. Phoenix set up a second-round series with Dallas, a 98-96 winner at Utah in another Game 6 later Thursday.

Paul led Phoenix to victories by scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter of Games 1 and 3 after trying to distribute the ball to teammates in the first three quarters. Suns coach Monty Williams said it was difficult to rank Paul’s achievements as a scorer, leader and game manager.

“I can’t even say because he’s done it so many times,” Williams said. “This is probably No. 1 because it just happened, and I knew how special New Orleans is to him. He cares deeply about the city and the fans and the children. It’s probably No. 1 because it just happened,”

Booker had no problem framing Paul’s performance.

“Nobody’s seen this – 14 for 14,” Booker said. “This is the first time for all of us.”

Booker returned from a hamstring injury to hit a late 3-pointer that gave the Suns the lead for good – fittingly, with an assist from Paul.

After Brandon Ingram gave New Orleans its final lead, 104-103, on a reverse baseline layup with 2:00 left, Paul found Booker unguarded on the left wing, and he made the 3-pointer to put Phoenix ahead 106-104 with 1:42 left.

Booker played for the first time in nine days since straining his right hamstring after scoring 31 points in the first half of Game 2. He scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and had five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

“It was really nice to have him back,” Paul said. “All that pressure they’ve been doing against us the whole series, especially the last three games, was tough. (Booker) was on that left wing, and I don’t know if they forgot or didn’t realize who he was, but I saw how they were shifted.”

“It caught me off guard, too,” Booker said. “You don’t normally get clean looks like that.”

Deandre Ayton had 22 points for Phoenix on 10-of-12 shooting.

The Suns erased the 10-point halftime deficit by making 13 of their first 14 shots in the third quarter to take a 77-74 lead. At that point, Paul was 10 of 10 from the field and Ayton was 6 of 6. Paul had 13 points in the quarter, but New Orleans used an 11-5 run to take an 85-82 lead into the final period.

Ingram led the Pelicans with 21 points and 11 assists.

New Orleans coach Willie Green, one of Paul’s closest friends, said he didn’t have to be told about how special Paul’s 14-of-14 night was.

“Don’t remind me of that right now,” he said, smiling. “I’m proud we stood the test. I couldn’t ask for any better effort.”

TIP INS

Suns: Williams said Booker ramped up his conditioning while nursing a hamstring injury by playing one-on-one with assistant coach Jarrett Jack in the last several days. “He’s been on the floor with Jack a few times, doing the best he can to get to that point,” Williams said.

Pelicans: The Pelicans outrebounded the Suns 279-215 in the series.

UP NEXT

The Suns and Mavericks will open the second round Monday night in Phoenix.

EMBIID SCORES 33 POINTS, 76ERS FINISH OFF RAPTORS IN GAME 6

TORONTO (AP) James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers are headed for the second round, not home for Game 7.

Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds, Harden added 22 points and 15 assists and the 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 132-97 in Game 6 to end their first-round series Thursday night.

“We weren’t going back to Philly for a Game 7,” Harden said.

Philadelphia will face Miami in the second round, with Game 1 Monday night in South Florida. The top-seeded Heat beat Atlanta in five games.

“They’re good, they’re deep, they’re veterans,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said about the Heat. “We’ve got to go play grown men, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Tyrese Maxey scored 25 points, going 5 for 12 from 3-point range, and Tobias Harris had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the 76ers finish off the Raptors with a blowout after losing the past two games.

“We knew what was at stake for us,” Harris said. “No disrespect to our fans, but we did not want to come back to Wells Fargo for a Game 7. We wanted to end it tonight out here.”

Danny Green scored 12 points and shot 4 for 7 from 3-point range as the Sixers finished 16 for 40 from beyond the arc. The Raptors struggled from 3-point range, going 7 for 35.

Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 24 points, Gary Trent Jr. had 19 and Scottie Barnes 18.

“We fought hard but we didn’t get the outcome we wanted,” Siakam said. “We just have to go back and learn from it.”

Toronto lost in the first round for the first time since being swept by Washington in 2015.

“I thought we went through a tremendous amount this year,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “They just kept fighting, kept playing, kept getting better and kept figuring it out.”

Harden credited the Raptors for extending the series after losing the first three games.

“That was one of the toughest series I’ve played in just because of their switching and their athleticism, their length,” Harden said about Toronto’s lineup. “They throw different defenses at you, box and ones and zones. They just mess up the game.”

The Raptors played without all-star guard Fred VanVleet. He missed his second straight game because of a strained left hip flexor.

Toronto’s Precious Achiuwa had 17 points in Game 5 but didn’t score Thursday until making a free throw in the fourth quarter. Achiuwa drove for a dunk at the end of the third but the basket was waved off because it came after the buzzer. He shot 1 for 7 and scored three points.

The Raptors trailed 70-67 after Siakam made a hook shot with 9:42 left in the third, but Maxey hit three 3-pointers as the 76ers broke the game open with a 17-0 run over the next four-plus minutes, opening an 87-67 lead with 5:20 left in the quarter.

“At halftime I looked and we had great shots, and we were going to keep getting those,” Rivers said. “I told them `If we can rebound the ball, we can stretch this lead quickly.’ That was quicker than I thought, obviously. We made every shot.”

Nurse called timeout after Harden connected from distance with 3:52 left in the third, putting the Sixers up 92-70. Philadelphia took a 99-78 lead to the fourth.

PLAYING VILLAIN

After being called for a foul in the third quarter, Embiid responded to vulgar chants from the fans by cupping his hands around his ears. He did the same while heading to the bench for a fourth quarter timeout.

Boos rained down after Embiid dunked in the fourth, then ran down the court with his arms raised in the airplane celebration he used against Toronto in the 2019 playoffs.

IN CASE OF PLAYOFFS, BRING GREEN

Rivers singled out veteran guard Danny Green for a poised performance in Game 6.

“If you’re going to go on the road, you should bring Danny Green with you,” Rivers said. “Really. He is not fazed at all.”

SHOT CHART

Toronto made seven of its first eight field-goal attempts, then missed its next 10. The Raptors shot 12 for 17 in the first quarter, making 5 of 19 after their hot start.

TIP-INS

76ers: Embiid had a bandage over his eye as he left the arena. Embiid was elbowed in the face as Siakam drove to the basket in the fourth. . Rivers was called for a technical foul in the fourth for arguing that Harden had been fouled on a three-point basket. . Embiid went 9 for 10 at the free throw line, while Harden was 6 for 6.

Raptors: Siakam had seven of Toronto’s 15 assists. . Former Raptors guard Cory Joseph attended the game.

LUKA DONIC, MAVERICKS BEAT JAZZ TO ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson each scored 24 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 98-96 on Thursday night in Game 6 to wrap up the first-round series.

After Brunson hit a 3-pointer from the corner, Mike Conley was called for traveling with five seconds remaining, and Brunson made one of two free throws with 4.3 seconds to play.

The Jazz got an open look for Bojan Bogdanovic on the left wing, but he came up short and the Mavericks moved on to face top-seeded Phoenix in the second round.

Doncic also had nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals. Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith had 18.

Donovan Mitchell had 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Utah, Bogdanovic finished with 19 points.

The Mavericks won in the first round for the first time since since winning the 2011 NBA championship.

Finney-Smith’s 3-pointer gave the Mavericks their largest lead at 88-80 before the Jazz scored eight straight – many coming off hustle plays as Utah played with desperation – culminating with a Mitchell-to-Gobert dunk.

The Mavericks found their range in the third quarter as they Jazz tried multiple defenses but somehow seemed to consistently leave someone alone behind the arc. Doncic had 10 points and Dallas made 8 of 12 from 3-point range to outscore Utah 36-19 in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas missed all 10 3-point attempts in the first quarter and the teams combined to start 1 for 17 from beyond the arc. . The Mavericks only shot 11 free throws, a series low. . Dallas again had single-digit turnovers, with just nine.

Jazz: Conley had eight assists by halftime but none in the second half. . Utah outrebounded Dallas 48-37. Utah assistant coach Keyon Dooling was placed on administrative leave o Wednesday after being added to a fraud case concerning the league’s health and welfare benefit plan.

UP NEXT

The Mavericks and Suns will open the second round Monday night in Phoenix.

BUTLER, MORRIS, HEAT FINED BY NBA FOR ACTIONS IN HAWKS GAME

MIAMI (AP) The NBA fined two Miami Heat players and the team itself a total of $55,000 on Thursday, over two incidents in the team’s series-clinching win earlier this week against the Atlanta Hawks.

Markieff Morris was fined $25,000 for interfering with live game play while on the bench. Jimmy Butler was fined $15,000 for making what the league determined to be an obscene gesture, and the team was fined an additional $15,000 for turning a video of the gesture into a social media post.

All three fines were announced Thursday.

Morris was not in the game when he grabbed and then held Hawks guard De’Andre Hunter out of bounds during third-quarter play. Hunter had stepped into the Heat bench area and Morris’ act kept him from getting back inbounds while the play was ongoing.

Morris was assessed a technical at the time as well.

Butler did not play in Tuesday’s 97-94 victory, watching the game from the bench because of knee soreness. He made the gesture a few seconds after Max Strus connected on a second consecutive 3-pointer, part of a 10-0 run by Strus and a 17-0 run by the Heat that put them ahead in the game for good.

The social media post has since been deleted from the team account.

It is Butler’s third known fine this season, totaling $70,000. He was fined $30,000 for his involvement in an incident during a Denver-Miami game in November and $25,000 for violating league rules governing media interview access at the All-Star Game in February.

Miami next plays Monday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

GRIZZLIES’ ADAMS OUT FOR GAME 6 WHILE IN COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams will be unavailable for the team’s Game 6 tilt against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday after entering the league’s health and safety protocols.

Adams has slowly been phased out of Memphis’ playoff lineup, suiting up for just six total minutes over the previous four games after playing 24 minutes in Game 1.

While Adams’ impressive rebounding ability helped him lead the NBA in offensive boards this season, his inability to guard Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has landed him on the bench in favor of quicker players.

The Grizzlies can advance to the second round with a win over Minnesota on the road.

REPORT: MIDDLETON EXPECTED TO MISS CELTICS SERIES WITH MCL SPRAIN

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton is expected to miss the entirety of the team’s second-round series against the Boston Celtics with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Middleton could also miss the Eastern Conference finals if the Bucks advance past the Celtics, Charania adds.

The 30-year-old Middleton suffered the sprain in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls. He was initially ruled out for at least two weeks.

Middleton isn’t the only key piece that’s been hurt for the Bucks this postseason. Veteran guard George Hill missed all of Milwaukee’s first-round series win over the Chicago Bulls due to an abdomen injury.

Middleton, a three-time All-Star, averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 66 contests during the regular season.

Game 1 between the Celtics and Bucks kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

KIM’S DOUBLE CLEARS BASES, PADRES FINISH SWEEP OF REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) Ha-Seong Kim hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 Thursday to complete a season sweep in the series.

Left fielder Tommy Pham just missed a diving catch of Kim’s two-out, sinking line drive, which gave San Diego infielder five RBIs during the series.

Kim had three hits, including two doubles, the second glancing off the top of the left field wall.

“I wanted it to be out so bad,” Kim said via interpreter, adding with a slight smile, “I’ll eat more and do more weight training.”

Reliever Tony Santillan hit two batters, walked another and threw a wild pitch while San Diego sent nine batters to the plate. Santillan avoided further damage when center fielder Jake Fraley made a diving catch of Jake Cronenworth’s drive to the warning track.

“From the bench I thought Santillan was trying to throw his slider too hard,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s been so good for us, and we’ve asked a lot of him. He was just pulling off the slider.”

Manny Machado had four hits, giving him seven in the last two games as San Diego improved to 6-0 against the Reds this season.

Eric Hosmer, who went into the game leading the majors in hitting, gave San Diego a 1-0 lead with a first-inning single to center field. Hosmer went 2 for 4 to boost his average to .415. He finished with six RBIs in the three-game series.

“The whole year, our 3-4-5 guys have been doing a lot of damage,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “They’ve been carrying the load. Guys have to pick it up across the board.”

The Reds, a major league-worst 3-16, scored three runs – two earned – against three Padres relievers before Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth for his seventh save. The start is Cincinnati’s worst since going 3-18 to open 2018.

“We have to take advantage of teams when they’re playing poorly,” Melvin said. “We caught them at a good time.”

“It is tough to find answers,” Bell said. “There have been a lot of losses. We just have to keep playing. Mixed into all these losses there is a lot of hope. There were really good at-bats, grinding out. There’s been good pitching. We just haven’t been able to put it all together to win games. That’s the bottom line.”

San Diego’s Nick Martinez (1-2) lasted five innings, allowing five hits and two runs with five strikeouts and two walks.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle (1-3) suffered his third loss in his last three starts. The Padres reached him for six hits and three runs with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Mike Moustakas had two hits and drove in Cincinnati’s first run after being activated from the 10-day injured list before the game. Moustakas missed eight games with right biceps soreness.

GETTING DIRTY

Pham helped Mahle escape jams by ending the first and second innings with sliding catches of fly balls to short left field near the line.

SAVE THE BALL

Mark Kolozsvary, the starting catcher for the United States team that won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, collected his first major league hit and RBI with a sixth-inning single that gave the Reds a brief 2-1 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: OF Wil Myers (right thumb contusion) was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday. … RHP Austin Adams (right forearm tendinitis) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … Matt Beaty was hit just above the left knee with Santillan’s first pitch in the sixth inning. Beaty stayed in the game.

Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (lower right back strain) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Monday.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (1-1, 4.43) is scheduled to make his fifth 2022 start on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (1-2, 5.27) is expected to start Friday’s series-opener in Colorado.

JUDGE LEADS SURGING YANKEES PAST SLOPPY ORIOLES 10-5

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge hit a long three-run homer moments after Baltimore committed its fifth error of the game, and the surging New York Yankees beat the sloppy Orioles 10-5 on Thursday.

Judge hit his fifth homer two batters after shortstop Jorge Mateo committed his second error by misplaying DJ LeMahieu’s grounder. After Tim Locastro scored on a wild pitch by Paul Fry, Judge blasted a slider into the left-center field seats.

Judge also had a tying hit and Anthony Rizzo delivered a go-ahead single during New York’s four-run fifth, when all the runs were unearned.

“Whenever you get extra outs in a baseball game, you always want to cash in on those,” Rizzo said.

Marwin Gonzalez had an RBI double, and Judge hit his single off Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmermann (1-1).

Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI single as the Yankees won their sixth straight and for the eighth time in nine games. New York also won its seventh straight home game and became the first AL team with 13 wins.

“It’s a really focused group and to see them really start to play well and get results and play well in the collective – pitching, defense, offensively, running the bases,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I feel like everything’s kind of contributed and everyone on the roster is contributing.”

The Yankees scored double-digit runs for the third time in four games. They did not score more than six runs through their first 15 games.

Judge tied it with a hard single that deflected off second baseman Rougned Odor’s glove to center field. Judge’s hit occurred after Mateo let LeMahieu’s grounder deflect off his glove.

“We got some help today with some misplays,” Boone said.

Gonzalez’s hit came after third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez was charged with a throwing error for making a low throw to first base on a grounder by Locastro. Gonzalez also added a sacrifice fly that capped an 11-pitch plate appearance after reliever Mike Baumann was charged with a throwing error on Locastro’s comebacker.

“I just think you got to take advantage when you see that,” Locastro said. “Today everybody in the lineup was able to get a hit and we were able to score a lot of runs.”

Josh Donaldson padded the lead with an RBI single in the seventh.

Rizzo, who homered three times Tuesday, gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead by dropping a single in front of left fielder Austin Hays.

Gutierrez hit an RBI single and Trey Mancini had an RBI groundout in the third for the Orioles, who dropped their fourth straight.

Baltimore committed its most errors since also making five at Tampa Bay on Aug. 8, 2018. The Orioles also committed five errors against the Yankees in the Bronx for the first time since June 8, 1952.

“We didn’t play very good defense today and we had a tough time covering up for it offensively right now, too,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We’ve got to be better.”

Hays had four hits, including an RBI double in the ninth.

Zimmermann was charged with four unearned runs and allowed five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

New York starter Jameson Taillon allowed two runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also threw two wild pitches that set up Baltimore’s second run.

Miguel Castro (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Jonathan Loaisiga stranded two in the sixth and tossed 1 1/3 innings before the Yankees pulled away.

Rookie Ronald Marinaccio allowed doubles to Hays and Odor before giving up an RBI single to Ryan McKenna in the ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle (stiff neck) was held out of the lineup for the second straight game and is day-to-day. … C Anthony Bemboom had his left middle finger bloodied during the second inning and got it taped up.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (paternity list) is expected to be activated Friday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Baltimore did not announce a starting pitcher for the opener of a three-game series at home against Boston. LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 4.85 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (0-0, 1.15 ERA) opens a three-game series in Kansas City and opposes LHP Kris Bubic (0-1, 14.14).

CORREA GETS 3 HITS; TWINS TOP TIGERS TO GO 6-0 IN HOMESTAND

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Carlos Correa broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs and the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-1 victory on Thursday.

Gio Urshela, Trevor Larnach, and Gilbert Celestino all had two hits for the Twins, who have won seven straight and finished off a 6-0 homestand that also included a sweep of the White Sox.

Cody Stashak (1-0) picked up the victory in relief of starter Bailey Ober, who left in the fourth inning with a strained right groin. Stashak worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Griffin Jax blanked the Tigers over the final three innings to earn his first career save.

Tarik Skubal (1-2) took the loss for Detroit, giving up six hits and six runs in six innings. He hadn’t allowed an earned run since his first appearance of the season.

The Tigers had four errors on Thursday, contributing to three unearned runs. The Twins scored four runs in the fifth.

“We completely fell apart defensively in the fifth inning, so when you do that, when you give extra chances and get a little bit of momentum, when things are going bad, it keeps going bad,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

Correa entered the game on an 0-for-10 skid that had dropped his batting average to .167. He came through with a two-run double in the fifth, an RBI single in the sixth and another single in the eighth.

“You struggle at some points, but you keep your head up,” said Correa, who signed the largest free-agent contract in Twins history in March. “You keep grinding. You keep figuring out ways to get back out there and contribute. And we have such a great team, we’ve been able to win without me helping out there.

“When I can go out there and be myself, it’s going to be a good day for the team.”

The Twins scored two in the second inning. Urshela singled and Kyle Garlick walked to put two runners on with nobody out. Skubal then struck out Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers on six pitches. He was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but Larnach lined a single to center to drive in Urshela.

Garlick advanced to third on the throw home, which turned out to be a big play. Celestino followed with a dribbler that rolled down the third-base line, scoring Garlick.

Ober was not sharp, stranding six runners on base through the first three innings. The Tigers finally broke through in the fourth when Jonathan Schoop singled, advanced to second on a balk and scored on a two-out single from Derek Hill.

Ober then called the trainer to the mound, left the game immediately and was replaced by Stashak, who got out of the inning with the Twins still leading 2-1.

Minnesota broke it open in the fifth, with plenty of help from the Tigers’ defense. Larnach led off with a single, and when Celestino attempted to bunt him over, Harold Castro’s throw hit Celestino, allowing both players to reach.

Jorge Polanco followed with another sacrifice bunt. This time, catcher Tucker Barnhart’s throw to first base hit Polanco to load the bases. Correa then lined a double to deep left center that drove in two.

A third run scored, and Correa advance to third, when Willi Castro misplayed the carom for another error, the Tigers’ third of the inning. Urshela’s single scored Correa to give Minnesota a 6-1 lead.

“Whenever you shoot yourself in the foot like that, myself included, it’s tough,” Barnhart said. “We’ve just got to play cleaner. Just got to play better all around.”

Correa drove in his third run with a single in the sixth.

LAY IT DOWN

Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli credited the bunts by Celestino and Polanco as the keys to the four-run fifth inning. He also said it was the players’ idea to bunt, though he’s not against bunting in general despite its waning popularity.

“Run-scoring is down all around in baseball, it was another cool, brisk day here, and anything we can do to push another run or two across, we’ll try to do at times,” Baldelli said.

NO SURRENDER

The Tigers are now 6-12, and Hinch said he and his players are frustrated. But nobody’s waving the white flag with the season only a month old.

“We’re going play the 140-plus games we have left, so I don’t want to rush to too many judgments,” Hinch said. “But obviously, it is what it is. We’ve earned the situation we’re in, the hole that we’re in, and we’ve got to play better. It’s been tough, but so be it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Baldelli said C Gary Sanchez (abdominal strain) experienced soreness after Wednesday’s workout and would remain sidelined for at least another day. … Ober is listed as day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (0-2, 7.20 ERA) will face the Dodgers on Friday night to start a three-game series in Los Angeles. Alexander gave up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Colorado on Sunday.

Twins: Minnesota opens a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Friday with RHP Dylan Bundy (3-0, 0.59) looking for his fourth win in as many starts. He’s allowed just 10 hits and walked one in 15 1/3 innings pitched this year.

PHILLIPS’ INFIELD HIT LIFTS RAYS TO 2-1 WIN OVER MARINERS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Manager Scott Servais summarized the Seattle Mariners’ 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in just a few words.

“The ball didn’t bounce or way today,” said Servais, who had been ejected just before the bounce that beat the Mariners on Thursday.

Brett Phillips drove in the winning run by bouncing a tiebreaking single off pitcher Chris Flexen’s leg in the seventh inning.

With Harold Ramirez on third base and two out in a 1-1 game, Phillips grounded a comebacker at Flexen (1-3) that caromed off the pitcher’s right leg toward the left side of the infield, which was vacated by a shift. Ramirez scored easily.

“It would have been interesting if he had let that ball go,” said Phillips, who drove in both of Tampa Bay’s runs with two hits. “But that’s the human element of the game, trying to be competitive and trying to knock it down.”

The Mariners were set up for an easy groundout if Flexen had been able to get out of the way.

“It’s a natural reaction. Obviously we were in a shift. It’s all lined up, guys were in the right spot,” Servais said. “But we’ve got to get (Flexen) more than one run. You’ve got to hit with runners in scoring position.”

J.P. Feyereisen (1-0) got the win after pitching a perfect seventh and eighth.

Ryan Thompson, the Rays’ sixth pitcher of the game, struck out pinch-hitter Tom Murphy with a runner on second to end the game and earn his second save.

Another bounce put the ball in Phillips’ hands in the ninth. Julio Rodriguez hit a blooper off the glove of second baseman Brandon Lowe, but Phillips, playing right field, picked it up and forced out a runner at second base.

“This was a great baseball game today. A pitchers’ duel – Rays bullpen vs. Chris Flexen,” Phillips said. “You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Flexen did a great job keeping us off balance.

“We won so it was a good break. If we had lost and all that would have happened, maybe a different answer.”

Eugenio Suarez drove in Seattle’s run with a triple in the first off starter Jeffrey Springs.

Flexen gave up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four.

Servais, who had two calls successfully reversed by replay challenges, was ejected by home plate umpire Shane Livensparger after a called third strike on Rodriguez in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales had a normal throwing routine Thursday after being struck on the left wrist by a 109 mph line drive in the first inning Wednesday night. The Mariners have not determined whether Gonzales will make his next start Monday at Houston. … IF Evan White (sports hernia) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Rays: C Mike Zunino sat out a second game after straining his left bicep Tuesday.

ROOKIE BLUES

Servais said he believes Rodriguez is being treated unfairly by umpires.

“What’s going on with Julio Rodriguez right now is not right,” he said. “I think that’s his 15th called strikeout – called third strikes that are out of the strike zone. I give all the credit in the world to Julio. Not many people could handle things the way he has. He’s not barked back, he has not changed his approach, he’s not chasing balls out of the strike zone, but it’s wrong. He’s 21 years old. Let the kid play.”

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Matt Brash (1-1, 4.20) will face Marlins RHP Elieser Hernandez (1-1, 5.87) on Friday night in the first of three games at Miami.

Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 3.68) will pitch the opener of a three-game home series against the Minnesota Twins and RHP Dylan Bundy (3-0, 0.59) on Friday night.

TUCKER’S PINCH HR LIFTS ASTROS OVER TEXAS IN STARTERS’ DUEL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Justin Verlander certainly noticed that Astros batters were being retired one after another. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner was pretty impressive himself in only his fourth start since Tommy John surgery.

Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning, providing the margin of victory for Verlander, and Houston beat Texas 3-2 on Thursday after Rangers left-hander Martin Perez took a perfect game into the seventh.

“They’re interesting when you’re in the middle of them. I mean, obviously always root for runs, but then all of a sudden you realize, three or four or five innings, I’m like, you know, he’s got it,” Verlander said. “So kind of knew we’d be in the middle of a pitching duel there. … It was fun to come out on the right side of it.”

Tucker’s two-run blast came off Matt Bush (0-1), the first reliever for Texas after Perez retired the first 18 batters before giving up his only run and two hits in the seventh. Perez struck out four without a walk, with 55 of 76 pitches being strikes.

