NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 129 PHILADELPHIA 100

GOLDEN STATE 113 DENVER 102

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 ARIZONA 84 STANFORD 80

OKLAHOMA 72 #3 BAYLOR 67

#6 KANSAS 87 WEST VIRGINIA 63

#7 DUKE 88 SYRACUSE 79

#8 VILLANOVA 66 ST. JOHN’S 65

#11 PROVIDENCE 65 BUTLER 61

#13 UCLA 75 WASHINGTON STATE 65

#14 TEXAS TECH 72 IOWA STATE 41

#20 UCONN 62 SETON HALL 52

#21 USC 65 WASHINGTON 61

#23 COLORADO STATE 53 UTAH STATE 51

#24 IOWA 112 NORTHWESTERN 76

#25 NORTH CAROLINA 63 VIRGINIA 43

INDIANA 74 MICHIGAN 69

PENN STATE 71 OHIO STATE 68

MICHIGAN STATE 76 MARYLAND 72

OHIO 77 BALL STATE 67

VIRGINIA TECH 87 NOTRE DAME 80

TOLEDO 72 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 71

TEXAS A&M 83 FLORIDA 80 OT

CINCINNATI 74 CAROLINA 63

AKRON 70 BUFFALO 68

MIAMI, FLORIDA 71 BOSTON COLLEGE 69, OT

CREIGHTON 74 MARQUETTE 63

BOISE STATE 71 NEVADA 69

LONG BEACH STATE 72 BAKERSFIELD 61

LSU 76 MISSOURI 68

KENT STATE 85 MIAMI OHIO 75

TULSA 73 WICHITA STATE 67

WYOMING 59 UNLV 56

WEBER STATE 68 MONTANA 56

COLORADO 80 OREGON 69

MASSACHUSETTS 99 GEORGE WASHINGTON 88

MISSISSIPPI STATE 73 SOUTH CAROLINA 51

SAN DIEGO STATE 53 FRESNO STATE 46

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#25 CENTRAL FLORIDA 53 S. FLORIDA 45

INDIANA STATE 89 EVANSVILLE 75

OKLAHOMA STATE 73 TEXAS TECH 58

WEST VIRGINIA 68 TCU 48

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 4 CHICAGO 3

BUFFALO 3 VEGAS 1

ARIZONA 5 TORONTO 4

OTTAWA 4 SEATTLE 3

MINNESOTA 6 DETROIT 5

FLORIDA 6 PHILADELPHIA 3

WINNIPEG 2 NEW JERSEY 1

CAROLINA 2 COLORADO 0

NY ISLANDERS 6 COLUMBUS 0

ST. LOUIS 6 NY RANGERS 2

NASHVILLE 4 ANAHEIM 1

CALGARY 4 TAMPA BAY 1

SAN JOSE 4 LOS ANGELES 3

MLB PLAYERS VOTE TO END LOCKOUT, SALVAGING 162-GAME SEASON

NEW YORK (AP) Players have voted to accept Major League Baseball’s latest offer for a new labor deal, paving the way to end a 99-day lockout and salvage a 162-game regular season that would begin April 7.

The union’s executive board approved the agreement in a 26-12 vote Thursday, pending ratification by all players, a person familiar with the balloting said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

MLB sent the players an offer Thursday and gave them until 3 p.m. to accept in order to play a full season. The union announced the player vote around 3:25 p.m. Owners planned to hold a ratification vote at 6 p.m.

“The deal pushes the game forward,” Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, a member of the union’s executive subcommitee, said in an telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It addresses a lot of the things that the players in the game should be focused on: the competitive integrity aspect of it.”

The agreement will allow training camps to open this week in Florida and Arizona, more than three weeks after they were scheduled to on Feb. 16. Fans can start making plans to be at Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Camden Yards next month. Opening day is being planned a little more than a week behind the original date on March 31.

The deal also will set off a rapid-fire round of free agency. Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and Kris Bryant are among 138 big leaguers still without a team, including some who might benefit from the adoption of a universal designated hitter.

The sport’s new collective bargaining agreement also expands the playoffs to 12 teams and introduces incentives to limit so-called “tanking.” The minimum salary will rise from $570,500 to about $700,000, and the luxury tax threshold will increase from $210 million to $230 million this year, a slight loosening for the biggest spenders such as the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox. A new bonus pool was established for players not yet eligible for arbitration, a way to boost salaries for young stars.

Commissioner Rob Manfred had set a Tuesday deadline for a deal that would preserve a 162-game schedule along with full pay and service time required for players to reach free agency. Talks spilled past the deadline and Manfred announced more cancellations Wednesday, increasing the total to 184 of the 2,230 games.

After yet another snag, this time over management’s desire for an international amateur draft, the deal came together Thursday afternoon and capped nearly a year of talks that saw pitchers Max Scherzer and Andrew Miller take prominent roles as union spokesmen.

Players had fumed for years about the deal that expired Dec. 1, which saw payrolls decline 4% in 2021 compared to the last full season, back to their 2015 level. The union had an ambitious negotiating stance in talks that began last spring, asking for free-agency rights to increase with an age-based backstop and for an expansion of salary arbitration to its level from 1974-86.

In the late stages, the level and rates of the luxury tax, designed as a break on spending, became the key to a deal. Players think that too low of a threshold and too high of a rate acts tantamount to a salary cap, which the union fought off with a 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95.

The agreement came after three days of shuttle negotiations between the MLB offices in midtown Manhattan and the players’ association headquarters, three blocks away.

Despite hundreds of hours of threats and counter-threats, the sides are set to avoid regular-season games being canceled by labor conflict for the first time since the 1994-95 strike. Games originally announced as canceled by Manfred were changed to postponed, and MLB will modify the original schedule.

The deal came at a cost, though, with years of public rancor again casting both owners and players as money obsessed. Spring training in Arizona and Florida was disrupted for the third straight year following two exhibition seasons altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Exhibition games had been scheduled to start Feb. 26.

“People can go to the ballpark. That will help,” Cole said. “Maybe some people will go to the ballpark to tell us know how they feel negatively. That’s their right to do as well. I will say that nobody wants it to go this way. And some of the hurdles we’ve had to jump through over the last few weeks have not necessarily been ill will but just due process.

“It’s just a very democratic process and some of these sorts of things take some time. But I think everybody is tremendously excited to get back and tremendous excited to get back in front of the fans.”

Players will have about 28 days of training rather than the usual 42 for pitchers and catchers.

In some ways, the negotiations were similar to those in 1990, when a lockout started Feb. 15 and ended with a four-year deal announced 1:18 a.m. on March 19.

NO. 24 IOWA ROUTS NORTHWESTERN WITH RECORD TOURNEY SHOWING

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) No. 24 Iowa celebrated Fran McCaffery’s 400th game at the school with a memorable offensive performance.

Keegan Murray scored 26 points, and the Hawkeyes broke Big Ten Tournament records for scoring, field goals and 3-pointers while running away from Northwestern for a 112-76 victory Thursday.

Murray was 11 of 16 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan Bohannon added 17 points in the most prolific offensive showcase since the tourney began in 1998 – and it wasn’t even close.

“We can’t play much better than we did tonight,” McCaffery said. “Everything was really clicking, our shooting was really good.”

The Hawkeyes broke Maryland’s single-game tournament record of 97 points, set in 2016. Their 43 field goals were six more than Ohio State’s mark of 37 in 2016. Both records fell on Josh Ogundele’s putback with 4:33 to go.

By then the Hawkeyes already had 17 3s – three more than Illinois made in tourney games in 2016 and 2018.

The offensive show allowed Iowa to rest its starters for the final 7 1/2 minutes as it tries to win four games in four days for its third conference tourney crown.

“Every time we had a defensive breakdown, they made us pay,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “I don’t how anyone beats them when they’re playing like that and they’ve been playing like that the last couple of weeks.”

The Wildcats (15-16) were led by Ryan Young with 14 points and Boo Buie with 12. They had won two in a row, including a 71-69 victory over Nebraska in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday.

But Northwestern never had a chance against Iowa.

The Hawkeyes opened the game on a 17-4 run, extended the margin to 50-26 late in the first half and headed to the locker room with a 64-31 cushion.

The Wildcats couldn’t get closer than 26 in the second half – until Iowa pulled the last of its starters with 7 1/2 minutes to play – and failed to reach the Big Ten quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year.

Iowa has won nine of its last 11, and 20 of its 23 wins have come by double digits.

“Early on, I felt like we were moving the ball really well,” Murray said. “We’ve been getting stops on defense the last few games and so we’ve been really good getting out and running.”

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: The Wildcats seem like they are running in place as a program. With three senior starters unlikely to return next season, Collins has plenty of work to do.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes have done more than enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. If they want to improve their seeding, though, a deep run in Indianapolis would help. McCaffery’s squad made a strong statement Thursday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win over the Big Ten’s No. 12 seed won’t do much to strengthen Iowa’s resume or its hold on a spot in the Top 25. Reaching Saturday’s semifinals might.

STAT PACK

Northwestern: Pete Nance scored 11 points and Robbie Beran had 10. … The Wildcats were outrebounded 45-18.

Iowa: Bohannon moved within eight points of hitting the 2,000-point mark after making five 3s. … Payton Sandfort had 13 points while Filip Rebraca collected 10 points and nine rebounds. … Connor McCaffery also finished with 10 points.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: The Wildcats face a long offseason to contemplate how to right the program.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes take on unranked Rutgers in Friday’s second quarterfinal game.

BRUCE WEBER RESIGNS AS BASKETBALL COACH AT KANSAS STATE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bruce Weber resigned as the basketball coach at Kansas State on Thursday, one day after the struggling Wildcats lost to West Virginia in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament to cap a third straight losing season.

He didn’t walk away quietly.

First, the long-time coach criticized the NCAA over its handling of the FBI probe into college basketball corruption. Then, Weber struck out at Kansas State fans who used social media to berate him and his program. And finally, he professed his desire to continue coaching, asking for “some (athletic director) out there who would appreciate a coach that graduates players, wins championships, supports the university and embraces the community.”

“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” said Weber, who had one year remaining on his contract. “I got into coaching – I got into teaching – because my dad and mom thought there was no better life than to help others. That’s been my goal.

“Hopefully I’ve impacted people and helped them with their lives so that now they can help others.”

The 65-year-old Weber was a largely unpopular pick to replace Frank Martin when he was hired by former athletic director John Currie in 2012, shortly after he was fired by Illinois. Weber was mulling mid-major jobs when Currie selected him to take over a program that had suddenly shot to national prominence on the back of six straight 20-win seasons.

Weber kept the momentum going for a while. He led the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 title in his first season, made five NCAA tournaments in his first seven seasons and added a share of another conference title just four years ago.

But the past few years have been a struggle, and all the hard-won support Weber had gained over most of the previous decade simply disappeared. He was forced to completely rebuild the roster after the 2019 season, then struggled to recruit at a level to get the Wildcats back to the point where they were competing for championships.

They went 9-20 last season and 14-17 this season, leaving Weber – who took the Illini to the national championship game in 2005 – with a 184-147 record with the Wildcats. His career mark, including a highly successful run at Southern Illinois that included two NCAA tourney appearances, stands at 407-301 with 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

“The negativity that surrounds K-State times is really sad to me,” Weber said. “This is the only school I’ve been associated with that I tell our recruits to avoid our social media. I’m afraid of what they’ll see. Hopefully that can change, maybe with the new coach, and everybody can be positive about K-State and K-State athletics.”

Weber made headlines following the loss to the Mountaineers at T-Mobile Center on Wednesday night when he lambasted the NCAA over its handling of the FBI probe over the past few years. Weber said he had refused to cut his silver hair until schools that were identified in the probe were punished, which some took as a swipe at rival Kansas.

The Jayhawks have appealed their penalties to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process, while another Big 12 member – Oklahoma State – is serving a postseason ban this year.

“We won titles. We did it the right way,” Weber said. “I’m on the NCAA ethics committee. I was told they were going to take care of the people in the FBI stuff, so I told somebody I’m going to grow my hair until something happens. Obviously, it’s still growing.

“That’s the sad part about our business,” Weber added. “Lon Kruger told me the other day, all the guys in the FBI (probe) except one are in the NCAA Tournament. All those teams are going to be in the NCAA Tournament.”

Yet the Wildcats will be sitting home for the third straight year, this time pondering their next head coach.

As for Weber, his immediate plans are to spend more time with his family, including four rambunctious grandkids. But it was his wife, Megan, who made sure that Weber wasn’t closing the door on coaching again.

“She said, ‘You’re not done. Don’t tell people you’re retiring,'” Weber said.

GEORGIA FIRES TOM CREAN FOLLOWING 26 LOSSES IN 4TH SEASON

(AP) — Georgia coach Tom Crean has been fired in a much-anticipated announcement a day after the end of a 26-loss season.

Georgia announced Thursday night Crean will not return for his fifth season. The quick decision comes less than 24 hours after the Bulldogs’ 86-51 to Vanderbilt in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Tampa on Wednesday night.

Georgia (6-26) set a school record for most losses in a season while losing its final 12 games. The Bulldogs won only one SEC game, setting another low for the program.

Crean was 47-75 overall and 15-58 in SEC games in four seasons. He was been unable to duplicate the success he enjoyed at Marquette, where he advanced to the Final Four, or Indiana, where he coached three Sweet 16 teams.

Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks thanked Crean and his family for their commitment to the program and said Crean “demonstrated unquestionable effort and enthusiasm in what he has attempted to accomplish at Georgia.

“That said, our expectation is to compete for postseason success in all 21 sports,” Brooks said in a statement released by the school. “We believe a leadership change in men’s basketball is needed to achieve our goals.”

Some former Georgia players already have lobbied for Brooks to hire former Georgia player and assistant Jonas Hayes, the associate head coach at Xavier.

Crean was unable to find a way to prevent the free fall of 20 losses in the final 21 games of the season.

When asked if he had addressed his job status with his players before Wednesday night’s game, Crean said: “You know what? Anything with my situation, that’s got to go through the athletic department, right? That’s not a thing I spend a lot of time on and I just coach my team every day. That’s what my focus is.”

Crean was hired by Brooks’ predecessor, Greg McGarity.

The buyout clause in the six-year, $19.8 million contract Crean signed in 2018 decreased from $7.2 million to $3.2 million with the end of the season.

Crean couldn’t overcome the inability to keep his best players in the offseason. Georgia’s two leading scorers from last season transferred to other SEC schools – point guard Sahvir Wheeler to Kentucky and guard K.D. Johnson to Auburn. Yet another player who could have played a key role this season, Tye Fagan, transferred to Mississippi.

The losses of the three players through the transfer portal was devastating. Georgia then lost two players to season-ending knee injuries.

The Bulldogs’ only returning starter, forward P.J. Horne, was hurt before the season. Jailyn Ingram averaged 10.7 points and six rebounds through nine games before hurting his knee in early December. Crean said he didn’t have a true power forward the remainder of the season. As a result, the Bulldogs plummeted to the bottom of the SEC standings.

Crean’s highlight at Georgia was signing Anthony Edwards, who became the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick by Minnesota in 2020 following one season in Athens. But even with the dynamic talents of Edwards, Georgia finished only 16-16 overall and 5-13 in the SEC in the 2019-20 season.

Crean said the coronavirus pandemic, which dramatically cut down on in-person visits, shut down his opportunity to take advantage of the recruiting boost he would have otherwise expected from having a Georgia player selected as the NBA’s top draft pick. Instead, Crean increasingly was forced to rely on transfers.

Georgia’s only winning season under Crean was a 14-12 finish in 2020-21, when the Bulldogs were 7-11 in the conference.

SOONERS TAKE DOWN NO. 3 BAYLOR 72-67 IN BIG 12 QUARTERFINALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Oklahoma coach Porter Moser remembers the feeling a couple weeks ago when the Sooners learned that Elijah Harkless, their heartbeat on the floor and one of their best all-around players, was done for the season with an injury.

They were stunned, Moser said, and it took a couple games to get back on track.

The Sooners are certainly rolling now.

Umoja Gibson scored 14 points, including a crucial three-point play with less than a minute to go, and Oklahoma rallied in the second half for a 72-67 victory over third-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday night to undoubtedly earn some major points with the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

“Really happy for the guys to stick with us and be resilient,” Moser said. “We regrouped. We’ve won four in a row, and that was a huge win for us. It’s a testament to this group and how close they’re becoming, and how resilient they’re becoming, blocking out all the outside noise and just focusing on what we need to do to win games.”

It helps that Jacob Groves, who took Harkless’ spot in the starting lineup, came through with 15 points. Marvin Johnson added 12, including two foul shots with five seconds left, and Jalen Hill and Jordan Goldwire finished with 10 apiece.

Now, the Sooners (18-14) have a date with No. 14 Texas Tech or Iowa State in the Big 12 semifinals Friday night.

The Sooners were clinging to a 61-60 lead with just under 3 minutes left when Gibson broke a full-court press for a layup. The 6-foot-1 guard added a three-point play to make it 68-62 with 49 seconds left, then grabbed the rebound off James Akinjo’s missed 3-pointer to give Oklahoma the ball with just over 30 seconds remaining.

The Sooners did enough at the foul line to hold on from there.

“I think it’s just kind of an accumulation of a lot of things, building up to the end of the season,” Groves said. “We’re playing great basketball at the right time of the year, and that’s exciting. Got two more to win.”

Akinjo finished with 16 points but was just 6 of 16 from the field for Baylor (26-6), the co-champions with Kansas during the regular season. Jeremy Sochan added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

“I was proud of the way our guys competed at the end, where we pressed and cut it to a one-possession game, but how we started both halves was probably a key to the game,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team beat the Sooners twice in the regular season. “I probably did a bad job of preparing our guys.”

The Sooners, who had won three straight coming into the tournament, kept their momentum going throughout most of the first half. They scored the first seven points, at one point led 17-10 and never trailed for the first 18-plus minutes.

All that work went to waste in the final couple minutes of the first half.

They were still leading 25-21 when Johnson and Groves combined for three turnovers in four trips down the floor. The last of them ended up in a run-out for the Bears, and Dale Bonner drilled a 3 from right in front of the Oklahoma bench, giving the reigning national champions their first lead of the game.

Sochan’s three-point play with 2.6 seconds left capped a 12-2 run and gave Baylor a 33-27 advantage at the break.

The Sooners slowly crept even in the second half, and Hill’s go-ahead bucket with 11 1/2 minutes to go started a 9-0 run.

Groves did most of the work, turning over Flagler and throwing down a dunk in transition, then taking a charging foul. That was before back-to-back baskets by Johnson – including a 3-pointer that just beat the shot clock.

With just two fouls down the stretch, Baylor began to aggressively use a full-court press, willing to give up a couple whistles for a couple turnovers. The strategy worked as Oklahoma twice coughed up the ball on inbounds plays and the Bears were able to get easy baskets to draw within 63-62 with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

That’s when Gibson, the shortest guy on the court, came through with the biggest plays of the game.

SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE

Sochan colored his hair blue, one of the two colors of the Ukrainian flag, and wore messages of support on his warmup shirt and shoes for the nation currently at war with invading Russia.

“I think no matter what outcome we had, it was obvious there’s something going on in this world that’s not the best thing,” said Sochan, who was raised in England by a Polish mother and American father. “I think we’re all connected in some way. What’s happening isn’t right. Just showing some awareness with whatever I can do.”

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma, which had lost four of its past five Big 12 Tournament games, used balanced scoring (five players in double figures) to put away the banged-up Bears. Seven players played at least 15 minutes, including Tanner Groves, who had five points and six boards while dealing with foul trouble.

Baylor still has never won a Big 12 Tournament title. It didn’t help the Bears’ cause that Kendall Brown, one of their best players, had to leave briefly early in the second half with an ankle injury. The loss should put into question their chances of earning a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT

The Sooners play No. 3 seed Texas Tech or sixth-seeded Iowa State for a spot in the title game.

NO. 2 ARIZONA OUTLASTS STANFORD 84-80 IN PAC-12 QUARTERS

LAS VEGAS (AP) Arizona spent much of the season winning lopsided games with one of the nation’s best offenses.

The Wildcats faced a rare opposing offensive onslaught to open the Pac-12 Tournament by a hot-shooting Stanford team and a forward who couldn’t seem to miss.

Arizona found a way to win in a good starting point for what the Wildcats hope is a long postseason run.

Christian Koloko scored 24 points, Bennedict Mathurin added 20 and No. 2 Arizona held off Stanford 84-80 on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

“It was good to get tested today,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said. “Obviously, Stanford gave us everything we wanted and then some. I love this time of year. I love coaching in these games. They mean a lot. You’ve got to win or go home.”

The top-seeded Wildcats (29-3) had a hard time shaking the Cardinal in a win late in the regular season and faced a similar issue to open the tournament.

Ninth-seeded Stanford (16-16) beat Arizona State on a buzzer-beater to open the show in Las Vegas on Wednesday and hit Arizona with a flurry of 3-pointers in the encore.

The Cardinal went 11 for 20 behind the arc and Spencer Jones hit shots from everywhere while scoring 28 points. Stanford shot 54% against the Pac-12’s best defensive team in an atmosphere that felt like McKale Center north.

“We executed our game plan really well down the stretch, gave ourselves opportunities,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said.

Arizona was the team that cashed in.

Koloko put Arizona up 82-77 on a two-handed dunk, but Harrison Ingram (16 points) cut the lead to two on a corner 3 with 13 seconds left. The Cardinal quickly fouled Pelle Larsson and he made two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to send the Wildcats into the semifinals against Colorado on Friday.

“We have a young team, so we need to have those kind of games to get ready for what’s next for us,” said Koloko, who had nine rebounds and four assists.

Arizona took an unexpected road to Las Vegas, winning a Pac-12 regular-season title not even their coach expected.

Using principles he helped forge 22 years as Mark Few’s assistant at Gonzaga, Lloyd turned the Wildcats into a fast and furious pack.

Arizona’s offensive possessions are the shortest in Division I – just over 14 seconds – and the Wildcats were third nationally in scoring at 84.7 points per game.

The Cardinal managed to drop an anchor on Arizona’s aerials for a bit in the teams’ second meeting this season – they were blown out in the first – before the Wildcats pulled away for an 81-69 win.

Stanford nearly shot for shot with the Wildcats in the third go-round. Jones hit Arizona with an array of midrange jumpers to score 13 points and the Cardinal went 6 of 8 from 3 in the first half.

“I just had to be as aggressive as I possibly could be,” said Jones, who finished 12 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 7 from 3.

Arizona had success getting the ball into the post and Mathurin seemed to have an answer each time the Cardinal tried to go on a run, scoring 14 points to give Arizona a 40-37 lead.

Stanford kept dropping in shots to start the second half. Jones opened with a pair of 3s and the Cardinal hit six of their seven shots, three of those 3s.

Arizona kept pace, trading baskets with Stanford in a back-and-forth second half, neither team able to gain much separation.

The Wildcats threatened to pull away twice, stretching the lead to five. Stanford stopped the momentum and quieted the crowd both times by continuing to drain shots, setting up the tight finish that Arizona eked out for a win.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford showed a lot of grit and in what may be its season finale with an incredible shooting performance. It still wasn’t enough against one of the nation’s best teams.

Arizona was put to the test by the tournament’s ninth seed and passed. The Wildcats seem to find a way to win even with everything doesn’t go right.

KRIISA INJURED

Arizona lost point guard Kerr Kriisa to a sprained right ankle with 32 seconds left.

The Estonian guard landed on a Stanford player’s foot while making a pass. Kriisa was in a great deal of pain and could not put any weight on his right leg as he was helped to the locker room.

Lloyd was unsure of his availability the rest of the tournament.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Won’t be going to the NCAA Tournament, but could get an invite to another postseason tournament.

Arizona: Will face Colorado on Friday in the semifinals.

NO. 7 DUKE SURGES LATE TO HOLD OFF SYRACUSE 88-79 IN ACC

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim shook hands as they usually do after the two Hall of Fame coaches faced off on the court for the final time Thursday.

There was no need for the friends to say some kind of special good-bye. They know they’ll keep in touch and cross paths again.

Coach K is retiring after this, his 42nd season at Duke. Boeheim says he’s coming back for a 47th season at Syracuse

“I don’t like to play against him, but we’ll have dinner together,” Boeheim said after the Blue Devils eliminated the Orange from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with an 88-79 quarterfinal victory.

Playing without suspended star Buddy Boeheim, ninth-seeded Syracuse took a one-point lead with 3:32 left in the second half, but top-seeded Duke closed with 10-0 run.

“We got the game we expected,” Krzyzewski said.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 26 points and Jeremy Roach had 16 in the second half for the Blue Devils (27-5), who advanced to Friday’s semifinals at Barclays Center against fourth-seeded Miami.

Coming off a jarring loss to end the regular season against North Carolina in Coach K’s Cameron send-off, Duke looked like a team still trying to find its March form.

Duke forward Mark Williams said he couldn’t bear the thought of another surprising loss spoiling this leg of Krzyzewski’s farewell tour.

“We had to learn from that game, but at the same time we had to move on,” said Williams, who scored 15 points. “Can’t be playing mind games with yourself: `What if this happens? What if that happens?’ “

The Blue Devils couldn’t shake the Orange until a closing kick that came after Jimmy Boeheim’s tip-in put Syracuse up 79-78.

Freshman Paolo Banchero made a tough shot in the lane with 2:13 left to put Duke up 82-79. Moore found Roach for an open 3 about a minute later and Williams’ breakaway dunk made the lead eight with 48 second left.

“Wendell really led us down the stretch,” Krzyzewski said. “Jeremy had a sensational game.”

The loss leaves Syracuse (16-17) with a losing record. With the NCAA Tournament out of the question and the NIT highly unlikely, the Orange are looking at their first sub-.500 season under the 77-year-old Jim Boeheim.

“I thought we played with a tremendous purpose today,” Jim Boeheim said.

Playing without ACC leading scorer Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse got a lift from big brother Jimmy Boeheim, who scored a season-high 28 points and was 6 for 9 from 3.

“I was playing for this kid today,” Jimmy said, sitting next to Buddy during a postgame news conference with their dad. “I wanted to do everything I could to get him one more game.”

Buddy Boeheim was suspended for the game by the conference for a “flagrant act” after he punched Florida State’s Wyatt Wilkes in the stomach during the Orange’s second-round victory Wednesday.

“Sitting on that bench I couldn’t be prouder watching my big bro doing his thing,” Buddy Boeheim said.

