BOYS SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS FRIDAY

LAKE CENTRAL SECTIONAL

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (10-11) AT LAKE CENTRAL (11-13)

HAMMOND CENTRAL (16-7) VS. MUNSTER (20-4)

PORTAGE SECTIONAL

CROWN POINT (17-5) AT PORTAGE (16-8)

MERRILLVILLE (9-14) VS. CHESTERTON (24-0)

PLYMOUTH SECTIONAL

LAPORTE (11-11) VS. MICHIGAN CITY (15-8)

PLYMOUTH (6-16) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (12-12)

ELKHART SECTIONAL

NORTHRIDGE (13-10) VS. PENN (21-2)

GOSHEN (13-9) VS. CONCORD (12-10)

DEKALB SECTIONAL

DEKALB (10-12) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (16-7)

CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (2-20) VS. FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (13-10)

HUNTINGTON SECTIONAL

NEW HAVEN (11-12) VS. HOMESTEAD (20-5)

FORT WAYNE WAYNE (4-17) VS. FORT WAYNE SOUTH (13-10)

LOGANSPORT SECTIONAL

LOGANSPORT (3-18) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (20-4)

KOKOMO (15-7) VS. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (18-6)

NOBLESVILLE SECTIONAL

CARMEL (17-5) AT NOBLESVILLE (13-10)

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (9-13) VS. WESTFIELD (19-6)

GREENFIELD SECTIONAL

RICHMOND (10-14) VS. NEW PALESTINE (18-6)

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (20-2) VS. ANDERSON (20-4)

NORTH CENTRAL SECTIONAL

WARREN CENTRAL (15-7) VS. LAWRENCE NORTH (16-6)

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (20-6) VS. INDIANAPOLIS TECH (18-7)

BEN DAVIS SECTIONAL

PERRY MERIDIAN (8-13) VS. SOUTHPORT (13-11)

DECATUR CENTRAL (13-9) AT BEN DAVIS (19-6)

TH NORTH SECTIONAL

BROWNSBURG (15-8) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (21-4)

AVON (8-15) VS. PLAINFIELD (13-10)

GREENWOOD SECTIONAL

WHITELAND (14-9) VS. FRANKLIN (9-14)

CENTER GROVE (10-12) VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL (9-13)

MARTINSVILLE SECTIONAL

COLUMBUS NORTH (16-7) VS. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (20-3)

EAST CENTRAL (15-7) VS. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (18-7)

SEYMOUR SECTIONAL

SEYMOUR (15-6) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (8-11)

NEW ALBANY (11-11) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (18-4)

NORTH SECTIONAL

EVANSVILLE HARRISON (10-11) VS. EVANSVILLE REITZ (12-9)

CASTLE (15-7) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (14-10)

HANOVER SECTIONAL

CALUMET (13-9) VS. RIVER FOREST (9-12)

HANOVER CENTRAL (9-13) AT LIGHTHOUSE CPA (6-12)

KANKAKEE VALLEY SECTIONAL

NEW PRAIRIE (5-17) VS. KNOX (9-13)

WHEELER (2-20) VS. CULVER ACADEMY (16-7)

MARIAN SECTIONAL

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-3) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (8-15)

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (12-10) VS. JOHN GLENN (23-1)

MACONAQUAH SECTIONAL

NORTHWESTERN (9-10) VS. BENTON CENTRAL (14-10)

MACONAQUAH (18-5) AT PERU (18-2)

WAWASEE SECTIONAL

WAWASEE (8-14) AT LAKELAND (5-17)

NORTHWOOD (22-2) VS. TIPPECANOE VALLEY (14-9)

GARRETT SECTIONAL

FORT WAYNE LUERS (5-17) VS. LEO (17-5)

WOODLAN (16-8) VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (12-11)

NORWELL SECTIONAL

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (8-12) AT NORWELL (20-4)

OAK HILL (17-5) VS. BELLMONT (13-10)

NEW CASTLE SECTIONAL

HAMILTON HEIGHTS (10-11) VS. JAY COUNTY (20-4)

MUNCIE BURRIS (9-12) VS. YORKTOWN (8-14)

FRANKFORT SECTIONAL

NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-20) VS. TRI-WEST (14-9)

DANVILLE (18-5) AT FRANKFORT (10-12)

EDGEWOOD SECTIONAL

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (20-3) AT EDGEWOOD (12-13)

NORTHVIEW (16-9) VS. OWEN VALLEY (9-12)

LEBANON SECTIONAL

LEBANON (16-8) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (16-7)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (13-10) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (16-7)

SPEEDWAY SECTIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (11-10) VS. BEECH GROVE (16-6)

SPEEDWAY (7-14) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (16-8)

CONNERSVILLE SECTIONAL

SOUTH DEARBORN (14-7) VS. LAWRENCEBURG (18-7)

GREENSBURG (21-4) VS. FRANKLIN COUNTY (17-5)

SALEM SECTIONAL

CORYDON CENTRAL (14-8) VS. NORTH HARRISON (17-3)

SILVER CREEK (12-12) VS. SCOTTSBURG (15-8)

PRINCETON SECTIONAL

WASHINGTON (12-10) VS. SULLIVAN (21-2)

VINCENNES LINCOLN (2-20) VS. PIKE CENTRAL (10-12)

BOONVILLE SECTIONAL

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (12-10) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (11-11)

BOONVILLE (9-13) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (15-9)

WHITING SECTIONAL

HAMMOND NOLL (9-12) VS. ANDREAN (8-14)

WHITING (0-19) AT LAKE STATION (20-3)

NORTH JUDSON SECTIONAL

HEBRON (13-9) VS. WESTVILLE (15-8)

NORTH JUDSON (19-5) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (4-18)

WESTVIEW SECTIONAL

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (13-8) VS. CENTRAL NOBLE (23-2)

FAIRFIELD (15-8) VS. EASTSIDE (24-1)

BLUFFTON SECTIONAL

WHITKO (10-13) VS. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (20-4)

ADAMS CENTRAL (15-7) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (9-14)

WINAMAC SECTIONAL

NORTH NEWTON (10-11) VS. LEWIS CASS (12-11)

RENSSELAER CENTRAL (10-12) AT WINAMAC (9-13)

WESTERN BOONE SECTIONAL

ROSSVILLE (12-10) VS. CLINTON PRAIRIE (20-4)

CARROLL (FLORA) (20-1) VS. FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (14-12)

TIPTON SECTIONAL

EASTBROOK (10-12) VS. MADISON-GRANT (13-10)

SHERIDAN (4-18) AT TIPTON (15-6)

ALEXANDRIA SECTIONAL

WINCHESTER (13-8) VS. LAPEL (12-11)

WAPAHANI (19-4) VS. MONROE CENTRAL (22-0)

HAGERSTOWN SECTIONAL

NORTHEASTERN (18-5) VS. KNIGHTSTOWN (7-15)

EASTERN HANCOCK (18-5) VS. CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (8-12)

PARK TUDOR SECTIONAL

IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (4-13) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (11-11)

UNIVERSITY (13-9) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (12-12)

SOUTH PUTNAM SECTIONAL

SOUTH PUTNAM (5-18) AT PARKE HERITAGE (15-9)

SOUTHMONT (17-6) VS. NORTH PUTNAM (19-4)

SOUTH RIPLEY SECTIONAL

SOUTH DECATUR (13-10) AT SOUTH RIPLEY (12-10)

TRITON CENTRAL (11-11) VS. NORTH DECATUR (13-10)

SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONAL

PROVIDENCE (15-6) VS. SWITZERLAND COUNTY (11-13)

CLARKSVILLE (7-15) AT SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER) (16-7)

TELL CITY SECTIONAL

EASTERN (PEKIN) (17-5) VS. PERRY CENTRAL (12-10)

TELL CITY (2-21) AT PAOLI (14-9)

NORTH KNOX SECTIONAL

MITCHELL (7-15) VS. SOUTH KNOX (14-8)

LINTON-STOCKTON (20-4) VS. EASTERN GREENE (7-16)

SOUTHRIDGE SECTIONAL

SOUTH SPENCER (18-3) VS. NORTH POSEY (15-6)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (9-13) VS. FOREST PARK (12-10)

KOUTS SECTIONAL

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (12-10) AT KOUTS (14-10)

GARY 21ST CENTURY (19-4) VS. WASHINGTON TWP. (5-16)

TRITON SECTIONAL

LACROSSE (12-9) VS. ARGOS (16-5)

TRITON (16-7) AT CULVER (7-15)

FREMONT SECTIONAL

ELKHART CHRISTIAN (12-10) VS. LAKEWOOD PARK (4-18)

BETHANY CHRISTIAN (11-12) AT FREMONT (15-8)

TRI-COUNTY SECTIONAL

CASTON (15-7) VS. NORTH WHITE (19-3)

SOUTH NEWTON (9-13) VS. PIONEER (8-15)

SOUTHERN WELLS SECTIONAL

NORTH MIAMI (9-13) VS. SOUTHWOOD (12-11)

SOUTHERN WELLS (4-17) AT LAKELAND CHRISTIAN (14-10)

ATTICA SECTIONAL

NORTH VERMILLION (8-15) VS. FAITH CHRISTIAN (11-10)

COVINGTON (16-6) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (15-9)

WES-DEL SECTIONAL

WES-DEL (11-10) AT LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (15-9)

COWAN (5-15) VS. DALEVILLE (13-9)

BLUE RIVER SECTIONAL

UNION (MODOC) (3-16) AT BLUE RIVER (13-10)

TRI (11-8) VS. RANDOLPH SOUTHERN (12-12)

WRV SECTIONAL

EMINENCE (0-19) VS. BLOOMFIELD (18-6)

WHITE RIVER VALLEY (6-16) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (14-8)

BETHESDA SECTIONAL

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN (15-6) AT TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (12-12)

INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN (11-12) VS. INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE (16-9)

LUTHERAN SECTIONAL

VICTORY COLLEGE PREP (1-22) VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (16-9)

INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (16-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (16-5)

SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONAL

WALDRON (12-10) VS. JAC-CEN-DEL (18-5)

HAUSER (10-13) VS. OLDENBURG ACADEMY (6-15)

BORDEN SECTIONAL

BORDEN (14-7) AT ROCK CREEK ACADEMY (14-8)

SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH) (8-15) VS. CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (11-13)

EDINBURGH SECTIONAL

MEDORA (4-19) VS. WEST WASHINGTON (10-13)

CROTHERSVILLE (3-19) AT EDINBURGH (20-3)

SHOALS (9-14) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (21-3)

BARR-REEVE (16-7) VS. ORLEANS (17-7)

SPRINGS VALLEY SECTIONAL

NORTHEAST DUBOIS (7-15) VS. CANNELTON (5-19)

EVANSVILLE DAY (8-13) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (20-3)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 ARIZONA 81 STANFORD 69

#6 KANSAS 72 TCU 69

#14 HOUSTON 84 TEMPLE 46

#20 ILLINOIS 60 PENN STATE 55

#23 OHIO STATE 80 MICHIGAN STATE 69

#24 IOWA 82 MICHIGAN 71

ILLINOIS STATE 50 INDIANA STATE 53

VALPARAISO 81 EVANSVILLE 59

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 78 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 72

SMU 76 CINCINNATI 71

WRIGHT STATE 75 OAKLAND 63

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 77 DETROIT 59

ARIZONA STATE 71 CALIFORNIA 44

CLEVELAND STATE 83 ROBERT MORRIS 67

MEMPHIS 73 S. FLORIDA 64

WASHINGTON 78 OREGON 67

WASHINGTON STATE 71 OREGON STATE 67

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 STANFORD 57 OREGON STATE 44

COLORADO 45 #14 ARIZONA 43

#14 INDIANA 66 RUTGERS 54

#21 VIRGINIA TECH 82 CLEMSON 60

#23 FLORIDA 53 VANDERBILT 52

ALABAMA 74 #24 GEORGIA 62

#25 GEORGIA TECH 45 WAKE FOREST 40

MICHIGAN STATE 73 PURDUE 69

NORTHERN IOWA 61 INDIANA STATE 55

MISSOURI STATE 66 VALPARAISO 46

IUPUI 72 ROBERT MORRIS 41

DRAKE 80 EVANSVILLE 71, OT

ARKANSAS 61 MISSOURI 52 OT

FLORIDA STATE 63 BOSTON COLLEGE 58

MIAMI, FLORIDA 61 DUKE 55

NORTHWESTERN 65 MINNESOTA 60

KENTUCKY 83 MISSISSIPPI STATE 67

OREGON 63 UCLA 60

NEBRASKA 92 ILLINOIS 74

UTAH 70 WASHINGTON STATE 59

NBA

ATLANTA 130 CHICAGO 124

BOSTON 120 MEMPHIS 107

MIAMI 113 BROOKLYN 107

DETROIT 108 TORONTO 106

DALLAS 122 GOLDEN STATE 113

SACRAMENTO 115 SAN ANTONIO 112

LA CLIPPERS 132 LA LAKERS 111

NHL

PITTSBURGH 5 TAMPA BAY 1

FLORIDA 3 OTTAWA 0

MINNESOTA 5 PHILADELPHIA 4

WASHINGTON 4 CAROLINA 0

VANCOUVER 4 NY ISLANDERS 3

CHICAGO 4 EDMONTON 3

MONTRÉAL 5 CALGARY 4

ARIZONA 2 COLORADO 1

BOSTON 5 VEGAS 2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

NFL suspends all COVID protocols, cites ‘encouraging trends’

(AP) — The NFL has suspended all aspects of its COVID-19 protocols, citing recent trends showing that the spread of the coronavirus is declining.

In an agreement with the players’ association, the league sent a memo to the 32 teams Thursday in which it mentioned “encouraging trends regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, the evolving guidance from the CDC, changes to state law and the counsel of our respective experts” as reasons for the move.

Should the NFL find reasons to reimpose any aspects of the protocols, it will do so in conjunction with the NFL Players Association.

Teams are required to remain in compliance with state and local laws and may continue “reasonable measures to protect their staff and players,” said the memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Regardless of vaccination status, players and staff no longer must wear face coverings at team facilities, though each club can require it individually. Social distancing signs no longer are required as well.

The league eliminated mandatory testing of players and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Testing will occur only when clinically indicated or at the direction of a team physician.

But each team must have a facility to accommodate anyone who reports symptoms that require testing.

Weight room restrictions, including capacity limits, have been dropped, though each team can impose its own rules for weight room usage.

Contact tracing devices have not been required since Jan. 3, and the service is being discontinued.

The league is encouraging everyone to continue monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis before entering the team facility. Any individual who tests positive must isolate for five days after the positive test.

No NFL games were canceled during the past two seasons because of the pandemic, though many were moved during the 2020 schedule. About 95% of the players and nearly 100% of team personnel were vaccinated, the league reported.

The NHL previously dropped virus testing for individuals without symptoms and other distancing protocols. MLB has not made any moves due to the lockout of players and no new collective bargaining agreement. The NBA hasn’t altered protocols; Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns All-Star player Devin Booker both were placed in health and safety protocols this week.

MLB, union meet for 1 1/2 hours, discuss next step in talks

NEW YORK (AP) Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer met for 1 1/2 hours Thursday and discussed the major issues in the stalled talks to reach a deal that would end Major League Baseball’s lockout.

Union general counsel Ian Penny and MLB Executive Vice President Morgan Sword also participated in the session.

The players’ association executive board held a conference call later Thursday. There was no known decision on the timing of the next negotiating session.

Baseball’s ninth work stoppage was in its 92nd day Thursday and is the sport’s first labor conflict to cause games to be canceled since the 1994-95 strike wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Negotiations broke off Tuesday after the ninth straight day of meetings in Jupiter, Florida, and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that opening day on March 31 and the first two series for each team this season had been canceled. He said there would be insufficient training time for the March 31 openers.

Negotiating teams then headed home.

The sides had made progress during 16 1/2 hours of bargaining that ended at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday but were still far apart on areas that include the key economic components of the luxury tax, pre-arbitration bonus pool and minimum salaries. The sides expressed anger at each other’s proposals when talks resumed later that day.

Fitch Ratings said the cancellation will not impact MLB and stadium-level debt ratings for now due to liquidity that included dedicated debt reserve funds sufficient for a season-long stoppage. Fitch said MLB’s media contracts are structured for continued payments in 2022 during a lockout, with the possibility of repayments due later.

“The coronavirus-affected 2020 season demonstrates that the league and its teams have financial resources to withstand a shortened season, albeit with reliance on liquidity support from ownership or debt financing,” Fitch said. “Under a one-month cancellation, we expect MLB will be able to preserve national media revenue at levels close to those agreed to under contract.”

Fitch added “a prolonged work stoppage could also alienate fans and corporate sponsors, which could not only affect revenue in the current season but could drag on the growth of the sport in the longer term.” It also said “team and stadium financings will face rating pressure sooner than the league if the lockout extends beyond April.”

Pitino says he’s committed to Iona, denies Maryland interest

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Rick Pitino said Thursday he loves coaching at Iona and is committed to his players amid speculation he could be a candidate for the Maryland job.

“The University of Maryland is one of the premier institutions of higher learning,” Pitino said on Twitter. “(Its) basketball program can be among the nation’s best. I hope they find the next great Gary Williams. I love coaching at Iona, and I’m totally committed to my players. It will not be me.”

Pitino, who won national titles coaching Kentucky and Louisville, is in his second season at Iona. The Gaels (24-5) had a game at Manhattan on Thursday night.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon stepped down in early December, and assistant Danny Manning took over the program as interim coach.

Williams, a Hall of Famer, led the Terrapins to their only national title in men’s basketball in 2002.

Clippers surge to 132-111 victory, season sweep of Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reggie Jackson scored 12 of his season-high 36 points in the fourth quarter while adding nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers completed a four-game season sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers with a 132-111 victory Thursday night.

Ivica Zubac had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who seized control of the sweep-clinching victory and their seventh straight win over the Lakers overall by scoring 23 consecutive points during the first six minutes of the third quarter.

The Clippers outscored their cross-hallway rivals 37-10 late into the third before coasting to their fifth consecutive victory in the past eight days, including two over the Lakers.

Jackson hit four 3-pointers and embarrassed a succession of Lakers defenders, particularly in a fourth-quarter display that had the Clippers’ portion of the crowd chanting his name. After Jackson and Russell Westbrook clashed and exchanged words, Jackson responded by drilling a 3-pointer over Westbrook’s defense to earn one of several standing ovations.

LeBron James had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost four straight and seven of eight to fall a season-worst eight games below .500 (27-35). A proud franchise that began the season with championship aspirations is now two games ahead of 11th-place Portland with little reason to think its spiral will end soon.

The victory was the latest in a torrid stretch for the Clippers, who have won seven of their last eight without likely their three most talented players: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Norman Powell.

Although none of the trio is thought to be close to returning, Jackson and a gritty supporting cast have kept the Clips on track for another playoff berth with an increasing chance to avoid the play-in tournament after this victory, which pulled them within one game of seventh-place Minnesota.

After scoring 14 consecutive points to close the first half with only a three-point deficit, the Lakers curiously became discombobulated early in the third after the referees didn’t give a continuation foul to James and they were unable to challenge the call.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker sat out after spraining his ankle Tuesday. He was listed as probable before the game. … The Lakers used their 31st starting lineup of the season with Dwight Howard moving in alongside rookie Austin Reaves and Malik Monk. … Wenyen Gabriel hit a late 3-pointer in his Lakers debut. Los Angeles signed him Tuesday.

Clippers: Nicolas Batum appeared in his 900th career NBA game. … Coach Tyronn Lue had no updates on the injury recoveries of George, Leonard and Powell: “I don’t know. Sorry.” … Justin Bieber, Rami Malek, Saweetie and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya attended the game.

THAT’S MY DJ

D.J. Augustin had three points and six assists in his debut with the Lakers, who signed the 14-year NBA veteran Tuesday to bolster their backcourt depth. The Lakers are Augustin’s 11th NBA franchise; Houston waived him Feb. 11.

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Warriors on Saturday.

Clippers: Host Knicks on Sunday.

Doncic scores 41 points, Mavs beat Warriors again, 122-113

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks were the ones trying to hold on in the second half against Golden State.

They pulled off what Stephen Curry and the Warriors couldn’t four nights earlier.

Doncic scored 41 points and the Mavericks beat Golden State for the second time in five days, winning 122-113 on Thursday night after a huge fourth-quarter rally for the victory in California.

Curry and the Warriors never led but got even for the first time since early in the game during a stretch when Moses Moody scored all 13 of his points consecutively for Golden State in the fourth quarter.

Spencer Dinwiddie put the Mavericks back in front for good by scoring the next four points for a 108-104 lead midway through the fourth in his home debut after the trade that brought him and Davis Bertans from Washington for Kristaps Porzingis.

“I’m not surprised,” Doncic said about the surge from Dinwiddie, who finished with 17 points after getting his Dallas high with 24 in the previous Golden State meeting. “I thought it was going to take a little bit longer. He’s a great player, and he’s a great fit for us.”

The Mavericks handed the Warriors a season-worst third consecutive loss and drop them 7 1/2 games behind NBA-leading Phoenix. Golden State, which trailed by 17 points early in the second half, has lost seven of nine games.

“I loved the effort,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re going through it right now. Every team in the league pretty much has gone through it at some point this year. It’s just our turn. We’re going to bounce back.”

Golden State’s Klay Thompson finished with 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting, including quite a few shots that were way off, in his return after missing two games with an illness.

“Tough night for Klay,” Kerr said. “He needs these minutes to get ready for what’s ahead. He’s going to have some bumps in the road. Where he’s gotten in trouble is he’s forcing the issue. He’s been trying too hard. You can’t blame him. He’s been out for 2 1/2 years.”

Doncic had 10 rebounds and nine assists, Dorian Finney-Smith scored 18 points and Reggie Bullock and Jalen Brunson added 14 apiece as the Mavericks took the season series 3-1 with the consecutive victories. Dallas got the first win by rallying from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 26-1 run in a 107-101 win Sunday in San Francisco.

Curry didn’t even get off a shot in a scoreless fourth quarter, finishing with 21 points as the Mavericks hounded him at the 3-point line, while Moody hit consecutive 3s to get Golden State even at 104. Jordan Poole scored 23 points.

After Dinwiddie put Dallas ahead, Doncic twice beat Curry in one-on-one matchups with buckets in the lane. Both answered baskets from Moody.

The Mavericks were up six, and Moody hadn’t scored yet when officials missed the ball hitting the rim on a shot by Dallas. The shot clock expired just as Doncic was making a pass, thinking it had reset. Arguments from just about everybody on the Dallas bench, including coach Jason Kidd, didn’t change the call, and Moody’s 3s got the Warriors even.

“We have in the past maybe melted mentally when the ball hits the rim and there’s no call,” Kidd said. “It just showed growth. I think our maturity level was high. We responded in a positive way.”