Verlander (2-0) struck out eight, also allowing one run over seven innings. The 39-year-old right-hander, who retired 18 of the first 19 Texas batters, threw 64 of 91 pitches for strikes and didn’t have a walk while lowering his season ERA to 1.73.

“He was dealing, and he had been matched by their pitcher, too. He was dealing, both of them,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said, adding that Verlander’s curveball and slider were working well with his always-good fastball. “That was a classic pitcher’s duel. If you took a pitch, it was a strike, and if you swung at it, it wasn’t a good pitch to hit.”

Blake Taylor pitched a perfect eighth for the Astros. Rafael Montero then worked the ninth with usual closer Ryan Pressly still on the injured list and got his first save despite Corey Seager’s one-out homer to straightaway center.

Perez didn’t allow a runner until Chas McCormick lined a double into the right-center gap on a full-count pitch leading off the seventh. The lefty got out two more batters out before Yordan Alvarez lined an opposite-field single to left to drive in McCormick.

“That was as good as I’ve seen a guy throw. He kept executing and executing,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “I thought he was going to throw a perfect game, frankly. He had the pitch count to do it. Everything was right there for him. McCormick just hit a pretty good pitch there. … Obviously the guy on the other side is pretty good, has a pretty good track record.”

Before McCormick’s double, the closest the Astros had gotten to a hit was when Jose Siri had a one-out comebacker in the sixth that ricocheted off the pitcher. Perez scrambled off the mound and made a strong throw to first for a bang-bang play that was ruled out – and stood after a replay challenge by Houston.

Texas got even at 1 in the bottom of the seventh, when Adolis Garcia had a sacrifice fly to center after the Rangers loaded the bases with three consecutive one-out singles off Verlander. That included a checked swing from Mitch Garver that turned into a groundball hit against a shifted infield.

“I feel good. We’ve done a good job communicating and allowing myself, especially with the short spring training, to kind of build my pitch county, kind of slowly allow myself time to recover in between starts,” Verlander said. “It’s the most I’ve thrown to this point, so hopefully just kind of keep building on it.”

PERFECT SIX

Perez was the first Rangers pitcher to retire the first 18 batters in a game since Mike Minor against San Diego on June 27, 2018. He was the second MLB pitcher to do that this season. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw retired all 21 batters he faced at Minnesota on April 13 before being pulled from his first start of the season after 13 strikeouts and 80 pitches. … The only Rangers hit, and their only baserunner, before the seventh was No. 9 hitter Andy Ibanez with a sharp single up the middle in the third.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (strained hamstring) is scheduled to play rehab games for Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday and Saturday and could be activated from the injured list when Houston returns home Monday to start a series against Seattle. Altuve has been on the IL since April 19 and could have been activated as early as Friday. General manager James Click says Altuve wanted to play a couple of games to get his timing back before rejoining the Astros lineup.

Rangers: Catcher Jonah Heim was put on the paternity list after the birth Thursday morning of his second child, a daughter born just before 8 a.m.

UP NEXT

Astros: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 3.15 ERA) is the the scheduled starter when Houston opens a three-game series Friday night in Toronto.

Rangers: After dropping three of four to the defending American League champions, the Rangers open a three-game weekend series Friday against the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

ROYALS TAKE DOWN WHITE SOX 5-2 AFTER 3-RUN 10TH

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Kyle Isbel hit a two-run single in Kansas City’s three-run 10th inning, and the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday.

Whit Merrifield scored the go-ahead run in the 10th when White Sox catcher Reese McGuire was charged with a passed ball with the bases loaded and two out. Then Isbel, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha before the game, got his hit off left-hander Aaron Bummer (0-1).

“A big stress relief after the (passed ball),” Isbel said. “I was just happy to come through.”

Chicago was held to three hits through the first seven innings, but tied it in the eighth off reliever Josh Staumont on singles by Yasmani Grandal and Jake Burger and a sacrifice fly by AJ Pollock.

That wiped out an exceptional performance by Royals starter Brad Keller, who induced 12 groundball outs and didn’t throw more than 15 pitches in any of his seven innings. Keller, who lowered his ERA to 2.19, has received three runs of support in his 24 2/3 innings.

“That was complete-game stuff,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We give him a little bit more offense, and he’s finishing that game.”

Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, and in the fifth, his sacrifice fly scored Cam Gallagher to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.

But the Royals missed opportunities in the sixth and eighth, and Benintendi’s feeble throw from left field enabled pinch-runner Josh Harrison to score the tying run.

Scott Barlow (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth, and Taylor Clarke earned his first save since April 20, 2019, which came against the Cubs at Wrigley Field as a member of the Diamondbacks.

The Royals have won two of their last three games, while the Sox have dropped nine of their last 10.

“It is cruel, I think,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “You have bases loaded, two outs, lefty against lefty, and you think `Wow, we get this out, and we can score a run and win.’ All of a sudden, there’s three on the board. This game will drive you nuts.”

Chicago didn’t advance a runner past first base until Leury Garcia hit a home run with two out in the sixth for his first RBI of the season. Garcia had been 4 for 42 (.095) before going deep.

White Sox starter Michael Kopech pitched five innings for the third consecutive start but was pulled after throwing a career-high 94 pitches. Kopech walked two during a 31-pitch first and issued a season-high four walks.

“I just didn’t have my sharpest stuff,” Kopech said. “I didn’t execute what I did have early on. I had to fight through what I had.”

Sox rookie reliever Tanner Banks threw two scoreless innings; he hasn’t been scored upon in 12 innings.

Royals slugger Salvador Perez went 0 for 5 and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

TRANSACTIONS

Royals: Placed INF Adalberto Mondesi (left knee) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 27. … RHP Brady Singer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. “The best thing is for him (Singer) to pitch,” Matheny said. Singer, who made 27 starts in 2021, has a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. … Isbel and INF Emmanuel Rivera were called up from Omaha.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: INF Yoan Moncada (oblique strain) will report Friday to Triple-A Charlotte to start a minor-league rehab assignment. … OF Luis Robert (groin strain) is expected to return Friday, La Russa said. Robert missed his sixth consecutive game. … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee) has accelerated his throwing program and could return before the end of May, La Russa said.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Kris Bubic (0-1, 14.14) will face the Yankees in Friday’s series opener. Bubic allowed five runs in two-plus innings Saturday in a 13-7 loss to the Mariners.

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 1.13) will oppose the Angels on Friday night. Giolito allowed one run in four innings in a 6-4 loss to the Twins.

ACUÑA RETURNS, WRIGHT DOMINANT AGAIN, BRAVES BEAT CUBS 5-1

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. was the star attraction.

Kyle Wright is becoming must-see, as well.

Acuna went 1 for 5 with two stolen bases in his return to the Braves lineup and Wright turned in another stellar performance, giving Atlanta its first series win of the season with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Wright (3-0) pitched three-hit ball over a career-high seven innings as the World Series champion Braves, off to a sluggish start, made it two of three over the Cubs.

“I didn’t really have my stuff,” Wright said. “I was just able to kind of keep finding my way through innings. It got to a point where I had a little better stuff, a little bit better command, and I was able to get through the seventh.”

Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson hit solo homers off former Braves pitcher Drew Smyly (1-2), while Adam Duvall provided some insurance with a two-run shot against Ethan Roberts in the eighth.

Wearing sparkly, gold-topped cleats with matching armbands and batting gloves, Acuna grounded out twice, struck out twice and punched an opposite-field single to right in his first big league game since July 10, 2021, when he sustained a season-ending knee injury at Miami.

“I was just extremely excited,” he said through an interpreter. “I think the adrenaline level was at a maximum. Those first few at-bats, I couldn’t contain myself.”

A pair of stolen bases seemed to back up his pregame assessment that his reconstructed right knee actually made him faster than before he tore his ACL.

“Hopefully it’s just tip of the iceberg,” Acuna said.

He also showed off his defensive skills in right field. On Jason Heyward’s liner off the fence, Acuna played the carom perfectly and held the Cubs player to a single.

“It’s just the kind of play you anticipate,” Acuna said. “You know who’s hitting in that moment. and how they can run. You just have to anticipate the play and react to it. It’s preparation.”

While much of the attention was on Acuna rejoining the Braves, it was Wright who starred again.

He has pitched 24 innings over his first four starts, allowing just 14 hits and three runs for an ERA of 1.13. In a sign of how nasty his stuff is, Wright has recorded 34 strikeouts with just six walks – four of those coming against the Cubs. He also hit a batter but benefitted from a couple of double plays – one of which he started – while allowing only one runner past second base.

Wright looked like a first-round bust as he struggled to gain a foothold in the majors over the last four seasons. Bouncing up and down between the majors and minors, he combined to go 2-8 with a 6.56 ERA over 21 appearances.

Finally, the talented right-hander seems to have figured things out. Coming off a career-best 11 strikeouts against the Marlins, he rang up eight more Chicago hitters.

“I’m in a much better spot,” Wright said. “It definitely gives me confidence going forward. I can learn a lot more from this outing than the ones where I just threw it really well.”

Smyly went 4 2/3 innings, surrendering five hits, walking one and striking out four.

The Cubs scored their lone run in the second without picking up a hit, taking advantage of Wright walking the first two hitters.

With runners at first and third and two outs, Nico Hoerner appeared to have made a baserunning blunder when he was caught off first by a pickoff throw from Wright.

But the rundown went on long enough for Alfonso Rivas to sprint home from third before Hoerner was tagged out.

WHAT’S NEXT

For now, the Braves say Acuna won’t play on travel days or in day games after night games.

That would seem to rule him out for Friday night’s contest at Texas to start a three-game weekend series.

Not so fast, Acuna countered.

“I don’t know who said the plan is for me not to play,” he said, bursting into laughter. “The way I’m looking at it, I’m playing tomorrow.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

The Braves placed catcher Manny Pina on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Monday, with left wrist inflammation. William Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as the backup behind Travis d’Arnaud. The move came just in time for Contreras to be reunited with older brother Willson Contreras, the Cubs’ starting catcher. Before the game, the brothers carried out the lineup cards to home plate, gave each other a hug and posed for pictures.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RH Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.98) faces Brewers RH Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.52) on Friday to start a three-game weekend series at Milwaukee.

Braves: RH Ian Anderson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) gets the start as Atlanta opens a three-game series at Texas. RH Spencer Howard (0-1, 14.40) will go for the Rangers.

HUDSON, GOLDSCHMIDT LIFT CARDINALS OVER D-BACKS 8-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Dakota Hudson pitched six shutout innings, Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 Thursday night.

St. Louis star Nolan Arenado had two hits after deciding to appeal a two-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his role in a brawl with the Mets on Wednesday.

Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill drove in two runs each for the Cardinals, who won their second game in a row after a three-game losing streak.

Pavin Smith hit a two-run homer for Arizona, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Hudson (2-1) gave up one hit in his 84-pitch stint. He struck out four and walked three. He did not allow a hit until Daulton Varsho singled with one out in the sixth.

“After the second inning, I started making tighter pitches, a little more consistent,” Hudson said. “It felt good trying to work that slider off the sinker.”

Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery in late September of 2020 and missed the majority of last season while recuperating.

“There was really good action on that sinker,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “On top of that, the cutter was impressive. When he’s in the zone, it’s hard to make solid contact.”:

O’Neill had run-scoring sacrifice flies in the first two innings to help the Cardinals to a 5-0 lead against Arizona starter Humberto Castellanos.

Goldschmidt, who had three hits, added a two-run single in the sixth.

Edman and Goldschmidt had RBI hits to close out a three-run outburst in the second. Castellanos (1-2) gave up five runs on five hits over two innings.

The Cardinals, whose 15 hits were all singles, improved to 99-61 against Arizona, which came into the league in 1998.

St. Louis, a team known for its power, has failed to homer in the last eight games.

“There’s a lot of ways to win,” Goldschmidt said, “And we’ve got to be good at every facet of the game.”

The Diamondbacks managed just one baserunner through the first five innings.

“It was a clunker,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We didn’t come out and do the things I wanted us to do. We got sucker punched. It took us four or five innings to get into the flow of the game,”

St. Louis rookie Brendan Donovan recorded his first career hit, a single in the eighth inning.

BANNED FOR BRAWLING

Arenado was suspended shortly before first pitch and decided to appeal. The third baseman ducked a high pitch from Mets reliever Yoan Lopez in the eighth inning, sparking a benches-clearing fracas. He’s eligible to play until his appeal is processed.

“I respect the decision that the league took,” Marmol said. “Obviously, it’s being appealed for a reason.”

St. Louis reliever Genesis Cabrera was also suspended one game for his part in the melee. He chose to serve the suspension Thursday night.

ADVENTURE ON THE BASE PATHS

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, not known for his speed, beat out an infield hit up the middle in the sixth inning. He promptly recorded his first stolen base of the season.

Molina has not been thrown out in his last 10 stolen base attempts.

“He knows when to do it and today was the right time for it,” Marmol said.

Harrison Bader also stole a bag, and the Cardinals have 17 successive thefts. They have a league-leading 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts this season.

BIG NUMBERS

The Cardinals welcomed their 50 millionth fan to Busch Stadium III. They have played 1,221 home games since the stadium opened on April 10, 2006. They are the fastest to reach that mark, eclipsing the record of 1,259 games set by the San Francisco Giants in Oracle Park to 2000-2015.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP J.B. Wendelken was placed on the 10-day injury list.

Cardinals: OF Dylan Carlson was relegated to designated hitter duty after injuring his toe on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

RHP Adam Wainwright (2-2, 3.86) will face Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 1.00) in the second game of the four game set on Friday. Wainwright is 11-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 18 appearances against Arizona. He has earned wins in five of his last six starts against the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner has not allowed a run over his last two outings.

MANOAH GOES 7 TO WIN AGAIN, BLUE JAYS BEAT RED SOX 1-0

TORONTO (AP) Alek Manoah struck out seven and pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Thursday.

The 24-year-old Manoah (4-0) walked only one batter as the Blue Jays took three of four from their AL East rival.

Manoah, in his second season, won his eighth in a row dating to last year. The Blue Jays have gone 20-4 in his 24 career starts.

The Blue Jays’ lone run was unearned off starter Garrett Whitlock (1-1) in the third inning. Lourdes Gurriell Jr. reached on a one-out error to Red Sox shortstop Christian Arroyo, moved to second after a walk to Raimel Tapia and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s two-out single.

After yielding a one-out single to Alex Verdugo in the first inning, Manoah retired 12 batters in a row before Arroyo’s single in the fifth.

A leadoff double down the right-field line from Kike Hernandez was snuffed out in the seventh inning. After a sacrifice bunt from Jackie Bradley Jr., Manoah got Arroyo on a lineout to shortstop and Bobby Dalbec to foul out near the Red Sox dugout.

Adam Cimber took over for Manoah with a 1-2-3 eighth, and Toronto closer Jordan Romano finished off Boston in the ninth for his ninth save.

Whitlock allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two over three innings, throwing 61 pitches in his second career start.

XANDER RESTS

Xander Bogaerts, the MLB hits leader with 29, did not start after his four-hit game on Wednesday. Instead, he pinch-hit but meekly grounded out to Cimber in the eighth.

K-LESS KIRK

Kirk went 2 for 4 in the matinee to extend his streak without a strikeout to 41 consecutive at-bats, the longest active streak in MLB. The catcher has 13 hits, eight walks and only four strikeouts in 17 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: J.D. Martinez did not play. He aggravated a left adductor ailment on Wednesday. Manager Alex Cora expects Martinez to return at some point on the weekend. Cora said LHP Chris Sale (60 day IL, rib) threw seven pitches in a bullpen session in Fort Myers on Tuesday.

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. missed his first game of the season with a sore right foot. He fouled a pitch off his foot in Wednesday’s game, but an X-ray taken was negative.

UP NEXT

Red Sox LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 4.85 ERA) faces the Orioles (starter TBD) in series opener in Baltimore on Friday.

Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 3.75 ERA) faces Astros RHP Jose Urquidy (1-1, 5.52 ERA) in Friday’s series opener at Rogers Centre.

WARD, DETMERS PROPEL ANGELS TO 4-1 WIN, SWEEP OF GUARDIANS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Taylor Ward drove in two runs, Brandon Marsh had three hits and an RBI, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Guardians with a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

Reid Detmers (1-1) pitched five innings of two-hit ball to earn his second career major-league victory.

The Angels won the final five games of their homestand. Ward and Marsh hit RBI singles in the third inning of Los Angeles’ 12th win in 16 games, putting the Halos six games over .500 for the first time since late June 2018. Los Angeles hasn’t had a winning season since 2015.

Orange County native Austin Hedges homered and had two hits for the Guardians, who have lost the first seven games of their 10-game road trip.

Ward drove in nine runs in the four-game series, an impressive RBI surge that’s coincided with his move to the Angels’ leadoff spot in place of AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, who got his first day off of the season Thursday after playing both ways Wednesday night.

Detmers put together another strong start befitting one of the top left-handed prospects in baseball, walking one and striking out four.

Los Angeles’ excellent start to the season is largely due to stellar work by its long-struggling rotation, capped by this four-game series with the starters allowing just three runs in 23 innings. The Angels’ bullpen is also much improved: Four relievers combined for four innings of scoreless two-hit ball, with Raisel Iglesias pitching the ninth for his fifth save.

Cal Quantrill (1-1) yielded four hits and one earned run over six solid innings for the Guardians, striking out four and walking three.

Los Angeles loaded the bases on a walk and two errors to open the third. Ward and Marsh delivered short RBI singles before the Angels went up 3-0 on Mike Trout’s double-play groundout.

Hedges delivered a two-out solo shot in the fifth, but Detmers finished the inning with his 88th pitch.

Los Angeles added a run in the seventh when Tyler Wade doubled and scored on Ward’s groundout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: Rookie OF Steven Kwan missed the four-game series with hamstring tightness, but still could avoid a stint on the injured list. He’ll be re-evaluated in Oakland on Friday.

Angels: David Fletcher is close to returning from his 15-game absence with a strained left hip. He is with the team and doing on-field work.

UP NEXT

Guardians: Aaron Civale (0-2, 9.58 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound Friday for the opener of a weekend series at Oakland. He has 11 earned runs and hasn’t reached the fifth inning in three starts this season.

Angels: Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.12 ERA) looks to build on his so-far successful comeback season when Los Angeles opens a four-game series in Chicago against the White Sox on Friday. Thor faces Los Angeles-area native Lucas Giolito (0-0, 1.13).

MCCUTCHEN RALLIES BREWERS PAST PIRATES 3-2 TO COMPLETE SWEEP

PITTSBURGH (AP) The nostalgia factor has worn off for Andrew McCutchen. Four-plus years removed from his departure from Pittsburgh, the five-time All-Star admits returning to PNC Park to play in a visiting uniform doesn’t quite tug at the heartstrings the way it used to.

He’s moved on. Three times in fact. Now a designated hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers, playing in Pittsburgh these days simply means the chance to crash at the house his family still keeps in the city.

That doesn’t mean McCutchen wasn’t keenly aware of the fact he has struggled against his old club since being traded to San Francisco in January 2018. And why it felt so good to power the Brewers to a 3-2 victory on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

McCutchen led off the game with his 93rd home run in Pittsburgh – and first without the familiar `P’ on his cap – and added a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth as Milwaukee won its eighth straight over the Pirates dating to last season.

“This is probably the first time I’ve done well against the Pirates, not just here but against them in general,” said the 2013 National League MVP, who came in hitting just .136 in 17 career games against Pittsburgh. “It was a good game to show up. A good day to sleep in my own bed and to be able to get that `W.'”

Christian Yelich started the Brewers’ rally with a one-out, pinch-hit bunt single against closer Chris Stratton (0-1). Kolten Wong and Omar Narvaez followed with singles to load the bases for McCutchen. The 35-year-old’s liner seemed to graze the outstretched glove of second baseman Josh VanMeter before rolling into right field, allowing Yelich and Wong to score.

McCutchen attributed the last of his three hits to figuring out home plate umpire Vic Carapazza’s strike zone. When Stratton’s first pitch – a breaking ball below the knees – was called a strike, McCutchen figured Stratton would try for the same spot. When Stratton obliged, McCutchen was ready.

“I did what I needed to do and got the ball out there to the outfield,” he said.

Hoby Milner (2-0) worked a perfect eighth to pick up the win. Devin Williams retired the Pirates in order in the ninth for his first save.

Pittsburgh rookie right fielder Jack Suwinski collected the first RBI of his career with an infield single in the seventh and Ben Gamel followed with a sacrifice fly off reliever Brad Boxberger as the Pirates turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.

David Bednar worked a scoreless eighth for the Pirates to set the stage for Stratton, in his first full season at the back end of Pittsburgh’s bullpen. He quickly put away Lorenzo Cain before Yelich’s bunt started Milwaukee’s surge.

STILL STARTING FROM SCRATCH

Pirates starter Jose Quintana surrendered a home run to McCutchen on the game’s first pitch but quickly settled down. Quintana, hoping to revive his career in Pittsburgh, allowed just four hits and struck out nine without issuing a walk.

The Pirates have yet to have a starting pitcher record a victory through 19 games, the second-longest streak to start a season in major league history, trailing only the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who started the season 0-21. Quintana remains winless since Sept. 5, 2019, while pitching for the Chicago Cubs.

PERALTA SHINES

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta tossed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven without issuing a walk. Peralta’s only trouble spot came in his last inning when consecutive singles by Daniel Vogelbach and Bryan Reynolds put two on with two outs. A nine-pitch battle with Pittsburgh’s Ke’Bryan Hayes followed, with Peralta ultimately getting Hayes to fly out to right field to end the threat.

Boxberger, one of five Brewers pitchers who combined for a one-hitter in a victory on Wednesday night, wasn’t quite as sharp less than 24 hours later but was bailed out by McCutchen.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: C Andrew Knapp was scratched from the lineup about an hour before the first pitch due to an illness, forcing Roberto Perez to make the start after expecting to have the day off.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Head home for a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. Adrian Houser (1-2, 3.52 ERA) starts on Friday against Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 3.98).

Pirates: Welcome San Diego to PNC Park for a three-game set starting Friday. Yu Darvish (1-1, 4.43) gets the nod for the Padres against Pittsburgh’s Zach Thompson (0-2, 10.80).

ROLLING MARLINS HAND REELING NATS 8TH STRAIGHT LOSS, 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Music blaring, smiles all around, the Miami Marlins are enjoying postgame time these days – five victories in a row, a winning record and second place in the standings will do that.

Especially for a team, as left-hander Trevor Rogers pointed out after his longest start and first win of this season, coming off a 67-95 finish in 2021.

“It’s just a different vibe in this locker room. We know that we can do it this year,” Rogers said. “Last year was last year and it was very unfortunate – but that was last year.”

Rogers allowed one run in six innings, the bullpen made a lead stand up again, and the Marlins already have exceeded their best stretch of last season after a sweep-completing 3-2 victory over the the reeling Washington Nationals before an announced crowd of 12,454 Thursday.

The 2021 Marlins never put together more than four consecutive wins.

They’re currently 10-8 after a 1-4 start; the franchise hasn’t been above .500 during the month of April since 2017. And other than the 60-game, pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Miami last finished with a winning record in 2009.

“You have to be able to string together wins if you’re going to go anywhere,” manager Don Mattingly said. “And that shows you, hopefully, that our club’s getting ready to play every day.”

Rogers (1-3) came in with a 6.94 ERA but lowered that to 5.09 after giving up just two hits against a Nationals lineup that has produced merely 16 runs during an eight-game losing skid.

Cole Sulser worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to get his first save of 2022 in his first chance.

“It’s hard to win,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said, “when you’re scoring one or two runs a game.”

Patrick Corbin (0-4) lost again for Washington, despite his best outing of the season, with three runs – two earned – in six-plus innings.

“It’s been a tough week or so for us,” Corbin said.

Neither club was exactly perfect Thursday. Plenty of misplays, wayward pitches, etc.

The Nationals went ahead 1-0 in the first on Josh Bell’s RBI double after a wild pitch and a passed ball helped get a runner to third. Miami tied it with an unearned run in the third, when the Nationals made two miscues: a throwing error on shortstop Lucius Fox – a rookie who is also 0 for 20 and drew attention by vomiting on the field during Sunday’s game – and a fielding error on center fielder Victor Robles.

Corbin pitched into the seventh for the first time this season but that did not go well once he got there. Brian Anderson led off with a double after Robles twisted and turned and couldn’t find the ball, losing his hat and sunglasses in the process.

A scary moment came next: Corbin hit Miguel Rojas on the flap of his helmet, leaving him with a bruised jaw. Rojas tried to spin out of the way and ended up face-down in the dirt.

“Kind of shocked me to see that,” said Corbin, who immediately dropped to his knees and bowed his head on the infield grass.

Mattingly and a trainer came out to check on Rojas, who remained in the game and eventually went to first base; as soon as he did, Martinez removed Corbin.

“He was rattled,” Martinez said about his left-hander.

Righty reliever Victor Arano entered, and Mattingly went to a left-handed pinch hitter, Jesus Sanchez, who promptly singled in the go-ahead run. After a groundout produced the first out, Arano’s wild pitch led to another run and a 3-1 lead for Miami.