Buddy Boeheim stood under the basket in a blue warmup suit while his teammates shot around pregame, occasionally grabbing a rebound. Relegated to the bench, he took a spot toward the end, just before the walk-ons but was often the first to greet his teammates coming off the floor.

The Orange lost two games to Duke during the regular season with Buddy Boeheim by a combined 45 points. Syracuse didn’t seem to have much of a chance without him.

Joe Girard, who came in averaging 13.5 per game, did his best “Buddy Buckets” impersonation in the first half. He scored 18, including a corner 3 at the buzzer. The junior guard ran off the floor waving on the Syracuse fans to bring the noise, with the Orange leading 40-36.

Syracuse upped the lead to seven early in the second half, but Duke started getting the ball inside and a fourth foul on Cole Swider with 15:00 to go left the Orange struggling to finish the upset.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Buddy Boeheim apologized again, several times, for striking Wilkes and struggled to hold back tears as he spoke about watching his college career come to an end.

“Been thinking about the play the last 24 hours,” Buddy Boeheim said. “I don’t think I’ve thrown a punch in my life. I never meant to intentionally hurt him.”

Jim Boeheim criticized the decision to suspend his son, saying if the incident was handled properly during Wednesday’s game by the officials, at worst Buddy Boeheim would have been ejected and eligible to play against Duke.

But because there was no video review of the play during the Florida State game, it cost Buddy Boeheim the Duke game.

“That makes no common sense to me,” Jim Boeheim said.

Krzyzewski stopped short of criticizing the ACC’s decision, but did say: “I wish what happened (Wednesday) was adjudicated during the game.”

Duke: The Blue Devils have won seven straight meetings against Syracuse.

The 75-year-old Krzyzewski called Boeheim, who he spent more than a decade working with on USA Basketball, his best friend in coaching.

“There’s nobody except a former player who I cheer for more,” Krzyzewski said about Boeheim. “His team did him proud.”

Duke is 13-5 in matchups between Krzyzewski and Boeheim.

UP NEXT

Duke lost at home to Miami in January.

TCU RALLIES FROM 20 DOWN TO BEAT NO. 22 TEXAS, 65-60

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Damion Baugh led TCU on a frantic second-half comeback, Eddie Lampkin provided the go-ahead bucket with 39 seconds left, and the Horned Frogs rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat No. 22 Texas 65-60 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Baugh finished with 17 points, and Mike Miles overcame an ankle injury and a dreadful first half to add 13 points as fifth-seeded TCU (20-11) rode its school-record fifth win over a ranked team this season into a semifinal matchup with No. 6 Kansas or West Virginia on Friday.

The Horned Frogs trailed 40-20 before Miles scored just before halftime, and that jumpstarted a comeback fueled by some hot shooting and defensive stops. They finally pulled ahead with just under seven minutes left, then took the lead for good when Baugh found Lampkin under the basket on a set play out of a timeout.

Marcus Carr missed at the other end for Texas (21-11), Lampkin pulled down the rebound, and Francisco Farabello made both of his free throws with 15.9 seconds left to put the game away.

Timmy Allen led the Longhorns with 16 points and nine rebounds. Courtney Ramey had 15 points and nine boards.

There was an odd feeling for the quarterfinal inside T-Mobile Center as a winter snowstorm swirled outside. Two years ago, the Longhorns were on the same court preparing for a game against Texas Tech at the exact same time of day when phones belonging to Big 12 officials began to chirp. Within an hour, the rest of the tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the NCAA Tournament, and life is still working its way back to normalcy.

Last year’s tournament, where the Longhorns beat the Red Raiders for the title, was played inside a mostly empty arena.

Texas appeared to put its quarterfinal away early, going on a 20-1 run late in the first half. Allen did most of the damage with back-to-back baskets and a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions, and Brock Cunningham hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key, eventually giving the Longhorns a 20-point lead in the final minute of the half.

Miles, the second-team, All-Big 12 guard who’d been 0 for 7 from the field with three air balls from beyond the arc, finally got a tough layup to go inside the final minute, drawing the Horned Frogs within 40-22 at the break.

It wound up being the start of a massive comeback.

Miles led the way by hitting four straight baskets, including a couple 3-pointers, and Baugh hit another as the Horned Frogs whittled the deficit to 52-48 with just under 10 minutes to play. And when Devin Askew slid into Miles and the TCU star had to leave briefly with a right ankle injury, Emanuel Miller carried the baton.

His basket with 6:45 to go gave the Horned Frogs their first lead since midway through the first half, and coach Jamie Dixon’s team was able to hang on through some pressure possessions to pick up the win.

BIG PICTURE

TCU has only made one other Big 12 Tournament semifinal game, losing during the 2017 event. In fact, the Horned Frogs were just 5-9 in the tournament with losses to Kansas State in each of their last four trips.

Texas: After shooting 65.2% from the field in the first half, the Longhorns were 1 of 11 from beyond the arc and shot 22.6% in the second half. They also were beaten on the boards and dominated in the paint.

UP NEXT

The Horned Frogs play the Jayhawks or the Mountaineers for a spot in the Big 12 title game.

DURANT, NETS ROUT 76ERS IN SIMMONS’ RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers fans came to boo Ben Simmons. They left booing their own team.

Kevin Durant scored 18 of his 25 points in Brooklyn’s dominating first half in the Nets’ 129-100 blowout victory over the 76ers on Thursday night in Simmons’ much-hyped return to Philadelphia.

Seth Curry added 24 points, and Kyrie Irving had 22 for the Nets. They entered in eighth place in the East, but looked like a legitimate conference contender while badly outplaying the third-place 76ers.

Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, and James Harden finished with just 11 points. It was the first loss for Philadelphia in six games with Harden in the lineup.

The game was dubbed as “Boo Ben” night, but the raucous fans instead turned their displeasure on the home team when the 76ers went to the locker room trailing 72-51 and again when Brooklyn built a stunning 32-point lead in the third quarter.

“I think all of us look at Ben as our brother,” Durant said. “We knew this was a hostile environment. It’s hard to chant at Ben Simmons when you’re losing by that much.”

Simmons, wearing a designer hockey jersey and flashy jewelry, watched from the bench, likely taking delight in the vitriol deflected away from him. The three-time All-Star is continuing to recover from a back injury that has sidelined him since being swapped for Harden in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.

“We definitely felt like Ben was on our heart,” Irving said. “If you come at Ben, you come at us.”

While Simmons hasn’t taken the floor yet, Harden had been a boon for the 76ers unlike his time in Brooklyn, where the so-called Big 3 of Harden, Durant and Irving managed to play just 16 games together following Harden’s trade to Brooklyn last January that was billed as a potentially championship move. Harden exchanged fist bumps with Nets staff members just before tip before a shockingly poor performance from the 10-time All-Star and former MVP.

Harden missed 14 of 17 field-goal attempts.

“We just didn’t have the pop that we needed,” Harden said.

The only shot Simmons took was a dunk during pregame warmups that drew derisive cheers from the Philly fans.

The boos started early, as Simmons was met with catcalls while boarding the team bus to shootaround from the Nets’ downtown hotel. Simmons did oblige one fan for an autograph, with another being heard on a video widely circulated on social media yelling, “Why the grievance? Why spit in the face of Sixers fans? We did nothing but support you for five years, Ben. You know that.”

The heckling continued when Simmons was at the arena. He entered the court 55 minutes prior to tip, wearing a sleeveless Nets warmup shirt and sweats and spent 20 minutes passing for Patty Mills’ warmup shots. He didn’t embrace any of his former teammates, though he did walk the length of the court to hug a 76ers official and then exchanged fist pumps with coach Doc Rivers at halftime.

“Looked good to me, looked happy to be here,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “I think he was happy to get it out of the way.”

A large security presence closely watched the crowd and cell phones captured every Simmons move. By the end of the game, though, many 76ers fans had left and the remaining Nets fans were chanting: “BEN SIM-MONS! BEN SIM-MONS!” in a remarkable turnaround from the start of the evening.

WELCOME BACK

Former 76ers Curry and Andre Drummond, who also were part of the Simmons for Harden trade, were cheered during introductions, Curry made 10 of 14 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Drummond had seven points and seven rebounds.

MOVE OVER, REGGIE

Harden passed Reggie Miller for third on the NBA’s 3-point list when he made his 2,561st trey with 6:47 left in the first quarter.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nets: LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) missed his second straight contest.

76ers: Danny Green sat out after injuring his left middle finger in the first half of the 76ers’ 121-106 win over the Bulls on Monday.

TIP-INS

Nets: Improved to 21-15 on the road, where Irving is only allowed to play due to his vaccination status. … Durant also had 14 rebounds and seven assists.

76ers: Paul Millsap returned after missing Monday’s game against Chicago due to personal reasons but didn’t play. . Former Sixers and Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Julus “Dr. J” Erving were in attendance. Erving rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before the contest.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host New York on Sunday.

76ers: At Orlando on Sunday.

CURRY SCORES 34 POINTS, WARRIORS BEAT NUGGETS 113-102

DENVER (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors closed the game with a 13-0 run to beat the Denver Nuggets 113-102 on Thursday night.

Jordan Poole had 21 points, and Jonathan Kuminga and Klay Thompson added 18 each for the Warriors, who beat the Nuggets for the first time this season. Denver won its first three games against Golden State this season, most recently a Monday night matchup in the Mile-High City in which Curry, Thompson and Andrew Wiggins had been held out for rest.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his 19th triple double of the season. Monte Morris added 19 points for the Nuggets.

Trailing by nine at the break, the Warriors used a strong third quarter to retake the lead behind a resurgent Curry, who had 18 points in the period, including a head-spinning 3-pointer he launched from 33 feet away.

Golden State took an 88-84 advantage into the fourth quarter and stretched their lead to eight but couldn’t break away. A driving layup by Jokic evened the score at 98 with 5:25 left to play.

The game remained tight in the closing minutes with Denver taking a 102-100 lead on a pair of free throws by Aaron Gordon with 3:10 left to play. That would be the last time the Nuggets scored.

Curry drove to the basket for layups on successive possessions for a 104-102 lead with 1:59 remaining. Poole then connected on a pair of 3-pointers around consecutive Denver turnovers to seal the victory.

A basket by Poole put the Warriors up 35-32 early in the second quarter before the Nuggets, with their second unit on the floor, went on a stunning 15-0 run. Davon Reed capped the surge with a 3-pointer, JaMychal Green had two rim-rattling dunks, both off feeds in the lane from Bones Hyland, who also had a nifty drive past Kuminga for a finger roll layup.

The Warriors cut the deficit to a point on Kevon Looney’s bank shot, but the Nuggets scored eight straight points in the final 94 seconds of the quarter, culminated by Morris’ running layup for Denver’s 60-51 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Warriors: F Draymond Green, sidelined since early January with a back injury, is expected to return next week. … F Otto Porter Jr. missed a third game because of illness. … G Gary Payton II remains day to day because of left knee soreness.

Nuggets: F Will Barton missed a third consecutive game with a left ankle sprain suffered Sunday against New Orleans. … F Jeff Green returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game in Sacramento to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. … Hyland returned to action after missing the Sacramento game due to left knee soreness.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Return home to host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Nuggets: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

REPORT: CHARGERS FINALIZING TRADE TO ACQUIRE MACK FROM BEARS

The Los Angeles Chargers are finalizing a deal to acquire Pro Bowl pass-rusher Khalil Mack from the Chicago Bears, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chargers are trading a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick for Mack, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The deal will be confirmed once the Chargers and Mack agree to an adjustment of his contract and he passes a physical, adds Rapoport.

Mack, 31, has three years remaining on a six-year, $141-million extension he signed in 2018 following his blockbuster move from the then-Oakland Raiders.

He missed 10 games last season due to injury but still managed to produce six sacks. Mack had 30 quarterback takedowns over his first three campaigns in Chicago.

While the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year is no longer at the height of his powers, he will form one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing duos alongside Joey Bosa.

With star quarterback Justin Herbert on a rookie contract for at least one more season, the Chargers appear to be going all-in to maximize their window of contention after just missing out on a wild-card spot last year.

They re-signed wide receiver Mike Williams to a reported three-year, $60-million extension ahead of free agency.

The AFC West could be the league’s most competitive division in 2022.

EX-RAIDER HENRY RUGGS’ HEARING IN FATAL CRASH CASE DELAYED

LAS VEGAS (AP) A Las Vegas judge agreed Thursday to postpone hearing evidence in the criminal case accusing ex-Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs of driving drunk and causing a high-speed crash that killed a woman last November.

Ruggs’ defense attorney, David Chesnoff, asked for more time to examine evidence that police say shows Ruggs was driving 156 mph (251 kph) with a blood-alcohol level twice the Nevada legal limit before the fiery rear-end crash early Nov. 2 that killed 23-year-old Tina Tintor in her vehicle, Prosecutors did not oppose the delay.

Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman set a new date, May 19, for the hearing at which she’ll determine whether Ruggs will stand trial in state court on felony driving under the influence and reckless driving charges.

Ruggs faces a mandatory two years in prison and maybe more than 50 years if he’s convicted. He also is charged with misdemeanor gun possession after police reported finding a loaded handgun on the floor of his demolished Chevrolet Corvette.

The 23-year-old former first-round NFL draft pick didn’t have to appear with Chesnoff in court. He remains on house arrest with electronic GPS and alcohol monitors.

Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were hospitalized after the crash. The extent of their injuries has not been made public, although Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has said prosecutors were told Ruggs suffered a leg injury and Kilgo-Washington underwent arm surgery.