Thompson scored eight points in a frenetic third quarter, when the Warriors cut a 14-point halftime deficit in half several times only to see Dallas get it back to double figures. Golden State ended up down eight going to the fourth after Doncic missed a step-back 3 at the buzzer. Doncic had 11 in the quarter.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Draymond Green was on the bench, missing his 26th consecutive game because of a back injury. The last time he played was the first meeting in Dallas on Jan. 5. … Andre Iguodala, also out with a back injury, missed his 17th consecutive game. Coach Steve Kerr said it was doubtful Iguodala would play in the remaining two games on the four-game road trip, but his return is getting close.

Mavericks: F/C Maxi Kleber (right ankle), F Marquise Chriss (right knee) and G Trey Burke (left shoulder) were out. … The Mavericks have won nine of the past 11 meetings in the series, including three in a row in Dallas.

ROUGH RETURN FOR THOMPSON

A rough first half for Thompson was punctuated when he hit the side of the backboard on a corner 3 before Doncic beat him with a cross-over, step-back 3-pointer at the other end. Doncic had 24 points at the break, while Thompson was 2 of 8 with six points while missing all four of his 3s.

UP NEXT

Warriors: At Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Mavericks: Host Sacramento on Saturday.

Tatum nets 37, leads Celtics past Morant, Grizzlies 120-107

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Boston Celtics past the Memphis Grizzlies 120-107 on Thursday night.

Al Horford had 21 points and 15 rebounds and Robert Williams finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 51.7% and won for the ninth time in 11 games. Marcus Smart finished with 18 points and 12 assists, Derrick White scored 12 and Grant Williams 11.

“It was a lot of fun. The place was electric tonight,” said Tatum, who also had five assists and six rebounds on his 24th birthday.

Tatum’s torrid fourth quarter and Boston’s solid defense throughout allowed the Celtics to hold off any late pushes by the Grizzlies and Ja Morant, who was coming off a career-high 52 points Monday night in a win over San Antonio.

Morant started slowly and finished with 38 points, getting 16 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth as he and Tatum put on a display at both ends of the court.

“I think it was just kind of one of those moments – two guys just going at it and doing what they can to try and will their team to a victory,” Tatum said. “It just so happened that it was kind of a back-and-forth thing.”

Jaren Jackson had 20 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, and Desmond Bane finished with 17 points and seven assists.

Boston started pulling away in the second half, opening the third period on a 10-2 run and then turning to Tatum throughout the fourth, when the Grizzlies started hitting shots that we’re falling earlier.

“We were just missing shots that we normally hit. Whether it’s a hook shot or a floater. … We couldn’t buy a bucket, really, but we kept it close,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They played great as a team and obviously Tatum took over.”

After Bane hit a 3-pointer that pulled Memphis within 91-84, Tatum scored six straight for Boston and followed that with an assist on a jumper by Payton Pritchard that put Boston up 99-84. Tatum scored the next eighth points for Boston, then added a 3-pointer that finished off the Grizzlies, giving Boston a 115-100 lead with 1:34 left to play.

Morant, who was 0 for 6 in the first quarter with a pair of free throws, ended up scoring 30 points in the second half as he tried to keep the Grizzlies within range. He did show his leaping ability late in the second quarter on an alley-oop, slamming down a one-handed dunk off a pass from Kyle Anderson to pull the Grizzlies within 45-42 with 1:39 to go before halftime.

IME HONORED

First-year coach Ime Udoka was named the NBA Eastern Conference coach of the month Thursday after Boston went 9-2 in February.

Udoka said it helps that his team’s overall health has improved, and also credited his players for working through early season injuries and roster rotations caused by COVID-19.

“The main thing – it means we’re playing well and that’s the bottom line. When you get recognition, it’s a reflection on the guys,” Udoka said. “They’re letting us coach them, letting us push them and learning and growing throughout the season. Kind of what we thought we’d have when we got healthy.”

SHORT-HANDED

Already missing starting forward Jaylen Brown with a sprained right ankle, the Celtics lost his replacement to the same injury early in the first quarter when Aaron Nesmith rolled his ankle after going up for a defensive rebound. He did not return.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Never recovered from a slow start, making 8 of 29 shots in the first quarter and hitting just 2 of 14 3-pointers. … G/F John Konchar missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Celtics: Boston led 26-20 at the end of the first quarter despite committing six turnovers. … The Celtics outrebounded the Grizzlies 51-44.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Celtics: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon.

Hawks surge late, Young scores 39 points in win over Bulls

ATLANTA (AP) The sense of urgency may be similar, but the stakes are different for Chicago and Atlanta on opposite ends of the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

For the Hawks, who are struggling for any spot in the playoffs, a win over the upper-tier Bulls was especially important.

Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 1:41 left gave Atlanta the lead and Trae Young scored 39 points in the Hawks’ 130-124 victory over the Bulls on Thursday night.

The Hawks began the night 10th in the conference, fighting to keep the last spot in the play-in tournament while still hoping to move higher in the final 20 games of the regular season.

“Yeah, the pressure has been on for us to keep going and figure this out as fast as possible and get some wins,” Young said. “We don’t have many left in the regular season. We have to win as many as possible. … Of course, beating a team like them, with how high their seed is, is big.”

Young made seven 3-pointers, including two after Bogdanovic’s go-ahead 3, to seal the win.

Chicago suffered its third consecutive loss and fell percentage points behind Philadelphia in the battle for second place in the East, each 2 1/2 games behind Miami.

“We’ve got to have way, way better habits against elite teams,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “I think we’re learning the tough way all these little lessons, so to speak. … There was just a lot, a lot of breakdowns. We fouled entirely too much.”

Hawks coach Nate McMillan said he urged his players before the game to prevent the Bulls’ bid to complete a four-game sweep of the season series.

“I thought our guys responded in the third and fourth quarter with urgency,” McMillan said.

After Bogdanovic’s 3 made it 119-118, Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan’s had a turnover, and Young padded the advantage with two 3s in the final 1:12.

Young had 13 assists and made 7 of 10 3s and all 10 of his free throws. Bogdanovic had 20 points.

DeRozan and Zach LaVine each had 22 points for the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

LaVine blocked Young’s last jumper of the first half, leaving the Bulls with a 63-56 halftime lead.

When LaVine opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 66-56 lead, the Bulls were 10 of 19 and on pace to match their season high of 18 3s. They made only four 3s the remainder of the game, finishing 14 of 26.

The Hawks surged as they began outworking the Bulls under the basket. DeAndre Hunter, who had 18 points, grabbed a rebound of his own miss and scored for a 72-70 Atlanta lead.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Vucevic had been 0 for 10 on 3-pointers in his last three games before making his first long-range attempt of the game in the second period. … Donovan said he expects LaVine to be available for the second of back-to-back games against Milwaukee on Friday night. LaVine has been slowed by periodic soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Donovan said before the game LaVine “feels really good” before adding “That’s today. … No question, after tonight, tomorrow check with him. I would say it’s more likely he’ll be playing.”

Hawks: F John Collins (right foot strain) missed his sixth consecutive game and may be moving closer to a return. “He is getting better,” McMillan said. … C Onyeka Okongwu (concussion protocol) did not play. … Gorgui Dieng moved into a more prominent role behind C Clint Capela and F Danilo Gallinari. … Young (left ankle sprain) and G Lou Williams (left hip discomfort) were cleared after pregame warmups.

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

The Hawks made 24 of 28 free throws. The Bulls made six of seven. Donovan said he couldn’t complain.

“Generally when you see a discrepancy like that, coaches complain,” Donovan said. “We fouled. We fouled.”

DEBT PAID

The Hawks were motivated by their 112-108 loss at Chicago on Feb. 24, when Young made 3 of 17 shots from the field and scored only 14 points.

“I owed them one,” Young said.

This time, Young made 11 of 18 shots.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Milwaukee on Friday night

Hawks: At Washington on Friday night.

Kings beat Spurs, 115-112, keep Popovich shy of NBA mark

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Harrison Barnes had 27 points and the Sacramento Kings held off San Antonio 115-112 on Thursday night, keeping Spurs coach Gregg Popovich a victory shy of tying Don Nelson’s NBA record.

“We talked about resiliency,” Sacramento coach Alvin Gentry said. “You’ve just got to keep your focus and you’ve got to figure out how you can make plays that are going to help you in those last two minutes of the game to get over the hump.”

The Kings kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the Spurs, who entered two games ahead of Sacramento for 12th in the Western Conference.

The Spurs have lost three straight since Popovich reached 1,334 career regular-season victories.

De’Aaron Fox added 26 points for Sacramento. Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with a minute remaining.

Lonnie Walker IV had 30 points for San Antonio, and Dejounte Murray added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

San Antonio played at home for the first time since Feb. 4 after going 4-4 on their annual extended road trip necessitated by the San Antonio rodeo.

The Kings had lost five of six entering the contest and were in danger of dropping their second straight after a sluggish second half.

Sacramento was 7 for 9 on free throws in a 11-1 run that gave the Kings a 110-104 lead minutes after the Spurs captured their first lead.

“For us to come out we got three or four straight stops in a row,” Barnes said. “That’s something that we haven’t usually done, especially down the stretch. I thought that was a step for us tonight.”

After trailing by 19 points, San Antonio closed the third quarter on a 22-3 run to enter the fourth trailing 88-82. Walker had seven points in the run and Murray four.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” Gentry said. “If you look at what Lonnie Walker did, I thought he single-handedly kind of got them back in the game. And Dejounte, he’s a really, really good young player. Both of those guys played really well, but I thought we did a good job of staying focused and finding enough plays that could get us over the hump.”

The run continued in the fourth quarter behind some aggressive defense. After nearly forcing a turnover by Sabonis and a missed 3-pointer by Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Primo threw down a two-handed dunk ahead of Sabonis to tie it at 91 with 7:45 remaining.

Murray’s layup with 5:10 remaining gave the Spurs their first lead at 99-97.

“The best thing about this team is they don’t give in,” Popovich said. “The bad side is you can’t play an NBA game for 22 minutes. We played about a quarter and a half tonight, and that’s disappointing. We have to take responsibility for that and be more mentally ready to go.”

TRAVEL ISSUES

The Kings arrived in San Antonio a day later than expected after being stuck in New Orleans on Wednesday night due to mechanical problems with their plane. Sacramento planned to depart the Crescent City following its 125-95 loss to the Pelicans but instead were forced to stay overnight.

TIP-INS

Kings: Sacramento last won in San Antonio on March 29, 2021. The Kings are 23-71 on the road against the Spurs and 62-125 overall. . Richaun Holmes did not play after testing his sore back in pre-game workouts. . F Trey Lyles, who spent the two previous seasons with the Spurs, had nine points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Lyles dunk in the first quarter was overturned after a video review determined he did not release the ball prior to the shot clock expiring.

Spurs: San Antonio proclaimed its support for Ukraine prior to tipoff and held a moment of silence for those injured or killed during Russia’s invasion. Fans erupted in cheers when Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag was initially displayed on the video screens at the AT&T Center. Kings C Alex Len is from Ukraine. . G Tomas Satoransky signed with Washington on Monday after being waived Saturday by the Spurs following a buy-out agreement. . Primo had six points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Dallas on Saturday.

Spurs: At Charlotte on Saturday.

Ovechkin scores 763rd goal, Caps beat Canes 4-0 to snap skid

WASHINGTON (AP) Fans chanted Alex Ovechkin’s name after a goal, much as they have for almost two decades.

For the first time in more than a month, they went home happy.

Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on the power play, Vitek Vanecek stopped all 36 shots he faced and the Washington Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Eastern Conference-leading Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 Thursday night.

Washington’s longtime captain scored his 33rd goal of the season and his 763rd in the NHL to move three back of Jaromir Jagr for third place on the career list. Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the president he has long supported, Ovechkin – the face of the hockey franchise in the U.S. capital and a Stanley Cup champion – was serenaded with chants of “Ovi! Ovi!” that have become quite familiar during his 17-year career.

“He’s done so much good for the NHL and so much good for this organization,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s a really difficult situation for him, a really difficult situation for Kuznetsov and (Dmitry) Orlov and the other Russians that we have on our team.”

Ovechkin’s goal and another one by Orlov late in the third period after a power play expired put an exclamation point on Washington’s first home victory since Jan. 22 and first in regulation since Dec. 29. The Capitals had lost six in a row at home as part of a slump that included defeats in 14 of their first 22 games in 2022.

“The last month was not what we want,” Ovechkin said on ESPN. “Obviously we were struggling. It was a little bit frustrating. But it was a good response by everybody, and we just have to play the same.”

This one was never in doubt. In winger Anthony Mantha’s first game since Nov. 4 after recovering from left shoulder surgery, the Capitals had an extra jump in their step from the opening faceoff and dominated a team far above them in the standings in what could be a playoff series preview.

Long after Washington’s strong start, Kuznetsov scored on a 5-on-3 power play late in the first period to make it all pay off. Slovak defenseman Martin Fehervary added his fourth of the season midway through the second off a gorgeous pass from forward Conor Sheary.

Before and after Ovechkin’s goal, Vanecek was a rock in net for a team that for weeks could use more timely saves. He slid to make a right pad save on Carolina winger Martin Necas and poked the puck away from Andrei Svechnikov during a crucial sequence early in the second.

“The guys help me a lot; they block shots in the first, second and third periods,” said Vanecek, who registered his third shutout of the season in his second game back from injury. “I try to help them, too. It feels good.”

The two power-play goals and important saves came a day after general manager Brian MacLellan’s frank comments about what was ailing the Capitals. MacLellan said his realization of where his team ranks in the NHL hierarchy might make him less aggressive at the March 21 trade deadline.

More performances like this might change his mind. With buzz building about Columbus closing fast for the eighth and final playoff seed in the East, earning two valuable points against the Hurricanes put Washington back up 10 with 26 games to play to the Blue Jackets’ 26.

Carolina has lost two in a row and had its point streak snapped at seven games. The Hurricanes took six minor penalties, continuing a recent pattern of undisciplined play, and didn’t do much to help goaltender Frederik Andersen, who finished with 28 saves.

“Really, throughout the year we haven’t had those kind of penalties,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Very rare. Lots of penalties. That’s definitely a trend I don’t like. I haven’t liked it at all.”

NOTES: Washington made room on the roster for Mantha by putting left wing Carl Hagelin (eye) on LTIR and forward Joe Snively (upper-body injury) on regular IR. … Veteran center Derek Stepan returned to Carolina’s lineup, replacing rookie Seth Jarvis. … Because of the NHL’s division-only schedule last season, it was the Hurricanes’ first visit to Washington since Jan. 13, 2020. … The NHL announced earlier Thursday the Capitals would be the Hurricanes’ opponent in the outdoor Stadium Series game in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 18, 2023. It’s Washington’s fourth outdoor game and Carolina’s first.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night in the second half of a back-to-back.

Capitals: Host the expansion Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.

DeBrincat scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Keith, Oilers 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Long after the tribute videos for Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson were rolled out, another familiar combination lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to the win.

Alex DeBrincat got a pass from Patrick Kane and scored 2:23 into overtime, and the Blackhawks beat Keith and the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night.

Kane, Dominik Kubalik and Sam Lafferty also scored for Chicago, which went 2-1-0 against Edmonton this season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.

With Edmonton star Leon Draisaitl in the penalty box for tripping Caleb Jones in overtime, Kane set up DeBrincat for the winning one-timer. It was DeBrincat’s 30th goal of the season.

The game was tied at 2 when Kubalik made the most of a mistake by Mikko Koskinen. The veteran goaltender played the puck from behind the Edmonton net right to Kubalik, who fired it in 2:49 into the third period.

It was Kubalik’s first goal since Jan. 26 and No. 11 on the season.

“That was big. It was good for him, too,” interim Blackhawks coach Derek King said. “He’s been working hard. A little snake-bitten.”

Chicago carried the lead all the way to the final minute, but Edmonton tied it when Evander Kane played the puck toward the middle and it appeared to go off the stick of Chicago defenseman Seth Jones and into the net.

“It was great to tie it, to force overtime and give us a chance to win,” Evander Kane said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Evander Kane scored twice for Edmonton, which closed out a 2-2-1 road trip. Draisaitl had a goal and an assist, and Koskinen made 28 stops.

“We found a way to get a point out of a tough game here,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said.

It was Keith’s first game back in Chicago since he was traded to Edmonton in July. The 38-year-old defenseman won three Stanley Cup titles during 16 seasons with the Blackhawks.

Keith heard loud cheers when he was introduced with Edmonton’s starting lineup, and then a long, sustained standing ovation after Chicago welcomed him back with a highlight video in the first period.

He acknowledged the warm response with a wave from the visiting bench, and then took a quick skate on the ice and raised his stick in the air when the cheers persisted.

“Just another old friend that I love talking to about everything, including the game,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

“A little bit strange to see a guy like him who was just a pillar of this team and a Hall of Famer and just the career that he had, coming into the United Center playing for a different team.”

Keith’s return coincided with the Blackhawks paying tribute to Hjalmarsson, another key defenseman from the team’s run of three championships in six seasons. Hjalmarsson was traded to Arizona in June 2017 and retired in July.

Hjalmarsson was saluted with a pregame highlight video, leading to another standing ovation from the crowd.

The Blackhawks had dropped four of five. But they were bolstered by the return of Toews (concussion protocol), fellow forward Tyler Johnson (neck surgery) and defensemen Calvin de Haan (right groin strain) and Riley Stillman (left shoulder) from injuries.

Lafferty put Chicago in front when he beat Koskinen through the goaltender’s legs at 2:34. But Edmonton responded when Connor McDavid set up Draisaitl on the power play for his NHL-high 38th goal at 14:35.

The teams then exchanged goals one more time in the first. Patrick Kane got a pass from Dylan Strome and converted a one-timer from the right circle, but Draisaitl found a streaking Evander Kane for the tying goal for Edmonton with 26 seconds left.

De Haan had a chance to get the lead back for Chicago in the second, but he sent a shot off a post about 13 minutes into the period.

MAKING MOVES

Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was placed on injured reserve. Nugent-Hopkins left in the first period of Saturday’s 4-3 win at Florida because of an upper-body injury. He flew back to Edmonton earlier this week.

Fellow forward Kyle Turris was activated from IR. He made his first appearance since Jan. 22.

INJURIES

Oilers: Defenseman Tyson Barrie left with an upper-body injury.

Blackhawks: King said he thinks forward Reese Johnson will be cleared for full contact next week. Johnson was placed on IR on Dec. 12 with a fractured right clavicle.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Blackhawks: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Capitals to visit Hurricanes in 2023 outdoor game in Raleigh

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals will be the Carolina Hurricanes’ opponent in the NHL’s outdoor Stadium Series game next season.

The game is scheduled to take place Feb. 18, 2023 at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium across the parking lot from the Hurricanes’ home arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The league announced the rivalry matchup Thursday, hours before the Hurricanes visit the Capitals in a potential playoff preview.

It’s Carolina’s first outdoor game and Washington’s fourth. The Hurricanes were supposed to host an outdoor game in 2021, but that was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The teams met in the first round of the 2019 postseason, the year after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes won that series with a double-overtime goal in Game 7.

“It was a battle of a playoff series,” Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal said. “Very good team, and it was a lot of fun. It was a great grind.”

The Boston Bruins are set to host the 2023 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, with the Pittsburgh Penguins their expected opponent. Fenway Sports Group bought a majority stake in the Penguins late last year.

Rory McIlroy with 65 off to another great start at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and had reason to expect a score like this at Bay Hill, not so much because of the course but rather the day of the week.

Good starts have not been a problem for McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the last two years. Now it’s about keeping them going to the finish line.

With three birdies and a 40-foot eagle on the par 5s, McIlroy had his lowest start at Bay Hill and a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun.

Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, who dressed in Ukrainian colors, were in the group three shots behind at 68.

“I think you turn up at any golf course where you’ve had success, and automatically you’re going to have some confidence coming in,” said McIlroy, who won at Bay Hill in 2018 and hasn’t finished out of the top 10 the last five years.

He opened with a 66 each of the last two years, both times failing to break par on the weekend.

But there is a rhythm to playing Bay Hill that makes McIlroy comfortable, mainly taking advantage of the par 5s and some of the shorter par 4s. He had eagle putts on three of the par 5s, making the long one up the ridge on the 16th, his seventh hole of the round.

“I played the par 5s particularly well, and that was the bulk of the score,” he said. “I’ve said this all along, you can play within yourself here and still shoot a good score, I feel, if you’re just disciplined and pick off the birdies where you’re supposed to.”

Jon Rahm, the world’s No. 1 player, made his Bay Hill debut with a 72 that included one extra stroke he didn’t anticipate. He went to rap in a 10-inch par putt on the seventh hole, didn’t feel right and tried to stop the stroke only for it to nudge the ball an inch.

“I wish I could give you all the excuses in the world, but no, it’s as simple as it just didn’t feel good in my hands, and I tried to stop, and I didn’t. I just simply didn’t stop,” Rahm said. “I don’t know. It was very odd.”

McIlroy played alongside Scott, a delight for the largest gallery of the morning who enjoy watching two pure swings with the driver. There was an exception this time. Scott decided to leave driver out of the bag in an attempt to hit more fairways and avoid rough that is thicker than usual.

How did it work out?

“Not bad for me – 68 – I mean, that’s not bad,” Scott said.

As for his accuracy, he hit only seven of the 14 fairways. Asked if he would go without a driver at the TPC Sawgrass next week, Scott wasn’t even sure what he would do Friday.

It still was a comfortable start, especially playing with McIlroy and seeing the four-time major champion make it look easy on a course that held its own in ideal weather.

“I like playing with Rory. I really enjoy watching him play,” Scott said. “He’s a guy I can watch play and get positive swing thoughts for myself. I love watching him swing a golf club. I think almost everyone in the world would say that.”

McIlroy already has one win this season on the PGA Tour, at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas last fall, though he let one opportunity slip this year when he had the lead on the back nine in Dubai until a series of bogeys cost him.

His lone victory at Bay Hill was a 67-64 finish, so he does know how to close.

McDowell has a pair of runner-up finishes in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and now is one of the biggest supporters of the lone PGA Tour event in his adopted hometown. He is trying to get his game pointed in the right direction and feels it is trending.

His last win on the PGA Tour was in the Dominican Republic in 2019. His victory in the Saudi International a year later got him back into the top 50 in the world and earned him another spot in the Masters. Since that Saudi win, McDowell has only one top 10 and is at No. 399.

It’s enough to keep him from even contemplating a bid to become Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. McDowell feels as though the 2023 matches in Italy – Europe still hasn’t announced a captain – might be his only chance.

“I desperately want to get back playing consistently well at a high level again rather than maybe taking my attention away and taking the Ryder Cup captaincy,” he said. “Maybe part of me would be suggesting that I’m not good enough to make the team. Are there 12 better players than me in Europe right now? I’ve got to ask myself that question.

“If I’m out here doing what I’m doing, I have to say there’s not 12 guys better than me, and I’m good enough to make the team,” he said. “To be able to compete at a high level, I have to have that belief.”

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Boilermakers Fall to Spartans in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue women’s basketball team saw its run at the Big Ten Tournament come to an end with a 73-69 loss to No. 8-seeded Michigan State on Thursday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Purdue (16-14) retook a one-point lead with 3:26 to play, only for Michigan State (15-14) to close the game on an 11-6 run with nine points coming at the line.