Washington pulled within one on consecutive doubles in the eighth, but Sulser struck out Bell to end the threat.

“Big out,” Mattingly called it.

PREGAME MOVE

The Marlins optioned LHP Daniel Castano to Triple-A Jacksonville and recalled RHP Zach Pop from there.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Return to Miami for a six-game homestand that begins Friday against Seattle. RHP Elieser Hernandez (1-1, 5.87 ERA) starts the opener.

Nationals: Head out on a three-city, nine-game road trip, starting at San Francisco. RHP Aaron Sanchez (0-1 8.31), who played for the Giants last season, will be on the mound night for Washington. The Giants swept a four-game series at Nationals Park last week.

CARDINALS’ ARENADO, CABRERA SUSPENDED FOR ROLES IN BRAWL WITH METS

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado and reliever Genesis Cabrera have been suspended for their roles in Wednesday’s brawl with the New York Mets, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Arenado, who escalated the incident after a high-and-inside pitch from Mets reliever Yoan Lopez, received a two-game ban, while Cabrera was suspended for one game. Both players were also fined, as was right-hander Jack Flaherty for coming onto the field while on the injured list.

No members of the Mets were suspended, though Lopez and right-hander Taijuan Walker were each fined, per Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic.

STRUGGLING BRAVES REINSTATE ACUÑA FROM IL 1 WEEK BEFORE PLAN

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves reinstated outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. from the injury list on Thursday, more than a week ahead of the team’s target date for his return from knee surgery.

Acuna is expected to hit leadoff in Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. He may initially split time between right field and designated hitter.

The defending World Series champion Braves have struggled at the start of the season and are still looking for their first series win after splitting the first two games of their three-game series with the Cubs. The Braves will be looking for Acuna to provide a boost to their lineup after showing in his rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Gwinnett that he has recovered from the surgery that ended his 2021 season.

Acuna was 2 for 5 for Gwinnett on Wednesday night and hit .368 with three stolen bases in six games.

Despite the strong showing by Acuna in his rehabilitation assignment, the Braves had appeared firm in their plan to remain cautious ahead of his projected return on May 6.

There had been some signs that Acuna was influencing that plan, however. On Wednesday, manager Brian Snitker said the team would wait until after Acuna’s scheduled nine innings with Gwinnett on Thursday night before deciding on his next game.

The Braves’ decision to activate Acuna could have been motivated by losing Eddie Rosario for eight to 12 weeks. Rosario, the MVP of the NL Championship Series last season, had a laser procedure on Wednesday to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye.

The Braves designated outfielder Alex Dickerson for assignment to clear a spot for Acuna on the active roster.

TIGER WOODS HEADS TO SOUTHERN HILL FOR PGA PRACTICE ROUND

(AP) — Tiger Woods flew to Oklahoma on Thursday for a practice round at Southern Hills, the first step in deciding whether he can play in the PGA Championship.

The 18-hole practice round while walking came three weeks before the start of the PGA Championship being held May 19-22 at Southern Hills in Tulsa.

A person with knowledge of his plans, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because only Woods can authorize such information, confirmed the practice round.

Woods made a remarkable return to golf at the Masters following his Feb. 23, 2021, car crash outside Los Angeles that shattered bones in his right leg and ankle. In his first time competing and walking a course, he made the cut for the 22nd straight time, though he tired on the weekend and his limp was more noticeable in rounds when he shot 78-78. He finished in 47th place out of the 52 players who made the cut.

Golf Channel reported that Southern Hills head pro Cary Cozby caddied for Woods on Thursday. Tulsa TV station KOTV showed an overhead shot of Woods putting. He was wearing a black sleeve on his right leg.

Southern Hills last hosted a major in 2007, when Woods won the PGA Championship for the second straight year and fourth time overall. That week featured his lowest score in a major, a 63 in the second round with a birdie putt that spun in and out of the cup on the final hole.

Woods left Augusta National unsure of when he would play next, although he confirmed he would be at the British Open at St. Andrews this summer.

He has entered the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open at Brookline in June, though that was a formality as an exempt player.

Woods’ movement was picked up by internet sites tracking his private plane from South Florida to Tulsa, Oklahoma, along with a photo on Twitter showing the plane on the tarmac.

It didn’t generate the same buzz as when he went to Augusta National a week before the Masters, uncertain then if he would play the first major of the year.

Southern Hills is not as strenuous a walk as Augusta National, except for the steep decline walking off the first and 10th tees and the inevitable uphill climb back toward the clubhouse, with only slight elevation along the way.

While tired after the Masters, Woods could only see himself getting better.

“I don’t quite have the endurance that I would like to have had, but as of a few weeks ago, didn’t even know if I was going to play in this event,” he said after final round at Augusta National.

“To go from that to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal.”

Similar to the Masters, Woods likely won’t decide whether to play the PGA Championship until that week.

KINGS’ DUSTIN BROWN TO RETIRE AFTER PLAYOFFS

Veteran Dustin Brown will retire following the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings announced Thursday.

Brown has spent his entire 18-season NHL career with the Kings since they drafted him 13th overall in 2003, and he’s Los Angeles’ all-time leader in regular-season games played.

The 37-year-old captained the squad to Stanley Cup victories in 2012 and 2014, making him the only American player in NHL history to accomplish the feat, according to NHL Network’s Jon Morosi.

Heading into his final regular-season contest against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, Brown has 325 goals and 387 assists in 1,295 career contests – good for the seventh-most points in franchise history.

This season will mark Brown’s eighth career playoff appearance. Ahead of the Kings’ first-round matchup against the Edmonton Oilers, he has 19 goals and 28 helpers in 85 career postseason contests. He put up a combined 34 points in 46 games en route to the Kings’ pair of Stanley Cup victories.

Brown served as Los Angeles’ captain from 2008-09 to 2015-16.

The New York native also made some noise on the international stage, capturing a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

2022 BIG TEN SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS FEATURED ON THE BIG TEN NETWORK

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Big Ten Network today announced its 2022 Big Ten Spring Championships broadcast schedule, which includes men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, rowing, softball and baseball.

Coverage begins with the men’s and women’s tennis championships live on B1G+ April 27 – May 1. Women’s tennis coverage from Iowa begins at 11 a.m. ET with Rutgers vs. Purdue, while men’s coverage from Wisconsin begins at noon ET on April 28 with Michigan State vs. Purdue. Fans interested in watching on B1G+ can sign up for either a school pass or conference pass here.

Championship coverage continues Thursday, May 5, as BTN airs the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse semifinals, hosted by Maryland, at 5:30 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET. The championship will follow on Saturday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by Rutgers, will air live on the network on Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET, followed by the championship game at noon ET on Sunday, May 8. The quarterfinals for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse tournaments will stream live on B1G+.

Beginning on Wednesday, May 11, BTN will provide live coverage of the entire Big Ten Softball Tournament from Michigan State, concluding with the championship game on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. ET.

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships from Minnesota will stream live on B1G+ May 13-15, and on May 14, the men’s and women’s golf championships make their television debut. The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship from the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., airs at 11 a.m. ET, while the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship from Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., airs at noon ET.

The Big Ten Rowing Championship from Indianapolis will make its television debut on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., prior to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament closing out the spring. BTN’s presentation of the entire baseball tournament takes place May 25-29, with the championship game airing Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. ET.

The complete schedule for the 2022 Big Ten Spring Championships and Tournaments appears below. For more information on these events, please visit BTN.com or BigTen.org. To sign up to watch events on B1G+, visit bigtenplus.com

2022 Big Ten Network Spring Championships/Tournament Schedule

SportEvent DateAir Date, Time (ET) and Platform
(W) TennisApril 27- May 1Live on B1G+ at 11 a.m.
(M) TennisApril 28- May1Live on B1G+ at Noon
(W) GolfApril 22-24Saturday, May 14, Noon
(M) GolfApril 29 – May 1Saturday, May 14, 11:00 AM
Outdoor Track & FieldMay 13-15Live on B1G+ at 1 p.m. ET
RowingMay 15Saturday, May 21, 11:00 AM

2022 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Schedule

GamesDateAir Time (ET)
Semifinal 1Thursday, May 55:30 PM
Semifinal 2Thursday, May 58:00 PM
ChampionshipSaturday, May 78:00 PM

2022 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Schedule

GamesDateAir Time (ET)
Semifinal 1Friday, May 65:30 PM
Semifinal 2Friday, May 68:00 PM
ChampionshipSunday, May 8Noon

2022 Big Ten Softball Tournament Schedule

GamesDateAir Time (ET)
Tournament Game #1Wednesday, May 1111:00 AM
Tournament Game #2Wednesday, May 111:30 PM
Tournament Game #3Wednesday, May 114:30 PM
Tournament Game #4Wednesday, May 117:00 PM
Tournament Game #5Thursday, May 1211 AM
Tournament Game #6Thursday, May 121:30 PM
Tournament Game #7Thursday, May 124:30 PM
Tournament Game #8Thursday, May 127:00 PM
Tournament Semifinal #1Friday, May 132:00 PM
Tournament Semifinal #2Friday May, 135:00 PM
Tournament ChampionshipSaturday, May 141:00 PM

2022 Big Ten Baseball Tournament Schedule

GamesDateAir Time (ET)
Tournament Game #1Wednesday, May 2510:00 AM
Tournament Game #2Wednesday, May 252:00 PM
Tournament Game #3Wednesday, May 256:00 PM
Tournament Game #4Wednesday, May 2510:00 PM
Tournament Game #5Thursday, May 2610:00 AM
Tournament Game #6Thursday, May 262:00 PM
Tournament Game #7Thursday, May 266:00 PM
Tournament Game #8Thursday, May 2610:00 PM
Tournament Game #9Friday, May 274:30 PM
Tournament Game #10Friday, May 278:30 PM
Tournament Game #11Saturday, May 2810:00 AM
Tournament Game #12Saturday, May 282:00 PM
Tournament Game #13 (if necessary)Saturday, May 286:00 PM
Tournament Game #14 (if necessary)Saturday, May 2810:00 PM
B1G Tournament ChampionshipSunday, May 292:00 PM

2022 HCAC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW 

CARMEL, Ind. – The 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Men’s Golf Championship is set to be held Friday April 29 through Sunday May 1 at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course, hosted by Mount St. Joseph University.
 
2022 HCAC Men’s Golf Championship PageChampionship merchandise is available for purchase hereChampionship Program
 
Looking to defend their 2021 title will be Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who won the championship with a 54-hole total of 876. Earlier in the season, the conference teams competed at the site of the championship, with Franklin College winning the event with a score of 296. Transylvania University placed second with a score of 316, while Rose-Hulman rounded out the top three with a score of 310.
 
The event is being hosted by Mount St. Joseph University and will be contested over three days and will feature 54-holes of competition.

For more information on HCAC track and field, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS SELECT GEORGE KARLAFTIS IN FIRST ROUND OF NFL DRAFT

LAS VEGAS – WITH THE 30TH OVERALL PICK IN THE 2022 NFL DRAFT, THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS SELECTED PURDUE DEFENSIVE END GEORGE KARLAFTIS THURSDAY NIGHT IN LAS VEGAS. THE ALL-AMERICAN FROM WEST LAFAYETTE BECAME THE 22ND BOILERMAKER TO BE CHOSEN IN THE NFL DRAFT’S FIRST ROUND.
 
KARLAFTIS WAS THE FIRST BOILERMAKER IN 11 YEARS TO BE DRAFTED IN THE FIRST ROUND, FOLLOWING FELLOW PURDUE ALL-AMERICAN DEFENSIVE END RYAN KERRIGAN’S SELECTION IN 2011.
 
PLAYING IN 27 GAMES OVER HIS PURDUE CAREER, KARLAFTIS EARNED ALL-BIG TEN CONFERENCE 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 HOMETOWN 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.
 
KARLAFTIS 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). MAKING AN IMPACT ON SPECIAL TEAMS AS WELL, KARLAFTIS BLOCKED THE FIRST FIELD GOAL OF HIS CAREER IN A WIN OVER NORTHWESTERN AT WRIGLEY FIELD (NOV. 20); IT WAS THE FIRST FIELD GOAL BLOCKED BY A BOILERMAKER SINCE 2018.
 
THE 2022 NFL DRAFT CONTINUES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (APRIL 29-30) AS MORE BOILERMAKERS HOPE TO HEAR THEIR NAMES CALLED. FRIDAY’S COVERAGE BEGINS AT 7 P.M. ET, WHILE SATURDAY KICKS OFF AT NOON ON NFL NETWORK, ESPN AND ABC.
 
PURDUE FIRST ROUND NFL DRAFT PICKS (OVERALL PICK IN PARENTHESES)
1937 – JOHNNY DRAKE, B, CLEVELAND RAMS (10)
1938 – CECIL ISBELL, B, GREEN BAY PACKERS (7)
1955 – TOM BETTIS, G, GREEN BAY PACKERS (5)
1957 – LEN DAWSON, QB, PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5)
1963 – DON BRUMM, DE, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (13)
1966 – JERRY SHAY, T, MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7)
1967 – BOB GRIESE, QB, MIAMI DOLPHINS (4)
1967 – JOHN CHARLES, DB, BOSTON PATRIOTS (21)
1969 – LEROY KEYES, RB, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3)
1970 – MIKE PHIPPS, QB, CLEVELAND BROWNS (3)
1973 – DAVE BUTZ, DT, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (5)
1973 – OTIS ARMSTRONG, RB, DENVER BRONCOS (9)
1973 – DARRYL STINGLEY, WR, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (19)
1975 – LARRY BURTON, WR, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7)
1976 – MIKE PRUITT, RB, CLEVELAND BROWNS (7)
1976 – KEN NOVAK, DT, BALTIMORE COLTS (20)
1986 – JIM EVERETT, QB, HOUSTON OILERS (3)
1987 – ROD WOODSON, DB, PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10)
2007 – ANTHONY SPENCER, DE, DALLAS COWBOYS (26)
2008 – DUSTIN KELLER, TE, NEW YORK JETS (30)
2011 – RYAN KERRIGAN, DE, WASHINGTON REDSKINS (16)
2022 – GEORGE KARLAFTIS, DE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (30)

KYLE HAMILTON SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF THE NFL DRAFT

University of Notre Dame football All-American Kyle Hamilton was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens with the 14th overall selection, becoming the 70th first round selection from Notre Dame and the first since 2019. 

Hamilton was a consensus All-America selection as a junior safety in 2021 while being limited to seven games due a knee injury. He made 34 tackles in those seven contests with three interceptions and piled up 138 tackles and eight interceptions in his three years on the Irish roster. 

Hamilton is the first defensive back from Notre Dame selected in the first round since perennial all-pro safety Harrison Smith was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the 29th pick in 2012. It is the highest an Irish defensive back has been selected since Todd Lyght went fifth overall in 1991. He also is the highest drafted Notre Dame defensive player since defensive tackle Bryant Young, a member of the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame class, was taken seventh overall in 1994.  

The Atlanta, Georgia, native joins former teammate Daelin Hayes on the Ravens roster. Hayes was selected in the fifth round by the Ravens in the 2021 draft. He is the highest Baltimore draft pick from the Irish since all-pro Ronnie Stanley was selected sixth overall in 2016. 

Notre Dame now boasts 521 all-time NFL draft selections, the most of any college football program. 

MARTIN CONTINUES TO MASH BUT INDIANS FALL TO I-CUBS, 7-3  

DES MOINES, Iowa – A two-run seventh inning in which Iowa failed to record a hit lifted the Cubs past the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night, 7-3. The loss marked Indy’s second of the six-game series and dropped the Indians back to .500 on the season.

With the game tied at three in the bottom of the seventh inning, two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the I-Cubs (11-9) with one out. Nathan Kirby (L, 0-1) induced a tailor-made double play to second baseman Rodolfo Castro, but a throwing error by Castro on the turn to first allowed Ildemaro Vargas and Jared Young to score, giving the I-Cubs the lead for good, 5-3.

Iowa extended its lead in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run off the bat of John Hicks and an RBI double from Esteban Quiroz to cap the scoring.

The Indians (10-10) and I-Cubs were mirror images on the scoreboard in the second and fifth frames, with each team scoring one run in the second and two runs in the fifth.

Heavy-hitting first baseman Mason Martin started the scoring in the second inning with a towering home run to right field for his fourth long ball of the season and 16th extra-base hit, the latter being the most by any player in professional baseball. The knock also extended Martin’s hit streak to five games.

With the game tied at one run apiece in the top of the fifth inning, Indians catcher Taylor Davis roped an RBI single to right to score Canaan Smith-Njigba. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Castro was hit-by-pitch in the first pitch of his at-bat to make it a 3-1 game. The I-Cubs tied the game again in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a Young RBI single and a wild pitch.

Max Kranick toed the rubber for his second rehab start with Indianapolis and tossed 3.0 innings, allowing one hit and one unearned run with a pair of strikeouts. Kirby yielded two hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks with three punchouts in 2.2 innings of relief.

Stephen Gonsalves (W, 1-0) went 2.1 scoreless innings for the I-Cubs, surrendering just one hit while striking out four.

The Indians will look to even the series in tomorrow’s 8:08 PM ET matchup at Principal Park. RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 5.19) will make his fifth appearance (third start) for Indianapolis this season against RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 9.00).

INDIANA BASEBALL: GAMEDAY: HOST ILLINOIS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – With five wins over its last six games, the Indiana baseball program will look to continue to climb the Big Ten standings with a three-game series against Illinois. The series opener will now throw the first pitch at Noon between the Hoosiers and Fighting Illini.
 
After winning two of three games last weekend from Nebraska, Indiana (18-23, 4-8 B1G) continued its winning ways with a pair of midweek victories. The pitching staff has allowed one or fewer earned runs in three of the last four games, including both midweek contests. The offense is averaging 13 hits and seven runs per game during that span, as well, and the defense has not committed an error.
 
Illinois (21-17, 11-4 B1G) sits in third in the Big Ten and is looking to move closer to a berth in the Big Ten Tournament. After starting the season 8-10, Illinois has hit its stride since the start of conference play. Since the start of April, the Fighting Illini is 13-5 and won six straight games from April 9-17 before its recent stretch of two wins in five games.
 
Gameday Info
Friday, April 29 (Noon)
Probable Starters
IU: 
Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.
UI: Cole Kirschsieper, LHP, Jr.
 
Live Video: 
bit.ly/3knn77e
Live Audio: 
bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: 
bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast
 
Saturday, April 30 (2 p.m.)
Probable Starters
IU: 
Bradley Brehmer, RHP, Sr.
UI: Jack Crowder, RHP, So.
 
Live Video: 
bit.ly/3voMxHP
Live Audio: 
bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: 
bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast
 
Sunday, May 1 (1 p.m.)
Probable Starters
IU: TBA
UI: Riley Gowens, RHP, R-So.
 
Live Video: 
bit.ly/36VDe90
Live Audio: 
bit.ly/IUAudio
Live Stats: 
bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast
 
Quick Hitters

  • The series opener will be the 205th all-time meeting between Indiana and Illinois, with the Fighting Illini owning a 119-84-1 mark on the all-time ledger.
    MORE ON PAGE 3
  • Rookie Josh Pyne owns the longest reached base streak by an IU freshman in over a decade. His 29-game streak is the longest by a freshman in the Big Ten and he is leading all Big Ten freshmen in RBIs (39).
    MORE ON PAGE 7
  • Freshman Carter Mathison became the fourth IU freshman to reach the 10-home run mark. The rookie joined the short list with his solo blast against Nebraska.
    MORE ON PAGE 7
  • Fellow freshman Brock Tibbitts can join Mathison with double-digit home runs to become the first rookie duo to hit 10-plus homers in the same season for the Cream and Crimson.
    MORE ON PAGE 7
  • Over the last five games, Indiana’s defense has not committed an error. As a team, the Hoosiers are fielding .988 in that span, with both errors coming on failed pickoff attempts.
  • Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 5 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score on the year.
    MORE ON PAGE 7
  • Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis continues to lead the Big Ten in home runs at 13 longballs on the season. The left-handed hitter has hit some mammoth home runs so far in 2022.
    MORE ON PAGE 3 & 8
  • 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.
    MORE ON PAGE 7
  • Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 90 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.
    FULL BIO ON PAGE 4

INDIANA TO COMPETE IN 2022 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s golf team will begin postseason play with the 2022 Big Ten Championship at The Pete Dye Course in French Lick. The three-day tournament is scheduled to be played from April 29-May 1.  
 
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Big Ten Championship • French Lick, Ind.
The Pete Dye Course
Par 72 • 7033 yards
Live Scoring via 
GolfStat
 
TEAMS COMPETING (14)
Illinois, INDIANA, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin
 
INDIANA LINEUP
1. 
Drew Salyers
2. 
Mitch Davis
3. 
Clay Merchent
4. 
Ethan Shepherd
5. 
Harry Reynolds
Evan Yakubov
 
*Will travel as potential substitute
 
TOURNAMENT NOTES
• Five programs in the field rank inside the top-50 of the latest GolfWeek rankings, headlined by Illinois (No. 19). Purdue (No. 25), Ohio State (No. 29), Michigan State (No. 45), and Northwestern (No. 46) round out the highest ranked teams in the field.
• The Hoosiers will be paired with Michigan State and Northwestern in the opening round with a projected start time of 9:45 a.m. ET of the first tee box.
 
INDIANA IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Indiana has won the Big Ten Championship eight times, most recently coming in the 1997-98 season. IU has also earned runner-up accolades on 12 occasions, including the 2011-12 season.
• The Indiana program has produced eight Big Ten individual champions with Jorge Campillo (2008) being the most recent winner. Jeff Overton (2005), Shaun Michael (1991), Mike Ingram (1984), Bob Ackerman and Gary Biddinger (1975), Don Padgett (1969) and Byron Cornstock (1964)
• Last season Indiana finished sixth in the conference tournament. 
Ethan Shepherd led the Hoosiers with a ninth-place finish at 223 (79-71-73; +7).
 
TEAM NOTES
• Indiana won the Big Ten Match Play Championships team title for the second time in as many seasons. The Hoosiers took down Penn State (3.5-1.5), Purdue (3-2) and Michigan State (3-2) in consecutive matches to earn the win.
• Senior 
Mitch Davis won all three of his individual matches against the Big Ten field to secure the conference’s player of the week honors on Feb. 10.
• Sophomore 
Drew Salyers has twice been named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Sept. 8 and Sept. 22) after winning his first tournament as a member of the Cream and Crimson at the Hoosier Collegiate and earned a second-straight top-5 finish at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
• The Hoosiers check in at No. 60 in the latest GolfWeek Collegiate Rankings.

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PURDUE SOFTBALL: SENIOR DAY SET FOR SUNDAY

SERIES INFORMATION
Friday, April 29
vs. Rutgers | 4 p.m. ET | B1G+
Free mug for the first 50 students
vs. Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. ET | B1G+
 
Sunday, May 1 | Senior Day
vs. Rutgers | Noon ET | B1G+ | 
Listen
Bark in the Park | Dog leash giveaway for the first 50 dogs/dog owners
 
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Boilermaker softball squad (20-26, 3-13 Big Ten) will close out their home schedule with a three-game series vs. Rutgers (24-26, 2-15 Big Ten).

The series, adjusted due to impeding thunderstorms Saturday, will be a Friday doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the final home game of the season Sunday at Noon. Purdue will also honor its seniors postgame.
 
SCHEDULE NOTES

  • The Boilermakers have nine games remaining over the final two weeks of the regular season, including six this week.
  • Purdue’s matchup at #20 Notre Dame will also coincide with Purdue Day of Giving.
  • Set to close out their home slate this weekend vs. Rutgers, the Boilermakers will honor their seniors postgame on Sunday.
  • Purdue spent the first 36 games on the road, visiting four states over the first six weeks of play for the most games played among Big Ten squads heading into conference play.
  • Purdue registered a 10-3 record over a three-week span (3/11-3/27), marking the program’s best win streak since the 2019 season.
  • Purdue faced three ranked opponents for a total of six games, recording a 1-4 record.
  • The Boilermakers picked up their first win over a ranked opponent since 2016 and their third since 2009. with the 1-0 shutout at #22 USF last Thursday, March 17. The win also marked the first top-25 victory for head coach Boo De Oliveira.

 
PURDUE AT A GLANCE

  • Purdue is averaging a .256 batting average and a .968 fielding %.
  • The Boilermaker offense is led by Rachel Becker, who owns the 4th-best batting average and on-base % in the Big Ten at .415 and .516, respectively.
  • Purdue’s 12 triples ties as the most in the Big Ten this season.
  • As a team, the Boilermakers are averaging 6.35 hits per game while their opponents total 7.71 per game.
  • Alex Echazarreta leads the Boilermakers in the circle after tossing 92.2 innings this season. Meanwhile, the power hitter is second on the team offensively in slugging % (.626), on-base % (.441) and batting avg. (.346).