Kilgo-Washington’s attorney is fighting in court to prevent prosecutors from obtaining her medical records, which prosecutors need to prove the crash caused substantial bodily injury.

Ruggs wore a neck brace and remained seated in a wheelchair during his initial court appearance the day after the crash. By then, the Raiders had released him from the team.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANA BEATS MICHIGAN, ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINAL

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INDIANAPOLIS – The ninth-seeded Indiana men’s basketball team (19-12) rallied from a halftime deficit to knock off the eighth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (17-14) by a score of 74-69 in the second round of the 2022 Big Ten Tournament at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday.  

Junior/sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers in scoring with 24 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Senior/junior Xavier Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Indiana will return to the floor to take on the top-seeded Illinois Fighting Illini in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. Tip is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday. The game can be watched live on BTN. 

NO. 9 PURDUE BEGINS POSTSEASON JOURNEY FRIDAY

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

[3] Purdue (25-6) vs. TBD

Friday, March 11 | 9 p.m. ET | Gainbridge Fieldhouse

BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel, Andy Katz)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It’s time for the postseason for the No. 9-ranked Purdue Boilermakers and it will be the last team to play in this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers will tip off at approximately 9 p.m. ET, on Friday against either sixth-seeded Ohio State, 11th-seeded Penn State or 14th-seeded Minnesota. Purdue is aiming for its first semifinals appearance since the 2018 tournament in New York City.

Purdue owns a 3-0 record against its three possible opponents, defeating Ohio State at home and Penn State and Minnesota on the road.

The contest will be televised on BTN with Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel and Andy Katz on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on BigTenStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).

THE NOTES TO KNOW

1) Purdue is looking to become the seventh team to win two Big Ten Tournament titles, having won a previous title in Indy in 2009.

2) Matt Painter coached in his 600th career game last Saturday (570 at Purdue; 30 at Southern Illinois). He ranks fifth on the Big Ten’s all-time games coached list (570) behind Tom Izzo (928), Bob Knight (901), Gene Keady (782) and Lou Henson (647).

3) Purdue clinched a Big Ten Tournment double-bye for the seventh time in seven tournaments under the current format. Purdue hasn’t played on a Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament since the 2014 season.

4) Purdue is 12-6 in quad-1 and quad-2 games and if Rutgers moves up one spot to 75, the Boilers would be without at quad-2, 3 or 4 loss.

5) Purdue led the Big Ten in field goal percentage for the first time during the Matt Painter era, shooting 47.6 percent in league play.

6) Purdue is 23-0 in games it scores 70 or more points. In games held under 70 points, Purdue is 2-6.

7) Purdue has won at least 12 league games for the seventh time in the last eight years. During that span, just three other programs have done it at least five times (Wisconsin – 6; Maryland, Michigan State – 5).

8) Purdue owned the Big Ten’s best home record in 2017 (8-1), 2019 (10-0), 2021 (8-1) and will again in 2022 (9-1).

9) Purdue’s 81 Big Ten wins since the 2016-17 season are the fourth-most conference wins for a power-conference team during that span.

10) Purdue is 7-3 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament when it is the three-seed (title – 2009; finals in 1998, 2018).

11) Purdue’s six first-team All-Big Ten honorees since the 2015-16 season are the most in the Big Ten (Iowa – 5).

IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

• Purdue is looking for its second Big Ten Tournament title when it heads to Indianapolis this weekend as the No. 3 seed. This marks the fifth time that Purdue has been a No. 3 seed, winning the title as the 3-seed in 2009 and reaching the finals in the inaugural event in 1998 and again in 2018. Purdue is 5-1 in its last two tournaments as a 3-seed and seven of its 14 wins have been as a 3-seed.

• Most of Purdue’s success in event has come in Indianapolis, posting a 7-10 record. The Boilermakers are 7-6 in the city in their last seven Big Ten Tournaments, winning the title over Ohio State in the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, 65-61. It is Purdue’s only win in five tries against Ohio State in the Tournament.

• Purdue’s four title-game appearances are the fifth most in the Big Ten (Ohio State – 9; Wisconsin, Michigan State – 7; Illinois – 7).

• Purdue (2009) and Michigan State (2014) are the only 3-seeds to win the Big Ten Tournament. Six more 3-seeds have been runner-up, including Purdue twice.

BUTLER MBB FALLS TO NO. 11 PROVIDENCE, 65-61, IN BIG EAST QUARTERFINALS

No. 11 Providence, the tournament’s top seed, scored nine of the game’s final 11 points in taking a 65-61 win over Butler Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Al Durham’s three-pointer from the corner gave Providence a 61-59 advantage with 41 seconds to play. Butler was unable to convert two attempts in the lane as part of the next possession before being forced to foul. Two PC free throws gave the Friars a four-point advantage that proved to be too much.

Nate Watson scored 26 points for Providence, which improves to 25-4 on the season and advances to Friday’s semifinals. Jared Bynum added 16.

The game never featured a lead larger than six for either team. The Bulldogs used an 8-0 run to take a 51-45 lead with 9:13 remaining. The next six points belonged to Providence as the teams then fought back and forth down the stretch. In all, the game featured 12 lead changes and 11 ties.

Chuck Harris, coming off a career-high 29 points Wednesday evening in a first round win over Xavier, led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Bryce Golden added 13. Bo Hodges posted a double that included 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

With three rebounds Friday, Bryce Nze finishes his career (including his seasons at Milwaukee) with 1,001 career rebounds.

The slugfest included both teams shooting less than 40 percent from the field and less than 25 percent from behind the arc.

The loss ends Butler’s season at 14-19.

BUTLER BASEBALL TO HOST WESTERN ILLINOIS THIS WEEKEND

INDIANAPOLIS – The first three-game home series of the 2022 season will be played this weekend at Bulldog Park. Butler will host multiple games against Western Illinois on campus for the first time ever. The last time these two programs took the field against each other was in 2020 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. Prior to that, WIU and BU played a three-game series in Jacksonville, Ill. at Lenz Field.

Schedule Change

Sunday, March 13 – Doubleheader – 12 PM Start

Monday, March 14 – Single Game – 4 PM Start

Scouting Western Illinois

The Leathernecks are 1-10 at the start of the 2022 season. Their lone victory came in the second game of the year at Western Kentucky. Western Illinois traveled to Bowling Green, Ky. to grab a 14-7 win. Additional games have been played against Arkansas Little Rock, Charlotte, Southern Illinois and Saint Louis.

Head Coach Andy Pascoe has two players hitting over .300 this season. Kory Olsen leads the club with 16 hits and a .364 BA. Toby Allred is another 11-game starter with a .325 batting average. On the mound, Jack Carberry and Chandler Fochs have each started three games. Carberry holds a 4.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 16 innings. Fochs has thrown 13 innings for WIU. Each pitcher is currently 0-2 on the hill.

Coach Connection

Western Illinois Head Coach Andy Pascoe was an assistant coach at Butler from 2017-2019. Pascoe served as the hitting coach for the Bulldogs before joining the Leathernecks.

Holt is Hot

Butler SS Travis Holt is leading the team with a .375 batting average and a .492 on-base percentage. He has seven multi-hit games for BU and had a six game hitting streak earlier in the year, the longest of any player on the roster.

Scott Can Scoot

Scott Jones hit the first triple of the season for Butler at North Florida this week. He now has the longest active hitting streak on the team at four games. The BU outfielder has also stole six bases in six attempts this season.

Reached Base Streak

DH Aaron Steinhart has reached base safely for Butler in all 12 games this season. He is batting .327 with a team-best 14 RBI.

On the Move

Butler has stolen at least one base in 11 of their 12 games this season. The team is 35-for-38 on the year with Holt leading the way with nine.

Pepiot Update

RHP Ryan Pepiot is listed as the Los Angeles Dodgers No. 2 prospect on MLB.com. He reached low Class A in his pro debut before really opening eyes as the best pitcher at the Dodgers’ alternate site in 2020. He overmatched big league hitters while showing improved stuff and control, and he has continued to dominate in the upper levels of the Minors in 2021. He will start the 2022 season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA).

Up Next

Butler will play at Illinois next week on Tuesday, March 15. The game will begin at 5 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL SET TO OPEN BIG EAST PLAY AT VILLANOVA

Series Information – Villanova

DATE:                         Friday, Mar. 11 – Sunday, Mar. 13

LOCATION:                Villanova, Penn. / Softball Complex

LIVE STATS:              Links for all games

LIVE VIDEO:              FloSports

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler softball team opens BIG EAST play this weekend with a series against Villanova. Weather is likely to play a factor in game scheduling, as both rain and cold temperatures are in the weekend forecast. Currently, a doubleheader is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 11, with 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm start times. Game three will hopefully be played either Saturday, Mar. 12, at 12 pm or Sunday, Mar. 13, at 12 pm. Updates will be provided at butlersports.com as well as on @ButlerSoftball’s Twitter.

The Bulldogs currently sit at 12-7 through four non-conference tournaments. Most recently, Butler went 4-1 in the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Bulldog Bits

             (as of 3-6-22)

Karli Ricketts ranks 28th nationally and first in the BIG EAST with seven wins. Her 1.20 ERA also ranks first in the conference, and her 50 strikeouts from the pitching circle ranks third.

Alyssa Graves ranks sixth in the BIG EAST with 46 strikeouts.

Bri Avery ranks third in the BIG EAST with eight stolen bases.

Monique Hoosen ranks sixth in the BIG EAST with four home runs.

Alyssa Graves was selected as the BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 7 for her performances at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, Tenn., the weekend of Mar. 4-6. Bri Avery was also honored with a position on the five-member honor roll.

This past weekend, Alyssa Graves achieved 525 strikeouts for her career in the pitching circle, reaching the 2nd position on Butler’s all-time list. With 30 career wins, she has also moved into a tie for sixth in that category.

Monique Hoosen hit home runs in consecutive games at the Blues City Classic, the first vs. Iowa and the second vs. IUPUI. They were her third and fourth dingers of this season and the sixth and seventh of her career.

Through nineteen games, Butler is outperforming its opponents in several categories that include: runs (80-66), hits (143-111), RBIs (70-46), and stolen bases (22-11).

Coach Scott Hall is in his 12th season at the helm of Bulldogs Softball. He currently sits at 258-284-1 as head of the program, and, with 6 additional victories, could become the all-time winningest coach at Butler. Barb Greenburg, who coached from 1981 through 1994, was the program’s first coach and attained a career record of 263-226-4.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA

Series Record: Villanova leads, 9-7

Last Meeting: May 14, 2021 – Storrs, Conn. – Villanova 14, Butler 5

The Wildcats are currently on a four-game winning streak in the series.

The Bulldogs last won on April 2, 2017, by the score of 9-5.

Villanova’s previous tournament: In last weekend’s Queen City Classic, the Wildcats split two games with Maryland, lost to Charlotte, and lost to Boston College.

Villanova is 8-12 with a win over Maryland and a 2-4 loss to No. 14 Duke and an 0-4 loss to #4 Florida.

For the season, the Wildcats trail their opponents in runs (75-96), hits (129-155), and RBIs (69-83).

Batting leaders for Villanova include Dani Dabroski (.389), Megan Kern (.381), and Chloe Smith (.296).

Pitching standouts for the Wildcats are Kelsey White (3-5, 36.1 IP, 3.85 ERA, 22 K), Sara Kennedy (1-3, 28.0 IP, 4.00 ERA, 17 K), and Paige Rauch (4-3, 43.2 IP, 4.33 ERA, 55 K).

CARDINALS’ SEASON COMES TO END IN MAC QUARTERFINALS

CLEVELAND – The Ball State men’s basketball team season came to an end Thursday night in the Mid-American Conference Tournament inside the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse against Ohio. Payton Sparks led Cardinals with his 12th double-double, but BSU fell to Ohio 77-67.

Sparks led the team with 20 points and 14 rebounds for back-to-back games with a double-double. Tyler Cochran added 16 points to go along with his game-high four steals. Cochran and Demarius Jacobs tied for the team lead in assists with three each.

The Cardinals opened the game strong and saw a 12-7 lead at the first media timeout with 15:00 left in the half. During the stretch, Cochran was hot from behind the arc and was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Ball State continued to play tough and held a 21-15 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the first half.

The Bobcats went on an 11-5 run and tied the game 26-26 with 4:55 left in the first stanza. Ohio added six more points to the run and took a 32-26 lead with 3:42.

The Cardinals were resilient and clawed their way back within one at the intermission. Ball State ended the half on a 9-4 run and trailed 36-35 at the break.

Ohio opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take a 46-35 lead with 18:12 left in regulation. After the teams went back-and-forth for a few buckets, the Cardinals went on a 10-4 run and pulled within four, 55-51 with 9:32 left in the game.

The Bobcats went on a 17-0 run that ended with 6:11 left to play, which led to a 72-51 lead. The Cardinals did not stop playing despite the deficit. Ball State ended the game on a 16-5 run to make the final score 77-67.

Mark Sears led the Bobcats with a double-double behind a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Sears added a game-high five assists along with one steal. Jason Carter collected a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Ben Vander Plas posted a 14-point performance, while Miles Brown chipped in with 13 points.

Ball State finished the season 14-17 overall and 9-10 in the MAC. The season produced the MAC Freshman of the Year, an All-MAC Third Team honoree, and two MAC All-Freshman Team recipients.