Madison Layden and Abbey Ellis led the way offensively with 17 points each. Jeanae Terry added 14 points with a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists over 34 minutes of action.

The Boilermakers shot 36.5% from the field and drained 10 3-pointers for their seventh game of double-digit triples. The Boilermakers surrendered 20 points off 15 turnovers in the game, but the second half saw Purdue commit just two giveaways in their comeback bid.

Nia Clouden, who the Boilermakers held to just seven points in the first matchup in January, powered the Spartans with 23 points, making 10-of-11 free throws.

Purdue finished 13-of-15 at the line to Michigan State’s 19-of-26 mark.

The Boilermakers held close with the Spartans early, as both sides lived at the line in the opening period. Purdue went 7-of-8 at the line and hit a trio of triples in the first led by Layden’s seven points.

In the second, Purdue overcame a couple of scoring droughts that saw their shooting clip drop to 32% for the first half. While a lid went on the basket, Purdue’s defense was able to keep within striking distance of Michigan State to trail by just four at the break.

Terry and Rickie Woltman gave Purdue a spark out halftime with Purdue’s first 10 points. Ava Learn swung momentum into Purdue’s favor at the midway point of the third with a tradition a 3-point play. Layden then gave the Boilermakers the lead with five straight points late in the period.

Into the fourth, Ellis dropped five straight points, including a long-range three to give Purdue a 57-55 lead with 7:41 to play. Cassidy Hardin, who knocked down a trio of 3-pointers on the day, sank a deep effort to put the Boilermakers back on top by one with 3:26 left.

Purdue was then whistled for eight fouls in the final three minutes of the game, sending Michigan State to the line 14 times, as the Spartans pulled away.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State 43-37.

• The Boilermakers are now 1-2 as the No. 9 seed and 2-2 against the No. 8 seed.

• Purdue finished with 18 assists on 23 made field goals and tallied more assists than turnovers for the 14th time this season.

• Purdue converted eight offensive rebounds into second chance points, while Michigan State flipped nine boards into 13 points.

• Purdue shot an even 40% from the field in the second half.

• The Boilermakers attempted just three free throws in the second half.

• Terry recorded her 14th game with five points, five rebounds and five assists this season.

• Madison Layden failed to record a steal for just the sixth time in her career.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will wait for an announcement of their postseason destination.

Unbeaten Boilermakers Close Carolina Trip vs Longwood

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION

Longwood (3-6) vs Purdue (9-0)

4-Game Series / Friday to Sunday, March 4 to 6

Ting Stadium / Holly Springs, North Carolina / Free Admission

Series Opener: Friday March 4 at 3 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. ET

Series History: First Meetings

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. Longwood’s Andrew Potojecki (R-So, RHP)

Saturday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. Longwood’s Kevin Warunek (Fr, LHP)

Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs. Longwood’s Dominick D’Ercole (R-So, RHP)

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Purdue baseball closes out its 10-day road trip in North Carolina with its final neutral-site series, taking on Longwood as the third first-time foe of the young season.

The Boilermakers return to Ting Stadium in the Raleigh area for the three-game series, the same ballpark where they capped a four-game sweep of Princeton with a pair of walk-off wins Saturday. First pitch vs. Longwood is set for 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free again all weekend.

Longwood University is based in Farmville, Virginia, and joined the Big South Conference in July 2012. The Lancers were an NCAA Division I independent from the fall of 2007 through the spring of 2012.

The Boilermakers enter the weekend as one of 15 remaining unbeaten teams nationally. They’ve won 10 consecutive games dating back to their 2021 season finale, a comeback victory vs. Minnesota at Alexander Field. The current win streak is the 11th of 10 games and longer in program history. It’s the third of that length to span two different seasons.

THE LAST TIME

• Purdue played a three-game neutral-site series: March 2019 vs NJIT (Won 2 of 3)

• Purdue played a team from the state of Virginia: March 2018 vs Virginia Tech (W, 12-5 in Florida)

• Purdue played a team from the Big South Conference: February 2020 at Campbell (W, 6-4)

• Purdue played consecutive first-time opponents: March 2019 vs NJIT and Milwaukee

STREAKING BOILERMAKERS

• Curtis Washington Jr. has scored a run in each of the first nine games of the season. Mike Bolton Jr., Cam Thompson and Washington have all reached base safely in each of the first nine games.

• Troy Viola and Washington are both riding seven-game hit streaks. Meanwhile, CJ Valdez has hit safely in his first six games as a Boilermaker.

ALBRECHT ON FIRE IN THE EVEN YEARS

• Evan Albrecht has four three-hit games on the current road trip in North Carolina, connecting for a double as part of each win. He’s batting a team-best .632 (12-for-19) on the trip and is hitting a Big Ten best .517 (15-for-29) for the season. As the primary 9-hole hitter, he has reached base safely in six of his nine opportunities to lead off an inning and has racked up six stolen bases to help the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten.

• The senior’s fast start continues a trend in which Albrecht has been Purdue’s hottest hitter during the even-numbered years of his career. He was leading the team in batting average and RBI when the season was shut down on March 12 of the 2020 season. The infielder had posted a five-hit game in Purdue’s final game of the abbreviated 14-game campaign.

• 2020: 13 GP, .364 (16-for-44), 3 2B, 14 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 3-4 SB

• 2022: 9 GP, .517 (15-for-29), 4 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 6-7 SB

• Combined: 22 GP, .425 (31-for-73), 7 2B, HR, 21 RBI, 15 R, 7 BB, 9-11 SB

DID YOU KNOW

• Entering the weekend, Purdue is one of three teams nationally – along with Wake Forest (12) and Tennessee Tech (10) – currently riding a double-figure win streak dating back to last season. Since May 20, the Boilermakers have won 14 of their last 16 games. That’s their best stretch since going 21-2 to from April 20 to May 26 in 2018 when the team caught fire and earned an at-large bid to an NCAA Regional.

• Purdue has registered 10-plus strikeouts on the mound in six of its first nine games. In 2019, the Boilermakers set a team record with 24 double-figure strikeout games. They had three 10-plus strikeout days over their first nine games that season and went on to post team records for strikeouts (477) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.10).

• While ranking second nationally with 37 stolen bases through Wednesday, the Boilermakers have registered multiple stolen bases in eight of their first nine games. They were particularly active on the base paths in the series finale vs. South Dakota State (9 steals) and game 2 vs. Princeton (8). Those totals rank only behind the program-record 10 steals Purdue had in an April 2019 home win vs. Chicago State.

• Team RBI leader (15) Cam Thompson has multiple RBI in five of Purdue’s first nine games and has already surpassed his season total (14) from 2021. Twenty-seven of his 29 career RBI have come as part of multi-RBI games. Thompson is a team-best 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position this season.

PITCHING BREAKDOWN ON THE NORTH CAROLINA TRIP

• Starters: 23 1/3 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 28 K, 1.93 ERA, 6.6 H/9, 10.8 K/9

• Bullpen: 21 2/3 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 14 BB, 24 K, 2.49 ERA, 10.4 H/9, 9.9 K/9

COMBINED QUALITY STARTS

Pitchers with at least one relief appearance who have worked the equivalent of a quality start

• Landon Weins: 4 App, 9 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 13 K

• Griffin Lohman: 5 App, 8 2/3 IP, 6 H, R, 6 BB, 11 K

• CJ Backer: 2 App, 7 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K

• Ricky Castro: 3 App, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 8 K

5-seed Indiana Advances To Quarterfinal With Win Over 13-seed Rutgers

INDIANAPOLIS – Five 3-pointers from graduate senior guard Ali Patberg led 5-seeded Indiana to a 66-54 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday afternoon inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

KEY MOMENTS

The signature pull-up jumper by senior guard Grace Berger gave Indiana an early 6-2 lead. Rutgers battled back and took a one-point edge as graduate student Ali Patberg drained her first triple of the day with 2:59 left in the first.

Hoosiers (20-7) would hold the Scarlet Knights without a field goal in the final 3:11 to take a six-point lead, 16-10, as Patberg drained a baseline 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Rutgers’ second-chance opportunity cut the lead down to two in the early goings of the second quarter, but Indiana pushed the lead back to five with a Patberg 3-pointer and Berger pull-up.

A 7-2 run helped IU go up double figures late in the second as RU pushed back to trim the halftime lead to 32-26. The Hoosiers shot 50 percent in the third quarter as it withstood pressure from the Scarlet Knights in as it used a 5-0 run to make it a 39-30 lead. Another timely 3-pointer from Patberg gave Indiana an 11-point lead while sophomore guard Chloe Moore-McNeil’s nifty move inside and a jumper by Berger closed the quarter with their team on top, 48-37.

IU held its largest lead in the fourth at 16 points with just under six minutes to go as going down the stretch Rutgers made another run at the Hoosiers, but a 3-pointer from Patberg and the signature mid-range game from Berger helped seal the deal.

NOTABLE

Thursday’s win secured the Hoosiers’ seventh-straight 20-win season, the longest streak of 20 win seasons in program history.

With the win over 13-seeded Rutgers on Thursday afternoon Indiana advances to their fifth straight quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament. They will face 4-seeded Maryland Friday afternoon following game seven.

The Hoosiers are now 2-1 against the Scarlet Knights in the conference tournament. The two teams last played in 2020 where Indiana won, 78-60.

Indiana improves to 5-1 all-time as a 5-seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

The 12-point win by the Hoosiers is the largest margin of victory in a Big Ten Tournament game since 2009 when Indiana defeated Michigan by 18 points.

Graduate student Ali Patberg led the squad in scoring with 19 points. Patberg also dished a team high tying six assists. 

Senior Grace Berger tallied six rebounds for a squad high. She also saw double figures with 17 points.

Junior Mackenzie Holmes saw double digit scoring as she put back 11 points.

The Hoosiers held Rutgers to just 36.5 percent shooting from the floor and 20.0 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Indiana capitalized on Rutgers mistakes, scoring 20 points off turnovers.

Cardaño-Hillary finished the game with five steals, coming up one shy of IU’s all-time Big Ten Tournament record of six.

IU combined for 18 assists on 22 made shots with

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, just thought our kids were terrific, especially in the second half. Tournament play is always interesting, and it probably took us the whole first half I think just to really settle in and get some rhythm. It was a different kind of game, as I said. When you get in foul trouble, Leks has to go out. I thought G did a terrific job of having to guard Osh in the second half when Leks was out with foul trouble. Both Grace and AP both have six assists together, 12 of our 18, which is sharing the sugar the way we like to say it around our program. I thought we got, there were several of these kids that stepped up. I thought Arielle Wisne came in today, a kid that normally doesn’t get much playing time. With Kiandra Browne being out right now with a sore hip. I thought Nicki was terrific on the ball. And so collectively as a group, first game is always the toughest, but it’s always the most important as well. So really happy for our players today.”

UP NEXT

Indiana will face 4-seed Maryland on Friday afternoon at approximately 1:50 p.m. ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The game will air live on Big Ten Network.

Baseball Gameday: at Missouri State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After opening the home portion of the schedule with a bang on Tuesday, the Indiana baseball program will head back on the road for a three-game series at Missouri State. The series beings with a 4 p.m. first pitch on Friday (March 4) at Hammons Field.

The Hoosiers (2-5) have won two of their last three games and are looking for the first weekend series win of the season, while Missouri State (4-3) got a midweek win at Kansas heading into its home opening weekend. Each team used the home run to power past midweek opponents, with Indiana hitting four home runs and Missouri State belting seven home runs.

Gameday Info

Friday, March 4 (4 p.m. ET)

Probable Starters

IU: John-Biagio Modugno, RHP, Jr.

MSU: Adam Link, RHP, Gr.

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Saturday, March 5 (3 p.m. ET)

Probable Starters

IU: Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.

MSU: Jared Viertel, RHP, Sr.

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Sunday, March 6 (2 p.m. ET)

Probable Starters

IU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, Sr.

MSU: Dan Merrill, RHP, Jr.

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Quick Hitters

Freshman Brock Tibbitts took a pair of pitches out of the park in the IU’s season opener versus Miami (Ohio), but you don’t have to look far in the record books for the last rookie to hit multiple home runs in a game.

A third new opponent will be added to the all-time ledger this weekend in Missouri State. The Hoosiers are no stranger to playing the current alignment of the Missouri Valley Conference with 148 wins all-time against the conference.

Three Hoosiers earned All-Tournament honors at the Round Rock Classic after IU picked up its first win of the season in the event.

The newcomers provided the first four longballs of the season, before Morgan Colopy got the old guard on the board in Texas.

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 74 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Indiana matched a school standard with four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

Indiana returns just two players that started at least 22 games (50 percent of the season) during the 2021 Big Ten-only campaign.

Scouting the Opponent

Missouri State enters the weekend with a 4-4 record after a 12-3 victory over Kansas on Wednesday.

Offensively, MSU is hitting .317 as a team with 41 extra base hits in seven games (5.1 per game) and a .403 on-base percentage.

Mason Hull and Dakota Katowski each have five home runs, and Hull has added a team-best 17 RBIs. Spencer Nivens owns nine RBIs and a team-best 12 runs scored.

Missouri State doesn’t play a lot of small ball, as the Bears have just two stolen bases and zero sacrifice bunts on the year.

On the mound, the Bears own a 4.48 ERA and a .263 batting average against. The staff has struck out 54, walked 33 and hit 14 batters.

Weekend starters Adam Link and Jared Viertel own identical a 4.91 ERAs in two starts apiece. Link also leads the starting pitchers with eight strikeouts and 11 innings pitched.

Series Notes

Indiana and Missouri State will meet for the first time in program history this weekend. The Bears are the third team to join IU’s all-time ledger in 2022 (Clemson, Louisiana-Lafayette).

Against the current alignment of the Missouri Valley Conference, 148-89-3. The Hoosiers will now have met all eight of the MVC schools that sponsor baseball.

The earliest meeting came against Indiana State o June 1, 1895, in a 12-3 IU victory.

Overall, IU has met Bradley (5-6), Evansville (31-18), Illinois State (3-3), Indiana State (65-46-1), Southern Illinois (5-2-1), Northern Iowa (3-2) and Valparaiso (36-12-1).

First Round Action: No. 11 Seed Butler vs. No. 6 Seed Seton Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will play Seton Hall in the First Round of the 2022 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament. The game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday, March 4. Action on the BIG EAST Digital Network will get underway at 4 PM. The contest will mark the third game of the tournament between the No. 6 seed Pirates and the No. 11 seed Bulldogs.

Bulldog Bits

– Celena Taborn leads the NCAA in field goal percentage (68.8). She is shooting 67.2% in BIG EAST action.

– Tenley Dowell scored a career-high 17 points in the first meeting vs. Seton Hall on Feb. 6. She just missed a double-double by adding nine rebounds.

– Butler and Seton Hall met in the quarterfinals of the 2020 BIG EAST Tournament; SHU won 83-57.

Tournament Talk                                                                                                

The women’s tournament will be played for the second year at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. from March 4-7. The opening round will air on FloSports, followed by games on FS2 and FS1.

Tournament History                                                                             

The Bulldogs have won three tournament games since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2013-14. Those three victories came in consecutive tournament appearances from 2016-18. The Bulldogs defeated Xavier 48-47 for their first ever post-season BIG EAST win in 2016. They eliminated the Musketeers again in 2017 by pulling out a 68-66 victory. Butler’s last win in the tournament came in 2018. They went into overtime vs. Providence, but were able to advance with a 73-67 victory.

Scouting Seton Hall                                                                              

The Pirates went 9-1 during the month of February and are clearly one of the hottest teams entering the BIG EAST Tournament. During that stretch, Seton Hall defeated Villanova and DePaul. Their lone setback was a double overtime loss to Creighton (97-91). Lauren Park-Lane has been phenomenal for SHU this season. The Pirate floor general just broke the BIG EAST single-season assist record on Tuesday in the win over Xavier. She had 13 assists against the Musketeers to move her season total to 152. Park-Lane also leads the team in scoring at 17.4 ppg. Two additional players at the top of the BU scouting report are Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Sidney Cooks. Espinoza-Hunter is a 3-point threat averaging 16.2 ppg and Cooks is an inside presence scoring 15.3 per contest.

All-Time Series vs. Seton Hall                                                            

Butler trails Seton Hall in the all-time series 14-5. The Pirates have won the last eight meetings. Butler’s last win came just four days into 2019. They won 62-59 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last Meeting vs. Seton Hall                                                                

The Pirates posted an 84-55 win over Butler on Feb. 22. Sidney Cooks and Lauren Park-Lane led Seton Hall to victory on a Tuesday afternoon. Cooks hit 15 of her 20 field goal attempts to score a game-high 35 points. She added 10 rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots for a double-double performance. Equally as impressive was Park-Lane who recorded 17 points and a Seton Hall single-game record 18 assists. Butler was led by Celena Taborn and Alex Richard. Taborn had a team-high 15 points to go along with six boards. Richard only missed one shot to net nine points and she was second on the team with five rebounds.

Taborn For Two!                                                                                                 

Celena Taborn is on pace to break the Butler single-season field goal percentage record. The Furman transfer has made 130 of her 189 attempts (68.8%). The current record is 65.5% held by Liesl Schultz. Schultz has her name listed three total times in the top ten. She shot 65.5 percent (55-84) in the 1991-92 season. She shot 60.4% (142-235) in the 1993-94 campaign and 59.6% (165-227) in 1994-95.

Get the Board                                                                                        

Tenley Dowell or Celena Taborn have led BU in the rebound column in 21 of the team’s 27 games this year. Dowell pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the season finale vs. Georgetown. She has now led the team in rebounding 11 times. Taborn has been the top rebounder on the team 10 times this year.

Run the Point                                                                                        

Zoe Jackson has twice as many assists this season than any other player on the roster. The true freshman has dished out 75 assists this year to average 2.7 per contest. She has led Butler in assists 13 times this year.

Starting Five Shuffle                                                                              

Butler has used 17 different starting lineups over 27 games this season. Butler rolled out Ross, Taborn, White, Dowell and Sexton on Senior Day. Taborn’s streak of 19-straight starts was snapped in South Orange. Dowell now has the longest streak on the team with 15-straight starts.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                              

Butler freshmen have scored 831 of the 1,517 Bulldog points this season (54.7%). BU first-year players scored 19 of the team’s 48 points vs. Georgetown. A freshman has led BU in scoring 10 times this year.

BIG East Tournament                                                                          

If the Bulldogs are able to upset No. 6 Seed Seton Hall in the First Round of the 2022 BIG EAST Championship Tournament, they will advance to face No. 3 Seed Creighton in the Quarterfinals. That game would be played on Saturday, March 5 at 9:30 PM (FS2).

Jacksonville to Host Butler Baseball This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will play a three-game series at Jacksonville this weekend. The first two games will feature a 6 PM first pitch while Sunday’s getaway game will be moved up to 1 PM. All games this weekend are scheduled to be played at John Sessions Stadium.

Scouting Jacksonville

The Dolphins are 6-3 at the start of the year with wins over High Point, Florida State, and Troy. They swept a three-game series against the Panthers to open the year and then shocked No. 10/13 Florida State just two days later with a 3-2 win at John Sessions Stadium. Jacksonville took two of three from Troy, but hit a rough patch recently with back-to-back losses to Georgia Southern (13-7) and Bethune-Cookman (4-3).

Mason Adams and Christian Graham are candidates to get starts for the Dolphins. Each Dolphin is 1-0 on the mound after two starts. Adams has thrown a team-high 10.2 innings of action to go along with 21 strikeouts and just two walks. Graham is the ERA leader at 1.86 with 11 K’s in 9.2 innings. If it gets tight down the stretch, Jacksonville will go to Tyler Vogel out of the bullpen. The right-handed sophomore has a team-best four saves in five total appearances.

Butler Projected Starters

LHP – Cory Bosecker

LHP – Cole McDaniel

RHP – Aaron Barokas

Midweek Matchups

Butler took a 13-8 loss at Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, but bounced back with a 5-2 victory over Manchester on Wednesday in the 2022 home opener. Aaron Steinhart was great for Butler in Highland Heights. He hit two home runs to lead the ‘Dawgs with five RBI. In Wednesday’s game, Kollyn All went yard for the first time this year to help BU secure their fourth win of the season.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Aaron Barokas went 1-0 on the week, earning the start Sunday against Jackson State. He threw six scoreless innings, allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters, in the Bulldogs’ 2-1 win.

Travis Holt hit .538 over the weekend, helping the Bulldogs pick up three victories. He recorded seven hits over 13 at-bats and led the team with four runs scored. He walked twice and was hit once to raise his on-base percentage to .625. Holt also stole three bases.

Reached Base Streak

Aaron Steinhart and Travis Holt have reached base safely in all eight games this season.

Heavy Hitters

The longest hitting streak of the season belongs to Travis Holt (6).

Top of the Order

Travis Holt, Aaron Steinhart and James Gargano continue to hit at the top of the order for Butler. With AJ Poynter sidelined (injury), Ryan O’Halloran jumped into the three-hole over the last five games.

On the Move

Butler has been extremely active on the base paths this season and now have stolen 26 bases just eight games into the season. Seven different players have swiped at least two bags this year. The team leader is Scott Jones with six.

Team Highs

Runs – 12 at Murray State (2/20)

Hits – 13 vs. Prairie View (2/26), at NKU (3/1)

RBIs – 12 at Murray State (2/20)

Doubles – 4 vs. Prairie View (2/26)

Home Runs – 2 at Murray State (2/20), at NKU (3/1)

Total Bases – 21 at Northern Kentucky (3/1)

Up Next

Butler will play two games at North Florida next week. Each contest will start at 6:05 PM. Road games on Tuesday and Wednesday will be followed by the first home series of the year when Butler hosts Western Illinois.

Cardinals Travel to Broncos for Regular-Season Finale

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team will play its final game of the regular season on the road against Western Michigan on Friday. The Cardinals and Broncos are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip on ESPN+.

In BSU’s last time out against Akron, Tyler Cochran led Ball State with 18 points and produced a team-high 10 rebounds on his way to his second double-double of the season. Cochran also notched the team’s only steal. Demarius Jacobs was the only other Cardinal with double digits as he added 10 points with seven rebounds and the team’s only block. Luke Bumbalough led the team with three assists and chipped in with nine points.

Payton Sparks has a team-best 13.3 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per contest. Sparks has tallied 385 points this season and is currently third as a freshman in all-time scoring, behind Bonzi Wells (474) and Ray McCallum (463). Sparks has attempted 188 free throws this season, which is tied for 15th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has attempted more free throws than any other freshman in the NCAA. Cochran has averaged 11.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest, both are second on the team. Cochran leads the team with 56 steals and his 1.93 steals per game lead the MAC. Miryne Thomas is averaging 11.4 points per contest and has a team-best 17 blocks. Bumbalough rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.3 a game and leads the team with 81 assists. 