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS AT A GLANCE

  • Rutgers has out hit opponents 340- 320 this season while maintaining a .274 batting average.
  • Two Scarlet Knights rank among the Big Ten’s top-10 in multiple categories, including batting average: Kyleigh Sand checks in at 5th in the league with a .412 average while Gabrielle Callaway is 10th with a .377.
  • Moreover, Sand is the Big Ten leader with 63 hits. Additionally, she has produced 46 runs, 3rd-most in the conference and is 5th with a .508 on-base %.
  • Gabrielle Callaway, #15, leads the teams with 47 RBIs in 52 hits.
  • Leading Rutgers’s pitching staff is #9 Jaden Vickers with a 4.48 ERA. Vickers has totaled 14 wins in 24 appearances and struck out 153 batters in 151.2 innings.

 
RACHEL BECKER: SOLIDIFYING HER NAME IN PURDUE HISTORY

  • The 2021 First Team All-Big Ten selection set the Purdue single-season batting average record last year (.479), which was also fifth-best by a Big Ten player in league play history.
  • Becker also tied the Purdue single-season doubles record (18, joining 2001’s Katie Crabtree) and finished second in on-base % (.539).
  • Ranks No. 41 nationally in batting average with .415.
  • No. 35 nationally with a .516 in on-base %.
  • Played and started every game as a Boilermaker.

 
ALEX ECHAZARRETA: PLAYING HER BEST SOFTBALL YET

  • The senior owns a 3.63 ERA and has notched nine wins this season after making 25 appearances and 14 starts over 92.2 innings of work. This comes compared to 2021’s 5.06 ERA, which saw 13 appearances and 9 starts over 37.1 innings in the circle.
  • Echazarreta tossed her 100th strikeout of the season at Indiana on Tuesday and enters the weekend at 101.
  • With three complete game shutouts under her belt this season, Echazarreta is at the top of her game this year and is the only Boilermaker to have a shutout this season.
  • On her birthday, March 17th, Echazarreta shutout No. 22 USF on their home turf, allowing just two hits in the program’s first top-25 victory since 2009.
  • Echazarreta set a career-high 12 strikeouts in the complete-game shutout of Lafayette College (6 innings) on 3/11.
  • Echazarreta’s seven homers is the most by a Boilermaker in a single season since Jenny Behan in 2019 (13).

PURDUE BASEBALL: HOSTS MICHIGAN FOR PENULTIMATE HOME WEEKEND

GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Michigan (22-16, 8-4 B1G) at Purdue (23-13, 4-6 B1G)
Friday to Sunday, April 29 to May 1
Series Opener: Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. on B1G+
Middle Game: Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m. on B1G+
Series Finale: Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. on BTN
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: 
Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. U-M’s Connor O’Halloran (So, LHP)
Saturday: TBA for Purdue vs. U-M’s Cameron Weston (Jr, RHP)
Sunday: TBA for both teams

SERIES HISTORY
All-Time: Michigan leads 150-63
All-Time in West Lafayette: Michigan leads 69-35
2021: Michigan swept a 4-game set (March 12-14 in Greensville, S.C.)
Last Series in West Lafayette: Purdue swept a 3-game set (May 2018)
First Meeting: Michigan 18, Purdue 0 (April 1893 in Ann Arbor)

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS
Friday: Craft Beer Night & Mason Jar Postgame Giveaway; $1 GA Tickets for Service Personnel
Saturday: Fan Photo Booth with Purdue Pete
Sunday: Purdue Dance Marathon/Riley Family Day; BP Jersey Silent Auction; $12 Family 4-Pack Tickets

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball begins a challenging 13-game stretch run by hosting Michigan for the first time since the final regular-season weekend of the successful 2018 campaign, wrapping up a season-long homestand at Alexander Field in the process.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s series finale is a special 2 p.m. first pitch due to live coverage from the Big Ten Network, which is also streamed live on the Fox Sports app.

The Boilermakers will be wearing special jerseys for Sunday’s batting practice session and fans can purchase the jerseys via a silent auction that opens at 10 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.

The last four Purdue-Michigan series dating back to 2015 (the Boilermakers’ last visit to Ann Arbor) have ended in sweeps. Unfortunately, the Wolverines have come out victorious in three of those four series. But Purdue’s four wins in eight days against U-M late in the 2018 season helped lock up an at-large bid to an NCAA Regional.

After this weekend, the Boilermakers and Wolverines will have played a combined 14 games against each other in three different cities since Purdue’s last visit to Ray Fisher Stadium in April 2015 – the longest active stretch without playing at a Big Ten opponent’s ballpark. The Boilermakers were scheduled to open conference play at Michigan in March 2020.

Purdue enters weekend No. 6 of the conference schedule – its fifth after hosting Belmont last weekend – in the thick of the Big Ten Tournament chase, with only two games separating sixth-place Northwestern (6-6) and 10th-place Indiana (4-8). Unfortunately, the Boilermakers have the toughest remaining schedule of that group. Their final four conference opponents – Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern and Maryland – are a combined 31-17 in Big Ten play.
 
In conference play, Purdue continues to lead the Big Ten in batting average (.314), stolen bases (24-27) and fielding percentage (.984). The Boilermakers’ 8.5 runs per game clip – buoyed by their 33 runs in the two victories vs. Indiana – is also best in the league. Illinois (8.3) and Rutgers (8.1) are also averaging eight runs per game in Big Ten play and have yet to have their open weekends in the league schedule.

Michigan averaged 7.7 runs per game over the first half of its Big Ten schedule. That number was impacted by a home series vs. Iowa’s elite pitching. The Hawkeyes managed to hold U-M to seven runs while taking two of three in Ann Arbor the first weekend of April. The Wolverines have averaged 9.4 runs per game in their other nine Big Ten games.

Similar to the Indiana-Purdue series that produced 61 runs at Alexander Field, last weekend’s Michigan-Ohio State rivalry series in Ann Arbor was also a high-scoring affair with a combined 57 runs. The Wolverines rallied to win the opener in 10 innings after trailing 5-0, 7-3 and 8-6 (with two outs in the ninth). The Buckeyes returned the favor Sunday with a three-run ninth inning to win 6-5. Michigan posted consecutive six-run innings in game 2 but also surrendered 11 runs over the final three innings, holding on for a 16-13 win.

The Wolverines play Maryland and Rutgers for the final two weekends of the regular season so they figure to have a big impact on the top of the standings as the Big Ten champion is decided next month.

WEEKEND NUMBER 6 OF BIG TEN PLAY
Conference records in parentheses
• Michigan (8-4) at Purdue (4-6)
• Northwestern (6-6) at Maryland (9-3)
• Iowa (8-4) at Nebraska (5-7)
• Illinois (11-4) at Indiana (4-8)
• Rutgers (12-3) at Ohio State (3-10)
• Minnesota (2-10) at Michigan State (3-9)
• Omaha at Penn State (7-8) – Non-Conference

PURDUE’S 25 STOLEN BASES CLUB
• Jeff Allison, 33 SB in 1987 – .347, 23 XBH, 38 RBI, 39 BB, 53 R
• Dave Scheitlin, 30 SB in 1991 – .350, 12 XBH, 26 RBI, 20 BB, 41 R
• Nick Dalesandro, 27 SB in 2018 – .297, 18 XBH, 34 RBI, 37 BB, 44 R
• Dave Scheitlin, 26 SB in 1990 – .345, 13 XBH, 30 RBI, 31 BB, 57 R
• Mitch Hilligoss, 25 SB in 2005 – .404, 21 XBH, 37 RBI, 8 BB, 52 R
• Chris Dietrick, 25 SB in 1981 – .254, 8 XBH, 21 RBI, 45 BB, 48 R
• 
Curtis Washington Jr., 25 SB in 2022 – .296, 6 XBH, 22 RBI, 14 BB, 43 R

BOILERMAKERS AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS FOR STOLEN BASES
• 91 of 102 – T-7th
• 2.53 Steals Per Game – 4th
• 
Curtis Washington Jr. – 25 of 25 (T-10th), 0.69 SB/G (9th)
• 
Mike Bolton Jr. – 22 of 26 (T-19), 0.61 SB/G (18th)

ACTIVE STREAKS – ALL GAMES
• 
Cam Thompson – 36-game on-base (every game)
• 
CJ Valdez – 32-game on-base (every game)
• 
Evan Albrecht – 10-game hit in Big Ten play
• 
Curtis Washington Jr. – 24-game on-base
• 
Troy Viola – 17-game on-base, 8-game hit in Big Ten play
• 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.

ACTIVE STREAKS – HOME GAMES
• 
Curtis Washington Jr. – 16-game on-base (every game)
• 
Cam Thompson – 16-game on-base (every game)
• 
CJ Valdez – 15-game on-base (every game)
• 
Troy Viola – 10-game on-base, 9-game hit
• 
Jake Jarvis – 9-game on-base

TOP 10 IN THE BIG TEN ENTERING THE WEEKEND
• 
Mike Bolton Jr. – T-1st in Triples (4), 2nd in Stolen Bases (22), T-4th in Walks (30), T-8th in HBP (11), T-8th in Sac Bunts (3)
• 
Cam Thompson – 1st in HBP (21), T-2nd in SF (5), 3rd in RBI (47), T-5th in HR (10), 7th in SLUG (.628), 9th in OPS (1.063)
• 
Curtis Washington Jr. – 1st in Stolen Bases (25), T-6th in Runs (43)
• 
Evan Albrecht – 3rd in Batting Avg (.392), 5th in Stolen Bases (16), T-6th in Sac Bunts (4), 8th in OBP (.473)
• 
Jackson Smeltz – 2nd in Strikeouts (79), T-3rd in Wins (6), T-4th in B/Avg (.198), 6th in Innings (57 1/3), 8th in ERA (2.83)
• 
Troy Viola – T-4th in HBP (12)
• 
CJ Valdez – 7th in OBP (.476)

PURDUE WRESTLING: SET FOR U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several members of the Purdue wrestling team are set for their first national freestyle event of 2022, heading to Las Vegas for the U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Open Championships. Hosted on Friday and Saturday at the South Point Hotel & Casino, the Boilermakers will have five entries in the U20 division and two others in the senior division, scheduled to start competition at 10 a.m. PST.
 
Headlining the group of Boilermakers is freshman 
Matt Ramos, who will be the No. 2 seed at 57 kg in the Senior Open. A 2018 Cadet World Champion and third-place finisher at the 2021 UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals, Ramos is coming off a freshman season at Purdue where he finished 21-10 and advanced to the Round of 12 at the NCAA Championships, wrestling up a weight at 133 pounds.
 
Joining Ramos in the senior division will be freshman 
Dustin Norris, who is entered at 61 kg. Norris didn’t compete at the varsity level in 2021-22 but put together a 10-3 record in unattached competition. He won both the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open and the Greyhound Open at 133 pounds and placed third at the Cleveland State Open.
 
Purdue’s five U20 entries are all freshmen: 
Jaden ReynoldsStoney BuellBen VanadiaHayden Filipovich and Hayden Copass. Like Norris, none of the five competed at the varsity level in 2021-22 but posted solid results in open tournaments and unattached competition.
 
Reynolds will compete at 70 kg after building a 15-7 record at 149 pounds, while Buell is entered at 74 kg on the heels of an 18-6 season at 165 pounds. Reynolds and Buell placed at three tournaments, with Reynolds winning both the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open and Purple Raider Open, and Buell topping the Purple Raider Open.
 
Vanadia will come down to 86 kg this weekend after posting a 12-3 mark at 197 pounds during the 2021-22 season. He won the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open and Purple Raider Open, and placed fifth at the Greyhound Open. Filipovich also competed at 197 pounds this year, going 10-4 and placing at the same three tournaments as Vanadia.
 
 
Finally, Copass is set for the U20 field at 125 kg, competing for just the second time since joining the Boilermakers. He was 4-1 in the one tournament he competed in this season, taking second place at the Greyhound Open.
 
The top-seven placewinners at each weight class in the Senior division qualify for the U.S. World Team Trials, scheduled for May 20-22 in Coralville, Iowa, with the U.S. Open champion earning the No. 1 seed. The top-eight finishers at each weight in the U20 division earn a spot in the U20 World Team Trials field, scheduled for June 4-5 in Geneva, Ohio.
 
Event Schedule (all times PST)
 
Friday, April 29
10 a.m. – Preliminaries, quarterfinals, and consolations
4 p.m. – Consolations
6 p.m. – Semifinals
 
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. – Consolations and consolation semifinals
6 p.m. – All medal matches

BUTLER SOFTBALL: PROVIDENCE IN TOWN FOR @BUTLERSOFTBALL’S FINAL HOME SERIES

Series Information – PROVIDENCE
DATE:                         Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / softball field
LIVE STATS:                
Gm1 / Gm2 / Gm3
LIVE VIDEO:                                      
Gm3Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler softball team will play its final home games of the season this weekend when Providence comes to Indianapolis for a three-game BIG EAST series. The Bulldogs (27-14, 12-5 BIG EAST) currently sit in third in the conference standings, while the Friars (23-17, 9-9) are in fifth. With only six conference games remaining, both teams are battling for one of four spots in the BIG EAST tournament. DePaul is currently in the fourth position, while UConn and Villanova are at the top.

Bulldog Bits                                                        
           (as of 4-25-22)

  • Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (32nd nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.41) and is second with a 2.30 ERA. She also comes in at number two (55th) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.00) and is third (87th) in walks allowed/7 innings (1.58). Her 120 strikeouts rank fourth in the conference and she landed sixth in strikeouts/7 innings (7.9).
  • Alyssa Graves leads the BIG EAST (92nd nationally) with a 2.08 ERA. She is second (53rd) in strikeouts per seven innings (8.8) and also comes in at number two (55th) in hits allowed per 7 innings (4.77). Her 115 strikeouts land sixth in the conference.
  • Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (33rd nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 20.0 at bats per strikeout. Her seventeen stolen bases rank fifth (81st) in total and in stolen bases/game (0.44).
  • Ella White’s four sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 19th nationally.
  • Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 52nd nationally with 0.18 sacrifice bunts per game.
  • Monique Hoosen is fourth in the BIG EAST with nine home runs and eleventh in slugging percentage (0.615).
  • Bri Avery ranks sixth in the BIG EAST (98th) with sixteen stolen bases.
     
  • The Bulldogs now have 12 wins in the BIG EAST for the season. This represents the most BIG EAST Conference wins for any Butler team, surpassing the 2017 squad that went 11-9 in the conference. (In 2011, the Bulldogs won 14 games in the Horizon League.)
  • Alyssa Graves’ shutout on Sunday was her second of the season and the ninth of her career. She is now in sole possession of the fourth spot all-time at Butler. The complete game was her sixth of the season and the 36th of her career. She is now tied for seventh on Butler’s all-time career list (Kena Woods, ’95-’98 and Nikki Naffziger, ’05-’08). She has now pitched 519.0 innings in a Butler uniform and has cracked the top five on Butler’s all-time list for career innings pitched.
  • Tuesday’s win for Karli Ricketts was her 13th of the season and lands her in the tenth position on Butler’s all-time list for wins in one season.

 
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE
Series Record: Providence leads, 12-9-1
Last Meeting: April 24-25, 2021 – Providence, R.I. – Gm1: Providence 7, Butler 2;  Gm2: Butler 9, Providence 2;  Gm3: Butler 4, Providence 4 (9 in.)

  • The teams split the 2021 series, with each team winning one and the rubber match ending in a tie. Providence swept the 2019 series, and Butler took 2-of-3 in the 2018 series.

Providence’s previous series: The Friars were swept by Villanova.

  • The Friars are 23-17 overall. They have series wins against Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Georgetown.
  • Providence leads its opponents in runs (163-159) and RBIs (149-141) and trails in hits (248-267) and stolen bases (25-48).
  • Batting leaders for the Friars include Jacque Harrington (.344), Rachael Petrarca (.289), and Kari Shedrick (.264).
  • Providence most often relies on pitchers Tori Grifone (10-8, 110.2 IP, 2.78 ERA, 146 K), Daniela Alverez (8-5, 94.1 IP, 3.49 ERA, 80 K), and Jessica Walter (4-4, 55.2 IP, 3.90 ERA, 53 K).

@BUTLERUBASEBALL TO HOST #15 UCONN AT BULLDOG PARK

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and UConn will meet for the first time as conference rivals this weekend in Indianapolis. The three game series will begin on Friday afternoon with a 4 PM first pitch on BEDN. The finale has been pushed up to an 11:30 AM start for travel purposes.
 
Weekend Schedule
April 29 – 4 PM (BEDN)
April 30 – 2 PM
May 1 – 11:30 AM (FloSports)
 
Probable Starters
Friday: RHP 
Derek Drees vs. RHP Austin Peterson
Saturday: LHP 
Cory Bosecker vs. RHP Pat Gallagher
Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Enzo Stefanoni
 
Scouting #15 UConn
The Huskies are the top team in the BIG EAST Conference heading into the weekend. They posted midweek wins over Northeastern and Yale to improve their overall record to 34-8. Their only conference loss came on a Saturday vs. Villanova. They went 2-1 vs. the Wildcats after sweeping St. John’s and Seton Hall.
 
UConn leads the BIG EAST in batting average (.296), hits (441), doubles (99), triples (18), runs (338), on-base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.487), ERA (2.94), and fielding percentage (.977).
 
Erik Stock leads the conference and ranks 19th in the NCAA with a .408 batting average. He has 69 hits over 41 games to lead the BIG EAST and rank sixth in the nation. Every weekend starter for the Huskies has an ERA under 3.00. Indiana native Austin Peterson leads the BIG EAST in strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings, victories, and walks allowed per nine innings. At the end of the game, look for UConn to send Justin Willis to the mound. The senior has a team-best 10 saves in 15 appearances.
 
Last Year at UConn
The BIG EAST baseball series between Connecticut and Butler originally scheduled for April 30 through May 2 last year was canceled due to travel issues.
 
All-Time Series
Butler is 0-3 all-time against UConn. The two programs played three times during the 2004 season with the Huskies defeating the Bulldogs, 8-3, 5-2 and 10-0.
 
BIG EAST Standings
UConn 8-1, 33-8
Creighton 8-1, 23-11
Xavier 5-4, 21-21
Georgetown 5-7, 24-17
Villanova 5-7, 15-20-1
Seton Hall 3-6, 12-28
Butler 2-6-1, 18-23-1
St. John’s 2-6-1, 15-24-1
 
BIG EAST Rankings
Batting Average: 6th (.250)
ERA: 7th (7.08)
Fielding Percentage: 5th (.965)
 
Hitting Streak
Kollyn All extended his hitting streak to eight games Tuesday night with a solo home run against Indiana in the ninth inning. All homered down the right field line at Victory Park on a 1-1 count.
 
Reached Base Streaks
Kollyn All and Dominic Milano have each reached base safely in eight-straight games.
 
Welcome Back
Scott Jones returned to the lineup on April 26 after missing the team’s previous five contests with an injury. Jones went 1-for-4 in his return vs. the Hoosiers.
 
Better at Bulldog Park
The Bulldogs are 11-6 in home games this season and 5-15-1 on the road. 
James Gargano is batting .281 in Indianapolis with a team-best 18 hits. On the mound, Jon VoreLukas Galdoni and Cole Graverson are all 2-0 at Bulldog Park.
 
Alright
UConn will start three-right handed pitchers this weekend. Butler is 14-17 vs. right handers and 4-6-1 against south paws. 
Garret Gray may see more at-bats vs. the Huskies. He is batting .365 against right handed pitchers in 2022. Aaron Steinhart is also above .300 for BU.
 
Lukas Locked In
Lukas Galdoni has not walked multiple batters in a game since March 14 against Western Illinois. He has only walked five batters all season in 28.2 innings of action.
 
Up Next
Butler’s final non-conference midweek game at Bulldog Park will fall on Tuesday, May 3 against Indiana Wesleyan at 4 PM.

BALL STATE WTENNIS: SET TO HOST 2022 MAC TOURNAMENT

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State is the No. 1 seed and host for this weekend’s 2022 Mid-American Conference Women’s Tennis Championship which is scheduled to be played at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center (April 30-May 1). 

If inclement weather occurs, the tournament will be moved indoors to the Northwest YMCA. For complete tournament information, visit the MAC Championships Central page or follow the Ball State women’s tennis team on Twitter at: @BallStateWTNS

There are four team participating in the tournament: No. 1 Ball State, No. 2 Miami, No. 3 Toledo, and No. 4 Buffalo. Two semifinal matches will be played Saturday. The Cardinals will take on the Bulls at 10 a.m. ET and the RedHawks will play the Rockets at 2 p.m. ET. 

Both Ball State and Miami were crowned MAC regular season champions last weekend with the Cardinals winning the tiebreaker after defeating the RedHawks in the lone head-to-head meeting this year, therefore earning Ball State the No. 1 seed and the right to host next year’s 2023 MAC Championship in Muncie.  

Each match will consist of three doubles competitions and six singles matches.  Whichever team reaches four points first will win the match and advance in the bracket.  Once a team has clinched, the remaining courts will stop play. 

The Cardinals enter the tournament with a 17-4 overall record and an 8-2 MAC ledger. After Ball State closed out regular season action with a 4-3 win over Eastern Michigan last Sunday, the Cardinals were able to earn back-to-back MAC regular season titles for the second time under head coach Max Norris after also claiming the crown last season.

Norris has guided the program to all four of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022) and its only MAC Tournament Championship (2016), along with two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2016 and 2021).  

Ball State won all its meetings this season against Miami, Toledo, and Buffalo. The last time the Cardinals won the title was in 2016 after a 4-0 win over Western Michigan at Miami University’s Hepburn Varsity Tennis Courts. The last time Ball State hosted the tournament in 2018, Buffalo was the No. 1 seed and was crowned MAC Tournament champions.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: CARDINALS HOST CHIPPEWAS FOR MAC BATTLE OF NO. 1, NO. 2

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returns to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for a four-game series against Central Michigan and a battle between No. 1 and No. 2 in the Mid-American Conference standings. The series is scheduled to start on Friday, April 29, with first pitch coming at 3 p.m.
 
The Cardinals are coming off a series sweep at Northern Illinois, where BSU outscored NIU 43-7. Ball State enters the weekend with a 25-14 overall record and are 19-4 in MAC play, while Central Michigan has a 28-10 record and a 21-1 mark in league play.
 
Maloney Magic         
Rich Maloney won his 900th game as a head coach in game two of the doubleheader at NIU. With the series sweep, he now has 902 wins. He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 122nd in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 84th among NCAA DI coaches all-time.
 
The Wright Stuff
Amir Wright has reached base safely in 38 of the 39 games this season. He leads the team with 37 runs scored and leads the team with a .349 batting average. He has 24 walks, 21 RBIs, eight stolen bases, eight doubles, four triples, and one home run. Wright is currently 12th in the nation as the toughest to strikeout and leads the MAC with a strikeout average of 14.6. He has struck out just 10 times in 146 at bats.
 
Power Bats
The Cardinal offense features 12 guys that have combined for 43 home runs. BSU is tied for 87th in the NCAA in home runs and is third in the MAC. The team has produced 241 RBIs and has produced 262 runs.
 
Above Average Hitters
Trenton Quartermaine is second on the team with a .315 batting average. He leads the team with 11 home runs and is tied for first in the MAC. He paces the team in RBIs with 45, which is tied for 48th in the nation and second in the MAC. He also has the best slugging percentage of the Ball State attack with a .618 slugging percentage. He has a team-best 10 doubles. Quartermaine has been walked 24 times. Zach Cole is third on the team with a .309 average and has a team-best six triples, which is tied for the NCAA lead. Cole has produced 24 runs, drove in 16 runs, four home runs, and has three doubles with 12 walks. Cole is second on the team with a .555 slugging percentage. Nick Powell has bolstered a .301 average. He is second on the team with 31 RBIs. Powell has scored 30 runs, is tied for second on the team in doubles with nine and has hit two home runs. Matthew Rivera enters the weekend with a .300 batting average with 25 RBIs, 13 runs scored, four doubles, and three home runs.
 
Strikeout Staff
The Ball State pitching staff is tied for 21st in the NCAA and leads the MAC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.4.
 
Solid Staff
Tyler Schweitzer has a 6-2 record with 56 innings pitched. He has tallied a team-high 71 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .207 against him. He bolsters an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.13. Schweitzer is expected to get the start in game one. Trennor O’Donnell is projected to get the start in game two against CMU and enters the weekend with a 5-2 record. He has produced 50 strikeouts and a 4.80 ERA in 45 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.31. Ty Johnson is the scheduled starter in game three and he enters tied for the team lead in wins with a 6-2 record. Johnson has tallied 50 strikeouts in 51 innings of work with an ERA of 4.94 and a WHIP of 1.06. Ryan BrownTy Weatherly, and Nate Dohm have 20 or more strikeouts with 32, 31, and 27, respectively. The pitching staff is 11th in the NCAA with 7.58 hits allowed per nine innings, which leads the MAC.
 
Kloser Klein    
Sam Klein solidified his role as a closer as he has seven saves, which is tied for 31st in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has struck out 31 batters in 22 innings on the mound. Opponents are hitting just .198 against him.
 