From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“When Miryne was out of the game and they went inside to Vander Plas early and got a little 8-0 run, I thought it gave them a lot of confidence in the second half. Where we defended well in the post in the first half, we did not defend well in the post in the second half, and I thought that not only hurt us inside, but it led to a barrage of 3’s for them across the board. I watch this Ohio team and I think about the last time there was a team that had two guys on the all-freshman team and the MAC Freshman of the Year, and it was these guys [Ohio] and over the next four years they went and won about 80-some games. That’s the part that I have to make sure that our guys understand and where I think we could be headed here for the next few years. Disappointed to lose the game but yet some valuable experience in a group that’s going to be back and hungry as ever going forward.”

IRISH FALL IN ACC QUARTERFINALS TO VIRGINIA TECH

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (22-10) saw its rally fall short against Virginia Tech (21-12), 87-80, in the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals in Barclays Center on Thursday evening.

The Irish trailed by as many as 16 points in the game, but rallied to cut the lead to five points late in the game, but Virginia Tech answered with back-to-back contested three-point field goals and sealed the game at the free throw line.

Seniors Prentiss Hubb (23) and Cormac Ryan (20) led the Irish in scoring, both hitting season-highs in the contest. Classmate Nate Laszewski recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Keve Aluma led Virginia Tech with 20 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hokies came out hot and took it right to the Irish and built a 14-4 lead at the first media timeout. Notre Dame helped them out with four turnovers in the game’s first five minutes while Virginia Tech connected on five of their first six shots of the game.

Hubb tried to keep the Irish in the game early with seven points, hitting his first two field goals and adding two free throws but the Hokies kept up their hot shooting and maintained a 24-12 lead with 11:09 remaining in the half.

The lead grew to 15 with 9:42 left as Notre Dame was unable to get any stops defensively. The Hokies opened the game 9-14 from the field, while the Irish were laboring at 4-11 after missing several lay ups.

After a five minutes stretch without a field goal, Notre Dame was able to muster a bit of momentum before the end of the first half. Hubb, as part of his 13 first-half points, drove through the defense, earned a foul and made the lay up for three points. Cormac Ryan then hit a pull up jumper to cut the Hokie lead to 11 at 42-31 going into the locker room.

Ryan fought to get the Irish back in the game early in the second half with seven straight points and had a clean look at a three pointer to cut the Hokie lead to seven with around 16 minutes remaining. The shot came up just short, however, and Virginia Tech came down the court, moved the ball around the Irish zone and earned a four point play to push their lead back to 14 points.

Notre Dame chipped back into the lead, cutting it to 10 twice on a Goodwin drive and Laszewski lay up, but could not get the lead into single digits as Virginia Tech held a 56-46 advantage with 11:49 left.

The Irish were finally able to get the lead under double digits at the 10 minute mark on two free throws from Ryan. A Hubb step back three cut the lead to seven at the seven-minute mark but Virginia Tech answered to push the lead back to nine points with 7:46 left.

Notre Dame had one more run in them. A Goodwin three pointer cut the lead to six at 5:30 and the Irish defense earned a stop. Two clean looks, one from Hubb and one from Goodwin from behind the arc in the same possession did not drop. The Hokies answered but Laszewski came back to earn the old-fashioned three point play and the lead was down to five with just about three minutes remaining.

There was an opportunity for the Irish to cut the lead to three just under three minutes, but a Goodwin pull up jumper came up short and Virginia Tech had the ball up five with 2:57 left.

Hunter Cattoor put the Hokies up eight with an off balance three pointer at the top of the key that rattled around the rim three times before falling. Atkinson Jr. then missed a hook shot and Cattoor followed with a 23-foot three pointer at the end of the shot clock to put his team up 11 and push the game out of reach.

NOTES

Prentiss Hubb’s 23 points in the game is a season-high for the senior point guard and the 14th 20-point game of his career • the Irish turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, but just twice in the second 20 minutes • Cormac Ryan scored a season-high 20 points for his second career 20-point game

UP NEXT

The Irish will head back to campus and await their fate in the 2022 NCAA Tournament field when the field is unveiled on Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.

IRISH FALL TO VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The #15 Fighting Irish traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday afternoon. The Irish ultimately fell to the Hokies 13-12.

The Irish had seven different goal scorers in Jackie Wolak (3), Mary Kelly Doherty (2), Madison Ahern (1), Maddie Howe (1), Kelly Denes (1), and Jane McAvoy (1).

Kelly Denes led the Irish with seven draw controls along with teammate Madison Mote who collected five. Bridget Deehan finished the day with 13 saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish opened the contest immediately getting on the board with a goal from Kasey Choma on a free position attempt. The next three goals would all be from the Irish as Mary Kelly Doherty, Madison Ahern, and Jackie Wolak all put the ball in the back of the net to make it 4-0. Virginia Tech responded with two goals of their own before Wolak added her second goal of the day to finish out the quarter with a 5-2 Irish lead.

Kelly Denes opened the second quarter for the Irish with a goal to push the Irish lead to 6-2. Virginia Tech then went on a run that was stopped by Kasey Choma and Maddie Howe when they each scored. The Irish went into halftime with an 8-5 lead.

The third quarter was opened with a Hokie run that tied things at eight. A free position goal from Choma put the Irish back in front. Another goal from Jane McAvoy extended the Irish lead to put them back up 10-8. Two Hokie goals late in the third quarter would tie the score again, at 10.

The fourth quarter opened with the first three minutes scoreless. The Hokies scored to break the scoreless streak putting them in front of the Irish 12-10. Wolak put one on the board for the Irish with seven minutes remaining bringing them within one, 12-11. Another goal from Doherty brought the Irish back to tie it up at 12. Virginia Tech added one more to their tally to take the lead again and make the eventual final score 13-12.

The Irish will stay on the road as they travel to Charlotte, N.C. for a neutral site matchup against #20 Jacksonville. The game will have live stats available.

IRISH HEAD TO CHARLOTTESVILLE TO OPEN ACC PLAY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team is set to begin Atlantic Coast Conference action this weekend as the team returns to Virginia to take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Fighting Irish are coming off of a 4-1 weekend at the Liberty Softball Invitational last weekend.

The Irish defeated James Madison, George Washington, Lehigh and Rutgers while in Lynchburg. Notre Dame rallied in the sixth inning to knock off last season’s OKC Cinderella story, and soundly defeated George Washington and Lehigh. The Irish knocked off Rutgers in extra innings to complete the weekend. Notre Dame dropped the contest with Liberty, 6-3 for the lone loss of the weekend.

Scouting the Cavaliers

UVA enters the weekend 13-9 having played just one home game on the season. The Cavaliers have competed throughout the Carolinas and spent a weekend in Knoxville before opening up the home season against Maryland. The Irish are the first ACC opponent for UVA this season.

Sarah Coon and Leah Boggs lead the Cavalier offense. Coon has started 22 games, averaging a hit per contest, and leads her team with eight doubles and has three home runs. She’s also driven in 16 runs on the season, which is tied for the second-most on the season. She also leads the team with five stolen bases. Boggs sports a .311 average with three doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI. She’s also stolen five bases on the season as the Cavaliers have 32 stolen bases as a team.

Mikayla Houge is the top pitcher for the Cavaliers, starting nine games and appearing in 16. She owns a 3.26 ERA in 38.0 innings of work. She’s struck out 28 hitters and holds opponent to a .223 average against. Savannah Henley has appeared in 11 games with five starts. Her 29.1 innings in second-most on the team and she’s picked up 28 strikeouts.

Others who have logged innings for the Cavaliers are Aly Rayle, appearing in six games with four starts. Rayle is tied for the team-lead with 28 strikeouts in 23.2 innings of work and she owns a 2.66 ERA. Mackenzie Wooten primarily a reliever, appearing in nine games without a start. In 13 innings, she’s struck out eight hitters and earned a 2.69 ERA.

Lost Luggage

The Liberty Softball Invitational got off to a tough start for the Irish as they arrived in Roanoke, Virginia without their equipment Thursday evening. 17 bags were pulled off of the flight to Roanoke and Notre Dame was left with four helmets, five gloves and a limited amount of cleats for the weekend. The teams at the Liberty Softball Invitational shuffled the schedule around and all five teams played their originally scheduled teams, but on different times and days than planned originally.

Virginia Ventures

In 24 games with the Virginia Cavaliers, the Irish have dominated the series, going 21-3. The three losses came in 2017 when the Cavaliers swept the Irish in South Bend. Since that series sweep, the Irish have swept the next two series, a three-game set in Charlottesville in 2019, and a four-game series in South Bend in 2021. Since joining the ACC, Notre Dame is 13-3 in league play against UVA. The Irish have never lost a game in Charlottesville, going 9-0 with three game-series in 2014, 2016 and 2019.

Starting Hot

The Irish are 16-4 through the first 20 games this season. Its the best start for Notre Dame Softball since the 2016 season where the team was 17-3 through the first 20 games. The Irish went on to earn a 43-13 record and a third-place finish in the ACC during the regular season. The first ACC series of the 2016 season was in Charlottesville as the Iris took the three games by a combined score of 32-7.

ACC Action

This weekend begins Atlantic Coast Conference action for the ninth season in 2022. During that time, the Irish have accumulated a conference record of 112-59, finishing no lower than fifth in the league. 2014 was Notre Dame’s best finish in the league in the regular season, finishing second with a 16-5 mark.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 27 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 67 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 8-1 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 12-1 on the season.

Top 25 wins

After falling in the first three games of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, the Irish went on to take down a pair of Top 25 teams.

Against LSU, Notre Dame rallied from down two to tie it up in the fifth with a home run from Payton Tidd. Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs with a single to right field. Tidd shut the door in the seventh with a strikeout to end the contest and earn the 8-6 win.

The next outing saw the Irish take down #9 Texas. Notre Dame used a 7-run fifth inning to take the lead 9-2 and eventually the game. The win was the first over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since defeating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee March 16th, 2019.

Its the first weekend with wins over different top 25 teams since sweeping No. 13 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 2021.

Any Means Necessary

Lead-off hitter Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She leads the Irish with a .539 on-base percentage this season. She owns a .417 batting average, drawn seven walks and has been hit by nine pitches. The nine hit by pitches in 20 games ranks 4th-nationally in HBP per game. Her .750 slugging percentage is highest among the Notre Dame regulars.

An Extra Run

The Irish have scored 119 runs through 20 games this season, averaging 5.9 runs per game. That ranks 46th nationally, and seventh in the ACC. Its over a full run more per game than what the offense averaged in 2021 (4.9). Leea Hanks leads Notre Dame with 15 runs scored so far this season, followed by Abby Sweet (15) and Emma Clark (11). If the Irish would have scored 5 runs in every game in 2021, they would have earned at least eight more wins.

Mighty Mitchell

Joley Mitchell returned to the diamond after an injury kept her out of the lineup in 2021. She has played in 16 of 20 games this year, hitting for a .265 clip with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI. Her second home run of the season was the go-ahead run to lead off the sixth inning in a 2-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. She also drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth against Rutgers.

Sister Sister

Notre Dame softball has a pair of sisters on its roster this season. Shelby and Cassidy Grimm are playing their second collegiate season together in 2022. Alexis and Anna Holloway are playing their first year of softball together this season. The extra year of eligibility for Alexis allowed for her to stay at Notre Dame long enough to play with her younger sister.

Fast First Weekend

The Irish offense scored 49 runs in the first five games of the 2022 season. Its the most runs on the first weekend of the year in Notre Dame softball history, and the most in a five-game stretch since the Irish scored 51 April 20 through April 28, 2019.

GAME 4 PREVIEW: #11/10 OHIO STATE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 10/9 Notre Dame hits the road for the first time this season to take on No. 11/10 Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 12 in Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on BTN.

GAME DETAILS

Location: Columbus, Ohio | Ohio Stadium

Schedule: March 12 — 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: BTN

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE OHIO STATE SERIES

• Saturday will be the 46th meeting all time between Notre Dame and Ohio State. The Irish lead the all-time series with the Buckeyes, holding a 34-11 advantage in the matchup.

• The most recent installment between the two sides came last season at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes pulled out a tight 13-11 win.

• The Irish have won 16 of the last 18 matchups with Ohio State, including the 9-0 shutout at Arlotta Stadium on March 21, 2015, which is the last time the Irish held an opponent scoreless in a game.

• Notre Dame holds a 14-7 edge over the Buckeyes in the series when playing at Ohio State.

THE KAVANAGH BROTHERS

• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as an attackman.

• Pat currently leads the team in points (14) with 7G and 7A while Chris is second in points (9) with 7G and 2A.

• The brothers have linked up on six goals this season, with one assisting the other’s goal.

• In the 2022 season opener, Pat and Chris combined for 14 points off eight goals and six assists, despite each playing less than a half.

• Pat was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week following the four-goal, four-assist outing.

• Pat produced a team-high 64 points on the season off 38 assists and 26 goals.

• In just 12 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33-assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.

• Of the five Tewaaraton Finalists, Pat led the group in assists per game (3.17), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (9).

• Pat’s 38 assists over 12 games ranked third in the NCAA and led the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.17.

• In the final game of the 2021 regular season Pat broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

• The Irish lead the ACC in scoring defense, allowing just 9.67 goals per game. This is even more impressive since two of Notre Dame’s three games have come against teams ranked in the top three in the country at the time of the contest.