In the matchup against WMU earlier this season, Thomas led the way with 18 points, for his sixth-consecutive game in double figures. Cochran tallied his fifth-straight game in double digits behind a 13-point effort. Bumbalough added 13 points, while Jacobs went for 11 points. Sparks picked up his fourth double-double, behind 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bumbalough and Cochran tied for a game-high three assists and a game-high two steals. Cochran, Thomas, and Basheer Jihad all tied for second on the team with four rebounds.

Ball State leads the overall series 69-67. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings between the two programs, including an 83-72 victory on Jan. 29, in Muncie. The Broncos are 44-22 at home against the Cardinals.

Lamar Norman Jr. leads the Broncos with 20.1 points per game. He is the only player averaging double figures and he also leads the team with 50 assists and 25 steals. Markeese Hastings has a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game and is second on the team in blocks with 17. Titus Wright has a team-high 19 blocks, while Mileek McMillan rounds out the double-figure shot blockers with 12.

In the meeting earlier this season, Norman recorded a game-high 22 points to lead WMU and added a rebound and an assist. B. Artis White posted a 21-point effort with two rebounds, a steal, and tied for a game-high three assists. Hastings and McMillan each tallied 10 points. Hastings collected a team-high nine rebounds. McMillan and Mack Smith tied for a game-high two steals.

All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network on Woof Boom stations 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

Cardinals Fly South to Florida for Matchup with Rattlers

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returns to the diamond on Friday for game one of a four-game series against Florida A&M. The Cardinals and Rattlers will begin the series from Moore-Kittles Field at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

The Cardinals come into Friday’s contest with a 2-6 record, while the Rattlers enter with a 5-4 mark. 

Amir Wright leads the Cardinals with a .321 batting average. Wright has reached base safely in all eight games of the season and has the team’s lone triple of the season. He has stolen a team-best two bases. Wright is tied with Ryan Peltier for the team lead with three doubles. Nick Powell is second on the team hitting .267 and has a team-best seven RBIs. Powell is currently riding a five-game hitting streak. Trenton Quartermaine and Hunter Dobbins are tied for the team lead with two home runs each.

Tyler Schweitzer leads the team with 10 1/3 innings pitched and has a team-best 11 strikeouts. He is 0-2 in two starts on the year. Trennor O’Donnell has made two starts on the season and he’s tied for second on the team with 10 strikeouts. O’Donnell has an ERA of 5.79 in 9 1/3 innings of work and has a 0-2 mark. Ty Johnson has a 0-1 record with two starts. Johnson has pitched eight innings and has eight strikeouts with a 9.00 ERA. Ty Weatherly has made three appearances with one start. He has a 2.45 ERA with six strikeouts. Sam Klein has been solid as a relief pitcher and is tied for second on the team with 10 strikeouts. Klein has made three appearances with a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work.

Possible Starting Matchups (subject to change)

Friday: Tyler Schweitzer (LHP) vs. TBA

Saturday: Trennor O’Donnell (RHP) vs. TBA

Saturday: Ty Johnson (RHP) vs. TBA

Sunday: Ty Weatherly (RHP) vs. TBA

Weekend Schedule

Friday: 4 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.

CARDINALS VS. RATTLERS: THE SERIES

BSU and FAMU have only met three times and the Cardinals have won all three meetings. Ball State won the most recent game 8-7 on March 2, 1988. FAMU is led by Grant Rowell, who is the SWAC Hitter of the Week. Last week, Rowell went 7-for-11 with four RBIs and a .636 batting average. For the season, Rowell is hitting .381. Joseph Pierini and Ty Hanchey are the only two Rattlers with double-digit hits. Hanchey has a team-best four doubles. Pierini has two of the team’s three triples. On the mound, Hunter Viets leads the staff with 11 1/3 innings pitched. He has a 3.97 ERA with eight strikeouts in two starts. DJ Wilkinson leads the team with 12 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings of work coming in two starts. Wilkinson has an ERA of 12.96.

Softball Opens Spring Break at SIU’s Coach B Classic

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State softball team opens its annual spring break trip Friday at the Coach B Classic hosted by Southern Illinois.

First up for the Cardinals is an afternoon rematch with Murray State, who topped the Cardinals by a score of 5-2 in the season-opening DePaul Dome Tournament. First pitch for the first of two scheduled games with the Racers this weekend is set for 1:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. CT.

The Cardinals will also battle the host Salukis at 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT on Friday. BSU’s lone game Saturday is against Northern Kentucky (5:45 p.m. ET / 4:45 p.m. CT), while it is scheduled to play No. 17 Northwestern (11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m CT) and Murray State (3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT) Sunday.

From there, Ball State’s spring break plans take the team out west, starting with a Wednesday (March 9) game at Grand Canyon. The Cardinals will also take part in the GCU / ASU Sun Devil Classic March 11-13 with five games over the three days.

SEASON SO FAR:

The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 4-6 overall record, going 1-4 at the season-opening DePaul Dome Tournament (Feb. 11-13), while taking three of five the last time out at the Winthrop Eagle Invitational (Feb. 18-20).

All five of BSU’s games at the Winthrop Eagle Invitational were within three runs, including three one-run games and two extra-inning contests.

Ball State won the final two games of the weekend, starting with a five-run rally in the seventh inning to top Western Carolina, 7-6, in the Feb. 19 nightcap. BSU closed the tournament with a 7-5 win over the host Eagles, using a four-run fourth inning to take control.

The Cardinals enter the week with the third-best batting average in the Mid-American Conference at .280, including a league-leading 12 home runs … Seven of those home runs came at the Winthrop Eagle Invitational.

Ball State also ranks third in the MAC in stolen bases (13), led by a 6-for-6 effort from transfer Remington Ross and a 4-for-5 mark from sophomore Kayla Lissy.

SCOUTING THIS WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS

MURRAY STATE: The Racers enter the weekend with a 9-5 overall record, including going 3-1 last week at the Mercer Tournament … Murray State won its last three games of the tournament, with 8-0 (5) and 3-2 victories over Mercer bookending a 6-3 victory over Middle Tennessee … Logan Braundmeier leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including a .413 average, 14 runs scored, 15 RBI, eight doubles and three home runs … In the first meeting versus Ball State on Feb. 12, she went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored … Jenna Veber leads the team in the circle with a 6-2 record and a 1.24 ERA over 39.2 innings of work … She picked up the win in the first meeting with BSU this season, throwing the first 5.1 innings and surrendering nine hits and two runs … Murray State is batting .291 as a team and owns a 1.23 ERA in the circle.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: The Salukis enter the weekend with a 6-6 overall record, going 2-2 at least weekend’s 2022 Frost Classic hosted by UT-Chattanooga … SIU earned wins over Eastern Kentucky (7-0) and BSU’s MAC West Division rival Northern Illinois (11-3) in Chattanooga … Ashley Wood leads the team with a .417 batting average and is tied for team-high honors with eight runs scored … Sarah Harness has a team-high 41.0 innings of work in the circle with a 3.41 ERA, a 3-3 record, and one save … Harness has also struck out a team-high 45 batters … SIU has a .274 average as a team, as well as a 2.91 ERA.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY: The Norse enter the weekend with a 7-7 record after a tough go at least weekend’s Duke Invitational … After picking up a 5-4 win over Army to start the event, NKU suffered a pair of losses (3-0 and 14-1) to No. 19 Michigan, surrounding a 15-0 (5) set at No. 13 Duke … Kendyl McKeough leads the team with a .361 batting average and three home runs … She is also tied for the team lead with eight runs scored, while ranking third on the squad with six RBI … In the circle, Alicia Flores leads the team with 29.1 innings of work, posting a 3.82 ERA and a 2-2 record over seven appearances … She has also struck out a team-leading 34 batters … Northern Kentucky is batting .260 as a team, to go along with a 3.46 team ERA.

NO. 17 NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats enter the week with a 10-4 record and ranked 17th in the latest USA Today / NFCA Coaches Poll … At last weekend’s Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Desert, California, Northwestern earned wins over No. 9 Oregon (1-0), San Diego State (7-6 in 9) and No. 5 Washington (1-0), before losing to Cal State Fullerton (9-8) and Texas Tech (4-2) … Skyler Shellmyer leads the team with a .360 batting average and is second on the squad with 13 runs scored … Reigning national pitcher of the week Danielle Williams holds a 0.95 ERA and a 7-1 record over 59.0 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .141 batting average … Overall, the Wildcats are batting .256 as a team, with a 2.11 team ERA.

GAME 6 PREVIEW: #13 VIRGINIA

#16 NOTRE DAME vs. #13 VIRGINIA

Date/Time: Sunday, March 6 — 12:00 p.m.

Location: Arlotta Stadium – South Bend, Ind.

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The Irish are set to host the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday, March 6 at noon at Arlotta Stadium on the Notre Dame campus.

After this contest, the Irish will hit the road as the next three matchups will be on the road (Virginia Tech, Jacksonville, and Yale).

Notre Dame is coming off a 2021 campaign in which it finished 11-7 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.

THE NOTRE DAME – VIRGINIA SERIES

The Irish and Cavaliers will be meeting for the tenth time on Sunday at Arlotta Stadium.

Notre Dame holds a 6-3 edge in the all-time series.

In the last outing, Bridget Deehan matched her career-high with 14 saves.

IN THE POLLS

After five games of the 2022 season, the Irish are ranked No. 16 in the IWLCA/IL Women poll.

The Irish were ranked No. 5 in the IL Women/IWLCA Preseason Poll.

Four ACC programs are currently ranked in the top-10 of the IL Women/IWLCAPreseason Poll, including #1 Boston College, #2 North Carolina, #3 Syracuse, and #8 Duke.

The Irish checked in at #7 in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll.

TOP FIVE SCHEDULE

The Fighting Irish have already played three top-25 opponents in the 2022 season and will play four more in the regular season.

The ACC is home to all of the remaining ranked opponents in #1 Boston College, #2 North Carolina, #7 Duke, and #13 Virginia.

Notre Dame has one of the top five hardest schedules in Division I women’s lacrosse according to lacrossereference.com.

CHOMA RANKED NATIONALLY

Kasey Choma was tabbed 34th in the nation by Inside Lacrosse in December of 2021.

In her career, she has played in 25 games, scoring 67 goals on 131 shots. She has picked up 29 ground balls, and 29 draw controls.

She currently sits second on the team in goals with 13 over five games, and has scored at least one goal in all five contests.

Choma is also tied for first on the team with Diana Kelly in draw controls with 19 each.

AHERN ON ATTACK

Madison Ahern leads the Irish squad so far in the 2022 season with 17 goals.

Ahern tied her career high with six goals against #3 Syracuse on February 26, 2022.

She has scored a goal at least two goals in four of five contests, with four hat tricks this season.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: LIBERTY SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team is heading to Virginia for a five-game weekend hosted by Liberty University. The Irish will take on George Washington, Rutgers, James Madison, Liberty and Lehigh during their time at Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium. Notre Dame will play doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, with a single matchup Sunday.

Weekend Recap

The Irish are coming off of a perfect 5-0 weekend at THE Spring Games in Leesburg, Florida. Alexis Holloway, Payton Tidd and Shannon Becker shined in the circle during the weekend, allowing just five earned runs in five games. The trio held opponents to just a .188 average against and only three extra base hits throughout the weekend. Holloway worked in three games, throwing two complete games and earning a save in a relief appearance. She logged 17.0 innings, scattering 10 hits and striking out 13. Tidd and Becker each threw a complete game as well. Tidd made another start, working 4.0 innings in the weekend finale with FGCU.

The Irish offense hit for a .314 team average, led by a .625 week from graduate student Sarah Genz. Genz went 5-for-8 with three RBI during the week. Cassidy Grimm added a 4-for-8 weekend with a double. Leea Hanks and Abby Sweet each tallied seven hits in the five games, scoring five and four runs, respectively. Emma Clark drove in the most runs during the weekend, bringing in four on five hits, a double and stole a base.

Scouting the Opponents

George Washington (5-7) – Friday, March 4 – 11:30 a.m.

The Colonials enter this weekend’s tournament as the reigning Atlantic 10 Champions. GW finished last season 37-11 as they earned a spot in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

This year’s team is led by Alexa Williams, Allesandra Ponce and Mia Parker at the plate. Williams hits for a .324 average, all singles, driving in nine runs and scoring six times. She is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Ponce also hits .324, but with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. Parker is a .303 hitter with five runs scored, four doubles and a home run.

Sierra Lange is the top GW pitcher. She’s earned a 4.01 ERA having started nine games. She’s thrown two-thirds of the Colonials innings on the season, striking out 54 hitters in 51.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .229 against her with 19 extra-base hits.

Rutgers (11-4) – Friday, March 4 – 2 p.m.

The Scarlet Knights also competed at THE Spring Games last weekend, going 4-1. Against similar opponents, Rutgers defeated Princeton (5-0), FGCU (4-3 8 innings) and dropped a matchup with North Florida (10-7).

The Rutgers offense is led by Gabrielle Callaway. In 49 at bats, she’s earned a .367 average with a team-high four doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. Payton Lincavage hits for a .354 average with 15 starts. She’s scored 13 runs, driven in eight with four stolen bases. Kyleigh Sand leads the team with 16 runs scored, and has stolen nine bases.

Jaden Vickers leads the Scarlet Knights in the circle. She’s appeared in 10 games with eight starts, throwing 55.0 innings. She’s struck out 65 and held opponents to a .179 average against. She’s earned a 7-1 record with three complete games.

James Madison (3-5) – Saturday, March 5 – 4:30 p.m.

The Dukes are coming off of a 2021 season that saw them don a glass slipper in Oklahoma City. JMU finished 41-4 and fell to eventual National Champion, Oklahoma at the Women’s College World Series. This season, the Dukes have stumbled out of the games, having gone 3-5 through the early part of the year. JMU has dropped four-straight entering the weekend and will open the Liberty Softball Invitational against the host.

Hannah Hennessy and Hannah Shifflett lead the JMU offense. Each have hit above the .300 mark at .364 and .304, respectively. Each have recorded six RBI and Shifflett is tied for the team lead with two home runs. Through eight games this season, The Dukes are hitting for a .232 team average with just one stolen base having played some stiff competition.

The Dukes have a 4.67 staff ERA, using four pitchers this season. Alexis Bermudez and Alissa Humphrey each have four starts on the season. Bermudez has a 3.61 ERA in 21.1 innings. She’s added 17 strikeouts and a .268 average against. Humphrey has a 4.75 ERA in a team-high 28.0 innings. She’s struck out 28 as opponents have hit for a .282 average with seven home runs.

Liberty (9-6) – Saturday, March 6 – 7 p.m.

The Flames are the only other team in this weekend’s field that is receiving votes in several NCAA softball polls this season. Liberty was picked to finish top in the league after finishing the 2021 season 44-15. The Flames have been tough at Kamphuis Field, going 25-5 at home over the past two seasons. After falling in the first five games of the season, Liberty has gone on to win nine of the last 10 and are currently on a three-game winning-streak.

Devin Howard and Caroline Hudson lead the offense with a .400 and.304 average, respectively. Of Hudson’s 18 hits, four have been doubles as she leads her team with 10 runs scored while also driving in seven runs. Hudson leads the Flames with two home runs and nine RBI on the year. She’s added six walks and been struck out just four times. In 388 at bats, the Flames have punched out just 63 times this season.

In the circle, six players have logged innings. Megan Johnson leads the charge as the primary reliever. She’s thrown in five games with one start, logging 20.2 innings with 13 strikeouts to go with a 2-0 mark. Karlie Keeney is the primary starter, having thrown in seven games and a team-best 45.2 innings. She’s earned a 5-2 record with four complete games.

Lehigh (2-3) – Sunday, March 7 – 11:30 a.m.

The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend at Liberty having played just five games thus far. After opening the season a week late, Lehigh took last weekend off after posting a pair of wins over Fairfield.

The offensive unit is led by Josie Charles, Emily Cimino and Rory Dudley. Charles owns a .417 average in 12 at bats this year. Cimino has driven in two runs on the season to go with a double and a triple with a .389 average. Dudley has a .385 average with a double and an RBI. She leads the team with a pair of stolen bases.

Four pitchers have earned time in the circle for the Mountain Hawks. Gabriella Nori and Katelyn Young each have two starts and three appearances. Maria Urban has three appearances to go with one start. The staff has held opponents to a .227 average against in 37.0 innings. In 13.2 innings, Nori owns a .182 average against with 16 strikeouts. Young has a team-high 15 innings of work and 15 strikeouts. Urban has given up four earned runs in 7.2 innings with three strikeouts.

Starting Hot

The Irish are 12-3 through the first 15 games this season. It’s the best start for Notre Dame softball since the 2016 season where the team also was 12-3 through the first 15 games. Notre Dame went on to earn a 23-3 record before dropping their fourth game of the season at Syracuse in the final weekend series in March. During that 23-3 start, Notre Dame won 19-straight games. Currently the Irish are on a seven-game winning streak.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 23 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 54 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 6-1 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 9-1 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 then #21 LSU, Notre Dame rallied from down two to tie it up in the fifth with a home run from 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 then ninth-ranked 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.

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

Hit or Be Hit

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 .554 on-base percentage this season. She has a team-best .444 batting average, has drawn five walks and has been hit by six pitches. The six hit by pitches in 15 games ranks 12th-nationally in HBP per game. She has eight extra-base hits, leading the team with four doubles, a triple and three home runs. Her .778 slugging percentage is highest among the Notre Dame regulars.

On the Move

The Irish have stolen 27 bases in 30 attempts this season, averaging 1.80 per game. That average ranks 36th nationally, and is second in the ACC. Notre Dame has four players who have attempted at least five steals. Emma Clark leads the team with 6 bases on seven attempts. Leea Hanks is 5-for-5 in attempts and freshman Emily Tran who’s been primarily used as a pinch runner has stolen five bases in five tries. Abby Sweet adds four bases on six attempts. In 2021, Notre Dame was fourth in the ACC with 83 stolen bases, averaging 1.73 per game.

Finding the End Zone

The Irish have scored 90 runs through 15 games this season, averaging six runs per game. That ranks 46th nationally, and seventh in the ACC. It is 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).

Going for Two

With 29 doubles through the first three weeks of the season, Notre Dame is averaging 1.93 per game. That ranks 13th nationally. The Irish are led by graduate student Abby Sweet and Leea Hanks who have each doubled four times. Miranda Johnson, Karina Gaskins and Emma Clark have all tripled three times on the year. 2021 saw Sweet finished third all-time with 18 two-baggers on the season.

Mighty Mitchell

Joley Mitchell returned to the diamond after an injury kept her out of the lineup in 2021. She has played in nine of 10 games this year, hitting for a .258 clip with a double, a triple, two home runs and seven 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.

Seeing What You Got

Opening weekend saw the Irish play a full 7 innings just one time while going 5-0. In those victories, Head coach Deanna Gumpf made the most of her bench, getting 22 of 23 rostered players an appearance in the circle or an at bat.

Sister Act

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.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: CAMBRIA COLLEGE CLASSIC

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (5-1) is back on the road to kick off its two-week spring break trip. The Irish begin the trip in Minneapolis at the Cambria College Classic and they will face off with three Big 10 teams over the weekend. Notre Dame will square off with Illinois (2-4), Michigan State (3-4) and hosts, Minnesota (3-7), at U.S. Bank Stadium. The first game on Friday will be against Illinois and it is set for a 4 p.m. ET first pitch. All three games on the weekend will be broadcast on Big 10 Network Plus.

CAMBRIA COLLEGE CLASSIC

Teams: No. 3 Notre Dame (5-1)

Illinois (2-4)

Michigan State (3-4)

Minnesota (3-7)

When:  Friday, March 4 | 4 p.m. ET vs. Illinois

Saturday, March 5 | Noon ET vs. Michigan State

Sunday, March 6 | 7 p.m. ET vs. Minnesota

Probable Starters:            LHP Aidan Tyrell (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Kirschsieper (1-0, 2.08 ERA)

LHP John Michael Bertrand (2-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. RHP Zach Iverson (0-1, 5.62 ERA)

RHP Austin Temple (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP J.P. Massey (0-0, 4.82 ERA)

Where: Minneapolis, MN | U.S. Bank Stadium

Tickets: Buy Tickets

Watch:  B1G+ ($) Friday

B1G+ ($) Saturday

B1G+ ($) Sunday

Live Scoring:       Cambria College Classic Live Stats

Notes    Notre Dame

Social:   @NDBaseball

@NotreDameBaseball

                BY THE NUMBERS

.758        The Irish are 50-16 (.758) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks fourth in the NCAA over the past two seasons.

1              The Irish lead the NCAA with 1.17 triples per game in 2022. They have hit seven triples in six games so far this season.

7              Notre Dame is seventh nationally and second in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 13.0. The staff has struck out 10 or more batters in five of the six games this year.

8              The Irish are eighth in the country in scoring with 11.8 runs per game. They have scored over 15 runs in three of their six games this season.

9              The Irish rank ninth in the nation in team ERA with 1.69 through six games this season. They are one of two ACC teams to be in the Top-10 nationally in scoring and ERA.

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.

20           The Irish totaled 20 runs in their win Friday over Marist. It was the most runs in a regular season game since March 20, 2008, when they scored 25 against Georgetown.

41           The Irish outscored their opponents 45-4 over the weekend in Greenville for a +41 run differential. It was the highest run differential in a three game span since the South Bend Regional when the Irish outscored their opponents 50-5 (+45).

44           After reaching base safely in all three games in Greenville, graduate student outfielder Ryan Cole improved his reached base streak to 44 games dating back to last season.

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.

Irish Head North for Cambria College Classic

Notre Dame travels north to kick off the spring break road trip as it heads to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic.

The Irish will face off with three Big 10 teams in Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota at US Bank Arena, home to the Minnesota Vikings.

Notre Dame will face Illinois to start the weekend for the 64th time in program history and the first time since the 2015 Champaign Regional.

Illinois leads the all-time series 38-25 and they defeated the Irish 3-0 in the most recent matchup in 2015.

This season, the Illini are 2-4 on the year and are coming off a 1-2 in Conway, SC after splitting with Middle Tennessee State and dropping a game to Coastal Carolina.

Next up will be the first of three matchups this season between the Irish and the Spartans.

Michigan State leads the all-time series 80-57 as the teams will meet for the 138th time on Saturday.

The Spartans are 3-4 this season and are coming off a weekend where they got swept on the road by Abilene Christian.

The Irish will close the weekend with the host Minnesota and the two teams will meet for the 43rd time in program history.

The Irish lead the series 23-19 between the two teams and they will meet for the first time since 2006.

Minnesota is 3-7 on the season and went 2-3 over the past week. They defeated Northeastern but lost twice to Indiana State in Fort Myers, Fla. over the weekend while defeating St. Thomas but falling to South Dakota State in the midweek matchups.

Irish Shutout Monmouth to Sweep Doubleheader

In their final game in Greenville, the Irish pitching staff put together their best performance of the season in the 9-0 win to sweep the double header.

Graduate student Austin Temple got the Irish started with five scoreless innings and just two hits allowed. He struck out five after setting a career high last week against Delaware.