Possible Starting Matchups (subject to change)
Friday: 
Tyler Schweitzer (LHP) vs. Andrew Tayler (RHP)
Saturday: 
Trennor O’Donnell (RHP) vs. Garrett Navarra (LHP)
Sunday: 
Ty Johnson (RHP) vs. Logan Buczkowski (RHP)
Monday: TBA vs. TBA
 
Weekend Schedule
Friday: 3 p.m.
Saturday: Noon
Saturday: 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.
*Times and locations are subject to change
 
Cardinals vs. Chippewas: The Series
The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 62-102 record against the Chippewas. The teams split the series last season 2-2, with BSU taking the final two games of the series. Ball State is 28-46 at home against Central Michigan, but the Cardinals are 30-25 against the Chippewas under Head Coach 
Rich Maloney.
 
Scouting Central Michigan
Andrew Tayler is scheduled to get the start in game one for CMU. He leads the team with 79 strikeouts, which is tied for 24th in the NCAA and second in the MAC. He enters with a 6-2 record. He as an ERA of 2.03 in 53 1/3 innings of work. He has a WHIP of 1.01 and opponents are hitting .185 against him. Garrett Navarra is slated to start game two and enters with a 5-2 mark. He has an ERA of 6.37 in 41 innings on the year. He has 42 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .320 against him. Logan Buczkowski looks to get the ball in game three and has a 2-1 record this season. He has 40 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings for CMU. Mario Camilletti leads the offense with a .382 batting average. He has a team-high 14 doubles and a team-best 47 runs scored. He has 30 RBIs, two home runs, and one triple. Aidan Shepardson enters with a batting average of .373 with 23 runs scored, 23 RBIs, and 11 doubles. Danny Wuestenfeld is third on the team with a .346 average. He leads the team with five home runs and 47 RBIs. He is second on the team with 12 doubles and has added 28 runs scored. Jakob Marsee posts a .341 batting average with a team-high four triples. He has added 39 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 10 doubles, and four home runs.
 
Ball State Athletics will host First Merchants Ballpark Fan Day on Saturday, April 30, as the baseball team hosts Central Michigan at noon and the softball team welcomes Bowling Green for a 1 p.m. first pitch next door.
 
It will be the event’s fourth edition of gathering the community to support Ball State baseball and softball which are both in MAC title hunts.
 
The usual exciting trip to the ballpark will be infused with more fun thanks to First Merchants Bank, as the following deals and promotions will be in play: The first 300 spectators to arrive will receive a lunch package good for a hot dog, chips, and Pepsi drink. The first 200 spectators at each venue will receive an event T-Shirt (one shirt per fan). There will be drawings for prize packs during each inning
 
As always with baseball and softball games at Ball State, admission and parking are free of charge with games taking place inside the First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: WELCOMES BOWLING GREEN; CELEBRATES SENIORS FRIDAY

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team begins the most important 10-day stretch of the season Friday, when it opens a three-game home series versus Bowling Green at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex … Due to the threat of more wet weather, the teams are now slated to play a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game Saturday also starting at 1 p.m.

» WHERE WE STAND: Ball State enters the week fourth in the Mid-American Conference standings with its 12-8 league record … It is a key spot, as only the top four teams will advance to the 2022 MAC Tournament hosted by the No. 1 seed … Miami currently leads the league at 17-3, while Central Michigan (13-7) and Ohio (14-8) are both a game ahead of the Cardinals … A half-game behind BSU in the standings is this weekend’s opponent Bowling Green at 11-8 … Akron is also within striking distance, 1.5 back of Ball State with a 12-11 league ledger.

» THE NEXT 10 DAYS: The next 10 days will be key for the Cardinals, as they battle both teams directly behind them in the standings, as well as the league leader, looking to secure a spot in the MAC Tournament … After hosting BGSU this weekend, the Cardinals travel to Miami for a midweek series before closing the regular season at home against Akron.

» SENIOR FRIDAY: The Ball State softball team will honor its outgoing seniors Friday following the series opener versus Bowling Green.

» BALLPARK DAY: Saturday, Ball State Athletics will host First Merchants Ballpark Fan Day … It’s the fourth edition of gathering the community to support Ball State baseball and softball which are both in MAC title hunts … The usual exciting trip to the ballpark will be infused with more fun thanks to First Merchants Bank, as the following deals and promotions will be in play:
  – First 300 spectators to arrive will receive a lunch package:  hot dog, chips, and Pepsi drink 
  – First 200 spectators at each venue will receive an event T-Shirt (one shirt per fan)
  – There will be drawings for prize packs during each inning

» HOW TO FOLLOW: This weekend’s series versus Bowling Green will be streamed LIVE on BallStateSports.com … In addition, live stats will be provided courtesy of Ball State Athletics … Fans can also get regular updates by following the team on Twitter – @BallStateSB … Links can be found on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.

BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:
» PERFECTION: Freshman pitcher 
Angelina Russo threw Ball State’s first recorded perfect game in the nightcap of the April 20 doubleheader versus Western Michigan … In helping lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory, Russo retired all 21 batters she faced over the 7.0 inning game … She struck out 10 total batters, including eight of WMU’s first nine … She also helped herself out on defense by registering a pair of assists, including fielding a soft grounder for out 20 of 21.

» NEAR PERFECTION: Ball State’s pitchers had flirted with perfect games before 
Angelina Russo’s gem, falling a walk shy of perfection on four occasions, most recently in a combined no-hitter by Aeshia Miles (3.0 innings) and Alyssa Rothwell (2.0 innings) in a 15-0 (5) victory over St. Bonaventure on March 17, 2018 … BSU has also been both an error shy and a hit batter shy of perfection as well.

» HOW ABOUT NO HITTERS: In addition to being the first recorded perfect game in program history, 
Angelina Russo’s effort marked just the 17th time BSU’s pitchers have surrendered no hits in a game dating back through the 1980 season.

» SHUTOUTS ARE GOOD TOO: In addition to 
Angelina Russo’s perfect game, each of Ball State’s last three wins have come via shutout … Junior Deborah Jones started off the April 20 doubleheader versus Western Michigan with a 5-0 shutout victory, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks to go along with six strikeouts … Jones added a second shutout last Sunday versus Buffalo, limiting the Bulls to two hits and one walk, while striking out nine … BSU pitchers have four complete game shutouts on the season, with Jones adding a third in the 11-0 (5) win at Northern Illinois on April 6.

» 200 CAREER Ks: With her fourth of six strikeouts in the April 20 win over WMU, 
Deborah Jones also became just the 15th pitcher in program history to register 200 career strikeouts … Jones enters the Bowling Green series ranked 15th on BSU’s all-time list with 214 strikeouts, while her 5.81 strikeouts-per-seven innings ranks sixth.

» BEHIND THE PLATE: One constant in all four of Ball State’s shutout wins this season, including the first perfect game in program history, has been senior catcher Delaine Johnson … She’s caught all four games, leading the squad with 29 putouts to go along with a pair of assists … Johnson has also lent a hand on offense, which out-scored opponents 25-0 over the four games, by tying for team-high honors with five RBI and adding a double and home run.

» VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Senior outfielder 
Faith Hensley has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Ball State offense with a .422 batting average this season … The mark currently ranks second in the MAC and 30th among all NCAA Division I players … She has reached base safely in 41 of the 43 games she has played, including via a hit in 34 contests … Hensley leads the team and ranks first in the MAC in walks (31) and on base percentage (.552), while ranking second in the league in RBIs (37), runs scored (45), home runs (17), hits (54), triples (3), slugging percentage (.898).

» ON BALL STATE’S CAREER CHARTS: A 2021 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection, 
Faith Hensley enters the Bowling Green series ranked first in program history with a .504 career on base percentage … She is also second on BSU’s all-time charts in both batting average (.395) and slugging percentage (.747) … Over 304 career at bats, Hensley has tallied 120 total hits, including 25 home runs, 22 doubles and five triples … She has also drawn 57 walks and been hit by a pitch 11 times.

» HENSLEY GOING YARD: 
Faith Hensley’s 25 career home runs currently tie for eighth on BSU’s career charts with her 17 in 2022 ranking as the fourth-most in a season in program history … The only player with more home runs in a single season in a Ball State uniform is two-time All-American and 2021 Olympic medalist Jennifer Gilbert (23 in 2013, 19 in 2014 and 18 in 2012).

» GOING YARD – PART 2: Ball State’s sluggers have blasted 51 total home runs this season, with 11 different players getting into the action … The newest addition to the Ball State Softball #BombSquad came April 23 at Buffalo when freshman 
Emma Richards blasted her first career home run in the opening game of a doubleheader versus Buffalo … She wasted little time picking up her second blast, adding another in the nightcap against the Bulls.

» ON THE BASE PATHS: Sophomore outfielder 
Remington Ross enters the Bowling Green series ranked third in the league with 19 stolen bases … She started the season a perfect 13-for-13 before being narrowly thrown out when attempting to steal third versus Kent State (April 1) … Since then, Ross has gone 6-for-6, pushing her to 19-for-20 on the year … Ross has also shown off her speed at the plate with eight bunt singles so far this year.

» MATHEWS HEATING UP: Sophomore 
Kaitlyn Mathews has been on fire as of late, leading the Cardinals over the last 10 games with a .393 batting average … She has 11 hits over the span, including her first two career home runs, and ranks second on the team with seven RBIs.

» TURNING TWO: On the defensive front, the Cardinals enter the week tied for ninth nationally with 22 double plays turned this season … Ball State’s 0.50 double plays-per-game average is 11th among the 293 ranked NCAA Division I programs.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: SERIES PREVIEW: BOSTON COLLEGE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team returns to Frank Eck Stadium this weekend to renew their rivalry with Boston College. The Eagles are making their first trip to South Bend since 2018 and the series gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. ET from Frank Eck Stadium. Friday and Sunday’s matchups will be streamed on ACC Network Extra while Saturday’s contest will be on ACC Network. Prior to Saturday’s game, former head coach Paul Mainieri and a number of players from the 2002 College World Series team will be honored as part of their reunion weekend.

BY THE NUMBERS

.747        The Irish are 71-24 (.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.

.800        The Irish own an 28-7 record (.800) at home under head coach Link Jarrett.

.982        Notre Dame is eighth in the NCAA and first in the ACC in fielding percentage with a .984 mark this season. The Irish have committed 24 errors in 947 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.

1.23        Notre Dame is 10th in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.23 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 246 hits and 143 walks in 315.2 innings pitched.

3.56        The Irish rank 13th nationally and are second in the ACC in team ERA with 3.56. They have given up 125 earned runs in 315.2 innings this season.

7.01        The Irish are fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.01 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 246 hits in 315.2 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.

10.8        The Irish rank 14th in the NCAA and fifth in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.8. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 378 batters in 315.2 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.

17           Notre Dame is 17-3-1 all-time in regular-season series under Jarrett. The Irish are 6-1-1 in ACC series at Frank Eck Stadium and are 15-3-1 in ACC series over the past two-plus seasons.

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.

20           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 20th time this season in the 21-3 win over Wake Forest on April 23. They are 20-0 this season and 46-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

42           The Irish scored 42 runs in their series sweep of Wake Forest on April 22-24. It set the program record for most runs in an ACC series since joining the conference in 2014. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993 when the Irish scored 48 runs in a sweep of Dayton when they were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

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 Eagles Take the Holy War to the Diamond

The Irish are set to face off with rival Boston College this weekend at Frank Eck Stadium for the second to last home series of the regular season.

The Irish hold a 35-18 advantage all-time over Boston College and are 13-4 in games played in South Bend.

The Irish have yet to lose a series to Boston College in South Bend in program history.

Last time the two teams met, the Irish won both games of a double-header to clinch the series in Brighton in 2021.

The Irish faced a 9-1 deficit in the eighth inning and scored 12 runs in the inning, including eight with two outs, to gain their first lead of the game.

David LaManna beat out an infield single in the eighth that scored two runs to put the Irish in front. Later in the inning, Jack Brannigan stole home and Kyle Hess hit a two-RBI double to increase the lead.

Liam Simon and Aidan Tyrell closed out the final two innings to secure the series win, the eighth ACC series win of the season for the Irish.

This year the Eagles head into the matchup with a 16-26 overall record and are 3-18 in ACC play.

They are coming off a 1-4 week where they got swept in the weekend series against Virginia Tech, fell in a midweek against UMass Lowell but defeated Rhode Island in a midweek matchup.

The Irish dropped their midweek to Michigan State but are coming off a weekend sweep of Wake Forest, their fourth ACC series sweep of the season.

Home Sweet Home

After not being able to play a home game in his first season due to the pandemic, the Irish have been dominant at Frank Eck Stadium over the past two seasons.

The Irish hold a 28-7 (.800) record at home under Link Jarrett and have a current 11-game winning streak at Frank Eck Stadium.

It is the longest home-winning streak in a single season since 2006 when the Irish won 20-straight games at home.

Notre Dame is 6-1-1 in home ACC series since Jarrett took over and three of those six series wins have been sweeps.

The Irish are undefeated in home midweek matchups over the past two seasons. They won all three home midweeks in 2020 and are 6-0 this season in midweek matchups. The Irish also swept all three games of the 2021 South Bend Regional at Frank Eck Stadium.

NOTRE DAME WLAX: IRISH TAKE ON DUKE IN ACC QUARTERFINALS

#20 NOTRE DAME VS. #7 DUKE

Date/Time: Friday, April 29— 2:30 p.m.
Location:  South Bend, Ind. – Arlotta Stadium
Live Stream: 
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FOR STARTERS

  • The Irish will take on the Duke Blue Devils for an ACC quarterfinal matchup. This is the second time the Irish and Blue Devils will meet this seseason.
  • There will be live stats available and the matchup will be aired live on the ACC Network.
  • The Irish (8-8, 3-5 ACC) enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed and meet fourth-seeded Duke (15-2, 6-2 ACC) in the quarterfinals this Friday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • The winner of the Notre Dame/Duke contest will take on the winner of the Louisville-Pittsburgh/North Carolina quarterfinal on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
  • Entering the ACC tournament, Kasey Choma leads the team with 51 goals.
  • Bridget Deehan established a new career high for the second time this season. She notched 19 saves in the matchup against North Carolina.
  • Madison Mote tallied a career high in goals and points against Duke with five goals, two assists, and seven points.
  • Maddie Howe notched a new career high against the Yale Bulldogs with seven goals.
  • Hannah Dorney leads the Irish with 23 caused turnovers and currently ranks fifth in the ACC with an average of 1.31 caused turnovers per game. She also ranks seventh in the ACC in ground balls with an average of 1.94 ground balls per game.
  • Bridget Deehan ranks second in the ACC in saves percentage (.452) and second in saves per game (8.75).
  • Sophomore Lilly Callahan appeared in goal for the Irish against Detroit Mercy where she saved a career high six shots.
  • Freshman Ciara Mazzone made her way into play against Detroit Mercy and recorded her first collegiate career goal.
  • Madison Ahern is ninth in the ACC in points per game with 4.00 points per game, and she is also fourth in shots per game with 6.63.
  • Jackie Wolak is 10th in the ACC in assists per game with 1.38.

THE NOTRE DAME – DUKE SERIES

  • The Irish and Blue Devils will be meeting for the 23rd  time overall on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium.
  • This is the second meeting of the season for these two teams, and the third consecutive meeting in the ACC quarterfinals.
  • Madison Mote led the way for the Irish offense, scoring a career-high five goals to go with two assists in the last matchup.
  • Bridget Deehan collected nine saves in net for the sixth time this season.
  • Irish head coach Christine Halfpenny spent three seasons (2004-06) as an assistant coach at Duke.

2022 ACC TOURNAMENT

  • The #8/#9 seed game, the quarterfinal games, and the semifinal games of the 2022 ACC Championship is being played at Arlotta Stadium at the University of Notre Dame, and will be televised on ACC Network.
  • On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Boston College meets No. 7 seed Virginia Tech and No. 3 seed Syrcause faces No. 6 seed Virginia.
  • The championship game is slated for Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET, and will take place at the remaining highest seed.

IRISH IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

  • This marks Notre Dame’s eighth trip to the ACC Tournament since joining the conference in 2014.
  • The Irish will be aiming for their fourth trip (2016, 2018) to the ACC Semifinals and first-ever appearance in the ACC Championship Game.
  • Notre Dame owns a 3-4 mark all-time in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

IN THE POLLS

  • After sixteen games of the 2022 season, the Irish are ranked No. 20 in  the IWLCA/IL Women poll.
  • The Irish were  ranked No. 5 in the IL Women/IWLCA Preseason Poll.
  • Five other ACC programs are currently ranked in the top-25 according to the  IL Women/IWLCA Preseason Poll, including #1 North Carolina, #2 Boston College, #3 Syracuse, and #7 Duke, and #16 Virginia.
  • The Irish checked in at #7 in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll.

TOP FIVE SCHEDULE

  • The Fighting Irish have played eight  top-25 opponents in the 2022 season.
  • The ACC is home to six ranked opponents in #1 North Carolina, #2 Boston College, #3 Syracuse, #7 Duke,  #16 Virginia, and #20 Notre Dame.
  • Notre Dame has one of the top five hardest schedules in Division I women’s lacrosse according to lacrossereference.com.

IL MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICANS

  • Madison Ahern and Kasey Choma were named midseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse/IL Women on March 31, 2022.
  • Both earned honorable mention honors.

ALL-ACC ACCOLADES

  • On April 26 Kasey Choma, Madison Ahern, and Bridget Deehan were named to the All-ACC Team. 
  • Choma earned All-ACC First Team honors after tallying 51 goals, 28 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. 
  • Ahern was voted All-ACC Second Team with 50 goals, and 15 assists for 65 points. 
  • Deehan was named All-ACC Second Team after 140 saves and .452 save percentage in the 2022 season.
  • Grace Weigand was named to the All-ACC Freshman team after a breakout first season. She recorded 10 draw controls, six caused turnoverss, and two assists after recording six starts throughout the season.

100 Point CLub

  • In the 2022 season, three  Irish have notched their 100th career point.
  • Kasey Choma tabbed her 100th point in the 20-5 victory over Jacksonville on March 13.
  • Madison Ahern tallied her 100th career point in the thrilling 12-10 victory over the ranked #13 Virginia Cavaliers.
  • Jackie Wolak marked her 100th career point in the Irish win over Marquette.
  • There are four active players who have surpassed the 100 career points mark; Maddie Howe, Kasey Choma, Madison Ahern, and Jackie Wolak.
  • Diana Kelly picked up her 100th career ground ball in the win against Marquette. She is second on the team in ground balls (24) and draw controls (50). 
  • In the 2022 season opener against Central Michigan, Maddie Howe notched her 200th career point, and is now third all-time in program history with 250 points.

Notre Dame All-Time Point Leaders

1. Jillian Byers (2006-09) 336 

2. Cortney Fortunato (2014-17) 311 

3. Maddie Howe (2018-present) 250

4. Crysti Foote (2003-06) 237 

5. Caitlin McKinney (2005-08) 232 

6. Maggie Tamasitis (2009-12) 228 

7. Gina Scioscia (2007-10) 222 

8. Danielle Shearer (2000-03) 196 

8. Lael O’Shaughnessy (1998-01) 190 

10. Shaylyn Blaney (2008-11) 188 

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: KRISTINA LYNCH COMES HOME

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  A two-time NCAA national champion will come home for her graduate season as Kristina Lynch will join the Notre Dame women’s soccer team for the 2022 fall campaign. Hailing from Granger, Indiana, Lynch attended Penn High School and will be tranferring in from Florida State. 

“We are all very excited to add Kristina to our team,” the Doug & Lisa Jones Family Head Coach Nate Norman said. “As she grew up in the area we have watched Kristina play since high school. I have always thought Kristina to be one of the most talented attacking players in the country.  She is going to be a huge addition to an already talented attacking team.  

“She loves to run at players 1v1 , but also has the ability to combine and get behind defenders with her movement off the ball.  We can’t wait to be able to work with her and are very happy she decided to come back home to finish her college soccer career.”

Lynch played in 24 games, with 16 starts, amassing over 1,000 minutes for the Seminoles on their way to a 2021 national championship. Lynch tallied two goals, including one against No. 25 SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Lynch also helped Florida State to a national title in 2018 as a freshman, where she totaled 10 points on four goals and two assists. In fact, one of her goals was the game-winner in the ACC Championship bout against No. 3 North Carolina. 

All-in-all, Lynch boasts 12 career goals, including three game-winners. She’s played in 77 games with 51 starts, totaling over 3,274 minutes on the pitch. 

“I am so excited to play for Notre Dame this fall and finish out my college soccer career back home in front of family and friends. I remember attending multiple soccer camps growing up and watching numerous games at Alumni Stadium hoping to one day play for the Irish. It is really special to have this opportunity and I am so thankful to Coach Nate, Jason, and Dawn for believing in me and making the dream a reality. I look forward to playing with my new teammates and to the challenges and successes that lie ahead. Go Irish!”

Lynch also got it done off the pitch, being named a four-time All-ACC Academic Team member. Not to mention, she was the 2020-21 NCAA Elite 90 winner – given to the player with the highest G.P.A. at the College Cup. 

For local Irish fans who might remember her high school career, she set Penn single-season records for goals (44), assists (26) and points (107), while also holding career records with 130 goals, 68 assists and 328 points. Lynch was both the 2017 United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer National High School Player of the Year, along with the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. 

MASTODON SOFTBALL WELCOMES PENGUINS TO WARRIOR PARK ON ESPN+

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will play three games against Youngstown State this weekend on ESPN+ at Indiana Tech’s Warrior Park.


Game Day Information
Who: Youngstown State Penguins (26-22, 11-9 Horizon League) at Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-36, 6-14 Horizon League)
When: April 29-30
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. – Warrior Park

Live Stats: Link

Watch: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

Schedule of Games
Friday, April 29 – Single game at 3 PM
Saturday, April 30 – Doubleheader at noon

Know Your Foe
Youngstown State is 26-22 this season and 11-9 in Horizon League play. After starting the season 2-5, the Penguins rattled off six straight wins. YSU started the Horizon League season with three wins over Detroit Mercy and taking a 2-1 edge in the UIC series. The Penguins are coming off two losses at Oakland after a 3-0 weekend at Green Bay. YSU is led by Yazmine Romero, who is batting .370 this season with 12 RBIs. Conchetta Rinaldi and Megan Turner are the team’s leaders in RBIs with 27 and 25. Elle Buffenbarger (17-9) is the team’s best pitcher with a 2.87 ERA.

Series History
Youngstown State leads the all-time series 4-3 and 3-1 since the Mastodons joined the Horizon League. The two teams met in Florida for neutral site games in 2002 and 2009, which the Mastodons won two of three. The ‘Dons won the last game of last season’s four-game series in Youngstown 11-6, which featured two RBIs from Emma McMillan.

Best When It’s Best
Sonia Solis is batting .444 this season with runners in scoring position. She is also 5-for-6 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 playing 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 119, 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 .633 which is sixth and has an OPS of 1.040 for eighth in the league
>> Alise Hale has scored 14 runs, which is seventh in the league. Emma McMillan is eighth in the league with 13.
>> Sonia Solis owns the league’s second-best mark of 16 RBIs. Brooke Wintlend’s 14 is fifth in the league.
>> Brooke Wintlend has four home runs, which is fourth in the league.
>> Taryn Jenkins has drawn the fourth-most walks in the league with nine.
>> Shaina Eyre has struck out 36, which is 10th in the league, and 14 strikeouts looking which is fifth.
>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre are two of the 10 players with at least one save in league play.

Going Long for the First Time
Emma McMillan had the first home run of her career on Wednesday, April 27 at Dayton. It was a two-run shot over the center field wall.

Think Pink!
Friday, May 6 will be the Mastodons’ annual Pink Out game. In early February, Purdue Fort Wayne raised 7,500 dollars for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The check was delivered to the Vera Bradley Foundation during halftime of a women’s basketball game on February 5. There was a luncheon prior to the game to recognize breast cancer survivors. The softball team will wear pink uniforms to celebrate the Mastodons’ donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation.

Senior Day is Coming Up…
The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will recognize seven seniors on May 7 for Senior Day: Ashley Haas, Shaina Eyre, Camryn Mosher, Alise Hale, Lauren McConnell, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan.

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 dropped a pair of games at Dayton 10-6 and 7-5.

Next Time Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will host Northern Kentucky for the final league series of the regular season on May 6-7 at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: SYCAMORES WELCOME MISSOURI STATE TO WRAP UP HOME STAND

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes out its eight-game home stand this weekend as the Sycamores welcome Missouri State to Bob Warn Field for a three-game Missouri Valley series. First pitch in the weekend is set for Friday night at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) will close out the series. All three games are set to be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.
 
Evansville Recap
It was a home run-heavy weekend for Indiana State baseball as the Sycamores combined to hit eight home runs over the three-game series with Evansville. The weekend included 
Keegan Watson’s walk-off solo home run in the series opening win over the Purple Aces, while the Sycamores tied the school-record with six blasts in the Sunday series finale.
 