• Notre Dame leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the country in caused turnovers per game, averaging 11.67.

• The Irish defense made a statement in its season opener against Detroit Mercy, allowing just two goals over the 60 minutes of action.

• The two goals are the fewest allowed by Notre Dame since the 2015 season.

• The Notre Dame goalies combined to make 19 saves while allowing just two goals for 90.5 save percentage.

• Despite the loss, the Irish defense held No. 1 Maryland to its lowest goal total of the season, limiting the Terrapins to 11 goals.

• The 2021 defense was one of the best units in the country, allowing just 8.92 goals per game.

• The 8.92 goals per game ranked third in the country and first in the ACC.

SPECIAL TEAMS STRENGTH

• Notre Dame ranks in the top 10 in both man-up offense and man-down defense through the first month of the season.

• The Irish EMO unit has cashed in on 6-of-9 chances (.667) this season.

• Five players have combined to score the six goals, with Pat Kavanagh being the only player with multiple goals.

• Notre Dame’s man-down defense has held opponents to scoring on just 2-of-9 opportunities (.222).

CHALLENGING SLATE

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2022 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 12 regular-season opponents, 10 are currently ranked in the top 20 in either the USILA or Inside Lacrosse polls.

• The Irish have seven matchups on the schedule against teams currently ranked in the top ten in the polls.

ALL CLEAR

• The Irish have been exceptional at clearing the ball this season, leading the country with a 95.8 percentage.

• Notre Dame went 25-for-25 on clears against Maryland, 19-for-21 against Georgetown and 24-for-25 in the win over Cleveland State.

• On defense the Irish have held opponents to clearing at just a 77.3 percent clip, ranking ninth in the country.

THE ATTACK IS BACK

• The Irish returned 74.0 percent of their goals from last season (125 of 169).

• Seven of ND’s top eight scorers from 2021 are on the 2022 roster, including six that finished in double figures.

• Five of six attacking starters from the 2020 squad are back in 2021, as Pat Kavanagh, Griffin Westlin, Wheaton Jackoboice, Quinn McCahon and Eric Dobson return to the field.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 323-169 in his 35 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 314-155 in his 34 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

SERIES PREVIEW: #17 NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. — The third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back in action this weekend as conference play opens up. Notre Dame (9-1) is still in North Carolina as it gets set for a ranked matchup with No. 17 NC State (9-4). The Irish and Wolfpack kickoff the three-game series with a nationally televised game Friday night at 6 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

BY THE NUMBERS

.768        The Irish are 53-16 (.768) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past two seasons.

.992        Notre Dame leads the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .992 mark this season. The Irish have committed only three errors in 268 putout opportunities this season.

1              The Irish allowed only one hit in the 3-1 win over Minnesota on March 6. It is the fewest hits allowed in a game since April 18, 2007, when the Irish surrendered one hit in a 1-0 win over Purdue in 10-innings.

1.41        The Irish also lead the NCAA in team ERA with a 1.41 through 10 games. The Irish pitching staff has allowed three runs or less in nine of the 10 games and have given up three runs or less in each of the last seven games.

2              Notre Dame is second in the nation and leads the ACC with a 0.91 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 53 hits and 28 walks in 89.1 innings pitched.

2              The Irish are second in the NCAA and lead the ACC with 5.34 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 53 hits in 89.1 innings pitched this season.

7              The Irish have won their last seven ACC road series dating back to the 2020 season. It ties for the program record for consecutive-conference road series wins that was set back in 1991-93 when the Irish won seven in a row in the Mid-Western Collegiate Conference.

8              The Irish scored eight runs in the third inning against Elon to tie for the most runs in an inning this season. The Irish also scored eight runs in the first inning against Marist. It is the most runs in an inning since Notre Dame scored 12 in the eighth against Boston College on April 24, 2021.

9              The Irish are 9-0 in road series under head coach Link Jarrett’s tenure. The Irish have won all seven ACC series in Jarrett’s three seasons and two non-conference road series against UAB and Presbyterian back in 2020.

11           Graduate student John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 11 strikeouts in the 16-2 win over Monmouth. It was the most strikeouts by an Irish pitcher in a game since Cameron Junker tallied 11 against Canisius in 2019.

15           In the 20-2 win over Marist, 15 different Irish players recorded a hit. It is the most players with a hit in a game for the Irish over the past 16 years. The previous record was 13 against Georgetown in 2008.

56           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 56 steals in his Irish career and ranks eighth all-time in program history for most career steals. He trails AJ Pollock by four for seventh place in program history.

ACC Play Begins With Weekend Series at NC State

Notre Dame begins its regular season title defense as ACC play opens up this weekend.

The Irish are in Raleigh for a Top-20 matchup with the 17th-ranked Wolfpack for a three-game series.

This will be the first ranked team the Irish face this season. Notre Dame is 12-8 against ranked opponents under head coach Link Jarrett and they are 8-4 against ranked teams on the road.

In 2021, the Irish won road series over No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 21 Virginia (sweep) and No. 17 Pitt.

NC State heads into the series with a 9-4 record this season and are 1-3 in their last four games.

They were swept at home last weekend against Northeastern and they defeated UNC-Greensboro in their midweek matchup on Tuesday.

In 2021, the Wolfpack were one of two ACC teams to make it to Omaha and finished the year with a 37-19 record.

The Irish took two-of-three games from NC State last season when they played at Frank Eck Stadium in April. Notre Dame won the first game 3-2, fell in the second game 5-2 and then clinched the series with an 11-2 victory on Sunday.

Carter Putz led the Irish at the plate in the series with six hits in 11 at-bats (.545) and had four RBI over the course of the three games. Tanner Kohlhepp picked up both wins in relief with 6.0 scoreless innings pitched.

The Wolfpack lead the all-time series between the two schools 13-10 and the Irish are 2-7 against NC State in Raleigh.

MASTODONS HIT THE ROAD FOR A PAIR OF NON-CONFERENCE MATCHES

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team (10-7) is on the road for a pair of non-conference matches this weekend.

The Mastodons will travel to Charleston, W.VA. for a match against Charleston (WV) on Friday, March. 11 (7 p.m.).  Following Friday’s match, the ‘Dons will travel to Wilberforce, Ohio for a match against Central State on Saturday, March. 12 (5 p.m.).

Friday at Charleston (WV)

WHEN: Friday, March 11 | 7 p.m. ET

WHERE: Charleston, West Virginia | Wehrle Innovation Center

LIVE STATS: Stats

LIVE STREAM: Link

SERIES HISTORY: ‘Dons lead series 1-0

Saturday vs Central State

WHEN: Saturday, March 12 | 5 p.m. ET

WHERE: Wilberforce, Ohio | Beacom/Lewis Center

LIVE STREAM: Link

SERIES HISTORY: First ever match

Know Your Foes

Charleston enters Friday’s match with a 5-7 overall record and a 2-6 record in the EIVA. The Golden Eagles are coming off defeats to Penn State 3-0 and Saint Francis (PA) 3-1.

Leading the way for the Golden Eagles offense is Lachlan Bray. He leads the Golden Eagles in total kills (92) and kills per set (2.88) while hitting .263. Diego Villafane leads in assists per set (7.69). Nathan Cartier (2.04) and Curtis Raines (2.00) lead in digs per set.

Central State enters the weekend with a 3-10 overall record and a 2-0 record in the SIAC. The Marauders play Benedict College on Friday, March 11 and Edward Waters (Fla.) on Saturday, March 12 (1 p.m.) before taking on the ‘Dons.

Yaron Afek and Jayden Rookhuyzen lead the Marauders on offense. Afek leads in total kills (97) and kills per set (2.31), Rookhuyzen is second in total kills (94) and kills per set (2.14). Marcus Franck leads in assists per set (6.62) and Victor Scherer leads in digs per set (3.13). Scherer recorded 10+ digs in five of his seven matches played.

Fast Starts

The ‘Dons have won the first set 10 times in matches this year. In those matches, they boast a 9-1 record.

Double Trouble

In his first start of his career against St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 22, freshman setter Zach Solomon earned his first career double-double with 37 assists and 12 digs. Less than a week later, he notched his second double-double with 37 assists and 13 digs in a win against Saint Fracnis (PA) on Friday, Jan. 28. The following day, Jon Diedrich earned his first double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs Diedrich would earn a second double-double in their win against Sacred Heart. He had 16 kills and 10 digs.Vicente Ibarra earned his second career

Up Next

The Mastodons return home for a pair of matches next week. The ‘Dons host a non-conference game against Daemen (N.Y.) on Thursday, March. 17 (7 p.m.). Following Thursday’s match, the ‘Dons return to MIVA play with a match against No. 11 Loyola Chicago on Saturday, March. 19 (5 p.m.).

BERTINO, CZERWONKAS PICK UP WINS OVER LYNN

For the second time in as many days, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team faced off with one of the top teams in the Division-II nation, as the program’s spring trip continued with a 5-2 setback at D-II No. 10 Lynn on Thursday morning. Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) returned to the win column at No. 1 doubles, while Olivia and Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) both prevailed in singles competition.

How It Happened

A day after their 12-match winning streak came to an end, Claire and Olivia rebounded at No. 1 doubles with a one-sided victory over Karyna Bihel and Jacqueline Wagner. The sisters dropped just one game in a 6-1 triumph. The Fighting Knights won on the other two doubles courts to take the doubles point.

Olivia also got back to her winning ways in singles competition. She cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set against Lynn’s Zofia Podbiol at No. 1 singles before grinding out a tight 7-5 victory in the second set.

Valpo’s other victory came on the No. 5 singles court, where Bertino bested Barbora Cibakova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

For the second straight day, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) faced an opponent ranked in the top 25 nationally in NCAA Division-II. This time, she battled No. 23 Giorgia Pigato.

Inside the Match

Olivia won her 41st career doubles match, climbing into a tie for ninth in program history with Paige Heuer (2013-2017).

Claire extended her program record by garnering her 68th career doubles win.

Olivia owns 40 career singles wins, a total that ranks 10th in program history and is four away from ninth.

Bertino achieved her 16th career singles win and won for the second time in the last three matches after also picking up a win vs. NIU on Sunday.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-7) will close out the three-match spring trip on Friday at 11 a.m. Central Time by visiting Florida International in Miami, Fla.

MASTODON BASEBALL FALLS AT SAINT LOUIS 5-2

ST. LOUIS – Junior Cade Fitzpatrick went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, but the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons fell on Thursday (March 10), to the Saint Louis Billikens 5-2.

Freshman Bryce Martens started and took the loss on the mound for Purdue Fort Wayne to drop his record to 0-3. He allowed three solo home runs in 4.2 innings. Kyle Maurer was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going one shutout inning while allowing one hit.

Offensively, the Mastodons were led by Fitzpatrick, who went 2-for-4 on the day with a triple and an RBI. Freshman Karter Hann went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The Mastodons were trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning when Fitzpatrick grounded out to score Ben Higgins.

It was a 4-1 game in the seventh when the ‘Dons put together their best offensive threat of the game. Fitzpatrick started it with a one-out triple. Hann then singled to score Fitzpatrick. Dylan Stewart followed with a walk and the ‘Dons had the tying runs on base. However two strikeouts followed and the runners were stranded.

GAME NOTES

» Higgins had a double and a run scored for the ‘Dons.

» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed one run across.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers recorded seven strikeouts.

» Saint Louis was led offensively by Kyle Fitzgerald, who went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

» Starter Colton Hutt went 6.1 innings to get the win. He is 1-1. Jack Weber got the save.

» The ‘Dons fall to 0-13. Saint Louis improves to 6-6.

UP NEXT

» The ‘Dons will play a doubleheader with Saint Louis on Sunday.

TROJANS COOLED AFTER FAST START IN LOSS TO TRINE

UPLAND, Ind. – A 5-2 start for Taylor in Thursday’s non-league clash with Trine at Wheeler Field quickly turned away from the Purple and Gold, as the guests dominated possession and ran away with a 16-8 victory.

Trine (3-0) found its rhythm deep in the first quarter after Taylor had jumped to leads of 4-1 and 5-2. The Thunder scored three of the final four goals of a fast-paced opening period and outscored TU by a 4-1 mark in the second to take an 8-6 lead to the half.

It was all Trine in the second half, as the guests outshot Taylor by a 28-6 margin, won 10-of-11 faceoffs and outscored TU by an 8-2 margin in the final 30 minutes.

Those trends, along with a lopsided penalty total, cost Taylor possession throughout the contest. The Trojans were flagged for 14 penalties to just three for Trine. Additionally, Taylor won only three-of-27 faceoffs and were outshot by a 51 to 20 gap.

Carter Prieditis paced the Trojan attack with three goals and one assist, with Reid Gerig finding the net twice and Aidan Craig adding four assists. Nathanael Love piled up 14 saves against the flurry of Trine shots.

Taylor (2-3) is set to return to action on Saturday, March 19, with a home clash with Mount Vernon Nazarene (4-2) at 1:00 pm.

WRESTLING READY TO MAKE A RUN AT NATIONALS

The Wabash College is ready for another run through the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships. The two-day tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The championship event returns after the tournament was canceled one day before starting in 2020 and a full hiatus in the 2020-2021 season.

Seven Little Giants earned berths to the 2022 national tournament, matching the highest total of entries in school history. The seven wrestlers who competed at the 2017 tournament combined to place third overall in the team scoring with four All-America performances and one national champion in four-time titleholder Riley Lefever.