Up next was fellow graduate student Ryan McLinskey, who pitched 1.2 innings with one hit allowed and four of his five outs came via the strikeout.

Senior Alex Rao came in next for his first appearance of the season and he did not allow a walk or a hit in 1.1 innings pitched, striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Moving over from third base, junior Jack Brannigan closed the deal in the ninth. He struck out the side to end the game and give the staff 15 total strikeouts, the highest in a game this season.

At the plate, Zack Prajzner and Danny Neri led the way with 3 RBI each. Neri set a career high with the three runs batted in.

The 4-5-6 spots in the lineup of Carter Putz, Brannigan and TJ Williams each had a team-high two runs scored.

Bats Stay Hot in 16-2 Victory over Monmouth

The Irish continued the torrid stretch at the plate in the 16-2 win over Monmouth in the first game of the double header.

Both teams were scoreless through the first three innings until the Irish scored in the fourth and then scored in each of the last four innings they were at bat.

A day after going 3-for-3 against Marist, Cole one-upped himself and went 4-for-4 against the Hawks with four RBI and three runs.

Cole broke the game open in the sixth with his first career grand slam to extend the Irish lead to 8-0 at the time.

He was the first Notre Dame player to hit a grand slam since Alex Brait last season in the opening series of the season against Wake Forest.

Carter Putz also went yard in the game, his first of the season, in the fifth inning.

On the mound, John Michael Bertrand was superb for the second-straight start.

He tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run and one walk while striking out a career-high 11 batters.

It was the most strikeouts in a single game by an Irish player since Cameron Junker tallied 11 against Canisius in 2019.

Following Bertrand on the mound was freshman Radek Birkholz, who made his collegiate debut against the Hawks.

He pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit and struck out three batters to close the game.

Offense Explodes in 20-2 Win over Marist

The Irish offense did not slow down in the second week of the season as they defeated Marist 20-2 on February 25 in Greenville.

The Irish put up eight runs in the opening frame and never looked back as they scored the most runs in a regular season game since 2008.

A number of Irish hitters got opportunities at the plate as 15 different players recorded a hit in the win.

It was the most batters to get a hit in a game for the Irish over the last 16 seasons. The previous record was 13 against Georgetown in 2008.

Ryan Cole led the Irish at the plate after going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. DM Jefferson had a team-high 3 RBI in the win.

On the mound, Aidan Tyrell improved to 2-0 after seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits, one walk and struck out five.

Tyrell has not allowed a run in his 11.0 innings this season.

Sammy Cooper made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen, tossing the final two innings, to close out the win.

Among the Nation’s Best

Since the start of the 2020 season, the Irish have been one of the most consistent teams over the past three seasons.

Notre Dame is 50-16, good for a .758 winning percentage over that period.

That ranks fourth overall in the NCAA, trailing only Tennessee, Texas and Arkansas.

Mastodons March On To Semifinals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jarred Godfrey scored 22 points and Jalon Pipkins added 21 to lift the second seeded Mastodons to a 78-72 victory over eighth seeded UIC on Thursday (March 3) evening in the 2022 Keeps Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Quarterfinals.

A vocal 2,135 fans at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum cheered the ‘Dons on to their first ever home Horizon League postseason victory. The ‘Dons will play in the semifinals on Monday (March 7) in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum against No. 3 Northern Kentucky. Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on ESPN2.

The win is the Mastodons’ 10th consecutive victory.

After UIC took an early 11-7 lead, the ‘Dons went on a 30-9 run from the 14:45 mark to the 3:45 mark to take a 37-20 lead. During the stretch, Godfrey and Pipkins scored 21 combined points off 10-of-12 shooting. The ‘Dons forced seven defensive turnovers during the run.

While the ‘Dons would go up 42-29 at the break, the double-digit lead wouldn’t last. UIC made a hard push in the second half and eventually took a 61-60 lead with 5:23 to go. During that stretch, the Flames outscored the ‘Dons 32-18 and went 5-for-9 from three-point range.

The ‘Dons immediately responded with an 11-2 run to retake the lead 71-63. Damian Chong Qui scored seven points in the run with two free throws, a 3-pointer and a mid-range jump shot. The ‘Dons proved to be too much down the stretch.

Godfrey finished with 6-of-14 shooting from the field and 2-of-5 shooting from three.

Pipkins scored his 21 points off 10-of-20 shooting from the field.

The Mastodons committed only seven turnovers in the game and forced 16 UIC turnovers.

Ra Kpedi led the ‘Dons in rebounds with eight, and Chong Qui led the ‘Dons in assists with three and added 14 points.

UIC concludes the season 14-16. The ‘Dons improve to 21-10.

Mastodons Head to Windy City for MIVA Match at No. 12 Loyola

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne (10-6, 4-2 MIVA) men’s volleyball team travels to Chicago, Ill. to compete in a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match against No. 12 Loyola Chicago (9-6, 5-1 MIVA) on Friday, March 4.

Friday at Loyola Chicago

WHEN: Friday, March 4 | 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Chicago, Ill. | Gentile Arena

LIVE STATS: Stats

ESPN+: Link

SERIES HISTORY: Ramblers lead series 38-22

Know Your Foe

Loyola Chicago enters the weekend with a 9-6 overall record and a 5-1 MIVA record. The Ramblers are tied for first in the MIVA standings with Ball State. Their lone loss came against McKendree in Lebanon, Ill. back on Feb. 24.

Leading the way for the Ramblers on offense is Parker Van Buren. The redshirt-freshman from Cross Plains, Wis. has won three MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors, and one AVCA Player of the Week. He is the only player with more than 200 kills on the roster (230 kills). He also leads the Ramblers in kills per set (4.18) and second in hitting percentage (.336) (min. 100 attempts).

Garrett Zolg leads the Ramblers in assists per set (9.21), and Cole Schlothauer leads in digs per set (1.95).

Player of the Week

Zach Solomon was named MIVA Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, March. 1.

Solomon played a crucial role for the Mastodons in their two wins over No. 10 Lewis and McKendree. He totaled 16 digs (2.00 per set), and seven blocks (0.88 per set) in eight sets of action last week.

In the win against No. 10 Lewis on Thursday, Solomon had eight digs, along with four blocks, which resulted in a .159 opponent hitting percentage. It was the first time the Flyers had been held under .200 this season. In a five-set win over McKendree two days later, Solomon had eight digs and three blocks.

Receiving Votes

In the latest AVCA poll, the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team received seven votes. The ‘Dons are one of two MIVA teams to receive votes (McKendree, eight). MIVA teams that are ranked in the AVCA top 15 are No. 9 Ball State, No. 11 Lewis, No, 12 Loyola Chicago, and No. 13 Ohio State.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will play two non-conference matchups next weekend. The ‘Dons travel to Charleston, W.Va. to play against Charleston on Friday, March 11 (7 p.m.). Following Friday’s match, the ‘Dons travel to Wilberforce, Ohio for a match against Central State on Saturday, March. 12.

Purdue Fort Wayne Falls to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –Purdue Fort Wayne was on the wrong side of a dominant pitching performance Thursday as junior Sydney Nester threw a no-hitter for Marshall, leading the Thundering Herd over the Mastodons 11-0.

Freshman Gracie Brinkerhoff (1-4) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne (1-10) and took the loss. Shaina Eyre came out of the bullpen and threw 3.1 innings, giving up just one run on three hits, with one walk and two strikeouts.

Taylor Warne broke up the perfect game by drawing a walk in the third.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Marshall scored 10 runs in the first inning behind three home runs.

Purdue Fort Wayne went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. The Mastodons last got a runner on third in the third, when senior Camryn Mosher made it 60 feet away from scoring with one out.

GAME NOTES

» Warne drew a walk for the ‘Dons.

» Marshall was led offensively by freshman Lauren Love, who went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBIs.

» Nester led the Thundering Herd pitching staff, throwing five shutout innings.

UP NEXT

Purdue Fort Wayne will play Marshall again on Friday (March 4) at 11 a.m. That game will be on ESPN+.

Sycamore Basketball Falls to Illinois State in Arch Madness Opener

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State basketball saw its season come to a close Thursday night at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, falling to No. 9 seed Illinois State 58-53 inside Enterprise Center.

The Sycamores led by as many as 10 points at 43-33 with 11:45 left in the second half but hit a cold streak late as the Redbirds ended the game on a 25-10 run to advance in Arch Madness. ILS was able to hold the Sycamores without a field goal in the final 3:44 of action.

ISU had opportunities late to close the gap but missed free throws proved to be costly. All-MVC player Antonio Reeves was held in check in the first half, scoring just four points. Reeves was able to get things going in the final 20 minutes shooting 5-of-8 from the field, including a pair of fast break dunks off of ISU turnovers to finish with 15 points to lead the Redbirds.

Junior forward Kailex Stephens reached double-digits for the 15th time this season and the sixth-straight game as he led the Sycamores with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Sophomore Zach Hobbs matched Stephens with a team-high 12 points, coming off the bench to hit four 3-pointers

Julian Larry led ISU with eight rebounds to go with four points as the defensive specialist held Reeves to 7-for-15 shooting. Sophomore guard Xavier Bledson extended his free throw streak to 27, by making two second-half free throws.

Cooper Neese has hit a 3- pointer in all but four games this season, but finished with just five points in the game — failing to reach double-digit points for just the eighth time this season and third game in a row.

Indiana State turned the ball over 14 times in the game, allowing 17 points to the Redbirds off the miscues.

Hobbs connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the opening half and seven other Sycamores joined him in the scoring column to help Indiana State to a 28-23 halftime lead. Cameron Henry added six points for ISU, including two runout dunks.

It was the defense that pushed Indiana State to a lead as ISU held the Redbirds to 30 percent (10-33) from the field in the first half. After Illinois State connected on its first two triples in the game to jump out to a 6-0 lead, the Sycamores held ILS to 1-for-12 from deep to end the first half of action.

TEAM NOTES

The loss extended the Sycamore losing streak to six games, the longest losing streak of the season for Indiana State. The Sycamores closed out the season with an 11-20 record and 27-39 all-time in the MVC Tournament–including 3-6 against the Redbirds. Indiana State fails to make it to Friday’s quarterfinal round for the first time since 2019. Indiana State made seven treys tonight tied a school season record of 270 treys for a season…Indiana State has now hit five or more 3-pointers in all but two games this season (2/8 vs. Evansville and 2/12 vs. Illinois State)…Indiana State falls to 8-10 in games they’ve led at the half and 2-15 when outrebounded in a game this season.

Back on the road to Greenville; Sycamores take on the field at the LeClair Classic

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for one of the Sycamores more challenging weekends of the 2022 season as ISU heads to Greenville, N.C. for the LeClair Classic. The Sycamores will take on East Carolina, Maryland, and Michigan over the three-day tournament at Clark-LeClair Stadium running from March 4-6.

Indiana State’s Friday contest against East Carolina is scheduled to be carried live on ESPN+ and via ECU’s 94.3 The Game online. Live stats for all three contests will be broadcast video ECUPirates.com with links provided on the ISU Baseball schedule.

Maryland moved into the top-20 in multiple polls this week as the Terrapins opened the 2022 campaign with a 7-0 record following sweeps over Baylor and Campbell, while also topping UMBC. East Carolina fell out of the rankings after dropping two of three against North Carolina this past weekend but the Pirates are still receiving votes after their slow start. Michigan also enters the week on a four-game winning streak with wins over Kansas State, UT Arlington, Seton Hall, and Florida International (twice).

The Sycamores make it another strong field with Indiana State also receiving votes in the most recent National College Baseball Writers Association following their weekend sweep over Merrimack and Minnesota. ISU is one of five Missouri Valley teams sitting with an above .500 record the first two weeks of the season joining Southern Illinois (6-1), Illinois State (5-2), Valparaiso (3-2), and Dallas Baptist (4-3).

Weekend Recap

Indiana State went 3-0 over the second weekend of the Snowbird Baseball Classic as the Sycamores topped Merrimack and Minnesota (twice) as ISU improved to 5-2 overall in the 2022 season. Overall, ISU has picked up wins over BYU, Marshall, Minnesota, and Merrimack so far in the nonconference portion of the year.

The Sycamores took the opener against the Warriors, 14-2, behind a strong pitching performance from Jack Parisi, while Jordan Schaffer and Sean Ross homered in the win. Indiana State utilized a Miguel Rivera home run and added 22 hits in the Saturday opening 16-3 win over Minnesota. ISU put together a 10-run eighth inning in the weekend finale in topping the Gophers on Sunday afternoon, 14-8.

Jack Parisi scattered five hits and two runs while posting a career-high 13 strikeouts in his first win in the Sycamores victory over Merrimack. Sean Ross added a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Sycamores, while Diego Gines was 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBI in a complete game at the plate to open ISU’s second weekend in Florida.

Moving to Fort Myers and Hammond Stadium to take on Minnesota, five Sycamores recorded multi-hit games paced by four-hit contests by Schaffer and Ross in the 16-3 win over the Gophers. Rivera and Ross added three RBI games in support of Matt Jachec’s second win of the year. Jachec scattered five hits and allowed one unearned run while striking out six over a seven-inning outing.

The final game of the weekend saw Indiana State send 14 batters to the plate in the top of the eighth inning as the Sycamores rallied back from a 6-3 deficit to take the 13-6 lead. Luis Hernandez provided the key three-run single to jumpstart the Indiana State offense, while Josue Urdaneta and Isaiah Thompson added RBI doubles in the win.

Scouting East Carolina

East Carolina enters the weekend with a 3-5 record in the 2022 season as the Pirates host the LeClair Classic held at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates are 1-3 at home this season with a 5-0 win over North Carolina on February 27, while falling in all three games to Bryant to start the year. The Pirates fell out of the rankings after dropping a pair games this past weekend against North Carolina. However, ECU rallied back with wins over the Tar Heels and Duke to enter the weekend on a two-game winning streak. The Sycamores are the lone Missouri Valley team East Carolina will face this season.

The Pirates were selected to finish first in the American Athletics Conference preseason poll as the Pirates received six of the eight first-place votes. The preseason pick was bolstered by the return of a pair of All-American pitchers in Carson Whisenhunt and C.J. Mayhue, while ECU returned 25 players from a roster that earned a No. 13 National Seed and advanced to the Nashville Super Regional in 2021.

Top Player

East Carolina will go as far as sophomore left-hander Carson Whisenhunt will take them as the preseason All-American returns to the mound for the Pirates. Whisenhunt was named to the Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List, while also earning All-American recognition from four separate organizations. He is also one of the top prospects for the 2022 MLB Draft. Whisenhunt has yet to make an appearance in the 2022 season.

Opponent History

Friday marks the first time Indiana State and East Carolina will face each other in their respective program histories.

Scouting Maryland

Maryland enters the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the NCAA as the Terrapins sit No. 21 in the D1Baseball.com poll, Baseball America poll, and the USA Today poll, No. 20 in the NCBWA poll, and No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Terrapins 8-0 start to the year featured weekend sweeps at both Baylor and Campbell, while also picking up midweek wins over UMBC and Delaware. In addition to Indiana State, Maryland is also scheduled to face MVC opponent Dallas Baptist on March 25-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Maryland was selected to finish fourth in the Big Ten’s preseason coaches poll. The Terrapins returned a bevy of talent including All-American second baseman Matt Shaw, while experienced pitchers Nick Dean, Ryan Ramsey, and Jason Savacool headline a deep pitching staff.

Top Player

The only Big Ten player to receive recognition on the Collegiate Baseball All-American team, Matt Shaw has a lot to live up to for the Terrapins in the 2022 season. Shaw hit .332 with seven home runs and 30 RBI as a freshman last year in leading Maryland to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017. He made a splash over the opening weekend with a pair of home runs in the series finale against Baylor and sits among the team’s hitting leaders on the year.

Opponent History

Saturday marks the first time Indiana State and Maryland will face each other in their respective program histories.

Scouting Michigan

Michigan enters the weekend as one of the top baseball programs in recent history as the Wolverines have made several appearances to the College World Series, while adding multiple trips to the NCAA Regionals under the helm of head coach Erik Bakich. The Wolverines were selected second overall in the Big Ten’s preseason poll and entered the weekend receiving votes in the USA Today baseball poll. Three Michigan players were honored on the preseason All-Conference team with infielder Ted Burton, outfielder Clark Elliott, and right-hander Cam Weston all receiving nods.

Michigan picked up wins over Kansas State in the opening weekend, while adding wins over UT Arlington, Seton Hall, and Florida International (twice). The Wolverines took on Florida Atlantic in a pair of midweek contests prior to the weekend.

Top Player

Clark Elliott has been the driver for the Michigan offense so far this season as the junior paces the Wolverines with a .400 batting average on the year. The Barrington, Ill. native is the Wolverine leader with 14 hits and 12 runs scored, while adding three home runs and 13 RBI. Clark hit safely in each of the first eight games of the year with five multi-hit contests.

Opponent History

Indiana State and Michigan are currently tied 2-2 in the all-time series dating back to the first game in 1984. The Sycamores and Wolverines met twice in the NCAA postseason with ISU falling to Michigan in the 1984 Mideast Regional, 8-2, in the inaugural matchup. ISU returned the favor with a 7-1 win in the 1986 Mideast Regional on the Sycamores way to the 1986 College World Series. The Sycamores and Wolverines split two games in a midweek series on April 9-10, 2019 in their last matchup.

Hitting Streak in Double-Digits

Indiana State’s Jordan Schaffer possesses one of the longest hitting streaks in the NCAA as the redshirt senior infielder currently boasts a 19-game hitting streak dating back to the end of the 2021 season. Schaffer is one of three Sycamores to hit safely in all seven games in the 2022 season and currently leads Indiana State with a .414 batting average while tying for the team-lead with 12 hits. Schaffer has posted a pair of two multi-hit games on the season including a four-hit game in the Sycamores 16-3 win over Minnesota. A Preseason All-MVC selection, Schaffer led the Missouri Valley in batting average (.367) in 2021.

Gines Doubling Up – Diego Gines

Diego Gines has been one of the bright spots in the Indiana State lineup to start the 2022 season as the redshirt sophomore has taken a key spot in the middle of the Sycamores order. Gines is one of three Indiana State players to hit safely in all seven games on the season and the Canovanas, Puerto Rico native’s streak extends back to 11 contests in the 2021 season. Through the season, Gines is one of three Sycamores with double-digit hits on the season, while leading Indiana State with 12 runs scored. He currently leads the Sycamores with four doubles on the year, while adding four RBI. Highlighting his 2022 season so far includes a 4-for-6 effort against Merrimack with three runs and two RBI, while he posted a three-game stretch with doubles against Marshall, Ohio State, and Merrimack.

Safely in All Seven – Josue Urdaneta

Joining in the early season hit parade for the Indiana State offense is redshirt sophomore Josue Urdaneta as the Maracaibo, Venezuela is the third Sycamore to hit safely in all seven games in the 2022 season. Urdaneta leads the Sycamores with four multi-hit games while starting every contest at second base. He has scored runs in five consecutive games, including a pair of three-run contests in the wins over Merrimack and Minnesota. Urdaneta enters the weekend tied with Schaffer for the team lead in hits (12), while sitting third in runs scored (10) and fourth in batting average (.364).

Terrific Trio – Schaffer, Gines, Urdaneta

Three Indiana State players have hit safely in all seven games in the 2022 season to help pace an Indiana State offense that is connecting at a .323 clip from the plate on the year. Both Jordan Schaffer (19) and Diego Gines (11) both have double-digit hitting streaks dating back to last season, while Josue Urdaneta has hit safely through all seven games on the year and leads the Sycamores with four multi-hit games on the season. Altogether, the trio of Urdaneta, Gines, and Schaffer has combined to hit .393 (35-of-89) from the plate with 33 runs scored, seven doubles, and a home run through the first seven games of the year creating a solid punch at the top of the lineup for head coach Mitch Hannahs. Schaffer and Gines both already have a four-hit game to their name on the season, while Urdaneta has three two-hit contests. In this past weekend’s sweep over Merrimack and Minnesota, the three players combined to hit 17-of-44 from the plate with 19 runs of Indiana State’s 44 runs scored over the weekend.

Lucky Number 13

Graduate student Jack Parisi put together one of the best pitching lines over the last few seasons as the Fort Wayne, Ind. native recorded 13 strikeouts in Friday’s 14-2 win over Merrimack. Parisi transferred in from Spalding University where he was a three-time All-Conference selection and a two-time All-Region selection with the Golden Eagles. Parisi’s 13-strikeout contest puts him atop the Missouri Valley in the category with 19 over his two starts. Parisi also currently sits as the active NCAA Division I leader and second overall in the entirety of the NCAA in career strikeouts with 288 to his name. Parisi currently trails Shorter’s Jonathan Pintaro (NCAA Division II, 304) among active NCAA leaders heading into the weekend, while leading Georgetown’s Nolan McCarthy (261) among Division I pitchers.

Ross Powering Up

Sean Ross helped power Indiana State to a perfect 3-0 mark on the weekend as the Sycamores averaged 14.7 runs per game over wins against Merrimack and Minnesota (twice). Ross hit .545 from the plate and added a triple, home run, and six RBI in helping pace ISU’s most runs over a three-game stretch since the 2001 season. Ross opened up the weekend with a 2-for-4 mark, including a three-run home run in Friday afternoon’s 14-2 win over Merrimack. His home run in the seventh inning sparked a six-run frame that put Indiana State firmly in control of the contest against the Warriors. On Saturday, Ross went 4-for-5 from the plate with three more RBI and added the Sycamores first triple of the 2022 campaign in ISU’s 16-3 victory over the Gophers. He added a stolen base and was perfect from the field to cap off the weekend.

Jachec Throwing Strikes

You don’t have to look very far down the NCAA leaderboard to find Matt Jachec’s name among the top pitchers in the nation this season. The redshirt sophomore currently is tied for the NCAA lead in strikeout-to-walk ratio (0.00) and is also tied in walks allowed per nine innings (0.00) after going his first two starts without issuing a free pass. The Hampshire, Ill. native went 6.2 innings in his 2022 opening win against BYU as he surrendered six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven in the 3-2 win over the Cougars. He followed up allowing an unearned run over 7.0 innings in a 16-3 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Jachec is one of two pitchers in the Missouri Valley with two wins on the year. His 1.35 ERA is also among the conference leaders.

Lineup Strong from Top to Bottom

The Sycamores boast one of the strongest lineups in the NCAA through the first two weeks of the 2022 season as Indiana State boasts a top-30 offense with a .323 batting average through seven games. Seventeen different Indiana State players have recorded a hit in the season with three players posting double-digit hits on the year. The Sycamores have recorded 22 extra-base hits with 15 doubles on the year, while five different players have hit home runs. Indiana State is one of three teams in the Missouri Valley to record a batting average above .300 on the year leading Missouri State (.320) and Bradley (.303) on the year. The Sycamores have recorded double-digit hits in four of the last five games, including a season-high 22 hits on February 26 against Minnesota.