In Friday’s opener, it took 
Keegan Watson just two pitches to highlight the weekend as the redshirt senior cleared the left field wall by a wide margin in ISU’s 7-6 win over Evansville. Watson was also the hero earlier in the contest with the game-tying double in the bottom of the seventh inning to highlight his day. Randall Diaz also homered for the fifth time of the year in the ISU win, while Joey Hurth picked up his fifth win of the season on the mound in relief.
 
The Sycamore bats were silenced in Saturday’s contest as Indiana State fell in the second game of the series to Evansville, 14-0. 
Jordan Schaffer and Joe Kido both doubled in the contest to highlight Indiana State at the plate, but it wasn’t enough for the Sycamores to make a dent in UE starter Nick Smith’s complete-game effort.
 
With wind gusts reaching between 20-30 miles-per-hour on Sunday, the bats on both sides came to life as the teams combined to hit nine home runs (six from Indiana State) in the win. All nine Indiana State runs came by way of home runs with 
Keegan Watson’s two-run shot and Tyler Nelson’s three-run blast pushing across extra runs in the contest. Aaron Beck connected on a pair of home runs as ISU’s six home runs tied the school record last matched in 1983 in the 12-9 loss to Evansville.
 
Scouting Missouri State
Missouri State was selected sixth overall in the Missouri Valley preseason poll with the Bears picking up 32 points in the preseason poll. MSU welcomed back seven position starters and three key pitchers from last year’s 21-23 team, accounting for 67% of last season’s hits, 72% of home runs, 69% of RBI, 72% of game-winning RBI and 73% of stolen bases.
 
Missouri State still is scheduled to play Saint Louis at the time of this writing, with the Bears entering their midweek contest with a 18-18 overall record and 3-6 mark in Missouri Valley play on the season. MSU has posted a 9-8 record at home and an 8-8 mark away from Hammons Field this season on the year. Notable wins for the Bears include taking non-conference series against Central Arkansas, Arkansas State, Southeast Missouri State, Nevada, and Samford.
 
Missouri State started off the 2022 conference slate slow with the Bears getting swept on back-to-back weekends at Dallas Baptist and against Evansville, before taking all three games on the road against Valparaiso to sit 3-6 in conference play.
 
Five different Missouri State players have posted above .300 batting averages on the season led by Mason Greer’s .366 batting average. Dakota Kotowski leads the MVC with 18 home runs while sitting among the conference leaders with 41 RBI. Spencer Nivens (.345) and Drake Baldwin (.343) are also among the team hitting leaders to pace a MSU offense connecting at a .295 clip on the year.
 
The pitching rotation for the weekend will likely include Adam Link (4-4, 3.79 ERA) and Reece Lang (1-2, 5.08) as the duo have combined for 19 of the team’s 36 starts on the year. Link leads the way with 57.0 innings pitched while posting a 41:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while Lang is allowing opponents to hit .256 from the plate over his 39.0 innings. Forest Barns (4-2, 3.99 ERA) is also among the team pitching leaders with 12 appearances, while Trey Ziegenbein has posted a team-high 21 appearances on the mound.
 
Bears Top Players
Missouri State put two players on the preseason All-MVC team with catcher Drake Baldwin and reliever Trey Ziegenbein both earning the recognition on the year. Baldwin lived up to the early season hype with an eight-game hitting streak to open the year on his way to a .343 batting average, while adding 10 doubles and six home runs. Ziegenbein sits among the conference’s ERA leaders (3.89) on the season over his 21 appearances while adding two saves.
 
Opponent History
Missouri State leads the all-time series between the two teams, 75-46, dating back to the inaugural matchup on March 30, 1972. The Sycamores took the first contest between the two squads, 9-6, at the Centenary Invitational. ISU took the season series against the Bears last season in Springfield with the Sycamores taking three of the four contests, snapping a three-year series losing streak to Missouri State dating back to 2016.
 
Last Time against Missouri State
Indiana State took three of the four games against the Bears last season at Hammons Field over the second weekend of May to take the conference series. ISU utilized a 
Geremy Guerrero complete-game in the opening 7-2 win in Friday’s doubleheader, while Missouri State bounced back to even the series at 1-1 with a 4-3 extra-inning win in the evening contest. ISU swept the final two games of the weekend thanks to Jordan Schaffer and Miguel Rivera home runs, while Tristan Weaver posted a 10-strikeout game in the 13-2 Saturday win, before Indiana State took the 5-2 series finale on Sunday.
 
Sycamores in the MVC
Indiana State enters the weekend on a three-way tie for first-place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with a 6-3 mark on the year. The Sycamores are tied with Southern Illinois (6-3) and Evansville (6-3), while Dallas Baptist (5-4) and Bradley (5-4) are one game back. The Sycamores still have home weekend series against 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 moved to 10-5 overall inside the friendly confines of Bob Warn Field this past weekend as the Sycamores fell in two of the three games to visiting Evansville in conference play. The Sycamores are hitting .291 at home this season while averaging 6.4 runs and 9.6 hits per game over their 15 home games. The Sycamores have added 61 total extra-base hits on the year with 16 coming this past weekend in the series against Evansville. Overall, 21 of ISU’s 33 home runs this season have come at home.
 
Aaron Beck (.444) has been heating up at the plate as the calendar turned to April with the redshirt senior reaching base in eight consecutive plate appearances last week on his way to being nominated for conference player of the week honors. He added his first two-homer game of the 2022 season in the Sunday finale against Evansville and currently leads the Sycamores over his 10 games at Bob Warn. Randall Diaz and Josue Urdaneta have both homered four times at home, while Sean Ross has added a team-high 19 hits and eight doubles.
 
The home field has also been particularly kind to the Sycamores pitching staff with 
Matt Jachec (3-0, 2.43 ERA) leading the way. The redshirt sophomore has boasted a team-best 26:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his four starts, while Brennyn Cutts (1-1, 4.05 ERA), and Luke Patzner (1-1, 5.03 ERA) have also been effective on the mound. Joey Hurth (3-1, 3.95 ERA) has been lights out in the bullpen with a team-high 10 appearances. Overall, six different ISU pitchers have reached double-digit strikeouts in home games, while the Sycamores are allowing opponents to hit just .232 from the plate at Bob Warn Field.

Follow the Sycamores
For the latest information on the Sycamore Baseball team, make sure to check out 
GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media including FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Fans can also receive updates on Sycamore Athletics by downloading the March On App from both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

IUPUI MEN’S TENNIS: THREE JAGS EARN #HLTENNIS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced their tennis All-League awards today with senior Alex Jochim named to the All-Horizon League First Team. Graduate Student Sean Bailey and freshman Kamil Kozerski earned All-Horizon League Second Team. 
 
Jochim, a senior from London, was named Horizon League Singles Player of the Week and two-time Horizon League Doubles Team of the week with partner 
Emil Jankowski. He recorded 11 singles wins at No. 1 singles along with a team-high 11 doubles wins. Jochim earned All-Horizon League Second Team last year along with Horizon League Freshman of the Year and All-Horizon League First Team after his rookie season.
 
Graduate student, Bailey was named All-Horizon League Second Team for the second time in his career with the first coming after his sophomore year. Bailey totaled nine singles wins, six of those in the No. 2 spot. He also recorded five doubles wins with various partners throughout the season.
 
Kozerski, a freshman out of Des Plaines, Ill., was also named to the All-Horizon League Second Team. The freshman totaled a team-high 13 singles wins spread across the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots. He earned Horizon League Singles Player of the Week and recorded a total of seven doubles wins with various partners.
 
The IUPUI men’s tennis team begins the Horizon League Tournament on Saturday, April 30 when they face Cleveland State at 11:00 AM in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: BASEBALL TO RETIRE JAMEY CARROLL’S NUMBER, HOST BRADLEY FOR MVC SERIES THIS WEEKEND

EVANSVILLE – One of the greatest to ever wear an Evansville jersey will see his number retired as part of an important weekend for the University of Evansville baseball team this weekend as the Aces host Bradley for a three-game MVC series, beginning on Friday at 6 PM at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: Bradley

  • The Aces and Braves are meeting for the 103rd time when the two sides clash on Friday with UE owning a 58-44 advantage in the series.
  • Evansville captured last season’s series, earning a 2-1 series win over the Braves at Dozer Park on April 9 & 11, 2021.
  • Bradley enters the weekend in a tie for fourth in the MVC standings with a 5-4 conference record, just one back of Evansville, while holding a 13-21 overall record.
  • The Aces have won five of the last six meetings in the series, but all six of those contests have been played in Peoria.


Retiring a Great

  • On Saturday, the Evansville baseball program will honor one of its all-time greats.
  • Playing from 1994-96, Jamey Carroll will see his #23 retired prior to Saturday’s game.
  • An 11-year MLB veteran, Carroll spent time playing for the Expos/Nationals, Rockies, Twins, Cleveland, Dodgers, and Royals from 2002-13.
  • Carroll was elected to the UE Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • The first 250 fans for Saturday’s game will receive a Jamey Carroll signed commemorative baseball.


Amassing RBI

  • The top five in the Aces lineup have been the driving force to a high-scoring offense.
  • Evansville’s one through five in the order all have 30-or-more RBI and all rank inside the top 10 in the MVC in the category.
  • Leading the team, Mark Shallenberger is tied for first in The Valley with 42 RBI, while Tanner Craig is just one RBI back with 41.

Valpo Baseball: Seeks Third Straight Road Series Win at SIU

Valparaiso (11-23, 2-7 MVC)
at Southern Illinois (26-11, 6-3 MVC)
Itchy Jones Stadium | Carbondale, Ill.


Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. CT – RHP Colin Fields
Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. CT– LHP Jake Miller
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team has won each of its last two road series, going on the road to take series from a pair of quality programs in Illinois State and UIC. The Beacons will head back to the Land of Lincoln this week with hopes of continuing their road success at Southern Illinois.

Recently in Valpo Baseball: Winds blowing out in excess of 20 miles per hour altered the complexion of this past weekend’s series with Missouri State, as the visiting Bears slugged six home runs in Saturday’s doubleheader and three more on Sunday en route to a three-game sweep of host Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Beacons pounded out 12 hits in the first game of the series but had just two runs to show for it in a 14-2 loss that was shortened to eight innings due to the 10-run rule after Missouri State scored seven in the top of the eighth. Valpo dropped Saturday’s second game 9-4 and was limited to three hits in a 6-1 loss on Sunday that was shortened to seven innings due to lightning. Valpo followed that up with a heartbreaking 6-5 setback at Big Ten foe Purdue on Tuesday. The Beacons led 2-0 early and regained the lead at 5-3 in the top of the seventh, but the Boilermakers forced extras and eventually walked off with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the 10th.

Following the Beacons: All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3. Links to live video and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter. 

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (165-258), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 9-5 lead in the all-time series with Southern Illinois, which dates back to 1966. The Salukis ended Valpo’s season a year ago with an 11-5 win on their home field in the MVC Tournament in Carbondale. That came after Valpo won three of four at Emory G. Bauer Field during the regular season. Valpo has won six of the seven regular-season matchups, but all of those have occurred in Northwest Indiana. This will be Valpo’s first regular-season visit to SIU since dropping two of three in 2018.

200-Hit Pace: Sophomore Kaleb Hannahs collected his 100th career hit during this weekend’s series against Missouri State, putting him well on pace to reach the 200-hit milestone by the end of his collegiate career. If he eventually reaches that threshold, he would become just the 11th player in program history and first since Spencer Mahoney in 2015 with 200 career hits. Chase Dawson came close in 2019, but finished his career with 199 hits. Hannahs reached the 100-hit milestone during Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Missouri State, when he had two hits in each game. Kyle Schmack, also a sophomore in terms of eligibility but in his third year in the program due to the COVID year, enters this weekend series at SIU with 98 career hits.

Flexibility is Paramount: So far this season, three weekends have stayed on schedule, while seven weekend series (including this past weekend’s series vs. Missouri State) have included at least one schedule change due to weather. Valpo has played a doubleheader in eight of 10 weekends (seven due to weather-related changes, one scheduled doubleheader). The weather forecast is not favorable for this weekend’s series with the Salukis staying on schedule.

A Look at the Leaderboards: Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.8 and strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.57. Bobby Nowak ranks 31st nationally and second in The Valley with seven saves. Colin Fields leads the MVC and ranks 18th in the nation with 82 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks fifth nationally with 14.28 strikeouts per nine innings. Jake Miller ranks third in the MVC in walks per nine innings at 12.23. Nolan Tucker ranks ninth in the league in hitting at .346. Fields is eighth in the league in ERA at 3.83.

Notes Wrapping Up Purdue

  • This marked Valpo’s first extra-inning game of the season and first since beating Missouri State in 10 innings in the MVC Tournament on May 25, 2021 in Carbondale.
  • Valpo fell to 2-3 in one-run games and 5-7 in games decided by two runs or fewer this season.
  • Valpo continued to play tight games against their instate, power-five foes from the Big Ten Conference. Valpo has played Purdue seven times during Brian Schmack’s head coaching tenure, and all seven have been decided by four runs or fewer including a pair of Valpo victories.
  • Kade Reinertson went 2-for-3 with two walks, reaching base four times to pace the Beacon bats. This was his first collegiate multi-hit game.
  • Alex Thurston’s triple was his second of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • Brady Renfro moved into the team lead in RBIs with 23 thanks to his bases-clearing double. That also extended his on-base streak to 11.
  • Connor Lockwood pitched well but received no decision and was charged with five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four over six plus innings.

Notes Wrapping Up Missouri State (April 22-24)

  • Brady Renfro belted his team-leading seventh home run of the season and the 11th of his collegiate career in Saturday’s second game.
  • Renfro became the third Valpo player this season to drive in his 20th run of the year.
  • Alex Thurston launched his first collegiate home run in Saturday’s second game.
  • Kaleb Hannahs finished with two hits in each game of Saturday’s doubleheader, reaching the 100-career-hit milestone.
  • Missouri State lifted six home runs including three from Dakota Kotowski in Saturday’s doubleheader, then Kotowski slugged his fourth home run of the weekend on Sunday. The Bears hit nine home runs in the series.

In the Other Dugout: Southern Illinois

  • Went on the road and won two of three against MVC preseason favorite Dallas Baptist last weekend.
  • Also own series wins over Bradley and Evansville.
  • Enter this weekend tied atop the MVC at 6-3.
  • JT Weber is hitting a team-best .401 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs, while Kaeber Rog is hitting .309 with 10 bombs and 42 driven in.
  • Picked to finish tied for third in the MVC preseason poll.

U OF INDY BASEBALL: ADDS SLIGHT CHANGE TO FRIDAY BATTLE WITH ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team has made a change to its Friday home game against GLVC-foe Illinois Springfield, head coach Al Ready announced on Thursday.

Due to the forecasted weather tomorrow, the Greyhounds and Prairie Stars will begin action on Friday at 1 p.m. ET at Greyhound Park. Originally, the game was slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET.

UIndy will enter the series at 19-22 overall (10-6 GLVC) while Illinois Springfield holds a 33-6 record (13-3 GLVC).

U OF INDY WLAX: GREYHOUNDS SET TO HOST GREAT LAKES VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP AS NO. 1 SEED

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team has earned the No. 1 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Championship tournament after claiming the regular season title after posting an undefeated record.
 
The Hounds currently hold the No. 1 regional ranking as per the most recent NCAA Rankings released on Wednesday morning. The Hounds have a 16-1 overall record and have been on an 11-game win streak.
 
Offensively, the Greyhounds are led by 
Abigail Lagos who has recently become the Greyhounds all time goal leader and single season goal leader having scored 81 goals this season in leading the Hounds. Lagos also leads the Hounds in assists with 23, while Mackenzie Winn has also been a play maker for UIndy with 20 assists and 23 goals.
 
Defensively, 
Peyton Romig has been a force in the circle with 203 draw controls and caused 18 turnovers. While Mekayla Montgomery has taken 41 draw controls and 28 caused turnovers. Cassidy King has led the Hounds in the goal with 49 saves and allowing just 38 goals.
 
The Hounds took the win in the conference tournament in the first GLVC Championship in the 2021 season. The same field from the past GLVC Championship returns this season with Seventh-ranked Lindenwood University (13-3, 6-1 GLVC) earned the No. 2 seed, while Rockhurst University (10-6, 5-2 GLVC) and McKendree University (8-8, 4-3 GLVC) will be seeded No. 3 and No. 4.
 
The Hounds receive hosting rights for the Tournament and will kick the championship off against the No. 4 seeded McKendree at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 29 at Key Stadium.

U OF INDY MLAX: HOUNDS GEAR UP FOR TITLE DEFENSE

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 5 UIndy men’s lacrosse team is ready to defend their title this weekend as they make their fourth straight Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament appearance.  The Hounds will face Lewis in the first semifinal on Friday evening.

Check in with assistant coach 
Austin Grimes along with senior Brian Robb and defenseman Evan Soucy by clicking HERE.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
SEMIFINALS
Friday, April 29
5 pm: #1 seed UIndy vs. #4 seed Lewis
8 pm: #2 seed Rockhurst vs. #3 seed Lindenwood

CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, May 1
2 pm: Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2

TICKETS * cash only
$10 adults
$5 children

HOW TO WATCH
The GLVC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be streamed live and free on all 
GLVC Sports Network platforms, including GLVCSN.com, iOS/Android mobile apps, and Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV OTT apps.
Live stats will also be available 
HERE.

GLVC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Hounds have qualified for the GLVC tournament in all four years of its existence.  Furthermore, UIndy is the only conference champion that the GLVC has ever known.  This weekend will mark the first time the tournament has been played in Indianapolis since 2019.  The Hounds are 6-0 in conference tournament games while outscoring their opponents 80-51.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS LEWIS
The Flyers come to Key Stadium for the second time this season with the Hounds victorious in the first meeting 10-6.  Attackman 
Drew Billig set season-highs in that meeting with six points and four assists while Austin Barnett posted 12 saves in net and held the Flyers scoreless in both the second and fourth quarters.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Lewis is making their first postseason appearance in school history after setting a school record for wins in a season with nine.  The Flyers are a combined 0-9 all-time against the tournament field.  Baden Boyenko set Lewis’ single season record for most goals in a season this year with 31 while Evan Clement did the same with 44 points.

WABASH TRACK: LITTLE GIANTS PICKED AS FAVORITES TO WIN 2022 NCAC MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD TITLE

Wabash College was the unanimous pick to win the upcoming 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Track and Field Championship, according to the pre-championship coaches poll released Thursday afternoon.
 
The Little Giants received all nine first-place votes for a total of 81 points. Denison University was picked to finish second after receiving a total of 68 points. Wittenberg earned 63 points to finish third in the pre-championship poll, while DePauw was picked in fourth place with a total of 52 points. Wooster received 45 points to take the fifth-place spot. Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan each picked up 30 total points to tie for sixth place in the poll. Allegheny (27 points) and Kenyon (9 points) completed the coaches’ selections.
 
Wabash will try to capture its ninth NCAC outdoor track and field title and 17th conference track and field title overall after winning the 2022 indoor championship in February. The Little Giants are the defending outdoor champions and will try to win their third consecutive conference trophy. Wabash won titles in 2021 and 2019 with the 2020 championship canceled due to COVID. The Little Giants captured five consecutive outdoor championships from 2011 to 2015.
 
Jose Franco owns the top time in the 200-meter dash heading into the championship meet. He ran a 22.10 at home at the Huntsman Family Invitational on April 10. Franco ranks second in the conference in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.14 posted at Rose-Hulman on April 22.
 
Ethan Pine recorded the best time in the conference in the 1,500-meter run at Rose-Hulman on April 22 by finishing in 3:52.29. He is also ranked fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a top effort of 9:54.16 set at the Indiana DIII Championships held April 16 at DePauw University.
 
Max Bigler is the top high jumper in the conference. The senior cleared 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6.75 inches) at the Huntsman Invitational for the best mark among conference competitors and is tied for the 16th-best effort among Division III high jumpers this season.
 
Leo Warbington leads a talented group of Wabash hurdlers into the championship meet next weekend. Warbington ranks second in the conference in the 110-meter hurdles with a top time of 15.33 set at Rose-Hulman. Giovonni Zappal is fourth in conference rankings with a time of 15.77 set at the Huntsman Family Invite. Takeshi Greiner turned in the fifth-fastest time among conference runners by finishing in 15.88 at the Indiana DIII Championships. Warbington also ranks second in the conference in the 400-meter hurdles with a top time of 56.16 set at the Huntsman meet. Bigler ranks fifth overall with a time of 57.85 from the 2022 Knight Open at Marian University on April 1.
 
The Little Giants’ 4×400-meter relay team enters the championship meet ranked second overall after posting a time of 3:21.74 at Rose-Hulman on April 22.
 
Luke Bender ranks second in the conference in the pole vault after clearing 4.47 meters (14 feet, 8 inches) at the Indiana DIII Championships. Gianni Minor turned in the second-best mark among conference long jumpers at the Knight Open with a leap of 6.64 meters (21 feet, 9.5 inches).
 
Brandon English is second in the conference rankings in the shot put with a top mark of 14.66 meters (48 feet, 1.25 inches) this season set at the Indiana DIII Championships. Reis Thomas enters the championships ranked third in the discus with a season-best throw of 47.05 meters (154 feet, 4 inches) at the Indiana DIII Championships. Kamron Ferguson owns the fourth-best mark in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 13.52 meters (44 feet, 4.25 inches) at the Knight Open.
 
The 2022 NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships officially begin this weekend with the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon set to take place Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1 at Oberlin College. The remaining events will take place May 5-6 at Oberlin.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL: LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT IN 4-1 SOFTBALL LOSS TO HANOVER; GAME 2 NEXT

GAME 2 COVERAGE vs. HANOVER:
LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Hanover College relied on a balanced team performance to win the opener of Thursday’s softball doubleheader at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Game two will begin at 7:50 pm.

In the opener, Lily Compton Beurman struck out 10 batters for Hanover and the Panthers had 14 hits in a 4-1 victory.

Ariel Thomasson led the Rose-Hulman effort with two doubles and six pitching strikeouts.  Phoebe Worstell added an RBI single to end an epic 13-pitch at bat in the final inning.

Baylee Uhrick added 3.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for Rose-Hulman.

Hanover improved to 13-16 overall, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 15-14.  Weather permitting, the Fightin’ Engineers will close the 2022 season at home on Senior Day against Anderson University on Saturday at 1 pm. 

GAME 1 | Hanover 4, Rose-Hulman 1

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 4-0, the Engineers first put runs on the board in the seventh inning. Rose-Hulman got an RBI single from Worstell, scoring Thomasson from second base. The Engineers were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman’s power output was led by Thomasson, who compiled two extra base hits in the ballgame.
» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed one run across.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 36 Hanover hitters in the game, allowing 10 ground balls and four fly balls while striking out six.
» Thomasson led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles.
» Hanover was led offensively by Katherine Dickinson, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
» Lily Compton led the Panthers pitching staff, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

DEPAUW MEN’S BASKETBALL: RUSTY LOYD SELECTED AS HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

Greencastle, Ind. – Rusty Loyd, head men’s basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology since 2014, is DePauw’s selection as head men’s basketball coach. He replaces Bill Fenlon who is retiring after 30 years at the helm. Loyd becomes just the sixth DePauw head coach in the last 64 years.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the head coaching position at DePauw University,” Loyd said. “I want to thank President Lori White, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Alan Hill, and Director of Athletics Stevie Baker-Watson for entrusting me with the future of Tiger basketball. To say that I am excited is an understatement and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support these young men as they pursue excellence in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in their future endeavors. Kristen and I are excited to begin this new journey with Mia, Mason, and Maren, and look forward to our family joining the DePauw community.”

“We are so excited to welcome Rusty and his family to our Team DePauw family,” DePauw Associate Vice President for Student Wellness and Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports Stevie Baker-Watson said. “Our search process yielded a tremendous number of qualified individuals, and Rusty distinguished himself with his passion for the game of basketball, and his desire for the student-athletes to have a “DePauw experience” that emphasizes academics and athletics. Throughout the interview process, Rusty was clear that returning to the NCAA tournament is one of his short term goals for the program.”

In eight seasons as the head coach at Rose-Hulman, Loyd led the Fightin’ Engineers to a 120-78 overall record and an 82-43 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. He was named the HCAC Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2021 and his Rose-Hulman teams appeared in the HCAC Tournament championship game three times. He directed Rose-Hulman to the HCAC regular season conference title in 2018 while tying for second in 2019 and 2022. Loyd was named to the Silver Waves Media list of 50 Impactful Head Coaches in NCAA Division III men’s basketball in 2020 and 2022. Prior to his selection as the head coach, He was the assistant men’s basketball coach and head men’s golf coach at Rose-Hulman for five seasons. 

Loyd graduated from University of Chicago in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As a player with the Maroons, he helped lead the team to a 76-29 four-year record, while starting three years and serving as a captain. During his junior and senior seasons, Chicago posted a 47-8 record and earned spots in the NCAA Division III round of 16 both years. He was a three-time all-University Athletic Association selection in addition to earning two all-region honors and all-America accolades as a senior. In 2018, Loyd was selected to the UAA 30th anniversary team.