This year’s squad enters the tournament ranked third in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association national poll. The Little Giants join top-ranked Wartburg College, fourth-ranked Augsburg University, and fifth-ranked Baldwin Wallace University as the only teams with seven entries in the 10 weight classes. Second-ranked North Central College will have five wrestlers competing in Cedar Rapids.

Maxwell BishopKyle HatchCarlos Champagne, and Alex Barr bring national championship experience into this year’s event. All four are returning All-Americans. Hatch competed in the 2018 tournament for the first time and finished eighth in the 157-pound bracket to earn All-America honors for the first time in his career. The senior scored a sixth-place finish at 165 pounds at the 2019 tournament for his second All-America performance. Hatch qualified for the 2020 tournament that was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. He was named an All-American for that season as were all other qualifiers for that tournament.

Hatch earned a berth in this week’s championship event after finishing third at 165 pounds at the Central Region Tournament. He is 28-1 this season and will be the number-three seed in the championship bracket and will open against Fox Maxwell from Bridgewater State University on Friday.

Bishop is the top seed at 285 pounds with a 33-1 record for the season. He won the heavyweight class at the Central Region Tournament and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler with a 4-0 record including two Friday night pins. Bishop qualified for the 2020 national tournament to capture his first All-America title. Bishop faces Robby Bates from North Central to start this year’s tournament.

Champagne is also a returning All-American at 125 pounds after finishing in seventh place at the 2019 championships. He is seeded seventh in this year’s event after finishing second at the Central Region event. Champagne is 19-4 on the year and will face Joey Manginelli in the first bout on Friday.

Barr is the fourth veteran wrestler competing at the national tournament for Wabash. He earned a place in the tournament after placing third at 149 pounds at the Central Region Tournament. Barr qualified for the 2020 tournament to receive All-America honors that year. He enters Friday’s competition with a 17-5 overall record and will battle Ryan Fleck in the opening round on Friday.

Jack Heldt competes at the national tournament for the first time. He enters the competition on Friday as the number-two seed at 197 pounds after winning that weight class’ title at the Central Region. He is 32-1 for the year and will wrestle Gable Crebs from Lycoming in Friday’s opening round.

Two other Wabash wrestlers will compete for a national title for the first time in their careers. Sophomore Daniel Uribe captured third place at the regional tournament to earn a berth at nationals at 141 pounds. He is 19-7 this season and will take on fifth-seeded Kyle Slendorn from Stevens to start competition on Friday.

Freshman Chase Baczek earned his first trip to the national tournament with a third-place finish at 184 pounds at the regional. He is 31-9 this year and opens Friday’s tournament against number-five seeded Jarrit Shinhoster from Wisconsin-Whitewater.

First-round action at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse starts at 11 a.m. on Friday. Complete ticket and event information is available at https://rollrivers.com/tournaments/?id=361.

WABASH PICKS UP SIXTH WIN WITH VICTORY OVER DII BEMIDJI STATE

Wabash rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win its sixth victory of the season. The Little Giants defeated the Division II baseball program from Bemidji State University 3-2 on Thursday in Tucson, Arizona.

Wabash (6-1) trailed Bemidji State (3-10) after the Beavers scored a run in the third inning and another in the fourth. The Little Giants plated a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Felix Valero. Wabash took the lead in the seventh when AJ Reid crushed a triple that brought Camden Scheidt and Noah Luebbehusen home with the tying and winning runs.

Reid and Valero each had two hits for Wabash. Luebbehusen, Kamden Earley, Liam Patton, and Evan Nueukam each collected one hit apiece.

Starter Tavic Simmons pitched six innings of eight-hit baseball to earn his second win of the season. He allowed one earned run and one walk and finished with eight strikeouts. Braeden Bryant pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He walked one batter and struck out two batters. Reid came on in the ninth inning to retire the final three batters to earn his first save of the season.

Wabash concludes its spring break trip on Friday with a game against Bethany Lutheran College at 9 a.m. MST and a second game against Buena Vista University at 12:30 p.m. MST.

VU FRESHMEN SHILO JACKSON AND THOW JAMES BIEL NAMED TO ALL-REGION 24 TEAM

VINCENNES, Ind – The Vincennes University men’s basketball team earned two All-Region 24 selections this past weekend in talented freshmen Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta).

Jackson burst onto the scene in a big way during his freshman campaign, finishing as Vincennes’ leading scorer averaging 12.5 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

Jackson also made his presence felt on the defensive end of the floor, averaging just under two blocks per game this season as well.

Jackson would score in double-figures a total of 18 times this season, with 15 of those times coming as double-doubles.

Jackson’s best stretch of the season came in the form of recording double-doubles in four straight games to begin the month of February, including a pair of 24-point games against Lake Land College and Lewis & Clark College.

Jackson had his best day on the boards early in the season, recording 17 rebounds against then No. 20-ranked Harcum College in just his third career collegiate game.

Jackson was joined on the All-Region 24 team by fellow freshman teammate Thow James Biel.

“Receiving this honor means a lot to me,” Jackson said. “Because this is my first big achievement in basketball. I hadn’t received any awards or any recognition when it comes to basketball before this season, so it’s nice to be recognized and this means a lot to me.”

“I have learned the most about how to be a part of a real basketball team,” Jackson added. “Knowing all the different roles and how the different pieces work.”

Biel was just one of two VU players this season to play in all 31 Trailblazer games this season and finished his freshman season averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Biel scored in double-figures 18 times this season, including a stretch of seven straight games in November, but saved his best for a home matchup with then No. 5-ranked John A. Logan College when he set a career-high with 26 points.

Biel would follow that performance with his first career double-double at Lake Land, one of two he had on the season, after grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds in the double-overtime win in Mattoon.

“This means a lot to be recognized as one of the top players in the region,” Biel said. “Especially as a freshman and not having experience at the collegiate level. I was able to show what I could do and I am very thankful to be recognized for it.”

“One thing I’ve learned from this season is to challenge myself,” Biel added. “I learned what my role was with this team and I learned how to be the best I could be at it.”

The pair of All-Region recipients were part of the Trailblazers season that finished with a record of 12 wins and 19 losses, but the pair said they hope to learn from their experience this season to help put Vincennes back on top next year.

“I hope to build on my confidence,” Jackson said. “That’s the biggest thing for me. I want to come back next year more confident in my ability as a basketball player.”

“We did not have a great season,” Biel said. “So I hope we learn from our mistakes and continue to improve in every way. I am going to continue to expand my game and become a better player every day.”

ALL-REGION 24 TEAM (In no particular order)

Sean East – Player of the Year (John A. Logan

Cobie Barnes (John A. Logan)

Tae Williams (John A. Logan)

Cam Alford (John A. Logan)

Tedrick Washington, Jr. (Shawnee)

Adrian Cohen (Shawnee)

Malachi Davis (Lake Land)

Everett Stubblefield (Lake Land)

SHILO JACKSON (VINCENNES)

THOW JAMES BIEL (VINCENNES)

Deshaun Nettles (Wabash Valley)

TreVon Smith (Wabash Valley)

Clint Wickcliffe (Lincoln Trail

Greg Jenkins (Lincoln Trail)

Chauncey Hughes (Kaskaskia)

Luke Davis (Southwestern Illinois)

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR DROPS HOME OPENING DOUBLE HEADER AGAINST MIDWAY

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor softball team dropped both games in its home opener at Gundakunst Field against Midway.

The opener was a pitching duel as both offenses were cooled as the game went to extra innings tied at 0. The Eagles (8-2) put up two runs in the eighth as TU was unable to score in its half of the inning.

Maddi Evans tossed seven scoreless frames before being hit with two runs in the extra inning. Evans had nine strikeouts on the day, bringing her season total up to 35. She worked out of jams with multiple runners on base in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

The Trojan bats were unable to break through as their best chance came in the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs. Kristin Mihalic started the inning with a walk and was joined on the bases by Emma West with a single and Ashton Whitman getting hit by a pitch. They were stranded as the inning ended on a groundout.

After being silent in the opener the bats started to wake up in the second game as the Trojans outhit Midway 11-10.

Midway grabbed a quick lead 1-0 in the first and added three runs in the third and another in the fourth to stretch the lead to 5-0.

Taylor started its comeback in the fourth when Whitman scored on a sac fly by Rastetter. The Trojans got two more in the fifth on a Caitlyn Grim single and West reaching on an error set up Alexi Clay for a two-run double.

Midway added another in the sixth to grow their lead to 6-3, but the Trojans were not done yet.

Taylor started the sixth with four-straight singles by Rastetter, Mihalic, Mackenzie Noah and Grim. Noah secured an RBI as Rastetter scored on her single and Mihalic scored on Grim’s single to take the lead down to one. Taylor went down in order after that to end the threat.

Noah worked valiantly in game two, pitching all seven innings with two strikeouts and only surrendering four earned runs.

Taylor (3-8) will be back on the diamond next Tuesday against in the league opener for both teams No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan (13-3) in Marion.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | SHIVELY SHINES AS TU SPLITS WITH HUNTINGTON

UPLAND, Ind. – On day one of its second Crossroads League series of the season, the Taylor baseball team split with Huntington (5-9, 2-3), losing a nail-biter in game two by a score of 8-7 after Luke Shively led the Trojans to a 6-0 win in game one.

The Mishawaka, Indiana, native recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts, while traversing nine-scoreless innings for his second-career complete-game shutout. Shively faced 28 batters in his nine innings of work, a mere one above the 27-batter minimum, while surrendering just a single hit and one walk.

Shively (5-0) bumped his league-leading strikeout total to 46, now through 35.0 innings of work in the 2022 season. Furthermore, Shively became the first pitcher in the league to reach five wins, owning a perfect 5-0 record in tandem with a 1.54 earned-run average, which sits third in the league.

While Shively was rolling along through the Forester lineup, the Trojan bats were late to the party, being held scoreless through the first seven innings of the game. The bats did eventually come alive, though, energizing a six-run eighth.

The stage was set by a Conner Crawford walk, before three-consecutive Trojan hits made it a 3-0 game. Michael Pinarski got the ball rolling with a single to right, moving Crawford to third, where Nick Rusche brought him home with an RBI-double down the left-field line. Camden Knepp, then, brought Pinarski and Rusche home with a two-run single.

After a Forester pitching change and a couple more Taylor baserunners, Kaleb Kolpien struck an RBI-single to left before Jacob Morris established the 6-0 lead with a two-run double to left center.

Kolpien was the lone Trojan to record multiple hits, now the 11th time he has accomplished such a feat in his freshman campaign. Kolpien continues to lead the league with 36 hits, while sharing the league-lead with a .439 batting average.

Meanwhile, Morris and Knepp each drove in two runs, Morris now with 11 RBI on the season while Knepp shares the team’s third-highest mark of 17.

Game two got off to a rocky start for the Trojans, falling behind 3-0 after the first and 5-0 heading into the bottom-half of the third.

Starting pitcher, Noah Huseman (2-2), showed grit throughout his outing, surrendering a three-run home run in the first before eventually accumulating eight strikeouts in five-and-two-thirds innings of work. Huseman ended the game having allowed all eight of the Forester runs, though only the three first-inning runs were earned as five Trojan errors aided the Huntington offensive-attack.

While down 5-0 heading into the bottom-half of the third inning, Kade Vander Molen soon put the Trojans on the board with a two-run home run to left, his first of the season.

Huntington, then, experienced an untimely error of its own in the fourth, as TJ Bass collected two RBI on a seemingly harmless fly ball to second base that hit the turf to make it a 5-4 game.

Kade Kolpien, then, tied the game at five in the fifth, when he pinch-hit and recorded the second hit of his career, bringing his brother, Kaleb, home to score.

Huntington stole the lead back in the sixth, however, as two Trojan throwing errors set the Forester offense in motion and put an end to Huseman’s night. At that point, Kaleb Kolpien made the move from DH to the mound, recording the final out of the sixth after allowing two hits.

Luke Carlson and Jack Ross, then, worked together to record three outs in the top of the seventh, after which Taylor had one final opportunity to cut into the 8-5 Huntington lead.

The Trojans wasted no time in capitalizing on that opportunity, as Morris drew a lead-off walk that was followed by a two-run home run roped to left by Crawford. The comeback bid fell short, however, as the game ended on a line-drive double play that Rusche smacked to the second baseman.

Even in light of the Trojan loss in game two, Crawford’s home run is noteworthy as further evidence on his clutch-nature in the box, now hauling in 13 RBI in his last five games. Crawford now has 28 on the season, trailing only teammate, TJ Bass, in the league rankings.

Taylor (14-8, 4-2) is set to complete the four-game series with Huntington on Monday, March 14th, right back at Winterholter Field. Stayed tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for more information regarding game times and coverage links.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

PETE ALEXANDER

Grover Cleveland Alexander
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1938
Primary team: Philadelphia Phillies
Primary position: Pitcher

Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander broke into the big leagues with a flourish in 1911 with the Philadelphia Phillies, setting a rookie record with 28 wins.

And Alexander was just getting started. During his 20 seasons in the big leagues, Alexander would become one of the most successful pitchers the game has ever seen.

Using a wide variety of breaking pitches, deceptive speed and pinpoint control, Alexander soon found himself being compared to the top pitchers of his era. He averaged 27 wins per season during his seven years in Philadelphia from 1911-17, including one three-year span in which he won 31, 33 and 30.