Double-Digit Scoring Streak – 44 Runs

Indiana State’s offense combined to score 44 runs over the three game weekend in Florida as the Sycamores scored double-digits in their game against Merrimack and a pair of wins against Minnesota. The three consecutive games scoring double-digits marked the first time ISU scored 10 or more runs in three consecutive games since the 2019 Missouri Valley Tournament when ISU topped Illinois State (10-6), Dallas Baptist (10-6), and DBU again (16-3) on their way to the conference title. The last time Indiana State scored double-digits in four consecutive games came back in the 2009 season from April 24-29 when ISU took on Oakland City (twice), Southern Indiana, and Illinois.

Getting Hit By A Pitch

Indiana State’s high-powered offense has found a way to get on base in multiple ways this season and sits among the national leaders in hit-by-pitches through the first seven games. The Sycamores have been plunked 18 times led by Jordan Schaffer’s six HBPs on the year. Indiana State has been hit by multiple pitches in six different games on the year, including five against Merrimack on February 25, while also getting hit four times against Ohio State on February 19.

Leaving the Ballpark

After a quiet first two games, Indiana State’s power bats found their mark with home runs in each of the last five games. Mike Sears connected on Indiana State’s first two home runs of the year in back-to-back games on February 20 against Marshall and Ohio State. Since then, Jordan Schaffer, Miguel Rivera, Parker Stinson, and Sean Ross have also homered to keep the Sycamores streak alive. Indiana State had two streaks with at least five consecutive games with a home run in 2021, including an eight-game streak running from May 21 – June 4.

Next

Indiana State closes out its season-opening road trip on March 11-13 as the Sycamores travel to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game series at Wright State University. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. at Nischwitz Stadium.

Sycamores Ready for Blues City Classic in Memphis

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball will head to Memphis, Tennessee this weekend to play in the Blues City Classic hosted by the University of Memphis at the Tigers Softball Complex.

The Sycamores (8-5) return to action with five games across three days, beginning Friday with matchups against IUPUI (10 a.m. ET) and Iowa (12:30 p.m. ET). On Saturday, ISU will begin the day against Butler (10 a.m. ET) and then take on UT-Martin (5:30 p.m. ET). Indiana State will close their weekend on Sunday against host Memphis (2:30 p.m. ET). Each game will have live stats available.

Weekend Recap

The Sycamores were in Birmingham last weekend for the Bulldog Classic hosted by Samford University. The offense was quiet on day one as the Sycamores went scoreless, dropping a pair of games to Boston College and Samford. Lexi Benko and Cassi Newbanks gave strong efforts in the circle, both pitching complete games while only allowing a combined three runs.

The final day of the weekend saw the Trees split a pair of games to finish the weekend 1-3. Game one of the day came against Boston College where the Eagles took home a 10-2 victory. Indiana State jumped out to a 2-0 lead through two innings but Boston College would go on to score 10 unanswered runs, including a six-run fifth inning that saw the Eagles hit a pair of home runs.

Indiana State bounced back to finish the weekend on a high note, taking down host Samford 7-5 in the night cap. The win gave head coach Mike Perniciaro win No. 300 in his career. Seven different Sycamore players recorded hits in the win including a solo shot from Annie Tokarek and a 2-RBI double from Kennedy Shade which helped propel ISU to victory. Lexi Benko got her fourth win of the season after allowing two earned runs over 6.1 innings of work. She reentered the game in the sixth inning and got out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the lead intact. Benko then worked a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh to send the Sycamores home with a win.

Scouting the Opponents

IUPUI

IUPUI was also in Birmingham last weekend, playing at UAB. The Jaguars enter the weekend with a 2-12 record. IUPUI returned their top hitter from last season in Jordan Barnes, who batted .325 (25-for-77) while hitting four home runs and driving in 17 runs in 2021. They finished the 2021 season 14-31 while going 12-23 in Horizon League play and were voted seventh in the 2022 pre-season conference polls. Indiana State leads the all-time series with a 27-10 record. The two schools met most recently in 2019, when they split a doubleheader in Terre Haute.

Iowa

The Hawkeyes come to Memphis with a 9-4 record, coming off a 3-1 weekend in Leesburg, Florida. Iowa finished last season 26-18 and placed fourth in the Big Ten, its highest regular season conference finish since 2012. They return Denali Loecker, who led the Hawkeyes in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, doubles and was tied for the team lead in home runs. Iowa leads the all-time series against ISU 4-0. The last matchup came in 2016 with the Hawkeyes winning 3-2 at the Total Control Sports Invite in Evanston, Ill.

Butler

The second in-state opponent of the weekend for ISU, the Bulldogs enter the weekend with an 8-6 record. Butler is 2-0 this season against MVC schools, also defeating Murray State who is set to join the conference this summer. Butler finished the 2021 season with a 17-21-1 overall record. In the Big East, the Bulldogs were 6-6, putting them in fifth place. The Bulldogs returned almost all of their offensive production from last season, as well as every pitcher. The two schools last played in 2021, with the Bulldogs winning 3-0. Indiana State leads the all-time series 28-19.

UT Martin

The Skyhawks are 9-5 on the season, entering the weekend on a four-game winning streak. In 2021, UT Martin posted a 27-19 overall record while going 16-15 in OVC play to post the team’s first winning season during league play since 2017. The Skyhawks returned four All-OVC selections from last season including pitcher Alexis Groet who went 13-6 last year with a 1.36 ERA. Indiana State holds a 7-2 lead in the all-time series with the last matchup coming in 2008 where UT Martin won 3-1 in Martin, Tenn.

Memphis

The host Memphis Tigers currently sit at 5-9 on the season. The Tigers, who finished last season 9-41, 2-22 AAC returned their three top hitters in 2022. Indiana State and Memphis have met eight times previously, with the series sitting at a 4-4 tie. The Sycamores won the most recent matchup with a 13-5 victory in Memphis in 2020.

Around the Horn

Bella Peterson currently leads all MVC hitters with a .432 batting average as well as 19 hits on the season. Peterson also ranks within the top five in multiple offensive categories: Slugging – .659 (3rd), OBP – .490 (4th), OPS – 1.149 (4th), and Doubles – 5 (2nd).

Lexi Benko’s four wins are second most in the Valley. She has also thrown 41.2 innings which ranks second as well.

Cassie Thomerson has been hit by a pitch six times which is most in the MVC. She has been hit twice in three different games.

Indiana State is the only MVC team this season to turn two doubles plays in one game, which they did on February 18 against Radford.

Annie Tokarek’s two home runs this season give her 17 in her career which gives her the third-most all-time in ISU history. Sitting in a tie for third with her is Amanda Guercio who also has 17 home runs in her Sycamore career.

A Look Ahead

Indiana State will finish their slate of weekend tournaments with a trip to Cookeville, Tenn. to play in the Golden Eagle Classic hosted by Tennessee Tech from March 12-13.

JAGUARS ADVANCE TO #HLWBB SEMIFINALS WITH WIN OVER ROBERT MORRIS, 72-41

INDIANAPOLIS – Four-time #HLWBB Player of the Year Macee Williams recorded her 11th double-double of the season to lead the Jaguars to a quarterfinal win over Robert Morris on Thursday night, 72-41. With the win, No. 1 IUPUI moves on to the semifinals on Monday (March 7) at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

“I thought after about the first five minutes of the game our team defended really well,” said head coach Austin Parkinson. “Rachel Kent played some excellent defense tonight. Macee was outstanding inside and Rachel McLimore played well also.”

IUPUI started off a little slower than usual giving up 14 points in just the first quarter but quickly turned their defense around and forced four turnovers in the second quarter. Overall, the Jaguar defense held the Colonials to just 29.8 percent (17-of-57) on the floor and 9.5 percent (2-of-21) from the three-point line.

While the Jaguar defense shut Robert Morris down, their offense was also productive. Williams totaled 25 points, 12 rebounds and three assists while Rachel McLimore followed with 14 points, two assists and one rebound. Sophomore Anna Mortag added nine points off the bench while starter Destiny Perkins totaled seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Morgan Allen added seven points, Rachel Kent with five, Jacquel Bronaugh totaled three points and Madison Wise scored two.

Overall, the Jaguars shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor and 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from behind the arc. IUPUI also outrebounded Robert Morris 41-31 and collected 16 assists.

The Jaguars had a special guest in attendance during the game, NBA player and IUPUI alum, George Hill showed his support towards the team. “It was really cool for our kids to have George Hill take time out of his busy schedule to come support our squad,” said Parkinson. “I know it’s something they will always remember.”

IUPUI will play No. 7 Oakland on Monday (March 7) at 12:00 PM ET at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum for the semifinal round of the KEEPS #HLWBB Tournament. The game will be aired on ESPN+.

UE falls to Valpo in Arch Madness opener

ST. LOUIS – Fifth-year players Noah Frederking and Evan Kuhlman recorded 13 points apiece in Thursday’s Arch Madness game that saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team fall to Valparaiso by a final of 81-59 inside the Enterprise Center.

Freshman Blake Sisley matched the team-high with 13 tallies while Shamar Givance finished the night with 10 for the Purple Aces.  Frederking led the team with six rebounds while Givance dished out a game-high six assists.  Valparaiso was led by 18-point efforts from Kobe King and Sheldon Edwards.

“Valpo moved the ball very well in the first half and made us pay for not getting to the shooters,” UE head coach Todd Lickliter said after the contest.   “To our guys credit, we came out in the second half and cut the deficit to four.  It was one of those games that we did not have enough to make the run.”

After Valparaiso jumped out to an 8-2 lead, Noah Frederking knocked down a triple to make it a 3-point game.  The Beacons knocked down their first four outside attempts to take a 16-7 advantage at the first media time out of the night.  At the 9:05 mark, the Valpo lead reached its highest of the half at 28-13 on a dunk by Ben Krikke.

Evansville responded with an 11-5 stretch that cut the gap down to nine points with Shamar Givance and Blaise Beauchamp supplying 3-pointers.  Over the last six minutes of the period, the Beacons added a pair to the lead and took a 43-32 advantage into the break.

Blake Sisley opened the second half with a hook shot to mark the start of a 7-0 UE run, which chopped the VU lead to just four points.  Evan Kuhlman knocked down a 3-pointer before Givance forced a steal and turned it into another field goal to make it a 43-39 game just over two minutes into the final half.

Six in a row from Valparaiso pushed their lead back to 10 and they would stretch it out to 13 points when a Thomas Kithier layup made it a 65-52 game with 7:15 remaining.  Four minutes later, Valpo’s 10th triple of the game gave them their largest lead at 16 points (73-57) before finishing the evening with the 81-59 victory.

Valparaiso shot 58.3% on the night with the Aces finishing at 44.2%.  The Beacons completed the game with a 31-20 edge on the boards.

Jawaun Newton made his return to the floor after missing the last eight games and played seven minutes.  He hit a free throw and grabbed a rebound.

Beacons, Bears Meet Again in St. Louis

Valparaiso (14-17, 6-12 MVC)

vs. Missouri State (22-9, 13-5 MVC)

Game No. 32 – Friday, March 4, 6 p.m.

Enterprise Center (16,502 full; 8,476 lower bowl) – St. Louis, Mo.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play for a spot in the semifinal round of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The last time Valpo entered Arch Madness as the No. 7 seed and had an opportunity to play the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinal round, the team knocked off Loyola in 2020. This time, it’s an opportunity to avenge a pair of regular-season defeats in a rematch of last year’s MVC quarterfinals as Valpo faces off with Missouri State. This will mark the third straight season and the fourth time in five years that these two teams have clashed in the MVC Tournament.

Last Time Out: Valpo went on a 10-0 run that concluded with a Sheldon Edwards basket with 1:21 on the clock, doubling a 10-point lead to 20 and solidifying an 81-59 victory over Evansville in Thursday’s MVC Tournament opener. Five Beacons finished in double figures as part of a true team effort, which was led by 18 points apiece from Kobe King and Sheldon Edwards. Ben Krikke didn’t miss a shot, Preston Ruedinger poured in a career high and Thomas Kithier made his return to the lineup after missing the final four games of the regular season with a back injury.

Following the Beacons: Television – MVC TV Network (NBC Sports Chicago Plus, Bally Sports Indiana Extra, Bally Sports Kansas City) – Mitch Holthus (play-by-play), Kevin Lehman (analyst), Tom Ackerman (sideline) and Scott Warman (host)

Streaming – ESPN+ available with no blackout restrictions in the state of Indiana, subject to local blackout in other MVC TV Network footprint states

MVC Radio – KTRS 550 AM – Brendan Wiese (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst)

Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR, ValpoAthletics.com, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Paul Oren (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (97-95) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 10-24 record in the all-time series with Missouri State including a 3-10 mark since joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The Beacons will look to reverse their recent fortunes in the series as the Bears have won the last five matchups, all by 10 points or more. Valpo ended Missouri State’s 2019-20 season with an 89-82 MVC semifinal victory, but the Bears returned the favor last year by bringing Valpo’s season to a halt with a 66-55 quarterfinal triumph in St. Louis. For the third consecutive year, one of these teams will dash the other’s hopes for an Arch Madness crown.

Regular-Season Matchups

Jan. 15 – Missouri State 74, Valpo 57: Valpo incurred a 74-57 setback to Missouri State in the first matchup of the season in a nationally televised affair at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Isiaih Mosley posted 32 points for visiting Missouri State. Valpo scored nine straight spanning the end of the first half and start of the second half to cut what had been a 14-point deficit to five with 19:23 to play, but Missouri State scored the next eight points and never looked back. Ben Krikke paced the Beacons with 14 points, while freshman Darius DeAveiro chipped in eight points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Feb. 12: Missouri State 84, Valpo 66: Ben Krikke scored 16 of his 20 points prior to halftime, but Missouri State’s high-powered offense was too much to handle as the Beacons succumbed to the host Bears 84-66 in the second regular-season matchup, which occurred at JQH Arena in Springfield. Valpo had the Missouri State lead down to nine at 59-50 with 11:36 to play, but the Bears pulled away down the stretch. Missouri State superstar Isiaih Mosley poured in 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Gaige Prim scored 15 points, while Ja’Monta Black and Jaylen Minnett went off for five made 3s apiece. Both teams shot over 90 percent at the free-throw line, but a major difference in the game was the 3-point arc, where Valpo went 3-of-12 (25 percent) with all three makes coming in the second half and Missouri State went 12-of-23 (52.2 percent).

With a Win on Friday, Valpo Would…

Snap a five-game head-to-head losing streak against Missouri State.

Reach the semifinal round of the MVC Tournament as a No. 7 seed for the second time in the last three years.

Reach the Arch Madness semifinals for the second time since joining the league.

Become just the fourth team since The Valley expanded to its current 10-team format in 1997 to play in the opening round and reach the semifinals, and half of those teams would be Valpo. The Beacons would join 2020 Valpo, 2020 Drake and 1997 Bradley as the only teams to play in the opening round and reach the semifinals.

Play in three or more conference tournament games in the same season for the second time since 2010-11, joining 2019-20. (Valpo needed to win just twice to garner Horizon League titles in 2013 and 2015.)

Third Time’s a Charm?

The old adage “it’s hard to beat a team three times” will have to come true on Friday for Valpo as Missouri State seeks a three-game sweep.

This marks the eighth time in the last 18 years that Valpo has faced a team in the conference tournament that it lost to twice during the regular season.

Valpo is 2-5 in the previous seven instances, including last season vs. Missouri State. The victories came vs. Loyola in 2020 and vs. Indiana State in 2019.

Completing the Hoosier State Sweep

With Thursday’s triumph over Evansville, Valpo improved to 5-0 this season against instate foes Evansville and Indiana State after completing a four-game regular-season Hoosier State sweep for the first time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

All three wins over the Purple Aces came in a 13-day span.

The Beacons secured a three-game sweep of the Purple Aces for the second time in the last three seasons. The 3-0 record against Evansville in 2020 was the first time Valpo swept a conference nemesis since 2015 vs. Cleveland State.

Notes Wrapping Up March 3: Valpo 81, Evansville 59

Preston Ruedinger, who scored all of his career-high 12 points in the first half, had just one game all season with multiple made triples prior to Thursday. He knocked down three in the opening four minutes and already had a career high in scoring by that early juncture. His previous career high was eight, which came on Jan. 11 at Loyola and Feb. 16 vs. Loyola.

Valpo’s first-half shooting percentage of 60 marked the team’s highest first-half shooting percentage since 63.3 on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

The team knocked down seven first-half 3s on Thursday, tied for the second-most by the Beacons in a first half this season and the most since eight on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary. The seven 3s was Valpo’s most in any half against a conference opponent this season.

The 3-point shooting clip of 63.6 in the first half was the team’s highest in any half this season. In fact, it marked the team’s highest 3-point shooting percentage in a single half (minimum five attempts) since the second half vs. Bradley on Feb. 22, 2020 (11-of-15, 73.3 percent).

The game marked Thomas Kithier’s return after he missed the final four games of the regular season with a back injury. In total, Valpo’s starting center was unavailable for 10 of the 18 regular-season MVC games. While given a lift by the return of Kithier, Valpo remained shorthanded as Darius DeAveiro (thumb) was not in uniform.

Kithier finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. This was his eighth double-figure scoring output this season.

Kobe King shared the team lead with 18 points. His performance featured three made 3s, equaling the number of made 3s he had in the final 10 games of the regular season combined. The three made 3s marked King’s season high and tied his career high established on Nov. 22, 2018 vs. Oklahoma while playing for Wisconsin.

Sheldon Edwards joined King atop the Valpo scoring column with 18 points of his own. He scored 10 points or more for the 19th time this season and the seventh time in his last nine games. In addition, Edwards pulled down seven rebounds and handed out four assists while swishing four 3s. He has four games with seven or more rebounds this season, and three of them are against Evansville.

Edwards now has seven assists over the last two games. Prior to that, he had seven assists in his previous 10 games combined. His four assists on Thursday represented his highest total against a Division-I opponent this season.

Ben Krikke made his way into double figures in the scoring column for the 12th consecutive game. His 10 points came on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. This was his first perfect shooting performance since his freshman year, when he went 3-for-3 against Indiana State on Jan. 18, 2020.

By virtue of his two dunks on Thursday, Krikke lifted his team-high season total to 11.

Five Beacons finished in double figures, the first time that has occurred since the first game of the calendar year, Jan. 2 vs. Illinois State. A sixth Valpo player nearly hit double figures as Kevion Taylor scored nine.

Valpo won its first game played at Arch Madness for the third time since joining the league. This marks the third time in the last four years Valpo has won its first MVC Tournament contest.

The 22-point margin of victory tied for Valpo’s largest in an Arch Madness game since joining the league. The Beacons previously beat Indiana State 77-55 in the opening round of the 2019 event. This was Valpo’s largest margin of victory in a head-to-head matchup with Evansville since Jan. 10, 1987, an 80-58 win.

The Beacons shot 15-of-17 at the free-throw line, shooting 80 percent or better for the third straight contest. Valpo is 32-of-36 (88.8 percent) at the foul line over the last three games.

The 81 points was Valpo’s highest total in a regulation game against a Valley opponent this season. The last time Valpo surpassed the 80-point threshold in regulation was an 88-point output on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

The team finished the contest with a shooting percentage of 58.3 at 28-of-48. That marked the fourth time in the last six games that the Beacons have shot 50 percent or better.

Valpo went 10-of-21 from 3-point territory, the sixth time this season that Valpo hit 10 or more 3s and first since Jan. 19 vs. UNI. The 3-point shooting percentage of 47.6 percent was the team’s best against a league foe this year and best overall since 54.5 percent on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

Valpo outdid Evansville 22-1 in bench points.

Hounds Head to Edwardsville for GLVC Quarterfinal

(6) UIndy Greyhounds (17-10)

vs. (3) Truman Bulldogs (20-8)

Friday, March 4, 9:30 p.m. ET

Edwardsville, IL, First Community Arena

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For the second consecutive season the UIndy men’s basketball team will face Truman State University in the GLVC Quarterfinal.  The fourth and final quarterfinal, tip off is slated for 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.  The winner advances to Saturday’s semifinal against the winner of (7) McKendree vs. (2) Lewis. A note to fans not making the trip: the entire GLVC will employ a pay-per-view pass system for the 2022 GLVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournaments. Click here for more info.

This marks the 13th straight GLVC Tournament appearance for the Hounds. They opened the tournament with a first-round victory over Missouri S&T on Monday night.

LAST TIME OUT

UIndy cruised to a GLVC first round victory on Monday, downing Missouri S&T 87-60 inside Nicoson Hall. The two teams traded 3s to open the game but the Hounds never trailed in the victory. UIndy sunk 13 triples on the night for the third time this season. Dee Montgomery paced the Hounds with 19 points while Kendrick Tchoua grabbed 13 rebounds but fell two points short of a double-double.

SCOUTING TRUMAN

The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament and are currently 20-8 overall and 13-6 in GLVC play. They dropped their regular-season finale against Rockhurst last Saturday but avenged the loss in the GLVC first round with an 88-62 win over the Hawks. Truman had three players earn All-GLVC honors in Cade McKnight (First Team), Masen Miller (First Team) and Elijah Hazekamp (Second Team). McKnight ranks second in the conference with 19.2 points per game after scoring in double figures in all but one game this year. Miller is the top three-point shooter in the GLVC, averaging 3.4 made three’s per game. Hazekamp averaged 12.8 points per game while grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game, a mark good for fifth in the GLVC. The Bulldogs boast the best offense in the conference, averaging 79.3 points per game but their defense ranks tenth, allowing 72.1 points per game.

SERIES HISTORY vs. THE BULLDOGS

Perhaps one of the newest rivalries in the GLVC is Greyhounds vs. Bulldogs. Truman has won the last three regular season meetings but the Crimson & Grey faithful won’t forget last season’s GLVC quarterfinal match up with the Bulldogs. With the Hounds as the eight seed and Truman as the top seed and nationally-ranked at No. 2, UIndy pulled off the upset, 75-73. Cory Miller Jr. led the Hounds with 27 points while Jesse Bingham and Dee Montgomery both added 16.

IT’S ALL IN THE VENUE

The Hounds are no stranger to the site of the GLVC Championship Tournament at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. SIUE is a former member of the GLVC before moving to NCAA Division I in 2008. UIndy was 16-6 against the Cougars all-time including a 9-0 record inside First Community Arena.

1,000 POINTS CLUB

Cory Miller Jr. etched his name in the history books last week, becoming the 43rd Greyhound to join the 1,000-point club. Entering Friday, the senior sits at 1,080 points, 212 assists and 99 steals. He is looking to become the eighth player in program history with 1,000 points, 200 assists and 100 steals in their career.

ALL-LEAGUE LAURELS

Three Greyhounds earned All-GLVC honors on Wednesday. Miller Jr. picked up his first All-GLVC First Team nod of his career after sitting eighth in the conference at 15.7 points per game. He also earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team for the third straight year after racking up 32 steals. Jesse Bingham brought home Second Team and All-Defensive Team honors after being named to the All-Freshman team last season. He also sits in the top 10 in the conference in scoring, posting 14.9 points per game. He also tabbed 30 blocks on the year, a mark good for seventh in the GLVC. Ben Nicoson was named the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award recipient after distinguishing himself through sportsmanship and ethnical behavior.