He started his coaching career as an assistant at Earlham College for two seasons before moving on to a two-year stint at Lewis University and four years at his alma mater. His first head coaching position came in June 2006 when he was chosen to direct the program at Illinois Institute of Technology where he stayed until 2009.

Loyd and his wife Kristen are parents to three children, Mia (15), Mason (13) and Maren (7).

ST. FRANCIS SOFTBALL: BATS STAY HOT AS COUGARS SWEEP HUNTINGTON FORESTERS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Thursday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (24-19; 16-15 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (13-28; 11-19 Crossroads) in a doubleheader at Westendorf Field and swept the doubleheader winning by scores of 12-7 and 12-9.

Junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust started the opener for the Cougars but ran into a little bit of first inning trouble when consecutive two-out singles gave the Foresters an early 2-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the frame, the Cougars answered back when designated hitter Regan Peppler doubled home two runs to tie the score back up. Then the Cougars took the lead on an infield single by shortstop Brooklyn McCord and a bases-loaded walk to first baseman Taylor Horsley to lead 4-2.

Another bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second plated a fifth run for Saint Francis, but then the Foresters clawed their way back with a run in the fourth and fifth to cut the lead to 5-4.

Then in the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars put the game away.

With two outs, third baseman Dani Karr doubled home a run, and then Regan Peppler slammed a three-run home run over the right field wall for a four-run inning and extending the lead over Huntington to 9-4.

After the Foresters got three runs back off Rust in the top of the sixth to make it 9-7, three more runs in the bottom of the frame by the Cougars extended their lead to 12-7, and Rust went out to finish off Huntington with a complete-game victory.

Mackenzie Rust now improves to 12-8 on the season.

In the finale, freshman Mia Werner started on the mound for the Cougars and did surrender a first inning run but held the Foresters from there. Then in the bottom of the first, the Cougars answered back as they did in the opener with consecutive RBI-singles from Brooklyn McCord and Aubrey Dunnuck to take a 2-1 lead.

But in the top of the second, a two-run home run gave the Foresters the lead back, and Werner’s day was finished after that. Sophomore Erika Turpin came in to relieve but the Foresters kept coming as a two-out double doubled the lead for Huntington at 4-2.

Then the bats went to work. Three more runs including a couple with two outs in the top of the third plated three for the Foresters as they extended their lead to 7-2, but then in the bottom of the inning Saint Francis answered back with a five-spot of their own to tie the game at seven.

The seesaw battle continued into the fourth with the Foresters regaining the lead with a couple more runs, and the Cougars plated another in the bottom to make it 9-8. Then in the bottom of the fifth, catcher Tori Miller gave Saint Francis their first lead since the first with a two-run double to go ahead 10-9.

Ronnie Hudson came in to relieve in the fourth and held the Foresters down the rest of the way and finished the finale off with a strikeout to earn the win and give the Cougars the sweep.

The Cougars resume play Friday afternoon when they host their final home doubleheader of the regular season when they play host to the Grace College Lancers (12-31; 9-23 Crossroads) beginning at 3:00 pm.

IU SE TENNIS: RSC M+W TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: APRIL 29-30 AT TOP SEED TENNIS CLUB (NICHOLASVILLE, KY.)

WOMEN’S BRACKET  I  MEN’S BRACKET  I  LIVE STREAM (if moved indoors)

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The 2022 River States Conference Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships will be conducted Friday-Saturday, April 29-30 at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky. Six men’s teams and six women’s teams are in the brackets competing for the NAIA National Championship automatic bids awarded to the team champions. 

The championships get started on Friday, April 29 with the quarterfinals and semifinals. The championship finals for men and women are Saturday, April 30. The NAIA Men’s & Women’s Tennis National Championships are May 17-21 in Mobile, Ala.

The first matches to hit the court are the women’s quarterfinals on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET. The men’s quarterfinal matchups will follow at 10:30 a.m. ET. The women’s semifinals are Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET followed by the men’s semifinals at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Saturday begins with the women’s championship final at 9:00 a.m. ET with the men’s final at 12:00 p.m. ET. All matches will be played at Top Seed Tennis Club. In the event of inclement weather, matches will be moved to the facilities’ indoor courts. If that is the case, a live video streaming option will be available at the link above. 

The All-RSC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Teams & Awards will be recognized during a ceremony on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET at Top Seed Tennis Club. 

WOMEN’S BRACKET AT A GLANCE

No. 1 seed IU East claimed the top spot on the women’s bracket with a 7-0 RSC record during the regular season. The Red Wolves have a bye into the semifinals along with No. 2 seed Oakland City (Ind.) University, which was 5-2 RSC. IU East will await the winner of No. 4 Midway (Ky.) University (4-3 RSC) versus No. 5 Brescia (Ky.) University (3-3 RSC). The other quarterfinal matchup of No. 3 IU Kokomo (5-2 RSC) versus No. 6 IU Southeast (2-5 RSC) will have the winner move on to face No. 2 Oakland City. 

MEN’S BRACKET AT A GLANCE

IU East is the No. 1 seed on the men’s bracket as well with a perfect conference record of 5-0 RSC. Oakland City (Ind.) University is the No. 2 seed at 4-1 RSC and has a bye into the semifinals along with IU East. No. 4 IU Southeast (2-3 RSC) will face No. 5 Midway (Ky.) University (1-4 RSC) with the winner advancing to face No. 1 IU East. The other quarterfinal matchup features No. 3 Brescia (Ky.) University (3-2 RSC) versus No. 6 Ohio Christian University (0-5 RSC) for the right to play No. 2 Oakland City.

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Bracket — April 29-30 at Top Seed Tennis Club (Nicholasville, Ky.)

Quarterfinals — Friday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. ET

#4 Midway (4-3 RSC) vs. #5 Brescia (3-3 RSC)

#3 IU Kokomo (5-2 RSC) vs. #6 IU Southeast (2-5 RSC)

Semifinals — Friday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Midway/Brescia Winner vs. #1 IU East (7-0 RSC)

IU Kokomo/IU Southeast Winner vs. #2 Oakland City (5-2 RSC)

Finals — Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Remaining Teams

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bracket — April 29-30 at Top Seed Tennis Club (Nicholasville, Ky.)

Quarterfinals — Friday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. ET

#4 IU Southeast (2-3 RSC) vs. #5 Midway (1-4 RSC)

#3 Brescia (3-2 RSC) vs. #6 Ohio Christian (0-5 RSC)

Semifinals — Friday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET

IU Southeast/Midway Winner vs. #1 IU East (5-0 RSC)

Brescia/Ohio Christian Winner vs. #2 Oakland City (4-1 RSC)

Finals — Saturday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Remaining Teams

PURDUE NORTHWEST MEN’S HOCKEY: PNW HOCKEY ADDS THREE MORE TO 2022-23 ROSTER

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest hockey team and head coach Nick Tomczyk have added three additional student-athletes to the 2022-23 roster.
 
The PNW hockey team is coming off a successful 2021-22 campaign that included a winning record (16-15) in its final season of ACHA Division 2 play before making the jump to ACHA Division 1 competition next season. The Pride also won a regular season divisional championship and made an appearance in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League Tournament championship game.
 
Coach Tomczyk is excited to welcome Michael Clough Hayden Masloski and Charlie Smith to the family for next season after all three completed successful seasons at the junior hockey level and will bolster the deep at their respective positions.
 
Clough, a freshman from Andover, Minnesota, is a 2020 graduate of Andover High School where he tallied 48 total points in his three-year prep career for the Huskies including 14 as a sophomore and 17 in each of his final two seasons. Clough was also outstanding in the classroom after amassing a 3.75 grade point average.
 
Clough, who will be academically involved with the Physical Therapy Assistant program at PNW, played on the junior hockey level with the Minnesota Blue Ox of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and helped the Blue Ox to a 37-6-1 regular-season record as well as Midwest West Division regular-season and postseason crowns.
 
“Mike is a fantastic player that brings good vision, playmaking ability, hockey IQ and has the ability to finish,” stated Tomczyk of Clough, who is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound left winger that led the Blue Ox in scoring this season with 35 goals and 76 points. “He’ll be a tremendous asset to our program.”
 
 
Masloski is a near mirror image of Clough in that he too is from Andover, Minnesota, graduated from Andover High School with a 3.75 GPA and played at the junior level this season with the Minnesota Blue Ox. Masloski may be small in stature at just 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, but what he lacks in size is more than made up by his ability to lead his team by example on both ends of the rink.
 
Masloski will enter into a fitting academic program in Business Finance at PNW as the battle-hardened athlete is the second all time in points scored for the Blue Ox with 155 in his two seasons with the club and is only behind Clough, who totaled 170 during the same span. Masloski tallied 18 goals including six game-winning goals and 74 points in the 2021-22 season for the Blue Ox.
 
“Hayden is a great leader and a player with a ton of tools as a 200-foot player,” commented Tomczyk. “He competes hard, makes plays under pressure and can also add a scoring touch to his game.”
 
“We are very excited to add two exceptional players from the same hometown with high character to the PNW Hockey family,” added Tomczyk.
 
Smith is no stranger to both Clough and Masloski as he played for the Steele County Blades, a team in the same division as the Minnesota Blue Ox. Smith is a native of Waterdown, Ontario, where he was 2020 graduate of Waterdown High School.
 
Smith, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound center, helped the Blades to a 22-win season in a very competitive USPHL Midwest West Division. Smith scored 16 goals in 40 games and added 28 assists for 44 total points in his second year with the club after compiling 13 goals and 28 assists in the 2020-21 season.
 
“Charlie is a player with a very high compete level,” Tomczyk commented. “He takes away time and space from opponents and is a player that skates hard every shift. He is responsible on both sides of the puck and has an offensive touch to his game. We are very excited to add Charlie to the hockey program.”

SMWC SOFTBALL: WINS DOUBLE HEADER AT OAKLAND CITY

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) Pomeroy Softball Team improved to 23-11 (16-6 Conference) with two 10 – 6 wins over Oakland City University. The two wins helped the Pomeroys to maintain possession of 1st place in the River States Conference (RSC) West.

Game one saw the Poms secure the 10-6 win behind an offense that scored in five out of seven innings. 
Camryn Scott and Ashley Shanks led the offensive attack with three hits each, Rylee Pender also contributed with a multi-hit game. The offense was aided with aggressive base running as SMWC picked up 8 stolen bases in the game led by Scott (2), Caitlin Bowersock (2), Pender (2). Graycee Ansari picked up her sixth win of the season pitching 3.2 innings and getting great relief pitching from Ady Baber with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Game 2 saw SMWC duplicate the same 10-6 win. The offense stayed hot in game two as the Poms put up five runs in the first inning and scored in four out of seven frames. Shanks (2-2, 2 runs) and Scott (2-4, 3 runs) continued their strong offensive ways and were joined by 
Jilliann Reese (3-4, 3 runs) and Lyric Krause (1-4, 4 RBIs). The Pomeroys continued to rack up stolen bases as they added nine more steals led by Scott who added four more to her conference leading 36 thefts. Summer Rocha pitched a complete game with just seven hits to pick up her team leading 12th win of the season.

The Poms are back in action this weekend with a double header against Midway University on Friday followed by a double header on Saturday with Brescia University where we will recognize seniors 
Jilliann Reese and Camryn Scott play their last home games.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL: EAGLES MOVE UP IN NATIONAL POLL, STAY IDLE IN REGIONAL RANKINGS

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball moved up a spot into a tie for No. 16 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II Top 25 poll but remained No. 3 in the latest NCAA II Midwest Region rankings.
 
The Screaming Eagles (36-10, 22-2 GLVC) are scheduled to close out the regular-season this weekend with Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheaders at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Saturday at noon and Lindenwood University Sunday at noon.
 
USI, which needs one win this weekend to set the program record for conference victories in a single season, is looking to clinch the top seed in next week’s GLVC Tournament. The Eagles lead No. 2 University of Indianapolis (41-5, 21-3 GLVC) by a game and Lindenwood (33-7, 20-4 GLVC) by two games in the conference standings. Indianapolis and Lindenwood also are scheduled to play each other in a doubleheader on Saturday.
 
All four games this weekend will be carried on the GLVC Sports Network and on 95.7 The Spin. Live stats, audio and video links can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com.
 
USI Softball Notes
• Eagles match single-season record. USI Softball matched the single-season program record for conference wins by picking up its 22nd GLVC victory. USI was 22-6 in 1998 and 2015 and went 21-9 in 2016. This season marks the fourth time in program history the Eagles have reached the 20-win plateau in league play.

• Eagles remain third in region rankings. USI held its spot at No. 3 in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings. The top seven teams remained unchanged with Indianapolis and Grand Valley State (2nd) holding the top two spots and Drury (4th) and Lindenwood (5th) rounding out the top five. Ohio Dominican (6th) and Findlay (7th) also held their ground, while Northwood debuted in this week’s rankings at No. 8. Illinois Springfield stayed put at No. 9, while Missouri-St. Louis slipped two spots to No. 10.
 
• USI moves up on spot in NFCA Top 25. The Eagles moved into a tie at No. 16 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll. Indianapolis moved up one spot to No. 2, while Grand Valley State jumped three spots to No. 21.
 
• Seniors honored. USI honored its six seniors—pitcher/designated player 
Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana), third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois), pitcher Elissa Brown (Brownsburg, Indiana), outfielder Mikaela Domico (Naperville, Illinois), pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) and catcher Courtney Schoolcraft (Crest Hill, Illinois)—following Sunday’s doubleheader sweep of Missouri S&T. This group has helped USI to a 102-56 overall record and a 54-24 mark in GLVC play during the last four years.
 
• USI goes 4-0 last week. The Eagles went 4-0 last week with GLVC doubleheader sweeps of Maryville and Missouri S&T at the USI Softball Field. The Eagles hit .327 as a team, with sophomore outfielder 
Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) hitting .545 to lead USI.
 
Junior shortstop 
Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) hit .500 with a pair of doubles, a home run and seven RBI, while junior pitcher/designated player Allie Goodin hit .429 with two RBI. Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) paced the Eagles in the circle with a 2-0 record, 0.50 ERA, .109 opponent batting average and 17 strikeouts in 14.0 innings of work.
 
• Season leaders. Sophomore first baseman 
Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) is hitting .382 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 41 RBI to lead the Eagles, while Back is hitting .378 with seven doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI.
 
In the circle, Newman is 13-3 with a 1.97 ERA and a .171 opponent batting average. In GLVC play, Newman is 10-0 with a 1.00 ERA, .105 opponent batting average and 97 strikeouts.
 
• Walk-off wins. The Eagles have had 11 walk-off victories this season, including six that have been in the seventh-inning or later and four that have been in extra innings. Six of the walk-off wins have given the Eagles victory via the eight-run rule.
 
• Eagles in extra innings. USI is 6-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 4-0 in GLVC play.
 
• Hitting streaks. Fair and junior second baseman 
Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) each have a current three-game hitting streak to lead the Eagles. Martinez and Bedrick each had a team-high 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year.
 
• Eagles back to 30-win plateau. USI cracked the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2019 and the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Eagles were on pace to crack the 30-win plateau in 2020, winning 15 of their first 19 games before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of their season. The Eagles have reached the 30-win plateau 12 times under Head Coach 
Sue Kunkle and 19 times in program history.
 
• Best GLVC start in program history. The Eagles’ 16-0 start to GLVC play this season was the best open to league play in program history. USI’s game-one loss to Indianapolis snapped USI’s 17-game GLVC winning streak, which dated back to the end of the 2021 campaign.
 
• Win streak. USI’s 18-game winning streak matched the program record, which was first set during the 2005 season. USI followed an 0-8 start to the 2005 season with 18 straight wins.
 
• Weekly honors. Both Fair and Newman have collected GLVC weekly honors this season. Fair earned GLVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts in USI’s doubleheader sweeps over Illinois Springfield, Truman State and Quincy earlier this season, while Newman was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts, including a no-hitter, in USI’s doubleheader wins over Drury and Southwest Baptist.
 
• Fair on Player of the Year list. Fair was named to the NFCA’s Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 50 list earlier this season. She was one of six players from the GLVC and eight from the Midwest Region to land on the list.
 
• Newman put together impressive run. Newman saw her string of three straight shutouts come to an end during USI’s win over Indianapolis last week. She had not given up a run for 20 1/3 innings of work until UIndy’s Gianni Iannantone hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning.
 
• Bean, Rager put up big numbers. Bean and Rager each have posted a six-RBI game for the Eagles this season. Bean drove in seven runs in USI’s doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist, including a career-high six in USI’s game-two victory, while Rager had six RBI, all in one inning, in USI’s 11-2 win over Truman State.
 
• OUCH! Fair has been hit by a pitch a league-high 17 times this season, including seven times in the last three weeks alone. She ranks No. 2 on USI’s all-time single-season list for being hit by a pitch. Marleah Fossett and Mena Fulton were smacked by pitches a respective 21 and 17 times in 2017, while Caitlyn Bradley was hit 12 times in 2016. Fair, who was hit 10 times as a freshman in 2021, ranks No. 3 on USI’s all-time list behind Fulton (37) and Fossett (30).
 
• Kunkle claims 600th win. USI Head Coach 
Sue Kunkle earned her 600th career with USI’s 8-0, game-one win over Quincy. She is the first coach in school history to win 600 games at USI.
 
• Rager gets half a cycle in one inning. Rager had a two-run triple and a grand slam in one inning during USI’s 11-2, game-two win over Truman State University last month.
 
• USI breaks triples record. Rager’s triple against Truman State was the Eagles’ 20th on the year, which set a new single-season school record. The former record (19) was set in 1994 and 1995. The Eagles currently have a GLVC-best 24 triples on the year.
 
• Grand slam club. Rager’s grand slam also was USI’s third of the month, which tied the single-season school record of three (2017). She joins junior second baseman 
Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois), who hit a grand slam in USI’s 6-2 win over Central Missouri on March 4, and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), who had a grand slam in USI’s 8-0 win over Lynn on March 7.
 
• 15-plus. Newman has two games under her belt with at least 15 strikeouts. She fanned 17 batters in USI’s game-two win over Quincy and had 15 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over McKendree.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL: USI CONCLUDES 2022 HOME SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball concludes the 2022 home schedule this weekend when it hosts Missouri University of Science & Technology for a four-game series Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The first pitch is set for Friday at 1 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. for a doubleheader; and Sunday at noon for Senior Day.
 
In addition to Senior Day festivities prior to Sunday’s game, the Screaming Eagles are celebrating Alumni Weekend during the four-game series and will recognize the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship team prior to Saturday’s doubleheader.
 
USI, which is 15-26 overall and 4-12 in the GLVC, has a 25-8 all-time series lead with Missouri S&T. The two teams have not met since 2019 when they split four games.
 
The Miners are 17-20 overall and 5-11 in the GLVC after being swept by the University of Illinois Springfield at home last weekend and losing to Pittsburg State University Wednesday.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | SERIES WITH GRACE NOW SLATED FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

UPLAND, Ind. – With a recent flip in the forecast, Taylor’s series with Grace has been re-arranged to align with its original schedule, meaning that Thursday’s doubleheader has been pushed back to Saturday.

Games one and two of the series will commence Friday afternoon, April 29th, at Winterholter Field, where first-pitch is set for 3:00 pm.

Saturday, April 30th, will then usher in games three and four, once again at Winterholter Field but this time with first-pitch set for 1:00 pm.

Taylor (32-16, 22-10 CL) and Grace (17-29, 10-22 CL) will each compete in its final four-game series of the regular season this weekend, with a regular-season Crossroads League championship and automatic bid to nationals on the line for the Trojans.

For those unable to gather in-person, feel free to follow the action from home via the live coverage links on TaylorTrojans.com.

LADY BLAZER LEADING SCORER LAILA GRANT SIGNS WITH PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University Lady Trailblazer sophomore Laila Grant (Derwood, Md.) announced that she has signed to play at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

“I chose Presbyterian College because of the great coaching staff and overall feeling the environment gave me,” Grant said. “I liked the coach’s philosophy of wanting to make everyone the best versions of themselves on and off the court to become role models for others.”

Presbyterian is an NCAA Division I school that plays in the Big South Conference under Head Coach Alaura Sharp.

The Blue Hose finished last season with a 12-18 record and reached the Quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament.

Grant led the Lady Blazers to a 20-9 record this past season in her only year with the blue and gold and led VU while averaging 14.4 points per game.

Grant capped off her season at Vincennes by receiving First Team All-Region 24 honors after spending the previous two seasons at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla.

Grant was a very consistent all-around player for the Blazers this past year, averaging 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Grant set her VU career-high in points with 25 against John A. Logan in December at the P.E. Complex. Grant also had season-highs of nine rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five three-pointers made.

Grant scored in double-figures in 22 of her 26 games at Vincennes, including scoring 10 or more points in the final 11 games of the season.

“I’m going to miss my coaches and team the most,” Grant added. “Coach Meeks and Coach Buck have put me in the position to be successful here at VU, which I will always be appreciative of. But I also couldn’t do that without the help of my teammates as well.”

“My biggest take away is to not doubt my capabilities, whether it is basketball or school,” Grant said. “My coaches and teammates always encouraged me to do my best and it is something I will remember going onto my next chapter.”

Grant is the sixth Lady Trailblazer to sign with an NCAA Division I school in the past three years.

“I hope to leave behind the same takeaway I have from my time I’ve been here,” Grant added. “To not doubt what you are capable of and show what you can do, both on and off the court.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department wishes Laila Grant good luck as she continues her athletic and academic career at Presbyterian College next season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913       Wearing White Sox uniforms, the Reds are defeated by the Cubs, 7-2, at Chicago’s West Side Park. Cincinnati forgot to pack uniforms and had to don those worn by their opponents’ crosstown rivals.

1922       The Giants hit four inside-the-park home runs at Braves Field in their 15-4 rout of Boston. George Kelly hits a pair, with Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft accounting for the other two 360-foot dashes around the bases.

1924       Future Yankee starter, schoolboy Bump Hadley throws a perfect game against the Hadley-Lynn team of Massachusetts. The Mercersburg Academy standout will strike out 26 of the 27 batters he faces.

1930       An average of 17+ runs a game cross the plate in the seven major league games today. After the dust settles, players from 14 teams score 123 times.

1931       Indians’ hurler Wes Ferrell no-hits the St. Louis Browns, including his brother Rick, 7-0. The pitching star also provided the offense, knocking in four runs with a double and a home run.

1933       Senator catcher Luke Sewell tags out two Yankees runners trying to score on the same play. Lou Gehrig and Dixie Walker are the victims at home plate.

1934       The Pirates and the Phillies become the last two major league franchises allowed to play home games on Sundays when the Bucs beat Cincinnati, 9-5, at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, and Philadelphia dropping an 8-7 decision to Brooklyn at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl. Games on the Lord’s Day are no longer prohibited in Pennsylvania because the state modified its blue laws, which formerly prevented such events over religious concerns.

1936       Although the game had been played professionally in Japan since the 1920s, Nagoya defeats Dai Tokyo, 8-5, in the country’s first game played in a professional league. The new seven-team Japanese Baseball League dedicates itself to the ideals of fair play and improving the national spirit.

1939       On a chilly Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig comes to the plate in the fourth inning and singles off Washington hurler Ken Chase for his 2,721st and last hit, the most ever in franchise history. The Iron Horse’s record will stand for over 70 years until Derek Jeter, another 35-year-old team captain, surpasses the mark in 2009.

1948       Ted Wilks loses his first game in 77 consecutive appearances, dating back to September 8, 1945. The Cardinal right-handed reliever, known as Cork to his teammates, was 12-0 during the streak, including four appearances as a starting pitcher.

1952       Cleveland left fielder Jim Fridley is 6-for-6 as the Indians soundly beat the Philadelphia A’s, 21-9. ‘Big Jim’, who will play briefly for Cleveland, Baltimore, and Cincinnati, respectively, in 1952, 1954, and 1958, collects six singles in the Shibe Park contest.

1953       Little-Bigger League, a baseball program for boys aged 13 to 15, changes its name to the Babe Ruth League, honoring the Yankee legend’s commitment to children. Claire Merritt Ruth, the widow of the Babe, will meet with the Hamilton-based (NJ) organization, permitting the youth circuit to bear her late husband’s name.

1953       Braves’ first baseman Joe Adcock, with his 475-foot third-inning blast in the team’s 3-2 win over the hometown Giants, becomes the first player in a major league game to homer into the Polo Grounds’ center field bleachers. The Coogan’s Bluff feat, which will occur for the third and final time when Hank Aaron and Lou Brock go deep on consecutive days in 1962, was first accomplished by Luke Easter, playing for the Homestead Grays in a 1948 Negro League contest.

1955       The visiting Orioles snap their 27-game losing streak as the away team in the Forest City, finally beating Indians, 5-2. The record losing streak on the road against one opponent started on August 13, 1952, when the franchise played as the St. Louis Browns.