“He made me want to throw my bat away when I went to the plate,” said Hall of Fame second baseman Johnny Evers. “He fed me pitches I couldn’t hit. If I let them go, they were strikes. He made you hit bad balls. He could throw into a tin can all day long.”

Alexander was traded to the Cubs in December of 1917. But after only three appearances in 1918, Alexander was drafted into the Army and served as a sergeant in France during World War I. He was gassed during his service and also suffered from partial hearing loss due to a shell explosion, but he returned to the Cubs in 1919 and led the National League with a 1.72 ERA.

Alexander won 27 games in 1920 and led the NL in ERA for the fifth and final time that season with a mark of 1.91. He continued to pace the Cubs’ staff throughout the next few years until – at age 39 – he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals, who were battling for the NL pennant. He won nine games down the stretch, helping St, Louis get to the World Series against the New York Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

After complete game victories in the second and sixth games, Alexander was called upon in relief in Game 7. St. Louis was ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, but starting pitcher Jesse Haines was in trouble, having loaded the bases with two outs. Called in from the bullpen only a day after his Game 6 triumph, Alexander would face rookie second baseman Tony Lazzeri, who had knocked in 117 runs during the season. After nearly giving up a grand slam homer down the left field line on a ball that went foul at the last moment, Alexander would strike out Lazzeri and then retire the next five batters before walking Ruth with two outs in the ninth.

With Bob Meusel at the plate, Ruth was caught stealing second base, ending the World Series and creating a legendary moment for Alexander.

Ruth would write years later: “Just to see old Pete out there on the mound, with that cocky little undersized cap pulled down over one ear, chewing away at his tobacco and pitching baseballs as easy as pitching hay is enough to take the heart out of a fellow.”

Alexander retired with a record of 373-208 with 90 shutouts and a 2.56 ERA. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1938.

Alexander passed away on Nov. 4, 1950.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       John McGraw, manager of the new American League’s Orioles, signs Charlie Grant, trying to pass off the black infielder as a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. The skipper’s scheme to secretly integrate the major leagues unravels in Chicago when White Sox president Charles Comiskey objects to Baltimore’s new player after recognizing the team’s second baseman’s true identity.

1933       A significant earthquake during an exhibition game in L.A. sends the Cubs and Giants scurrying to second base until the tremors stop. The seismic event, which takes place along the 46-mile-long Newport-Inglewood Fault, is estimated at a magnitude of 6.3.

1933       Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player after being fired as the Cubs’ manager last August. The ‘Rajah’s’ return to the Redbirds, after a six-year absence, will be short-lived when he is claimed on waivers in July by the crosstown AL’s Browns, who make him the skipper of the last-place club, replacing the recently-resigned Bill Killefer.

1953       Braves’ owner Lou Perini proposes a ban on any major league franchise shift to an existing minor league city until October 1st. Boston, who owns the Milwaukee minor league franchise, had invoked its territorial privilege last week to block the Browns’ attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee.

1953       The Dodgers defeat the A’s, 4-2, in the first game played in Holman Stadium, their Grapefruit League ballpark at the team’s spring training complex in Vero Beach, better known as Dodgertown. Fifty-five years later, Carl Erskine, the game’s starting pitcher, will return to play the national anthem on his harmonica as an 81 year-old at the club’s last game at the storied facility.

1957       Representative Emanuel Celler, whose congressional committee is investigating baseball, calls Commissioner Ford Frick a czar. The New York congressman takes exception when the baseball boss cautions the major league owners about commenting on the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning pro football coming under antitrust rules.

1958       American League president Will Harridge informs the circuit’s umpires that wearing a helmet is mandatory for batters this season, reinforcing the mandate passed by a 7-1 vote of the owners at their December meeting in Colorado Springs. The Red Sox dissent, knowing their slugger Ted Williams adamantly is opposed to wearing headgear, asserting the protective equipment will interfere with their hitters’ timing.

1961       At Palm Springs, former president Dwight Eisenhower is a no-show at the Angels’ first-ever exhibition game, an 8-3 victory over the Cubs. Ike had been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but decided to go fishing instead.

1988       California Angels manager Gene Mauch, citing health issues, takes a leave of absence and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. The Halos’ skipper will officially announce his retirement in two weeks, leaving the game with a managerial record of 1,902 wins and 2,037 losses during his 26-year tenure in the dugout with the Phillies, Expos, Twins, and California.

2001       Preston Wilson, the franchise’s first 30-30 player, signs a $32 million five-year contract with Florida. The 26-year-old Marlin center fielder, the stepson and nephew of former major leaguer Mookie Wilson, was obtained from the Mets in the Mike Piazza deal in 1998.

2002       The Red Sox replace once-popular skipper Joe Kerrigan, who was fired last week, with Grady Little, who will manage the team for two years, compiling a 188-136 (.580) record and making one appearance in the postseason as the AL wild card. Boston does not renew the contract of their new manager after becoming the target of fans’ angst for not replacing Pedro Martinez in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, a contest the team loses in the eleventh on Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run.

2004       The first contest played at Petco Park, the Padres’ new home, establishes the record for the best-attended game in college baseball history when 40,106 fans watch Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State Aztecs beat the University of Hawaii, 4-0. The previous mark of 27,673 was established in 2002 when state rivals LSU and Tulane met in New Orleans’s Superdome.

Amazon The Sweet Spot: The Story of the San Diego Padres Petco Park

2006       First baseman Nick Johnson (.289, 15, 74) and the Nationals agree to a $16.5 million, three-year contract extension. The 27-year-old first baseman, who signed a $3.2 million, one-year deal in January to avoid arbitration, has often been injured since making his big league debut with the Yankees five years ago.

2010       Todd Helton and the Rockies agree to a $9.9 million, two-year contract extension that takes the first baseman through the 2013 season. The 38 year-old fan favorite, who has played his entire career in Colorado, hit .325, with 15 home runs, and drove in 86 runs last season after undergoing back surgery in September of 2008.

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL: ILLINOIS VS. MICHIGAN/INDIANA11:30AMBTN
SEC QUARTERFINAL: AUBURN VS. TEXAS A&M/FLORIDA12:00PMESPN
ATLANTIC 10 QUARTERFINAL: DAVIDSON VS. FORDHAM/GEORGE MASON12:00PMUSA
CONFERENCE USA SEMIFINAL12:00PMCBSSN
AMERICAN QUARTERFINAL1:00PMESPN2
BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL2:00PMBTN
SEC QUARTERFINAL2:30PMESPN
ATLANTIC 10 QUARTERFINAL2:30PMUSA
AMERICAN QUARTERFINAL3:00PMESPN2
CONFERENCE USA SEMIFINAL3:00PMCBSSN
SWAC SEMIFINAL3:00PMESPN+
MAC SEMIFINAL5:00PMCBSSN
ATLANTIC 10 QUARTERFINAL: DAYTON VS. GEORGE WASHINGTON/UMASS6:00PMUSA
MAAC SEMIFINAL6:00PMESPNEWS
SEC QUARTERFINAL: TENNESSEE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA/MISSISSIPPI STATE6:00PMSECN
SOUTHLAND SEMIFINAL6:00PMESPN+
BIG EAST SEMIFINAL6:30PMFS1
BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL: WISCONSIN VS. MICHIGAN STATE/MARYLAND6:30PMBTN
ACC SEMIFINAL7:00PMESPN/2
BIG 12 SEMIFINAL7:00PMESPN/2
AMERICAN QUARTERFINAL7:00PMESPNU
MAC SEMIFINAL7:30PMCBSSN
BIG SKY SEMIFINAL7:30PMESPN+
MEAC SEMIFINAL8:00PMESPN+
ATLANTIC 10 QUARTERFINAL8:30PMUSA
MAAC SEMIFINAL8:30PMESPNEWS
SEC QUARTERFINAL8:30PMSECN
BIG EAST SEMIFINAL9:00PMFS1
AMERICAN QUARTERFINAL9:00PMESPNU
BIG TEN QUARTERFINAL9:00PMBTN
PAC-12 SEMIFINAL9:00PMPAC12N
WAC QUARTERFINAL9:00PMESPN+
BIG WEST SEMIFINAL9:00PMESPN+
ACC SEMIFINAL9:30PMESPN/2
BIG 12 SEMIFINAL9:30PMESPN/2
MOUNTAIN WEST SEMIFINAL9:30PMCBSSN
SWAC SEMIFINAL9:30PMESPN+
SOUTHLAND SEMIFINAL9:30PMESPN+
BIG SKY SEMIFINAL10:00PMESPN+
PAC-12 SEMIFINAL11:30PMFS1
WAC SEMIFINAL11:30PMESPN+
MOUNTAIN WEST SEMIFINAL11:57PMCBSSN
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA TOUR: PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP12:00PMGOLF
NBATIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT ORLANDO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
LA CLIPPERS AT ATLANTA7:30PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT BOSTON7:30PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
NEW YORK AT MEMPHIS8:00PMNBATV
MSG
BALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT HOUSTON8:00PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT MIAMI8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHARLOTTE AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT SAN ANTONIO8:30PMATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT PHOENIX9:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT LA LAKERS10:30PMNBATV
NBCS-WSH
SPORTSNET
NHLTIME ETTV
VEGAS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMNHLN
ATTSN-PIT
ATTSN-RM
MINNESOTA AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
WINNIPEG AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMMSG+
SPORTSNET
WASHINGTON AT VANCOUVER10:00PMNBCS-WSH
SPORTSNET

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI4423.65723-821-1511-228-137-31 L
MILWAUKEE4225.6272.024-1218-139-326-187-36 W
PHILADELPHIA4025.6153.019-1421-116-824-167-31 L
CHICAGO4026.6063.524-1016-168-425-175-51 W
BOSTON4027.5974.023-1117-169-629-168-24 W
CLEVELAND3827.5855.020-1118-168-423-164-62 W
TORONTO3530.5388.017-1518-157-523-194-61 W
BROOKLYN3433.50710.013-1821-158-624-184-62 W
CHARLOTTE3235.47812.016-1716-185-721-223-72 L
10 ATLANTA3134.47712.019-1312-218-520-225-52 L
11 WASHINGTON2935.45313.517-1712-186-722-214-61 L
12 NEW YORK2838.42415.513-1915-194-914-253-73 W
13 INDIANA2245.32822.015-197-262-1311-333-73 L
14 DETROIT1848.27325.511-227-265-814-266-41 L
15 ORLANDO1750.25427.07-2310-272-1110-324-61 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 X-PHOENIX5313.80328-725-66-430-97-32 W
MEMPHIS4522.6728.523-1022-128-530-146-41 W
GOLDEN STATE4522.6728.527-718-1510-328-163-72 W
UTAH4124.63111.523-1018-1413-127-147-31 W
DALLAS4026.60613.023-1217-1411-229-157-31 L
DENVER4027.59713.520-1220-155-925-198-21 L
MINNESOTA3829.56715.522-1216-1711-426-188-26 W
LA CLIPPERS3533.51519.020-1415-197-721-247-31 W
LA LAKERS2837.43124.519-169-213-1016-252-82 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2739.40926.015-1812-214-818-225-53 L
11 PORTLAND2540.38527.516-189-221-1211-304-66 L
12 SAN ANTONIO2541.37928.012-2013-214-715-224-61 L
13 SACRAMENTO2444.35330.015-209-245-717-272-83 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2046.30333.09-2411-224-814-293-74 L
15 HOUSTON1749.25836.010-217-283-89-322-81 W
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES5740125853919313422-4-218-8-38-1-1
FLORIDA PANTHERS5840135853824317026-6-014-7-57-3-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING5737146803519716619-5-418-9-27-3-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS5837165793521717620-7-217-9-35-3-2
NEW YORK RANGERS5836175773217315019-5-317-12-25-4-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5834159773218815615-9-519-6-45-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS5835185753317715817-10-218-8-38-1-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS59311810722919316614-11-517-7-55-4-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS5828273592519021615-12-313-15-04-4-2
10 DETROIT RED WINGS5824277552117021816-12-48-15-33-6-1
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5422248522114315212-12-410-12-44-4-2
12 OTTAWA SENATORS5721315472015118311-16-210-15-33-6-1
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5821325472017720713-14-38-18-24-6-0
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS57182910461814419911-15-57-14-53-5-2
15 BUFFALO SABRES5919328461715721010-16-49-16-43-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS571535737131402178-17-17-18-67-3-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5941135873823017023-3-318-10-25-4-1
CALGARY FLAMES5735157773320114017-5-518-10-27-2-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES5733177733120115720-7-213-10-55-3-2
LOS ANGELES KINGS5932198723017516614-12-318-7-57-2-1
MINNESOTA WILD5634193712921418417-6-117-13-24-6-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5932234682818617216-13-316-10-14-5-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5733204703118015717-10-016-10-45-5-0
DALLAS STARS5632213672916616220-7-112-14-27-2-1
EDMONTON OILERS5831234662818918615-12-016-11-44-5-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5829236642616916813-10-316-13-38-2-0
11 ANAHEIM DUCKS6027249632317619116-11-411-13-54-6-0
12 WINNIPEG JETS58262210622517617915-11-211-11-84-4-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS5725257572314918213-13-312-12-43-4-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS5921308501815520511-15-410-15-43-6-1
15 ARIZONA COYOTES571835440171462079-20-19-15-36-4-0
16 SEATTLE KRAKEN6017376401615521710-17-37-20-31-7-2
 

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