2022 NCAA DIII Tournament – Wabash vs Berry Game-Day Information

Forty years after Wabash College celebrated winning the NCAA Division III national championship and 24 years since its last NCAA Tournament appearance, the Little Giants are back in the DIII tourney. Wabash plays Berry University in the first round of the tournament on Friday, March 4 at 4:40 p.m. at the Woodruff P.E. Center on the campus of Emory University.

Wabash earned its berth in the 64-team tournament by winning the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. The Little Giants, the regular season NCAC champions, defeated Hiram College 101-79 in the quarterfinal round of that tournament before earning a 98-74 win against Denison University in the semifinal round. Wabash ended The College of Wooster’s 18-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances by defeating the Fighting Scots 85-84 in overtime in the NCAC championship game.

Wabash, ranked 15th in the latest D3hoops.com poll, enters Friday’s matchup against 21st-ranked Berry with a 20-game winning streak intact, the longest in school history. The Little Giants rank fifth in the nation in scoring under head coach and NCAC Coach of the Year Kyle Brumett. The Little Giants average 90.9 points per game and are 16th in scoring margin with a differential of plus-13.6 points. Wabash is second in the nation in field goal shooting percentage (52.1), and three-point field goal shooting percentage (40.9). Wabash also ranks third in free throw shooting percentage (81.2).

Senior guard Jack Davidson is the straw that stirs a very potent drink for Wabash. Davidson broke the NCAC Tournament record for total points by scoring 97 in the Little Giants’ three games. He was also named the Division III Men’s Basketball Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for his efforts in the tournament. Davidson averaged 32.3 points per game and shot 56 percent from the field in the three games. He made 16-of-26 three-point attempts (61 percent) and shot 90 percent from the free throw line by going 19 of 21. Davidson also averaged 6.7 rebounds and four assists.

The National Player of the Year and Bevo Francis Small College Player of the Year nominee also earned NCAC Player of the Year and First Team All-NCAC honors. Davidson leads the conference and ranks third in the nation in scoring with a 25.2 points-per-game average. The senior guard is the nation’s top three-point field goal shooter, hitting 49.5 percent of his three-point tries. Davidson ranks second among Division III players in free throws made this season with 167 and is fifth in Division III in free throw percentage (91.8). He is second in the nation in total points scored this season with 680 through 27 games.

Wabash is far from a one-man show with Davidson. Fellow senior guard Tyler Watson was also named to the All-NCAC First Team. Watson averages 15.9 points a game, the sixth-best total in the conference. He averages 5.3 assists a game to rank second in the conference and 39th among Division III players. He broke the Wabash single-game assist record by handing out 14 in the Little Giants’ victory over Hiram on February 6, picking up a double-double in the game by also scoring 18 points against the Terriers. Watson’s assist-to-turnover ratio for the season is 2.92 to rank second in the NCAC and 12th in the nation.

Kellen Schreiber earned Second Team All-NCAC honors. He enters Friday’s NCAA Tournament ranked fifth in the nation in field goal shooting percentage. He is shooting 69.7 percent from the field for the season. Schreiber is ninth in scoring with a 15.1 points-per-game scoring average and owns a 4.9 rebounds-per-game average.

Junior Ahmoni Jones is fourth Wabash player averaging double figures in scoring. Jones averaged 14.1 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game through the regular season. He earned a place on the Great Lake Invitational Team at the start of the season with a 21-point scoring average in two games against Emory and Marietta College, both schools participating in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Berry (23-2) won the Southern Athletic Association conference championship for the second consecutive season to earn its spot in the 2022 NCAA DIII Tournament. The Vikings held on to defeat Oglethorpe 63-62 in the conference tournament championship game. The Vikings average 74.4 points a game and hold opposing teams to 62 points a contest, the 15th-best mark in the nation. Berry ranks 11th among DIII teams in three-point field goal defense, only allowing teams to shoot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Austin Brooks is the leading scorer for Berry. The 6-foot, 8-inch graduate student averages 12.9 points along with a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Chase Ellis averages 12.7 points a game, and senior guard Michael Johnson adds a 10.5 points-per-game scoring average to the offensive mix. Junior Riley Costas was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year after making 17 steals and blocking nine shots.

The winner of Friday’s first game at Emory will play the winner of the other first-round game between the host Eagles and Averett University at 7:10 p.m. on Friday. The second-round game between the two winners from Friday night tips off Saturday, March 5, at 7:10 p.m.

PREVIEW | Grizzlies Set to Face Titans in NCAA Tournament Opener Friday Night

The Opening Tip

For the first time since 2008, the Grizzlies will play basketball in the month of March when they take on nationally-ranked and weekend host Illinois Wesleyan in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Cinderella Grizzlies

Entering the HCAC Tournament as the #6 seed, Franklin stared down the league’s top three seeds to win their second straight HCAC tournament title. Franklin opened up post-season play on the road with an 81-69 win at #3 seed Defiance and moved on to the title game by crushing #2 seed Rose-Hulman 73-54.

In the HCAC title game against arch-rival and #1 seed Hanover, Franklin shot nearly 62% from the floor and got a career-high 34 points from Cody Samples in a 91-84 win, their first against the Panthers in Hanover since 2013.

Driving the Bus

Senior forward Matt Krause has been the Grizzlies’ most consistent performer at both ends of the floor all year long. Krause leads the Grizzlies with 15.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 51.5% from the field and 44.6% from three. Krause scored 11 straight points for FC down the stretch in their conference tournament clincher, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Closing Strong

The Grizzlies have saved their best basketball for the end of the year and have won five of their last six games coming into the weekend.

Freshmen Finding Their Way

The Grizzlies’ starting back court of Trey Flatt and Cody Samples have played their best ball of the year down the stretch. Samples is averaging 13.6 points per game over the last five and turned in a lights-out performance against Hanover, going 10-for-12 from the floor, 7-for-8 from three and 7-for-8 from the line to earn tournament MVP honors.

Flatt has started each of the last eight games and has grown into a threat both as a shooter and as a passer. He notched a career-best 17 points in the HCAC Tournament opener at Defiance and is averaging almost three assists per game over the last six.

Griz in the NCAA Tournament

Franklin’s most recent appearance came back in 2008 with they faced off with Centre in the opening round in a 75-61 loss. Franklin’s last March Madness victory came on Mar. 3, 2000 in an 81-50 blowout of Webster.

Franklin and Illinois Wesleyan have some NCAA Tournament history in their past. The two sides met in the 1998 tournament with the Titans winning on a half-court buzzer-beater in overtime.

What Awaits the Winner…

The winner of the Franklin-IWU matchup will move on to play on Saturday (Feb. 5) night against the winner of the other game in the pod featuring UW-Lacrosse and Heidelberg. Saturday night’s game will tip at 7:45 eastern time.

Worstell No-Hitter Leads 7-1 Softball to Sweep; Florida Trip Ends Friday

LEESBURG, Fla. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Phoebe Worstell threw the 4th no-hitter in Rose-Hulman softball history to propel a Thursday doubleheader sweep at the Sleepy Hollow Softball Complex.

Worstell struck out 12 hitters and tossed Rose-Hulman’s first softball no-hitter since 2016 in a 12-1 victory over Finlandia.  She allowed just two total base runners in a performance that included no walks to go along with 12 strikeouts.

Offensively, Angela Boulboulle and Ariel Thomasson each went 4-for-4 in the Finlandia victory.  Boulboulle smashed a double, three singles, scored three times and had three RBIs.  Thomasson added four singles, four RBIs and scored once.

Nicole Lang contributed a single, double and two runs scored.  Gabby Davidson also had multiple hits with two singles, one run and one RBI.

Thomasson provided the pitching and Worstell had the key hit of the day to propel a 4-3 win over Concordia Moorhead in the nightcap.

Thomasson improved to 4-0 in Florida with a complete-game effort and only one earned run allowed.  She struck out six to win for the fourth consecutive day.

Worstell snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth iwth the eventual game winning single to highlight a 3-for-3 performance at the plate.  She also scored one run with one RBI.

MaKenzie Morgan contributed two singles, one run and one RBI, and Hailey Hofmann added two singles and one run scored as part of the the come-from-behind win.  Concordia Moorhead led 3-1 early, but Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second and once in the fifth to earn the win.

Rose-Hulman improved to 7-1 for the first time in softball program history after Thursday’s sweep.  The Fightin’ Engineers conclude their Florida trip with games on Friday against Chatham (10 am) and Cabrini (12:15 pm).

GAME 1: ROSE-HULMAN 12, FINLANDIA 1 on a Phoebe Worstell NO-HITTER!

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up seven runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Thomasson.

The Engineers then held the Lions scoreless before getting back on the board the very next inning. Rose-Hulman brought home a pair, with one run driven in by Thomasson’s single, which brought the score to 9-0 in favor of the Engineers.

Finlandia narrowed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 9-1 before the Engineers stretched the advantage to 12-1 in the fifth inning. The Engineers recorded three runs in the frame, two of them coming across on a two-RBI double from Boulboulle. The score remained 12-1 for the rest of the game, as Rose-Hulman coasted to the win.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman got four-hit games from both Boulboulle and Thomasson.

» Worstell struck out 12 Lions hitters.

» Thomasson drove in four runs for Rose-Hulman.

» Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the first, when it pushed seven runs across.

» Rose-Hulman grabbed a 7-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Four Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers out-hit the Lions at a 14-0 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 7-for-13 (.538) with runners in scoring position.

» The Engineers got two hits in four at-bats with the bases loaded.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 17 Finlandia hitters in the game, allowing three ground balls and one fly balls while striking out 12.

» The Engineers drew six walks from Finlandia pitching.

» Thomasson led the Engineers at the plate, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

» Finlandia was led offensively by Melanie Torres, who went 0-for-0.

» Briana Gitchell led the Lions pitching staff, throwing five innings of 12-run ball.

GAME 2: ROSE-HULMAN 4, CONCORDIA MOORHEAD 3

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Morgan came across to score the lone run of the inning for Rose-Hulman and get them on the board.

The Engineers lost the lead they built in the first, but got back on the board in the second trailing 3-1. Rose-Hulman picked up two runs when a single from Morgan scored Worstell and freshman Hailey Hofmann, which evened the score at 3-3.

That 3-3 tie turned into a 4-3 Rose-Hulman lead in the fifth. The Engineers scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Worstell. The score remained 4-3 for the rest of the game, as Rose-Hulman held on for the win.

GAME NOTES

» Worstell had three base knocks in the game for Rose-Hulman.

» Thomasson struck out six Cobbers hitters.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed two runs across.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Concordia-Moorhead to just 2-for-14 (.143) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 34 Concordia-Moorhead hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and 10 fly balls while striking out six.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Concordia-Moorhead pitching.

» Worstell led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

» Concordia-Moorhead was led offensively by Kate Wensloff, who went 2-for-2 with a double.

» Megan Gavin led the Cobbers pitching staff, throwing one scoreless inning.

Baseball Falls to St. Mary’s and Stands 3-2; Wraps Up Florida Trip on Friday

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — An explosive offensive output was not enough for Rose-Hulman on Thursday. The Engineers put up seven runs, but could not hold the Saint Mary’s (MN) Cardinals at bay, and were beaten 16-7.

Jason Ims (0-1) started and took the loss on the mound for Rose-Hulman (3-2). Sam Stieby was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going two innings, surrendering one run on two hits, walking none and striking out one.

At the plate, the Engineers were paced by Drew Roberts, who went 1-for-2 on the day with two walks and an RBI. Peter Rogers put together a standout effort as well, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Colter Couillard-Rodak also contributed for Rose-Hulman, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a double and an RBI. A total of nine Engineers recorded a hit in the contest and six finished with at least one RBI.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers were trailing 8-0 in the second inning when they first put runs on the board. Consecutive hits by Couillard-Rodak (an RBI double), Andy Krajecki (an RBI single), and Roberts (an RBI single) helped cut SMU’s eight-run in half to trail only 8-4.

The Cardinals expanded their lead to 15-4 before the Engineers offense got back to work, cutting into that lead in the seventh. Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the frame, buoyed by a two-run single off the bat of Rogers, which brought the score to 15-7 in favor of the Cardinals. Kade Kline remained perfect in his limited at bats, recording an RBI single scoring Adam Taylor.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed four runs across.

» Rose-Hulman went 6-for-14 (.429) with runners in scoring position.

» The Engineers got two hits in six at-bats with the bases loaded.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 50 Saint Mary’s (MN) hitters in the game, allowing eight ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out six.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Saint Mary’s (MN) pitching.

» Saint Mary’s (MN) was led offensively by Brandon Merfeld, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

» Senior Keegan Majerus led the Cardinals pitching staff, throwing 2.1 shutout innings.

Payment and Price Receive NCHA Honors

DULUTH, Minn. – A pair of Trine University men’s hockey team student-athletes have earned end of season honors from the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, the conference announced today, Thursday, March 3.

Senior Hunter Payment (Monroe, Mich.) becomes just the second player in program history to earn a spot on the NCHA All-Conference Team. The defender anchored the defense for the Thunder as they finished in fourth in the NCHA, the best finish in program history. The team finished the conference season with the fourth lowest goals-against average

Payment also made his efforts known on offense this season. He finished the year with 18 points including three goals and 15 assists. Those 18 points set the new benchmark for a defenseman in the programs record book and his assists tally is the fifth best season by any player at Trine.

Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) becomes the third freshman in team history to be named to the NCHA All-Freshman Team. Price turned in the best offensive season for a Thunder freshman in program history. He finished the season with 31 points including 15 goals and 16 assists, all three of which are new highs for freshmen at Trine.

Price came in a tie for second on the team this season for points and second on the team in goals. In conference play he finished 17th in among all skaters with 22 points including nine goals and 13 assists.

The Thunder turned in the program’s best season thus far during the 2021-22 campaign shattering the old program record with 19 wins. The team’s 300 points, 114 goals and 186 assists are all also program records.

The team which continues to boast a strong Pairwise ranking, currently sitting at 14th in the USCHO.com estimation of the metric has an outside chance at making the NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament as an at-large selection. The selection show is scheduled for Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m.

Third inning skid dooms costly for Panthers in contest with Mary Washington

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Hanover Panthers slotted an afternoon matchup with Mary Washington on Wednesday falling in the contest 13-5.

On the mound, junior Bradley McDowell (Greenfield, Ind.) got the start pitching two complete innings surrendering just three runs on four hits with 13 batters faced.

The Panthers plated the game’s first two runs in the top of the first inning as junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) hit an RBI single that scored both senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) and sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.), 2-0.

However, Mary Washington responded cutting the deficit to 2-1 when Christie delivered his own RBI in the top of the second inning with a homerun.

But the Eagles dominated the bottom half of the inning plating eight runs before adding one run in the fourth inning to secure the non-conference victory.

Hanover returns to action on Thursday, March 3 taking on Purchase College. First pitch is set for 2:30 PM.

CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS FOUR FORESTERS

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester men’s basketball team has four of the top players in the Crossroads League as announced by the league office earlier this afternoon.

For the second straight season, junior Zach Goodline (Coloma HS, Coloma, Mich.) earned a spot on the league’s First Team. The 6-1 playmaker fills the stat sheet night after night as evidenced by leading HU in scoring (18.3 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg). He also posts 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per outing.

Earlier this season, Goodline became the 51st Forester to join HU’s 1,000 point club. To date, after just two seasons donning a Huntington jersey, he has racked up 1,053 career points. 

Senior Caleb Middlesworth was once again honored by the league as a Second Team honoree for the third straight year. The 6-8 forward tosses in 13.2 points per game and corrals 4.4 rebounds each night. He leads the team in made three-pointers (2.2 per night) at a clip of 40.5 percent. 

The Oak Hill product (Marion, Ind.) is currently 13th on Huntington’s all-time scoring list with 1,804 points.

Joining Middlesworth on the Second Team is sophomore Ben Humrichous (Tipton HS, Tipton, Ind.). As HU’s third leading scorer, the 6-8 forward averages 12.0 points per night. He leads the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and blocks (1.6 bpg) in addition to handing out 2.2 dimes and swiping 1.6 steals per game.

Rookie Lane Sparks has been a game-changer for Alford and crew this year and for his efforts has been tabbed the Crossroads League Freshman of the Year. As the Foresters’ spark off the bench, the 6-3 guard nets 11.8 points per game and posts 4.1 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals.

Sparks follows in the footsteps of Middlesworth who also garnered CL Freshman of the Year accolades in 2019.

Huntington’s record currently stands at 22-10. Alford’s squad anxiously awaits news of where they will be heading for the opening round of the national tournament to be announced at the NAIA selection show tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 106 NAIA All-America honors and 421 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Reportranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.

Mighty Oaks Come Up Short in NCCAA Mideast Regional Against Asbury Eagles

Oakland City, IN – In the opening round of the National Christian College Athletic Association Mideast Regional men’s basketball tournament, the Mighty Oaks hosted the Eagles of Asbury University. After struggling to find their offensive rhythm, OCU trailed 42-31 at the halftime break. In the second period, each time the Oaks started to make a run to get back in the game, the Eagles responded, and the final score read 83-69 in favor of the visitors from Asbury University.

JaMarcus Clark led the way for the Oakland City men, scoring 18 points, on 8-21 shooting, while pulling down 10 rebounds. Abdul Wurie added 12 points and a game high 11 boards, while Nathaniel Schmittler came up with eight points and 10 rebounds. Julio Lopez came off the bench to score eight, while Jacob Sanford chipped in with seven points in the loss. Wurie also had seven blocked shots in a strong defensive effort.

Nick Fort led all scorers, pouring in 25 points for the Eagles, on 9-23 shooting, while nabbing a team high nine rebounds. Eric Powell authored 23 counters, making 9-15 from the field, including 5-7 from three point range. John Shoulders was the only other Asbury player to reach double figures, scoring 13 points on 5-12 shooting.

As a team, the Oaks made 30-65 (46.2%) of their shot attempts, going 2-11 (18.2%) from three point range. The Eagles connected on 32-72 (44.4%) of their field goal tries, including 11-20 (55.0%) from beyond the arc. OCU made 7-12 (58.3%) from the foul line compared to 8-14 (57.1%) for Asbury.

Overall, Oakland City led 47-33 in rebounding, including an 18-14 edge on the offensive boards. OCU trailed 12-9 in assists, turned the ball over 22 times, ten more than Asbury, and had just three steals, also ten less than the Eagles. The Oaks blocked 14 shots, while AU managed to swat away just one attempt by the Oaks.

Asbury University advances either to the NCCAA Regional Championship at Alice Lloyd College, or to the NCCAA National Tournament, held at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The Mighty Oaks finished the season, the first under the direction of Ken French, with a record of 13-19.

Antwaan Cushingberry & David Ejah Earn First-Team as Conference Awards are Announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis athletics department is proud to announce that two Cougars, junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry and sophomore forward David Ejah from men’s basketball, have been honored on the First-Team All-Crossroads League.

Throughout the 2021-22 season, Cushingberry has propelled the Cougars to a 23-7 regular season record, and has also totaled 1,900 career points, placing him fourth on the all-time scoring list while scoring 687 points during the season. Not only did he make first-team, but also made the Crossroads League All-Defensive Team, where he had a team-leading 57 steals throughout the season and accumulated 169 rebounds.

Behind Cush, David Ejah ignited the Cougars throughout the season with his stellar defense and offensive dominance. He was runner-up on the team in scoring this season with 627 points and a team-leading 287 rebounds.

In addition to Cush and Ejah, junior guard Dan McKeeman was honored on the Second-Team All-Crossroads League, as he totaled 332 points with 16 steals, and led the team with 81 made three-pointers.

The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head men’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.

2021-2022 Crossroads League Coach of the Year

Greg Tonagel, Indiana Wesleyan

2021-2022 Crossroads League Player of the Year

Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan

2021-2022 Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year

Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan

2021-2022 Crossroads League Freshman of the Year

Lane Sparks, Huntington

2021-2022 First-Team All-Crossroads League

Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan

Christian Stewart, Marian

Antwaan Cushingberry, Saint Francis

Zach Goodline, Huntington

David Ejah, Saint Francis

Frankie Davidson, Grace

Jason Hubbard, Taylor

Kyle Kegley, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Spencer Piercefield, Indiana Wesleyan

Jared DeHart, Bethel

Malek Edmonds, Marian

2021-2022 Second-Team All-Crossroads League

Dan Largey, Indiana Wesleyan

Caleb Middlesworth, Huntington

Jake Wadding, Grace

Kade Ruegsegger, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Elijah Malone, Grace

Michael Thompson III, Indiana Wesleyan

Dan McKeeman, Saint Francis

Kaden Fuhrmann, Taylor

Jacob Wiley, Marian

Ben Humrichous, Huntington

2021-2022 Honorable Mention All-Crossroads League

Michael Johnson, Goshen

Christian Harvey, Marian

Eli White, Spring Arbor

Tim Adetukasi, Indiana Wesleyan

Ryan Mansbarger, Goshen

2021-2022 Crossroads League All-Defensive Team

Seth Maxwell, Indiana Wesleyan

Tyrie Johnson, Marian

Jason Hubbard, Taylor

Kyle Kegley, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Antwaan Cushingberry, Saint Francis

2021-2022 Crossroads League All-Freshmen Team

Lane Sparks, Huntington

Eli White, Spring Arbor

Brandon Hunt, Bethel

Ian Scott, Grace

Carter Jones, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Four Lady Cougars Honored as Crossroads League Awards are Announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis athletic department is proud to announce that four Lady Cougars, Cassidy Crawford, Meleah Kunkel, Emily Parrett, and Reganne Pate from women’s basketball, have all been honored as the Crossroads League season awards are announced.

Junior forward Cassidy Crawford earned a spot on the First-Team as she led the Lady Cougars throughout the season on both ends of the ball. Offensively, she averaged 16 points per game with a team-leading 413 points, and also totaled 78 assists, and 156 rebounds. Defensively she was just as impressive, getting 25 steals, 17 blocks, and 108 defensive boards.

In addition to Crawford, junior forward Meleah Kunkel earned Second-Team honors and also earned a spot on the Crossroads League All-Defensive Team. During the season, she totaled 295 points averaging 12 points per game, got 47 assists, and led the team in rebounds with 171, eventually earning herself a Crossroads League Player of the Week honor.

Defensively, Kunkel led the team in blocks with 31 and was runner-up in steals with 14.

Meanwhile, freshman guard Emily Parrett earned a spot on the Crossroads League All-Freshman Team, totaling 224 points, was the team-leader in steals with 28, and totaled 67 assists. Sophomore guard Reganne Pate was an honorable mention as she totaled 233 points and led the team in three-point shooting with 66 made three’s.

The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head women’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.