1960       Stan Musial plays in his 1,000th game at first base, making him the first major leaguer to reach that milestone at two different positions. The Cardinals’ legend has also played 1,513 games in the outfield for the Redbirds.

1962       During the seven-run fourth inning at the Polo Grounds, Frank Thomas ties a major league mark by being hit twice with a pitch in one inning. Art Mahaffey and Frank Sullivan plunk the Mets outfielder in the Phillies’ 8-0 loss.

1962       Russ Snyder accomplishes the rare feat of getting two hits in one inning as a pinch-hitter in the Orioles’ 8-3 victory at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. Leading off the top of the seventh, the Oriole outfielder, batting for Wes Stock, ties the score at 3-3 with a solo home run, and he will add a two-out RBI single before the end of the frame.

1962       Left-hander Al Jackson hurls the first shutout in franchise history, blanking the Phillies, 8-0, at the Polo Grounds. The 26-year-old southpaw’s victory, which marks the first time the Amazins’ have won consecutive games, is one of four whitewashes the team will accomplish in their inaugural season, all thrown by the ‘Little Lefty’ from Waco, Texas.

1972       Don Zimmer, who replaced the recently fired Preston Gomez, gets the first of his 885 victories as a big-league manager when the Padres blank the Phillies at San Diego Stadium, 4-0. The win is improbable as Steve Arlin, who will lead the league in losses with 21, bests eventual Cy Young Award winner Steve Carlton, the major league leader with 27 victories.

1978       The Cardinals tie a franchise record for the quickest nine-inning game in their history, taking only one-hour and thirty-three minutes to beat the Dodgers at Busch Stadium, 1-0. The contest marks the managerial debut of Ken Boyer, replacing Vern Rapp, the Redbird skipper fired four days ago.

1981       Philadelphia’s Steve Carlton becomes the sixth major league pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters when he fans the Expos’ Tim Wallach in the first inning en route to a 6-2 complete-game victory over Montreal at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies southpaw, known simply as ‘Lefty,’ becomes the first left-handed hurler to accomplish the feat.

1983       After a 7-2 loss to L.A. at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Lee Elia launches into an obscenity-laced tirade that will become a much-reported story on the airwaves and in print for days to come. The Chicago skipper’s rant clearly shows his frustration with the team’s fan base, “the (bleepers) don’t even work. That’s why they’re out at the (bleeping) game. They oughtta go out and get a (bleeping) job and find out what it’s like to go out and earn a (bleeping) living. Eighty-five percent of the (bleeping) world is working. The other 15 come out here. A (bleeping) playground for the (bleepers). Rip them (bleepers)! Rip them (bleeping) (bleepers) like the (bleeping) players!”

1984       Strawberry Sunday, former World Series hero Jerry Koosman is greeted warmly by the Mets’ faithful in his first start at Shea Stadium since 1978 when he faces his old team for the first time. Before the 6-2 victory over Philadelphia, Carvel Ice Cream treats the fans to strawberry sundaes in honor of Darryl Strawberry, last season’s National League Rookie of the Year.

1986       Roger Clemens becomes the first major league hurler to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, strikes out 20 batters in a nine-inning game when he fans Phil Bradley with two outs in the ninth in the Red Sox’ 3-1 victory over Seattle at Fenway Park. Steve Carlton (1969), Tom Seaver (1970), and Nolan Ryan (1974) shared the previous mark of 19.

1986       Reds’ starting pitcher Mario Soto ties a major league record, surrendering four home runs in one inning of the team’s 7-4 loss to the Expos. The Dominican right-hander becomes the 11th big-leaguer hurler to accomplish the dubious feat when Andre Dawson‚ Hubie Brooks‚ Tim Wallach‚and Mike Fitzgerald take him deep in the fourth frame of the Riverfront Stadium contest.

1987       Andre Dawson hits for the cycle in the Cubs’ 8-4 victory over San Francisco at Wrigley Field. The ‘Hawk,’ who enjoys a five-hit day, completes the feat with a sixth-inning triple, one of only two he will collect for the entire season.

1988       After 21 tries, the Orioles finally win their first game of the season, beating the White Sox, 9-0, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The 1-21 ‘Birds’ get the victory thanks to a combined four-hitter thrown by Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt.

1990       After just five appearances with the Giants, Dan Quisenberry retires, deciding not to go on the disabled list for a torn rotator cuff. The 37 year-old right-handed reliever leaves the game after 12 seasons as the all-time American League save leader with 238.

1994       Kirk Rueter becomes the first pitcher in 13 seasons to begin his major league career with a 10-0 record when the Expos beat San Diego at Olympic Stadium, 3-2. In 1981, Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela started the year with eight victories to improve his overall record to 10-0 for the Dodgers, somewhat similar to the Montreal left-hander, who began his streak last season with an 8-0 mark before winning his first two decisions this year.

1995       Royals’ rookie John Nunnally hits a home run in his major league first at-bat, going deep off Melido Perez in the team’s 10-3 loss to New York. The 23-year-old outfielder becomes the 73rd major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

1995       Unlike yesterday’s Opening Day crowd, which was supportive, some of the 28,244 fans at today’s Wrigley Field game show their displeasure with the recent baseball strike by littering the field with magnetic souvenir schedules. In the eighth inning of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Montreal, the incident delayed the contest by five minutes.

1996       John Franco becomes the first left-hander to record 300 saves, allowing just a hit and no runs in the top of the ninth inning in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over Montreal at Shea Stadium. The southpaw recorded his first save precisely 12 years ago on this date wearing a Reds’ uniform.

1997       Chili Davis becomes the 75th major leaguer to hit 300 home runs. The Royals’ DH joins Al Kaline and Harold Baines as the only players to accomplish the feat without the benefit of a 30-home run season.

1997       Each Angel outfielder throws out a runner in California’s 5-4 victory over Boston. Orlando Palmeiro (cf), Tim Salmon (rf), and Garret Anderson (lf) all get an assist in the Fenway Park contest.

1999       Japanese hurler Hideo Nomo signs a free-agent deal with the Brewers. The ‘Tornado’ will have a comeback season with Milwaukee, posting a 12-8 record in 28 starts.

1999       At the Kingdome, the Mariners set a team scoring record, beating the Tigers, 22-6. Half of the M’s runs score in the 11-run fifth inning, which includes a grand slam hit by center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr.

2000       The Pirates and Reds combine to tie a major league record by hitting five sacrifice flies. Cincinnati’s three run-scoring fly balls prove to be the difference in the team’s 6-5 victory over the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

2000       For the first time in seven tries, the Giants win at Pacific Bell Park as San Francisco becomes the first franchise to lose six games to start a season in a newly constructed ballpark. Barry Bonds’ eighth-inning home run proves to be the difference in a 2-1 victory over the Expos.

2001       In the Brewers’ 10-0 rout of Montreal at Miller Park, Geoff Jenkins homers twice, tying a major league record with five homers in two games. The Milwaukee left fielder is the 22nd player to accomplish the feat and the first NL player since Reds’ shortstop Barry Larkin’s 1991 power surge.

2002       Brian Sprout, a Division III All-American, becomes the first and only player in the recorded history of the national pastime to hit for the home run cycle in order. The St. Olaf College Ole hits a solo shot, a two-run and a three-run homer, and a grand slam in four consecutive at-bats during a 39-4 rout of Augsburg.

2004       At Indianapolis’ Victory Field, the International League’s contest between the hometown Indians and Louisville Bats is delayed for twenty minutes before the fourth inning when a maintenance crew works to free first baseman Jeff Liefer from a dugout bathroom. Upon returning to the field, the first baseman is greeted with a standing ovation and receives a gift from the opposing dugout, a roll of toilet paper.

2005       The Nationals exercise Jose Guillen’s $4 million contract option for 2006. The sometimes angry 28-year-old outfielder, acquired in a trade with the Angels after feuding with manager Mike Scioscia, appears to have found a home in Washington thanks to a very pleased general manager, Jim Bowden.

2005       Although Eric Gagne is on the disabled list and hasn’t thrown a pitch this season, he is suspended for two games and fined for violating Rule 3.17, which states players on the disabled list may not participate in any activity during the game. Although MLB warned the Dodgers closer, he continued to dress and participate in game activities, including being ejected on April 6 for heckling home plate umpire Bill Hohn.

2005       Skippers Lou Piniella (one game) and Terry Francona (one game) suspensions round out the six Red Sox and Devil Rays penalized for their roles in the two bench-clearing incidents in the April 24 beanball contest in Tampa Bay. Boston’s 11-3 victory, which also featured six ejections, resulted in multi-game suspensions for Bronson Arroyo (6), Dewon Brazelton (5), Lance Carter (5), and Trot Nixon (2).

2005       In a matchup of 300-game winners, Greg Maddux bests Roger Clemens as the Cubs edge the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 3-2. The last such showdown occurred in 1987 when Angels’ hurler Don Sutton defeated Twins southpaw Steve Carlton.

2006       Albert Pujols sets a major league mark for homers in April when his 14th of the month, a solo shot off Jon Rauch in the eighth inning, is the difference in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over Washington at Busch Stadium. The slugging first baseman breaks the record he shared with Ken Griffey Jr. (1997, Mariners) and Luis Gonzalez (2001, Diamondbacks).

2006       The Bronx Bombers rout the Blue Jays, 17-4, becoming the sixth American League club to score in all eight innings the team bats. The only other time the Bronx Bombers scored in every inning of a full game occurred in July 1939 when they pummeled the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 14-1.

2007       Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock dies on impact in an early morning automobile accident when his 2007 Ford Explorer slams into a parked tow truck in the westbound lane of Highway 40 in St. Louis. Out of respect to the well-liked 29-year-old pitcher, MLB postpones the nationally televised game scheduled for tonight against the Cubs.

2007       Trevor Hoffman appears as a pitcher in his 803rd game for the Padres, establishing a new record for games pitched for one team. Walter Johnson (Senators, 1907-27) and Elroy Face (Pirates, 1953-68) shared the previous mark.

2007       At Coors Field, during a 9-7 Colorado victory over the Braves, Troy Tulowitzki turns the 13th unassisted triple play in big-league history. With the baserunners on first and second on the move in the top of the seventh, Rockies shortstop Tulowitzki catches Chipper Jones’ line drive (1), steps on second to retire Kelly Johnson (2), and then tags Edgar Renteria (3) returning to first base.

2008       At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Brandon Boggs becomes the first player to start his career with a hit from each side of the plate. Entering the 9-5 loss to the Royals in the bottom of fifth, the 25-year-old switch-hitting rookie singles to left field off Ron Mahay as a right-handed batter and then two innings later singles to center field off Ramon Ramirez batting as a lefty.

2009       In Kansas City’s 11-3 victory over Toronto at Kauffman Stadium, Vernon Wells’ first-inning two-out RBI single ends Zack Greinke’s streak of not allowing an earned run at 43 consecutive innings. The Royals right-hander, improving his record to 5-0, had not given up an earned run in his last six starts, dating back to September 13.

2009       With a double off Philadelphia’s Brett Myers, Ryan Zimmerman breaks his own Nationals team record by extending his hitting streak to 18 games. The Washington third baseman established the previous mark of 17 in 2006.

2010       Roy Halladay loses his third consecutive complete game, a 1-0 defeat at Boston’s Fenway Park. The hard-luck Blue Jays right-hander is the first pitcher to accomplish the dubious feat since Diamondbacks’ southpaw Randy Johnson dropped three straight complete-game decisions in 1999, becoming the first Toronto hurler since Jim Clancy had a similar streak during the 1982 season.

2010       During the Diamondbacks game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, scores of protesters wave signs and chant, “Boycott Arizona! Boycott Arizona!” on the sidewalk outside the ballpark. The demonstration is in response to the state’s recently enacted illegal immigration law, with organizers hoping the movement will inspire baseball fans to stay away from contests that feature the team from The Grand Canyon State.

2013       Donald Lutz, who left the U.S. as an infant, becomes the first German-developed player to appear in the major leagues when he grounds out to second as a pinch-hitter in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The 24-year-old outfielder, a member of the German National Team that competed in the 2013 WBC, joins Seattle’s Alex Liddi as the second graduate of the Major League Baseball International European Academy to make a big-league team.

2013       Brandon Moss’s walk-off two-run homer in the 19th inning ends a six-hour and 32-minute contest, the longest game by time in A’s history. Oakland’s 10-8 victory over Los Angeles features 5.1 innings of outstanding relief by Brett Anderson, who entered the game in the 13th frame after being scratched from his scheduled start to rest a sore right ankle.

2015       In a game that is closed to the public due to the civil unrest in Baltimore, resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, the Orioles beat the White Sox in an afternoon contest at an empty Camden Yards, 8-2. The postponement of the first two games of this series and moving the scheduled weekend series against the Rays to St. Petersburg (FL) is an attempt to save the much-needed law enforcement resources for the affected Charm City neighborhoods.

2016       In his 16th career start, Marlins left-hander Adam Conley is four outs away from a no-hitter when he is replaced by reliever Jose Urena, who gives up the Brewers’ first hit with one out in the ninth in the team’s 6-3 victory at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Miami manager Don Mattingly decided to go to the bullpen after the 25-year-old southpaw needed 16 pitches to get the first two outs of the eighth inning, bringing his total pitch count 116, ten more than the southpaw’s previous career-high.

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
DELAWARE STATE AT NORFOLK STATE3:00PMESPNU
AUBURN AT TENNESSEE7:00PMSECN
IOWA AT NEBRASKA8:00PMBTN
DALLAS BAPTIST AT ILLINOIS STATE8:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN6:00PMBTN
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: CATALUNYA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: MEXICO OPEN3:30PMGOLF
LPGA: PALOS VERDES CHAMPIONSHIP6:30PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
SAN DIEGO AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
SEATTLE AT MIAMI6:40PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT BALTIMORE7:05PMNESN
MASN/2
HOUSTON AT TORONTO7:07PMATTSN-SW
SPORTSNET
LA ANGELS AT CHI. WHITE SOX7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
MINNESOTA AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT NY METS7:10PMNBCS-PHI
SNY
ATLANTA AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT MILWAUKEE8:10PMMARQ
BALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS8:15PMBALLY SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT COLORADO8:40PMATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT OAKLAND9:40PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT LA DODGERS10:10PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT SAN FRANCISCO10:15PMNBCS-BAY
NBCS-WSH
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 6: MEMPHIS AT MINNESOTA9:00PMESPN
NFLTIME ETTV
NFL DRAFT ROUND 2-38:00PMABC
NHLTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT TORONTO7:00PMNESN
SPORTSNET
COLUMBUS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT BUFFALO7:00PMNBCS-CHI
MSG-BUF
DETROIT AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
FLORIDA AT MONTREAL7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
OTTAWA AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT NY RANGERS7:00PMNBCS-WSH
MSG
TAMPA BAY AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
VEGAS AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMNHLN
ATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
CALGARY AT WINNIPEG8:00PMSPORTSNET
COLORADO AT MINNESOTA8:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
ANAHEIM AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN JOSE AT SEATTLE10:00PMNBCS-CA
ROOT SPORTS
NASHVILLE AT ARIZONA10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SUPER LIG: FENERBAHÇE VS GAZIANTEPSPOR1:30PMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS GREUTHER FÜRTH2:30PMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: QUEENS PARK RANGERS VS SHEFFIELD UNITED2:45PMESPN+
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: RAITH ROVERS VS KILMARNOCK2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: SEVILLA VS CÁDIZ3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: STRASBOURG VS PSG3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
ECUADOR PRIMERA A: GUALACEO VS MACARÁ8:00PMGOLTV
LIGA MX: NECAXA VS GUADALAJARA8:00PMUNIMAS
LIGA MX: MAZATLÁN VS PUEBLA10:05PMTELEMUNDO
NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE10:30PMCBSSN

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS: SHAKUR STEVENSON VS. OSCAR VALDEZ10:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
ALABAMA AT SOUTH CAROLINA12:00PMSECN
BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME1:00PMACCN
MIAMI AT GEORGIA TECH4:00PMESPNU
TCU AT FLORIDA STATE6:00PMACCN
AUBURN AT TENNESSEE7:00PMSECN
MISSISSIPPI AT ARKANSAS8:00PMESPN2
SANTA CLARA AT SAN DIEGO8:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
FLORIDA AT LSU12:00PMESPN2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT KENTUCKY3:00PMSECN
VIRGINIA AT LOUISVILLE4:00PMACCN
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN4:00PMBTN
TEXAS A&M AT MISSOURI5:00PMSECN
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: CATALUNYA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: MEXICO OPEN1:00PMGOLF
PGA: MEXICO OPEN3:00PMGOLF
LPGA: PALOS VERDES CHAMPIONSHIP6:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT TORONTO3:07PMATTSN-SW
SPORTSNET
LA ANGELS AT CHI. WHITE SOX4:05PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
WASHINGTON AT SAN FRANCISCO4:05PMNBCS-BAY
NBCS-WSH
CLEVELAND AT OAKLAND4:07PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT TAMPA BAY4:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
SEATTLE AT MIAMI6:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
ATLANTA AT TEXAS7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT BALTIMORE7:05PMNESN
MASN/2
CHI. CUBS AT MILWAUKEE7:10PMMARQ
BALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT KANSAS CITY7:10PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT NY METS7:10PMFS1
NBCS-PHI
SNY
CINCINNATI AT COLORADO8:10PMMLBN
ATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT LA DODGERS10:10PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
MMATIME ETTV
BANTAMWEIGHTS: ROB FONT VS. MARLON VERA7:00PMESPN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
XFINITY: A-GAME 2001:30PMFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 7: TORONTO AT PHILADELPHIA
FIRST ROUND GAME 7: UTAH AT DALLAS
FIRST ROUND GAME 7: NEW ORLEANS AT PHOENIX
NFLTIME ETTV
NFL DRAFT ROUND 4-712:00PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS LIVERPOOL7:30AMUSA
LA LIGA: DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS VS VILLARREAL8:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: NAPOLI VS SASSUOLO9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: CAGLIARI VS HELLAS VERONA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: MAINZ 05 VS BAYERN MÜNCHEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: ARMINIA BIELEFELD VS HERTHA BSC9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: AUGSBURG VS KÖLN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: STUTTGART VS WOLFSBURG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS BOCHUM9:30AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WATFORD VS BURNLEY10:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SOUTHAMPTON VS CRYSTAL PALACE10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ASTON VILLA VS NORWICH CITY10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ASTON VILLA VS NORWICH CITY10:00AMCNBC
LA LIGA: REAL MADRID VS ESPANYOL10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: LENS VS NANTES11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: SAMPDORIA VS GENOA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEEDS UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY12:30PMNBC
LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS LEVANTE12:30PMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS FREIBURG12:30PMESPN+
MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS AUSTIN1:30PMUNIMAS
SERIE A: SPEZIA VS LAZIO2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS SAINT-ÉTIENNE3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: ATHLETIC CLUB VS ATLÉTICO MADRID3:00PMESPN+
MLS: TORONTO FC VS CINCINNATI3:00PMESPN+
MLS: REAL SALT LAKE VS LA GALAXY3:30PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: CEARÁ VS RB BRAGANTINO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS ATHLETICO-PR3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: CF MONTRÉAL VS ATLANTA UNITED4:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: VÉLEZ SARSFIELD VS TIGRE4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: RACING CLUB VS BANFIELD4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: GOIÁS VS ATLÉTICO MINEIRO5:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: QUERÉTARO VS JUÁREZ6:00PMTUDN
NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS KANSAS CITY CURRENT6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: CUIABÁ VS ATLÉTICO GOIANIENSE6:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BOCA JUNIORS VS BARRACAS CENTRAL7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARSENAL VS COLÓN7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: COLUMBUS CREW VS DC UNITED7:30PMESPN+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS CHARLOTTE7:30PMESPN+
MLS: NEW ENGLAND VS INTER MIAMI7:30PMESPN+
MLS: CHICAGO FIRE VS NEW YORK RB8:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: ATLAS VS TIGRES UANL8:00PMTUDN
NWSL: CHICAGO RED STARS VS RACING LOUISVILLE FC8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: SPORTING KC VS DALLAS8:30PMESPN+
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS PORTLAND TIMBERS9:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SARMIENTO VS RIVER PLATE9:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: LANÚS VS INDEPENDIENTE9:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: AMÉRICA VS CRUZ AZUL10:00PMUNIVISION
USFLTIME ETTV
TAMPA BAY VS. HOUSTON4:00PMFOX
PITTSBURGH VS. MICHIGAN8:00PMFOX

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES136.68410 – 33 – 38 – 55 – 10 – 08 – 2W 6
TORONTO137.6500.57 – 36 – 47 – 40 – 06 – 37 – 3W 1
TAMPA BAY118.57928 – 53 – 35 – 11 – 23 – 47 – 3W 2
BOSTON812.4005.53 – 45 – 84 – 94 – 30 – 03 – 7L 1
BALTIMORE613.31673 – 33 – 102 – 70 – 03 – 43 – 7L 4
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA118.5798 – 43 – 42 – 27 – 22 – 28 – 2W 7
KANSAS CITY710.41235 – 52 – 50 – 07 – 60 – 35 – 5W 1
CHI WHITE SOX711.3893.55 – 42 – 72 – 13 – 92 – 11 – 9L 1
CLEVELAND712.36843 – 34 – 90 – 35 – 20 – 43 – 7L 7
DETROIT612.3334.54 – 82 – 42 – 43 – 60 – 02 – 8L 5
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS137.6508 – 55 – 21 – 24 – 06 – 57 – 3W 5
SEATTLE118.5791.57 – 24 – 61 – 26 – 44 – 27 – 3L 2
HOUSTON109.5262.52 – 48 – 51 – 20 – 08 – 65 – 5W 3
OAKLAND109.5262.54 – 36 – 67 – 40 – 01 – 25 – 5W 1
TEXAS613.3166.52 – 84 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 94 – 6L 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS146.7005 – 29 – 45 – 22 – 17 – 37 – 3L 1
MIAMI108.55634 – 36 – 58 – 21 – 21 – 27 – 3W 5
PHILADELPHIA1010.50048 – 52 – 52 – 51 – 25 – 26 – 4W 4
ATLANTA911.45056 – 73 – 42 – 44 – 33 – 44 – 6W 1
WASHINGTON615.2868.53 – 113 – 43 – 71 – 32 – 52 – 8L 8
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE137.6505 – 38 – 42 – 19 – 40 – 18 – 2W 3
ST. LOUIS117.61115 – 36 – 43 – 36 – 41 – 06 – 4W 2
CHI CUBS811.4214.54 – 64 – 51 – 24 – 52 – 23 – 7L 1
PITTSBURGH811.4214.54 – 54 – 63 – 15 – 100 – 03 – 7L 3
CINCINNATI316.1589.51 – 72 – 92 – 21 – 20 – 101 – 9L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SAN FRANCISCO136.6845 – 38 – 36 – 41 – 02 – 16 – 4L 1
LA DODGERS126.6670.56 – 16 – 52 – 14 – 04 – 56 – 4L 2
SAN DIEGO137.6500.56 – 47 – 32 – 26 – 05 – 58 – 2W 3
COLORADO109.52636 – 44 – 52 – 52 – 22 – 14 – 6L 4
ARIZONA812.4005.55 – 73 – 54 – 60 – 13 – 45 – 5L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS81581761225533823634-7-024-10-68-2-0
2 XY-CAROLINA HURRICANES82542081165327820229-8-425-12-48-2-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS81532171135031025130-8-223-13-57-2-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS81512461084725120526-10-425-14-26-4-0
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING81502381084828122927-8-623-15-27-3-0
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS814525111014226722622-13-523-12-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS81512551074925321526-13-225-12-36-4-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS814425121003927324219-16-625-9-65-3-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS81373410843522723120-15-517-19-54-5-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS8137377813325929521-15-516-22-24-5-1
11 BUFFALO SABRES81313911732822928816-18-615-21-55-5-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS81314010722822530918-16-713-24-33-6-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS8132427712922326415-22-417-20-36-3-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS8127459632424530216-19-511-26-43-4-3
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS81254511612420929414-20-611-25-52-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS81214911531821131710-26-411-23-71-9-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE81561871195231123032-5-424-13-35-4-1
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES815020111114829220525-9-725-11-47-1-2
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD81522271114730625230-8-222-14-58-1-1
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES814921111094730723526-9-523-12-68-1-1
5 X-EDMONTON OILERS81482761024428725027-12-121-15-57-2-1
6 X-LOS ANGELES KINGS82442711994023923621-16-423-11-76-3-1
7 X-NASHVILLE PREDATORS8145297974126224725-14-220-15-54-3-3
8 X-DALLAS STARS8145306964023424426-10-419-20-25-3-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS8142318923825924422-15-420-16-43-3-4
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS81403011913724723320-14-720-16-47-2-1
11 WINNIPEG JETS80373211853524525321-15-316-17-84-5-1
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS81323613772921426118-18-514-18-83-3-4
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS81313614762723026717-19-514-17-93-5-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS81284211672221728814-21-614-21-54-6-0
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN8026486582321028115-22-311-26-34-6-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES8124507552320230910-27-314-23-42-6-2
 

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