2021-2022 Crossroads League Coach of the Year

Steve Brooks, Marian

2021-2022 Crossroads League Player of the Year

Imani Guy, Marian

2021-2022 Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Year

Kinnidy Garrard, Marian

2021-2022 Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year

Karlee Feldman, Grace

2021-2022 Crossroads League Freshman of the Year

Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan

2021-2022 First-Team All-Crossroads League

Imani Guy, Marian

Ella Collier, Marian

Maggie Coe, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Maddie Ryman, Grace

Cassidy Crawford, Saint Francis

TaNiece Chapman, Goshen

Kelli Damman, Indiana Wesleyan

Lauren James, Taylor

Abby Downard, Marian

Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan

2021-2022 Second-Team All-Crossroads League

Taylor Westgate, Taylor

Karlee Feldman, Grace

Meleah Kunkel, Saint Francis

Rylee Pireu, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Jordan Reid, Indiana Wesleyan

Kinnidy Garrard, Marian

Graysen Cockerham, Goshen

Merideth Deckard, Taylor

Taylor Folkema, Spring Arbor

Sage Brannon, Mount Vernon Nazarene

2021-2022 Honorable Mention All-Crossroads League

Reganne Pate, Saint Francis

Maiah Shelton, Bethel

Kiersten Poor, Grace

Kayla Kirtley, Taylor

Allison Bosse, Marian

Nyla Asad, Bethel

2021-2022 Crossroads League All-Defensive Team

Kinnidy Garrard, Marian

Taylor Westgate, Taylor

Allison Bosse, Marian

Meleah Kunkel, Saint Francis

Maggie Coe, Mount Vernon Nazarene

2021-2022 Crossroads League All-Freshmen Team

Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan

Taylor Folkema, Spring Arbor

Emily Walker, Mount Vernon Nazarene

Emily Parrett, Saint Francis

Maiah Shelton, Bethel

NO. 7 IU SOUTHEAST ROLLS PAST LINDSEY WILSON 16-2

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The IU Southeast baseball team used four home runs and 13 total hits to defeat Lindsey Wilson 16-2 in seven innings on Wednesday.

The No. 7 ranked Grenadiers (6-6) got off to a blistering start as Trevor Campbell led off the top of the first with a home run. In the bottom half of the first, Lindsey Wilson managed to put runners on first and third with one out, but the Grenadiers were able to retire the final two batters of the inning.

The Grenadiers blew the game open in the second inning. Ben Berenda homered, giving IU Southeast a leadoff home run for the second straight inning. Brandon Boxer followed with a double and went on to score on an RBI groundout by Ray Aponte, giving the Grenadiers a 3-0 lead.

IU Southeast continued the offensive explosion in the second inning with a double by Trevor MacDonald followed by the second home run of the game by Trevor Campbell. Clay Woeste scored on a wild pitch to give the Grenadiers a 6-0 advantage, and an RBI single by Derek Wagner pushed the IU Southeast lead to seven.

The Grenadiers added another run in the third thanks to heads up base running by Brandon Boxer. Boxer singled to begin the inning and advanced to second on a balk. Boxer then took third and scored on two Lindsey Wilson wild pitches, giving IU Southeast an 8-0 advantage. Lindsey Wilson got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with back-to-back RBI singles.

The Grenadier scoring was still far from over. After the first three batters reached to load the bases in the top of the fourth, Ray Aponte promptly unloaded the bases with a grand slam to center field. Brody Tanksley then gave the Grenadiers a 13-2 lead on a sacrifice fly. The Grenadiers scored three more runs in the fifth, giving IU Southeast a commanding 16-2 advantage.

The Grenadiers used eight pitchers in the contest. In seven combined innings, the pitchers allowed zero earned runs on six hits. The Grenadiers recorded 13 hits by 10 different players. Seven of the team’s 13 hits went for extra bases, and four of those cleared the fence for a home run. Ray Aponte led the Grenadiers with five RBIs.

IU Southeast travels to Northwestern Ohio for a three-game series this weekend.

Warriors Struggle at Marian

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Tech softball team dropped two games against the No. 18-ranked Marian University Knights on Wednesday afternoon at Marian University Softball Diamond. The Warriors fell to the Knights, 2-0 and 4-0.

Game 1 | Indiana Tech 0, Marian 2

The Warriors couldn’t get on the board in the first contest. Olyvia Notter got the start, striking out a batter in 2.2 innings pitched. Hannah Middlebrooks relieved her, striking out 2 batters in 3.1 innings pitched. Meagan Barton, Olyvia Notter, Emma Kelley, and Micaela Iacovetti all recorded hits, with Alyssa Fox and Megan Berlin earning walks, Fox also managed to steal a base.

Game 2 | Indiana Tech 0, Marian 4

The Orange and Black couldn’t get things clicking offensively in the latter contest either. Jaden Romero got the start, pitching five innings before being relieved by Karra Leeger-Capraro, who struck out a batter in one inning pitched. The bats were slightly improved, with the Warriors managing seven hits as opposed to just four. Emma Kelley doubled twice, with Megan Berlin doubling as well. Alyssa Fox, Olyvia Notter, Emma Chase, and Jaden Romero got on base with hits as well. Sydney Williams drew a walk.

Indiana Tech (2-6, 0-0) will look ahead to Saturday as they will host a double-header with the Viterbo Hawks (0-4, 0-0) at Warrior Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM, with the latter contest to follow.

Lady Lancers earn three on All-League Team

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A trio of Grace women’s basketball players were honored to the All-Crossroads League Team.

Karlee Feldman was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-League, Maddie Ryman was a First Team honoree, and Kiersten Poor nabbed honorable mention status for the Lady Lancers.

Ryman enjoyed a breakout season as Grace’s lead guard. The junior produced 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game, shooting 35 percent on 3-pointers.

Feldman excelled in her first season with the Lady Lancers. The center has already broken the program record for most rebounds in a season, and she posted 13.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. To date, she has amassed 20 double-doubles.

Poor had her best season on the perimeter for Grace. She averaged 11.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game

The Lady Lancers posted 18 wins in the regular season, tying the program record for most wins in a regular season. Grace then secured an upset in the opening round of the CL Tournament before falling to the eventual champion in the semifinals.

Grace is focused on competing in the 2022 NCCAA National Championships. The tournament is hosted by Grace from March 16-19. The Lady Lancers, who have already secured a spot as the host school, will likely have an NCCAA regional game next week at home.

Four Lancers honored to All-League Team

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team was well-represented on the postseason All-Crossroads League Team.

Four Lancers earned a spot on the team, including Frankie Davidson on the First Team, Jake Wadding and Elijah Malone on the Second Team, and Ian Scott on the Freshman Team.

Davidson was Grace’s leading scorer during the season, posting 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He is currently shooting 51 percent from the floor, 38 percent on 3-pointers and 81 percent on free throws. Additionally he was named to the Bevo Francis Top 100 watch list for the best players across NAIA, NCAA Div. II and III.

Wadding and Malone provided a formidable frontcourt for the Lancers. Malone was tough for anyone to guard this season, tallying 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting an eye-popping 69 percent from the floor. Wadding was also efficient, producing 12.5 points, 5.4 boards and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor.

Scott earned a spot on the five-player All-Freshman Team. The forward from Plainfield, Ind., had a well-rounded stat line with 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.

The Lancers are coming off a ground-breaking week. Grace won the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament, doing it in one of the most difficult paths possible. The Lancers traveled to Ohio and upset Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the quarterfinals. Grace then took down No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan on the road in the semifinals before beating No. 12 Marian in Indianapolis by the score of 86-85 in the championship.

Grace is the lowest seed to ever win the title, becoming the first team to win three straight road games in the tournament.

Grace will discover its fate in the NAIA National Championships. The team earned an automatic bid due to winning the CL Tournament.

The 64-team field is divided into 16 opening round sites. The winners of the 16 sites will advance to Kansas City, Mo., for the remainder of the bracket.

Chapman and Cockerham receive league honors

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League recently revealed its 2021-2022 Women’s Basketball All-League honors on Wednesday. Goshen’s Taniece Chapman was named First-Team All-Crossroads League, and Graysen Cockerham made it on the Second-Team All-Conference.

Chapman averaged 15.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season. She made nearly half of her field goal attempts and scored in double-digits for 28 of the 30 games. She recorded ten double-doubles and was named the Crossroads League Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week twice.

Chapman was named to the honorable mention team two seasons ago and was picked to the second team last year. “Taniece has been the player that I have seen grow the most in her four years at Goshen as a student, player, and person,” said head coach Stephanie Miller. “She has been a beast on the court, a fierce competitor, and someone who has made her mark on this program from top to bottom.”

Cockerham put up 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. She led the team with 41 three-pointers made and 48 steals. Cockerham had 15 double-digit scoring performances and three games where she scored 20 or more points.

During her freshman and junior seasons, Cockerham had previously been an All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention. Graysen has been a steady leader who has put her heart and soul into building the culture and direction of this program,” Miller shared. “She has been versatile in her talents, both on and off the floor, has been a teammate that the locker room can always count on, and has made her mark in the lives of the players, as well as in the history book.”

Marian captured a trio of major awards on Wednesday. Imani Guy repeated as the Crossroads League Player of the Year, Kinnidy Garrard earned the Defensive Player of the Year title, and Steve Brooks was named Coach of the Year. Marian won their third-straight regular-season championship, and Indiana Wesleyan won back-to-back Crossroads League Tournament Championships.

Karlee Feldman from Grace was the Newcomer of the Year winner, and Lilli Frasure was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year.

The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head women’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.

Johnson and Mansbarger earn honorable mention distinction

JACKSON, Mich. – Michael Johnson and Ryan Mansbarger, members of the Goshen men’s basketball team, were recognized by the Crossroads League on Wednesday by receiving Honorable Mention honors for the 2021-2022 season.

Johnson averaged 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his first season with the Leafs. He made 171 of his 291 shooting attempts, good for a 58.8% rate. He had 20 games where he scored at least ten points and nine with 20 or more. His best performance came when he scored 32 on 14-18 shooting against #1 Saint Francis on November 20. The Maple Leafs were hanging with the top team in the NAIA at the time until the final minute.

Mansbarger scored 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, leading the team with 98 defensive rebounds. He made 46 three-pointers, had 28 steals and 56 assists. Mansbarger had a notable game at Spring Arbor on January 29. He had a double-double and made six three-pointers in the double-overtime win for Goshen. His 24 points, 12 rebounds, and six made threes in that game were all season-highs for him.

Seth Maxwell from Indiana Wesleyan earned the nod for Crossroads League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Wildcats head coach Greg Tonagel was voted Coach of the Year. Huntington’s Lane Sparks received the Freshman of the Year honor. Indiana Wesleyan won their fifth-straight regular-season championship, and Grace took the Crossroads League Tournament Championship.

The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the head men’s basketball coaches from around the league and announced by the Crossroads League office.

RHIT Baseball Falls to St. Mary’s MN on Thursday

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – A strong offensive performance was not enough for Rose-Hulman baseball in a loss on Thursday. The Engineers put up seven runs, but could not hold the Saint Mary’s (MN) Cardinals off the scoreboard to fall 16-7.

Jason Ims (0-1) started and took the loss on the mound for Rose-Hulman (3-2). Sam Stieby was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going two innings, surrendering one run on two hits, walking none and striking out one.

At the plate, the Engineers were paced by Drew Roberts, who went 1-for-2 on the day with two walks and an RBI. Peter Rogers put together a standout effort as well, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Colter Couillard-Rodak also contributed for Rose-Hulman, putting together one hit in three trips to the plate while adding a double and an RBI. A total of nine Engineers recorded a hit in the contest and six finished with at least one RBI.

No-Hitter by RHIT Softball Propels Thursday Sweep and 7-1 Start

LEESBURG, Fla. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Phoebe Worstell (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) threw the 4th no-hitter in Rose-Hulman softball history to propel a Thursday doubleheader sweep at the Sleepy Hollow Softball Complex.

Worstell struck out 12 hitters and tossed Rose-Hulman’s first softball no-hitter since 2016 in a 12-1 victory over Finlandia.  She allowed just two total base runners in a performance that included no walks to go along with 12 strikeouts.

Offensively, Angela Boulboulle and Ariel Thomasson each went 4-for-4 in the Finlandia victory.  Boulboulle smashed a double, three singles, scored three times and had three RBIs.  Thomasson added four singles, four RBIs and scored once.

Nicole Lang contributed a single, double and two runs scored.  Gabby Davidson also had multiple hits with two singles, one run and one RBI.

Thomasson provided the pitching and Worstell had the key of the day to propel a 4-3 win over Concordia Moorhead in the nightcap.

Thomasson improved to 4-0 in Florida with a complete-game effort and only one earned run allowed.  She struck out six to win for the fourth consecutive day.

Worstell snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth iwth the eventual game winning single to highlight a 3-for-3 performance at the plate.  She also scored one run with one RBI.

MaKenzie Morgan contributed two singles, one run and one RBI, and Hailey Hofmann added two singles and one run scored as part of the the come-from-behind win.  Concordia Moorhead led 3-1 early, but Rose-Hulman scored twice in the second and once in the fifth to earn the win.

Rose-Hulman improved to 7-1 for the first time in softball program history after Thursday’s sweep.  The Fightin’ Engineers conclude their Florida trip with games on Friday against Chatham (10 am) and Cabrini (12:15 pm).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Helmuth, Van Prooyen Qualify for 5k Finals at National Championships

Brookings, S.D. – Seniors Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen were the lone competitors for the Taylor men’s track and field program on the opening day of the 2022 NAIA National Championships. Both men had successful races in the 5,000-meter semi-finals, qualifying for finals that will take place later this weekend.

Helmuth and Van Prooyen competed in the first heat of two in the semis. The top-four runners in each heat automatically advanced to finals, along with the next four fastest times.

Helmuth finished third in his heat, clocking a time of 14:43.97 and automatically advanced to finals. Van Prooyen recorded a time of 14:47.63 and finished sixth in heat one. Van Prooyen received the second at-large qualification, also advancing to finals.

Both men will now compete in the 5,000-meter finals on Saturday, set to take place at 5:00pm (ET). Helmuth’s time in the semis is the third-fastest while Van Prooyen logged the seventh-best time in the field.

TU will compete in seven events on Friday, with Liam Hesting starting the action for the Trojans at 1:00pm (ET) in the weight throw, followed by Ben Eiffert in the mile semi-finals at 1:20pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Women’s 4×8 Sets New TU School Record in Prelims at Nationals 

Brookings, S.D. – The Taylor women’s track and field team competed in three events on the opening day of the 2022 NAIA Indoor National Championships.

Sophomore Mollie Gamble started off the day for the Trojans in the 5,000-meter semi-finals. Gamble raced to a lifetime-best finish, clocking a personal-best time of 17:52.08. The sophomore placed sixth in her heat. In order to advance to finals, the top-four finishers and next-four fastest times automatically qualify. Unfortunately, Gamble did not earn the at-large qualification and finished 14th place overall. The final time that made it into finals was a mark of 17:28.82.

Next up for the Purple and Gold was the 4×800-meter relay prelims. The stellar squad of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan clocked a blazing time of 9:16.48 and set a new TU school record. The foursome automatically advanced to finals as they finished second in their heat, stride for stride with the top-finisher, Friends, who finished with a time of 9:16.35. The returning group that won the 4×8 National Title in 2021 will now appear in the finals on Friday for a chance to repeat their historic success.

The distance medley relay team of Corinne O’Leary, Eden Siples, Emily Johnson and Mollie Gamble capped off day-one of nationals. The crew logged a time of 12:48.47, crossing the line as the eighth team in their heat. TU’s DMR team did not advance to finals and finished the event in 17th place overall.

The Taylor women will compete in six events on Friday, with Abbey Brennan starting the action for the Trojans at 1:00pm (ET) in the mile semi-finals, followed by Patience Sakeuh and Audrey Altum in the 60-meter hurdle semi-finals at 1:35pm.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       With the shanties torn down and the garbage pits filled in the Pigtown section in Brooklyn, Charles Ebbets breaks ground for his team’s new Bedford Avenue ballpark. The Dodgers’ Flatbush facility, which will serve as the team’s beloved home for 44 years, will be named for its owner after a reporter at the ceremony suggested the idea to Charley.

1913       The Yankees become the first team to train outside of the United States when they start spring training in Bermuda, playing nine games against the International League’s New Jersey Skeeters. The minor league team had trained on the island nation in 1912, playing on a converted cricket field in Hamilton, known Bernard Park today.

1919       Giants’ manager John McGraw sells Slim Sallee to the Reds, but the team will purchase the southpaw back next year. During his five seasons with New York, ‘Scatter’ compiles a 42-23 (.646) record along with an ERA of 2.26.

1921       After spending the first 12 years of his career with the team, veteran outfielder Harry Hooper is traded by the Red Sox to the White Sox for Nemo Leibold and Shano Collins. ‘Hoop’ will finish his career in Chicago, hitting .302 during his five seasons in the Windy City, thirty points higher than his average in Boston.

1948       Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial ends his holdout, signing for $31,000, the same salary he made last season after new owners Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh assure him that his salary will increase based on his performance. ‘Stan the Man’ gets a pay raise of $5,000 when he is hitting .403 at the All-Star break, en route to being named the National League’s MVP.

1976       The Giants, due to the intervention of San Francisco mayor George Moscone, will stay in the City by the Bay. In a last-minute deal, the Stoneham family sells the team to Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth for $8 million instead of the Labatt’s Brewery, which had planned to move the Giants to Canada.

1984       The Special Veterans Committee selects two outstanding defensive players, shortstop Pee Wee Reese and catcher Rick Ferrell, to be members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Cooperstown’s newest infielder batted .269 during his entire 16-year career with the Dodgers, and the former Browns, Senators, and Red Sox’s backstop hit .281 in his 18-year major league tenure.

2004       Commissioner Bud Selig announces major league baseball will celebrate “Jackie Robinson Day” in every ballpark on April 15, the anniversary of the debut of the first black player in the major leagues. Jackie’s number (42) was retired for all time in a ceremony at Shea Stadium in April of 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s achievement.

2006       “We are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of spring training. These players have elected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The World Baseball Classic is an event sanctioned by the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The New York Yankees did not vote to support this event.”

Before the exhibition game scheduled to be played at Legends Field in Tampa, the Yankees, using a sign outside the park, apologize to the fans for the absence of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Bernie Williams, due to their participation in the World Baseball Classic. Bronx Bombers boss George Steinbrenner had abstained when the owners approved the World Cup type tournament at the urging of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

2008       Brad Hawpe and the Rockies agree to $17,425,000 for three years, replacing the $3,925,000, one-year contract signed in January. Joining right-hander Aaron Cook, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and closer Manny Corpas, the Colorado right fielder becomes the fourth young player of the National League champs to receive a long-term deal.

2012       A swarm of bees that moved down the right-field line and settled near the Giants’ dugout behind first base causes the evacuation of two sections of fans, delaying the split-squad game against the Diamondbacks for 41 minutes. The Salt River Fields grounds crew uses a combination of lemonade and cotton candy obtained from the concession stand to lure the buzzing insects away from fans and players.

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UTAH AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT OKLAHOMA CITY8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT DENVER9:00PMALT
ATTSN-SW
NEW YORK AT PHOENIX10:00PMESPN
MSG
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT BUFFALO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG-BUF
DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NEW JERSEY AT NY RANGERS7:00PMMSG
MSG+
PITTSBURGH AT CAROLINA7:00PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
LOS ANGELES AT COLUMBUS7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT WINNIPEG8:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
VEGAS AT ANAHEIM10:00PMATTSN-RM
BALLY SPORTS

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI4222.65621-721-1511-227-138-21 W
PHILADELPHIA3823.6232.517-1321-106-722-147-34 W
CHICAGO3924.6192.524-915-157-324-156-43 L
MILWAUKEE3825.6033.522-1216-138-324-186-42 W
BOSTON3827.5854.522-1116-168-627-168-22 W
CLEVELAND3626.5815.019-1117-157-421-155-52 L
TORONTO3428.5487.017-1417-147-523-175-51 L
BROOKLYN3232.50010.013-1819-147-522-173-73 L
CHARLOTTE3133.48411.015-1516-185-721-203-71 W
10 ATLANTA3032.48411.019-1311-197-519-205-51 W
11 WASHINGTON2833.45912.516-1612-176-621-204-61 W
12 NEW YORK2537.40316.013-1912-184-914-251-96 L
13 INDIANA2242.34420.015-187-242-1111-303-71 W
14 DETROIT1647.25425.59-217-264-712-254-61 W
15 ORLANDO1548.23826.57-228-262-119-323-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX5012.80627-723-56-430-98-21 W
GOLDEN STATE4320.6837.526-717-139-226-143-73 L
MEMPHIS4321.6728.021-1022-117-429-137-31 L
UTAH3922.63910.522-1017-1211-125-129-13 W
DALLAS3825.60312.521-1117-1411-227-158-23 W
DENVER3626.58114.017-1119-155-921-188-21 L
MINNESOTA3429.54016.519-1215-177-422-186-42 W
LA CLIPPERS3431.52317.519-1315-187-621-237-35 W
LA LAKERS2735.43523.018-169-192-1015-232-84 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2636.41924.014-1712-194-717-206-43 W
11 PORTLAND2537.40325.016-189-191-911-274-63 L
12 SAN ANTONIO2439.38126.511-1913-204-714-225-53 L
13 SACRAMENTO2441.36927.515-189-235-717-254-61 W
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2042.32330.09-2111-214-514-263-71 W
15 HOUSTON1547.24235.08-217-262-87-310-1011 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES5437125793618513019-4-218-8-36-2-2
FLORIDA PANTHERS5436135773422116124-6-012-7-56-4-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING5335126763318315118-5-417-7-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5634148763218314915-8-519-6-37-3-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS5435154743319815719-6-116-9-35-4-1
NEW YORK RANGERS5434155733016213718-5-316-10-26-3-1
BOSTON BRUINS5533184703216614816-10-117-8-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5629189672718015613-11-516-7-44-6-0
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS5428251572517919615-11-113-14-07-3-0
10 DETROIT RED WINGS5424246542116019416-11-38-13-35-5-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5120238481913114610-11-410-12-43-5-2
12 OTTAWA SENATORS5319295431813716910-16-29-13-33-6-1
13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5419305431816719711-13-38-17-24-6-0
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS5416281042161351899-15-57-13-52-6-2
15 BUFFALO SABRES551730842151481968-14-49-16-43-6-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS551434735121322108-17-16-17-66-4-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5540114843721915523-3-217-8-27-3-0
CALGARY FLAMES5332147713018613015-4-517-10-28-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES5332156703019114619-6-213-9-46-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD5232173672819616616-5-116-12-24-6-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS5529197652716215714-12-215-7-57-3-0
EDMONTON OILERS5530214642718217514-11-016-10-46-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5430204642816615515-10-015-10-43-6-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5530214642617716215-13-315-8-14-5-1
DALLAS STARS5330203632715515420-7-110-13-27-2-1
10 ANAHEIM DUCKS5626219612216517215-10-411-11-54-5-1
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5627236602415816112-10-315-13-37-3-0
12 WINNIPEG JETS5424219572316316614-10-110-11-85-4-1
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS5424246542214316813-12-311-12-32-5-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS5520278481713818810-14-410-13-44-5-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN5617345391614419910-17-37-17-22-7-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES541535434141241968-20-17-15-34-6-0
 

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